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a performance space with a nightclub atmosphere
in a historic house and timeless setting

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Cookin’ at the O

Oldenburg House and the Carlton Room dedicates one weekend a month to serve up world-class blues/jazz, great food, drink and fun. Let the good times roll! This concert dining experience will not leave you wondering why we chose to call it, Cookin’ at the O.

Event Schedule

Friday, November 10th

Pippi Ardennia | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Tickets

Your Carlton Room ticket price includes a complimentary menu of small plates or ‘tapas’ featuring seasonal and local ingredients and house cocktail / beverage to kick off the night.

6:30 Check In and Complimentary Cocktail
7:00 First Course: Northern Waters salamini and smoked salmon with Duluth’s Best Bread sourdough, crudités and locally sourced cheeses
7:30 Music
8:30 Second Course: Beef tenderloin with demiglace, Caprese salad skewers, mushroom cap stuffed with creamed spinach, potato duchesse
9:00 Music
10:00 Sweets and coffee

Saturday, November 11th

Pippi Ardennia | $60

6:30 – 10:00 pm


Tickets

Your Carlton Room ticket price includes a complimentary menu of small plates or ‘tapas’ featuring seasonal and local ingredients and house cocktail / beverage to kick off the night.

6:30 Check In and Complimentary Cocktail
7:00 First Course: Northern Waters salamini and smoked salmon with Duluth’s Best Bread sourdough, crudités and locally sourced cheeses
7:30 Music
8:30 Second Course: Beef tenderloin with demiglace, Caprese salad skewers, mushroom cap stuffed with creamed spinach, potato duchesse
9:00 Music
10:00 Sweets and coffee

About Our November Artists

Pippi Ardennia – Vocals


a Chicago native and singing since she was 13 years old, Pippi has performed in Chicago’s most respected jazz clubs – from the Burning Spear and Mr. Kelly’s to the famous Rosebud on Rush, Green Dolphin, the Chicago Symphony Center and the Taste of Chicago. In Minnesota, Pippi has appeared at every Twin Cities jazz venue. She has recently moved her PipJazz Foundation programs including , Women of Jazz and her From Blues to Jazz workshops to the House of Payne on St. Paul’s East Side.
Pippi is a natural entertainer, sultry at times, always powerful and exciting, but what sweeps you away is the electric raw emotion that emanates from her to you, telling a story in song like you’ve never heard before, a natural power in nature.
“Ms. Ardennia’s classy style puts her in the Major League of jazz vocalists. Her easy-going style and varied delivery does stand in comparison to the great jazz divas such as Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.”
–Ian Telle


Matthew Mobley – Bass



Matthew Mobley is a versatile bassist from Duluth, MN. He is equally comfortable on both the acoustic and electric bass, and has the ability to perform in a variety of musical styles at a high level. He began playing both electric and acoustic bass as a young teenager and quickly found himself playing around the Duluth area in rock bands, and jazz combos alike. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he received his B.F.A in Jazz Studies in 2007. While at UMD, he studied with several great jazz educators including Ryan Frane, and Billy Barnard. He had invaluable experiences performing in Switzerland, Holland, and Italy with the UMD Jazz Ensemble 1. He also performed with notable jazz legends such as, John Scofield, Robin Eubanks, and Bobby Shew. After college he’s enjoyed a career in music as a freelance bassist, performing with numerous well known, local and regional artists. Matthew is currently pursuing his B.S.N in nursing while continuing to perform as a freelance musician.


Ryan Frane – Keyboards


Ryan Frane is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he oversees the jazz studies major and jazz studies program, teaches Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo I, Jazz Theory, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Piano and other courses. Ryan also coordinates the annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival at UMD. Ryan’s most recent trio recording entitled “People We Know” features his original compositions. Ryan has backed or performed with many musicians including The Mills Brothers, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bobby Vinton, Steve Lippia, Tom Harrell, Wes Anderson, Rex Richardson, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero and many others. Ryan has been an active clinician and has performed master classes at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France), Conservatoire National de Région Lyon (Lyon, France) and Petrosovadsk State Conservatory (Karelia, Russia).


Glenn Swanson – Drums



Glenn’s studies of music, science, technology and Buddhism combine in an effortless mastery of time and space. At an early age, Glenn became one of the Twin Cities’ leading drummers in both live venues and the studio. He was a staff drummer at Creation Audio and worked with Minneapolis’ leading recording icons, including Herb Pilhoffer and Chris Moon. He received grants to write and produce “Faces of Children”, a multimedia theatrical production. Glenn worked with Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) and co-authored her book, “Behind the Shades.” He co-wrote music, produced and toured Japan with Sheila (including dates at the Blue Note in Tokyo and Motion Blue in Yokohama) performing on drums and opening shows with his poetry. He produced Kev L and Souled Out, which was nominated for 2008 Gospel Video of the Year. Glenn’s book, ‘shoes on the table’, is a meditation in verse, image and poetry – and soulfully captures his deep, imaginative and ultimately hopeful energy. In 2010 he worked with Pippi Ardennia and co-founded PipJazz Foundation, a program that mentors talented jazz youth.