The Band

Court’s In Session has a vision to keep jazz, a uniquely American art form, alive by sharing the story of each song they play. The music transports you into a bygone era while you sip a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, enjoy a gourmet meal, or create an engaging event. 

With Courtney’s rich vocals, backed by four amazing musicians, Court’s In Session will breathe life into to your evening, company gathering, fundraiser, event or private party.

What started out as simple comment almost 20 years ago sparked a series of events that led to the creation of Court’s in Session.

Though Courtney didn’t set out to become a musician, jazz had its sights set on her. It was an irresistible invite. With her music, Courtney creates a welcome space that’s simultaneously calming and inspiring, consoling and energetic.

Courtney’s musical journey began in her first year of college when someone heard her singing in the shower and invited her to join the campus ministry church choir. Sparking an unexpected journey, Courtney completed her undergraduate degree, advanced her training as a singer, and began an active singing career.

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Invited to audition for Beasley’s Big Band, Chuck Beasley, a veteran of the big band scene in the Twin Cities, loved Courtney’s voice. That was 18-years ago. As part of Beasley’s Big Band, Courtney has been part of both the Twin Cities’ old-school Jazz scene and today’s innovative Jazz circles.

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Court’s In Session was born as a way to honor three of the senior members of Beasley’s Big Band (BBB). Ruben Haugen (saxophone/clarinet), Roger Bartlett (trombone and upright bass), and Mel Carter Sr. (trumpet) served as mentors and teachers to anyone willing to be under their tutelage. They lived the music “the first time around” and taught the "real" way this music should be played; from the heart, and for the love of the large body of work known as the American Songbook (of Jazz Standards).  

Court’s In Session provided a forum for these music mentors to continue creating music after retiring from the rigors of playing with Beasley’s Big Band.

Throughout the years, new faces have stepped in to help keep BBB’s Jazz and legacy alive: band-members Rich Goldman, John Etzell, and Ryan Lodgaard.

Court’s In Session will stir your emotions and relax your mind by capturing the heart of the classic American Songbook played in the tradition of yesteryear - with a dash of blues and a ton of soul.

 
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Courtney Burton’s smooth and soulful voice is supported beautifully by her authentic ensemble to produce great interpretations from the glory days of jazz. Courtney and her band do justice to the art form of jazz in the most sincere and classic manner.

Paul A. DeStefano - New York area Jazz Enthusiast, Drummer, Foodie, Business Leader

 
 

THE MUSICIANS

 
John Etzell - Upright bass

John Etzell - Upright bass

Ryan Lodgaard - Drums

Ryan Lodgaard - Drums

 
Eric Edwalds - Piano

Eric Edwalds - Piano

Rich Goldman - Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute

Rich Goldman - Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute

Courtney Burton - Vocals

Courtney Burton - Vocals

 
 

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Minnesota’s Old School Jazz Vocalist

Courtney
Burton

Vocalist, founder and creative director of Court’s In Session, Courtney’s earliest memory of music was from the Lawrence Welk Show. Her kindergarten teacher, a performer with the Chicago Opera, further strengthened Courtney’s life-long love of music.  

In college, Courtney was overheard singing in the shower and recruited to join the choir. Courtney’s professional career as a singer, though inauspiciously launched, has continued to influence the Twin Cities’ music scene with old school jazz and greats from the American tradition.

Courtney's deep, rich tone pleases the senses, while her impressive range and light touch bring a fresh style to the classic American songbook and Big Band classics that are both nostalgic and modern.