Big Sunflower

Why book Big Sunflower?

Versatile Twin Cities jazz band Big Sunflower plays community, private, and corporate events. Jazz quartet, jazz trio, or larger group available.

Bring the excitement of live jazz to your event. Minneapolis jazz ensemble Big Sunflower performs jazz standards, Brazilian sounds, latin jazz, funk, blues, and more- at reasonable rates.

Experienced with weddings, fundraisers, outdoor community events, and corporate and private parties, the band has performed at events in prime locations around the Twin Cities, including Windows on Minnesota, the Metropolitan Ballroom, and the University Club, as well as in more intimate settings.

For booking info, call us at 612.991.4222 or 612.644.3027.



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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $500-2000


atmosphere ranges from soft background jazz to danceable, funky music, depending on client preference.

Additional Booking Notes

50% of fee customarily due upon booking.

unplugged/totally acoustic format available, depending on instrumentation. typically, acoustic bass and keyboard are amplified.

Past Booked Events

01/28/11 Butter Bakery 35th Grand Mpls
12/06/10 private event
10/16/10 Trotter's Cafe St. Paul 6-8 pm
10/02/10 Prior Lake Farmers Market, 9am-12, PL
09/11/10 Prior Lake Farmers Market, 9am-12, PL
08/07/10 Prior Lake Farmers Market, 9am-12, PL
07/17/10 Prior Lake Farmers Market, 9am-12, PL
07/12/10 private event
07/11/10 Alexis Bailly Vineyards, 1:30-4:30, Hastings, MN
06/19/10 Prior Lake Farmers Market, 9am-12, PL
05/22/10 Prior Lake Farmers Market, 9am-12, PL

Big Sunflower


Tapping into the great standards of Porter and Gershwin, the exciting bebop of Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, and the complex jazz sounds immortalized by Miles Davis, Coltrane, and other modern masters, Big Sunflower plays the great American songbook, and then some. With Brazilian classics, infectious Latin rhythms, and danceable funk thrown in, your crowd will be pleased.


The musicians of Big Sunflower have been performing together since around 2002. Though they typically appear as a quartet (saxophone, piano, bass, & drums), a guitarist, vocalist, or other instrument can be added for your event.

The group features saxophonist Chris Hagedorn, an energetic tenor player equally comfortable in traditional and modern contexts. His energy and bright, confident sound allow Big Sunflower to pierce fresh, new realms while remaining firmly rooted in critical jazz repertoire. A perpetual student as well as a professional teacher, Chris has lent his talents to jazz and rock groups around town.

Pianist Todd Bartholomay, who studied at Berklee College of Music, shares timeless melodies and provides solid harmonic grounding for the band. Full of genuine swing, Todd's playing provides hours of non-toxic fun for the whole family.

Big Sunflower bassist Steve Bulwicz draws upon his eclectic stylistic background, which includes work in various classical and popular genres. A native of the Garden State, Steve played with the founding members of Blondie in the 1970s before his career as a Navy pilot and subsequent affiliation with Big Sunflower.

Drummer Rick Nair enjoys the hybrid of jazz, Latin, and contemporary rhythms in Big Sunflower's material. He studied jazz with Ron Carter and Charli Persip in New York, where he was able to play with a wide array of musical artists before locating to Minnesota.


Big Sunflower plays weddings, fundraisers, holiday parties, community festivals, outdoor events, concerts for kids, fashion shows, and more. The band can shape its set and sound to suit your event and even plays requests!

For bookings or ideas, call 612.991.4222 or 612.644.3027.

The team providing the talent:

chris hagedorn


todd bartholomay


steve bulwicz


rick nair


Set List

range of standards, modern jazz repertoire, brazilian and latin, funk, and more available. requests welcome.

call 612.991.4222 for more information.

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Big Sunflower to find out what their setup requirements are.

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