Minneapolis-based jazz pianist and composer, Mary Louise Knutson, has been called "one of the most exciting and innovative artists to happen to jazz piano in quite some time." Her warm, inviting tone, broad range of emotional expression, and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene. In 2005, she was a Top 5 Finalist in the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams "Women in Jazz" Pianist Competition and in 2006 she picked up Minnesota Music Awards nominations for both Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year.
Knutson’s debut jazz trio CD, "Call Me When You Get There", charted in the Top 50 in the United States and Canada for eight consecutive weeks following its recent release, and earned Knutson the award for "Top New Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year" from KWJL Radio, California, in 2001. Featured tracks include her award-winning compositions and signature arrangements of such jazz classics as "Tangerine", "Green Dolphin Street", and "Gone With the Wind" and range from the joyful lyricism of "Call Me When You Get There" to the impassioned blaze of "Meridian".
Mary Louise is available for concerts and private engagements (as a soloist or with her group, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio), as well as guest artist appearances, private lessons, master classes, touring, recording, and more.