Minnesota Mystery Night

Next at Minnesota Mystery Night

Chris Norbury

in conversation with renowned jazz singer

Connie Evingson

April 15, 2024

The conversation is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required.  Call Axel's in Mendota Heights to book your seat: (651-686-4840). Be sure to tell them that the reservation is for Minnesota Mystery Night, and whether you'll be coming for dinner. Dinner seating starts at 5:00 p.m. The show starts at 7:00 p.m.

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CHRIS NORBURY is the award-winning author of three crime-thrillers featuring Matt Lanier, an accomplished jazz musician who repeatedly finds himself in dire straits, sometimes relegated to being a street musician for survival.

Norbury’s most recent novel, Little Mountain, Big Trouble, is a coming-of-age adventure whose main character is a young boy in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program who goes on the adventure of his life with his Big Brother.

Both the Matt Lanier series, and Little Mountain, Big Trouble arise from Chris’s personal experience. He earned a B.S. in Music Education at the University of Minnesota and was a high school music teacher until retiring to become a full-time writer.

During his teaching career, Chris was a volunteer Big Brother for 20 years, and now calls himself a “Big Brother Emeritus.” Because of his strong belief in the program, Chris donates a portion of all his book sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota.

Two of his passions, outside of writing books, are golf and solo canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He’s married and lives in southern MN.

P.S. Connie Evingson is his favorite living jazz vocalist.


CONNIE EVINGSON’s  recorded catalog of acclaimed CD's ranging from jazz and Broadway standards to the music of Peggy Lee, the Beatles, bossa nova, Django Reinhardt’s “Hot Club” style  and more reflects an adventurous spirit that knows no boundaries.  She is a long-standing member of the vocal jazz group Moore by Four, and as a solo performer has been a featured guest artist with Garrison Keillor’s  A Prairie Home Companion,  Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis,  the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Doc Severinsen, Philip Brunelle's Vocalessence and the JazzMN Orchestra,  among others.  She has toured worldwide with appearances at concert halls and theaters across the U.S., Europe and Japan and appears regularly at Crooners, the Dakota, the Womans Club and various other Twin cities venues.  Her 10 recordings on the Minnehaha Music label have all charted in the Top 50 Jazz releases in the U.S. and Canada and can be heard on radio stations around the world.    Connie has been featured on NPR's Weekend Morning Edition with Susan Stamberg and her music is included on numerous CD compilations in the U.S., France, China and Japan.  She is a two-time recipient of both the McKnight Artist Fellowship and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.