Friday, April 21, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 21-27



Sheila Jordan, in the Dunsmore Room April 23


© Andrea Canter

This changing weather is sure keeping us on our toes. At least the opportunities to hear great jazz are constants, and the coming week offers a lot of ear-smacking options from local talents and former residents to international stars and a living legend. And the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival adds even more jazz to the week.

Big Gigs This Week

Friday, April 21. The Edina Landmark theater hosts the local opening of a new film about bebop trumpeter Lee Morgan--I Called him Lee Morgan. The film has already garnered raves after opening to sold out audiences at its New York premiere.

Greg Byers
Part of the Mpls-St Paul International Film Festival, don't miss the screening of  Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past at St Anthony Main Theater.   And at Jazz Central, the prime time show features Ashen Fir with Greg Byers on cello, Jack Barrett on keys, Charlie Bruber on bass, and Pete Quirsfeld on drums. But don't leave at 10 pm-- the late show features a band of highly motivated teens who came together as part of Greg Keel's jazz combo class a MacPhail, and have stuck together now for two years of gigging around town as Below Zero.

Zacc Harris
Vieux Carre' is usually jumping on the weekend, and tonight the party starts with Jon Pemberton on piano, followed by the Zacc Harris Group. Guitarist and leader Zacc is joined by what is typically the Javi Santiago Trio-- Javi on piano, Dan Carpel on bass and Miguel Hurtado on drums. At the Icehouse, Patrick Harison provides solo accordion for the dinner sets; Lila Ammons sings at the Hennepin Steam Room, and Sophia Shorai does the same at Hell's Kitchen.

Doc Severinsen
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22. The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is underway this weekend, with special guest artists Doc Severinsen and drummer Carl Allen. There's plenty more from regional and student ensembles on the UW-EC campus and in area clubs.

Red 5
Saturday, April 22. The weekly double bill for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog kicks off with accomplished pianist Abebi Stafford and drummer Joel Pruitt, followed by a revised edition of Chris Bates' Red 5 -- expanded to a septet with a fluid cast to address scheduling issues when your band is filled with busy A-list musicians! Tonight the ensemble includes Pete Whitman, Aaron Hedenstrom, Steve Kenny and JC Sanford on horns, with Thomas Nordlund on guitar and Davu Seru on drums; and Chris of course on bass!

Gary Schulte
Out at St Barnabas in Plymouth, the Jazz at St Barneys series continues with the swinging Gypsy Mania quartet-- Gary Schulte on violin, Glen Helgeson on guitar, Steve Pikal on bass, and Jay Epstein on drums.

Erin Schwab
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23. The Capri Theater presents its final concert in the renowned Legends Series, with "Judy You Bette" starring Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs in this tribute to Judy Garland and Bette Midler. Notes Artistic Director Dennis Spears of Erin, "Her renditions of the music of Judy Garland and Bette Midler will leave you speechless.  And, by the way, be sure to bring your funny bone. "   Saturday night and Sunday matinee options-- best availability for Sunday.

Sheila Jordan
Sunday, April 23. For vocal jazz fans, there may be no better gig this year as the legendary Sheila Jordan makes her first visit to the Twin Cities in many years, coming to the Dunsmore Room for two sets at age 88! And her support will come from one of our young lions-- pianist Javi Santiago. Sheila turned Charlie Parker's bebop vocabulary into vocal explorations, and jazz vocals have never been the same since. Sheila often appears in solo with just bass, tonight she forms a duo with young lion of the keyboard, and a pretty fair bebop interpreter himself, Javi Santiago.

Steve Blons, Soul Cafe
Also on Sunday, one of the few performances of Soul Cafe for the year, led by guitarist Steve Blons with a good dose of modern poetry and the exciting addition of Chris Bates on bass, joining Steven Hobert on piano and Brad Holden on alto sax. The theme for the evening is "Awakening" which sounds perfect for spring. As always, Soul Cafe performs at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Bob Bowman
In a rare Sunday night gig at Jazz Central, Kansas City bassist Bob Bowman brings his Bowdogs to town. Bob has been heard often with Karrin Allyson, and has more recently been in the Twin Cities to perform with Laura Caviani and lead his own trio. And the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, reinterpreting the sounds of New Orleans, is back at the Dakota to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Monday, April 24. Tonight's Jazz Implosion will be the final installment of Reich Fest at the Icehouse, a salute to the music of Steven Reich. Three bands will perform Reich's "Pendulum Music", "Four Organs", and "It's Gonna Rain" with overlapping casts of area improvisers.

John Raymond
Across town in the Dunsmore Room, trumpeter John Raymond is back home for just one night with a new quartet of local stars, dubbed the New Standards Quartet (with Javi Santiago, Graydon Peterson and Rodney Ruckus). Hopefully we will soon be seeing John more regularly when he returns to the Midwest to join the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Ernest Bisong
Monday night you can also see the screening of the film, Bill Frisell: A Portrait, also part of the International Film Festival, with Bill himself attending the 7 pm show at St Anthony Main theaters. And at Jazz Central, versatile violinist  Ernest Bisong takes the spotlight.

SF Jazz Collective
Monday-Tuesday, April 24-25.  The famed SF Jazz Collective holds a two-night stand at the Dakota. An octet of the top performers in modern jazz, the collective this year is highlighting the music of Miles Davis. The current band includes Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez on saxes, Sean Jones on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Warren Wolf on vibes, Ed Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.

Bill Frisell
Tuesday, April 25.  A day after the screening of his biopic film, Bill Frisell turns up in Hopkins with his long-running quartet (with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen) for a night at the Center for the Arts.

Hear Chris Lomheim solo at Vieux Carre', followed by the swinging Parisota Hot Club led by guitarist Robb Henry. And Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Geoff Senn and Mac Santiago.

Jon Weber and Connie Evingson
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 25-26.  Connie Evingson and Jon Weber are in the Dunsmore Room celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday with the Best of the Songbooks --favorites from their Songbook productions at the Jungle Theater over the past few years. They're joined by Dave Karr and Gordy Johnson.  

Leigh Kamman
Wednesday, April 26.  The Black Dog hosts the monthly screening of the Leigh Kamman Jazz Image archives, tonight featuring interviews with the late Eddie Berger.  At Jazz Central, the monthly installment of John Keston and Cody McKinney's "Sound/Simulacra" explores musical improvisation as a "faithful and intentionally distorted" representational process to "create the hyperreal." And Paul Harper's Show and Tell band is on stage at the Hennepin Steam Room.

The Andrews Sisters
Wednesday-Thursday, April 26-27. The Dakota and History Theater join forces to present a production Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters, written by Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage with musical arrangements b Raymond Berg. On stage at the Dakota, the famous singing sisters are played by Cat Brindisi, Katie Hahn and Jen Burleigh-Bentz

Michael O'Brien
Thursday, April 27. Another hometown hero is briefly back as New York bassist Michael O'Brien and his quartet (Steve Kenny, Zacc Harris and Greg Schutte) take the stage at Reverie (and he's in the Dunsmore Room the following week on 5/2).  At Jazz Central, Vocal Jazz Night features Niny Salem singing with support from pianist Jon deVaal.

Patty Peterson
More Jazz
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --online and on facebook. Tune into the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM 88.5 fm every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Andrea's guest on April 27th will be vocalist and radio host Patty Peterson, with news of the upcoming Legends: The Elders concert (May 7).




Coming Soon!
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 28, Peter Schimke Trio (with Bates and Horst) at The Lexington
. April 28, Dave Singley CD release at Studio Z
. April 28-29, Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. April 29, Brian Handeland Quartet/Bottomless Pit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 30, Bruce Henry "Sings Stevie Wonder" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 1, Delfeayo Marsalis in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 2, Michael O'Brien Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 3-4, Randy Brecker Quartet with Tanner Taylor in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 7, Celebrating the Elders with Patty Peterson at Minnesota History Center
. May 7, Dakota Combo Spring Concert at Studio Z
. May 8, Glenn Zaleski in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 9, Rio Nido in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge (postponed from earlier date)
. May 10, Zacc Harris Group at Studio Z
. May 11, Potash Twins at Adath Jeshuran Synagogue
. May 11 +14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 15, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. May 15-16, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 16-17, Marcus Roberts Trio at the Dakota
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. May 31, Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 21, Christian Sands at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 30-July 2, Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more, Iowa City Jazz Festival 


Delfeayo Marsalis, coming to the Dunsmore Room on May 1

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 14-20



Lizz Wright, at the Dakota April 20th

© Andrea Canter

Snow, sunshine, wind, rain...Welcome to Minnesota Spring, version 3.0. We have a holiday weekend as well as festive music throughout the week, including a CD release from Red Planet with Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room, a "monsterful" evening at the Black Dog, two dazzling, internationally acclaimed performers at the Dakota, seriously improvising ensembles on the calendars at Jazz Central, the Black Dog and Icehouse..... and more.

Big Gigs This Week
Fall of the House of Usher
Friday, April 14. The  improvising ensemble Fall of the House of Usher is on stage at Jazz Central, led by Chris Cunningham with a cast of some of our most inventive musicians, including two still in high school (Ivan Cunningham and Riley Swain); keyboard magician John Keston will be the special guest. And there's a special opening set with oud player Issam Rafea, Chris Cunningham and some of the other Ushers.  

Debbie Duncan
If swing and sass is more your thing, Debbie Duncan is in the lounge at Crooners. Minnesota's "First Lady of Song" never fails to entertain (or hit her notes!). Dinner at the Icehouse means some jazzy ambience courtesy of Zacc Harris and James Buckley.

Eric Kamau Gravatt
Saturday, April 15.Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt and his long-running Source Code ensemble perform on the Jazz at Studio Z series. The band tonight includes veteran saxman Dean Brewington, rising star trumpeter Solomon Parham, the dean of guitar, Dean Magraw, and Gravatt's longtime cohort Ron Evaniuk on bass.  In lieu of a master class, the evening starts with a preconcert Q and A with Eric and company, recorded for archiving in the Jazz at Studio Z's podcast collection. 

Peter Kogan
Down the street at the Black Dog, the Aaron Hedenstrom Trio opens the evening (Hedenstrom on saxes, Kameron Markworth on bass, Lars-Erik Larson on drums), followed by Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband -- and it is a band filled with jazz monsters, including Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Scott Agster (trombone), Pete Whitman (saxes), Chris Olson (guitar), Sean Turner (piano), Jeff Bailey (bass), and Kogan of course on percussion.

Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira
Across town at the Normandy Kitchen, you can hear always charming vocalist Charmin Michelle and her "friends"-- Joel Shapira on guitar, Tom Lewis on bass, and Nathan Norman on drums.  

Sunday, April 16. Enjoy Easter Brunch at Crooners Lounge with --of course-- a genuine crooner, Maurice Jacox. Fuzzy Math appears late afternoon at the Black Dog. That's the band dubbed "best jazz act for people who don't like jazz" by the Best of Minnesota List in 2012.

Pat O'Keefe
Monday, April 17. It's the monthly open rehearsal of the Cherry Spoon Collective at the Black Dog-- a large ensemble filled with the area's top improvisers, including leaders Michelle Kinney, Nick Gaudette, and Pat O'Keefe.

Chris Morrissey
A double header at the Icehouse starts with Week Three of Reich Fest, celebrating the music of Steven Reich. Compositions include "Music for Pieces of Wood"--a 5-drum quintet, and "Electric Bass Phase" with bassists Chris Bates and Cody McKinney. The second set is the Jim Campilongo Trio with Twin Cities native, Brooklyn-based Chris Morrissey on bass.

Described as a one-man band who turns the guitar into an orchestra, globally infused singer-songwriter Raul Midon returns to the Dakota. And at Jazz Central, the spotlight artist tonight is alto saxophonist Dave Strong.

Mary Louise Knutson
Tuesday, April 18. Mary Louise Knutson--taking a break from JazzMN and Doc Severinsen-- plays her monthly solo piano sets, early evening at Vieux Carre'. Then she zips across town to   Jazz Central to join the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster. EBB makes tiny Jazz Central seem like the perfect place for big band music.

Red Planet
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 18-19. Over two nights, enjoy the CD release for Red Planet With Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room. Together for about 15 years now, Red Planet (Dean Magraw, Chris Bates, Jay Epstein) came to Creation Audio for a recording session in front of a live audience, adding to their already-stellar collaboration the unique talents of pianist Bill Carrothers.  The resulting CD yields a playlist much like a Red Planet gig, with original tunes and heavy doses of Coltrane and Monk. But the addition of Carrothers provides the wild card -- anything can happen. And it's even better live.

Steven Hobert
Wednesday, April 19. The new music night at Jazz Central features the Steven Hobert Quartet-- creative pianist Steven joined by sax titan Pete Whitman, amazing bassist Yohannes Tona, and wildly gymnastic drummer Arthur "LA" Buckner.

Lizz Wright
Thursday, April 20. Mezmerizing vocalist Lizz Wright returns to the Dakota, bringing along her trademark melding of jazz and soul, and now adding hand percussion to her repertoire.

Dorothy Doring
At Jazz Central, one of the area's most accomplished vocalists, Dorothy Doring, takes the bandstand with pianist Marc Ziegenhagen (aka Marc Z) to reprise her Roaring 20s' Cabaret Show in the first set, finishing the evening with a second set of her dazzling jazz and blues.

Josh Granowski
At Reverie, the Thursday Night jazz series presents a double bill, starting out with a quintet dubbed Fermentation with flutes, accordion, bass trombone, guitar and drums. The duo Large Marge follows (that's Chris Hepola on drums and Josh Granowski on bass). Sounds like large fun.

Out at Crooners, it's the monthly swingfest with the Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal, Jendeen Forberg), adding vocalist Kate Moore.

More Jazz
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --online and on facebook. Tune into the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM 88.5 fm every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Andrea's guest on April 20th will be guitarist/bassist/mandolinist Joan Griffith.

Coming Soon!
. April 21-22, Eau Claire Jazz Festival with Doc Severinsen, Carl Allen
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 22, Abebi Stafford Trio/Chris Bates Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 23, Soul Cafe' at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
. April 24, John Raymond New Standards Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 25, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. April 25-26, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 26, Leigh Kamman's Jazz Image Through the Decades (Eddie Berger) at the Black Dog
. April 27, Michael O'Brien Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 28, Dave Singley CD release at Studio Z
. April 28, Fusion Night at Day Block Brewing (Julian Manzara Quartet at 11 pm)
. April 28-29, Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. April 29, Brian Handeland Quartet/Bottomless Pit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 30, Bruce Henry sings Stevie Wonder in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 1, Larry McDonough "Born to be Kind of Blue" at the Dakota
. May 2, Michael O'Brien Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 3-4, Randy Brecker Quartet with Tanner Taylor in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 7, Celebrating the Elders with Patty Peterson at Minnesota History Center
. May 7, Dakota Combo Spring Concert at Studio Z
. May 8, Glenn Zaleski in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 9, Rio Nido in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge (postponed from earlier date)
. May 11 +14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 15, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. May 15-16, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. May 25, Will Schmid/Charlie Lincoln Quintet, the Music of Low at the Black Dog
. May 31, Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 30-July 2, Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more, Iowa City Jazz Festival 
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 16, Ben Sidran at the Dakota
. August 30, Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Dakota

SF Jazz Collective, April 24-25 at the Dakota

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 7-13



John Pizzarelli Quartet - at the Dakota, April 9


© Andrea Canter

As the weather turns very spring-like, it seems we are also adding steam to our sound waves. Maria Schneider returns to conduct the JazzMN Orchestra; pianist Larry Fuller makes his debut in a leading role with his trio in the Dunsmore Room; there's a new installment of the Reich Fest at the Icehouse; and Davu Seru, recently featured in the Strib, returns to Reverie with his No Territory Band. That's the tip of the iceberg.

Big Gigs This Week
Bob Parsons
Friday, April 7. Jazz Central hosts the Bob Parsons Quartet. We usually hear Bob in his role as Artistic Director for the Acme Jazz Company, so this is a good opportunity to enjoy his saxophone and original compositions in a small group setting. The late set is presented by Peter Shu and his student ensembles from North Central University.

Jay Young
Jay Young brings the Lyric Factory and their popular tribute to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to Vieux Carre', with Jon Pemberton opening the evening on piano.

More: The Black Dog hosts the Skruffians, adding soul and reggae to jazz; Tim Sparks and James Buckley provide the dinner hour ambience at the Icehouse; the Kronick Quintet takes over in the lounge at Public Kitchen; Lila Ammons sings at the Hennepin Steam Room.

Maria Schneider
Saturday, April 8. Windom native and Grammy-winning composer/arranger Maria Schneider was just in the Twin Cities in February conducting her famed orchestra. Now she returns to lead another famed orchestra--JazzMN. Following a preconcert talk in late afternoon, Maria and JazzMN present a concert featuring several of her original compositions. During the first part of the concert, Debbie Duncan salutes Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday; Cameron Kinghorn pays tribute to the late Al Jarreau; and the band will premier an original composition by Adam Meckler.

Maryann Sullivan
A rare --if not the series' first-- vocal set leads off Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog as Maryann Sullivan brings in her Corner Jazz ensemble (with Doug Haining, Ted Godbout, Ted Olsen and Trevor Hainig), followed by the Steve Kenny Quartet (Javi Santiago, Olsen, and Rodney Ruckus) and what may be drummer Ruckus' farewell gig as a Minnesota resident -- he's relocating to the Bay Area.

James Buckley
Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows prevail at Vieux Carre', Jake Hanson and James Buckley are on stage for early evening sets at the Icehouse; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske are in the Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel; the Benny Weinbeck Trio performs in the lounge at Parma 8200.


Lyz Jaakola and Bob Fantauzzo
Sunday, April 9. This afternoon at the Minnesota History Theater, KBEM sponsors a reprise performance of "A Weaving of Traditions," a celebration of the influence of Native American musicians on jazz, with Bobb Fantauzzo on many flutes, Javi Santiago on piano, Jeff Bailey on bass, Mac Santiago on drums, and Lyz Jaakola on vocals and native instruments.

John Pizzarelli
Sunday evening, one of the most enjoyable jazz entertainers on the scene, singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli returns to the Dakota with his quartet. John was a crowd pleaser as well as virtuosic performer at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Lila Ammons
Monday, April 10. Savvy vocalist Lila Ammons starts early during happy hour and goes into the evening at Crooners Lounge. Certainly, blues will be served.

Debbie Duncan is always a good draw and a good time -- she's back at the Dakota with her quartet--Adi Yeshaya on piano, Jay Young on bass, and Nathan Norman on drums.

JT Bates
JT Bates brings the second installment of Reich Fest (honoring the music of the late Steven Reich) to the Icehouse, this time with a large cast performing Reich's  "2 x 5" --with at least 4 guitarists, 2 bassists, 2 drummers and 2 keyboards.  The late set will feature something JT is cooking up!

Joe Mayo
Really Big Shoe takes the spotlight slot at Jazz Central. With co-leader saxophones (Joe Mayo and Clay Pufahl), the other shoes include Matt Peterson on bass and Joey Van Phillips on drums.

Larry Fuller
Tuesday, April 11. The Dunsmore Room at Crooners welcomes pianist Larry Fuller and his trio. Larry has often been in town with John Pizzarelli but now is touring with his own trio.  He dazzled us at the Iowa City Jazz Festival last summer.

Also Tuesday, the Black Dog hosts the monthly Chris Olson Project, and tonight it's a new trio with Chris on 7-string, along with Peter Vircks on sax and Reid Kennedy on drums.

Chris Lomheim
At Vieux Carre', JT Bates heads the GRAIN Trio, featuring Kevin Gastonguay on B-3; Chris Lomheim opens the evening with solo piano magic.  The Cedar Ave Big Band takes the big band slot at Jazz Central, and another local big band, the Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra performs at the Minnesota Music Cafe'.


Dean Magraw
Wednesday, April 12.  At Vieux Carre', Patrick Harison opens with some jazzy accordion, followed by a timeless duo of Butch Thompson on piano and Dean Magraw on guitar.

Help Dennis Spears celebrate his birthday in the Dunsmore Room!  Not sure there will be cake but you can be assured there will be great music and entertainment.


Davu Seru
Thursday, April 13. Just profiled in the Strib, drummer Davu Seru and his No Territory Band take the stage for Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie. The line-up is rather fluid but Davu carefully assembles each band for maximum collaboration and sound.

More -- Fuzzy Math works its magic in Hell's Kitchen; Looking Bacharach vocal ensemble is front and center at Jazz Central; Maurice Jacox serenades at Crooners Lounge; Charmin and Shapira and Friends perform at Vieux Carre'.

More Jazz!
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --online and on facebook. Tune into the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM 88.5 fm every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Andrea's guest on April 13 will be Dean Magraw, talking about the upcoming release of Red Planet with Bill Carrothers (set for April 18-19 in the Dunsmore Room).

Coming Soon!
. April 14, Debbie Duncan at Crooners Lounge
. April 14, Fall of the House of Usher at Jazz Central
. April 14-15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Trio/Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 15, Pippi Ardennia and Women of Jazz at House of Payne
. April 16, Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog
. April 17, Cherry Spoon Collective at the Black Dog
. April 18, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central
. April 18-19, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, CD release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 19, Steven Hobert Quartet at Jazz Central
. April 20, Lizz Wright (Tribute to Prince) at the Dakota
. April 20, Fermentation/Damman-Seru-Bates, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 21-22, Eau Claire Jazz Festival with Doc Severinsen, Carl Allen
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 22, Abebi Stafford Trio/Chris Bates Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 23, Soul Cafe' at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
. April 24, John Raymond New Standards Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 25, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. April 25-26, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 26, Leigh Kamman's Jazz Image Through the Decades (Eddie Berger) at the Black Dog
. April 27, Michael O'Brien Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 28, Dave Singley CD release at Studio Z
. April 28-29, Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. April 29, Brian Handeland Quartet/Bottomless Pit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 4-5, Randy Brecker/Peterson Brothers at Crooners Lounge
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 7, Dakota Combo Spring Concert at Studio Z
. May 11 +14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 15, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. May 31. Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 30-July 2, Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more, Iowa City Jazz Festival 
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 16, Ben Sidran at the Dakota

Red Planet - recording at Creation Audio, CD release April 18-19 at Dunsmore Room