Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 24-30



Tall Tales at Studio Z, Jazz Fest on March 25

 © Andrea Canter
 
The calendar says Spring so it must be true. And I know summer is coming  because Steve Heckler has announced the Twin Cities Jazz Fest headliners with McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen and Bobby Lyle. But there's another jazz fest coming this Saturday with three great area bands and another visiting ensemble (Drobka-Weller Duo). The rest of the week is filled with sonic excitement from former Minnesotan Stefan Kac's tuba to the contemporary jazz genius of David Sanborn to the inventions of George Cartwright and his Smashing Carp cohorts.

Big Gigs This Week
Wozniak, Adkins, and Peterson x 2
Friday, March 24. It's a rare Friday night double-header at the Black Dog, starting out with a quartet of young lions and mature tigers-- Brandon Wozniak, Patrick Adkins, Graydon Peterson and Luke Peterson play originals by the young upstarts, Patrick and Luke, both still engaged in college studies. They're followed by Cedric Fuller and Global Sound, led by drummer Fuller and featuring Ernest Bisong on violin, Steven Hobert on keys, Tomas Simpson on guitar, Kenneth Garnier on bass and Caitlynn Daniels on vocals.

Alex Burgess
At Jazz Central, two bands with ties to River Falls are on stage, first the young guns of the Mitch Rand Quartet, followed by Common Space, led by drummer Alex Burgess, with Eric Graham on keys, Dylan Nelson on bass and Justin Wolff on saxes.

Have some hard bop with your hops! Jesse Simon's Minnesota Hard Bop Collective (with Aaron Hedenstrom, Matt Peterson and Mike Wolter) cover Coltrane (including most of Giant Steps) at Boom Island Brewery.

Kneebody
Piano magician Rick Carlson plays Ellington with the Southside Aces at Vieux Carre'; Sophia Shorai is on stage at Hell's Kitchen; Jake Hanson and James Buckley offer string theories over the dinner hours at the Icehouse; and at the Cedar, it's a collaboration between the edgy urban sounds of the ensemble Kneebody and remix artist Daedelus to yield Kneedelus-- that's bound to be a wild evening. 

Andrew Walesch Big Band
Friday-Saturday, March 24-25. At the Chanhassan Dinner Theater, pianist/vocalist Andrew Walesch and his big band reprise their Frank Sinatra blowout.

Dorothy Doring
Saturday, March 25. For some jazzy music in the afternoon, can't go wrong with vocalist Dorothy Doring at the Eagan Community Center. It's a cabaret show of Roaring 20’s songs in the Oasis Room, and for a good cause-- a Scholarship Fundraiser for Alpha Delta Kappa, teaching sorority.

Zacc Harris
Jazz meets jazz in Lowertown St Paul! The annual Jazz at Studio Z Festival brings together four monster ensembles, three of whom are also on the roster of curator Zacc Harris' Shifting Paradigm Records label. Start at 5 pm with Tall Tales, Dean Granros' double guitar quartet with Zacc Harris, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein. Next up, the Adam Meckler Quintet featuring Meckler on trumpet, Shilad Sen on sax, Zacc Harris on guitar, Graydon Peterson on bass and Greg Schutte on drums. No doubt they will reprise some of the music from their debut recording, Wander, as well as new material.

Devin Drobka
The second half of the fest line-up gets pretty percussive: JT Bates and Dave King come together as Raging Bulls, locking "horns" figuratively as they turn drumsets into weapons of mass deconstruction. That should set the stage for the final set featuring the Drobka-Weller Duo, Devin Drobka (drums) from Milwaukee and Chris Weller (trumpet) from Chicago. Their duo release Blues Town comes out on Shifting Paradigms in April.

Dean Granros
It's the 134th straight week of Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, kicking off with the veteran guitar duo of Joel Shapira and Dean Granros, followed by a fluid band of young masters led by Rodney Ruckus, who is celebrating the finale of his 25th birthday tour which took him to the West Coast. His band will include Adam Meckler on trumpet and New York-based saxophonist Jonathan Greenstein, among others.  

Rodney Ruckus
More for Saturday - Tim Sparks and James Buckley offer string jazz at the Icehouse; the Benny Weinbeck Trio presides at Parma 8200;

Katia Cardenas
Sunday, March 26.  Judi Vinar joins Dan Chouinard for the Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room, and my Lead Sheet guest from last week, vocalist Katia Cardenas, celebrates her birthday at the Icehouse. Her band expands to include not only a tight rhythm section (Ted Godbout, Graydon Peterson and Zach Schmidt) but also 2 savvy back-up singers, Andrina Brogden and Sheridan Zuther.

Evening gigs include the Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar and Parisota Hot Club at the Aster Cafe'.

Stefan Kac
Monday, March 27. At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion brings back former Minnesotan, tuba master Stefan Kac and his LA-based trio Evil Genius--tuba, guitar and drums. Kac was one of the area's younger proponents of new music when he was frequent performer at the Icehouse, and no doubt his time in LA has percolated some new sounds on that big horn.

Also Monday, Mark Ashe heads a B-3 organ trio at Jazz Central.

David Sanborn
Monday-Tuesday, March 27-28. One of the most popular contemporary jazz artists, David Sanborn, starts a two-night stand at The Dakota. He's often associated with the "smooth jazz" scene but really has some impressive mainstream chops which will likely be on full display here.

Tuesday, March 28. Get funky with the BZ3 Organ Trio at Crooners, featuring Brian Ziemniak on B3, along with Troy Norton on guitar and Kevin Washington on drums.

George Cartwright
Perhaps the most inventive gig of the week, George Cartwright's Smashing Carp Volume 2 is on stage at the Black Dog, with Cartwright, Michelle Kinney, Heather Barringer, Andrew Broder and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin performing "Still Drips."

Madeleine Peyroux
More: Hot vocalists Madeleine Peyrox and Ricki Lee Jones share the stage at the Ames Center (Burnsville); the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra is featured at Jazz Central; Chris Lomheim brings solo piano to Vieux Carre'.

Vanessa Trouble
Wednesday, March 29. Winona native, New York-based vocalist Vanessa Trouble returns to the Dunsmore Room, in the company of old friend, trumpeter Charlie Caranicus.

Steven Hobert
Steven Hobert holds a solo piano night at Jazz Central, honoring the traditions of oppressed peoples and featuring the music of Mingus, Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, and Steven's originals.

Jeremy Walker
At Vieux Carre', it's another night with Jeremy Walker's Songtet, with the pianist's long standing trio-mates Jeff Brueske on bass and Tim Zhorne on drums, and vocalist Jason Harms.

Clay Pufahl (Colossus)
Thursday, March 30. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie features the band Colossus - Park Evans on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, Joey VanPhillips on drums, and spotlighting saxophonist Clay Pufahl. Dorothy Doring sings in the new Mudd Room of Lucky's 13 Pub in Mendota; Joel Shapira plays an early set at Hell's Kitchen; and Six Families is "on stage" later in the evening at Khyber Pass.

Adam Linz
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 March 30 will be Adam Linz and members of the Dakota Combo, discussing their gig at the Casket Arts Building's First Thursday even on April 6.

Coming Soon!
. March 31, Patty Peterson with Andrew Walesch at Crooners Lounge
. March 31-April 2, Arne Fogel, Maud Hixson and Jennifer Eckes, "Great Songwriting Teams of Broadway and Hollywood at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. April 1, Common Space/Atlantis Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 1, Corner Jazz at Tin Fish Braemer
. April 3, Greg Ward Quintet at the Icehouse 
. April 3, Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. April 4, Beasley's Big Band in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's
. April 4, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. April 4, Freddy Cole at the Dakota
. April 4, Rio Nido in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 6, First Thursday Open Studio "Jazz It Up" with AdamLinz/Dakota Combo and Larry McDonough/Carol Bergquist at Casket Arts Building
. April 6, Jax Revel Gang/Alden Ikeda Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 6, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at Crooners Lounge
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 8, Corner Jazz/Steve Kenny Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 11, Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe'
. April 11, Cedar Ave Big Band at Jazz Central
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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 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 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 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 28-29, 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 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 Underground 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


 
Freddy Cole -- At the Dakota on April 4




Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 17-23



Emmet Cohen, in the Twin Cities March 19-21 © Andrea Canter

© Andrea Canter

Happy Almost Spring!  We have some young and local rising star performers this weekend, as well as a Twin Cities debut visit from one of the nation's rising stars of jazz piano. Throughout the week, veterans of the local scene shine on stages across the metro.

Big Gigs This Week
Nick Syman
Friday, March 17.  It's St. Patrick's Day and the luck of the Irish extends to jazz. Trombonist Nick Syman, a frequent soloist with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and other area big bands, as well as educator in Hudson, WI,  brings a quartet of still-young lions to Jazz Central, with Ted Godbout on piano, Ted Olsen on bass and Andres Crovetti on drums.

Cameron Kinghorn, KBHS
Vieux Carre' offers an enjoyable culture clash with the energy of New Orleans in the heart of St Paul 's Irish celebration. Jeremy Walker opens on piano, followed by the King Baron Hot Several --some of the area's hottest jazz and soul talents coming together with a sound that is part Second Line, part trad, and a part that only KBHS can define. Hear Cameron Kinghorn on trumpet and vocals, Nelson Devereaux on reeds, Keith Hilson on trombone, Evan Clark on tuba and Lars-Erik Larson on drums--all top area jazzers, along with vocalist  Abbie Mills.

Members of the Kronick Quintet
Saxophonist and vocalist Jason Weisman is on stage at Hell's Kitchen with his band, Jason and the Q; Jake Hanson and James Buckley offer string duo madness at the Icehouse; and the Kronick Quintet outshines any green beer at the Public Kitchen.

Paul Schrage*
Saturday, March 18. A special Saturday night show at Jazz Central features San Francisco-based, internationally performing pianist and conductor Paul Schrage, in town and on the band stand with bassist Graydon Peterson and drummer Mac Santiago. Their setlist roams from Chopin to Smashing Pumpkins.

Nick Adams, Liquid Vinyl
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the almost-monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase, this time with the debut of a student-led septet dubbed Liquid Vinyl, featuring high school artists from across the metro. I've been impressed with their leader, drummer Nick Adams from Totino Grace High School -- he's got the beat and, just a 10th grader,  is already taking charge as a bandleader. The headline show features the Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet, led by University of North Texas and Eau Claire graduate Aaron on saxes, along with local strongmen Bryan Nichols, Chris Bates, Miguel Hurtado and, second set only, Zacc Harris.

Zacc Harris
Zacc will earn his keep tonight as he starts out the evening with his American Reverie Trio (with Matt Peterson and Lars-Erik Larson) at the Roots Cellar of the University Baptist Church!

Judi Vinar
In another church setting, vocalist Judi Vinar spreads swing and joy on the Jazz at St Barneys concert series at St Barnabas in Plymouth, with co-conspirator, swinging pianist Lori Dokken.

Maud Hixson
More for Saturday-- young piano star Joe Strachan joins James Buckley at the Icehouse;  Maurice Jacox channels Nat King Cole at the Normandy Kitchen; the Benny Weinbeck Trio takes over the lounge at Parma 8200; Maud Hixson Trio with Rick Carlson and Keith Boyles shine in the NOLA spirit of Bistro LaRoux.

Emmet Cohen
Sunday, March 19.  It's the start of three days with much lauded, young New York-based pianist Emmet Cohen, in town with his trio (Russell Hall on bass, Joe Saylor on drums). Cohen is burning a jazz piano path across the country as he tours in support of the first volume of his Masters Legacy Series, volume one saluting (and including) the great Jimmy Cobb. Cohen won the Phillips Piano Competition, American jazz Pianist Competition, and was a finalist for the Cole Porter Fellowship and the Monk International Piano Competition (2011).


Brian Lynch
Sunday night the trio joins acclaimed trumpeter Brian Lynch in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. Lynch has been on a steadily rising trajectory since his early days with Art Blakey and Horace Silver, more recently in such company as Phil Woods and Paquito D'Rivera as well as fronting his own projects. The trio then moves on to Jazz Central (see below).

Things swing all day at the Aster Cafe, starting with brunch featuring Patty and the Buttons, and ending the day with the Mississippi Hot Club.

Anthony Cox
Monday, March 20. It's JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse, with Chicago drummer Paul Grill up first, followed by the Regional Jazz Trio--Anthony Cox (bass and cello), Mike Lewis (saxes), and JT Bates himself on drums. Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs entertain in Crooners Lounge. Over at the Black Dog, the edgy Cherry Spoon Collective holds its monthly open rehearsal with the likes of improvisers like Davu Seru, Nick Gaudette, Pat O'Keefe and more.

Monday-Tuesday, March 20-21. The Emmet Cohen Trio will be warmed up after their Sunday night with Brian Lynch. Late afternoon Monday, Cohen holds a B-3 organ Clinic at Jazz Central, followed by two nights of trio magic on the Jazz Central stage. Two sets each night and JC is even taking reservations for this one!

Steven Hobert
Tuesday, March 21. KBEM's Restaurant Tour makes its way to Vieux Carre', with early evening entertainment provided by pianist Steven Hobert and bassist Steve Pikal. Double Steves, double fun. At the Ames Center, Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience shares the bill with Tonic Sol-fa.

Leigh Kamman
Wednesday, March 22. Still miss Leigh Kamman's Jazz Image? Me too. But monthly at the Black Dog, you can enjoy some of the old segments and other interviews, thanks to the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project archives. Tonight's the night.

Dean Magraw
The marvelous cross-genre duo of pianist Butch Thompson and guitarist Dean Magraw returns to Vieux Carre', following an opening set from stellar accordionist Patrick Harison.

LOTT
At Jazz Central, the monthly sound seance "Sound/Simulacra" brings together improvising musicians to "recreate, distort and create the hyerreal" as per leaders John Keston and Cody McKinney. Tonight's special guest is violinist Leah Ottman, aka LOTT.

Debbie Duncan
And at Crooners Lounge, Debbie Duncan joins sister vocalist Margaret Cox (Prince) for a night of song and... with Debbie, it will be more than song!

Peter Kogan
Thursday, March 23.  He retired as principal timpanist for the Minnesota Orchestra, but that just means that Peter Kogan has more time for jazz, including tonight's gig at Vieux Carre'. His quintet typically includes Phil Aaron on piano and Pete Whitman on saxophone. Come early for some artful jazz guitar from Joel Shapira.

Adam Linz
At Khyber Pass, it's a special Curators Quartet with the talents of the rotating cast of curators--Kevin Cosgrove (percussive drone), Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (trumpet), Adam Linz (bass) and Paul Metzger (guitar).

Peter Schimke
The always dazzling pianist Peter Schimke heads a trio on the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series, joined by Chris Bates and Cory Healey.

At the Dakota, the Los Angeles-based Paris Chansons presents modern songs, traditional jazz standards, and classics in Russian, Italian and other languages.

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 March 23 will be Zacc Harris, with news of the upcoming Jazz at Studio Z Spring Festival (March 25).

Coming Soon!
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. March 25, Shapira-Granros Duo/Rodney Ruckus Birthday Tour Finale with Jonathan Greenstein, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 25, Dorothy Doring, Cabaret Show of Roaring 20s Songs at Oasis Room, Eagan Community Center
. March 26, Katia Cardenas Birthday Bash at the Icehouse
. March 27, Evil Genius (Stefan Kac) at the Icehouse
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. March 29, Vanessa Trouble in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 30, Colossus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 31, Patty Peterson with Andrew Walesch at Crooners Lounge
. March 31-April 2, Arne Fogel, Maud Hixson and Jennifer Eckes, "Great Songwriting Teams of Broadway and Hollywood at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. April 1, Common Space/Atlantis Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 3, Greg Ward Quintet at the Icehouse 
. April 3, Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. April 4, Beasley's Big Band in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's
. April 4, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. April 4, Freddy Cole at the Dakota
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 6, First Thursday Open Studio "Jazz It Up" with AdamLinz/Dakota Combo and Larry McDonough/Carol Bergquist at Casket Arts Building
. April 6, Jax Revel Gang/Alden Ikeda Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 8, Corner Jazz/Steve Kenny Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 11, Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe'
. April 11, Cedar Ave Big Band at Jazz Central
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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 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 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 24-25, 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 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 28029, 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 11 & 14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman 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'
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival
. 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

David Sanborn Band (with Ricky Peterson), at the Dakota March 27-28



Friday, March 10, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 10-16



Gary Burton's final tour -- with Makoto Ozone at the Dakota, March 15

© Andrea Canter

These days, it seems that our music is as diverse as our weather.  And we will have to count on the music to provide the warmth this week! Some of our most creative artists are in the spotlight this week, as is as one of the most lauded jazz artists of the modern era, stopping in town on what he says will be his last tour.

Big Gigs This Week
Doug Haining
Friday, March 10. Swinging be-bop will be cooking at Jazz Central when Doug Haining returns with the Cannonball Collective. Launched back at the old Artists Quarter, this ensemble pays tribute to alto sax legend Cannonball Adderley. Haining leads the way on sax, with Adam Meckler on trumpet, Ted Godbout on keys, Chris Bates on bass, and Jazz Central host Mac Santiago on drums.

Victor Wooten
At the Dakota, it's the second of two nights with the Victor Wooten Trio-- the funky bassist teams up with saxophonist Bob Franceschini and drummer Dennis Chambers. Another team works the dinner hours at the Icehouse --Zacc Harris and James Buckley make it a double string night. More jazz--savvy singer Sophia Shorai at the Loring Pasta Bar.

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Friday-Saturday, March 10-11. At Vieux Carre', expect plenty of mayhem from Vector Families, led by internationally renowned drummer Dave King (Bad Plus, Happy Apple). He's in mighty fine company with saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Dean Granros, and bassist Anthony Cox. There have been hints of a CD release! In the Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel, JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske continue their long-running duo.

Davu Seru
Saturday, March 11.  The season's final installment of the Jazz at Studio Z concert series features the No Territory Band, led by drummer Davu Seru. His usual cohorts--Pat O'Keefe on clarinets, Nathan Hanson on saxes, and Levi Schwartzberg on vibes--are joined by Noah Ophoven Baldwin on trumpet and Scott Fultz on baritone sax. The band plays Seru's original compositions, which allow plenty of space for each musician's interpretation. Davu leads a "master class" discussion about composition and improvisation an hour before showtime. Stay tuned for news of the annual Jazz at Studio Z Festival coming March 25th.

Steve Kenny
Over at the Black Dog, the Saturday Night Jazz series continues with a double bill, starting out with the Post Atomic Trio --that's David Hamilton on piano, John Croarkin on sax, and Derrin Pinto on drums, followed by Central Standard Time. Their fluid line-up this weekend includes Steve Kenny on Flumpet, Dave Brattain on saxes, Javi Santiago on piano and Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt at the trapset.

Oudyano
A duo we enjoyed last month at Studio Z, Oudyano -- Steven Hobert on piano with Issam Rafea on oud-- play a rare Saturday at Jazz Central. The music is alternately sublime and wandering, always beautiful.  

Kate Lynch*
Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows bring their love for early 20th century music to the Aster Cafe-- "four parts music, mixed with 1/5 part history, best served over heat." Bassist/vocalist Kate has a rotating cast of "excellent fellows" to back her repertoire, 1908-1951.

Travis Anderson
Lots of strings tonight: Talking Strings led by Pavel Janey holds their weekly get-together at Loring Pasta Bar; Tim Sparks joins James Buckley at the Icehouse, followed by another acoustic guitar summit, hosted by Elgin Foster with some favorite jazzers, Joel Shapira and Park Evans. And Normandy Kitchen hosts the always-entertaining and swinging Travis Anderson Trio, with Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman joining the high-energy pianist.

Maryann Sullivan
A relatively new site for music, Tin Fish at the Braemer Golf Course presents Mary Ann Sullivan and Corner Jazz (open to the public), while the Benny Weinbeck Trio holds its weekly party at Parma 8200.

Jennifer Grimm
Sunday, March 12. Brunch -- Patty and the Buttons at the Aster, Robert Everest at Maria's. Later in the day, catch Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse (3 pm), the weekly B-3 Organ Jam at Jazz Central (3 pm), and evening gigs with the Parisota Hot Club at the Aster, Jennifer Grimm in the Dunsmore Room,  and Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Andrew Tomten
Monday, March 13. The Acme Jazz Company holds their monthly blowout with crooner Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge, while youth are in the spotlight at Jazz Central, where U of M saxman Andrew Tomten leads a trio followed by the weekly jam session.

Charmin Michelle and Sam Miltich
Tuesday, March 14.  The engaging voice and guitar collaboration of Charmin Michelle and Sam Miltich ignores the Steinway in the Dunsmore Room, with support from Chris Bates and Jay Epstein. Another engaging pair -- Chris Olson (guitar, vocals) and Laura Caviani (piano, vocals) performs on Olson's "Project" night at the Black Dog. 

Inventive vocalist Meredith Monk is on campus at St Olaf this week and tonight presents a free performance at the Lion's Pause Mane Stage on campus. On the "Tuesday Talks" series at the Minnesota History Center (10:30 am), it's another chance to hear Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson, performing the songs from her Listening for Your Song album, the songs referenced in the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Big Band Night at Jazz Central brings back the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster. Meanwhile, Chris Lomheim provides solo piano on the early show at Vieux Carre', and the Nova Jazz Orchestra offers original big band charts at the Minnesota Music Cafe.

Andrew Walesch
Wednesday, March 15.  Crooners Lounge hosts pianist/vocalist Andrew Walesch with saxophonist Dave Karr and special guest, guitar guru Dean Magraw--that's three generations of talent on one stage. Walesch and Karr--who could easily be grandpa and grandson--have a special chemistry that should only be further ignited by the presence of Magraw.

Gary Burton
At the Dakota, on what he says is his last tour, vibes giant Gary Burton teams up with long-time duo partner, pianist Makoto Ozone. Their well titled 2002 album Virtuosi is still considered on of the classic jazz pairings, showing off their telepathic interplay on jazz standards as well as classical gems from Gershwin to Brahms.

Aaron Kerr
The Black Dog hosts Aaron Kerr's monthly installment of Dissonent Creatures, while Pete Whitman will bring the Steven Hobert Quartet (with Pete, Yohannes Tona and LA Buckner) to his curatorial feature at Jazz Central.


Illicit Sextet
Thursday, March 16. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents the CD release for the Illicit Sextet.  Launched about 30 years ago with a long hiatus into the new century, this ensemble returned with new energy about 7 years ago, and hasn't looked back.  Boasting only original music from the musicians (Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lomheim, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman), the band celebrates Addendum-- the natural follow up to Chapter One and Chapter Eleven. Perhaps Preface comes next?

Peter Vircks
"Midnight Love" sounds more like a lounge bar band but actually it's a soul jazz ensemble centered around the vintage organ of Brian Ziemniak with the classic frontline of sax (Peter Vircks) and trombone (Matt Darlling) with bassist Patrick Nelson and drummer Greg Schutte, putting it all together at Vieux Carre'.

Erik Fraztke
Khyber Pass Cafe's music night features Blood Quantum (Erik Fratzke and Tim Glenn), a "fractal doom for strings and percussion. Dissecting simultaneities within drone grids and folkloric electronics" and tonight adding guest guitarist and former area resident Luke Polipnick.

Thursday is Jazz Vocal Night at Jazz Central, and tonight former Milwaukean Suzanne Paris takes the stage with everything from pop to standards. For dancing fools, Beasley's Big Band hosts a swing dance at Wabasha Street Caves.

More Jazz!
Katia Cardenas
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on facebook. Join Andrea on the Lead Sheet broadcast next week (Thursday at 4:40 pm, 88.5 fm) when her guest will be vocalist Katia Cardenas, who holds a birthday bash at the Icehouse on March 26th.

Coming Soon!
. March 17, Nick Syman Quartet at Jazz Central
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase)/Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 18, Maurice Jacox at the Normandy Kitchen
. March 18, American Reverie at the Roots Cellar (University Baptist Church)
. March 18-19. Northside Celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 
. March 19, Brian Lynch with Emmet Cohen Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20, Cherry Spoon Collective at the Black Dog
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 23, Peter Schimke Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 23, Peter Kogan Quintet at Vieux Carre'
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. March 25, Shapira-Granros Duo/Rodney Ruckus Birthday Tour Finale with Jonathan Greenstein, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 27, Evil Genius (Stefan Kac) at the Icehouse
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. March 29, Vanessa Trouble in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 30, Colossus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 31, Patty Peterson with Andrew Walesch at Crooners Lounge
. April 1, Common Space/Atlantis Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 3, Greg Ward Quintet at the Icehouse
. April 4, Beasley's Big Band in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's
. April 4, Freddy Cole at the Dakota
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 6, First Thursday Open Studio "Jazz It Up" with AdamLinz/Dakota Combo and Larry McDonough/Carol Bergquist at Casket Arts Building
. April 6, Jax Revel Gang/Alden Ikeda Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 8, Corner Jazz/Steve Kenny Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Trio/Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 18-19, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, CD release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 20, Lizz Wright (Tribute to Prince) at the Dakota
. April 20, Fermentation/Damman-Seru-Bates, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 25-26, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. 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 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 11 & 14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman 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'
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival
. 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 

Bryan Lynch, in the Dunsmore Room with the Emmet Cohen Trio, March 19
* All photos by Andrea Canter unless marked with asterisk