Friday, January 20, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 20-26

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog with Chris Bates Red 5 (January 21)

© Andrea Canter

Just a week ago it was way below zero; now it's all melting. I think some of the credit goes to the hot jazz in the Twin Cities! And it will be hot enough to keep things above freezing as we head into another week filled with great jazz from one end of the metro to the other, from local heroes to visiting artists. And it's all a warm-up for the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival at the end of the month.

Big Gigs This Week
Adam Meckler
Friday, January 20. They're half of the unique band Lulu's Playground, but a trumpet/cello duo is unique in its own right, and especially if the musicians are Adam Meckler and Cory Grossman --on stage at Jazz Central. And if you need to either celebrate or commiserate in response to today's inauguration, the band Headspace will hold an Inauguration Blowout at St. Paul's World of Beer. 

James Buckley
At the Icehouse, Bryan Nichols and James Buckley provide some pretty sophisticated piano/bass duo music during the dinner hours, while Amethyst Three (Park Evans, Josh Granowski and leader Byron Johnson-Blanchard) add to the spicy menu at Bistro LaRoux.

Bryan Nichols
Saturday, January 21. Bryan Nichols is all by himself tonight on the Jazz at Studio Z series. Expect to hear some of his compositions from his 2016 solo release Looking North as well as some new material. And he'll start the evening an hour before the concert with a live recording of a conversation in the new podcast series moderated by curator Zacc Harris.  (The first podcast with Chris Bates and the Good Vibes Trio is now available via itunes.)

Simon Petrick
A double header is in store just a block away as Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog starts out with the JazzINK Youth Showcase. This time it's an ensemble of "older youths"--led by high school seniors, drummer Simon Petrick and guitarist Adam Astrup, plus college musicians who play a lot around town: vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg, bassist Drew Stinson, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson.  
Chris Bates (Red 5)
In prime time, Chris Bates' Red Five returns, with Bates on bass, brother JT on drums, and a front line of Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Chris Thomson  and Brandon Wozniak on saxophones, JC Sanford on trombone, and Thomas Nordlund on guitar. And yes, Red Five is now Seven. At least this weekend.
  
McNally Smith College of Music hosts its annual Winter Jazz Blast, with clinics throughout the day for area high school students and a free public concert in the evening featuring the JazzMN Orchestra and the McNally Smith Fusion Ensemble.

Charmin & Shapira
Also on Saturday -- Charmin and Shapira and Friends entertain at the Normandy Kitchen; the Benny Weinbeck Trio is in the lounge at Parma 8200; and Talking Strings hold their monthly gig at the Loring Pasta Bar.

Sunday, January 22. Dan Chouinard continues his Birthday Club gigs in the Dunsmore Room with special guest, vocalist Ginger Commodore. They celebrate singers and songwriters with January birthdays, a format that creates an eclectic array of songs in a very entertaining context. Around town, the Parisota Hot Club are on stage at the Aster Cafe, and the Zacc Harris Trio continue their run at the Riverview Wine Bar.

David Balikrishnan (TIQ)
Monday, January 23.  The Turtle Island Quartet returns to the Dakota, putting their stamp on John Coltrane's masterpiece,  A Love Supreme, played in full by the jazziest string quartet out there.There have been significant personnel changes in the past few years including the recent departure of cellist Mark Summers, but TIQ manages to keep the ensemble operating at a high level for 30 years under the leadership of founding first violinist David Balikrishnan. One new addition is second violinist Alex Hargreaves, who has recently toured with Danilo Perez.

In the spotlight at Jazz Central, saxophonist Brian Handeland introduces a new quartet with Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Trevor Haining, playing music from John Scofield, Chris Potter, Steve Swallow and more. The weekly jam follows.

Dorothy Doring
In the lounge at Crooners, the wide-ranging vocalist Dorothy Doring dazzles with pianist Marc Zeigenhagen; come early for an entertaining happy hour with Lori Dokken on keys and vocals.

JC Sanford*
At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features a Minnesota CD release for JC Sanford's Can You Believe It, featuring his New York Quartet. For the Icehouse celebration, the trombonist enlists his Minnesota Quartet--Zacc Harris and Chris and JT Bates. A Northfield, Minnesota native, JC recently returned after 16 years in New York, conducting such orchestras as John Hollenbeck, Alice Coltrane and more.

Mary Louise Knutson
Tuesday, January 24. It should be dubbed "piano night" at Vieux Carre', starting out with the inventive Steven Hobert on solo keys, followed by the elegant Mary Louise Knutson Trio with Adam Linz on bass and Phil Hey on drums-- that's a too-rare chance to hear Adam in mainstream trio setting.

Steve Katz
Over at the Black Dog, it's raining Katz and Dogs-- that's the funky jazzy soulful band headed by bassist Steve Katz, with guitarist Park Evans, saxophonist Peter Vircks and drummer Ken Goldman.

Sean Turner
The Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra reigns at Jazz Central. And if you have not yet checked out the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, here's a chance to enjoy -- for no cover-- a night of sublime piano trio music from Sean Turner.  Learn why this is called one of the best listening rooms in the region with one of the best pianos in the area as well.

Yohannes Tona
Wednesday, January 25. Get your modern jazz fix at noon at Landmark Center, courtesy of the Yohannes Tona Band, with a menu reflecting Tona's native Ethiopia catered by the Red Sea. (Usual deli items from the cafe available as well.) This is a free concert!

Leigh Kamman (2011)
Enjoy a unique evening at the Black Dog sponsored by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project.  Legacy Project board member Brad Bellows presents the "Jazz Image Through the Decades"-- radio segments, interviews, and music from Leigh Kamman's collection-- a sampling of the archive managed by the Legacy Project. This first presentation focuses on Leigh's interviews with Mose Allison, as well as the music.

Cody McKinney
At Jazz Central, bassist Cody McKinney and sound designer John Keston present "sound/simulacra," their monthly series exploring improvisation as a "faithful and intentionally distorted" process, bringing together local voices to "recreate, distort, and create the hyperreal."

Maryann Sullivan
Thursday, January 26 brings Maryann Sullivan and her swinging Corner Jazz back to Jazz Central, while the Wise Quartet resurfaces at Reverie-- that's Pete Whitman, Steve Kenny, Jay Young and Phil Hey.

Joel Shapira
It's all about solo guitar at Vieux Carre', with jazz guru Joel Shapira playing the early sets, followed by the eclectic Pat Donahue. And Khyber Pass presents the inventive trio of Paul Metzger, Anthony Cox and JT Bates.

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 January 26 will be jazz festival director Steve Heckler, giving us the lowdown on the Winter Jazz Festival, January 28-29.

Coming Soon!
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 27, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at Jazz Central Studios 
. January 27, Somi at The Ordway
. January 28, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. January 28, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective at Jazz Central Studios
. January 28, SONSAX at UW River Falls, Abbot Concert Hall
. January 28, Tommy Bentz Quartet/The Ruckus, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, special Winter Jazz Festival night
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival featuring Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber, Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars and more, at TPT, Saint Paul Hotel and nearby venues.
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. January 30-February 1, Nellie McKay at the Dakota (extra show added 1/30)
. February 2, Red Planet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 2, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. February 3, Jana Nyberg Group at Vieux Carre'
. February 3-4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 4, Atlantis Quartet/Ben Allison Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 4, Kim Fragodt, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. February 5, Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz Part 2 (film) at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. February 6, Bruce Barth Trio, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 9, Phil Hey Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 17-18, UW-River Falls Jazz Festival featuring Alan Ferber, Falcon's Nest and Abbott Concert Hall
. February 18, What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 19, Kaki King at the Dakota
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant and Adam Birnbaum at the Dakota
. February 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 25, Julian Manzara Quartet/Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 8, Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase) at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center


Nicholas Payton headlines the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival on January 29

* All photos by Andrea Canter except JC Sanford, courtesy of the artist




Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 13-19



Roy Hargrove at the Dakota January 18-19

© Andrea Canter

Despite the bitter cold as we start the weekend, forecasters say it will warm up over the following days to reach almost balmy by the end of the week, and I think we can in part thank our local and visiting jazz artists for generating some of the heat! The weekend brings some unique and popular shows to the metro, and we end the week with the acclaimed trumpet/vocal pairing of Roy Hargrove and Roberta Gambarini. We must believe in spring!

Big Gigs This Week

Horace Silver
Friday, January 13. It's a lucky Friday the 13th for jazz lovers: A group of "all stars" from the Jazz Central roster celebrate the great hard bop king Horace Silver on the Jazz Central Masters series. Led by reed magician Doug Haining, the band includes Steve Kenny on trumpet, Ted Godbout on piano, Chris Bates on bass and Mac Santiago on drums. We could use a little "Peace" these days and I'm sure they will play it.

Debbie Duncan
Star vocalists reign across the metro tonight! Always hip Patty Peterson and Friends return to Crooners Lounge; Debbie Duncan entertains with song and sass at Vieux Carre' (following an early set from pianist Jeremy Walker); and velvet-voiced Ginger Commodore pairs up with suave Dennis Spears at the Dakota.

Gary Schulte
An what better way to beat the deep freeze than with hot club mania? Gypsy Mania, that is, as the quartet swings at Hell's Kitchen --Glen Helgeson on guitar, Gary Schulte on violin, Steve Pikal on bass and Jay Epstein on drums.

Charmin & Shapira at Crooners
Saturday, January 14. Start your warm-up early with a midday break at the Midtown Global Market with Charmin and Shapira-- the long-running duo of vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira. At the Aster, Dean Magraw provides a solo guitar brunch. And the early evening sets at the Icehouse feature the "house duo" of James Buckley (bass) and Bryan Nichols (piano).

Solomon Parham
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents just one band tonight, at 8:30, due to another event -- but what a band! Trumpeter Solomon Parham leads a quintet with Dave Graf on trombone, Dean Magraw on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums. Now that will definitely melt some ice. Parham often plays sideman to Gravatt in Source Code -- tonight he's leading the charge.

Steven Hobert
Up the street at Studio Z, it's a concert presentation of a relatively new duo dubbed Oudyano with Steven Hobert on piano and Syrian Issem Rafea on oud. The two artists met and first performed last spring, discovering a rare musical chemistry that crossed cultural boundaries. Now they have performed several duo gigs and are working toward a recording. As Hobert notes, the oud with its quarter tones can move into spaces where a piano can't go, but together they cover a vast musical landscape. 

Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal
Jazz at St Barney's (St Barnabas Lutheran Church) continues with one of their most popular shows, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal -- that means piano + bass = fun.  More fun and great music are on stage at Vieux Carre' with singing bassist Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows.

Sunday, January 15. Debbie Duncan presents the music of Billie Holiday in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners.

Jeff Rinear
Monday, January 16. A veteran trombonist we seldom hear outside of the X-Tet, Jeff Rinear takes the spotlight gig at Jazz Central tonight.  In the Dunsmore Room, Butch Thompson launches his two-night stand with a solo evening of trad and stride piano and likely a little clarinet as well. He returns Tuesday night -- see below. Come out early as Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira start a four-night string of Happy Hours at Crooners as Charmin and Shapira.

The Dakota hosts multi-reed titan Paul McCandless with the trio Charged Particles. McCandless of course is a Grammy-winning alum of the original Paul Winter Consort and the popular contemporary jazz ensemble, Oregon.

JT Bates
At the Icehouse, brace yourself for the Bronco Brothers -- a truly inflammatory quartet of strings, drums, and electronics with Anthony Cox, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Martin Dosh and JT Bates.

Butch Thompson
Tuesday, January 17. For his second night in the Dunsmore Room this week, Butch Thompson teams up with star guitarist Pat Donahue, one of Crooner's most popular pairings.

Songbird Maryann Sullivan and her Corner Jazz return to Vieux Carre', while the Explosion Big Band warms the basement at Jazz Central.

Roberta Gambarini
Wednesday- Thursday January 18-19. The Dakota brings back explosive trumpeter Roy Hargrove with frequent partner, acclaimed vocalist Roberta Gambarini. Both are great draws on their own, and seeing them together is extra special.

Laura Caviani
Thursday January 19. Guitarist Chris Olson and pianist Laura Caviani team up on Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central, so I assume we will be hearing more of Laura's vocal talents as well as their instrumental collaboration.

Peter Vircks
The eclectic Rare Medium starts a regular gig at Whiskey Junction, and sax veteran Peter Vircks brings his quartet to Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie. The new music series at Khyber Pass features Ted Moore's Feathermucker and their "dream songs project" -- with Alyssa Anderson on vocals, Joe Spoelstra on guitars, and Moore on electronics.

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 January 19 will be trombonist/bandleader JC Sanford, recently transplanted from New York with a new CD release coming to the Icehouse.

Coming Soon!
. January 20, Headspace Inauguration Blowout at World of Beer
. January 21, Simon Petrick Group/Chris Bates' Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet ("A Love Supreme") at the Dakota
. January 23, JC Sanford Quartet, CD release at the Icehouse
. January 24, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Vieux Carre'
. January 26, Wise Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 26, Maryann Sullivan at Jazz Central Studios
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 27, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at Jazz Central Studios 
. January 27, Somi at The Ordway
. January 28, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. January 28, Tommy Bentz Quartet/The Ruckus, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, special Winter Jazz Festival night
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival featuring Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber, Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars and more, at TPT, Saint Paul Hotel and nearby venues.
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. January 30-February 1, Nellie McKay at the Dakota (extra show added 1/30)
. February 2, Red Planet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 2, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. February 3, Jana Nyberg Group at Vieux Carre'
. February 3-4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 4, Atlantis Quartet/Ben Allison Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 4, Kim Fragodt, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. February 5, Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz Part 2 (film) at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. February 6, Bruce Barth Trio, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 9, Phil Hey Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 18, What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 19, Kaki King at the Dakota
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant and Adam Birnbaum at the Dakota
. February 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 25, Julian Manzara Quartet/Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 8, Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase) at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 25, John Scofield's Country for Old Men at the Dakota
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center

Turtle Island Quartet, at the Dakota on January 23

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 6-12



Doan Roessler Leads Twin Cities Bass Camp, Winter Workshop and concerts Jan 6-8


© Andrea Canter

With subzero temps and windchills to start the weekend, hot music is a sure antidote, and there's plenty of it around the Metro. Contributing some of the heat-- veterans like Eric Gravatt, Larry McDonough, and Laura Caviani; young guns like Jack Courtright and Will Schmid; and special events like the Twin Cities Bass Camp Winter Workshop.

Big Gigs This Week

Eric Gravatt
Jack Courtright
Friday, January 6. There's no age limit at Jazz Central, in the audience or on stage. The Master's show presents Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt and his Source Code-- a hard-firing post bop band usually featuring Solomon Parham, Dean Magraw and Ron Evaniuk. They're followed in the young lions' late night slot by a stellar quartet led by trombonist Jack Courtright--now in his second year at Eastman School of Music. Last spring he won the 2016 Carl Fontana International Trombone Competition. His pals are similarly talented college students--guitarist Will Schmid (Case Western Reserve University), bassist Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music) and drummer Ben Ehrlich (University of North Texas) -- all have been heard in multiple contexts over the past two weeks as winter break seems to double the size of the Twin Cities jazz scene.

Judi Vinar
Veterans of the local scene, vocalist Judi Vinar sings the night away with the always swinging Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal, Jendeen Forberg) at Crooners Lounge -- a perfect way to end the week as well as warm your toes (and ears). And another veteran, Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera, is back at the Dakota to melt the ice away. The dinner hours at Icehouse tonight feature the duo of Bryan Nichols and James Buckley.

Anthony Cox
Friday-Sunday, January 6-8. Getting underway Friday is the Twin Cities Bass Camp Winter Workshop, coordinated by Doan Roessler with faculty performances each night of the weekend at Walker West: Friday features Roessler in solo and duo with saxophonist Nathan Hanson, along with Canadian bassist Etienne Lafrance performing a set of original and classical works. On Saturday, Maggie Hasspacher and Sandor Ostlund each present Bach and contemporary works; and on Sunday afternoon, Anthony Cox leads a standout jazz trio with Brandon Wozniak and Dave King.

Cory Healey
Saturday, January 7. Jazz at Studio Z continues with Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band-- Healey on drums, Eric Fratzke on bass, Zacc Harris on guitar, and two trumpets with Jake Baldwin and Noah Ophoven Baldwin. Pre-concert master class features Healey on the topic of "Improvisation With Drums and Electronics."

Will Schmid
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog starts out with the cross-generation Will Schmid/Greg Lewis Quartet, with Charlie Lincoln and Edmund Catlin rounding out the band. Veteran trumpeter Lewis connected with Will while teaching at Minnetonka High School. The headline act will be saxophonist Paul Harper's Bardo Quartet with Phil Aaron (piano), Tom Lewis (bass), and Nathan Norman (drums).

Arne Fogel
And why not "A Cold Day in Hell" with Arne Fogel? Catch the charming crooner with a hot-as-Hades trio (Chris Lomheim, Graydon Peterson and Jendeen Forberg) at Hell's Kitchen and defrost!

Over at the Dakota, Saturday brings back Jay Young and the Lyric Factory; the long-running Beasley's Big Band celebrates a CD release at 301 on Main in Minneapolis, the old Ukrainian Center (that's 301 NE, not SE!); and saxophonist Joe Mayo brings a trio to Studio 2.

Rodney Ruckus
Sunday, January 8. It seems that Rodney Ruckus has been holding his own metro-wide festival over the past month! Tonight, Ruckus and his trio take over the Dunsmore Room at Crooners as they kick-off a brief tour. Joining the dynamic drummer will be pianist Javi Santiago and cellist/bassist Greg Byers. They're on early at 6 pm, followed by entertaining vocalist Jennifer Grimm at 8.

Robb Henry, Parisota Hot Club (2005)
A very special night for the Parisota Hot Club in their venue debut at the Aster. Guitarist/founder Robb Henry explains it best: "January 8th, 2002, was the date that violinist Raphaël Fraisse, recently relocated to Minnesota from his home in Paris, France, played his first gig with a trio that I had put together over the previous year. Our common interest was exploring the music of the French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. That date marked the beginning of Parisota Hot Club. 15 years later we are still exploring and, although Raphaël passed away in 2006, and the original band has developed into more of a "club" with various members over the years, the music, sound and concept are still intact.  The trio for our first date at the Aster Cafe will include Jim Plattes on violin. Back in December of 2001, Jim encouraged Raphaël to contact me about playing music together. I often refer to Jim as the "godfather" of Parisota Hot Club for his role in instigating this connection. Matt Senjem will be on bass. His involvement with Parisota dates back to 2004."

JT Bates
Monday, January 9. JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse often presents a double feature. This week the night starts with Sevendollars, "ambient/minimal electronics and percussion, both composed and improvised." Sevendollars is an old alias of JT Bates, who will be joined in this set by guitarist Paul Metzger. The late show features the Jon Davis Quartet, "four open-minded improvisers with fierce musical chops" in their first performance "to wreak havoc on the Icehouse." Mayhem is guaranteed with Chris Cunningham on guitars, Bryan Nichols on keys, Greg Schutte on drums, and leader Jon Davis on bass and bass clarinet.

Erin Schwab
Laugh the night away with songstress/comedienne Erin Schwab, in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. In the Spotlight at Jazz Central, it's the jazz/funk/pop Very Trio, with guitarist Andrew Frederick, bassist Keith Yanes, and drummer Jared Mondlock.

Larry McDonough
Tuesday, January 10. Having paid tribute to Chet Baker and Miles Davis at multiple venues in the past year, pianist/vocalist Larry McDonough and his trio (Greg Stinson on bass, Dean White on drums) come to the Dakota to present his nod to the great pairing of Bill Evans and Tony Bennett, with McDonough performing both leading roles. This is only the second performance of this show which debuted nearly a year ago at Jazz Central. As Larry explains it, one of the motivating forces behind this show is the degree of difficulty of the music. Of course Larry makes it seem so easy!

Laura Caviani
More jazz around the metro tonight: Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson perform at Crooners Lounge; Mary Louise Knutson (solo piano) followed by the Phil Aaron Trio take the stage at Vieux Carre'; the monthly Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog features guitarist Chris with pianist Laura Caviani; the Cedar Avenue Big Band performs at Jazz Central.

Jimmy Scott
Wednesday, January 11. KBEM's REEL Jazz film screenings returns to the Trylon Cinema, this time featuring I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott. At the Dakota, enjoy the artistry--and antics-- of the Travis Anderson Trio, with piano whiz Travis, bassist Steve Pikal and drummer Nathan Norman.

Chris Bates
It's Chris Bates' monthly "Magica Improvisada" improv night at Jazz Central, and tonight Chris heads an ensemble with Thomas Nordlund (guitar) and relative newcomer (to the Twin Cities scene), JC Sanford (trombone), with a rumored appearance by JT Bates on drums.

Aaron Hedenstrom
Thursday, January 12.  Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents a double header-- guitarist Julian Manzara and his quartet (Levi Schwartzberg on vibes, Drew Stinson on bass, Geo Randall on drums) open for the Aaron Hedenstrom Trio (Hedenstrom on saxes, Kameron Markworthon on bass, Lars Erik-Larson on drums).

Andrew Walesch Big Band
Andrew Walesch Big Band returns with their acclaimed salute to Sinatra at Crooners Lounge. Joining Andrew (piano/vocals) are veteran Twin Cities jazzers Bob Parsons (arrangements/alto sax), Dave Karr (tenor sax), Bruce Thornton (bari sax), Mark Bobnick (trumpet), Steve Wagner (trumpet),  Dave Graf (trombone,) Geoff LeCrone (guitar), Gary Raynor (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums).

Zacc Harris
Long on the Sunday night schedule at the Riverview Wine Bar, the Zacc Harris Trio goes across town tonight for a gig at Vieux Carre' -- guitarist Harris joins bassist Matt Peterson and drummer Pete Hennig for some sublime chamber jazz.

Steven Hobert
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, archived on the KBEM website. Andrea's guest on January 12 will be pianist and composer Steven Hobert who will talk about his upcoming show at Studio Z with Syrian oud player, Issam Rafea.

Coming Soon!
. January 13, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. January 13, Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears at the Dakota 
. January 13, Doug Haining Presents Horace Silver at Jazz Central Studios
. January 14, Oudyano (Steven Hobert, Issam Rafea) at Studio Z
. January 14, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal, Jazz @St. Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. January 14, Solomon Parham Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. January 16, Paul McCandless & Charged Particles at the Dakota
. January 16, Butch Thompson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 16-19, Charmin & Shapira, Happy Hour at Crooners Lounge
. January 17, Butch Thompson and Pat Donahue in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 18-19, Roy Hargrove with Roberta Gambarini at the Dakota
. January 19, Peter Vircks Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 19, Rare Medium at Whiskey Junction
. January 20, Headspace Inauguration Blowout at World of Beer
. January 21, Simon Petrick Group/Chris Bates' Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet ("A Love Supreme") at the Dakota
. January 26, Wise Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 27, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at Jazz Central Studios
. January 28, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. January 28, Tommy Bentz Quartet/The Ruckus, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, special Winter Jazz Festival night
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival featuring Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber, Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars and more, at TPT, Saint Paul Hotel and nearby venues.
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. January 30-February 1, Nellie McKay at the Dakota (extra show added 1/30)
. February 2, Red Planet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 2, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. February 3-4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 4, Atlantis Quartet/Ben Allison Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 4, Kim Fragodt, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. February 5, Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz Part 2 (film) at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. February 6, Bruce Barth Trio, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 9, Phil Hey Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase)/What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 19, Kaki King at the Dakota
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant and Adam Birnbaum at the Dakota
. February 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 25, Julian Manzara Quartet/Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 25, John Scofield's Country for Old Men at the Dakota
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center

Roy Hargrove, coming to the Dakota January 18-19