Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 2017

Nakatani returns to MN -- At the Icehouse on September 25


© Andrea Canter

September promises to be one of the hottest jazz months of the year in the Twin Cities, with visits from Eliane Elias, Mike Stern, John Raymond, the Yellow Jackets, Curtis Stiegers, Jay Clayton, Evan Christopher, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Bad Plus with Bill Frisell and more, as well as performances from local and regional artists including Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, cellist Tomeka Reid, Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson reprising the Crosby-Clooney Story, the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network's Cabaret Fest, the return of Snowblind, Bottomless Pit... and bottomless talents at a growing list of venues presenting jazz.

Big Gigs This Month
Friday, September 1. Grab your grits and beignets, pianist/vocalist Henry Butler brings his Jambalya Band to the Dakota. Notes All About Jazz, Butler is "arguably the greatest living proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition...."

Joan Hutton
At Studio Z, Steve Kenny's "All Originals" series presents the Joan Hutton Project. This ensemble--with leader Joan Hutton (alto and tenor sax, bass clarinet), David Milne (saxophones and flute), Joan Griffith (bass), Jesse Mueller (piano), and Jendeen Forberg (drums)--will perform original compositions from the leader as well as from other members of the band.

Dave King
Saturday, September 2. Two bands known for pushing the sonic envelope are on the schedule for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog: The John Devine Quartet opens, followed by the Cartwright, King, Granowski Trio-- that's George on sax, Dave on drums, and Josh on bass.

At the Dakota, it's half of Moore By Four as Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears go voice to voice. They've always been an elegant (and fun) duo.

Steven Hobert
Tuesday, September 5. Piano rules at Vieux Carre', with Steven Hobert opening the evening solo, followed by the always entertaining Travis Anderson Trio, with Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. And it is First Tuesday, which means Davu Seru and Dean Magraw at the Black Dog, and the Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central.

Wednesday, September 6. Steven Hobert is on the bandstand at Jazz Central with his own quartet-- Pete Whitman, Yohannes Tona,  Arthur "LA" Buckner. At the Minneapolis Woman's Club, first Wednesdays features Connie Evingson's "Jazz in the Lounge," tonight featuring the revered vocalist with a TBA band, usually that includes saxophonist Dave Karr.

Davu Seru
Thursday, September 7. Brazilian pianist, vocalist and composer Eliane Elias returns to the Dakota, while at Khyber Pass, the third "Pool Party"  random ensemble cuts loose with Davu Seru on percussion, Benjamin Mansavage Klein on tuba, and Laura Harada on violin.

Friday, September 8. The Master's series at Jazz Central features a septet led by saxmen Joe Mayo and Dave Brattain, and featuring trumpeter Geoff Senn. At Crooners Lounge, three of the best voices in the region--Bruce Henry, Debbie Duncan and Gwen Matthews.

Saturday, September 9. Our early fall weather is perfect for outdoor festivals like the Selby Ave Jazz Fest. Running 11 am -8 pm at Selby and Milton, the 15th annual event headliner is the Motor Soul Collective, an amalgam of Washington, DC, Detroit and Minnesota natives. Also on the schedule--New Sound Underground, Salsa del Soul, Selby Ave Brass Band, the Urban Legends of Jazz from Walker West.... family fun, food, and community. And it's free.

Snowblind
Until a few years ago, Snowblind was one of the most popular brass ensembles in the metro, featuring young stars on the rise. They've been pretty silent for a while, making their headline appearance on Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog a welcome event. And those young stars on the rise? They have risen to the top of the local jazz food chain-- Adam Rossmiller, Scott Agster and Shilad Sen on horns, Graydon Peterson (bass) and Reid Kennedy (drums) holding it all together.

At the Aster, enjoy bassist/vocalist Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows for an evening of swinging fun.

Sunday, September 10. Dan Chouinard returns with The Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room, with guest vocalist Yolande Bruce.

Charmin Michelle and Sam Miltich
Monday, September 11. Expect nothing but pure pleasure as vocalist Charmin Michelle joins guitarist Sam Miltich in the Dunsmore Room to present the music of Billie Holiday.


At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion presents two bands: Ted Godbout's Janus Ensemble featuring Ted on keys, Mitch Van Laar (tpt), Joe Mayo (sax), Cierra Hill (violin), Greg Byers (cello), and Andres Crovetti (perc); followed by Bronco Brothers featuring Anthony Cox (bass & cello), Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitars), Martin Dosh (keyboards, electronics & drums), & JT Bates (drums). 

Monday-Saturday, September 11-16. Jam sessions are generally held weekly on Monday nights at Jazz Central, but for this week from Monday-Saturday, Javi Santiago hosts jams every night after the featured performer. In part this is a week-long celebration of Javi's birthday (9/17) as well as a one-week version of what goes on in New York every week.
 
Tuesday, September 12. After their successful CD release last spring, Red Planet and Bill Carrothers (Dean Magraw, Chris Bates, Jay Epstein) return to the Dunsmore Room for a few more exhilarating orbits. Over at Vieux Carre', Chris Lomheim opens solo piano followed by JT Bates' Grain Trio, featuring Kevin Gastonguay on B-3.

Mike Stern
Tuesday-Wednesday, September 12-13. Multi-Grammy nominee, fusion guitarist Mike Stern has been affiliated with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker and more. He's back at the Dakota with a fierce quartet featuring Randy Brecker, Tom Kennedy, and Dennis Chambers.

Wednesday, September 13. Chris Bates brings a new ensemble together for some new music at Jazz Central--the Dreamers Quartet featuring Abebi Stafford on piano, Tyler Anderson on sax, Miguel Hurtado on drums and Chris himself on bass.

John Raymond
Thursday, September 14. Trumpeter John Raymond recently relocated from New York to Indiana University, which should mean more appearances in his home town. He's on tour with his blazing trio Real Feels (Gilad Hekselman and Colin Stranahan), stopping tonight at Vieux Carre'.

Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central feature a new trio-- SongSister--featuring three veteran vocalists--Vicky Mountain, Dorothy Doring and Connie Dussl.  

Friday, September 15. Jazz is back at The Lexington, and tonight it's Peter Schimke and his trio which usually features Chris Bates and Kenny Horst. Chef Jack Riebel is making his own music in the kitchen! Javi Santiago caps off a week of jams with prime time music with his quartet featuring rapper Proper-T and drummer Arthur LA Buckner at Jazz Central.

Saturday, September 16. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the heavyweights of Bottomless Pit (Joel Shapira, Pete Whitman, Tom Lewis, Eric Gravatt) and an intriguing opening set from a group dubbed "Conversation with Paul Motian"-- Steve Hirsch on drums, Babatunde Lea on congas, and Matt Trice on saxophones.  Dinner sets at the Icehouse feature Bryan Nichols and James Buckley.


Sunday, September 17. A new edition of Jazz at the Jungle, Connie Evingson is "Together Again" with old friends Sanford Moore and Dave Karr, revisiting favorites of their early albums with two shows at the Jungle Theater.

Tom Ashworth
Monday, September 18. Free concerts rarely feature artists of this caliber! U of M faculty recital at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall features the Tom Ashworth Quintet-- Ashworth on trombone, euphonium and bass trumpet with Brian Grivna on saxophones, flute and clarinet; Phil Aaron on piano; Gary Raynor on bass; and Phil Hey on drums. 

At the Icehouse, Jazz Implosion again features two bands, starting out with JC Sanford's Triocracy with Brandon Wozniak and Bruce Thornton, followed by Andrew Broder and Dave King. 

Curtis Stigers
Tuesday, September 19. Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson are in the Dunsmore Room tonight to reprise one of their most popular shows, "The Crosby-Clooney Story." Enjoy it again or for the first time in one of the most intimate music settings in the metro.

Another well-known voice, Curtis Stigers returns to the Dakota, with our local keyboard hero Mary Louise Knutson on piano. 

Douglas Ewart
 At Studio Z, Douglas Ewart pairs up with Ignaz Schick for some free explorations. A composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, Ewart is also an educator, lecturer, arts organization consultant and all around visionary. Founder of the Zarek Edition Zangi labels, Schick studied the saxophone and has performed in free jazz and avant rock bands and has been obsessed for decades with multitrack tape machines, record players and effect boxes. 

Matthew Stevens
At Vieux Carre', acclaimed guitarist Matthew Stevens, who has worked with such stars as Esperanza Spalding and Christian Scott, brings his trio (Vicente Archer, Eric Doob) to town celebrating his recent release of Preverbal.

Wednesday, September 20. Considered a pioneer in jazz vocal innovation, Jay Clayton makes a rare appearance in the Twin Cities, in the Dunsmore Room with local favorite Phil Aaron manning the keys. Jay will be mining the gems of the "Harry Warren Songbook." Reserve early as this show will likely fill up with area vocalists.

Tomeka Reid
At Jazz Central, innovators from Chicago,  cellist Tomeka Reid and saxophonist Nick Mazzarella perform in duo on the new music series curated by Jon Morgan.

In the "it's about time" department, local bassist Ted Olsen holds his first CD release party at the Icehouse for his debut recording, Joy Fire, featuring Aaron Hedenstrom, Javi Santiago and Miguel Hurtado.

Thursday, September 21. Dennis Spears reunites with the Wolverines Trio in the Dunsmore Room, while Benny Weinbeck and Gordy Johnson provide the sonics in the Williamsburg Room at The Lexington.


Vieux Carre' welcomes the Juli Wood Quartet, based in Chicago and recently on stage at the Black Dog. A singing saxophonist in the tradition of Cleanhead Vinson, Eddie Harris and Louis Jordan, Juli recently recorded an album of Finnish folksongs (Synkkä Metsä), honoring the heritage of her grandparents.



Jay Epstein (Framework)
Friday, September 22. All Originals at Studio Z presents Framework, a long standing trio featuring three stalwarts on the local jazz scene--Chris Olson on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, Jay Epstein on drums.  And needless to say, they will play all originals.

Peter Kogan
Retired from the Minnesota Orchestra, drummer Peter Kogan has forged a new career leading his jazz ensembles, including his quintet which takes the "Masters" slot tonight at Jazz Central. He's joined by a who's who of Twin Cities artists--Pete Whitman on sax, Geoff Senn on trumpet, Phil Aaron on piano, and Jeff Bailey on bass, "playing tunes from the 60s and 70s as well as some of my originals."

Pianist Bryan Nichols is a frequent duo partner at the Icehouse on weekends but tonight, he pairs up with Dave Graf--not too many piano-trombone duos out there, and this one has to be among the best! A rare treat!


Mary Louise Knutson
September 22-23. It's been a well-kept secret that the revived Lexington has been presenting live jazz most weekends, but the word is out! The Mary Louise Knutson Trio is in the Williamsburg Room at the Lex this weekend. The schedule of Thursday, Friday and Saturday night music is posted on the Lex website.

Saturday, September 23. Jazz at St Barneys is back for another star-studded season at St Barnabas Church in Plymouth. At least monthly through June, hear the best in Twin Cities jazz, like tonight when vocalist Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson celebrate the music of the great Johnny Mercer!  Tix at the door and snacks in the "concert hall."

Below Zero
Guitarist David Roos (Illicit Sextet) goes solo for dinner sets tonight at the Icehouse.  And Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase featuring the high school jazzers of Below Zero. Directed by Greg Keel, this ensemble has been together for more than two years and continues to dazzle audiences at the Black Dog, Reverie, and more area venues. In the headline slot is Central Standard Time, featuring veterans like Dave Brattain, Steve Kenny and Eric Gravatt.

September 23-24. The second annual Cabaret Fest sponsored by the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network will take place this weekend at Bryant Lake Bowl, with workshops during the day and cabaret performances each evening. 


Wynton Marsalis
Sunday, September 24. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return to Orchestra Hall (co-sponsored by the Dakota). Across the north Metro, popular clarinetist and New Orleans' ambassador Evan Christopher performs in the Dunsmore Room.

At the Dakota, it's a British Invasion as GoGo Penguin comes to Minneapolis.  Notes their press release, "Although they're predominately an acoustic jazz trio, GoGo Penguin’s music draws from many areas of contemporary electronic music, one where you can hear arcade game bleeps, glitchy breakbeats, hypnotic Aphex-style melodies, grinding bass lines and a rumbling low-end. It has been described as 'acoustic electronica,' a term which perfectly sums up their modus operandi."

With some New Orleans style heat this weekend, it's a perfect time for the NOLA sounds of clarinetist Evan Christopher, who will enage listeners in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge.

Monday, September 25. "Is That All There Is" (Music of Peggy Lee) is presented at The Guthrie by local headliners The New Standards, along with renowned vocalists Catherine Russell and Nellie McKay.

Tatsuya Nakatani
JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse presents a Twin Cities favorite among fans of avant percussion, as Tatsuya Nakatani returns for a solo set followed by an interactive sound circus with Nathan Hanson, Noah Ophoven Baldwin and Chris Bates. Nakatani brings life to all sorts of percussion objects, from gongs to bowls and bows.

Tuesday, September 26. Maryann Sullivan led a swinging ensemble dubbed Corner Jazz for a number of years, and recently transformed the band into Maryann and the Moneymakers, still swinging. She launches a monthly Tuesday gig at Vieux Carre' tonight. 

Aaron Hedenstrom
At Jazz Central, Big Band Night belongs to the Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra. The saxophonist/composer is an award-winning writer and arranger in both combo and big band contexts.

Wednesday, September 27. It's the monthly installment of John Keston and Cody McKinney's Sound Simulacra at Jazz Central. Special guests from Chicago tonight--saxophonist Greg Ward and guitarist Phil Schurger

Thursday, September 28. Plenty of fun will greet the Jazz Central audience for Vocal Jazz Night as Mari Harris and Bruce Henry join forces with pianist Kavyesh Kaviraj. At Khyber Pass in St Paul, multi-instrumentalist Milo Fine joins forces with bassist Sam Wildenauer and saxophonist Emerson Aagard.
Mari Harris

The Bad Plus
Friday, September 29.  There was lots of buzz a few months ago when The Bad Plus announced there would be a personnel change after more than 15 years--pianist Ethan Iverson would be leaving at the end of 2017, to be replaced by Orrin Evans. But before the transition, TBP will perform twice in the Twin Cities--their annual holiday show in late December, and this evening's special gig with guitarist Bill Frisell in the McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center, part of the Walker's always stunning Performance Series. 

At Jazz Central, the Masters series welcomes the Brian Handleland Quartet, with Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Cory Healey. The quartet is followed by an ensemble of high-energy high school jazzers led by Eli Zukor-Zimmerman. (Steve Kenny's Illicit Jazz Workshop takes over Friday nights at Jazz Central starting next Friday.) 

Crooners Lounge welcomes back a crowd favorite, vocalist Debbie Duncan. It's party time when Debbie hits the stage!

Tefsa Wondemagegnehu
Saturday, September 30. Not usually on the jazz radar, classical singer Maria Jette has been hosting a Saturday Salon series in the Dunsmore Room at Crooner's for the past year or so. Today, she presents "Sinatra and American Art Song" featuring Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (tenor) with Clara Osowski (mezzo-soprano) and Jeremy Walker (piano, composer). Enjoy an afternoon of songbook standards, Walker originals, and melodies made famous by Frank Sinatra.

A new feature at Jazz Central-- Leigh Kamman Classic Originals--launches tonight with the Larry McDonough Trio performing a set of the music of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans. Brad Bellows presents audio interviews by Leigh Kamman with Bennett and Evans. McDonough and company then play a second set of Larry's originals.



JC Sanford
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog welcomes back the JC Sanford Quartet with JC on trombone, Zacc Harris on guitar, Chris Bates on bass and JT Bates on drums. Trio 280 opens--Joel Shapira, Wes Ruelle and Eron Woods.


Kathy Jensen
Saturday-Sunday, September 30-October 1. The Capri Legends Series presents "Bacharach: All Saxed Up," featuring vocalists Patty Peterson and Cookie Coleman, along with saxy lady Kathy Jensen. It's always a treat to hear any of these artists, but Coleman has kept a low profile lately, and Kathy J is rarely heard outside of her stints with JazzMN and New Power Generation. (Saturday evening, Sunday matinee).

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. The Lead Sheet is posted new every month and updated weekly, usually on Fridays.

Coming Soon!
. September 22, Framework at Studio Z (All Originals)
. September 22, Bryan Nichols and Dave Graf at the Icehouse
. September 22, Peter Kogan Quintet at Jazz Central 
. September 22, Paul Renz Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. September 22-23, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Williamsburg Room, The Lexington
. September 23, Below Zero/Central Standard Time at the Black Dog
. September 23, David Roos at the Icehouse
. September 23, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Church)
. September 23, Patty Peterson and Friends at Crooners Lounge
. September 23-24, Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network Cabaret Fest at Bryant Lake Bowl
. September 24, GoGo Penguin at the Dakota 
. September 24, TLA (Hagedorn, Clement, Hanson) at Imminent Brewing (Northfield)
. September 24, Evan Christopher in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 24, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Orchestra Hall 
. September 25, "Is That All There Is" (Music of Peggy Lee), New Standards, Catherine Russell and Nellie McKay at the Guthrie
. September 25, Doug Haining at Jazz Central
. September 25, Javetta and Jearlyn Steele in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. September 26, Maryann and the Moneymakers at Vieux Carre'
. September 26, Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra at Jazz Central
. September 26, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Crooners Lounge
. September 28, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Williamsburg Room, The Lexington 
. September 28, Mari Harris & Bruce Henry at Jazz Central 
. September 28, Charmin & Shapria at the Black Dog
. September 29, The Bad Plus + Bill Frisell, McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
. September 29, Jazz Alley (celebrates Ella) at the Black Dog
. September 29-30, Peter Schimke Trio in the Williamsburg Room at the Lexington
. September 30, "Sinatra and American Art Song" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. September 30, Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and Larry McDonough Trio, "Tony Bennett, Bill Evans and Leigh Kamman" at Jazz Central 
. September 30, JC Sanford Quartet at the Black Dog
. September 30-Oct 1,  "Bacharach…All Saxed Up" (Cookie Coleman and Patty Peterson with Kathy Jensen), Legends at the Capri Theater
. September 30, Trio 280/JC Sanford Quartet at the Black Dog 
. October 2, Tony Malaby, Anthony Cox and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. October 3, Bill Carrothers and Pat Mallinger in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. October 3, Larry McDonough CD Release at the Dakota 
. October 3, Chris Lomheim Trio at Vieux Carre' 
. October 4, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 4, Katia Cardenas and Friends at Vieux Carre'
. October 4-5, Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore at the Dakota
. October 5, Marimba Nova at the Black Dog
. October 6, Jazz Women All Stars at the Dakota
. October 6, Le Percheron at Jazz Central 
. October 6, Bryan Nichols Quintet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 6, Lila Ammons at the Black Dog
. October 6-7, Melody Mendis "Barbra" at Cabaret Theater at Camp Bar 
. October 8, Katie Thiroux Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 9-10, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, The Ella Songbooks in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota
. October 11, Gypsy Mania at Crooners Lounge
. October 13, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Drum and Trumpet" with John Raymond and Kevin Washington (Minnesota Orchestra Hall) 
. October 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band at Jazz Central
. October 14, Laura Caviani Trio with Karrin Allyson, saluting Thelonious Monk, at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. October 15, Joey Alexander at the Dakota
. October 15, John Raymond in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 16, Erin Bode at the Dakota
. October 16, Sam Miltich and Friends at Crooners Lounge 
. October 18, Debbie Duncan and Margaret Cox at Crooners Lounge
. October 19, Wycliffe Gordon in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 19, Arturo Sandoval at the Dakota
. October 20, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. October 20, Chris Graham Quartet at Jazz Central 
. October 20, Phil Hey Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 20, JazzMN Orchestra with Wycliff Gordon at Ordway
. October 26-27, Ramsey Lewis Quartet at the Dakota
. October 28-29, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. November 3. Django Festival All-Stars with Dorado Schmitt at the Dakota
. November 5, Lizz Wright at the Dakota
. November 8, Ann Hampton Callaway at the Dakota
. November 10, Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson and the Wolverines Big Band at Schneider Theater, Bloomington
. November 11-12, Patty Peterson "Memories: The Music of Barbra Streisand" at Chanhassan Dinner Theater 
. November 12, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 
. November 15, Kandace Springs at the Dakota
. November 25, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. December 1-2, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. December 3-4, Brad Mehldau Trio at the Dakota
. December 6, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. December 20-23, The Bad Plus at the Dakota (last tour with Ethan Iverson)

Chick Corea, Sextet at the Dakota October 10-11




Monday, July 31, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 2017



Dan Tepfer and Lee Konitz, in the Dunsmore Room August 20-21


© Andrea Canter

Note: Continuing the new monthly format, remember to look for updates at least once per week, in the Calendar section but also under Big Gigs.

Call August the Month of the Vocalist, with some heady talent visiting (Kendra Shank, Cyrille Aimee, Kevin Mahogany) as well as one of our veterans--Debbie Duncan-- recording a long-overdue live outing. Or call August the Month of Legends, with several visitors who deserve such status, including long-awaited returns of Lee Konitz and Dr, Lonnie Smith, and even an longer-awaited visit from Bob Rockwell. Or call it Month of Iconic Bands as Illicit Sextet, Happy Apple, and youthful Hoaxer all strut their stuff in August. Or just call it another great month of Jazz in the Twin Cities!

Big Gigs This Month
Sophia Shorai
Tuesday, August 1. First Tuesday -- The Bill Simenson Orchestra is on the floor at Jazz Central; Dean Magraw pairs up with Eric Gravatt at the Black Dog.  At Crooners' Lounge, enjoy an evening with savvy vocalist Sophia Shorai with sublime backing from Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal.

At the Dakota, Cuban jazz monsters and Grammy nominee Tiempo Libre return in the smaller configuration dubbed the Bohemia Quartet, with Jorge Gomez, Xavier Mili, Leandro Gonzalez and Fabian Alvarez. And at Vieux Carre', the night begins with solo piano from Chris Lomheim.

Kendra Shank
Wednesday, August 2. It's been seven years since vocalist Kendra Shank came to town, and in the interim she's been busy releasing outstanding duo recordings with guitars John Stowell (New York Conversations, 2014) and almost-hometown pianist Geoffrey Keezer (Half Moon, 2016). Now she returns to check out the intimate surroundings of the Dunsmore Room, celebrate the music of Half Moon, and interact with Phil Aaron and Gordy Johnson. Inventive yet always accessible, Kendra is one of the finest of modern-era singers, and still a "talent deserving wider recognition." Come early --beat the traffic and enjoy Arne Fogel and Lee Blaske for Happy Hour in the Lounge.

Chris Merz
Two visitors with Iowa connections at Jazz Central tonight-- saxophonist Chris Merz and pianist Jon Snell have been playing as a duo for a number of years. Merz heads jazz at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) and was the leader of Christopher's Very Happy Band that hit the Sixth Street Stage of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival last month as part of the Minnesota-Iowa jazz exchange. Snell lived and performed in Cedar Falls and Iowa City before heading east for graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and remains based in New York.

At Vieux Carre', Steven Hobert opens on solo piano, followed by the relatively new Selby Avenue Brass Band led by renowned jazz educator (and tubist) Tom Wells. And at the Minneapolis Woman's Club, First Wednesday means Connie Evingson in the Lounge with friends--Dave Karr and Andrew Walesch.

Wednesday-Thursday, August 2-3. The Dakota hosts Los Angeles-based Paris Chansons for two night. Recently featured on CBS News, the ensemble is known for original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Piaf, Montand and such contemporary artists as Zaz.

Andrew Walesch
Thursday-Friday, August 3-4. Often the host, Andrew Walesch is on stage himself for two nights of Happy Hour at Crooners Lounge. He's a one-man band on piano and vocals.

Friday, August 4.  Two mighty string players open the evening at the Icehouse as visiting former resident Todd Clouser (guitar) and Icehouse 'house" bassist James Buckley join forces during the dinner hours.

Jeremy Walker opens the night, followed by Jay Young and the Lyric Factory with their reprise of their Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder salute, Superstitous Thriller II.

Jordan Anderson
Jazz Central typically presents either Masters or Emerging Masters on Friday nights, and tonight the trio is both! Jordan Anderson Trio is led by emerging master pianist Jordan Anderson, currently studying with Benny Green at the University of Michigan and gigging all over the metro this summer. Bassist Charlie Lincoln has been a busy presence the past few summers during breaks from studies at the Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Program; locally he's heard with Hoaxer and a long list of bands, and recently returned from a multi-city tour of Asia. Holding down the time is master drummer Jay Epstein, heard with Red Planet, Framework, Tall Tales and many other ensembles.

Saturday, August 5. Jazz in the afternoon at the Icehouse as Doug Little presents his annual "showcase" of students from his Twin Cities Jazz Workshop. A few years from now we will be hearing these teens on the "emerging masters" stages around town.

No Exit
Speaking of emerging masters, the emergents turn the schedule upside-down as Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog's double header tonight starts out with a veteran trio, The Growlers, in honor of the Lowertown Guitar Festival. Growlers include guitarists Joel Shapira and David Martin, with drummer Pete Hennig. The "headline" slot is filled by No Exit, a highly accomplished group of collegians led by drummer Luke Peterson (Northwestern U), with alto saxophonist Peter Goggin (U of Michigan), trombonist Jack Courtright (Eastman), vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg (U of M), guitarist Adam Astrup (U of Northern Colorado), and bassist Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music).


Debbie Duncan
At Vieux Carre', Debbie Duncan takes the stage, warming up for her live recording night later this month at the Dakota, while the Travis Anderson Trio serenades at the Normandy Kitchen. Boom Island Brewing's Boom Room Jazz features Open Story--Dean Magraw, Bryan Nichols and Jay Epstein.
  
And at the Town House Bar, enjoy a "C-Ella-bration" of Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday with delightful standards, exciting duets, and fun vocal improvisation, courtesy of Jazz Alley--the singing trio of Katia Cardenas, Sarah M. Greer and Maryann Sullivan, with Lori Dokken on keys.

Sunday, August 6. Early evening magic in Northfield! The JC Sanford Trio with Laura Caviani (piano) and Chris Bates (bass) joining the trombone master performs at Imminent Brewing.

Will Schmid
Monday, August 7. The Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel hits the stage at Crooners' for their monthly "party." At Jazz Central, the "spotlight" is on young guitarist Will Schmid and three fellow collegians, Patrick Adkins (piano), Charlie Lincoln (bass) and Jesse Thorson (drums).

John Raymond
JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse brings back area natives: John Raymond appears on trumpet with the Chris Thomson Quartet led by the local sax great--too seldom heard himself. Chris and JT Bates round out the foursome. We should be seeing more of Raymond now that he has relocated from New York to Indiana University. Second set: An even more rare appearance by area native bassist Michael Janisch and his Paradigm Shift with Zacc Harris and Brandon Wozniak.
Michael Janisch


Cyrille Aimee
Tuesday, August 8. Few vocalists of the 21st century have been on as steep a trajectory as French-Dominican star Cyrille Aimee. Winner of the Montreaux Jazz Fest vocal competition, she's known for her Django-influenced ensemble, although her repertoire is ever-expanding, as she will demonstrate tonight on her Dakota debut.

At Vieux Carre', young piano phenom Will Kjeer opens solo, followed by vocalist Sarah M. Greer, on stage for the rest of the evening. And the Black Dog hosts "Another Jazz Quintet," actually another young lions ensemble featuring some of the area's top collegians making the  most of their summer break--headed by guitarist Jackson Potter with Peter Goggin (sax), Jordan Anderson (piano), Alma Engebretson (bass), and Edmund Catlin (drums).

Kevin Mahgogany
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 8-9. It's been a number of years since star vocalist Kevin Mahogany visited the Twin Cities, and he makes up for the lapse with two nights in the Dunsmore Room with support provided by Mary Louise Knutson and friends.

Wednesday, August 9. For his monthly improv night at Jazz Central, Chris Bates brings forth Astrologer's Blood: Chris Bates - electric bass and effects ; John Keston - keyboards and synths; Randy Kramer - drums and percussion; Shon Troth - lap steel guitar and effects. Hang on tight!

Thursday, August 10. I first encountered Adam Linz as an opening solo act for Happy Apple at the Cedar, maybe 15 years ago? Here's an opportunity to hear the mature bassist alone (with just his bass and subvocalizations) at Khyber Pass, followed by the duo of Anne LaBerge (flute) and Nathan Hanson (sax).

Jana Nyberg
Friday, August 11. The Jana Nyberg 5 debuts in the Dunsmore Room, and they have a new CD to celebrate!  At Vieux Carre', enjoy the exciting rhythms of the Babatunde Lea Quintet with the master percussionist, Zacc Harris (guitar), Matt Trice (sax), Will Kjeer (piano), and Ted Olsen (bass).
Babatunde Lea


The Masters Series at Jazz Central brings five to the stage--No Room for Squares is a band of veterans, with the usual line-up including Jon Pemberton, Jimmie Wallace, Mikkel Romstad, Adam Tucker, and Bill Stieger.

Will Schmid
Saturday, August 12. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog kicks off with the Will Schmid Quartet , hot off their Jazz Central gig, followed by the intrepid Illicit Sextet.
  
Michael Janisch
A rare Saturday night in the Dunsmore Room: London-based, Wisconsin native bassist Michael Janisch is in town (see August 7 above) with some of our best--Brandon Wozniak on tenor, Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Zacc Harris on guitar and Pete Hennig on drums. Janisch was on stage at the 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival with his London trio, Cloudmakers, and has toured and recorded recently with his sextet, Paradigm Shift.

Legendary jazz drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt, who has played with McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Weather Report, Byard Lancaster, and Dom Um Romão will be sharing his musical life experience with the Boom Room at Boom Island Brewing..
 

Illicit Sextet
Sunday, August 13. Trumpeter Warren Vache' kicks off a star-studded week in the Dunsmore Room. Down in Rochester, it's the second annual Rochester City Jazz Festival, with the Jana Nyberg 5 and Illicit Sextet headlining the evening at the Rochester Civic Theater.

Irv Williams
At the Dakota, it's yet another birthday party for Irv Williams, this one is #98! Irv's frequent partners at Happy Hour, Billy Peterson and Steve Blons, will be on hand.

Monday, August 14. At Jazz Central, something billed as the Latin Jazz Combo, which likely has at least one musician named Santiago. Over at the Black Dog, a national act with local talents: Bassist Lindsey Horner comes to town to play with guitarist pal Chris Cunningham and like-minded drummer Greg Schutte. And JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse features a double CD release for Jeremy Ylvisaker with Mike Lewis and JT himself, followed by the high-energy of Mancrush, led by drummer Lars-Erik Larson.

Bob Rockwell at the AQ
Monday-Tuesday, August 14-15. The Dunsmore Room hosts two nights with former Minnesota resident, Copenhagan-based saxophonist Bob Rockwell and New York pianist David Hazeltine; they're joined by former cohorts at the Artists Quarter, Billy Peterson on bass and Kenny Horst on drums.

Joyce Lyons
Tuesday, August 15. Chris Lomheim opens solo, followed by the Phil Aaron Aaron Trio with vocalist Joyce Lyons, at Vieux Carre'.



Phil Aaron
Wednesday, August 16. Local piano hero Phil Aaron pays homage to one of his muses, Bill Evans, tonight in the Dunsmore Room. At the Dakota, pianist/storyteller/vocalist/writer/producer/all-around Renaissance Man Ben Sidran returns for an evening of music, philosophy, and fun.

At Vieux Carre', swinging fun is on the agenda, with Rick Carlson opening solo piano, followed by Butch Thompson and Dean Magraw.

Thursday, August 17. "Getting Sentimental"-- new cabaret dinner series at the Nicollet Island Inn features a trio of jazzy voices--Vicky Mountain, Dorothy Doring, Connie Dussl with Joey Clarke on keys. Tickets include dinner. More focus on vocals at Jazz Central as pianist (and sometimes vocalist) Laura Caviani joins forces with vocalist Linda Alvarado. At the American Swedish Institute, it's an injection of Cuban music as Charanga Tropical and salsa dancing provide a festive evening.

Hoaxer
Friday, August 18. After their stellar CD release gig earlier this summer, the amazing young guns of Hoaxer repeat at Vieux Carre' --Will Kjeer, Peter Goggin, Charlie Lincoln and Edmund Catlin.


Joe Dyson, Bridge Trio
Jazz Central hosts the visiting Bridge Trio, three rising star artists who cut their teeth in New Orleans with Donald Harrison--pianist Conun Pappas, bassist Max Moran (Christian Scott), and drummer Joe Dyson (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nicholas Payton). Dyson was in town with Payton at the 2017 Winter Jazz Fest.

Choro Borealis
At the Black Dog, get your Brazilian rhythms fix as Choro Borealis (Robert Everest, Pat O'Keefe, Tim O'Keefe) takes the stage.

Friday-Saturday, August 18-19. One of the summer's best-kept jazz secrets has been the Williamsburg Room at the recently renovated Lexington in St Paul. Some of the area's top jazz ensembles have been on the bandstand, but finally The Lex is posting their music calendar. The Peter Schimke Trio captivates diners tonight -- and most likely Kenny Horst will man the trapset with Chris Bates on bass.


Happy Apple
Saturday, August 19. Steve Kenny has been working on this booking for quite a while and finally Happy Apple (Mike Lewis, Eric Fratzke, Dave King) will be on the Black Dog bandstand! Only the young would be brave enough to open for Happy Apple-- the quintet SPACE (Will Schmid, Charlie Lincoln, Patrick Adkins, Alma Engebretson, Luke Peterson).

Dave Hagedorn, Phil Hey Quartet
Another esteemed band of veterans takes the band stand at Boom Island Brewing at the Phil Hey Quartet fills airspace in the Boom Jazz Room. And one of our beloved veteran vocalists, Patty Peterson, joins "Friends" at Bunkers. Soon to be a seasoned veteran, vocalist/pianist Andrew Walesch performs for diners and dancers at the Normandy Kitchen.

Doug Little
Sunday, August 20. An afternoon delight--Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson celebrate great songs of the 50s at St Albert the Great Church . Doug Little celebrates his birthday by bringing Charanga Tropical to The Cedar, opening for drummer Tito Puente, Jr. who is on his first-ever tour of Minnesota.

Lee Konitz
Sunday-Monday, August 20-21. The Dunsmore Room is booking more and more national artists, and for two nights, international stars as working legend saxophonist Lee Konitz comes to Fridley with extraordinary pianist Dan Tepfer. It's been about a decade since Konitz came to the Twin Cities.

John Penny
 Monday, August 21. JT's Jazz Implosion welcomes a special edition of the Steven Hobert Quartet, featuring guest guitarist John Penny. Hobert on keys with Pete Whitman (sax), Yohannes Tona (bass) and Arthur LA Buckner (drums). "A night full of originals and covers by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, John Coltrane."  

At the Dakota, three of the funniest jazz giants you will see around town, the Travis Anderson Trio (with Travis on keys, Steve Pikal on bass, Nathan Norman on drums) hold attention at the Dakota.

Tuesday, August 22. Young guitarist Will Schmid has been back in town only about a month this summer but it seems he has played a year's worth of gigs, often as leader. Tonight he brings a quartet to the Black Dog featuring Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Graydon Peterson on bass, and Jesse Thorson on drums. And you can get your dose of Latin tonight as the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra takes their monthly slot at Jazz Central.

Larry McDonough Quartet
Wednesday August 23. Good music deserves repeating, and tonight Larry McDonough and his quartet reprise his toast to Bill Evans & Tony Bennett, "You Must Believe in Spring," at the Warming House. Unlike the originals, Larry plays both parts!
 
Thursday, August 24. Her recordings have been few and far between, and this one is long overdue-- Debbie Duncan records live tonight at the Dakota. Over at the Lexington, Benny Weinbeck and Gordy Johnson will hang in the Williamsburg Room.

At the Green Lantern, check out KTB-- Kjeer, Tucker, Burgess (aka 2/3 of Group 47), their last gig til Will Kjeer is back for winter break.

Nathan Hanson
Friday, August 25. "All Originals Jazz" at Studio Z hosts one of the more unusual projects tonight-- Jazz Word Jazz, a night of poetry from Jim Larson along with improvised music from  a talented jazz ensemble dubbed MILTD41--Chris Bates, Will Jensen, Steve Kenny, Nathan Hanson and Greg Schutte.

We don't often hear a salute to the great Roberta Flack, making this night in the Dunsmore Room with Ginger Commodore extra special. Ginger's velvety voice seems particularly well suited to this music, and she will be accompanied by her GC Quartet. And if that doesn't work for you, she will reprise the show at Vieux Carre' on Saturday (August 26).


Will Kjeer
Likely his last performance before heading west to resume studies at Cal Arts, pianist Will Kjeer is on stage at Jazz Central with drummer Jesse Simon and visiting bassist Shigefumi Tomita.


 Friday-Saturday, August 25-26. Enjoy old St Paul ambience and new Twin Cities jazz with the Jake Baldwin Trio in the Williamsburg Room at the Lex.

Friday-Sunday, August 25-27. Three nights of improvisation at the Southern Theater features Black Magnesia curated by Joe Horton. Each night addresses a different aspect of improvisation and a different combination of artists--Joe Horton, Anthony Cox, Cory Healey, DeVon Gray, Chris Cunningham, Pat O'Keefe, Dave King, James Buckley, Trever Hagen, Andrew Broder, Graham O'Brien, Mankwe Ndosi, Heather Barringer, Sarah Porwell-Lee, Joey Van Phllips, Ernest Bisong, Peter Schimke and Josh Clausen.
Steve Kenny

Saturday, August 26. At the Black Dog, the JazzINK Youth Showcase presents the BCA Trio, followed by Steve Kenny's Quintet (Kenny, Nelson Devereaux, Levi Schwartzberg, Ted Olsen, Miguel Hurtado).


The MN Hard Bop Collective returns to the Boom Room Jazz at Boom Island Brewing Co, with pianist Javi Santiago and visiting bassist Shigefumi Tomita, Professor of Jazz Performance & Pedagogy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Jazz Central hosts an evening of reading of new works by local artists of the Twin Cities Jazz Composers Workshop--Adam Meckler, Aaron Hedenstrom, JC Sanford, David Stamps, Asuka Kakitani.

Tom McDermott
Sunday, August 27. The Dunsmore Room offers a taste of New Orleans with saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Aurora Nealand and pianist Tom McDermott.  I had a chance to hear McDermott in a house concert a few years ago-- this will be a high energy night!

It's been a while since Red Planet took flight but the trio is back in the stratosphere at the Black Dog tonight-- Dean Magraw, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein travel through the postbop timezone. 

Monday, August 28.  At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion offers a quartet of local heavyweights-- Dean Granros, Paul Metzger, Anthony Cox, and JT himself. 


Aaron Hedenstrom
Tuesday, August 29. A fifth Monday brings the Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra to Big Band Night at Jazz Central, and that means some cool originals from this award-winning composer.
 
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Wednesday, August 30. It's been a long time since Dr. Lonnie Smith performed his B-3 magic at the Dakota. Now the new NEA Jazz Master is back for one glorious night!

At Vieux Carre', a too-infrequent opportunity to hear vocalist Rhonda Laurie in a club setting. (Check KBEM archives for Phil Nusbaum's recent interview with Rhonda!) 

Thursday, August 31. End the month with some endless energy from the young turks of the McNasty Brass Band, in prime time at Vieux Carre'.

Sarah M. Greer
At Jazz Central, vocalist/educator Sarah M. Greer presents music from her upcoming album, a project supported by a Minnesota Artists Initiative Grant. Sarah will share stories behind the songs and talk about her songwriting process. This is audience participation--listeners will be asked to share their reactions and ask question. Joining Sarah will be a quartet featuring Steven Hobert, Ian Young, Nathan Greer and special guest, trumpet master Solomon Parham.

Coming Soon!
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 24, George Marich and Paul Metzger Duo at Khyber Pass Cafe
. August 25, Jazz Word Jazz at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 25, Ginger Commodore tribute to Roberta Flack, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 25, Bob Fantuazzo at Riverview Wine Bar
. August 25, Will Kjeer with Shigefumi Tomita and Jesse Simon at Jazz Central Studios 
. August  25, John Penny (solo) at Stem
. August 25, Southside Aces at Vieux Carre'
. August 26, BCA Trio/Steve Kenny Quintet at the Black Dog
. August 26, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota 
. August 26, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective at Boom Island Brewing 
. August 26, Ginger Commodore Quartet, salute to Roberta Flack, at Vieux Carre'
. August 26, Kronick Quintet at Public Kitchen
. August 26, Jazz Composers Workshop, readings at Jazz Central
. August 27, Aurora Neeland and Tom McDermott in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 27, Red Planet at the Black Dog 
. August 27, Javi Santiago Quartet at the Icehouse
. August 28, Granros, Metzger, Cox and Bates at the Icehouse
. August 28, Mandy Fassett/Lisa Harrigan at Jazz Central
. August 29, Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band at Jazz Central
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota
. August 30, Mike Bartunek Quartet at Jazz Central 
. August 30, Kenne Thomas Trio with Rich Manik at Studio Z
. August 31, Six Families Outreach at Khyber Pass Cafe
. August 31, Sarah M Greer at Jazz Central
. August 31- September 3, Chicago Jazz Festival (Chicago, IL)
. September 1, Henry Butler's Jambalya Band at the Dakota
. September 1, KBEM River Cruise 
. September 1, Ashen Fir at Jazz Central
. September 1, Joan Hutton Project, All Originals at Studio Z
. September 1-4, Detroit Jazz Festival (Detroit, MI)
. September 2, Cartwright/King/Granowski/John Devine Quartet at the Black Dog
. September 2, Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears at the Dakota
. September 5, Steven Hobert/Travis Anderson Trio at Vieux Carre' 
. September 5, Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog
. September 5, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. September 6, Connie Evingson, Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club 
. September 6. Steven Hobert Quartet at Jazz Central
. September 7, Eliane Elias at the Dakota
. September 7, Pool III at Khyber Pass
. September 9, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at the Aster 
. September 9, Snowblind at the Black Dog
. September 12, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 12-13, Mike Stern Band at the Dakota
. September 14, John Raymond's Real Feels at Vieux Carre' 
. September 16, Donald Washington Trio/Bottomless Pit at the Black Dog
. September 18, The Yellowjackets at the Dakota
. September 19, Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 19, Curtis Stiegers at the Dakota
. September 19, Matthew Stevens at Vieux Carre'
. September 20, Tomeka Reid at Jazz Central 
. September 20, Jay Clayton in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 22, Framework at Studio Z (All Originals)
. September 22, Peter Kogan Quintet at Jazz Central
. September 22-23, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Williamsburg Room, The Lexington
. September 23, Below Zero/TBA at the Black Dog
. September 23-24, Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network Cabaret Fest at Bryant Lake Bowl
. September 24, GoGo Penguin at the Dakota 
. September 24, Evan Christopher in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 24, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Orchestra Hall 
. September 25, "Is That All There Is" (Music of Peggy Lee), New Standards, Catherine Russell and Nellie McKay at the Guthrie
. September 28, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Williamsburg Room, The Lexington
. September 29, The Bad Plus + Bill Frisell, McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
. September 30-Oct 1,  "Bacharach…All Saxed Up" (Cookie Coleman and Patty Peterson with Kathy Jensen), Legends at the Capri Theater
. September 30, Trio 280/JC Sanford Quartet at the Black Dog 
. October 3, Bill Carrothers and Pat Mallinger in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 4-5, Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore at the Dakota
. October 6, Jazz Women All Stars at the Dakota
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota
. October 14, Laura Caviani Trio with Karrin Allyson, saluting Thelonious Monk, at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. October 15, Joey Alexander at the Dakota
. October 16, Erin Bode at the Dakota
. October 19, Wycliffe Gordon in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 19, Arturo Sandoval at the Dakota
. October 20, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. October 20, JazzMN Orchestra with Wycliff Gordon at Ordway
. October 26-27, Ramsey Lewis Quartet at the Dakota
. October 28-29, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. November 3. Django Festival All-Stars with Dorado Schmitt at the Dakota
. November 8, Ann Hampton Callaway at the Dakota
. November 10, Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson and the Wolverines Big Band at Schneider Theater, Bloomington
. November 11-12, Patty Peterson "Memories: The Music of Barbra Streisand" at Chanhassan Dinner Theater 
. November 12, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 
. November 15, Kandace Springs at the Dakota
. November 25, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. December 1-2, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. December 3-4, Brad Mehldau Trio at the Dakota
. December 6, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. December 20-23, The Bad Plus at the Dakota (last tour with Ethan Iverson)

Mike Stern Band, coming to the Dakota September 12-13