Friday, May 19, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 19-26



Phil Hey Quartet at Jazz Central, May 19


© Andrea Canter

It seems that we're getting a break from our perfect weather, but music around the Twin Cities continues nonstop. Rain or shine, we get the best here in the metro.

Big Gigs This Week
Phil Hey
Friday, May 19. Jazz Central hosts a long-overdue gig with the Phil Hey Quartet, one of the seminal jazz bands in the region, and one that does not play nearly enough. This band has been active for at least 15 years since they came together at the Artists Quarter, with the same line-up-- Phil on drums with Dave Hagedorn on vibes, Phil Aaron on piano, and Tom Lewis on bass. It's not a recreation of the Modern Jazz Quartet -- they do their own thing, and that's a good thing for Minnesota jazz.

At the Icehouse, new McKnight grantee Tim Sparks joins James Buckley for a string fest of guitar and bass, covering the dinner hours.

Angelica Sanchez © Agostino Mela
Saturday, May 20. There's more than the usual excitement at the Black Dog, as renowned pianist/composer Angelica Sanchez performs in a trio with our local stars, Chris Bates (bass) and Pete Hennig (drums). This rare national act on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series was made possible by saxophonist and Roseville Area High School band director Pat Moriarty, who arranged for Sanchez to come to town and work with his exceptional student jazz band. And to double the delight, Pat and wife Ellen Lease bring an edition of their long-running Lease-Moriarty Quartet to open the evening, also with Chris and Pete. It's hard to imagine a more exciting evening for fans of modern jazz.

American Reverie
If nostalgia is more your thing, on Saturday enjoy the CD release for Zacc Harris' American Reverie trio with Matt Peterson and Lars-Erik Larson at the Hook and Ladder--that's the old Patrick's Cabaret venue. The trio will be back from their Milwaukee release on the previous evening, with arrangements of such treasures as "Shenendoah" and "Tennessee Waltz." 

JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske celebrate 20 years of jazz in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel --an amazing milestone for any jazz ensemble!

Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson
Sunday, May 21. This afternoon will be the first of a monthly summer jazz series at St Albert the Great Church, featuring Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson tackling a different decade of song each month through August. For May, it's songs of the 20s-- Maud's bread and butter repertoire.

Peter Kogan
Monday, May 22. An unusual early set for JTs Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse (7 pm) features the Peter Kogan Quintet. The Minnesota Orchestra's retired timpanist has made the transition to jazz drummer and bandleader with apparent ease, and his quintet features A-list artists including Jake Baldwin, Pete Whitman, Phil Aaron and Jeff Bailey.

Drew Stinson
At Crooners Lounge, the monthly night with the Acme Jazz Company features long-time affiliate, crooner Arne Fogel. And Jazz Central's Monday Spotlight series presents young McNaly Smith bassist Drew Stinson (Sound Skirmish).

Tuesday, May 23. Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson return to the Dunsmore Room with a new show, a salute to Judy Garland. Count on learning a lot about Judy, not just the songs, but the back story.

Chris Lomheim
At Vieux Carre', many pleasures start with Zacc Harris on guitar before the prime time sets with the sublime Chris Lomheim Trio (usually Gordy Johnson and Jay Epstein). Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Wednesday, May 24. At jazz Central, John Keston and Cody McKinney present "Sound/Simulacra" -- a monthly series exploring improvisation, with local talents to "recreate, distort, and create the hyperreal."  Their guests tonight will be pianist Bryan Nichols and drummer Cory Healey-- they should fit right into the hyperreal.

Will Schmid
Thursday, May 25.  Take your pick-- Dorothy Doring performs on Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central; Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson bring intimacy and savvy to standards at Vieux Carre'; the Pete Hennig Trio is on stage at Reverie; Davu Seru and Douglas Ewart perform futuristic magic at Khyber Pass. At the Black Dog, the music of Duluth's indie rock band Low will be transformed by an ensemble of young artists, led by college music students, guitarist Will Schmid and bassist Charlie Lincoln. They're joined by Peter Goggin on alto sax and somewhat older authorities-- Jake Baldwin on trumpet and Cory Healey on drums.

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 May 25 is Edmund Catlin, drummer for Hoaxer, talking about their CD Release on June 2.

Coming Soon!
. May 26, Will Schmid/Greg Lewis Ensemble at Jazz Central
. May 27, Selby Brass Band/Park Evans Quintet at the Black Dog
. May 28, Regina Marie Williams "Nina Simone" at the Dakota
. May 28, Sam Miltich and Dave Karr, Music of Lester Young in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 30, Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog
. May 30, Erin Schwab, Tribute to Judy Garland and Bette Midler in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 31, Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. May 31, Judi Vinar and Lori Dokken "Unplugged" at Crooners Lounge
. June 1, Zacc Harris Group at Reverie
. June 2, Rio Nido at the Dakota
. June 3, TC Seven Swing Dance at 301 on Main
. June 3, Paul Harper Bardo Band/No Room for Squares at the Black Dog
. June 3-8, Icehouse Fifth Anniversary Party
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 8, Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio at Reverie
. June 10, Doug Haining Tribute to Horace Silver/Jax Revel Group at the Black Dog
. June 13-14, Candy Dulfer at the Dakota
. June 15, Wayne Horvitz/George Cartwright Group at Reverie
. June 17, How Birds Work/Simon Petrick Group at the Black Dog
. June 17, Twin Cities Jazz Fest Preview Night at Hennepin Ave Methodist Church
. June 17, Joel Shapira CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. June 19, Jane Bunnett and Macaque at the Dakota
. June 21, Christian Sands at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner with Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle, Emmet Cohen)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 25, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 30s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. June 25, Reynold Philipsek Film Release, "A Life Well Played" at the Schneider Theater
. June 29, Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more
. July 3, Geoffrey Keezer at Maritime family
. July 14, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. July 23, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 40s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. August 7, Chris Thomson Band with John Raymond at the Icehouse
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 8-9, Kevin Mahogany in the Dunmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 20, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 50s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota

 
Chris Potter returns to the Dakota, May 31


* All photos by Andrea Canter unless otherwise indicated

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 12-18



Karrin Allyson, at the Dakota on May 15


© Andrea Canter

It looks like a great spring week coming our way with national headliners and local talents--talents that could be national headliners.

Big Gigs This Week

Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse*
Friday, May 12.  One of the most lauded composers and bandleaders of his generation, saxophonist Steve Coleman brings his rarely performed project, Natal Eclipse, to the McGuire Theater at the Walker. The New York Times describes Coleman as “one of the most rigorously conceptual thinkers in improvised music." Usually that means it is over my head but a pleasure to hear anyway. And his band--without percussion-- includes such unique talents as trumpeter Jon Finlayson, pianist Matt Mitchell and vocalist Jen Shyu.

Rodney Ruckus
A last-minute addition to the Jazz Central "Masters" series tonight, multi-instrumentalist Rodney Ruckus--officially now a California resident-- is back in town with a quartet of monsters: Aaron Hedenstrom on sax, Will Kjeer on piano, Jax Ravel on bass, and of course The Ruckus on drums.

Linda Peterson
Pianist, vocalist and composer Linda Peterson finishes her run of happy hours at Crooners Lounge, followed by the always chariming Sophia Shorai; savvy singer Lila Ammons is back at the Hennepin Steam Room; at the Icehouse, Patrick Harison and James Buckley provide some accordion/bass duo charms over the dinner hours; and at Vieux Carre', Jeremy Walker plays the first set of a triple header, followed by the Twin Cities Hot Club and then Cedric Fuller's Global Sounds. 

Max Johnson*
Saturday, May 13. Jazz Central hosts a special night with the Max Johnson Trio, featuring Russ Johnson, Max Johnson and Tim Daisy. Trumpeter Russ recently left New York City for the Midwest, bassist Max remains in New York, and drummer Daisy is active in Chicago. All three are well-known in improvised music circles. 

Dean Magraw, Open Story
At the Black Dog, it's Open Story, a relatively new trio of Dean Magraw, Bryan Nichols and Jay Epstein, headlining the Saturday Night Jazz series. They follow an opening set on the JazzINK Youth Showcase featuring the Walker West Jazz Ensemble, a group of teen musicians who are well versed in the jazz idiom.

Charmin & Shapira
Charmin & Shapira are back at Midtown Global Market for a midday break; Benny Weinbeck brings his trio to Parma 8200; the Kronick Quintet lands at Public Kitchen; the Travis Anderson Trio entertains at the Normandy Kitchen

Gwen Matthews
Sunday, May 14.  It's Mother's Day and there's a wide range of choices for Mom, from brunch with Patty and the Buttons at the Aster or with Southside Aces at the Dakota or Debbie Duncan at Crooners,  to the Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room with Dan Chouinard and Gwen Matthews, contemporary piano whiz Keiko Matsui at the Dakota, and the Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; or take mom dancing to the sounds of Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom.

Karrin Allyson
Monday, May 15. The Dakota hosts a one night, two-show delight with vocalist/pianist and honorary Minnesotan Karrin Allyson, who has never yet, in my experience, delivered anything but an inspired performance. She comes with a new project, "Allyson Sings Allison," as in Mose Allison. Given Karrin's affinity for the blues (e.g., her terrific album, In Blue), this pairing of performer and composer should be a winner.

Todd Clouser
And at the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion goes heavy on percussion with an opening solo set from Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood, followed by a quartet featuring visiting St Paul native guitarist Todd Clouser and percussion with Martin, JT Bates and Martin Dosh.

Dave Graf
At Jazz Central, the spotlight hits trombone master Dave Graf.  So often a sideman with big bands (JazzMN Orchestra), Latin Projects (Salsa del Soul) and smaller ensembles (Source Code), we need these reminders of Dave's dazzling skills as soloist and bandleader.

Dave King
Monday-Tuesday, May 15-16. In the Dunsmore Room, enjoy two nights with the Dave King Trio--that's Dave on drums with Bill Carrothers on piano and Billy Peterson on bass. They released one acclaimed album a few years ago (I've Been Ringing You) with another due out soon.

Tuesday, May 16. Get a taste of modern New Orleans jazz with a visit from the Extended Trio at the Black Dog. With Brad Webb on drums, Matt Booth on bass, and Oscar Rossignoli on piano, the trio is gaining a strong following in NOLA and spreading its wings northward.

John Penny
A tantalizing duo brings sublime intensity to the early sets at Vieux Carre' tonight, with pianist Steven Hobert joining forces with eclectic guitarist John Penny. Across town at Jazz Central, the Explosion Big Band (led by Scott Agster and Doug Haining) bursts out on Big Band Night.

Marcus Roberts
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 16-17. It's been a while since we enjoyed the Marcus Roberts Trio in the Twin Cities, and they take the stage at the Dakota for two nights. Aside from the remarkable artistry of pianist Roberts, the trio's longevity has allowed their music to develop its own momentum--drummer Jason Marsalis has been part of the unit for over 20 years; bassist Rodney Jordan is the newbie with only an 8-year association. Things will swing.

Wednesday, May 17. The Dunsmore Room hosts drummer Daniel Glass of the Royal Crowne Revue, along with Duluth-based bassist Veikko Lepisto, and Twin Cities heroes Andrew Walesch on piano and vocals and Dave Karr on sax. 

Chris Lomheim with Jay Young
At Jazz Central the Chris Lomheim Quintet takes the bandstand. Better known for his trios, pianist Lomheim leads an enviable cast with Adam Rossmiller on trumpet, Pete Whitman on sax, Jay Young on bass, and Dave Schmalenberger on drums.  


Thursday, May 18. New York City's Kristen Lee Sargent comes to town, performing with the great saxophonist Ted Nash at Vieux Carre'. They're celebrating her new album, Inside Out. Nash, a veteran of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, has been heard locally with Jeremy Walker's Atrium Jazz Ensemble.

Below Zero
A double-header at Reverie: The opening set features one of the busiest teen jazz bands in town, Below Zero. This band of mostly 9th-10th graders started out as a MacPhail Center for Music ensemble and now has a life of its own. Later in the evening, Steve Kenny leads a trio with older young lions including Ted Olsen on bass and Miguel Hurtado on drums.

Mike Lewis
Rare Medium appears at Whiskey Junction with some original music from saxophonist Joan Hutton; Vicky Mountain returns to Jazz Central's Vocal Jazz night; Lori Dokken joins the Wolverines Trio at Crooners Lounge; and at Khyber Pass, saxophonist Michael Lewis takes the spotlight, with or without colleagues....only Michael knows for sure.

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. On Thursday, May 18, Andrea's guests will be young guns Will Schmid and Charlie Lincoln who are cooking up a jazzy tribute to the music of Low.

Coming Soon!
. May 19, Phil Hey Quartet at Jazz Central
. May 20, Lease-Moriarty Quartet/Angelica Sanchez Trio at the Black Dog
. May 21, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 20s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. May 22, Peter Kogan Quintet at the Icehouse
. May 22, Arne Fogel and the Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge
. May 23, Maud Hixson, "Judy Garland: Muse and Musician" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 25, Pete Hennig Trio at Reverie
. May 25, Will Schmid/Charlie Lincoln Quintet Presents the Music of Low at the Black Dog
. May 25, Dorothy Doring at Jazz Central
. May 26, Will Schmid/Greg Lewis Ensemble at Jazz Central
. May 27, Selby Brass Band/Park Evans Quintet at the Black Dog
. May 28, Regina Marie Williams "Nina Simone" at the Dakota
. May 28, Sam Miltich and Dave Karr, Music of Lester Young in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 30, Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog
. May 30, Erin Schwab, Tribute to Judy Garland and Bette Midler in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 31, Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. May 31, Judi Vinar and Lori Dokken "Unplugged" at Crooners Lounge
. June 1, Zacc Harris Group at Reverie
. June 2, Rio Nido at the Dakota
. June 3, TC Seven Swing Dance at 301 on Main
. June 3, Paul Harper Bardo Band/No Room for Squares at the Black Dog
. June 3-8, Icehouse Fifth Anniversary Party
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 8, Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio at Reverie
. June 10, Doug Haining Tribute to Horace Silver/Jax Revel Group at the Black Dog
. June 13-14, Candy Dulfer at the Dakota
. June 15, Wayne Horvitz/George Cartwright Group at Reverie
. June 17, How Birds Work/Simon Petrick Group at the Black Dog
. June 17, Twin Cities Jazz Fest Preview Night at Hennepin Ave Methodist Church
. June 17, Joel Shapira CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. June 19, Jane Bunnett and Macaque at the Dakota
. June 21, Christian Sands at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner with Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle, Emmet Cohen)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 25, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 30s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. June 25, Reynold Philipsek Film Release, "A Life Well Played" at the Schneider Theater
. June 29, Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more
. July 14, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. July 23, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 40s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. August 7, Chris Thomson Band with John Raymond at the Icehouse
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 20, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 50s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota


Phil Hey Quartet at Jazz Central, May 19





*All photos by Andrea Canter except where marked with *. Photo of Max Johnson courtesy of Anthem Records.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 5-11



The Dakota Combo performs at Studio Z on Sunday, May 7


© Andrea Canter

This week we celebrate more "Minnesota Jazz Legends" as well as enjoying the music of some Twin Cities jazz "newbies," Latin jazzers, and a few distinguished visitors. And rumor has it that we will also enjoy spring!

Big Gigs This Week
Fuzzy Math*
Friday, May 5. Fuzzy Math, the group named by City Pages as "tops for people who are bored with jazz," makes its Jazz Central debut.  The band includes Mark Vandermyde on keys, Scott Fultz on sax, Curtis Lucky on trumpet, Eric Graham on bass, and Haralds Bondaris on drums, playing "serious music that does not take itself too seriously."

Debbie Duncan
At Vieux Carre', Jon Pemberton starts the evening on piano, followed by our grand diva, Debbie Duncan and her quartet. At the Icehouse, strings rule as Zacc Harris joins forces with James Buckley over the dinner hours; vocalist Lila Ammons is at the Hennepin Steam Room, and the Wolverines Big Band is on stage at the 301 on Main Event Center.

Eric Gravatt
Saturday, May 6. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog has its usual double feature, this weekend leading off with D'Sievers, a Rochester-based quartet, followed by the titanic Source Code led by Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums, with Solomon Parham on trumpet, Dean Magraw on guitar, Dave Graf on trombone, and Ron Evaniuk on bass.

Dancing with Charanga Tropical
Looking for some hot Latin jazz and salsa-- I mean literally salsa? The Cedar and Charanga Tropical hosts Minnesota Salsa Fest featuring the 18-piece La Gran Charanga, an amalgam of Charanga Tropical, Salsabrosa, Salsa del Soul, Malamanya, Qband, Tropical Zone and more.

Travis Anderson
At St Barnabas in Plymouth, the Travis Anderson Trio performs on the Jazz at St Barneys series-- dazzling pianist Travis with Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. This concert closes the 2016-17 season, taking a break until fall.

Maud Hixson
Maud Hixson sings with the Phil Aaron Trio at the 301 on Main Event Center; the Benny Weinbeck Trio performs in the lounge at Parma 8200; Jacob Hanson joins James Buckley in duo at the Icehouse.

Patty Peterson with 2016 "Elder" Dick Bortolussi
Sunday, May 7. This afternoon brings a new installment of the popular Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders series, sponsored by KBEM and hosted by Patty Peterson at the Minnesota History Center. The 2017 crew of "elders" includes Dean Brewington, Kenny Horst, Carei Thomas, Steve Blons, George Avaloz and Betty Palmer, with support provided by the Phil Aaron Trio. The music will be inspiring and the stories will be fascinating.

You can enjoy jazz legends on film at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater where archivist Bob DeFlores offers another afternoon of archival footage, this time looking at the Big Bands of the 20s-50s, including Rudy Vallee, the Dorsey Brothers, Woody Herman, Ozzie Nelson, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Ray Anthony, Artie Shaw and more.  

Lucia Newell
Also in the afternoon, Charanga Tropical brings its monthly heat to the Icehouse. In the evening, you can enjoy great music with Dan Chouinard and his "Birthday Club" guest, vocalist Lucia Newell, in the Dunsmore Room. They're raising funds for Global Rights for Women, a timely nonprofit with a serious mission.

Dakota Combo
At Studio Z, the Dakota Combo holds its annual spring concert featuring modern jazz from Minnesota's premier high school jazz combo directed by Adam Linz. These five outstanding musicians are all seniors, heading to college jazz programs and more. They have a heady repertoire ranging from Sonny Clark and Thelonious Monk to such contemporary wizards as Frank Kimbrough. Informal reception follows the music.

The Zacc Harris Trio performs in their usual Sunday night slot at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Levi Schwartzberg
Monday, May 8. Dakota Combo alum and vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg leads a quartet at the Icehouse, including another Combo alum, pianist Patrick Adkins, along with bassist Drew Stinson and drummer Tariq Abelquader, followed by the reunion of Barnacle-- with Seattle guitarist Jason Goessl, local guitarist Park Evans, and Chris Bates and Greg Schutte on bass and drums.

Linda Peterson
At Crooners, pianist/vocalist Linda Peterson is back in Minnesota and starting a week of Happy Hour gigs, while in the Dunsmore Room, young New York piano sensation Glenn Zaleski performs -- he's an alum of the Brubeck Institute and New School, and a recent finalist for the Cole Porter Fellowship via the American Piano Competition.

Rio Nido
Tuesday, May 9.  the Dunsmore Room hosts a rescheduled gig with the popular trio Rio Nido (Tom Lieberman, Tim Sparks and Prudence Johnson). Major players on the local scene in the 70s and 80s, Rio Nido reunited about a year ago and are still major!

Chris Olson
At Vieux Carre', pianist Chris Lomheim is in solo mode early in the evening, followed by chanteuse Sophia Shorai. At the Dakota, drummer Bobby Commodore celebrates his day job retirement with the Ginger Commodore Quartet. Over at the Black Dog, it's the monthly Chris Olson Project with guests Cory Healey on drums and Kavyesh Kaviraj on keyboard joining the master guitarist. And Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the Cedar Avenue Big Band.

Wednesday, May 10.  Led by another master guitarist, the Zacc Harris Group performs on the Jazz at Studio Z series, featuring Bryan Nichols and the Bates brothers.

Held over from his Icehouse gig on Monday, Seattle's Jason Goessl teams up with Graydon Peterson and Adrian Suarez for some guitar trio magic at Jazz Central.

Steve Katz
And at Vieux Carre', it's raining "Katz and Dogs" -- the offbeat quintet headed by bassist Steve Katz, with Peter Vircks on sax, Matt Darling on trombone, Park Evans on guitar, and Ken Goldman on drums.

Keiko Matsui
Thursday, May 11. Contemporary piano star Keiko Matsui returns to the Dakota for the first of two nights, returning again on Sunday, May 14. And the trombone wielding Potash Twins perform a special concert at Adath Jeshuran Synagogue. Singer-songwriter Charlie Christenson is featured on vocal jazz night at Jazz Central. (Note - no Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie this week!)

Arne Fogel
More Jazz!
See the Twin Cities live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website. Tune into the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM, Jazz 88.5, every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Next week, Andrea's guest will be vocalist and producer Arne Fogel. Artists, get your gig on the KBEM live jazz calendar -- send your information to Kevin Barnes at kbar264@aol.com

Coming Soon!
. May 12, Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 13, Walker West Jazz Ensemble/Open Story at the Black Dog
. May 13, Travis Anderson Trio at the Normandy Kitchen
. May 14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 15, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. May 15, Dave Graf at Jazz Central
. May 15-16, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 16, Steve Hobert and John Penny, early sets at Vieux Carre'
. May 16, Billy Martin at the Icehouse
. May 16, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central
. May 16-17, Marcus Roberts Trio at the Dakota
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. May 18, Vicky Mountain at Jazz Central
. May 18, Below Zero/Steve Kenny Quartet at Reverie
. May 18, Rare Medium at Whiskey Junction
. May 19, Phil Hey Quartet at Jazz Central
. May 20, Lease-Moriarty Quartet/Angelica Sanchez Trio at the Black Dog
. May 22, Peter Kogan Quintet at the Icehouse
. May 23, Maud Hixson, "Judy Garland: Muse and Musician" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 25, Pete Hennig Trio at Reverie
. May 25, Will Schmid/Charlie Lincoln Quintet Presents the Music of Low at the Black Dog
. May 25, Dorothy Doring at Jazz Central
. May 26, Will Schmid/Greg Lewis Ensemble at Jazz Central
. May 27, Selby Brass Band/Park Evans Quintet at the Black Dog
. May 28, Regina Marie Williams "Nina Simone" at the Dakota
. May 31, Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. June 1, Zacc Harris Group at Reverie
. June 3, TC Seven Swing Dance at 301 on Main
. June 3-8, Icehouse Fifth Anniversary Party
. June 8, Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio at Reverie
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 19, Jane Bunnett and Macaque at the Dakota
. June 21, Christian Sands at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more

Karrin Allyson, coming to the Dakota on May 15

*Photo from Black Dog website; all other photos © Andrea Canter