Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 2017



Pat Mallinger returns to St Paul-- Quartet at Vieux Carre' on November 25

© Andrea Canter

[Note: The Lead Sheet is posted monthly and updated weekly.]


November is not starting out in a gentle fashion, but perhaps that merely means there will be plenty of musical heat. A number of guest artists will add fuel to the fires-- Lizz Wright, Phil Markowitz and Zach Brock, Ann Hampton Callway, Catherine Russell, Stu Katz, Benny Benack, Pat Mallinger and more; ongoing local talent showcases at the Black Dog, Jazz Central, Dunsmore Room, Boom Island, and Vieux Carre' among others; and Thanksgiving vacation brings a reunion of Hoaxer.

Big Gigs This Month
Wednesday, November 1. I recall chatting with vocalist Joyce Lyons a few years ago about her interest in Carmen McRae. Now she's saluting McRae in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, which undoubtedly will include some of the Monk tunes McRae recorded.

At Jazz Central, Jon Morgan's "New Boundaries" series features two generations of renegades-- Noah Ophoven-Baldwin on trumpet and Paul Metzger on guitar. And over at Vieux Carre', catch the Jon Pemberton Trio (Jon generally on piano) in prime time, with Kevin Gastonguay opening.

Larry McDonough
Thursday, November 2. After a successful CD release last month at the Dakota, Larry McDonough and his quartet hold a similar bash at Vieux Carre' in St Paul. Alice in Stonehenge brings together Larry's acoustic inventions in tributes to Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker and more, along with his plugged in nods to the likes of Led Zepplin. Joel Shapria kicks of the evening with some tasty solo guitar.

Dean Granros
Friday, November 3. Jazz Central's Illicit Jazz Workshop presents guitar legend Dean Granros  and his '58 Belevedere ensemble---with Patrick Kuehn on bass and Dave Power on drums. Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band brings some summer heat to the Dunsmore Room, while the Django Festival All-Stars led by guitar phenom Dorado Schmitt return to the Dakota.

South High and KBEM host the annual JAM --Jazz Around Minneapolis, a day of workshops for city school jazz bands culminating in an evening of performances (free!).


Connie Evingson
Saturday, November 4. Twin Cities Jazz Composers’ Workshop (JC Sanford, Adam Meckler, Aaron Hedenstrom, Kari Musil, Dave Stamps, Asuka Kakitani) have joined forces to cultivate creative jazz composition for the large ensemble in the Twin Cities area.  In addition to regular reading sessions of new music, the group occasionally will hold master classes on composition and arranging topics--the first of these master classes will be held at 1pm in room 224 at McNally Smith College of Music. JC will present many examples of the historical uses of counterpoint in a large ensemble setting. Free and open to the public, students encouraged to attend, and the event will be live streamed on Facebook. 

In the evening at McNally Smith, it's a fundraiser for student scholarships ("Amplify the Future"), with music fromThe New Standards, Toki Wright, Adam Levy, Pippi Ardenia, Cory Wong, Vie Boheme and more .

The west burbs boast one of the longest-running jazz concert series in the metro-- Jazz @St. Barney's, curated by Jeff Whitmill, is into at least ten seasons of Saturday night music, now presented at least monthly, featuring the best and brightest in small chamber settings. Vocalist Connie Evingson is one of the most popular gigs, and tonight she's joined by Mary Louise Knutson on piano and frequent collaborator Dave Karr on sax.

Julian Manzara
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features a host of young lions and a veteran host: The opening set features the Julian Manzara Quartet, with the dazzling leader on guitar, along with Levi Schwartzberg (on keys here), Drew Stinson on bass and Tarek Abdelqader. In the prime time slot, Steve Kenny (Flumpet™) previews an upcoming recording session with his quartet--Schwartzberg again, on vibes, with Ted Olsen on bass and Miguel Hurtado on drums.

And celebrating Lee Morgan, the MN Hard Bop Collective gathers at Boom Island Brewing for a bopping tribute-- with Omar AbdulKarim on trumpet, Jeff Rinear on trombone, Chris Olson on guitar, Kameron Markworth on bass, and Jesse Simon on drums.

Lizz Wright
Sunday, November 5. Vocalist Lizz Wright brings her down-home African soul to the Dakota, while the Dunsmore Room presents a unique duo of pianist Phil Markowitz and violinist Zach Brock-- flying under the team name of Brockowitz. Markowitz has such stellar credentials as work with Chet Baker and Toots Thielemans, while Brock's resume includes Stanley Clarke and Snarky Puppy. Jazz meets West Africa, South America and the Balkans.   

Monday, November 6. It's been a while since we heard the Adam Meckler Orchestra. Tonight they're on stage for JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse, the AMO's debut in that venue. Leader Adam notes that the band will be 

"soft premiering a new commission. New music on the horizon!"

Bay area saxophonist Stephen Leguner brings his acclaimed SLUGish Ensemble to Jazz Central, anchored by local hero Javi Santiago on keys.

Dave Karr and Sam Miltich
Tuesday, November 7. A classic cross-generation duo pays tribute to the great Lester Young as guitarist Sam Miltich teams up with octogenarian saxman Dave Karr in the Dunsmore Room. At Vieux Carre', the event starts elegantly with pianist Chris Lomheim solo, followed by another of our titanic piano talents, Phil Aaron, with his trio and stunning vocalist Joyce Lyons, hot off a salute to Carmen McRae last week in the Dunsmore Room.  Joyce is a force--as a vocalist and entertainer.

Another dynamite duo, guitar genie Dean Magraw pairs with drum legend Eric Gravatt for First Tuesday at the Black Dog.

Ann Hampton Calloway
Wednesday, November 8. Speaking of entertainers, there is none more mezmerizing than vocalist (storyteller, comedienne, composer) Ann Hampton Calloway, returning tonight to the Dakota with her nod to the  "Ella Century." Expect great songs, lots of laughs, and (hopefully) an opportunity to participate in one of her instant compositions.

There's a new gun in town, guitarist/composer Cody Steinmann, a recent transplant from Milwaukee. Cody presents his new band, the Sightless Quartet, at Jazz Central, performing his new music composed for the band--Javi Santiago, Ted Olsen and Pete Hennig.

Thursday, November 9. Much anticipated screening of the Bill Evans documentary (Time Remembered) takes place tonight at the Heights Theater, with live music accompaniment from pianist (and Evans aficionado) Larry McDonough, along with a playback of Leigh Kamman's interview with Bill Evans.

Kamasi Washington band
At First Avenue, sax superstar Kamasi Washington will blow your mind, if not your ears. A powerhouse of talent, Washington is best enjoyed in an Olympic-size stadium, so be warned--bring ear plugs. His show at the Icehouse a while back was packed but few over 30 survived the volume. Probably perfect for the First Avenue crowd.

At Khyber Pass, ensemble Real Tree reconvenes-- that's

Michelle Kinney, Carley Olson, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, Patrick Marschke, and Adam Zahller.


Maud Hixson
Friday, November 10. Armed with an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota Arts Board, Maud Hixson presents a new big band show with the Wolverines Big Band at the Schneider Theater (Bloomington Center for the Arts), with all original new arrangements by Rick Carlson.  And armed with some new compositions, bassist Graydon Peterson brings his quartet

(Adam Meckler, trumpet; Joe Strachan, piano; and Adrian Suarez on drums) to the Dunsmore Room for the "late" night jazz series.



Omar AbdulKarim
At Jazz Central, the Illicit Jazz Workshop presents hot young trumpeter Omar AbdulKarim and his quartet. It's mostly veterans at Vieux Carre' when Jay Young returns with his Lyric Factory.

Saturday, November 11. Saxophonist/educator Michael Shults and his quartet (Aaron Hedenstrom, Javi Santiago, Chris Bates, Miguel Hurtado) fill the headline slot at the Black Dog (, following the very talented teens in the Roseville Area High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Pat Moriarty.

And yet another foodie venue adds jazz! Chilkoot Cafe in Stillwater, better known for its adjacent bike shop and creative menu, has teamed up with JT Bates to curate Saturday night music. Tonight, catch a "power" trio with Dean Granros, Ryan Hayes and Dave Power. 


Patty Peterson
Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12. Patty Peterson presents the songs of one of her idols at Chanhassen Dinner Theater, “Memories - The Music of Barbra Streisand”. With the help of musical director and renowned pianist/arranger Sean Turner, Patty pays homage to one of the most iconic artists of all time, performing favorites from Streisand’s extensive library including “People,” “Guilty,” “Evergreen,” “On A Clear Day” and many more. Joining Patty and Sean will be special guests Mary Jane Alm, Aimée Lee, and Wayne Anthony Cullinan on vocals, Tony Axtell on Bass, Pete Hennig on drums and Phil Kadidlo on keyboards. Saturday already sold out, second show added for Sunday, dinner show or show only tickets.


Catherine Russell
Sunday, November 12. An embarrassment of riches in visiting artists tonight! Swinging soulful Catherine Russell returns to the Dakota, surely one of the best jazz vocal performers on the scene today. Two shows are on the schedule at the Dunsmore Room: The Harvey Diamond Quartet fills the matinee spot--led by East Coast pianist Diamond and featuring Twin Cities saxophonist Melissa Stoudt, while high energy pianist Emmet Cohen, a big hit last spring here and in the summer at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival,  returns with his trio for the evening. This show presents Emmet on piano with Russell Hall on bass and Evan Sherman on drums.  He takes on the B-3 tomorrow at Jazz Central (see below).

Emmet Cohen
Monday, November 13. It's Emmet Cohen, part 2 as the exciting keyboardist and his drummer Evan Sherman present a B-3 duo night. Another exciting keyboard master, Brian Ziemniak, brings his organ-centric BZ3 Trio to Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse.

In the Dunsmore Room, Moore by Four's Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears present the ultimate vocal duo. Their pianist? Moore by Four leader Sanford Moore.

Maud Hixson
Tuesday, November 14. A big week for Maud Hixson. Just a few days after her big band gig with the Wolverines, Maud tackles the music of Irving Berlin in the Dunsmore Room. With Rick Carlson on piano, of course.

At the Black Dog, second Tuesday means a Chris Olson Project, and the guitarist's project this month is dubbed Deep Dish, featuring Pete Whitman on reeds and Jay Epstein on drums.


Pete Whitman, Mississippi
Wednesday, November 15It's all about Mississippi tonight! At Jazz Central, the veterans of the band Mississippi combine for some of the most engaging jazz collaborations this side of ... well, the Mississippi. Pete Whitman, Javi Santiago, Jeff Bailey and Kevin Washington are each masters of their instruments.

Later at the Icehouse, the Mississippi Hot Club celebrates an album release, "Swing Cities," and presents special guest Miss Myra and the Moonshiners. Originally an homage to French Gypsy Jazz, the MHC has become more adventurous, reflecting diverse influences.

At Vieux Carre' tonight, the popular duo of Butch Thompson (piano) and Dean Magraw (guitar) returns in prime time, following a solo piano set from the always dazzling Rick Carlson.


Maryann Sullivan
Thursday, November 16. Vocalist Maryann Sullivan salutes Fats Waller at Jazz Central, in a rare appearance with both sons, Trevor Haining on drums and, live from Los Angeles, Preston Haining on trumpet, along with daughter-in-law Amy Golden adding vocals. Ted Godbout provides the keyboard support, with Jim Chenoweth on bass.

Joan Hutton
Friday, November 17.  Illicit Jazz Workshop at Jazz Central presents saxophonist/composer Joan Hutton and her Joan Hutton Project, featuring Dave Milne (saxophones), Jesse Mueller (piano), Joan Griffith (bass) and Jendeen Forberg (drums).

The Atlantis Quartet is back in action, in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners for the Friday "late night" series.  Bruce Henry is back in town, in the lounge at Crooners, starting earlier so you can definitely catch at least parts of both shows. This is part of the third anniversary weekend for Crooners, celebrating one of the brightest additions to the metro jazz scene in years.



Red 5
Saturday, November 18. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog welcomes back Chris Bates Red Five, now a septet featuring Chris Thomson and Pete Whitman on saxes, JC Sanford on trombone, Steve Kenny on trumpet, Davu Seru on drums, Thomas Nordlund on guitar, and of course the leader on bass. Come early for the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase, featuring the high school jazzers of the Tamberwood Quartet--twins Harry (bass) and Charlie (sax) Menken, pianist August McKinney, and drummer Nick Adams.

The Boom Room at Boom Island Brewing keeps jazz booming every Saturday night, and tonight the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective presents a trio (Joe Mayo on sax, Ted Olsen on bass, Jesse Simon on drums) playing the music of Sonny Rollins' Tonight at the Villlage Vanguard.


Horn Hero Dave Karr
Sunday, November 19. Connie Evingson presents her new installment of Jazz at the Jungle (Theater), this time celebrating "Horn Heroes," the music of the great jazz horn players Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Sims, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Lester Young, Miles Davis and more. Her cohorts include Jon Weber on piano, Dave Karr on sax and  Chris Bates on bass.  

At the Dakota, the Brubeck Brothers return with a show honoring their father. Dan Brubeck, drums and Chris Brubeck, bass & trombone, join Mike DeMicco, guitar, and Chuck Lamb, piano in a straight-ahed quartet that appropriately also explores odd time signatures. All About Jazz wrote: "There’s really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.” 

At Jazz Central, a rare Sunday gig features the first of two local shows for young trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack and his trio. He's best known for his roles in major big bands, including the Christian McBride Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Jimmy Heath Big Band and Bobby Sanabria's Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra.

JT Bates
Monday, November 20.  The virtuoso trio Red Planet is back at the Black Dog for their monthly gig. Just knowing the trio will be on stage at least once per month is cause for celebration. In the Dunsmore Room, trumpeter/vocalist Benny Benack has another night in town, while JT Bates' Grain Trio, with Kevin Gastonguay on B-3, takes over Implosion night at the Icehouse. 

Tuesday, November 21. A week after their local debut in the Dunsmore Room, Boston-based pianist Harvey Diamond joins local saxophonist Melissa Stoudt at the Black Dog.

Stu Katz
Wednesday, November 22. Start the long holiday weekend with some fun at Vieux Carre', where Red Planet joins forces with Chicago veteran pianist Stu Katz.


The Leigh Kamman Legacy Project continues at the Black Dog with an evening devoted to Stan Kenton. Project President Brad Bellows notes, "We will be playing a great interview Leigh did with Stan in 1977 as well as interviews Leigh did on Kenton's band bus and back stage with members of the band after the gig at at the Prom Center.  They are very candid and informative and have never been heard before. We will also be playing the great Kenton record "West Side Story" (with arrangements by Johnny Richards) and other music from the early 1960's "Adventures" period.

Hoaxer
Friday, November 24. They're back! The young guns of Hoaxer take over the Dunsmore Room for a Thanksgiving break gig. Their recent debut recording was a smash hit for Peter Goggin, Will Kjeer, Charlie Lincoln and Edmund Catlin, and their energy is infectious. 

Some young talents join veterans in Fall of the House of Usher at Jazz Central. Led by guitarist Chris Cunningham with son Ivan on saxes and wife Michelle Kinney on cello, this one goes way beyond family with Pat O'Keefe, Grey Byers, Noah Ophoven Baldwin, Greg Schutte, Adam Svec, Cole Pulice, Josh Johnson and Jared Jarvis fighting for space on the Jazz Central "stage".

Pat Mallinger
Saturday, November 25. Come down to Union Depot this afternoon and enjoy some local jazz favorites while raising funds for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Proceeds from food and beverage sales go to the festival, while jazz fans can enjoy the sounds of Andrew Walesch, Gordy Johnson, Alicia Renee and some "surprise guests." Free event!

Minnesota native, Chicago resident saxophonist Pat Mallinger used to make a Thanksgiving weekend pilgrimage to the Artists Quarter. Now he keeps the tradition going at Vieux Carre'. Hear Pat with local pals Mary Louise Knutson, Gary Raynor and Phil Hey--tickets available in advance.

Will Kjeer (Central Standard Time)
At the Black Dog, again Thanksgiving vacation brings back some of our young stars. Opening the evening, Friends and Neighbors, a new trio with Peter Goggin, Charlie Lincoln and Luke Peterson, followed by Steve Kenny's Central Standard Time with Will Kjeer on keys and veterans Dave Brattain, Ron Evaniuk, and Eric Gravatt. 

Butch Thompson
Sunday, November 26. Trad jazz master Butch Thompson has entertained us with Jazz Originals weekly on KBEM radio for the past 25 years. And that's cause for celebration at Crooners this afternoon when Butch appears with the Southside Aces, not only to mark this anniversary, but to close out the show in grand style--yes,  Butch is retiring from Jazz Originals. 

Monday, November 27. They don't get together very often these days but Fat Kid Wednesdays (Michael Lewis, Adam Linz, JT Bates) have been raising sonic mayhem for about 25 years--since their days as teen wunderkind. At one time the "house band" at the Clown Lounge, they have frequently taken the stage at the Artists Quarter and Icehouse, where they gather tonight. 

Tuesday, November 28. If you need more than one good reason to hear Karrin Allyson at the Dakota tonight, here you go-- this gig is a fund raiser for the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project, committed to archiving and distributing the interviews and other radio gems of the late Leigh Kamman and his Jazz Image. Karrin's band is noteworthy on its own--Laura Caviani, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey.

Wednesday, November 29. Yet another "winter break" ensemble, this one led by pianist Patrick Adkins with Lawrence University cohort Aidan Sponheim on trumpet and local like-minded pals Levi Schwartzberg on vibes, Thomas Strommen on sax, Drew Stinson on bass, and Tarek Abdelquader on drums, filling the New Boundaries series slot at Jazz Central.


Thursday, November 30. An exceptional pair who can really swing-- vocalist Vicky Mountain teams up with guitarist Reuben Ristrom for Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central.

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.

Coming Soon!
. November 23, Benny Weinbeck/Gordy Johnson in the Williamsburg Room at The Lexington
. November 24, Hoaxer in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 24, Fall of the House of Usher at Jazz Central
. November 25, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carre' 
. November 25, Central Standard Time/Friends and Neighbors at the Black Dog
. November 25, Benefit for Twin Cities Jazz Fest at Union Depot (free admission)
. November 25, Kronick Quintet in the Mudd Room
. November 26, Butch Thompson and Southside Aces, 25th Anniversary of "Jazz Originals" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. November 26, Charanga Tropical at Icehouse
. November 28, Karrin Allyson, Leigh Kamman Legacy Project at the Dakota (fundraiser)
. November 29, Patrick Adkins Sextet at Jazz Central
. November 30, Vicky Mountain and Reuben Ristrom at Jazz Central 
. November 30, Benny Weinbeck/Gordy Johnson in the Williamsburg Room at The Lexington
. November 30, Smashing Carp (George Cartwright) at Khyber Pass
. November 30-December 4, "White Christmas" at the Heights Theater with live music from Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson 
. December 1, Kronick Quintet at Public Kitchen
. December 1-2, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. December 1, Jax Ravel Gang at Jazz Central
. December 2, JT Bates/Mike Lewis/Tom Nordlund at Chilkoot Cafe (Stillwater) 
. December 2, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonder Band/Le Voyage at the Black Dog
. December 2, Butch Thompson, Tony Balluff & Steve Pikal, Jazz at St Barneys (St Barnabas Church)
. December 3, Patty Peterson "Season of Love" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 3-4, Brad Mehldau Trio at the Dakota
. December 5, Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's 
. December 5, Maryann and the Moneymakers at Vieux Carre'
. December 6, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. December 6, Laura Caviani Trio CD Release at Dunsmore Room
. December 6, Fake Fir at Icehouse
. December 8, Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Jazz Central
. December 9, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Orchestra Hall (pre-concert)  
. December 9, Ruckus Touring Group/Lila Ammons Quartet at the Black Dog
. December 9, Polopnik/Bates/Healey at Chilkoot Cafe (Stillwater)
. December 10-11, Benny Green in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 12, Andrew Walesch "Sinatra's 102nd" at  Crooners Lounge
. December 14, Song Sister Trio, Holiday Show at Jazz Central
. December 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Quartet at Jazz Central
. December 15, Jazz Standards with Dorothy Doring at the Underground Music Cafe' 
. December 16, Parisota Hot Club at Chilkoot Cafe (Stillwater)
. December 16-17, Bobby Lyle in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. December 16, Inatnas Orchestra (Asuka Kakatani/JC Sanford) at the Black Dog
. December 17, Peterson Family Jam Before Christmas at the Dakota
. December 18, JazzMN Big Band Swings in the Holidays at the Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. December 18, Chris Speed Trio (with Dave King) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 20-23, The Bad Plus at the Dakota (last tour with Ethan Iverson)
. December 22, John Raymond Standards Trio at Jazz Central
. December 23, Ted Olsen Quartet/ Cole Mahlum Group at the Black Dog
. December 21, Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's
. December 29, No Exit at Jazz Central 
. December 30, Patty and the Buttons at Chilkoot Cafe (Stillwater)
. December 30, Hoaxer/DDT at the Black Dog
. March 7, 2018, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. March 8-11, Charles Lloyd 80th Birthday Celebration at the Dakota

Karrin Allyson, Benefit for the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project at the Dakota, November 28



Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 2017




Red Planet returns to the Black Dog, October 30

© Andrea Canter

[Updated 11-1-17]


October typically brings some of the year's best weather, and often, some of the year's best jazz as well. The month starts out on a high note (pun intended), with visitors Tony Malaby, Bill Carrothers and Pat Mallinger, the Dave King Trio, Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore, Katie Thiroux, Chick Corea, Karrin Allyson, and Joey Alexander all here in the first two weeks. And the parade continues as Wycliffe Gordon, Jim Campilongo, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis and David Sanborn arrive toward the end of the month. And that's just the visiting artist roster-- we can look forward to another gig with the Jazz Women All-Stars, two new jazz series to beef up Friday nights (at Jazz Central and at the Dunsmore Room), a 10th anniversary for the Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar, a CD release from Larry McDonough, a Monk tribute from Laura Caviani... and much more.

Big Gigs This Month
Cookie Coleman and Patty Peterson *
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).

Zacc Harris
Sunday, October 1. Anytime a band has a gig lasting ten years, it's cause for celebration. The Zacc Harris Trio (with Matt Peterson and Pete Hennig) has played Sunday Nights for ten year at the Riverview Wine Bar. Notes Zacc, "It's not a fancy jazz club or a pristine listening room, but it is a wonderful little neighborhood spot where we get to hone our craft week in week out, and this October marks ten years of this gig, the longest running weekly jazz gig in Minneapolis, maybe all of Minnesota. [Well, there is JT's Jazz Implosion that must be getting close to 20, but that is not a single band gig.] And it's free, never a cover. You'll hear a range of standards with some originals thrown in, and it's the perfect way to wrap up the weekend." To make it more festive, the trio will give away 100 download cards of a live performance (from another venue) recorded last winter.

Tony Malaby
Monday, October 2. What must be the longest running weekly jazz series in Minnesota, JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse (originally launched at the Clown Lounge) presents a trio of international stature, with New York-based saxophonist Tony Malaby joining Anthony Cox and JT himself for an evening of sophisticated mayhem. The trio first came together in 2014 at the Icehouse, and now will launch their first tour here, ending in a recording studio.

Pat Mallinger
Tuesday, October 3.  Two former high school buddies and Twin Cities natives, pianist Bill Carrothers and saxophonist Pat Mallinger have played in duo and quartet format throughout their careers. Tonight they return to the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge to offer their latest collaboration, as sublime and inventive a piano/sax duo as you will hear anywhere.

Larry McDonough
What do Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Paris, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Spinal Tap, Dave Brubeck, Sting, Led Zeppelin, Prince, children with special needs, Eric Clapton, and odd meters have in common? Answer: The Larry McDonough Quartet's new recording, Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures. The CD Release party at the Dakota features pianist/vocalist/composer/arranger Larry with his working quartet--saxophonist Richard Terrill, bassist Greg Stinson, and drummer Dean White-- with special guest trumpeter Steve Kenny reprising his Chet Baker instrumentals. The CD is a two-volume set, one disc acoustic, one disc electronic-infused, the whole a joy to hear as it covers Larry's recent forays into the music of Miles, Chet Baker, and the Bill Evans-Tony Bennett partnership, as well as Larry's arrangements of Brubeck, Prince, and more.

First Tuesday at the Black Dog brings together guitar maniac Dean Magraw and drum titan Eric Kamau Gravatt. And at Vieux Carre', Chris Lomheim brings his trio to prime time.

Billy Peterson and Dave King
Wednesday, October 4. Just coming off his gig with the Bad Plus and Bill Frisell at The Walker, Dave King returns to the Dunsmore Room with his acclaimed Trio, featuring Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson.  At Vieux Carre', songbird Katia Cardenas "and friends" entertain in prime time. And at Jazz Central, Jon Morgan's monthly presentation features Le Voyage, a new quartet with senior sax statesment Donald Washington, much younger sax master Matt Trice,  bassist Dick Studer, and drummer Steve Hirsh.

Marcus Gilmore
Wednesday-Thursday, October 4-5. A duo of pure rhythmic improvisation at the Dakota-- Tony Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover pairs with a legend-in-the-making, young drummer Marcus Gilmore. Gilmore's chops may be genetic--the grandson of the great Roy Haynes has already distinguished himself with Vijay Iyer, Chick Corea, Ravi Coltrane and more.

Thursday, October 5. Once again, the Black Dog brings a unique ensemble to Lowertown. Marimba Nova is a trio featuring Jenny Klukken on marimba, Robet Everest on guitar and vocals, and Andrew Turpening on drums, expanding the boundaries of Brazilian music.  At Jazz Central, vocal jazz night features the inventive music of Sarah M. Greer, while Vieux Carre' hosts another favorite voice, Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson and Chris Bates.

Le Percheron
Friday, October 6. Steve Kenny launches his new weekly series at Jazz Central, dubbed the Illicit Jazz Workshop, and what better starting point than Adam Linz' Le Percheron? Joining Linz (bass) will be Levi Schwartzberg on vibes, Noah Ophoven Baldwin on trumpet, and Cory Healey on drums.

Bryan Nichols
Another series launch-- Zacc Harris begins his new curatorial project, Late Friday Nights in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. First up, the Bryan Nichols Quintet with a cast of heavyweights--Bryan on piano, Mike Lewis and Brandon Wozniak on saxes, James Buckley on bass and Lars-Erik Larson on drums. 9 pm and general admission should entice the younger crowd!

Jazz Women All Stars
The latest incarnation of the Jazz Women All-Stars, led by Patty Peterson, takes the stage for two shows at the Dakota. Launched at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, this fluid ensemble features the best of our Twin Cities jazz women, this weekend including Patty, Ginger Commodore and Lucia Newell on vocals, Linda Peterson on piano and vocals, Kathy Jensen on sax, Joan Griffith on bass, and Jendeen Forberg on drums.

Ahmed AbdulKarim
Saturday, October 7. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features an opening set from Ahmed and the Creators led by trumpeter Ahmed AbdulKarim, followed by the Jax Ravel Gang in the headline slot, led by bassist Jax and featuring Matt Trice on saxophones, Javi Santiago on piano, and Blake Huebl on drums.

Katie Thiroux
Sunday, October 8. Young bassist-vocalist Katie Thiroux has worked with such stars as Larry Fuller, and she's recently released a new recording. Her tour brings her trio to the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. 
Chris Bates

Monday, October 9. There's never enough Chris Bates to go around but at the Icehouse tonight, the bassist provides opportunities to enjoy him three ways--solo, in duo with drummer Phil Hey, and in a quartet with Hey, guitarist Chris Olson and saxman Pete Whitman.  The quartet set features the music of the Lovano/Scofield Quartet.


Monday-Tuesday, October 9-10. Connie Evingson and Jon Weber pair up again to celebrate the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks, two nights in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. Along with Gordy Johnson and Dave Karr, they delve into the Rodgers and Hart and Jerome Kern volumes.

Chick Corea
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 10-11. A bevy of stars, the Chick Corea-Steve Gadd Band spends two nights/four sets at the Dakota. Piano legend Corea and drum titan Gadd first collaborated with Return to Forever; now they are touring with a new project featuring guitar star Lionel Loueke, saxophonist/flautist Steve Wilson, bassist Carlitos del Puerto, and percussionist Luisito Quintero.

Thursday, October 12. Adventurous improvised live music at Khyber Pass tonight with Realtree.  A solo set will be followed by the full ensemble: Michelle Kinney, Carley Olson, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, Patrick Marschke, and Adam Zahller.
Davu Seru

Friday, October 13. Jeremy Walker's Jazz in the Target Atrium is back for another season at Orchestra Hall. Tonight "Drum and Trumpet" features flugelhorn specialist John Raymond and local drum star Kevin Washington.  Over at Jazz Central, the Illicit Jazz Workshop features Davu Seru's No Territory Band with Omar AbdulKarim on trumpet, Nathan Hanson on saxes, Scott Fultz on bari, and Levi Schwartzberg on vibes.

Laura Caviani
Saturday, October 14. Pianist Laura Caviani has been long known as an interpreter of Thelonious Monk. At the Hopkins Center for the Arts, her trio (Chris Bates and Dave Schmalenberger) offers a new set of Monk arrangements in honor of his centennial birthday with special guest, vocalist Karrin Allyson. It's also a CD Release for the trio's Mysterious Thelonious.

At the Black Dog, vocalist Sophia Shorai and her trio open the evening, followed by the powerhouse trio Firebell--Graydon Peterson, Jay Epstein and Park Evans. And at Boom Island Brewing, the Saturday night series continues with the Ron Evaniuk Trio. The Source Code bassist makes a rare appearance as leader, enlisting frequent cohort Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums.

John Raymond
Sunday, October 15. John Raymond sticks around this weekend, mixing it up with local pals (Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. 


Joey Alexander
And at the Dakota, it's the club debut of 14-year-old piano phenom Joey Alexander and his trio. Joey headlined the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival days before his 13th birthday, and just released his third recording on Motema records--his first album was nominated for a Grammy. This one was recorded live, a tribute to Monk (Joey! Monk! Live!)

Monday, October 16. John Raymond again, tonight at the Icehouse with his edition of the Jazz Is Now Trio. Jazz Is Now was the brainchild of Jeremy Walker more than a decade ago, and in fact was one of the first gigs for a very young John Raymond. Now he joins forces with Bryan Nichols and JT Bates for some very "now" music.


Erin Bode
At the Dakota, vocalist Erin Bode returns with her "jazz meets Americana" sound and an ensemble featuring cellist Bjorn Ranheim. In the near north burbs, catch always swinging guitarist Sam Miltich and friends in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge.
  



Thelonious Monk (1967)*
Tuesday, October 17. A special event at the Dakota tonight: The Lawrence University Faculty Jazz Ensemble brings its unique improvisational style to an evening dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk. Featured performers include Lawrence alums, trumpeter Adam Meckler (2007) and pianist Laura Caviani (1982). A 5:30 p.m. reception precedes the 6:30 p.m. performance; general admission ($30) includes hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments. The event is free for high school students, music teachers, and counselors.  Advance reservations are required at go.lawrence.edu/mn.

Ben Link
Wednesday, October 18. Schedule change-- Tonight at Jazz Central, Pete Whitman presents the Ben Link Trio, led by the former Davina and the Vagabonds trombonist along with pianist Joe Strachan and bassist Ted Olsen. Meanwhile, star pianist, Travis Anderson brings his entertaining trio to the Dakota.

A fine doubleheader at Vieux Carre' tonight-- keyboardist Kevin Gastonguay opens the evening, followed by savvy vocalist Rhonda Laurie.

Wycliffe Gordon *
Thursday, October 19. A day ahead of his gig with the JazzMN Orchestra, trombone master Wycliffe Gordon pares it down to chamber jazz in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. Gordon is best known for his work with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and also composed the NPR theme song back in 1993.

Arturo Sandoval
Trumpet takes the spotlight at the Dakota where Cuban maestro Arturo Sandoval returns for two sets. His credentials include countless Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations and a long list of wins.

Friday, October 20. Late Night Jazz in the Dunsmore Room continues tonight with one of the longest-running ensembles in the metro, as well as one of the top purveyors of post-bop magic in the region, the Phil Hey Quartet--Hey on drums, Phil Aaron on piano, Tom Lewis on bass, and Dave Hagedorn on vibes. As is popular this month, the PHQ will be celebrating the music of Thelonious Monk.

On the Illicit Jazz Workshop schedule at Jazz Central, Steve Kenny presents the Chris Graham Quartet, led by young guitar master Graham with Aaron Hedenstrom, Ted Olsen and Miguel Hurtado.

At the Black Dog, guitarist Pavel Jany celebrates a CD release (Acoustic Condition) with a solo set followed by his World Jazz Collegium quartet
JazzMN Orchestra

And opening a new season, the JazzMN Orchestra, directed by Doug Snapp, starts with a bang at The Ordway with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon as special guest and Yolande Bruce in the local vocal spotlight.

Saturday, October 21. The Twin Cities Jazz Composers’ Workshop meets this morning (11 am) at Jazz Central, promoting creative and forward-looking composition for the modern jazz orchestra in the Twin Cities area. New works of Adam Meckler, Aaron Hedenstrom, Asuka Kakitani, Kari Musil, JC Sanford, and Dave Stamps. This reading is open to the public.

Atlantis Quartet
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents a double header of area veterans--the Steve Kenny Trio opens for the Atlantis Quartet.  

Inventive vocalist Sarah M. Greer joins forces with virtuosic guitarist Dean Magraw for jazz night at Boom Island, while another of our area vocal treasures, Debbie Duncan, is on stage at Crooners Lounge.

At the Walker Art Center, Liquid Music series presents composer/guitarist, electronics artist Rafiq Bhatia, "exploiting divisions between organic and mechanical, intimate and removed, new and known."


Connie Evingson
Sunday, October 22. Put some swing in your brunch! Connie Evingson, with Andrew Walesch and Dave Karr, entertain for brunch at the Minneapolis Woman's Club.

 "Kill the Vultures": 2017 McKnight Fellow deVon R. Gray brings together Joe Horton, Patrick Pegg, Omar AbdulKarim, and Jon Davis at Honey at Ginger Hop.

Monday, October 23. The Jim Campilongo Trio returns to the Icehouse after a sold-out gig last year, featuring Josh Dion and Twin Cities native, Chris Morrissey.

Maryann Sullivan and some "moneymakers"
Tuesday, October 24. Always good for a swinging fun evening, Maryann and the Moneymakers take the stage in prime time at Vieux Carre'. That's vocalist Maryann Sullivan and a handful of hard swinging cohorts. Come early and catch another swinging jazz magician, Rick Carlson.

Wednesday, October 25. Leigh Kamman Legacy Project at the Black Dog tonight features
interviews Leigh did with the greats of jazz including Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Rouse, Max Roach and more.

Dean Magraw

Legacies in their own right, pianist Butch Thompson and guitarist Dean Magraw work their duo magic at Vieux Carre'. Come early for some savvy guitar from Zacc Harris.



Thursday, October 26. The weekly improvised music session at Khyber Pass features the adventurous work of Sylvain Kassap, Doan Roessler, and Nathan Hanson. And the weekly vocal jazz gig at Jazz Central features wide-ranging vocalist Dorothy Doring.

Thursday-Friday, October 26-27. The ever-popular pianist Ramsey Lewis returns to the Dakota with his stellar quartet.

Nathan Norman and David Roos of the Illicit Sextet
Friday, October 27. It was inevitable that the Illicit Jazz Workshop at Jazz Central would feature the Illicit Sextet!  Possibly the longest-running jazz band in town, the sextet includes Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lohmein, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman.

Saturday, October 28. Celebrating Sinatra, Arne Fogel with support from Rick Carlson, Gary Schulte and Gordy Johnson presents songs from The September of My Years, in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. Stick around as another veteran vocalist, Dennis Spears, takes over the lounge with his quartet.

Lease/Moriarty Quartet
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog brings back veteran improvisers Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty's Quartet, now featuring Chris Bates on bass and Davu Seru on drums. The opening act is equally inventive--the Nathan Hanson Trio with the leader on saxes along with French bass clarinet ace Sylvain Kassup and local percussion whiz Marc Anderson. 

Over at Boom Island, the jazzers of Really Big Shoe present a really big sound from saxophonists Joe Mayo and Clay Pufahl.


David Sanborn
Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29. Following two nights of Ramsey Lewis, the Dakota keeps the steam rolling with two nights of saxophonist David Sanborn, best known for his smooth contemporary albums but a mighty fine post-bop artist in his own right.

Sunday, October 29. The always exciting Ancia Saxophone Quartet plays a freebie this afternoon at the Weisman Museum, featuring a new take on Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight," arranged by Ancia member David Milne.

Performing now only a couple times per year, Soul Cafe is on stage tonight at its usual home, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, combining modern poetry and jazz (Steve Blons on guitar, Brad Holden on sax, Steven Hobert on piano, Chris Bates on bass). This night's theme-- "Resilience: Thriving in Adversity."

Guitarist Joel Shapira hosts a new gig in a new venue, the Basement Bar, dubbed 'Alley Cats Jazz Jam'! A weekly Sunday night series hosted by Joel with Tom Lewis on bass, Dave Schmalenberger on drums. 9-11:30pm. Says Joel, "Check out this beautiful new room in MPLS north loop!"

Mankwe Ndosi
Monday, October 30. At the Icehouse, Epiphany (The Bridge #9) brings together French and American improvisers--Mike Ladd (improvised poetry/lyrics, EMS synth), Mankwe Ndosi (voice, poetry, story, texture), Sylvain Kassap (clarinets), and Dana Hall (drums).

Warmed up from his Dunsmore Room gig over the weekend, Arne Fogel should be in fine form for his monthly evening at Crooners with the Acme Jazz Company

Red Planet
Red Planet has found a new "home" at the Black Dog, appearing there several times this fall including tonight. Dean Magraw, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein offer celestial fare like no other space travelers.

Wednesday, November 1. I recall chatting with vocalist Joyce Lyons a few years ago about her interest in Carmen McRae. Now she's saluting McRae in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, which undoubtedly will include some of the Monk tunes McRae recorded.

At Jazz Central, Jon Morgan's "New Boundaries" series features two generations of renegades-- Noah Ophoven-Baldwin on trumpet and Paul Metzger on guitar. And over at Vieux Carre', catch the Jon Pemberton Trio (Jon generally on piano) in prime time, with Kevin Gastonguay opening.

Larry McDonough Quartet
Thursday, November 2. After a successful CD release last month at the Dakota, Larry McDonough and his quartet hold a similar bash at Vieux Carre' in St Paul. Alice in Stonehenge brings together Larry's acoustic inventions in tributes to Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker and more, along with his plugged in nods to the likes of Led Zepplin. Joel Shapria kicks of the evening with some tasty solo guitar.

Friday, November 3. Jazz Central's Illicit Jazz Workshop presents guitar legend Dean Granros  and his '58 Belevedere ensemble---with Patrick Kuehn on bass and Dave Power on drums. Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band brings some summer heat to the Dunsmore Room, while the Django Festival All-Stars led by guitar phenom Dorado Schmitt return to the Dakota.

South High and KBEM host the annual JAM --Jazz Around Minneapolis, a day of workshops for city school jazz bands culminating in an evening of performances (free!).

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!
. November 1, Joyce Lyons ("Music of Carmen McRae") in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 1, Kevin Gastonguay/Jon Pemberton Trio at Vieux Carre'
. November 1, Connie Evingson, Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club
. November 2, Larry McDonough's "Alice in Stonehenge" St Paul CD Release at Vieux Carre' 
. November 2, Ameet Kamath at Jazz Central
. November 2, Debbie Duncan and Margaret Cox at Crooners Lounge
. November 3. Django Festival All-Stars with Dorado Schmitt at the Dakota
. November 3, Cafe' Accordion at Vieux Carre' 
. November 3, JAM Concert--Jazz Around Minneapolis, evening concert featuring Minneapolis Schools jazz bands at South High
. November 3, Dean Granros '58 Belvedere at Jazz Central
. November 3, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 4, Connie Evingson with Mary Louise Knutson and Dave Karr, Jazz at St Barneys at St Barnabas 
. November 4, Steve Kenny Quartet CD Preview/Julian Manzara Quartet at the Black Dog 
. November 4, Kronick Quintet at Public Kitchen 
. November 4, Patty and the Buttons at Vieux Carre'
. November 5, Lizz Wright at the Dakota 
. November 5, Rio Nido at the Aster Cafe'
. November 5, Milo Fine Trio, Studio Toile d'Angles (2017 season finale)
. November 5, Phil Markowitz and Zach Brock in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 6, SLUGish with Javier Santiago at Jazz Central
. November 7, Sam Miltich and Dave Karr (Tribute to Lester Young) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. November 7, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central 
. November 7, Chris Lomheim/Phil Aaron Trio with Joyce Lyons at Vieux Carre'
. November 8, Ann Hampton Callaway at the Dakota
. November 8, Sightless Quartet at Jazz Central
. November 8, Rick Carlson/Katia Cardenas at Vieux Carre'
. November 9, Kamasi Washington at First Avenue
. November 9, Joey Babay at Jazz Central 
. November 9, Kevin Gastonguay/Jeremy Walker Songtet at Vieux Carre'
. November 9, Larry McDonough hosts "Portrait of Bill Evans" (film) at Heights Theater (with live music)
. November 10, Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson and the Wolverines Big Band at Schneider Theater, Bloomington 
. November 10, Omar AbdulKareem Quartet at Jazz Central 
. November 10, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at Vieux Carre'
. November 10, Graydon Peterson Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. November 11, Michael Shults Group/Roseville Area HS Jazz Ensemble at the Black Dog
. November 11-12, Patty Peterson "Memories: The Music of Barbra Streisand" at Chanhassan Dinner Theater 
. November 12, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 
. November 12, Harvey Diamond Quartet/Emmet Cohen Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 14, Maud Hixson (Music of Irving Berlin) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. November 14, Chris Lomheim/Travis Anderson Trio at Vieux Carre'
. November 15, Kandace Springs at the Dakota
. November 15, Mississippi at Jazz Central
. November 16, Katie Gearty and the Wolverines Trio at Crooners Lounge
. November 16, Maryann Sullivan at Jazz Central
. November 17, Joan Hutton Group at Jazz Central
. November 17, Atlantic Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 17, Bruce Henry Group at Crooners Lounge
. November 17, Jazz Standards with Dorothy Doring at the Underground Music Cafe'
. November 18, Chris Bates' Red 5/Tamberwood Quartet at the Black Dog
. November 20, Benny Banack Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 24, Hoaxer in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 24, Fall of the House of Usher at Jazz Central
. November 25, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carre' 
. November 25, Central Standard Time at the Black Dog
. November 28, Karrin Allyson, Leigh Kamman Legacy Project at the Dakota (fundraiser)
. December 1-2, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. December 1, Jax Ravel Gang at Jazz Central
. December 3-4, Brad Mehldau Trio at the Dakota
. December 6, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. December 6, Laura Caviani Trio CD Release at Dunsmore Room
. December 8, Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Jazz Central
. December 9, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Orchestra Hall (pre-concert) 
. December 10-11, Benny Green in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 12, Andrew Walesch "Sinatra's 102nd" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 14, Song Sister Trio, Holiday Show at Jazz Central
. December 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Quartet at Jazz Central
. December 15, Jazz Standards with Dorothy Doring at the Underground Music Cafe'
. December 16-17, Bobby Lyle in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 17, Peterson Family Jam Before Christmas at the Dakota
. December 18, JazzMN Big Band Swings in the Holidays at the Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. December 18, Chris Speed Trio (with Dave King) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 20-23, The Bad Plus at the Dakota (last tour with Ethan Iverson)
. December 29, No Exit at Jazz Central
. March 7, 2018, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. March 8-11, Charles Lloyd 80th Birthday Celebration at the Dakota

Lizz Wright at the Dakota, November 5