Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, July 22-28


Dave King Trio, Dunsmore Room July 26-27


© Andrea Canter

As we start the weekend, both music and sidewalks will be sizzling! Fortunately, it also sounds like the music, not the weather, will keep on simmering throughout the rest of the week! And a diverse music week it will be, with blues-driven jazz (from old AQ favorites) honoring the Lowertown Blues Festival at the Black Dog, the first annual Rochester City Jazz Festival 80 miles southeast of the Metro, an almost annual performance from French bassist Francois Rabbath to close out the Twin Cities Bass Cam, a return, two-night visit in the Dunsmore Room for the Dave King Trio, and a "CD Re-Release" celebration with the Illicit Sextet at Vieux Carré... and more... and more.

Rodney Ruckus
Friday, July 22. Wherever he plays, drummer Rodney Ruckus lives up to his name! After attending Berklee College of Music and performing with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd and Tia Fuller, Ruckus has become fully entrenched in the Twin Cities jazz scene, including leading his own band on the main stage of the recent Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Tonight he brings the band to Jazz Central in prime time.

Southside Aces
At Vieux Carré, pianist/composer Jeremy Walker provides the opening sets of music before yielding the stage to the swinging New Orleans sounds of the Southside Aces. Meanwhile, crooner Arne Fogel returns to Parma 8200, while songbird Sophia Shorai entices on the other side of the metro, at Crooners Lounge. And jazz over dinner in a joint with the summer-enticing name Icehouse is a perfect Friday night escape with Tim Sparks and James Buckley, guitar-bass duo magic.

Charles Lazarus
It's closing weekend for Sommerfest at Orchestra Hall, and what better way to end on a hot summer night than with Charles Lazarus' "Night in the Tropics" with the Minnesota Orchestra? Lazarus again brings in his jazz quartet (Mary Louise Knutson, Jeff Bailey, Dave Schmalenberger, Ken Chastain) and, along with the MO, covers the sounds of Brazil, Cuba, Hawaii and beyond, including Lazarus originals, a tribute to Jobim, and Duke Ellington's "Caravan."

Zacc Harris
Saturday, July 23. Find some jazz and shade in nearby western Wisconsin! From noon til 6 pm, the Chateau St. Croix Winery in St. Croix Falls holds it's annual jazz festival, complete with food trucks, craft beers, wine and some of the metro's finest music from Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, the Zacc Harris Quartet, Pete Whitman's Mississippi, and Doug Little's Charanga Tropical. If staying close to home has more appeal, cool off at the Midtown Global Market for a midday serenade from Charmin (Michelle) and (Joel) Shapira.

Tuesday Night Band
The final day of the Lowertown Blues Festival is also the final day of celebrating the "Grand Re-Opening" of the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar.  Really the Dog never closed down during renovations that moved music from the bar to the new dining area and back again, but now it's all done-- larger and full bar, full kitchen with table service and expanded menu, and double the seating between the two sections. Depending on the nature of the event, there will be music on the renovated bar side, and on the new dining side! Honoring the traditions of the Blues Festival, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents the Ted Godbout Trio followed by the longest-running act in the history of the Artists Quarter, the famed Tuesday Night Band with Downtown Bill Brown on B-3, Billy Franze on bass, and AQ owner Kenny Horst on drums.

Larry McDonough
Just up the street in Lowertown, Larry McDonough's Acoustelectric band (with Richard Terrill, Greg Stinson and Dean White) helps celebrate the opening of World of Beer at 5th and Sibley. The first set presents the acoustic jazz of Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, and more, while the second, electric set features jazz/rock fusion arrangements of Sting, Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and Prince (with Larry's new arrangement of the "Question of U"). And of course there will be a world of beer! Larry notes that this is the last public performance of this material before the band's recording session for their CD, Alice in Stonehenge and Other AcoustElectric Adventures. 

At the Dakota, Nachito Herrera presents a night of Gershwin as only he can, while Patrick Harison provides some swinging accordion over the dinner hours at the Icehouse.

Sunday, July 24. For years, trombonist John Sievers has been leading not only his own quartet (D'Sievers) but also keeping jazz alive and growing in the Rochester area. Now he's combined efforts with the Twin Cities jazz impresario Steve Kenny to produce the first annual Rochester City Jazz Festival, noon til dark at the Rochester Civic Theatre, on the patio and in the concert space. D'Sievers will open the fest at noon on the patio, followed by a three-hour jam with area musicians, with two of the Twin Cities' most adventurous bands, Group 47 and the Atlantis Quartet, performing indoors for the evening sets. Tickets are $10 at the door or on the theater website in advance. Definitely worth the field trip (about 80 miles from the twin downtowns).

Sophia Shorai
A little closer to the metro, you can enjoy some outdoor jazz at Alexis Bailey Vineyard in Hastings, where wine tasting will be complemented by the Sophia Shorai Quartet. Since I can't say it better, to quote Larry Englund, she "can express heartbreak, determination and grace with a combination of sweetness and aplomb." Come back for an early Sunday evening when, Arne Fogel again, takes the stage in the Dunsmore Room with a compelling trio of Chris Lomheim, Graydon Peterson and Nathan Norman.

Monday, July 25. You can enjoy a rising star or an internationally acclaimed veteran on either end of the metro tonight! At Jazz Central, young trumpet master Omar Abdul Karim is in the spotlight with pals Pierre Lewis (organ) and Batume (drums).

Francois Rabbath (courtesy Twin Cities Bass Camp)
In West St. Paul, the Augustana Lutheran Church hosts world renowned bassist and educator Francois Rabbath, again in town for the Twin Cities Bass Camp with son, pianist Sylvan. Now 85, the self-taught native of Syria "is so spontaneous and organic that it’s difficult to tell where the written music leaves off and the improvisation begins. His technical ability is such that he sounds like a trio of one: bowing, plucking and hammering in an ever-flowing cascade of sound" (Kansas City Star). For this concert, Rabbath and Sylvan will premiere new works arranged with strings and drums. (Tickets $25 at the door.)

Mike Lewis
Rabbath plays at 7 pm, meaning there's time to get across town to the Icehouse for JT's Jazz Implosion night, and tonight it's a formidable trio of improvisers with JT holding down the time (if they bother with time) for saxophonist Michael Lewis and guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker.

JT Bates
Tuesday, July 26. At Vieux Carré, pianist Steven Hobert opens the evening, warming up the stage for JT Bates' Grain Trio featuring Kevin Gastonguay on B-3 and Zacc Harris on guitar. At Jazz Central, Big Band Night features the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Dave King
Tuesday-Wednesday, July 26-27. They're back! After playing the official opening gig in the Dunsmore Room last December, the Dave King Trio with Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson are back in Fridley. Far more sublime than you might expect from the pulse of the Bad Plus, Dave's trio is at least a 90-degree turn from his work with the Dave King Trucking Company, which had a two-night run at Vieux Carré last week. Expect clever reinventions of jazz standards and songbook classics, as well as some original material. These are three of the most creative jazz artists working today. Anywhere.

Wednesday, July 27. Back in the 90s, there was a very popular jazz band called the Illicit Sextet. And at the height of their popularity, the band went on a 15-year hiatus, reconvening at the Artists Quarter in 2009 and staying on the scene ever since. They've released two recordings about 20 years apart and a third is due out this fall, but tonight at Vieux Carre', they will celebrate their very first effort, Chapter One, with a digital re-release. Most of the original band is intact-- Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lomheim, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman. At this show, hear all original music from Chapter One as well as Chapter Eleven and the forthcoming next chapter.

Jana Nyberg
Thursday, July 28. The Dakota presents Minnesota's First Lady of Song, Debbie Duncan, while, back from her annual array of gigs in Door County, Jana Nyberg returns to Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central, accompanied by the elegant piano of Chris Lomheim. In St. Paul at Khyber Pass, "elegant" might not describe Embezzler, but you will hardly feel cheated out of anything despite the band name--rather you will be treated to the inventions of Paul Metzger, Adam Linz and JT Bates.

More Jazz!
There's always more jazz around the metro! See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and read more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on Facebook. And tune into the on-the-air edition of the Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am, on KBEM 88.5 FM. Andrea's guest on July 28 will be vocalist Katia Cardenas, talking about her new recording and upcoming adventures.

Coming Soon!
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. July 29, Peter James Johnson/Boo-Boo's 5th Birthday (Edmund Catlin) at Jazz Central
. July 30, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. July 30, Rodney Ruckus, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. July 30, Will Schmid Trio + 1 at 318 Cafe
. July 30, PipJazz "Time for Love" featuring the Women of Jazz ensemble at The Bedlam
. July 31, Vern Sutton with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 8-12, Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg, happy hours at Crooners Lounge
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota
. August 10, Vicky Mountain, Lucia Newell and Judi Vinar in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 13, Rebirth Brass Band at the Dakota
. August 19, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. August 20, Ethan Iverson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 25, Andrew Walesch Quartet at the Dakota
. August 26, Davu Seru No Territory Band, All Originals Jazz at Studio Z
. August 27, Illicit Sextet (Chapter One Re-Release) at Vieux Carre'
. August 28, Patty and Linda Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30, Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30-31, Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton ("Ella and Louis") at the Dakota
. September 1-2, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person at the Dakota
. September 4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. September 10, Dakota Combo Auditions at MacPhail Center for Music
. September 10, Jazz @ St Barneys, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at St Barnabas Church, Plymouth
. September 16, Charanga Tropical/Dan Kusz album releases at the Dakota
. September 17, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. September 24, Jazz Women All-Stars with Patty Peterson at the Dakota
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota
. October 1, Terence Blanchard with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 15, Amir El Saffar Ensemble, McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota
. October 22, Matt Slocum Trio at Studio Z
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 

Rodney Ruckus (2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival), coming to the Black Dog on July 30


Friday, July 15, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, July 15-21





Dave King leads the Trucking Company at Vieux Carre' this weekend

© Andrea Canter

We have a diverse line-up of jazz this week, including a new CD release from the Dave King Trucking Company, a brief homecoming for Todd Clouser in the company of John Medeski and JT Bates, a return visit from Jon Weber, and a quintet debut from one of our favorite pianists. For starters.


Big Gigs This Week

Aaron Hedenstrom

Friday, July 15. Minnesota native saxophonist/composer Aaron Hedenstrom is back on the local scene after completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas, and he celebrates at Jazz Central in prime time. On the late show, young drummer Edmund Catlin brings on his fourth edition of "Boo Boo's Birthday,"  rearrangements of complete Monk albums in the format of vibes/bass/drums. This time, he takes on Monk's Underground with pals Charlie Lincoln on bass and Levi Schwartzberg on vibes.

Nelson Devereaux
For some intriguing music over dinner, check out the Nelson Devereaux/James Buckley duo at the Icehouse--that's sax and bass! Over cocktails, dinner or dessert, hear Charmin Michelle sing in the lounge at Parma 8200. And at the Black Dog, enjoy the monthly gig of the Donald Washington Group, usually son Kevin joining sax-playing dad on drums.

Dave King and Chris Speed
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16. At Vieux Carré, the Dave King Trucking Company opens a two-night CD celebration for their new recording, Surrounded by the Night. Not sure how dark it will be but we will be surrounded by talent in this Minnesota Meets New York ensemble-- two saxophonists, our own Brandon Wozniak in tandem with New York's Chris Speed; Eric Fratzke on guitar; former Minnesotan now based in New York, Chris Morrissey, on bass; and of course the energizer bunny of the drums, Dave King.

Ernest Bisong
Saturday, July 16. It's still free outdoor festival season and the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project holds one in Rice Park with some wide-ranging music from the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Walter Chancellor, Ernest Bisong and young pianist Jordan Anderson.

Graydon Peterson
Saturday Night at the Black Dog features a new band and a group of young veterans. The relatively new Midwest Coast Quintet opens, featuring recent college graduates coming together over jazz standards and original material. The Graydon Peterson Quartet + 1 plays the headline sets, with bandleader and bassist Graydon, Adam Meckler on trumpet, Joe Strachan on keys and Adrian Suarez on drums, along with Andrew Gillespie on congas and timbales. Their set list includes new music inspired by Graydon's recent trips to Cuba.

Dick Kronick
At the Public Kitchen, the Kronick Quartet will have some musical fun and likely play material from their new CD, Chronic!, while out in Fridley, singer Judi Vinar will have her own musical fun at Crooners Lounge. And always on Saturday night, Benny Weinbeck brings his trio to Parma 8200.

Sunday, July 17.  Take a short ride out to Hastings for an afternoon with Jon Pemberton and Jimmie Wallace, "Jazz in the Vineyard" at Alexis Bailey Winery. For a more relaxed afternoon (in air conditioning!), join songbird Connie Evingson and now-frequent cohort, New York pianist Jon Weber, for "Summer and All That Jazz" in the sanctuary of St Albert the Great in south Minneapolis.

Linda Peterson
Back at Crooners tonight, Dan Chouinard has a full plate in the Dunsmore Room for his Birthday Club, with singing sisters Linda and Patty Peterson -- a double delight. Linda will likely take a turn on the piano bench as well.

Todd Clouser
Monday, July 18. Jazz Central throws the spotlight on veteran reedman Doug Haining, while the Icehouse hosts former area resident, Mexico City-based guitarist Todd Clouser, on stage with international keyboard star John Medeski and Jazz Implosion curator, drummer JT Bates. 

Tuesday, July 19. Doug Haining is back at Jazz Central with cohort Scott Agster to lead the Explosion Big Band.  At Vieux Carré, Steven Hobert starts the evening on solo piano, followed by some swinging heat from the Mill City Hot Club.

Jon Weber
Tuesday-Wednesday, July 19-20. One of the most dynamic duos performing in the metro,  Connie Evingson and Jon Weber team up in the Dunsmore Room. Over the past few years, Connie and Jon have worked together on a number of projects, mostly at the Jungle Theater.

Chris Lomheim
Wednesday, July 20. One of the most admired pianists in the region, Chris Lomheim grew his following playing solo and leading a trio, but he's no stranger to larger ensembles, as a founding member of the Illicit Sextet. Finally Lomheim has put together his own larger group, a quintet making its debut tonight at Jazz Central. Joining Chris will be Pete Whitman, Adam Rossmiller, Jay Young, and Dave Schmalenberger.

At the Dakota, the Potash Twins are back, wielding their trombones and plugging in for some electrified funk and fun, while Vieux Carre presents a new trio-- BZB with Zeb Cruikshank on guitar, Brent Wallace on bass and Byron Johnson-Blanchard on drums; Patrick Harison opens on solo accordion.

Park Evans (Firebell)
Thursday, July 21. A double-header at the Aster features Firebell (Park Evans on guitar, Graydon Peterson on bass, and Jay Epstein on drums) in the first round, then Brandon Wozniak replaces Evans for a sax trio in the second round.

Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents the Zacc Harris Group, with the prolific guitarist on stage with the Bates Boys (Chris on bass, JT on drums) and Bryan Nichols on keys. Opening will be the increasingly sophisticated Sound Skirmish-- young guns Levi Schwartzberg, Patrick Adkins, Drew Stinson and Ben Ehrlich.

Barbara Meyer
At Jazz Central, Barbara Meyer returns to Vocal Jazz Night, with Eric Jensen, swinging through standards and more with more.

And at the Black Dog, a weekend-long "grand re-opening" celebration gets underway, the once-small cafe showing off its expanded space with a much larger, elegant bar/stage area and new full kitchen with plenty of table space, larger and more complete menu, and a second stage. Music, food and fun over three nights.

More Jazz!
There's always more jazz around the metro! See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and read more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on Facebook. And tune into the on-the-air edition of the Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am, on KBEM 88.5 FM. Andrea's guest on July 21 will be trumpeter and curator Steve Kenny, sharing news of the Rochester Jazz Festival, Illicit Sextet, and the summer All Originals series.

Coming Soon!
. July 23, Nachito Herrera Plays Gershwin at the Dakota
. July 23, Tuesday Night Band/Ted Godbout Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. July 23, Lowertown Blues Festival, Mears Park and beyond
. July 24, Rochester Jazz Festival with Group 47, Atlantis Quartet at the Rochester Civic Theater
. July 25, Francois Rabbath with Sylvan Rabbath, Augustana Lutheran Church (West St. Paul)
. July 26-27, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge

. July 28, Embezzler at Khyber Pass  
. July 28, Ruckus/VVG, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. July 30, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. July 30, Will Schmid Trio + 1 at 318 Cafe
. July 30, PipJazz "Time for Love" featuring the Women of Jazz ensemble at The Bedlam
. July 31, Vern Sutton with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota
. August 13, Rebirth Brass Band at the Dakota
. August 21, Ethan Iverson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 22, Rick Germanson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 25, Andrew Walesch Quartet at the Dakota
. August 27, Illicit Sextet (Chapter One Re-Release) at Vieux Carre'
. August 28, Patty and Linda Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30, Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30-31, Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton ("Ella and Louis") at the Dakota
. September 1-2, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person at the Dakota
. September 4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. September 16, Charanga Tropical/Dan Kusz album releases at the Dakota
. September 17, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota
. October 1, Terence Blanchard with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota


Dave King Trio returns to the Dunsmore Room, July 26-27

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, July 8-14



Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson, CD release in the Dunsmore Room on July 13

© Andrea Canter

The "Dog Days" of Summer are here but locally let's call it the "Cool Cats" Days of Summer, given the vitality of our jazz scene and the heat being generated by young as well as veteran artists. This week is no exception, as we can hear gigs from some of our youngest pros at Studio Z and Jazz Central as well as from our seasoned vets at the Dakota, Vieux Carre, Black Dog and beyond. We have a diverse group of visitors this week as well, from John Raymond to Bruce Henry to Vanessa Trouble and Charlie Caranicus, and a much-anticipated CD release from Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson. So stay cool. Hear jazz.

Big Gigs This Week

Paul Harper
Friday, July 8. Paul Harper's amorphous Bardo Quartet comes to Jazz Central. The saxophonist came up with the band name from a book about Tibetan Buddhism, referring to " a state of existence between death and rebirth, an indeterminate, transitional state." That idea appealed to Harper as a metaphor for jazz and improvisation, and he's led a fluctuating cast of musicians -- at Jazz Central the band includes guitarist Joel Shapira, bassist Bruce Heine, and drummer Nathan Norman. Stick around for the Jon Elconin/Cole Mahlum Guitar Duo on the late set.

Todd Harper leads Piano Fridays most every week at the Black Dog, but tonight his early show is a CD release for his latest concoction, 9th Dimension.

Arne Fogel
At Hell's Kitchen, it's a rare Friday appearance by crooner Arne Fogel in the swinging company of the Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal and Jen Forberg). There's more vocal fun at the Dakota with Dennis Spears, and at Vieux Carre,' pianist Jeremy Walker opens, followed by the Peter Kogan Quintet with Pete Whitman, Solomon Parham, Phil Aaron, and Anthony Cox joining the former Minnesota Orchestra timpanist.

Charlie Lincoln (Hoaxer)
At Studio Z, Steve Kenny returns with his All Originals summer series, featuring area musicians playing original compositions. Tonight it's young lions Hoaxer, with Peter Goggin on sax, Will Kjeer on keys, Charlie Lincoln on bass and Edmund Catlin on drums. Hoaxer drew accolades during the recent Twin Cities Jazz Festival and has held several gigs at Jazz Central this summer--and this is a summer band with all of the musicians otherwise involved in college jazz studies.

Joel Shapria (Bottomless Pit)
Saturday, July 9. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features a who's-who quartet, Bottomless Pit, bringing together long-time area favorites, Joel Shapira, Pete Whitman, Tom Lewis and Weather Report alum, Eric Kamau Gravatt. And veterans also open the night-- the Pete Snell Trio features Pete on sax, Phil Aaron on piano, and Tom Lewis on bass-- a busy night for Tom. 

Connie Evingson
Also on Saturday, Connie Evingson brings her "Gypsy in My Soul" project to the Dakota, channeling the sounds of Django Reinhardt with Patrick Harison (accordion), Dean Harrington and Mike Cramer (guitar), Josh Granowski (bass) and special guest, Dave Karr on sax.

Reynold Philipsek
At Vieux Carré, Minnesota's "First Lady of Song" Debbie Duncan stirs it up at the Dakota, while out in Excelsior, what we might call the First Guy of Guitar Recordings, the ever-prolific Reynold Philipsek, shares the stage with duo partner, bassist Matt Senjem at the 318 Cafe. And dinner never sounded so good-- Bryan Nichols and James Buckley cover the dinner hours at the Icehouse.

Doug Little (Charanga Tropical)
Sunday, July 10. Patty and the Buttons serenade for Sunday Brunch at the Aster, while Doug Little's Charanga Tropical is back at the Icehouse for the monthly afternoon of Cuban and beyond, and continuing the celebration of their new recording, In Cuba. The Zacc Harris Trio continues their long-running Sunday night residency at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Bruce Henry
Monday, July 11. He left the Twin Cities about 7 years ago with promises to return, and often vocalist Bruce Henry has been back to perform at the Dakota or Vieux Carré or Crooners Lounge. Now he is back for his Dunsmore Room debut with a trio that would surely turn heads in Bruce's home town of Chicago-- Sean Turner on piano, Jay Young on bass and Kevin Washington on drums. Come early--talented vocalist Jana Nyberg starts her week of Happy Hours in Crooners Lounge, with Chris Lomheim on piano.

John Raymond
Also back in town for a brief visit, New York-based trumpeter John Raymond will join JT Bates and Jeremy Ylvisaker on JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse. Raymond was recently named to the Rising Star Trumpeter list in the Down Beat Critics Poll.

Larry McDonough
At Jazz Central, another project from the Larry McDonough Quartet-- their AcoustElectric warms up for a recording session featuring a new jazz arrangement of Prince's "The Question of U", along with some new compositions from Larry and tunes from the acoustic side (Bill Evans) and from the electro-funk side (Spinal Tap).

Always fun as well as great music, the Travis Anderson Trio returns to the Dakota--Anderson on keys with Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums.

Vanessa Trouble
Tuesday, July 12. Former Twin Citians, Vanessa Trouble on vocals and Charlie Caranicus on trumpet, come back from New York for a night in the Dunsmore Room.They found a perfect rhythm section--Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal and Jay Epstein.

Maryann Sullivan
In St Paul, Vieux Carré hosts solo piano from Chris Lomheim, followed by Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz -- pianist Phil Aaron, bassist Jim Chenoweth, drummer Trevor Haining and trombone master Pete Enblom. There's more trombones and more of everything at Jazz Central's Big Band Night, tonight with the Cedar Avenue Big Band.

Maud Hixson

Wednesday, July 13. A tale of two Mauds: Growing up in Mankato at the turn of the 20th century, Maud Hart Lovelace gathered childhood memories to create the Betsy-Tacy stories that became favorites of generations of readers from the 1940s on. Growing up in suburban Minneapolis decades later, Maud Hixson was an avid reader of the Betsy-Tacy stories, and became a popular singer of songs from the first half of the 20th century. Now Maud and pianist husband Rick Carlson hold the Twin Cities CD release for Listening for Your Song, a collection of 20 songs (among many) cited in the Betsy-Tacy stories, performed with authentic arrangements from original scores. Supported by the Betsy-Tacy Society in Mankato, the first release was held a few weeks ago in nearby Kasota, and will now be celebrated in the Dunsmore Room.

Back to the 21st century, young bassist Charlie Lincoln is taking over for Chris Bates curating new music monthly at Jazz Central during the summer. For tonight's show, he's gathered a cross-generational band to pay homage to the music of Paul Motian-- fellow college student Patrick Adkins on piano and veterans Chris Cunningham (guitar) and Jay Epstein (drums). 

Connie Evingson's monthly Jazz in the Lounge of the Minneapolis Woman's Club will feature some swinging fun with Robb Henry on guitar, Matt Senjem on bass, and of course, Dave Karr on sax.

American Reverie
Thursday, July 14. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie will present American Reverie, a relatively new trio led by guitarist Zacc Harris with Matt Peterson on bass and Lars-Erik Larson on drums. (They are replacing Group 47 which had to cancel due to a schedule conflict.) Come early for some young gunslingers on the JazzINK Youth Showcase at 7.

It's Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central, this week presenting relative newcomer Suzanne Paris. She's no newbie when it comes to jazz singing, though, having been mentored by the great vibist Buddy Montgomery and launching her career in Milwaukee with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Jazz Unlimited Series. She's back on stage after a 15-year hiatus to raise a family.

Adam Linz (Le Percheron)
One of few venues devoted to avant garde jazz, Khyber Pass Cafe presents Adam Linz's Le Percheron, featuring young vibes master Levi Schwartzberg and youngish drummer Cory Healey, adding their flair to the music of bassist Linz. Flair of a very different sort prevails at the Eagles Club, where the Southside Aces propel dancing feet.

More Jazz!
There's always more jazz around the metro! See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and read more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on Facebook. And tune into the on-the-air edition of the Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am, on KBEM 88.5 FM. My on-air guest next week will be veteran pianist Chris Lomheim, filling us in on his summer gigs and upcoming activity with his acclaimed trio.

Coming Soon!
. July 15, Aaron Hedenstrom at Jazz Central
. July 15, Mississippi Hot Club CD Release at the Eagles Club
. July 15, Charmin Michelle at Parma 8200
. July 15-16, Dave King Trucking Company at Vieux Carré
. July 16, Kronick Quintet at Public Kitchen
. July 16, Graydon Peterson Quartet/Midwest Coast Quintet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. July 17, Patty and Linda Peterson with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 17, Jon Pemberton with Jimmie Wallace, Jazz in the Vineyard at Alexis Bailey Winery
. July 18, John Medeski, Todd Clouser and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. July 19- 20, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 20, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. July 21, Zacc Harris Group/Sound Skirmish, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
, July 23, Nachito Herrera Plays Gershwin at the Dakota
. July 23, Tuesday Night Band/Ted Godbout Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. July 23, Lowertown Blues Festival, Mears Park and beyond
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. July 25, Francois Rabbath with Sylvan Rabbath, Augustana Lutheran Church (West St. Paul)
. July 26-27, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge

. July 28, Embezzler at Khyber Pass  
. July 28, Ruckus/VVG Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. July 30, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. July 30, Will Schmid Trio + 1 at 318 Cafe
. July 30, PipJazz "Time for Love" featuring the Women of Jazz ensemble at The Bedlam
. July 31, Vern Sutton with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota
. August 13, Rebirth Brass Band at the Dakota
. August 21, Ethan Iverson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 22, Rick Germanson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 27, Illicit Sextet at Vieux Carre'
. August 28, Patty and Linda Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30, Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30-31, Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton ("Ella and Louis") at the Dakota
. September 1-2, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person at the Dakota
. September 4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. September 16, Charanga Tropical/Dan Kusz album releases at the Dakota
. September 17, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota
. October 1, Terence Blanchard with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota

Dave King Trucking Company at Vieux Carre', July 15-16