Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, July 1-7

Chick Corea with Christian McBride and Brian Blade at the Dakota, July 5

© Andrea Canter

Coming off a fabulous Twin Cities Jazz Festival, now I'm gearing up for the Iowa City Jazz Festival over the holiday weekend, but I'll be back in time for Chick Corea and Trilogy at the Dakota on Tuesday! If you are staying in town, there will be enough jazz to keep your ears buzzing, and more to enjoy in the coming week.

Big Gigs This Week
Edmund Catlin
Friday, July 1. On Fridays at Jazz Central, there's usually a double header with a set from emerging artists and a set from veterans. Tonight, the fun starts with the next installment of Edmund Catlin's Boo Boo's Birthday series. Young drummer and curator Catlin studies at McGill University in Montreal, but makes the most of his school breaks by assembling ensembles of fellow young lions. This biweekly series finds Catlin and friends working their way through classic albums of Thelonious Monk, rearranged for a vibes-bass-drum trio with Levi Schwartzberg and Charlie Lincoln -- tonight they tackle Criss-Cross.  The late set features da-ka-broo-dah, an oddly named quartet of local masters, with Dave Brattain, Kevin Daley, Bruce Heine and Dave Stanoch (taking the first syllable of each musician's first name).

Maryann Sullivan
Chris Lomheim and James Buckley take the stage for dinner hour jazz at the Icehouse. In St Paul, the Public Kitchen will feature Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz (Ted Godbout and Jim Chenoweth), so you can be sure it will be swinging from start to finish. At Vieux Carre', guitar whiz Zacc Harris opens the evening, followed by the Jazzland Wonderband, a New Orleans influenced brass band with Cameron Kinghorn, Nelson Devereaux, Keith Hilson, Evan Clark on horns, and Andres Crovetti on drums.

Alison Miller

Friday-Sunday, July 1-3. If you are thinking of a weekend escape for the 4th of July holiday, look no further than the Iowa City Jazz Festival, noted as one of the best small festivals in the nation and a mere 5-hour drive south from the Twin Cities. There's a fistful of top-notch headliners on the main stage (no schedule conflicts)-- B-3 organist Akiko Tsuruga and Alison Miller's Boom-Tic-Boom with Myra Melford on Friday; the Phil Hey Quartet (our Minnesota heroes!), Marquis Hill Blacktet, Vijay Iyer Trio, and Poncho Sanchez on Saturday; and Larry Fuller, Edmar Casteneda, Miguel Zenon and David Berkman on Sunday. There's three side stages that run between the main stage sets, including the Youth Stage which sports all-Minnesota ensembles on Saturday--the Will Schmid/Adam Astrup Duo, the Schmid/Astrup Quartet, and the Dakoto Combo, each ensemble playing two sets.  This festival is free, and includes Sunday night fireworks shot over the Old Capitol dome.

Junior Ranger
Saturday, July 2. Junior Ranger has one more gig before heading east on the rest of their tour. This quartet of recent Oberlin grads, including Joe Suihkonen and Emerson Hunton from Minneapolis South High, performed last Monday at the Icehouse and now adds two of our locals--Nathan Hanson on sax and Ted Olsen on bass-- for an expanded band playing on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series. The early set features Dark Blue--young masters who have been putting out some cool original music for the past few years.

Debbie Duncan
Also on Saturday, out in Fridley, Crooners Lounge hosts Minnesota's First Lady of Song, Debbie Duncan. and her firebrand quartet -- think of it as a preview to Monday's fireworks. At the Icehouse, Javi Santiago and James Buckley provide some modern jazz twists to the dinner hour.

Sunday, July 3.  A holiday weekend seems like the perfect excuse for Sunday Jazz Brunch, and at the Turf Club, it will be a blazing brunch with the James Buckley Trio-- featuring sax giant Michael Lewis and young drum titan Miguel Hurtado.


Lisa Fischer
At the Dakota, it's the third visit in less than a year from Rolling Stones backup singer, now hot headline commodity Lisa Fischer and her Grand Baton. And she keeps selling out her shows, for good reason. Regardless of genre, from jazz to soul to blues, Fischer has one of the most powerful and soulful voices on the planet. One night, two shows.

Chick Corea
Tuesday, July 5. The Dakota hosts Chick Corea's Trilogy Trio, the globally acclaimed ensemble with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Each artist has visited the Dakota but never before at the same time. Corea of course, at 75, is a living legend. McBride and Blade are on their way to legend status, and all together, you have an unforgettable trio that raked in two Grammies in 2015 for their debut, 3-disc recording, Trilogy.

Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg
Arne Fogel sings with the Acme Jazz Company on their monthly show in Crooners Lounge, while Charmin Michele and Denny Malmberg start their week of Happy Hours, also in the Lounge.

Wednesday, July 6. Together again-- two all-stars team up when pianist Butch Thompson and guitarist Dean Magraw join forces at Vieux Carre'.

Davu Seru
Thursday, July 7. It's a busy week for Charmin Michelle, and tonight she leaves her happy hour gig at Crooners in time to get to Vieux Carre' to join Joel Shapira and Friends! For fans of more avant garde music, Khyber Pass hosts an intriguing trio with Davu Seru, Elaine Evans and Charles Gillett.

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 young bassist Charlie Lincoln, who has some special gigs this summer.

Coming Soon!
.  July 8, All Originals, Charlie Lincoln Group at Studio Z
. July 9, Bottomless Pit, Saturday Night at the Black Dog
. July 9, Chris Lomheim, solo piano in the Target Atrium, Orchestra Hall
. July 9, Reynold Philipsek and Matt Senjem at the 318 Cafe'
. July 11, Bruce Henry in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 12, Vanessa Trouble and Charlie Carnicus in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 13, Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson, CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 13, Hoaxer at Jazz Central
. July 14, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass Cafe
. July 14, JazzINK Youth Showcase, Group 47, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. July 15-16, Dave King Trucking Company at Vieux Carré
. July 17, Patty and Linda Peterson with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 18, John Medeski, Todd Clouser and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. July 20, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 21, Zacc Harris Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. July 26-27, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. July 30, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. 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 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 1-2, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person at the Dakota
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair 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


Steve Kenny's Group 47, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie on July 14

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 24-30


Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 23-25

© Andrea Canter
 
The 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival is in full swing, filling four outdoor stages and 18 club/bar venues throughout Lowertown and downtown St Paul and beyond. But there's more music around the metro even before Jazzfest ends, with some artists who could be (or have been) headliners at this or any other festival. For complete jazz festival line-up, schedule, artist info etc., see the festival website.

Big Gigs This Week
Sheila Earley
Friday, June 24. JazzFest dominates! Starting at 4 pm, Mears Park is the scene of some impressive acts on the festival main stage. Patty Peterson hosts the first Jazz Women All Stars, an ensemble that celebrates the great women jazz artists in the Twin Cities, instrumentalists as well as vocalists. With Executive Director Steve Heckler vowing to make this an annual part of the festival, Patty has organized a prestigious line-up that includes pianist Mary Louise Knutson, bassist/guitarist Joan Griffith, drummer Sheila Earley, and former Twin Citian, Mary Petrich on tenor and soprano saxophone. They're joined by Debbie Duncan, Linda Peterson and of course Patty Peterson on vocals, with Linda also taking a turn on piano.

Faye Washington
Another "Women of Jazz" band performs at The Bedlam under the leadership of Pippi Ardennia. Pippi has organized all-women ensembles every year around Mother's Day, and this is her latest edition with veterans Marilyn Parker, Margo Breivik, and Faye Washington leading the way. 

 Family patriarch Ellis Marsalis fills the headline slot at Mears Park,  swinging away on piano with a quartet featuring young New Orleans saxophonist Derek Douget. In between Jazz Women and Marsalis, young drummer Rodney Ruckus leads his quartet, raising a ruckus of course. 

Adam Astrup and Will Schmid Duo
And youth prevails at Golden's Deli with the duo that impressed at the Winter Jazz Festival, Will Schmid and Adam Astrup, two ace teen guitarists who will blow your ears with their sophisticated arrangements.
 
Adam Linz, Le Percheron
The Black Dog presents four bands each night of the festival, and tonight the offerings include Adam Linz's Le Percheron and Mississippi, with Pete Whitman, Peter Schimke, Jeff Bailey and Kevin Washington. 
Patti Austin
 
Away from the buzz of the festival, the Duke Ellington Orchestra with vocalist Patti Austin brings Ellington and Ella to the stage at Orchestra Hall. The first half of the program is all instrumental, a salute to Duke Ellington by a band that knows his music best. Austin joins the orchestra for the second part of the program, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson
And really away from the festival, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson hold the first of two CD release shows for their new Listening for Your Song, a unique project showcasing songs referenced by author Maud Hart Lovelace in her series of books about growing up in the early 20th century in Mankato -- the Besty-Tacy series. Tonight they're outside Mankato at the Chankaska Winery in Kasota; they bring the music to the Twin Cities in mid-July at the Dunsmore Room.

Dakota Combo

Saturday, June 25. It's a grand finale day at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, starting off early (11 am) with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Youth Showcase, highlighting six ensembles including the final set from the Dakota Combo. At Mears Park, another youth ensemble is on stage, the annual showcase for Walker West Music Academy.

Russell Malone
It's guitar night at Mears Park, with Russell Malone and his quartet (with Rick Germanson on piano, Willie Jones III on drums) followed by the always-entertaining singing and swinging guitarist John Pizzarelli.  Artistic Director Francisco Mela joins forces with "house" pianist Jon Weber and "friends" to close down the 6th Street Stage inbetween the Mears Park sets.

Koplant No
The Iowa - Minnesota festival exchange is completed with the return of Koplant No, a very edgy quartet that first hit the Twin Cities about five years ago at the Artists Quarter and about two years ago on the festival's 6th Street Stage. Tonight they perform at Union Depot, followed by the Pete Whitman X-Tet with Lucia Newell providing a rare vocal accompaniment.

Phil Hey (Quartet)
The SW Craft Bar has a strong line-up tonight, starting with the John Penny Trio, followed by Cory Wong, and ending with the Phil Hey Quartet.  Meanwhile The Bedlam features another youth group, the Twin Cities Honors Vocal Ensemble from McNally Smith College of Music, drawing top high school vocalists from around the metro in its first year. Also at The Bedlam tonight will be the Graydon Peterson Quartet followed by two ensembles of Jazz Central "all stars."

Sunday, June 26. Relax after the hectic fun of jazzfest with vocalist Judi Vinar and host Dan Chouinard for the Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room.

Emerson Hunton (Junior Ranger)
Monday, June 27. Back in the Dunsmore Room, it's the monthly "In the Crook", tonight with Rick Carlson on keys and sunny vocalist Charmin Michelle "in the crook." Whatever they do, it will swing. Nearly on the opposite of the jazz spectrum, a young quartet from Oberlin fills the Jazz Implosion slot at the Icehouse. Junior Ranger came through last winter and now returns with some new music. The band includes two South High (and now Oberlin) alums, Joe Suihkonen (trumpet) and Emerson Hunton (drums).

At Jazz Central, one of the bands performing for the first time at the Jazz Festival, Jazzoneando, sticks around to host 4 sessions of Latin jazz clinics and an evening performance.

Maryann Sullivan and Doug Haining
Tuesday, June 28. Jazzoneando is in town for one more night, now performing at Jazz Central with the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra. At Crooners, it's time for the monthly Twin Cities 7 gig led by Doug Haining with singer Maryann Sullivan, while Vieux Carré focuses on piano, with Chris Lomheim in a solo set, followed by the Bryan Nichols Trio.

Larry McDonough
Wednesday, June 29. Larry McDonough brought yet another new show to the Dakota in May, this time in a sextet format he is "Born to be Kind of Blue" -- yes, the music of Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Tonight the band reprises the show, the first part focusing on Chet, and the second set delving into Davis. Steve Kenny takes the trumpet parts on both ends.

Zosha Warpeha
At the Black Dog, young Zosha Warpeha -- a Minnesotan studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan--brings her unique blend of jazz, improv and folk on violin and voice to the Black Dog, with a very special guest due to sit in on guitar.

Marquis Hill and Christopher McBride
Thursday, June 30. Last year, Marquis Hill and his Black-Tet headlined the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Now the Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition winner and band return after the festival for their debut at the Dakota, warming up for their appearance at the Iowa City Jazz Festival this coming weekend.

Dave Hagedorn, Good Vibes
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie features Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio with Dave Hagedorn and Phil Hey, their first performance in several months.

More Jazz!
Summer brings sizzling jazz all around town. See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see 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. My guest next week (June 30) will be Andrew Walesch, providing an update on some new shows coming to the Dunsmore Room.

Coming Soon!
. July 1, Boo-Boos Third Birthday (Edmund Catlin) at Jazz Central
. July 1, Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz at Public Kitchen
. July 1-3, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Vijay Iyer Trio, Miguel Zenon, Poncho Sanchez, Allison Miller, David Berkman, Marquis Hill, Edmer Casteneda, Akiko Tsuruga, Phil Hey Quartet, Dakota Combo)
. July 5, Trilogy: Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade at the Dakota
. July 5, Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge
. July 5-8, Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg, Happy Hour at Crooners Lounge
. July 6, Levi Schwartzberg at Jazz Central
. July 7, Mindi Abair at the Dakota
. July 8, All Originals, Charlie Lincoln Group at Studio Z
. July 11, Bruce Henry in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 12, Vanessa Trouble and Charlie Carnicus in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 13, Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson, CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 13, Hoaxer at Jazz Central
. July 14, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass Cafe
. July 15-16, Dave King Trucking Company at Vieux Carré
. July 17, Patty and Linda Peterson with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 18, John Medeski, Todd Clouser and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. July 20, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. July 26-27, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. July 30, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. 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 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 1-2, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person at the Dakota
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair 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

Chick Corea, at the Dakota with Trilogy on July 5

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 17-23



Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Kenny Horst and Billy Peterson -- in the Dunsmore Room June 21


© Andrea Canter

We have some impressive visitors this week, a fitting prelude to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival which officially gets underway next Thursday.

Big Gigs This Week

David Binney
Friday, June 17. You have to decide between New York Hip and Norwegian Cool: Alto saxophonist David Binney and his quartet finish off the 8 O'Clock Jump Season at Walker West Music Academy. Admired for his compositions as well as sax, Binney brings in an elite New York cast with Jacob Sacks on piano, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. While Weiss was here with Rez Abbasi last February, it is the first performance locally for Binney's quartet.

The Minderkirken-- the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in south Minneapolis-- is the ideal setting for Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his trio, on tour celebrating their ECM release, What Was Said. Along with longtime drummer Jarle Vespestad, Gustavsen's new project includes German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander and original compositions and traditional Norwegian hymns, Tord setting music to the lyrics of ancient Sufi as well as a more modern poet, and adding some restrained electronics to acoustic piano and drums. This performance is part of the trio's first North American tour with this music.

Marcus Wise and Dean Magraw
They seem like they come from another world-- guitar master Dean Magraw and tabla expert Marcus Wise, playing their ethereal duo at Jazz Central. They're followed by a recurring summer ensemble led by young drummer Edmund Catlin, honoring a different Monk album at each gig. Co-conspirators include bassist Charlie Lincoln and vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg, and tonight they'll run all the way through Monk's Dream.

Brandon Wozniak
At Golden's Deli, you can preview some of the music on Katia Cardenas' debut album, I'll Be Seeing You, which is officially released Wednesday at the Icehouse (see below). Around the corner at the Black Dog, the Donald Washington Group warms up for jazz fest, while Brandon Wozniak and Zacc Harris co-lead a quartet at Vieux Carré, following some solo piano from Jon Pemberton. Fun a savvy vocals will be on the menu at Crooners Lounge when Dennis Spears takes the stage. And the young daring duo of Javi Santiago and Ted Olsen reigns during dinner hours at the Icehouse.

John Penny
Friday-Sunday, June 17-19. Every year, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival seems to grow the list of music acts performing on stages overlooking the booths of arts and crafts along the Mississippi Riverfront. Check the online music schedule. Among the acts, guitarist John Penny and his Trio perform on Saturday on the River Plaza Stage.

Saturday, June 18. This afternoon and early evening, it's the first Rosemount Jazz Blast at the Rosemount Central Park Amphitheater, with lots of talent including the Zacc Harris Trio and Jack Brass Band.

Babatunde Lea
Saturday Jazz Night at the Black Dog opens with the JazzINK Youth Showcase with the Will Schmid Trio (Will on guitar, Charlie Lincoln on bass, Ben Ehrlich on drums), followed by veteran percussionist Babatunde Lea and his ensemble with Solomon Parham, Phil Aaron and Graydon Peterson. Lea just returned from two nights leading the post-fest jam at the Healdsburg (CA) Jazz Festival in his old stomping grounds in the North Bay.

Up the street at Studio Z, Doug Little's Tres Mundos wraps up a marathon fourteen shows in six days as the finale to the Jazz at Studio Z season. Come early for the free clinic at 6 to learn about improvisation in Latin music.

Pete Whitman
A new feature at Jazz Central, the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective brings back the excitement of the late 50s-early 60s with a revolving lineup. Tonight featured performers include sax star Pete Whitman and trumpet king Geoff Senn, with Levi Schwartzberg making a relatively rare appearance on piano rather than vibes; visiting University of Massachusetts bass professor Shigefumi Tomita joins the rhythms section along with swinging drummer and Collective leader Jesse Simon. Tonight the Collective delves into the music of Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Kenny Dorham and Hank Mobley. The late set features New York-based, Donwbeat student award-winning Isak Gaines Group, featuring St Paul native DeCarlo Jackson on trumpet.

Tom Tipton and Patty Peterson
In Minneapolis, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory are back at the Dakota by popular demand, bringing their "Superstitious Thriller" tribute to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to the stage for the third performance in the metro this month. And in Fridley, Patty Peterson With Family and Friends (Billy Peterson, Jason Peterson DeLaire, Pete Hennig) will entertain at Crooners Lounge. And if you stay in tonight, tune into KBEM 88.5 fm for a broadcast of the live recording of "Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders," which Patty hosted at the Minnesota History Theater in April. Music and interviews feature such legends as Dave Karr, Tom Tipton, Dick Bortolussi, Jimmy Hamilton, Clyde Anderson and more.

Connie Evingson
Sunday, June 19. A perfect activity for Fathers' Day, vocalist Connie Evingson reprises her "Summer Samba" show at the Jungle Theater with frequent musical partner, New York-based pianist Jon Weber, along with Gordy Johnson and Dave Karr.  The program includes favorites from Connie's Brazilian album, Sweet Happy Life, and summer songs the Great American Songbook. Weber will be hanging out for the week, holding jams and such throughout the jazz festival.


Monday, June 20. Tonight JT's Jazz Implosion welcomes guitarist/songwriter David Miller. "Miller has drawn influence from the elegant melodicism of The Beatles, the psychedelic folk of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and the raw power and improvisational spirit of guitarists Link Wray, Gabor Szabo, and Charlie Christian. The songs play out as mind-expanding textures, but always with an air of compassion and familiarity."

David Hazeltine
Monday-Wednesday, June 20-22. Get ready for a jazz hatrick-- three nights of Jazz Fest warmups in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge with New York pianist David Hazeltine in three different configurations. Hazeltine was a favorite at the old Artists Quarter, and his cohort on Monday is another AQ favorite, saxophonist Eric Alexander. After their duo night, they come back on Tuesday to join their AQ cohorts, bassist Billy Peterson and drummer Kenny Horst for a high energy quartet night.  Finally on Wednesday, it's Billy Peterson in the lead, celebrating a new duo recording with David Hazeltine.

Tuesday, June 21. It's big band night at Jazz Central, and tonight the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster, does the honors.

Katia Cardenas
Wednesday, June 22. One of the bright rising stars in local vocal jazz, Katia Cardenas celebrates her debut recording, I'll Be Seeing You, at the Icehouse, followed by a set from Latin Jazz masters, Jazzoneando, warming up for their jazz festival gig. Katia will be sitting in with this ensemble as well. Her new album, like her live shows, covers her broad palette, from jazz standards to pop arrangements.

At Jazz Central, drummer Rodney Ruckus returns with his quintet, and no doubt they will create quite a ruckus as he also warms up for a Friday night festival set on the main stage at Mears Park.

Delfeayo Marsalis
Thursday, June 23. It's opening night for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and unlike previous years when Thursday was set aside for the annual "club crawl," this year it's a full-fledged festival night with two headliners back to back on the main stage in Mears Park-- trombone-wielding Delfeayo Marsalis and his quartet, followed by 12-year-old piano phenom Joey Alexander and his trio. Forget the visual impact of a not-so-big pre-teen on the piano bench or the technical facility he has so precociously attained. Close your eyes-- and you will hear a remarkable improviser and composer, period. He was not nominated for two Grammys (Best Jazz Album, Best Improvised Solo) because he's an amazing kid. He earned those nominations because he is an amazing talent among his fellow jazz artists.

Jon Weber
Also on the Thursday schedule, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band and Solomon Parham Group as well as Solomon's Smooth and Groove Jam Session, all at The Bedlam; Dave Brattain, Davu Seru, Donald Washington, and Chris Bates' Red 5, all at the Black Dog; Singers Scat-Off and the Dean Magraw-Steven Hobert Duo at Golden's Deli; Chris Lomheim Trio in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel; Debbie Duncan at TPT; the Wolverines and Maud Hixson at Mancini's; Mary Louise Knutson followed by the Jon Weber Trio and Jazz Fest Jam at Vieux Carré, and more throughout downtown and Lowertown St. Paul.

More Jazz!
Summer brings sizzling jazz all around town. See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see 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. My guest next week (June 23) will be Patty Peterson, talking about the new Jazz Women All-Stars ensemble that performs for JazzFest at Mears Park on Friday, June 24.

Coming Soon!
. June 24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Ellis Marsalis, Jazz Women All-Stars, Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Rodney Ruckus, Dave Karr, PipJazz Youth Showcase and Women of Jazz, Le Percheron, Mississippi, Andrew Walesch, Chris Lomheim, Zacc Harris, Larry McDonough, more)
. June 24, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. June 24, Patti Austin with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Orchestra Hall
. June 24, Maud Hixson CD release at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, Kasota, MN
. June 25, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Russell Malone Quartet, John Pizzarelli Quartet, Adam Meckler Orchestra, Jack Brass Band, Jon Weber & Francisco Mela & Friends, Michael Franti & Spearhead, DFJE Youth Showcase, Koplant No, Pete Whitman X-Tet with Lucia Newell, JT Bates' Grain Trio, Kevin Washington Quintet, Graydon Peterson Quartet, Jazz Central Presents, Steve Kenny Quintet, Southside Aces, JoAnn Funk Trio, John Penny Trio, Phil Hey Quartet, Butch Thompson/Jon Weber Stride Piano Night, more
. June 26, Judi Vinar and Dan Chouinard, Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 27, Charmin Michelle and Rick Carlson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 27, Junior Ranger at the Icehouse
. June 27-28, Jazzoneando at Jazz Central
. June 28, Twin Cities 7 With Maryann Sullivan at Crooners Lounge
. June 28, Chris Lomheim/Bryan Nichols Trio at Vieux Carré
. June 29, Larry McDonough Sextet at the Dakota
. June 29, Solomon Parham at Rondo Library (Post Fest event)
. June 30, Marquis Hill Black-Tet with Makaya Craven at the Dakota
. June 30, Blu-7 with Sarah M. Greer at Jazz Central
. June 30, Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. June 30, Embezzler at Khyber Pass Cafe
. July 1, Boo-Boos Third Birthday (Edmund Catlin) at Jazz Central
. July 1, Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz at Public Kitchen
. July 1-3, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Vijay Iyer Trio, Miguel Zenon, Poncho Sanchez, Allison Miller, David Berkman, Marquis Hill, Edmer Casteneda, Akiko Tsuruga, Phil Hey Quartet, Dakota Combo)
. July 5, Trilogy: Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade at the Dakota
. July 6, Levi Schwartzberg at Jazz Central
. July 7, Mindi Abair at the Dakota
. July 8, All Originals, Charlie Lincoln Group at Studio Z
. July 13, Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson, CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 13, Hoaxer at Jazz Central
. July 14, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass Cafe
. July 15-16, Dave King Trucking Company at Vieux Carré
. July 18, John Medeski, Todd Clouser and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. July 25-26, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota
. August 13, Rebirth Brass Band at the Dakota
. September 1-2, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person at the Dakota
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair 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

June 23-25, Mears Park and Beyond



Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 10-16



Illicit Sextet, at the Dakota June 14

© Andrea Canter

Unofficially, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is underway following the first 'jazz at the library" gig a few days ago. Another library show takes place this weekend in downtown St Paul while other artists and venues warm up stages and audiences as we build not only summer heat but anticipation of that annual musical firestorm. And there's plenty to keep your ears sizzling this week.

Big Gigs This Week
Pete Emblom
Friday, June 10. at Jazz Central, it's trombonist Pete Emblom, a veteran of Buddy Rich, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra as well local big bands--he's teaming up with a formidable line-up Geoff Senn (trumpet), Joe Mayo (sax), Javi Santiago (piano), Dan Carpel (bass), and Mac Santiago (drums).  At Parma 8200, singer Rhonda Laurie is on the bandstand with some old friends who know how to swing-- violinist Gary Schulte, guitarist Reynold Philipsek and bassist Pooch Heine. 

Jay Young
At Vieux Carré, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory are back with another edition of Superstitious Thriller, their tribute to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Notes leader Jay, "Believe it or not, as many times as we've done this show, we've never played all the music we wanted, so this is sure to be a special night." Pianist Jeremy Walker opens the evening. At Crooners Lounge, Debbie Duncan and her quartet make it a special night.

Friday-Saturday, June 10-11. A powerhouse duo, pianist Bryan Nichols and bassist Jeff Bailey give each other a workout at the Icehouse over the dinner hours.

Southside Aces (photo: Donald J Olson)
Saturday, June 11. "Jazz at the Library" returns to the main branch in downtown St Paul where beautiful art deco interiors always seem to enhance the music. The always popular Southside Aces bring Crescent City to downtown this afternoon, as this "true authentic New Orleans dance hall-style band” (New Orleans Traditional Jazz Quarterly) brings ten years of performing to the stage.

Dave Karr
Renovations are just about done at the Black Dog and Saturday Night Jazz never missed a beat. This weekend the doubleheader starts out with the Silverback Trio (David Hirsch, Brent Wallace and Byron Johnson-Blanchard), followed by the Dave Karr Group -- Dave on sax, Steve Kenny on Flumpet, Kenny Horst on drums, and young Charlie Lincoln on bass. That's about four generations of jazz in one quartet.

At the Dakota, Bobby and Ginger Commodore celebrate their anniversary in style with an expanded edition of Ginger's Quartet -- Bobby, Sean Turner, Mark Weisberg, Solomon Parham and Daryl Boudreaux.

Claudia Schmidt
Sunday, June 12. Known more for her folk-bending music, vocalist Claudia Schmidt has a few jazz recordings to her credit as well, and as guest on Dan Chouinard's Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room, she's likely to cover a wide range from pop to bop.

Luke Peterson
Monday, June 13. Summer brings back a lot of young talents who are attending college around the country, and Jazz Central is particularly open to hosting their experiments. Drummer and jazz/math student at Northwestern U,  Luke Peterson brings his band "No Exit" to Jazz Central, featuring like-minded Levi Schwartzberg (U of M), vibes; Peter Goggin (U of Michigan), sax; Charlie Lincoln (Berkelee College of Music), bass; and high school senior Adam Astrup on guitar.

Pete Whitman leads the X-Tet
Over at the Dakota, the Pete Whitman X-Tet gathers again--they've been playing more lately and that is great news for the local jazz scene. And JT's Jazz Implosion this week brings together Nashville-based Jim Oblon  and former resident Frankie Lee, a couple of guitar-toting originals taking the bandstand with JT on drums.

Paul Harper, Illicit Sextet
Tuesday, June 14. A late schedule addition brings the long, long running Illicit Sextet to the Dakota, warming up to record their third album. First playing in the 90s before taking a long vacation, the band includes Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lomheim, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman, playing all original music.

Travis Anderson
The Travis Anderson Trio makes its Dunsmore Room debut-- and they can be so entertaining you might take their stellar jazz chops for granted. Pianist Travis is joined by long-standing partners Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman.

Wednesday, June 15. At Crooners, in the Lounge, singer Judi Vinar and the swinging Wolverines Trio are back for a fun evening, while one of my old favorites from Hotel Sofitel days, The Phil Aaron Trio is on at Vieux Carre', pianist Phil with Gary Raynor bass and Jay Epstein on drums. 

Kenny Horst
Thursday, June 16.  The seasoned boppers What Would Monk Do return to action at Reverie--that's Steve Kenny, Peter Schimke, Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst, with an opening set from the Anthony Bloch Trio.

Earlier in the evening is the open house for the newly renovated Studio A at KBEM, with music from Thomasina Petrus and the Selby Avenue Brass Band and a Jazz at MPS youth ensemble.

Peter Vircks
Peter Vircks is behind a new band, dubbed Midnight Love, which might not describe the music in full. With Ruby & The Romantics, Crusaders, Leon Russell and Roberta Flack covers the line up for their gig at Vieux Carre' includes Vircks on saxophones, drummer Greg Schutte , pianist & organist Brian Ziemniak, trombonist Matt Darling, and bassist Patrick Nelson. "Midnight Love features vintage organ sounds and the classic tenor sax/trombone frontline in a funky, soul jazz, rare groove setting with a romantic bent," explains the band's press.

More Jazz!
There seems to be an endless list of jazz activity around town. See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see 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. My guests next week will be Steve Heckler, Executive Director of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, previewing the events coming up during Jazz Fest week.

Coming Soon!
. June 17, David Binney Quartet at Walker West
. June 17, Dean Magraw and Marcus Wise/Edmund Catlin
. June 17, Ginger Commodore Quartet, Crooners Lounge
. June 17, Tord Gustavsen Trio at Mindekirken (Norwegian Lutheran Church)
. June 17, Wozniak-Harris Quartet at Vieux Carré
. June 17, Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog
. June 18, Jazz at Studio Z, Doug Little's Tres Mundos 
. June 18, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. June 18, Babatunde Lea Ensemble/Will Schmid Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at Black Dog
. June 18, Rosemount JazzBlast (Zacc Harris Trio, Jack Brass Band, more!) at Rosemount Central Park Amphitheater 
. June 18, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. June 19, Bradley Greenwald and Dan Chouinard, Birthday Club, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 19, Connie Evingson's "Summer Samba" with Jon Weber at The Jungle Theater
. June 20, JazzMN Orchestra at Chanhassen Dinner Theater
. June 20, Mike Malone at Jazz Central
. June 20, David Hazeltine and Eric Alexander, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 21, David Hazeltine/Eric Alexander Quartet, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 21, Connie Evingson and the Vieux Carré Hot Club at Vieux Carré
. June 22, David Hazeltine and Billy Peterson, CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 22, Katia Cardenas CD Release/Jazzoneando CD Release at the Icehouse
. June 23-25, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park (Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Joey Alexander, Russell Malone, John Pizzarelli, Michael Franti & Spearhead)
. June 24, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. June 24, Patti Austin with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Orchestra Hall
. June 24, Maud Hixson CD release at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, Kasota, MN
. June 26, Judi Vinar and Dan Chouinard, Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 27, Charmin Michelle and Rick Carlson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 28, Twin Cities 7 With Maryann Sullivan at Crooners Lounge
. June 30, Marquis Hill Black-Tet with Makaya Craven at the Dakota
. June 30, Good Vibes Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. July 1-3, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Vijay Iyer Trio, Miguel Zenon, Poncho Sanchez, Allison Miller, David Berkman, Marquis Hill, Edmer Casteneda, Akiko Tsuruga, Phil Hey Quartet)
. July 5, Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade at the Dakota
. July 7, Mindi Abair at the Dakota
. July 8, All Originals, Charlie Lincoln Group at Studio Z
. July 13, Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson, CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 18, John Medeski, Todd Clouser and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota
. August 13, Rebirth Brass Band at the Dakota
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota

Twin Cities Jazz Festival -- June 23-25 at Mears Park, St Paul