Friday, August 26, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 26-September 1



Barbara Morrison -- at the Dakota September 1-2
© Andrea Canter

The State Fair is underway in St Paul, but if you prefer music without corndogs, you won't have any trouble finding great jazz this week, as we have some very special talents on stages around the metro, from a rare appearance by Chicago's Nicole Mitchell to a two-night stand by Bill Carrothers, from a multi-Peterson salute to their mom's favorite songs to back-to-back gigs at the Dakota from two generations of top jazz vocalists. And like the endless fun at the State Fair, there's so much more jazz to hear this week.

BIG GIGS THIS WEEK

Boo-Boo's Birthday
Friday, August 26. Jazz Central hosts a fine double-header, starting with U of M Duluth bass professor Adam Booker and his Hip-Gnosis ensemble, with Aaron Hedenstrom on sax, Levi Schwartzberg on piano (or vibes), and Ben Ophoven-Baldwin on drums. Then stay put for Boo-Boo's Last Birthday-- that's the biweekly trio of Levi Schwartzberg, Charlie Lincoln and leader Edmund Catlin in their final show of the summer, again playing an entire Monk album. Although there's no piano, Monk would surely have enjoyed the arrangements here for vibes, bass and drums.

Joel Shapira
Walker West presents two sets celebrating William Duncan's CD release; Minnesota's favorite crooner Arne Fogel heads back to Hell -- Hell's Kitchen with the Wolverines Trio; Patrick Harison serenades diners at the Icehouse on solo accordion; Joel Shapira and his trio (with Dave Martin and Byron Johnson-Blanchard) carry on late in the evening at Public Kitchen; and Jeremy Walker's sublime piano opens the night at Vieux Carré, followed by the swinging New Orleans vibe of the Southside Aces.

Saturday, August 27. Lowertown is the metro's jazz epicenter today!  Start with brunch at Golden's Deli with the scat singers of Jazz Alley (Maryann Sullivan, Sarah M. Greer, and guest today Vicky Mountain).  Charmin and Shapira (Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira) are on stage in the atrium of Midtown Global Market for some early afternoon swing.

Nicole Mitchell*
Later, enjoy the creative energy of internationally renowned flautist Nicole Mitchell, heading the season's final Jazz at Studio Z. The one-time head of Chicago's AACM and frequent Downbeat poll-topper as Flute Player of the Year,  Mitchell will lead a local quartet with Bryan Nichols, Jeff Bailey and Davu Seru.

Luke Peterson
And just down the block, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog holds its weekly double header, starting out with the Amethyst 3 led by drummer Byron Johnson Blanchard with guitarist Park Evans and bassist Josh Granowski, followed by a young lions quartet dubbed No Exit-- the band is led by drummer Luke Peterson (Northwestern University), with friends Peter Goggin (University of Michigan) on sax, Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music) on bass and --once again--Levi Schwartzberg (U of M) on vibes.

Charmin Michelle
There's jazz in other areas of the metro, of course, with Crooners Lounge hosting the Charmin Michelle Quartet (with Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar; the dazzling vocal duo of Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears at The Dakota;

Tanner Taylor
Sunday, August 28. On her Jazz at the Jungle series, songbird Connie Evingson brings back the Best of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks with special guest and former resident Tanner Taylor on piano, along with Dave Karr and Gordy Johnson; that's two shows at the Jungle Theater, with the evening show the best bet for tickets.

Jeanne Arland Peterson
In the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, a very special night with the Peterson Family as the "kids" honor "The Songs Our Mother Loved." Matriarch of Minnesota's First Family of Music, Jeanne Arland Peterson would have been 95 this summer, and her family (Patty, Linda and Billy Peterson, Jason Peterson DeLaire) pays tribute with a night full of Jeanne's favorites.

Joel Shapira plays solo guitar at Harriet Brewing; the Zacc Harris Trio has their weekly gig at the Riverview Wine Bar; Cole Mahlum hosts the weekly B-3 Organ Jam at Jazz Central.

Larry McDonough
Monday, August 29. Attorney, pianist and vocalist Larry McDonough has been assembling intriguing shows lately, and it seems each one is so popular that he has to repeat a few times. Tonight at the Dakota,  he reprises his "Born to be Kind of Blue" show, with his septet honoring Chet Baker and Miles Davis.

Bill Carrothers
In the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, the first of two nights with the great pianist Bill Carrothers starts out with Bill in duo with Icelandic vocalist Anna Mjoll, a protege' of Billy Peterson. Bill, who lives in the upper peninsula of Michigan and teaches at Lawrence Conservatory, has been heard more often in the Metro since the opening of the Dunsmore Room! And come early, as pianist/vocalist Andrew Walesch steps out of his curator role just long enough to cover happy hours at Crooners, every day this week in the lounge.  

Phil Hey
It's a percussion extravaganza on JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse. JT and Phil Hey start things with a drum duel, followed by a mash-up of Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio and Low Blows, with Dave Hagedorn, Chris, Phil, and JT --yes, 2 drummers. No worries about staying awake for these sets!  

Pat Mallinger
Tuesday, August 30. Bill Carrothers is back at the piano in the Dunsmore Room, this time with frequent cohort, Chicago saxophonist and St Paul native Pat Mallinger. Pat was an annual draw at the old Artists Quarter, and most recently was in St Paul at Vieux Carré last winter. Despite their many quartet outings, this will be Pat and Bill's first-ever duo performance.

Around town, Aaron Hedenstrom's Big Band plays at Jazz Central; JT Bates Grain Trio (with Kevin Gastonguay on B-3 and Zacc Harris on guitar) is on stage at Vieux Carre' following opening solo sets from pianist Chris Lomheim.

Jane Monheit
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 30-31. Two relatively young artists with years of experience separately headlining clubs and festivals, vocalist Jane Monheit and trumpeter Nicholas Payton team up for two nights at the Dakota, celebrating Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. That alone is a tall order, but these musicians have never shied away from challenges and have the chops to pull it off.

Patrick Adkins
Wednesday, August 31. Even before he graduated from Edina High School, pianist Patrick Adkins was organizing jazz ensembles (Sound Skirmish) and performing with such metro-wide all-star bands as the Dakota Combo and Minnesota Youth Jazz Band. Now entering his junior year at Lawrence Conservatory, Patrick puts his talents in the spotlight at Jazz Central, playing a solo set and then engaging in duos with pals, saxophonist Thomas Strommen (Group 47) and trumpeter Aidan Sponheim (Lawrence Conservatory).
 
Steve Kenny
At Vieux Carré, yet another edition of the Steve Kenny Quartet, this time with Nelson Devereaux on saxes, Ted Olsen on bass and Rodney Ruckus on drums, delving deep into Monk and original works by the master composer and trumpeter.

Lori Dokken
In the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, vocalist Dr. Wendy Zaro and pianist Lori Dokken showcase some of the greatest music from the twentieth century, "From Art Song to Ella."  Expect to hear a medley of some of Gershwin's most well known songs, paired with a few surprises.  "Follow up with a bossa nova, a tender ballad, a spectacle of a musical theatre piece, and perhaps top it off with some swinging scat." 

Dean Granros
Thursday, September 1. Jazz returns on the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series after a week off with Tall Tales, a double guitar quartet led by local legend Dean Granros. Zacc Harris handles the second guitar, and Chris Bates and Jay Epstein handle the beat.

There's bossas and more for Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central with the duo Tempestad-- Maria Vejdani and Tomas Simpson, while Sophia Shorai sings at Vieux Carré.

Barbara Morrison
Thursday-Friday, September 1-2. Things continue to heat up at the Dakota with the long-awaited return of swinging vocalist Barbara Morrison with sax legend Houston Person. Person appears on Morrison's 2004 recording, Live at the Dakota, and now they are live again! Morrison has long been a Dakota favorite and also headlined at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival about ten years ago. She curtailed touring for a while but is back at it--swinging, sassy, and totally engaging, perfectly supported by the swinging soulful sax of Houston Person.


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. Hear the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM radio every Thursday afternoon at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Tune in next week, Thursday when Andrea's guests will be Larry Englund and young Alma Engebretson, sharing news of the Dakota Combo's upcoming auditions.

Coming Soon!
. September 2, Peter Kogan Quintet at Vieux Carre'
. September 4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. September 4-5, Jack Brass Band at the International Bazaar, Minnesota State Fair
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 5, First Tuesday, Dean Magraw and Eric Gravatt at the Black Dog
. September 6, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. September 7, Ben Sidran Quartet at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. September 8, Joel Shapira/Jazzland Wonderband at Vieux Carre'
. September 8, Todd Clouser 3 at the Black Dog
. Septmeber 9, Charmin & Shapira & Friends at Vieux Carre'
. 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 10, Debbie Duncan Quartet at Crooners Lounge
. September 13, Cedar Ave Big Band at Jazz Central
. September 14, Chris Bates & Davu Seru at Jazz Central
. September 15-16, Atlantis Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. September 16, Charanga Tropical/Dan Kusz album releases at the Dakota
. September 17, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. September 17, Judi Vinar at Crooners Lounge
. September 24, Jazz Women All-Stars with Patty Peterson at the Dakota
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota
. September 26, Pat Metheny at The Guthrie
. September 29, Sue Orfield and the Tiptons Quartet at the Icehouse
. September 30, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. October 1, Terence Blanchard with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 4, Laura Caviani and Claudia Schmitt in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 5, Kenny Barron Trio at the Dakota
. October 12, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Pantages Theater
. October 15, Amir El Saffar Ensemble, McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
. October 17, Mississippi with Andres Prado, CD Release at the Dakota
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota
. October 22, Matt Slocum Trio at Studio Z
. October 22, PipJazz at The Bedlam Lowertown
. October 23, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bird Calls at Vieux Carre'
. October 27, Hot Sardines at the Dakota
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota
. December 5, John Raymond CD Release at the Icehouse 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 

Eric Gravatt and Dean Magraw - at the Black Dog September 5

 * All photos by Andrea Canter except Nicole Mitchell, provided by the artist

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 19-25



Ethan Iverson, in the Dunsmore Room August 20
© Andrea Canter

Call it "Jazz Piano Week" in the Twin Cities! Two visitors and one local hero play in the Dunsmore Room, a long-time favorite is at the Dakota, and one of the most creative among local artists brings a quartet to Vieux Carré. Other hot tickets include the 100th "Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog", some favorite vocalists, and the reunions of two of the metro's most eclectic ensembles. In other words, a diverse, star-studded week in Twin Cities jazz.

Big Gigs
Lulu's Playground
Friday, August 19. They have had very few gigs in the past few years but Lulu's Playground will no doubt pick up where they last left off-- in a sea of original compositions with the intriguing instrumentation of trumpet, accordion, cello and guitar! Originally a foursome of Lawrence Conservatory alums, now guitarist Ben Abrahamson joins original members Adam Meckler (trumpet), Cory Grossman (cello) and Steven Hobert (piano).

Rodney Ruckus
Steve Kenny's All Originals Jazz series continues at Studio Z with a twist. Typically featuring "all originals" from the band, tonight, drummer Rodney Ruckus and his quartet (with Steve Kenny, Will Kjeer and Ron Evaniuk) play their version of Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," followed by a second set of Ruckus originals.

Debbie Duncan
Voices to sooth your soul after a busy week take the stage on both ends of the Metro---in the south, Arne Fogel croons in the lounge at Parma 8200; on the north end, Sophia Shorai lightens up Crooners Lounge; in between, Debbie Duncan sings at Vieux Carré, following some piano magic from Jon Pemberton.

Donald Washington
Back for their monthly get-together at the Black Dog, the Donald Washington Group features poet J.Otis Powell along with Dick Studer on bass, and of course Donald on saxophones. And at the Dakota, Nachito Herrera starts a string of great piano nights across the metro this week.

Ethan Iverson
Saturday, August 20. The Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge has its own little jazz piano festival this week, starting tonight with a rare solo concert from Ethan Iverson, most known as one-third of The Bad Plus. But Ethan has a long history in jazz going back to his early days at UW-Eau Claire, recording with Dewey Redman, serving as Music Director for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and his current, decade-plus gig with the Billy Hart Quartet. In addition to his solo performance, Ethan will lead a master class aimed at young and up-and-coming jazz pianists in late afternoon, at no charge. (But please register online.) Note another first for Crooners-- a show after the Dunsmore Room show, with Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Trio appearing in Crooners Lounge (no cover).

A celebratory evening of another sort takes place at the Black Dog, where curator Steve Kenny commemorates the 100th Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog with a sterling double header that epitomizes his 100 line-ups-- an early show with a young or up-and-coming band, in this case the "Western Wisconsinites" of the Mitch Rand Quartet, followed by an established group, tonight Kenny's Group 47 with Will Kjeer, Adam Tucker and Alex Burgess joining the leader on Flumpet™. And with Kjeer heading up to McGill University, it might be a while before the band reconvenes.

Dick Kronick
Meanwhile, Golden's Deli is again the scene of some hot vocals with Maryann Sullivan, Sarah M. Greer and Katia Cardenas as Jazz Alley over Saturday brunch; in downtown Minneapolis, Charmin and Shapira bring their charms to the Normandy Kitchen; the Talking Strings are back at the Loring Pasta Bar; Benny Weinbeck and trio are in the lounge at Parma 8200; and the seriously fun Kronick Quintet hangs at NOLA Bistro in Osseo.

Jon Pemberton and Jimmie Wallace
Sunday, August 21. This week's installment of Jazz in the Vineyard finds the Jon Pemberton Quintet blending with the grapes at Alexis Bailey Vineyards in Hastings, featuring saxophonist Jimmie Wallace. One of the area's longest-running gigs, the Zacc Harris Trio is back at Riverview Wine Bar.

Rick Germanson
Monday, August 22. Piano jazz continues at the Dunsmore Room with an old Artist Quarter favorite, Rick Germanson, appearing solo. Rick was a frequent guest at the AQ, and often played with vocalist Carole Martin, often making a special appearance on New Year's Eve. Today Rick is touring with Louis Hayes' Cannonball Adderly Legacy Band and with the Russell Malone Trio.

Javi Santiago Trio
JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse features some of the hottest talents among area 20-somethings, with Javi Santiago on piano, Dan Carpel on bass, Miguel Hurtado on drums, and Proper T on vocals.

Chris Lomheim
Tuesday, August 23. And again in the Dunsmore Room, finally it's the venue debut of the Chris Lomheim Trio. The trio performed last fall on the jazz series in Crooners Lounge, but now they will enjoy the intimate surroundings and splendid piano that has created a true listening room. This should be a fine fit to the often Evan-esqe style of Lomheim and the telepathic communication among the pianist, Gordy Johnson and Jay Epstein.

Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
On a different wavelength, check out the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra on Big Band Night at Jazz Central, led by Geoff Senn and Mac Santiago. Or go in a hot club direction as Connie Evingson and her gypsy jazz ensemble steam up Vieux Carré, following some guitar solo synergy from Zacc Harris.

Steven Hobert
Wednesday, August 24. Vieux Carre' hosts creative pianist Steven Hobert and his quartet, with Jabari Powell on sax, Yohannes Tona on bass, and Arthur "LA" Buckner on drums. Come by early for some solo accordion with Patrick Harison. Also on Wednesday, the experimental music ensemble JelloSlave gives a rare performance, an early evening at the very compatible setting of the Mill City Museum.

Dean Magraw
In the Dunsmore Room -- no piano tonight as Dean Magraw and Pat Donahue make it a double guitar session. But there indeed is piano at Jazz Central Studios, where local keyboard giant Ted Godbout plays on the "new music" night.

Andrew Walesch
Thursday, August 25. Taking a break from music curator duties at Crooners Lounge, pianist/vocalist Andrew Walesch brings an exemplary quartet--with Dave Karr, Billy Peterson and Pete James Johnson--to the Dakota.

Davu Seru
At Jazz Central, "vocal jazz night" takes a left turn with emcee, writer and rapper Joe Horton joining forces with percussionist Davu Seru and a surprise guest artist. And for expanded ears, the avant garde jazz series at  Khyber Pass presents multi-instrumentalist and one-man band, Milo Fine.

More Jazz!
There's more jazz, indoors and out. See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --online and on facebook. Hear the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM radio every Thursday afternoon at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Tune in next week, Thursday when Andrea's guest will be Jeff Whitmill, giving us news of the exciting new season of Jazz at St Barneys.

Coming Soon!
. August 26, Davu Seru No Territory Band, All Originals Jazz at Studio Z
. August 26, Adam Booker's Hip-Gnosis at Jazz Central
. August 27, Amythest Three/No Exit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. August 27, Nicole Mitchell, Jazz at Studio Z 
. August 27, Hafez at Studio 2
. August 28, Patty and Linda Peterson Celebrate Jeanne Arland Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 28, Connie Evingson "Jazz at the Jungle", Best of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks with Tanner Taylor and Dave Karr at the Jungle Theater 
. August 29, Return of Born to Be Kind of Blue, Larry McDonough Septet at the Dakota
. August 30, Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30, Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band at Jazz Central
. August 30, JT Bates Grain Trio at Vieux Carré
. August 30-31, Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton ("Ella and Louis") at the Dakota
. August 31, Wendy Zaro-Mullins and Lori Dokken in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 31, Steve Kenny Quartet at Vieux Carré
. August 31, Patrick Adkins at Jazz Central
. September 1, Tall Tales, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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
. September 29, Sue Orfield and the Tiptons Quartet at the Icehouse
. October 1, Terence Blanchard with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 4, Laura Caviani and Claudia Schmitt in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 5, Kenny Barron Trio at the Dakota
. October 12, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Pantages Theater
. 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
. October 22, PipJazz at The Bedlam Lowertown
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 

Bill Carrothers returns to the Dunsmore Room (with Pat Mallinger) on August 30

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jaz, August 12-18



Hoaxer, at the Black Dog August 13

© Andrea Canter

Mid-August makes it hard to deny that we are on the backside of summer, and our young local musicians are gigging at a frenzied pace before they have to return to school.  So many of our area high school and college-age jazzers have filled our venues with new sounds and new projects over the past two months, it's only inevitable that their music will become part of the fabric of our jazz scene. In addition to gigs featuring these prodigious talents, highlights this week include Irv Williams' 97th birthday celebration, a new, nationally-based ensemble from Adam Meckler and Brian Courage, and a couple of magical duos featuring area veterans.

Big Gigs This Week

Dave Brattain
Friday, August 12.  At Jazz Central, Master's night features saxophonists Dave Brattain and Joe Mayo lead their band through standards and originals, followed by the 6th installment of "BooBoo's Birthday," a trio project from Edmund Catlin with Levi Schwartzberg (vibes) and Charlie Lincoln (bass),  playing their arrangements of a full Monk album. 

There's vocal jazz at Parma 8200 with Maud Hixson, and at Vieux Carré with the Jana Nyberg Group featuring Adam Meckler, Matt Peterson and Rodney Ruckus. Trombonist Glen David Andrews will also do some singing at the Dakota as he entertains with high energy, New Orleans style.

Mancrush
At The Bedlam, a double header features the adventurous sonics of DOSH and the cool grooves of Mancrush (Lars-Erik Larson, Bryan Nichols, Zacc Harris and Brandon Wozniak). At Hell's Kitchen, East Side (Reynold Philipsek

Saturday, August 13. A new venue for music-- Bistro La Roux in Circle Pines--hosts a fine trio with Maud Hixson, Matt Peterson and Robert Bell this afternoon; NOLA cuisine and All-American swinging jazz.

Maryann Sullivan
The singers of  Jazz Alley--newly formed following the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's "Singers Scat-Off"-- return for their weekly brunch gig at Golden's Deli. Maryann Sullivan, Katia Cardenas, Sarah M. Greer get support from pianist Ted Godbout and bassist Graydon Peterson for this series, which will continue at least through the month.  

Chris Lomhein
The sounds of New Orleans continue at the Dakota with a visit from the Rebirth Brass Band, the ensemble that really launched the brass band revival about 30 years ago. At the Icehouse, a rare solo show features Chris Lomheim on piano for dinner sets, while at Crooners, the always popular Debbie Duncan maintains a high standard for vocal entertainment.

Dean Granros and Joel Shapira
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog turns things upside down-- the early set features the veterans, the magical guitar duo of Joel Shapira and Dean Granros reprising the music of their live recording, Jazz Duets,  while the prime time set brings in Hoaxer, a quartet of young guns, all college students-- Peter Goggin (U of Michigan) on sax, Will Kjeer (McGill U) on piano, Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music) on bass, and Edmund Catlin (McGill U) on drums.

Bobb Fantauzzo
Always producing interesting music, flautist Bobb Fantauzzo leads the Bobb 3B Three at the Riverview Wine Bar with Max-Finch Raymond on cello and Jonathan Townsend on drums. They're followed by the Sonoglyph Collective melding poetry and music, with Bobb on flutes, Jonathan on drums,  Sean Eagan on clarinet, and Aaron Kerr on electric cello, with poets Kathryn Kysar and Lynette Reini-Gandell.

Barbara Meyer
Sunday, August 14. This afternoon,  there's a showing of rare "Legends of Jazz" film clips from the collection of jazz and film historian Bob DeFlores at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, including performances from Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Fats Waller and more. You can get tickets for just the film or enjoy dinner afterwards.  Or head out to Hastings and the Alexis Bailey Vineyards for the weekly "Jazz in the Vineyard," today featuring the always up-beat vocals of Barbara Meyer.

Back in town for the evening, catch the Zacc Harris Trio at the Rivervew Wine Bar, now into a second decade of Sunday night gigs.

Erin Schwab
Monday, August 15. In the spotlight at Jazz Central, two generations of Santiagos as young lion Javi takes over the piano with dad Mac on drums and pal Ted Olsen on bass. In the Dunsmore Room, it's another installment of "Laugh the Night Away" with Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs, voice and piano, and you will laugh the night away!

Irv Williams
Tuesday, August 16. Big Band night at Jazz Central features the fiery Explosion Big Band (directed by Doug Haining and Scott Agster). At the Dakota, if this is mid-August, then it must be time for an Irv Williams Birthday Party! Mr Smooth chalks up number 97 with a cast of musical pals and surely there will be cake!

Eric Gravatt and Dean Magraw
Wednesday, August 17. Enjoy the sublime interaction of guitar guru Dean Magraw mixes it up with iconic drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt at Vieux Carré. 

Adam Meckler
In the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, trumpeter Adam Meckler launches a new project dubbed Tributary, a nationally based collective whose members mostly share connections to Lawrence Conservatory-- Greg Woodsbie (Boston) on piano, former Twin Cities resident Brian Courage (New York) on bass and Derek Dreier (Des Moines) on drums, along with Eau Claire and University of North Texas alum and once-again metro resident Aaron Hedenstrom on sax.

At Jazz Central, guitarist Chris Olson heads a trio full of strings--he's joined by cellist Greg Byers while Jay Epstein provides the always-tasteful drum pulse.

Thursday, August 18.  Jazz Central's Vocal Showcase presents the always entertaining Dorothy Doring, who can go from sultry to sassy in a single note. And a series that is not prone to putting vocals in the spotlight, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents the big voice of blues and jazz, Pippi Ardennia, with singer/keyboardist Jo Schad, cellist Luke Pickman and drummer Beth Varela performing "For Peace."  And at the Dakota, hard to classify but easy to listen to, vocalist Kandace Springs brings her jazz-soul-pop sounds to the stage for one night.



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. Guest on August 18 will be Andrew Walesch with updates on music at Crooners and the Dunsmore Room.

Coming Soon!
. August 19, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. August 19, Lulu's Playground at Jazz Central
. August 19, Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog
. August 19, Jon Pemberton/Debbie Duncan at Vieux Carre'
. August 19, Rodney Ruckus All Originals Jazz, Studio Z
. August 20, Ethan Iverson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 20, Mitch Rand Quartet/Group 47, Week 100 Celebration, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. August 20, Cory Healey Beautiful Sunshine Band, Grounds and Sounds Art and Music Festival, Thomas and Hamline Ave, St Paul 
. August 20, Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Trio in Crooners Lounge
. August 22, Rick Germanson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Connie Evingson Hot Jazz at Vieux Carré
. August 24, Dean Magraw and Pat Donahue in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 24, SH4 (Steven Hobert) at Vieux Carré
. August 24, JelloSlave at the Mill City Museum
. August 25, Andrew Walesch Quartet at the Dakota
. August 26, Davu Seru No Territory Band, All Originals Jazz at Studio Z
. August 26, Adam Booker's Hip-Gnosis at Jazz Central
. August 27, Amythest Three/No Exit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. August 27, Nicole Mitchell, Jazz at Studio Z
. August 28, Patty and Linda Peterson Celebrate Jeanne Arland Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 28, Connie Evingson "Jazz at the Jungle", Best of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks with Tanner Taylor and Dave Karr at the Jungle Theater 
. August 29, Return of Born to Be Kind of Blue, Larry McDonough Septet at the Dakota
. August 30, Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30, Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band at Jazz Central
. August 30, JT Bates Grain Trio at Vieux Carré
. August 30-31, Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton ("Ella and Louis") at the Dakota
. August 31, Wendy Zaro-Mullins and Lori Dokken in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 31, Steve Kenny Quartet at Vieux Carré
. August 31, Patrick Adkins at Jazz Central
. September 1, Tall Tales, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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 4, Laura Caviani and Claudia Schmitt in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 5, Kenny Barron Trio at the Dakota
. 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 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 

Ethan Iverson, solo in the Dunsmore Room on August 20