Friday, November 25, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 25 - December 1



Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot - return to the Dunsmore Room, November 27

© Andrea Canter

Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the holiday shopping, music, and festive season, and jazz options are certainly on the upswing. From stellar visitors to "takeovers" and showcase events, you'll find your favorites and perhaps some new ones as well.

Big Gigs This Week
Patty Peterson
Friday, November 25. There's Good Trouble at Jazz Central -- that's a band of past and current Lawrence University jazz students making their JC debut, while out at Crooners Lounge, vocalist and KBEM host Patty Peterson and Friends brighten up the weekend. (Don't miss the new cool mural on the west side of the building--can you identify these jazz icons?)

Javi Santiago
Dinner sets at the Icehouse tonight feature Javi Santiago on piano with James Buckley on bass. Might hear some Ahmad Jamal as Javi warms up for his December 3rd Studio Z tribute to the great pianist. At Vieux Carre', guitar whiz Zacc Harris warms up the club for Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra.

Dave King Trucking Company
Friday-Saturday, November 25-26. The Icehouse hosts the second and third  "Dave King Takeover" gigs -- Friday he brings in his powerhouse Dave King Trucking Company (with Brandon Wozniak, Chris Speed, Erik Fratzke) and on Saturday he's back at the Icehouse with the too-seldom-heard, long-running Happy Apple with pals Eric Fratzke and Mike Lewis.  JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske are in a holiday mood in the Lobby Bar at the St Paul Hotel.

Zacc Harris (Atlantis Quartet)
Saturday, November 26. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase with the Riley Swain Trio -- this is a band of Southwest High School jazz students led by alto/bari saxophonist Riley. They should warm up the stage plenty for the Atlantis Quartet, one of the most prolific and lauded ensembles in the metro--with Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig.

In a totally different vein, swinging Patty and the Buttons presents is annual vaudeville show at the Heights Theater.  And great strings -- Talking Strings led by Pavel Jany at the Loring Pasta Bar, while Tim Sparks and James Buckley warm up to Happy Apple at the Icehouse.

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot
Sunday, November 27. The Dunsmore Room hosts the return of pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot. Keezer of course is the Eau Claire native who held the final piano chair for Art Blakey before he was out of his teens, now highly acclaimed on the international scene leading his trio, solo shows, a long list of recordings, touring with Chris Botti and Diane Reeves, etc. His show with Gillian a few months ago introduced us to a sublime, elegant pairing.

Ben Abrahamson
Guitar buffs can enjoy an acoustic guitar showcase brunch at the Icehouse with Ben Abrahamson, Park Evans and Elgin Foster, then head down to the Black Dog for a late afternoon of solo guitar with Joel Shapira. And if that's not enough guitar, Zacc Harris and his trio perform in their weekly slot at the Riverview Wine Bar in the evening.

Jesse Simon
Monday, November 28. Leader of the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, drummer Jesse Simon performs on the Spotlight series at Jazz Central, while regional icon, pianist George Maurer celebrates the holidays with his small ensemble (featuring vocalist Ann Michaels) at the Dakota. At Hell's Kitchen, enjoy world jazz vibes from Axis Mundi, with Glen Helgeson on guitar, Gary Schulte on violin, Cody McKinney on bass, Dave Stanoch on drums and Michael Bissonnette on percussion.


Monday-Tuesday, November 28-29. A vibrant singer and entertaining, Jennifer Grimm holds her holiday show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. She's joined by family and friends - Reed Grimm, Sophie Grimm, Trey Grimm, Colleen Raye and Joe Cruz!

Mike Doolin and David Martin
Monday-Friday, November 28-December 2. It's a rare multi-venue, week-long CD release celebration for guitarists/bassists David Martin and his Portland OR cohort Mike Doolin, starting at the Icehouse (11/28) and then moving on to the Black Dog (11/29),Vieux Carre' (11/30), the Driftwood (12/1) and Jazz Central (12/2). The duo will be joined throughout the week by Jim Chenoweth on bass, Pete Hennig on drums and Shai Hayo on percussion (except for the Black Dog gig).  Dave and Mike will also present a guitar repair workshop at the St Paul Guitar Center on December 3. The recording, Dark Star,  features original compositions and highlights Dave and Mike's talents moving among acoustic and electric guitars and basses.

Aaron Hedenstrom
Tuesday, November 29. Whenever there's a fifth Tuesday in the month, Jazz Central presents an addition big band beyond the regular rotation. Tonight, it's the Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band led by saxophonist and composer Aaron and featuring a who's who list of area jazzers.

At Vieux Carre', Chris Lomheim delivers solo piano finery, followed by veteran guitarist Paul Renz and his trio.

Levi Schwartzberg
Wednesday, November 30. Young vibes master Levi Schwartzberg and his quartet are featured at Jazz Central. In his third year now at the U of M, Levi is in familiar company with similarly prodigious talents -- Patrick Adkins on piano, Drew Stinson on bass, and Tariq Abdelqadar on drums. 

In the Dunsmore Room, we get our first opportunity in the Twin Cities to hear Swedish jazz vocalist and recent runner-up in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition, Sinne Eeg. Eeg's 2014 recording, Face the Music,  earned her the Danish Music Award (Denmark’s Grammy) for Best Jazz Vocal CD, along with the Ben Webster Prize, for which Sinne was the sole female recipient for the last 30 years, and the Prix du Jazz, awarded by France’s Academie du Jazz. In reviewing her performance in the Vaughan competition, Jazz Times reviewer Allan Morrison noted that, "After counting off with absolute authority, she did two things better than anybody else: interpreted the lyrics, milking every bit of humor out of them; and executed an effortless-sounding scat solo with structure, shape and musical imagination, one that only a mature jazz artist could produce."

Jeff Lorber
At the Dakota, contemporary jazz doesn't get any better--- Jeff Lorber on keys, Marlon McClain on guitar/vocals, Shaun LaBelle on bass, and Stokely Williams on drums/vocals.

Peter Kogan
Thursday, December 1. Long-time percussionist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Peter Kogan has turned to jazz in his "retirement," and his Quintet at Vieux Carre' includes some of region's best, including Pete Whitman on sax and Phil Aaron on piano.

Joe Mayo
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents the Joe Mayo Quartet. Saxophonist Joe joins forces with some of the best in town--Zacc Harris on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, and Pete James Johnson on drums.

More Jazz!
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --online and on facebook. Tune into the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM 88.5 FM every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Andrea's guest on December 1 is young pianist and composer Javier Santiago, who will be talking about his upcoming tribute to Ahmad Jamal (December 3 at Studio Z). The KBEM website's "On Demand" includes archives of the Lead Sheet, where you can find the previous two or three shows.

Coming Soon! 
. December 2, David Martin-Mike Doolin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 2, Debbie Duncan at Hell's Kitchen
. December 3, Steven Hobert 4/Yo Jimbo, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 3, Javi Santiago, Jazz at Studio Z
. December 4, Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse (3 pm)
. December 4, Kim Fragodt and Bend in the River Big Band, "Swinging Christmas" at the Medina Entertainment Center
. December 5, John Raymond's Real Feels CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 7, Debbie Duncan at the Dakota
. December 8, Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut and Stefon Harris at the Dakota
. December 8, Two Trumpet Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie 
. December 9. George Maurer Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 10, Charmin and Shapira at Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm)
. December 10, Twin Cities Jazz Sampler II CD Release (Illicit Sextet, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Mississippi), Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 10, Connie Evingson, Jazz at St Barney's (St Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth)
. December 11, Debbie Duncan with Dan Chouinard's "Birthday Club" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. December 11, "All About Jazz", McNally Smith Emerging Artists at Amsterdam Bar
. December 12, Andrew Walesch Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 13, JT Bates Grain trio at Vieux Carre'
. December 14, Randy Sabien CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 14, BZ3 Organ Trio Holiday Show at the Parkway Theater 
. December 14, Winter Wonderland Show, Vic Volare with Charmin Michelle at Jax Cafe
. December 15, The Ruckus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 15, Phil Aaron/Anthony Cox/Phil Hey Trio at Khyber Pass
. December 17, The Ruckus/Below Zero, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 17, Charmin and Shapira "Holli-Jazz-Le" at St Andrews Riverside Church
. December 17, Fall of the House of Usher/Six Families at Jazz Central
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota (matinee show added!)
. December 19, Andrew Walesch Quartet with Debbie Duncan at the Dakota 
. December 20, Laura Caviani Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 21, Retro Swing Sister Jingle Bell Ball at the Eagles Club
. December 22. Hoaxer, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 22, Debbie Duncan at Hell's Kitchen
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 23, Debbie Duncan's Christmas Show at Crooners Lounge
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 27-28, Rio Nido at the Dakota
. December 28-29, Connie Evingson Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 29, No Exit, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. December 31, Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle, New Year's Eve at Shakopee Ballroom
. December 31, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog New Year's Eve
. December 31, Arne Fogel, New Year's Eve at Parma 8200
. January 2-3, Terence Blanchard, Live Recording at the Dakota
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet "A Love Supreme" at the Dakota
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival featuring Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber at TPT and Saint Paul Hotel
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 24, Donald and Kevin Washington at Walker West Music Academy
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center


John Raymond's Real Feels, coming to the Icehouse (CD Release) on December 5

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 18-24



 
Dave King Trio returns to the Dunsmore Room, November 22-23
Thanksgiving is a week away but we are already feasting with the jazz menu for the coming week, with some of the area's most popular ensembles, former residents, and visitors providing the entertainment. Enjoy this holiday buffet table of jazz!

Big Gigs This Week
Bruce Henry
Friday, November 18. Crooners Lounge starts its second anniversary Founders Weekend with the return of former Twin Cities vocalist Bruce Henry. He's been based in Chicago for the past 7 years but manages to keep connected to his fan base here with public and private performances. It's always a joyful experience to hear Bruce.

Over at Jazz Central, it's a special Big Band night with the Swing Sisterhood Big Band -- this is an all-women big band led by Sarah Schmalenberger that launched last spring, with veteran performers (Jendeen Forberg, Joan Griffith, Cheri Sykes) and educators as well as some up-and-coming young talents. The late night student jam follows, directed by Simon Petrick.

Chris Botti*
At Orchestra Hall, it's the annual holiday visit from contemporary jazz trumpet star Chris Botti and his touring ensemble, which tonight features some hot talents, including Taylor Eigsti on piano, Richie Goods on bass, Lee Pearson on drums, and more.

Chris Lomheim
Friday-Saturday, November 18-19. Still recovering from foot surgery, JoAnn Funk has passed this weekend's Saint Paul Hotel gigs to another piano veteran, Chris Lomheim, who will join bassist Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar. Everyone should get such a sub! JoAnn expects to return after Thanksgiving.

Chris Bates, Good Vibes Trio
Saturday, November 19. Tonight, there's enough jazz in St Paul alone to make your ears spin. Jazz at Studio Z's new season continues with Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio, now five years strong-- with Bates on bass, Dave Hagedorn on vibes and Phil Hey on drums. They'll start the evening with an open Podcast recording with curator Zacc Harris interviewing the musicians and holding a Q and A, followed by two great sets of music.

Steve Kenny
Just a block away, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog holds its weekly double header, starting out with Ahmed and the Creators led by Ahmed Abdul Karim, followed by the tour finale for the Steve Kenny Quartet with Kenny on flumpet, along with the rhythm team of Javi Santiago on piano, Ted Olsen on bass, and Rodney Ruckus on drums.

Adam Meckler
Meanwhile in the heart of downtown St Paul at Vieux Carre', it's the Adam Meckler Quintet -- Meckler on trumpet of course along with special guest,  Madison-based saxophonist Tony Barba, with Zacc Harris on guitar, Graydon Peterson on bass, and Greg Schutte on drums.

Charmin Michelle
But all the action isn't in St Paul -- Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira serenade early holiday shoppers at the Midtown Global Market at 12:30 pm; the JazzMN Orchestra features its own star performers in a salute to New Orleans at the Hopkins High School Auditorium, while Charmin Michelle and her trio brighten the remodeled space at the Normandy Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis.

Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20. At the Capri Theater, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the elegant voices of Julius Collins and Thomasina Petrus salute Johnny Mathis in "Chances Are," part of the Capri's Legends series. 

Jay Epstein, Firebell
Sunday, November 20.  The Zacc Harris Trio continues its weekly gig at the Riverview Wine Bar, while the edgy trio Firebell --that's Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein-- perform at the Aster Cafe'.

JT Bates
Monday, November 21. Young guitarist Julian Manzara brings his band to Jazz Central, while saxophonist Tony Barba is on stage again, this time playing a solo set at the Icehouse, followed by Meatless Raffle -- drummers Cory Healey and JT Bates adding electronics for a wild duo set.

Tuesday, November 22.  At the Icehouse, it's a memorial tribute and CD release honoring the late saxophonist Brian Gallagher, who would have been 53 this week. His band features Brian Ziemniak on keys, Yohannes Tona on bass, and Pete Hennig on drums, along with vocalist Julius Collins and a list of special guests sitting in on saxophone.  

Dave King
Tuesday-Wednesday, November 22-23.  Tuesday night starts the Dave King TakeOver -- with his trio featuring Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson in the Dunsmore Room for two nights. Each previous performance, this trio has proved to be among the most elegant of modern jazz ensembles. (Dave will continue the "take over" with his more aggressive Trucking Company and the seldom heard Happy Apple at the Icehouse next weekend.) Also Tuesday and Wednesday, one of the masters of hot club guitar, Dorado Schmitt, and his Django Festival All Stars swing at the Dakota.

Stu Katz
Wednesday, November 23. This holiday week brings a special piano night to Vieux Carre' -- Mary Louise Knutson starts out solo, followed by Chicago veteran Stu Katz, most recently in town at the Dunsmore Room last summer. Stu's band will include son Steve Katz (of Katz and Dogs) on bass. 

Piano is also in the spotlight at Jazz Central, with compositions from John Keston that include totally acoustic pieces as well as electroacoustic works that "involve manipulating the signal from the piano in real time" and examples of sampling, looping, and further processing.

More Jazz!
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --online and on facebook. Tune into the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM 88.5 FM every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. However, due to Thanksgiving, the Lead Sheet goes live a day early next week (Wednesday, November 23) featuring an interview with Stu and Steve Katz --hear about their gig that night at Vieux Carre' as well as some tidbits of Chicago jazz history. This edition will be rebroadcast on Thursday and Friday, check KBEM website schedule.

Coming Soon!
. November 25, Dave King Takeover --Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse 
. November 26, Dave King Takeover--Happy Apple at the Icehouse
. November 26, Atlantis Quartet/Riley Swain Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. November 26, Patty and the Buttons Annual Vaudeville Show at the Heights Theater
. November 27, Acoustic Guitar Showcase (Ben Abrahamson, Park Evans and Elgin Foster), brunch at the Icehouse
. November 27, Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 28, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD Release at the Icehouse
. November 29, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD Release at the Black Dog
. November 30, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. December 1, Joe Mayo Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 1, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD Release at the Driftwood
. December 2, Dave Martin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 3, Steven Hobert 4/Yo Jimbo, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 3, Javi Santiago, Jazz at Studio Z
. December 4, Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse (3 pm)
. December 5, John Raymond's Real Feels CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 8, Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut and Stefon Harris at the Dakota
. December 8, Two Trumpet Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie 
. December 9. George Maurer Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 10, Twin Cities Jazz Sampler II CD Release (Illicit Sextet, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Mississippi), Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 12, Andrew Walesch Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 14, Randy Sabien CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 15, The Ruckus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 15, Phil Aaron/Anthony Cox/Phil Hey Trio at Khyber Pass
. December 17, The Ruckus/Below Zero, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 19, Andrew Walesch Quartet at the Dakota 
. December 20, Laura Caviani Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 21, Retro Swing Sister Jingle Bell Ball at the Eagles Club
. December 22. Hoaxer, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 27-28, Rio Nido at the Dakota
. December 29, No Exit, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. January 2-3, Terence Blanchard, Live Recording at the Dakota
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet "A Love Supreme" at the Dakota
. January 27, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at Walker West
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, Saint Paul Hotel
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. February 24, Marcus Gilmore Quartet at Walker West Music Academy
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 24, Donald and Kevin Washington at Walker West Music Academy
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 19, Ambrose Akinmisure Quintet at Walker West Music Academy

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot, in the Dunsmore Room November 27


* All photos by Andrea Canter except Chris Botti (press image)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 11-17



The Illicit Sextet, CD Release November 12 at the Black Dog


© Andrea Canter

I wonder what would have happened if political candidates had been operating with a "Lead Sheet" like a band? Regardless of your post-election mood, live music is a sure antidote. And there's plenty of that around town this week, including a few CD releases.

Big Gigs This Week

Jeremy Walker
Friday, November 11. One of our more prolific composers, Jeremy Walker, debuts five new works as part of "Early Baroque Meets Jazz" at Landmark Center. This is a collaboration between pianist Walker and his trio (with bassist Jeff Brueske and drummer Tim Zhorne) and the baroque ensemble Consortium Carissimi, which will also perform madrigals by Belli, Biagio and Monteverdi. (Matinee on Sunday, November 13)

Lars-Erik Larson (Mancrush)
At Vieux Carre', get ready for Mancrush -- that's the band led by drummer Lars-Erik Larson with Bryan Nichols on piano, Brandon Wozniak on sax, and Zacc Harris on guitar, playing mostly original music. You might want to arrive early as this band is always a big draw.

Jana Nyberg
In a different vein and a new pairing, vocalist Jana Nyberg teams up with pianist Sean Turner at Jazz Central in what should be an engaging duo. We seldom hear Nyberg in a configuration smaller than her five-piece Jana Nyberg Group!   And speaking of pairings, there's no better duo in the gypsy jazz realm than guitarist Reynold Philipsek and violinist Gary Schulte, performing tonight at the 318 Cafe in Excelsior.

Alex Burgess (Common Space)
In Lowertown St Paul, Public Kitchen hosts Common Space, a new quartet headed by drummer Alex Burgess, with his UW-River Falls affiliated pals, music professor Eric Graham on keys and former students Thomas Strommen on tenor sax and Dylan Nelson on guitar. They made a big impression last weekend at the Black Dog. Across Mears Park at Golden's, the Kronick Quintet promises to "cure those blues with our high-energy mix of jazz, blues, and funk." And they will!

JoAnn Funk
Friday-Saturday, November 11-12. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske now entertain in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel for two nights each weekend, bringing standards, pop hits and more into the jazz realm with touches of Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall, Peggy Lee and more.

Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson
Saturday, November 12. Another engaging duo takes the stage as Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson appear in the Jazz at St Barney's series at St Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, presenting "Songs Louis Sang"-- a tribute to Louis Armstrong the singer. More often noted for his trumpet chops, Armstrong in fact was one of the most influential vocalists of early jazz, and Maud and Rick will remind us why. More vocals tonight-- Paula Lammers with pianist John Koziol warm up the southeast burbs at Mendoberri in Mendota Heights; Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre'.

Dean Magraw
On Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, the long-running Illicit Sextet releases their third album in 25 years --of course it is all original music, titled Addendum (following the albums Chapter One and Chapter Eleven). Opening the evening will be the inventive duo of Chris Olson and Greg Byers--guitar and cello. Another guitar outing-- Dean Magraw goes solo (and totally acoustic) in Sundin Hall at Hamline University, sponsored by the Minnesota Guitar Society.

Saturday night regulars-- Pavel Janey's Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar and the Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200.

Connie Evingson
Sunday, November 13.  Dan Chouinard and his Birthday Club are back in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, and his guest will be fine vocalist Connie Evingson. Cole Mahlum hosts the weekly B-3 jam at Jazz Central, and the Zacc Harris Trio will be in their weekly position at the Riverview Wine Bar. (Jeremy Walker and Consortium Carissimi at Landmark Center, matinee, see Friday.)

Catherine Russell
Monday, November 14. Yet another fine vocalist with a flair for soulful swing, Catherine Russell returns to the Dakota with music from her new album, Harlem on My Mind. Raised in a truly jazzy environment --dad Luis Russell wrote arrangements for Louis Armstrong, and mom Carlene Ray played bass and sang in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Russell has a style that takes you back to the 20s and 30s, in a very good way.  With a much lower profile, singer Thomas Bruce brings some Brazil to Crooners Lounge. 

Chris Bates
President Flow led by Joe Mayo takes the Monday spotlight at Jazz Central, and at the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features two CD release shows involving brother Chris Bates, who will celebrate his birthday with two new albums from two bands -- first, his Inventions and Dimensions trio with Joe Strachan and Miguel Hurtado, and next, with Leisure Valley--that's Bruce Thornton, Patrick Harison and Joey Van Phillips with Chris.

Joyce Lyons
Tuesday, November 15. In the Dunsmore Room, it's a CD release gig for vocalist Joyce Lyons, and she could not assemble a better band than Phil Aaron, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein, with whom she has performed around the Metro and beyond for the past few years. Her Song for You features 7 diverse and elegantly presented tracks, mostly standards along with a beautiful cover of "Sound of Silence."

Our local queen of hot club music, Connie Evingson joins the Mill City Hot Club at Vieux Carre', while the Explosion Big Band, headed by Doug Haining and Scott Agster, fill this week's Big Band slot at Jazz Central.

Butch Thompson
Wednesday, November 16.  The always fun and fabulous duo of Dean Magraw and Butch Thompson hold everyone's attention at Vieux Carre'; accordion master Patrick Harison opens the evening.

Adam Linz (Le Percheron)
Thursday, November 17. The Chris Lomheim Quartet with Pete Whitman (sax), Jay Young (bass) and Dave Schmalenberger (drums) is booked on the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series, while Adam Linz's Le Percheron returns to Khyber Pass, Joel Shapira plays solo guitar for the early sets at Vieux Carre',  and vocalist Dorothy Doring is back at Jazz Central for Vocal Jazz Night.

More Jazz!
David Martin
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --online and on facebook. Tune into the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM 88.5 fm every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Andrea's guest next week (November 17) will guitarist David Martin, giving us the lowdown on a new recording with Portland, OR guitarist Mike Doolin and five CD release gigs in the Twin Cities!


Coming Soon!
. November 18, Bruce Henry at Crooners Lounge (Crooners Second Anniversary Weekend)
. November 18, Swing Sisterhood Big Band at Jazz Central
. November 19, JazzMN Orchestra "New Orleans Night" at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 19-20, Legends Series "Chances Are: The Johnny Mathis Duets" starring Julius Collins and Thomasina Petrus" at the Capri Theater
. November 19, Steve Kenny Quartet/Ahmad and the Creators, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog 
. November 19, Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio, Jazz at Studio Z
. November 21, Julian Manzara Quartet at Jazz Central
. November 22, Brian Gallagher Quartet, Posthumous CD Release and Tribute at the Icehouse
. November 22-23, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All Stars at the Dakota
. November 22-23, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Croones Lounge
. November 23, Mary Louise Knutson/Stu Katz at Vieux Carre'
. November 25, Dave King Takeover --Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse 
. November 26, Dave King Takeover--Happy Apple at the Icehouse
. November 26, Atlantis Quartet/Riley Swain Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. November 26, Patty and the Buttons Annual Vaudeville Show at the Heights Theater
. November 27, Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 28, Dave Martin CD Release at the Icehouse
. November 29, Dave Martin CD Release at the Black Dog
. November 30, Dave Martin CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. December 1, Joe Mayo Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 2, Dave Martin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 3, Steven Hobert 4/Yo Jimbo, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 3, Javi Santiago, Jazz at Studio Z
. December 5, John Raymond CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 8, Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut and Stefon Harris at the Dakota
. December 8, Two Trumpet Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie 
. December 10, Twin Cities Jazz Sampler II CD Release (Illicit Sextet, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Mississippi), Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 15, The Ruckus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 17, The Ruckus/Below Zero, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota 
. December 22. Hoaxer, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 29, No Exit, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. January 2-3, Terence Blanchard, Live Recording at the Dakota
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet "A Love Supreme" at the Dakota
. January 27, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at Walker West
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, Saint Paul Hotel
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 24, Marcus Gilmore Quartet at Walker West Music Academy
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. March 24, Donald and Kevin Washington at Walker West Music Academy
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 19, Ambrose Akinmisure Quintet at Walker West Music Academy

Dave King: Trio Nov 22-23, Trucking Company Nov 25, Happy Apple Nov 26