Friday, June 16, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 16-22



Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets officially underway on June 22 in Mears Park

© Andrea Canter

After a relaxing week in San Francisco and the North Bay (including an evening concert from Joe Lovano and his new "Classic Quartet"), I am happy to be back in the Jazz Cities as we heat up to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Young lions and seasoned veterans, locals and visitors,  combine to give us a wide range of modern jazz leading up to Thursdays' official festival opening with Emmet Cohen and Terence Blanchard at Mears Park.

Big Gigs This Week
Adam Booker
Friday, June 16.  At Jazz Central, it's the last chance (for a while at least) to hear UMD bassist Adam Booker before he moves East to a bass faculty position at Appalachian State University. His trio includes Levi Schwartzberg on vibes and Ben Ophoven-Baldwin on drums.

Some cool jazz for dinner sets at the Icehouse brings together Dave Graf and Javi Santiago, trombone and piano, long-lasting veteran and young upstart. And a duo combination seldom heard in jazz.

How Birds Work
Saturday, June 17. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog brings back an old Artists Quarter favorite, How Birds Work-- that's Dean Granros, Peter Schimke, Chris Bates and Kenny Horst. The only play a few gigs per year so don't miss this one.   

Simon Petrick
Opening at the Black Dog will be the JazzINK Youth Showcase featuring PAW --Simon Petrick (drums), Jordan Anderson (piano) and Tyler Wagner (bass). Simon is heading to the University of North Texas after studies with Phil Hey and JT Bates, and finishing his senior year of high school in the U of M Jazz Ensemble. Jordan just finished his first year at the U of Michigan where he is studying with ace pianist Benny Green. And Tyler will begin his third year at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Joel Shapira
 Also Saturday, guitarist Joel Shapira takes the early slot at Vieux Carre' to celebrate the release of his new solo CD, In Essence. This is a stunning collection of Joel's arrangements of jazz standards. Strings also rule at the Icehouse, with guitarist Zacc Harris and bassist Gary Raynor interacting during dinner hours.

Cameron Kinghorn
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival presents a night of music at the Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, starting out with the student ensemble Tamberwood, followed by two sets from Cameron Kinghorn and his band, featuring Cameron on vocals.

Debbie Duncan
At Rosemount Central Park, it's the annual Jazz Blast with five bands, including the Twin Cities 7 and Acme Jazz Company. At Public Kitchen, hear the Richard Kronick Quartet, while Debbie Duncan takes over Crooners Lounge.

Sunday, June 18. There's another festival preview on Father's Day afternoon with Doug Little's Charanga Tropical performing in the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St Paul.

Nancy Harms
In the evening, a treat for jazz vocal fans as Nancy Harms--our Clara City MN native-- returns to the Dunsmore Room with great tunes and arrangements from her Ellington at Night recording as well as new material.

Regina Maria Williams
Regina Marie Williams returns to the Dakota with  "American Songbook", and a new venue, 56 Brewing, presents young guns-- Jordan Anderson and his trio.

New venue in Northfield--Imminent Brewing opens this weekend and vibraphone master Dave Hagedorn and friends perform today:  With bassist Kevin Clements and drummer Eric Hanson, the trio is currently nown as TLA but a change is "imminent" based on feedback!



Adam Astrup
Monday, June 19. Young guitar whiz Adam Astrup (newly graduated and heading to college studies at the University of Northern Colorado) leads a band at Jazz Central, filled with some familiar names -- Patrick Adkins on keys, Andrew Tomten on sax, Nick Benish on bass, and Simon Petrick on drums.

At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion hosts a double feature, starting with Jon Davis' quartet (Davis on bass and woodwinds, Chuck Love on trumpet, flute, melodica and percussion, Bryan Nichols on keys and Greg Schutte on drums). The later set features the George Marich Trio, with Marich on drums, George Cartwright on saxes, and Josh Granowski on bass.

Jane Bunnett & Macqueque
The Dakota hosts a very overdue Twin Cities appearance from Canada's multi-reed star Jane Bunnett with her Cuban all-women ensemble, Macqueque. At Crooners Lounge, Linda Peterson starts her happy hour week, on vocals and piano, with Erin Schwab celebrating her birthday during the evening's prime time.

Jordan Anderson
Tuesday, June 20. Pianist Jordan Anderson (again!) brings a quartet to a jazz fest preview gig at Walker West, with support from Peter Goggin, Charlie Lincoln and Edmund Catlin-- three names we also hear a lot of during summer breaks.

At the Black Dog, guitar giant Dean Magraw pairs up with violinist Zosha Warpeha. Zosha is into her final year at New School in New York, and last summer first performed together with Magraw for some amazing fun and interaction among the strings.

It's Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central tonight, while Vieux Carre' holds a piano night-- starting with Chris Lomheim solo, followed by the Jon Pemberton Trio with Jon here on piano.

Christian Sands
Wednesday, June 21. The Dakota hosts young piano sensation Christian Sands, most recently handling keys for Christian McBride and the Mack Avenue Superband.  

Claudia Schmidt and Dean Magraw
In the Dunsmore Room, vocalist Claudia Schmidt reunites with dazzling guitarist Dean Magraw and the never predictable pianist Bryan Nichols -- a pretty awesome trio.

Vieux Carre' hosts JT Bates and his Grain Trio with Kevin Gastonguay on keys and Zacc Harris on guitar.

And a special event for kids-- Kinderjazz at Landmark Center, a free concert and hands-on experience starting at 10:30 am, music and guidance with Cody McKinney, Pete Hennig and John Keston, complete with instrument "petting zoo." All ages.

Emmet Cohen
Thursday, June 22 is the official opening of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. At Mears Park, Emmet Cohen and his trio are back after wowing audiences at Crooners and Jazz Central in March; Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective finish off the evening on the Main Stage.  

Vieux Carre' has an expanded festival line up this year with Jon Weber solo piano followed by the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, and the Black Dog hosts five bands including the Mac Santiago Quartet--all next Thursday.
Terence Blanchard
Of course there's music throughout Lowertown and beyond through Saturday so check the festival website schedule. (Note that Jazz Central and Reverie will not have music tonight.)

Away from the festival, Khyber Pass presents Stew Frog: Scott Fultz on sax and electronics, Steve Goldstein on lap electronics and percussion, and Dean Granros on guitar and synth. And at the Bad Waitress (on Nicollet), Thursday night jazz continues with Pete Whitman and Peter Schimke, sax and piano duo.

More Jazz!
Jon Weber
There's always more jazz around the Metro every week. See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on facebook.  Andrea's guest next week will be our festival house pianist and certainly one of the nation's most talented and most knowledgable jazz artists, Jon Weber Tune in at the usual time to hear Jon's take on the 2017 festival.





Coming Soon!
. June 23, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Anat Cohen and Choro Adventuroso), Mears Park and beyond
. June 23, Kari Musil & Freedom of Jazz Orchestra at Schmidt  Brewery Artists Lofts
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Bobby Lyle, McCoy Tyner with Joshua Redman), Mears Park and beyond
. June 25, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 30s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. June 25, Reynold Philipsek Film Release, "A Life Well Played" at the Schneider Theater
. June 25, Ernest Bisong Group at Walker West (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 25, Beasley's Big Band at Como Lakeside Pavillion (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 27-28, Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton at the Dakota
. June 29, Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie
. June 29, Charmin and Shapira at the Bad Waitress (Nicollet)
. June 30, Silverback Trio CD release, Bryant Lake Bowl
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more
. July 1, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. July 1, Sheridan Zuther and Steven Hobert at NE Mpls Farmers Market (St Boniface parking lot)
. July 2, Oudyano (Steven Hobert and Issam Rafea) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 3, Geoffrey Keezer solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 7, Illicit Sextet at Studio Z (All Originals)
. July 10, Teri Roiger in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 13, George Cartwright and Davu Seru at Khyber Pass
. July 14, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. July 20, Carmen Lundy at the Dakota
. July 21-22, New Standards at the Dakota
. July 23, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 40s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. July 27, Lila Ammons Quartet at Hell's Kitchen
. July 28, Kenny Horst at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 2, Kendra Shank in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 7, Chris Thomson Band with John Raymond at the Icehouse
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 8-9, Kevin Mahogany in the Dunmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 16, Ben Sidran at the Dakota
. August 20, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 50s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 25, Jazz Word Jazz at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota
. September 12-13, Mike Stern Band at the Dakota
. September 18, The Yellowjackets at the Dakota
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota
. October 20, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. October 26-27, Ramsey Lewis Quartet at the Dakota
. October 28-29, David Sanborn at the Dakota

McCoy Tyner -- at the TC Jazz Festival on June 24

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 9-15



Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, with Gordy Johnson-- launching new Jazz at the Jungle Season on June 11


© Andrea Canter

We have another fine summer week of jazz as we build momentum toward the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, including pre-fest performances, the opening of a new Jazz in the Jungle season, continuing celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Icehouse, another visit from Wayne Horvitz, and a lot more.

Big Gigs This Week
Patty Peterson
Friday, June 9. The weekend kicks off in style with Patty Peterson and mostly Family at Crooners Lounge. Patty joins sister Linda (voice and piano), brother Billy (bass), and almost family Bobby Vandell (drums) for what is sure to be a very entertaining night.

Jon Pemberton
At Vieux Carre', Jon Pemberton opens the evening on piano, followed by the one and only Debbie Duncan, singing at the top of her game as she warms up for a new recording later this summer.


Tim Sparks
The Icehouse continues its fifth anniversary celebration, starting the evening with Tim Sparks and James Buckley, then a double feature late with the high-energy fusion of New Sound Underground--voted best jam band of 2015 by City Pages--and Chicago-based jazz-rock band, Marbin

Jazz Central presents some young masters tonight, starting with trombonist Jack Courtight (Eastman School of Music) and friends, followed by the Ben Ehrlich Trio -- Ben (North Texas) on drums, Will Kjeer (McGill U) on piano and Charlie Lincoln (Berklee) on bass. 


And here's a sure bet: Tony Bennett at Mystic Lake Casino! At 90, his voice is past it's prime (and what a prime it was!) but he has not lost his interpretive skills or ability to sell a song at retail. And who knows when he'll be back?

Doug Haining
Saturday, June 10. The Black Dog hosts an opening set from young bassist Jax Ravel and his trio, with Will Kjeer on keys and Blake Hubel on drums, followed by Doug Haining's salute to Horace Silver. Doug's quintet features Steve Kenny on Flumpet, Ted Godbout on piano, Chris Bates on bass and Mac Santiago on drums. Expect some great Silver tunes like "Peace," "Song for My Father", and "Sister Sadie."

Aaron Hedenstrom Trio
At Vieux Carre', have some fun with Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows. The Normandy Kitchen presents Maurice Jacox. And at Boom Island Brewing, the new Saturday jazz series features the Aaron Hedenstrom Trio


Colleen Raye brings a "Rat Pack" era production, "Sinatra and Company," to the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center. Raye, Debbie O'Keefe, and Tim Patrick and his 10-Piece "Blue Eyes Band" present iconic music from the 50s and 60s crooners.  You’ll hear songs from Sinatra, Garland, Ella, Marilyn, Dino, Sammy, Dinah, Rosemary and more - all with the spontaneous feel of a Rat-Pack concert.


Jon Weber and Connie Evingson
Sunday, June 11.  Summer afternoons were made for big bands. The 27th annual Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Praire at Staring Lake Amphitheater (Eden Prairie) presents six of the region's top big bands in fresh air and (hopefully) plenty of June sunshine. Free!

Connie Evingson's Jazz at the Jungle opens a new season with an invitation to "Duke's Place" (at the Jungle Theater). She's joined by New York-based pianist Jon Weber, who has been her cohort for many of the Jungle shows over the past five years, along with Dave Karr on reeds and Gordy Johnson on bass. It's just the start of a new season that will include another show in September and something special for the holidays.

Doug Little, Charanga Tropical
 In the Dunsmore Room, Dennis Spears performs his show, "If Songs Could Talk." With Dennis on stage, those songs really will talk!  Doug Little's Charanga Tropical holds their monthly Sunday afternoon fiesta at the Icehouse; Fuzzy Math returns to the Black Dog; the Zacc Harris Trio performs at the Riverview Wine Bar and the Parisota Hot Club takes its weekly slot at the Aster Cafe.

Dave King Trucking Company
Monday, June 12. JT's Jazz Implosion really implodes at the Icehouse, with the Dave King Trucking Company featuring New Yorker Chris Speed followed by a CD release for Chicago-based Hanging Hearts.

Rachel Holder
Vocalist Rachel Holder performs at Crooners Lounge--and she's there all week for happy hour. Guitarist Jon Wood is at Jazz Central, followed by the weekly jam.

Tuesday, June 13. The monthly Chris Olson Project takes the stage at the Black Dog, while the Cedar Avenue Big Band holds its monthly gathering at Jazz Central.

Candy Dulfer
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14. Smooth jazz sax star Candy Dulfer returns to the Dakota, and the duo of Butch Thompson and Pat Donahue returns to the Dunsmore Room.

Wednesday, June 14. Vieux Carre' presents Rick Carlson for early evening magic followed by Jeremy Walker and his Songtet with Jason Harms.

Dave Karr
Over at Jazz Central, Chris Bates and Davu Seru join forces with visiting pianist Thollem McDonas, while Connie Evingson performs outdoors with Jon Weber and Dave Karr at the Village at Mendota Heights--an official "pre-festival" event.

Lucia Newell
Thursday, June 15. The Kevin Washington Quintet performs outdoors at Rice Park in St Paul, the too-seldom heard Lucia Newell sings with the Wolverines at Crooners Lounge.


Davu Seru
Visiting keyboardist Wayne Horvitz will be at Reverie with Josh Granowski and Davu Seru. It's also a jazz fest preview night with Doug Little's Seven Steps to Havana at the Arlington Hills Library in St Paul.

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 June 15 will be guitarist/composer Reynold Philipsek sharing information about an upcoming biographical film and giving listeners a sampling of live music.

Coming Soon!
. June 17, How Birds Work/Simon Petrick Group at the Black Dog
. June 17, Tamberwood Ensemble, Cameron Kinghorn, Twin Cities Jazz Fest Preview Night at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church (Kinghorn, 2 shows)
. June 17, Joel Shapira CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. June 17, Rosemount Jazz Blast, 5 bands at Rosemount Central Park Amphitheater
. June 18, Charanga Tropical at George Lattimer Central Library, St Paul(Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 18, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 18, Dave Hagedorn Trio at Imminent Brewing opening event in Northfield
. June 19, Jane Bunnett and Macaque at the Dakota
. June 20, Jordan Anderson Group, Walker West (Twin Cities Jazz Festival
. June 21, Christian Sands at the Dakota
. June 21, Lee Engele, Merriman Park Library (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner with Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle, Emmet Cohen)
. June 23, Kari Musil & Freedom of Jazz Orchestra at Schmidt  Brewery Artists Lofts
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 25, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 30s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. June 25, Reynold Philipsek Film Release, "A Life Well Played" at the Schneider Theater
. June 25, Ernest Bisong Group at Walker West (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 25, Beasley's Big Band at Como Lakeside Pavillion (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 27-28, Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton at the Dakota
. June 29, Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie
. June 30, Silverback Trio CD release, Bryant Lake Bowl
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more
. July 1, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. July 3, Geoffrey Keezer solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 7, Illicit Sextet at Studio Z (All Originals)
. July 10, Teri Roiger in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 14, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. July 21-22, New Standards at the Dakota
. July 23, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 40s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. July 27, Lila Ammons Quartet at Hell's Kitchen
. July 28, Kenny Horst at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 2, Kendra Shank in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 7, Chris Thomson Band with John Raymond at the Icehouse
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 8-9, Kevin Mahogany in the Dunmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 16, Ben Sidran at the Dakota
. August 20, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 50s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 25, Jazz Word Jazz at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota
. September 18, The Yellowjackets at the Dakota
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota
. October 20, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. October 26-27, Ramsey Lewis Quartet at the Dakota
. October 28-29, David Sanborn at the Dakota

2017 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 22-24

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 2-8



Kenny Werner -- coming to Sundin Hall on June 4


© Andrea Canter

Happy June! June is a great month for Jazz in the Twin Cities, as it seems we always have a good share of CD celebrations, visiting artists, and of course three days of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival at the end of the month. Pre-fest activities start this week!

Big Gigs This Week
Hoaxer
Friday, June 2. Vieux Carre' will host the CD release party for one of the area's youngest pro bands, Hoaxer. They recorded Crash Test at Creation Audio -- collegians Peter Goggin on alto sax, Will Kjeer on piano, Charlie Lincoln on bass, and Edmund Catlin on drums, playing all original works, to a large extent arranged on the spot at the recording session. Come early for a set or two with the Steve Kenny Trio featuring Ted Olsen and Pete James Johnson.

Rio Nido
The 70s star band Rio Nido returns to the Dakota, with Tom Lieberman, Prudence Johnson and Tim Sparks recreating the magic that made them one of the most popular area bands 4 decades ago. Magic is also in the air at Crooners as Judi Vinar sings with her favorite band, the Wolverines.

Oudyano
At Studio Z, Oudyano is back on stage--an engaging duo with Steven Hobert on piano and Issam Rafea on oud. And at Jazz Central, two veterans lead the band, with trombonist Pete Emblom joining the Bob Parsons Quartet.

James Buckley
Friday-Saturday, June 2-3. The five-year anniversary celebration is underway at the Icehouse, and no more appropriate action this weekend than the James Buckley Trio (with Bryan Nichols and JT Bates), Friday and Saturday. Buckley has been curating weekend dinner sets, and of course JT hosts the Monday Jazz Implosion.

Bill Stieger
Saturday, June 3. Things are jumping in Lowertown where First Friday means open studios--a mini-art crawl. And it's also Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, this week presenting an opening set from the veterans of No Room for Squares, led by drummer Bill Stieger with Jimmie Wallace, Adam Tucker, and Mikkel Romstad. They're followed by another veteran band, Paul Harper's Show and Tell with Mike Cramer on guitar, Charlie Riddle on bass, Nathan Norman on drums, and of course Harper on saxes.

Joe Mayo
Up the street, Jazz at Studio Z closes the season with an Emerging Artists Showcase--and three bands, the Ted Olsen Quartet, Joe Mayo Quartet, and Thomas Nordlund Quartet. These are some of the area's busiest musicians of their generation, as both sidemen and bandleaders.

Boom Island Brewing is launching Saturday jazz with drummer Jesse Simon as Artistic Director. His Minnesota Hard Bop Collective will be featured along with "guest groups" through mid August. Tonight Jesse presents a trio with young hotshots, Jordan Anderson on piano and Tyler Wagner on bass.

Patty Peterson
Patty Peterson returns to Bunkers with friends and family, including brothers Paul and Ricky, nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire, and pals (almost family!) Billy Franze and Bobby Vandell, along with fellow vocalist Melanie Rosales.

Maryann Sullivan
Milo Fine's Studio Toile d'Angles hosts an inventive trio evening with Fine, Davu Seru and Paul Metzger. (See info about this venue at www.milofine.com), while Nora Jones, returning to her jazz roots with her latest recording, takes the stage at Northrop Auditorium. And if you brave the crowds at the Edina Art Fair today, look for Maryann Sullivan and the Moneymakers--aka Corner Jazz.

Kenny Werner
Sunday, June 4. This afternoon brings one of the most revered pianists in modern jazz back to town -- Kenny Werner is the guest of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, performing in Sundin Hall at Hamline University. He's unveiling a new set of compositions dubbed "Third Stream", for string quartet and jazz piano trio, with help from local bass icon Anthony Cox and drummer Frederick Harris, who directs wind and jazz ensembles at MIT in Boston.

Katia Cardenas
Crooners Lounge has opened the patio for the season, and tonight you can enjoy vocalist Katia Cardenas with pianist Chris Lomheim, perfect partners for delights from the kitchen and bar.

Monday, June 5.  Arne Fogel puts the Croon in Crooners Lounge as he makes his monthly appearance with the Acme Jazz Company.

As usual, it's spotlight and jam night at Jazz Central, and this week the spotlight hits 20-year-old pianist Will Kjeer, home for the summer from studies at McGill University in Montreal. Will recently completed a stint with the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, as well as the CD release with Hoaxer. Stick around for the weekly jam session.

The Dakota welcomes the return of multi-Grammy nominee, Nouveau Flameco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra.

JC Sanford
And at the Icehouse, 5th anniversary activities include the weekly Jazz Implosion, and JT Bates has lined up the JC Sanford Quartet with Zacc Harris and the Bates brothers playing JC's compositions.


Tuesday, June 6. Another CD release celebration, this one is at Jazz Central, with the Bill Simonsen Orchestra on stage and their new release--Big Alpaca.  When you assemble a band of the metro's best, you should end up with this recording-- all originals from Bill and terrific performances from the band.

It's First Tuesday at the Black Dog with Dean Magraw and Davu Seru, and big piano music rules at Vieux Carre', with Chris Lomheim opening solo for the Phil Aaron Trio--pianist Phil, bassist Gary Raynor, and drummer Jay Epstein. At Crooners, vocalist Kim Fragodt teams up with veteran pianist Benny Weinbeck for Happy Hour.

Wednesday, June 7. First Wednesdays typically find vocalist Connie Evingson at the Minneapolis Woman's Club, and tonight she's joined by frequent cohort Dave Karr on sax, with young swinger Andrew Walesch on piano.

Noah Ophoven-Baldwin
On the new music series, trumpeter Noah Ophoven Baldwin goes head-to-head with drummer JT Bates at Jazz Central; Vieux Carre' presents the Joel Shapira Trio in prime time.

Thursday, June 8. Enjoy the Adi Yehsaya Big Band in Crooners Lounge, the Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio (with Dave Hagedorn and Phil Hey) at Reverie, and the return of Jazz Alley on vocal night at Jazz Central. This ensemble grew out of the 2016 jazz fest "Scat Off", with Sarah M Greer, Maryann Sullivan and Katia Cardenas. Tonight they tackle the songs of Ella Fitzgerald. More vocal magic at Vieux Carre--the Sophia Shorai Trio is on stage.

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival pre-fest gets underway as the Twin Cities Hot Club performs at the Highland Park Library, one of several St Paul libraries to host a taste of jazz fest this month.

New venue--Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar in downtown Minneapolis has jazz every Thursday (7-10 pm) with the Steve Clarke Quartet, with Chris Lomheim alternating with Phil Aaron on piano, Tom Lewis on bass, and Haralds Bondaris 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. Tune in next week when Andrea's guest will be vocalist Connie Evingson with news of the upcoming Jazz at the Jungle season and a salute to Duke Ellington.

Coming Soon!
.  June 9, Patty Peterson and Family at Crooners Lounge
. June 9, Jack Courtright/Ben Ehrlich at Jazz Central
. June 9, Marbin/New Sound Underground at the Icehouse
. June 9, Jon Pemberton/Debbie Duncan at Vieux Carre'
. June 10, Doug Haining Tribute to Horace Silver/Jax Revel Group at the Black Dog
. June 10, Aaron Hedenstrom Trio at Boom Island Brewing
. June 10, Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre'
. June 11, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, Jazz at the Jungle
. June 11, Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse (3 pm)
. June 11, Dennis Spears in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 12, Dave King Trucking Company/Hanging Hearts at the Icehouse
. June 13-14, Candy Dulfer at the Dakota
. June 13-14, Butch Thompson and Pat Donahue in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 14, Connie Evingson with Dave Karr, The Village at Mendota Heights (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 15, Wayne Horvitz Group at Reverie
. June 15, Seven Steps to Havana (Doug Little) at Arlington Hills Library (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 15, Lucia Newell with the Wolverines at Crooners Lounge
. June 17, How Birds Work/Simon Petrick Group at the Black Dog
. June 17, Tamberwood Ensemble, Cameron Kinghorn, Twin Cities Jazz Fest Preview Night at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church (Kinghorn, 2 shows)
. June 17, Joel Shapira CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. June 18, Charanga Tropical at George Lattimer Central Library, St Paul(Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 18, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 18, Dave Hagedorn Trio at Imminent Brewing opening event in Northfield
. June 19, Jane Bunnett and Macaque at the Dakota
. June 20, Jordan Anderson Group, Walker West (Twin Cities Jazz Festival
. June 21, Christian Sands at the Dakota
. June 21, Lee Engele, Merriman Park Library (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner with Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle, Emmet Cohen)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 25, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 30s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. June 25, Reynold Philipsek Film Release, "A Life Well Played" at the Schneider Theater
. June 25, Ernest Bisong Group at Walker West (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 25, Beasley's Big Band at Como Lakeside Pavillion (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 29, Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie
. June 30, Silverback Trio CD release, Bryant Lake Bowl
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more
. July 3, Geoffrey Keezer solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 7, Illicit Sextet at Studio Z (All Originals)
. July 10, Teri Roiger in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 14, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. July 23, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 40s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. July 28, Kenny Horst at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 2, Kendra Shank in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 7, Chris Thomson Band with John Raymond at the Icehouse
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 8-9, Kevin Mahogany in the Dunmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 20, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 50s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 25, Jazz Word Jazz at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota