Friday, June 19, 2009

The Lead Sheet Part I, June 19-20



© Andrea Canter

There's plenty of jazz this week, but let's start off with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival which gets into full swing at Mears Park today at 4 pm. Last night's club crawl was a preview -- particularly of 21-year-old alto sax fiend Alex Han, making his third appearance at TCJF. Last night he warmed up with virtuoso pianist Jon Weber at the Hat Trick Lounge, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey providing the pulse. Weber and Han hold court at the Artists Quarter after the festival winds down tonight and tomorrow night (9 pm), and Alex leads the quartet tomorrow afternoon at Mears Park. Check the full festival schedule at http://www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com/. Remember tonight is Allen Toussaint headlining at Mears Park, but if you get a chance, come down early and hear the sensational teen band, The Dakota Combo at 4pm.

Photos: Alex Han and company at the Hatrick Lounge, June 18th. (Photos by Andrea Canter)