Friday, August 26, 2011

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













© Andrea Canter

Hard to believe it is nearly Labor Day. We need to get out to see as much music as we can while we can still start the evening in daylight.

Highlights This Week

After a short break, jazz returns on Friday nights at the Black Dog, and tonight (8/26) is a big one—guitarist Jef Lee Johnson with bassist Yohannes Tona and drummer Michael Bland. With his own style of jazz/blues/rock, and the small space of the Black Dog, there is a good chance that the decibels will be off the chart, but this one will be recorded for later playback on KBEM if you forget your ear plugs. (Watch for the return of the weekly Community Pool/Deep End series in September.)

Hot off her gala 90th birthday celebration at the Old Log Theater, pianist/vocalist Jeanne Arland Peterson shares the honor with violinist/bandleader Cliff Brunzell at the Artists Quarter this weekend (8/26-27). Friends, family and cohorts will be on hand to make this one big party.

One of the musical losses to our community in the past year was harmonica master Clint Hoover’s move to Pittsburgh. But he’s back for a visit, which includes a reunion of East Side at the Aster Café Saturday night (8/27). Clint will be blowing with pals Reynold Philipsek, Matt Senjum and Michael Bissonnette. And you can catch the quartet again on Thursday (9/1) at Hell’s Kitchen, with Andy Artz filling the percussion seat. These guys are unique among area jazz bands, blending the tango of Piazzolla with the bebop cool of Miles Davis.

Three veteran jazz pranksters take the stage together at the AQ on Wednesday (8/31), with drummer Kenny Horst, bassist Billy Peterson and guitarist Dean Magraw. Horst and Peterson continue the fun on Thursday (9/1), this time with vibes giant Dave Hagedorn and saxman Brian Grivna. (And come back Friday, 9/2, as Horst and Peterson next join forces with Brandon Wozniak and Peter Schimke.)

One of the most sophisticated composers to appear locally, pianist/bandleader Amina Figarova returns with her European sextet at the Dakota on Thursday night (9/1), enroute to the Detroit Jazz Festival and other stops on her American tour. The classically trained native of Azerbaijan now based in Rotterdam, Figarova relies largely on an original repertoire fueled by visual imagery and harmonies that conjure big bands.

More Jazz All Week
Visit KBEM’s jazz calendar for more listings! A few more recommendations:
Friday, August 26: Frankhouse at Hell’s Kitchen; Zacc Harris with Matt Peterson and Jay Epstein at Shanghai Bistro; Laura Caviani and Pete Whitman in the Annandale Summer Concert Series (Annandale Park)

Saturday, August 27: Peter Schimke, Gordy Johnson and Jay Epstein at Shanghai Bistro; Vicky Mountain and Tanner Taylor at First Course Bistro; Joel Shapira solo guitar at Ingredients Café

Sunday, August 28: Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Ellington and Strayhorn, at St Albert the Great Church; Moonlight Seranaders Big Band with Lee Engele at Como Park Pavillion; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar

Monday, August 29: Connie Evingson at the Dakota; Matt Edlund at Jazz Central; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza

Tuesday, August 30: Cory Wong Quartet followed by the Tuesday Night Band with Debbie Duncan at the Artists Quarter; Joann Funk Trio at Hell’s Kitchen; FourPlay at the Dakota

Wednesday, August 31: Steve Kenny and the Bastids, early show at the Artists Quarter; Stefan Kac Octet at Nomad World Pub; Fourplay at the Dakota; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza


Thursday, September 1: Miguel Hurtado and friends play some really cool new music at Jazz Central (8 pm start).

Coming Soon!
• September 2, Last Days of Summer Riverboat Cruise (KBEM)
• September 2, Wozniak, Schimke, Peterson and Horst at the Artists Quarter
• September 2-4, Chicago Jazz Festival
• September 2-5, Detroit Jazz Festival
• September 3, Koplant No at the Artists Quarter
• September 5, Ivan Lins at the Dakota
• September 6, Christine Rosholt at The Nicollet
• September 8, Eddie Gomez Trio at the Artists Quarter
• September 9-10, Christian Howes at the Artists Quarter
• September 10, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival featuring Gerald Albright
• September 10, Concrete and Grass Festival, Mears Park
• September 10, Dakota Combo open auditions at MacPhail Center for Music
• September 16-17, Bryan Nichols Trio with Anthony Cox and Dave King at the Artists Quarter
• September 18, PipJazz at Landmark Center with special guest Gary Schulte
• September 20-21, James Farm (with Joshua Redman) at the Dakota
• September 23-24, Jim Snidero at the Artists Quarter
• September 25, Peterson Family “Our Love Is Here to Stay” at the Bloomington Center for the Arts
• September 26, Christine Rosholt, “Songs of the Bard” at Jungle Theater
• September 26-27, Lionel Hampton Tribute with Jason Marsalis, Dianne Schurr at the Dakota
• September 29-October 1, Minnesota Orchestra Season Opener with Fat Kid Wednesdays
• September 30, Nancy Harms at the Artists Quarter
• October 1, Dave King Trucking Company at the Artists Quarter
• October 1, JazzMN Orchestra with John Clayton at the Hopkins High School Arts Center
• October 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Orchestra Hall
• October 4, Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society at O’Shaughnessy
• October 7, Red Planet at the Artists Quarter
• October 10, Rondi Charleston with Lynne Arriale at the Dakota
• October 22, Joe Lovano and Us Five at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
• October 28, Herbie Hancock Solo Piano at Orchestra Hall
• November 1, John Scofield Quartet at the Dakota




Photos: (Top to Bottom) East Side (coming Saturday night to the Aster Cafe); Billy Peterson (three consecutive nights at the Artists Quarter); Amina Figarova returns to the Dakota (all photos by Andrea Canter)