Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, October 14-20

© Andrea Canter

I’ll miss most of the music in town this week. My loss! Some cool things are happening.

Can’t think of a better horn to put in front of Peter Schimke, Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst than saxman Brandon Wozniak. He’s been tearing up one ensemble after another since relocating to the Twin Cities about five years ago. Now a veteran of the Atlantis Quartet and Monk in Motian bands, he’s been heard a lot lately with Bryan Nichols and Dave King—and he can be judged by the company he keeps. With the feisty trio of Schimke, Peterson and Horst, that’s “Good Company” on the Artists Quarter bandstand this weekend (10/14-15).

If you anywhere near Staples, MN this weekend, check out Connie Evingson at the Centennial Auditorium Friday night (10/14) as she reprises her Peggy Lee revue, “Fever.” Connie is a Peggy Lee scholar as well as interpreter, and she fills her show with informative tidbits as well as engaging song. Back in the Twin Cities area on Saturday (10/15), you can also enjoy a more diverse set of Connie’s music at the monthly Jazz at St. Barney’s show at St. Barnabas Church in Plymouth. Connie is joined by monster pianist Tanner Taylor.

Sunday afternoon (10/16) there’s a special screening of “In My Mind,” Jason Moran’s Thelonious Monk project in which he explores and recreates Monk’s famed Town Hall Concert. It’s part of the otherwise always interesting Sound Unseen festival, this viewing at the Trylon Theater.

And it’s time for Soul Café’s semi-annual gig at their old stomping grounds, the gallery at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church off Loring Park. For years, this trio of Steve Blons, Laura Caviani and Brad Holden held monthly gatherings of jazz and poetry readings. Now with their reduced schedule they have also expanded to a sextet, adding bass (Jay Young), percussion (Darryl Boudreaux) and vocals (Lucia Newell). There’s always a theme to the music and selected poems, this time “Resilience.” A unique ensemble that we now hear way too infrequently, perfect for a Sunday evening (10/16).

For some soul-bending fun, can’t beat the beats of the Crusaders, and particularly when the original core of the 60s hit band is back on tour—Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder. They’re at the Dakota Monday and Tuesday (10/17-18). About a year ago, the band toured without Felder, who was ailing, but he’s back on the bandstand ensuring a revival of the original sound.

A couple weeks ago, Chris Lomheim backed wife, vocalist Emily Green at The Nicollet, drawing a large crowd to enjoy some swinging music. Chris comes back now on Tuesday (10/18) to support one of Emily’s mentors, Vicky Mountain, and “swinging music” will again define the evening. The setting is casual, the coffee outstanding, and the pizzas sure looked good!

Also on Tuesday, a rare opportunity to enjoy one of the most inventive bands you may have never heard of, the Aakash Mittal Quartet, playing (free!) an early evening of music and discussion at Walker West Music Academy. Saxophonist Aakash and cohorts, based in Denver, are quickly developing a very personal sound that takes from bebop and postbop and the music of modern India, yielding a global jazz mélange that is exciting and beautiful. The quartet performed at the Dakota on the Late Night series and at the 2010 Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Speaking of rare, the Wallace Roney Quintet comes into the Artists Quarter for one night (2 sets) on Wednesday (10/19). Roney was last at in town about 4 years ago. One of the most exciting trumpeters on the national and international scene, Roney is also a savvy bandleader with such sidemen as brother Antoine (sax) and Araun Ortiz (piano). Across the river at the Dakota (10/19), there’s also some exciting collaboration, with Bryan Nichols, Cody McKinney and Greg Schutte supporting cool vocalist Sophia Shorai.

More Jazz

Friday, October 14: Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek at Pardon My French; Rhonda Laurie and Robert Bell, Grand Kabaret at the Grand in New Ulm

Saturday, October 15: Jelloslave at Hosmer Library; Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota; Sophia Shorai solo at The Nicollet Island Inn; Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel)

Sunday, October 16: Jimmi-apolis with Jimmie Wallace at the Red Stage

Monday, October 17: Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Charmin Michelle and Rick Carlson at the Loring Pasta Bar; Dave Graf at Jazz Central

Tuesday, October 18: Cory Wong Quartet followed by the Tuesday Night Band at the Artists Quarter; Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at the Shorewood; Jack Brass at the Driftwood

Wednesday, October 19: Wolverines Trio at Hell’s Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Anthony Cox at the Nomad World Pub

Thursday, October 20: REEL Jazz (films of Bob Flores) at the Trylon Theater; Dave Karr Quartet at the Artists Quarter

Coming Soon!
• October 21-22, Matt Slocum Trio at the Artists Quarter
• October 22, Joe Lovano and Us Five at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
• October 22, Seven Steps to Havana at Studio Z
• October 24, Dead Cat Bounce at Studio Z
• October 26, Bryan Nichols at Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music
• October 26, Illicit Sextet at the Artists Quarter
• October 28, Herbie Hancock Solo Piano at Orchestra Hall
• November 1, John Scofield Quartet at the Dakota
• November 9, CD Release, Doug Haining Quintet at the Artists Quarter
• November 10, Jazz Thursdays at MacPhail (MacPhail Faculty)
• November 12, Insurgent (Pat Moriarty, Ellen Lease, Phil Hey) at Studio Z (Jazz From J to Z)
• November 13, PipJazz Sundays at Landmark Center (TCJS Student Showcase)
• November 16, Al Jarreau at the Pantages Theater
• November 17, REEL Jazz at the Trylon Theater
• November 19, JazzMN Orchestra, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
• November 19, Zacc Harris Quartet at Studio Z
• November 25-26, Pat Mallinger at the Artists Quarter
• December 1, Christine Rosholt and Kevin Hall, CD Release at The Loring Theater
• December 1, Nova Jazz Orchestra and the Minnetonka High School Jazz Band at Minnetonka HS (Jazz From J to Z)
• December 16, Todd Clouser’s Love Electric at Studio Z
• December 17, Bryan Nichols’ We Are Many at Studio Z
• December 23, 25-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota
• March 1-2, Vijay Iyer at the Walker Art Center (McGuire Theater)

Photos: (Top to bottom) Connie Evingson; Brandon Wozniak; Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders; Aakash Mittal; Wallace Roney (all photos by Andrea Canter)