Friday, August 24, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, August 24-30

Jeremy Walker at the Dakota
 © 2012, Andrea Canter

Someone pointed out that the days are clearly getting shorter as we head toward Labor Day. The corollary is that the nights are getting longer—meaning there is more jazz time, right? So enjoy the last vacation at the lake, but come home in time to hit your favorite venue. There’s plenty to choose from this week.

Highlights, This Week
Friday, August 24. I don’t know if Jeremy Walker misses his year in New York but we’re quite happy to have him based again in the Twin Cities, particularly when he presents ensembles like Boot Camp. He debuted this new quartet last winter, and now he’s back on the Late Night schedule at the Dakota (11:30 pm) with the same idea and some different musicians. Joining pianist Jeremy will be saxman Brandon Wozniak, bassist Chris Bates and drummer Miguel Hurtado.  They follow Davina and the Vagabonds so the stage will already be hot and steamy, just ripe for Walker’s intriguing original compositions.

Nichola Miller
Friday/Saturday, August 24-25. Thank you Arne Fogel for spearheading the weekend jazz series at The Lexington in St. Paul. The landmark restaurant needed an injection of hip entertainment and vocal jazz seems to be that right amount of hip. Two local favorites go back to back this weekend. Friday night, Nichola Miller, Tanner Taylor and Steve Pikal swing for the rafters with sets of standards that will leave your feet tapping right through the prime rib and crème brulée. Saturday night brings Lucia Newell to The Lex with too-seldom-heard pianist Adi Yeshaya and bassist Jeff Bailey, mixing Lucia’s diverse repertoire from bossa to Anita O’Day to Betty Carter. Perfect with a cognac and a splash of tabasco.

Saturday, August 25. Continuing the tradition of new collaborations, the Artists Quarter presents a quartet of veterans making their first music together—saxophonist Pete Whitman blowing with pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Tom Lewis and drummer Kenny Horst. Expect them to take apart bebop classics and more. You might get singed if you sit too close.

Dave Karr
Monday, August 27. Take your pick or do a double header tonight. At Jazz Central, straight-ahead doesn’t get any better than Dave Karr with Graydon Peterson and Mac Santiago. At 80+, Dave shows no signs of slowing down or breathing hard. With veteran drummer/JC co-owner Mac and much younger but ever-busy bassist Graydon Peterson, Dave will surely blow through the bebop repertoire and take no prisoners. Later, or even a lot later, the Icehouse presents another Monday night “Implosion” with Fat Kid Wednesdays (Mike Lewis, Adam Linz, JT Bates). This place is becoming the go-to venue for musicians—to play or to listen, and Fat Kids always brings out the younger generation. But don’t worry, they respect their elders!

Todd Clouser
Tuesday, August 28. Enough to make your headspin midweek: Big Band night at Jazz Central features the Adam Meckler Orchestra, one of the most exciting new ensembles around and a showcase for both young talent (we have plenty here!) and Adam’s skills as composer. As for putting a big band in a small space—where else can you have a really intimate experience with 18 musicians? Over at Café Maude, Minnesota native, Baja resident guitarist Todd Clouser has an evening away from touring with A Love Electric, focusing on the interaction with just drummer Greg Schutte. Ask to be seated near the music (front room). And in St Paul, the Artists Quarter Tuesday night line-up starts off with guitar ace Cory Wong and his quartet, followed by Peter Schimke’s trio with special guest, saxophonist Dave Brattain. Dave has been appearing more often lately – at Jazz Central and the Dakota in the past month. Let’s hope the trend continues.

Cliff Brunzell
Thursday, August 30. A birthday bash for three of the area’s most treasured jazz artists salutes Jeanne Arland Peterson (91), Irv Williams (93) and Cliff Brunzell (91), and hopefully they can all make it to the Artists Quarter for the party tonight. Jeanne’s had some health problems recently and might play spectator. Cliff recently was on hand for the memorial tribute to Elliott Fine, and Irv is still pulling them into Happy Hour at the Dakota every Friday. Any celebration of this scope is bound to fill the AQ with music well into the night—which will start early, at 7:30 pm. Let there be cake!

More Jazz Every Night (and Day)
It is not easy to pick highlights each week, as there are so many gigs deserving an audience. For the most complete live jazz listing for the Twin Cities, visit Jazz Police and view the calendar on the right side of the home page. The completeness of this listing depends on musicians and venues to send in their information – send to Other live jazz announcements are listed in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, and on KBEM and KFAI radio. Some more recommended gigs this week:

Friday, August 24. Patty Peterson and Friends at School II Bistro; Erin Schwab at Hell’s Kitchen; Media Addicts CD Release at the Artists Quarter

Saturday, August 25. Charmin & Shapira at Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm); Adam Linz and Tommy O’Donnell at the Icehouse; Jana Nyberg at Hell’s Kitchen;  JazZen at the Hat Trick Lounge; David Sanborn/Brian Culbertson at Burnsville Performing Arts Center with Patty Peterson opening

Sunday, August 26. Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; River Falls Cultural Project at Emmas’ Bar Downtown (River Falls)

Monday, August 27. Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Gypsy Mania at Barbette

Tuesday, August 28. Jack Brass Band at Driftwood CharBar

Wednesday, August 29. Firebell at the Black Dog Café; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Alden Ikeda Trio at Café Maude; Steve Kenny and the Bastids followed by the Joe Smith Quartet at the Artists Quarter

Thursday, August 30. Tellharmonium at the Red Stag; East Side at Hell’s Kitchen

Coming Soon!
·         August 31, Arne Fogel at The Lexington
·         August 31-September 1, Phil Hey Quartet at the Artists Quarter
·         September 2, Leigh Kamman 90th Birthday Party at the Artists Quarter
·         September 4-5, Pat Metheny Unity Band at the Dakota
·         September 7, Tuesday Night Band at the Artists Quarter
·         September 8, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival
·         September 8, Debbie Duncan at the Artists Quarter
·         September 9, Dakota Combo Auditions at MacPhail Center for Music
·         September 9, Ben Sidran at the Dakota
·         September 10, Milo Fine at Homewood Studios
·         September 11-12, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
·         September 14-15, Chris Bates’ Red 5 CD Release at the Artists Quarter
·         September 15, Arne Fogel, Jazz @St. Barney’s (St. Barnabas Arts Center, Plymouth)
·         September 18, John Scofield Trio at the Dakota
·         September 19, Delfeayo Marsalis at the Dakota
·         September 21, Saxophone Day at McNally Smith College with Bob Sheppard
·         September 21-22, Bob Sheppard at the Artists Quarter
·         September 26-27, Chick Corea and Gary Burton at the Dakota
·         September 28-29, Bryan Nichols Quintet at the Artists Quarter
·         September 30, Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Society at the State Theater
·         September 30, Men With Mics (Gregg Marquardt, Reeves Carey, Dan Ristrom) at the Artists Quarter (TCJS, Jazz From J to Z)
·         October 6, Wayne Bergeron with the JazzMN Orchestra at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
·         October 12-13, Ari Honig Trio with Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter
·         October 13, Connie Evingson, Jazz @St. Barney’s (St. Barnabas Arts Center, Plymouth)
·         October 14-15, Cassandra Wilson at the Dakota
·         October 23, Kurt Elling at the Dakota
·         October 30-31, Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Dakota
·         November 4, Spiral Visions (Milne, Hagedorn, Aaron, Lewis, Hey) at Landmark Center (TCJS Jazz From J to Z)
·         November 9, Anat Cohen and Evan Christopher at Minneapolis Convention Center (MN Orchestra)
·         November 10, Anat Cohen and Klezmatics at Minneapolis Convention Center (MN Orchestra)
·         November 11, Duke Ellington Orchestra with Evan Christopher at Minneapolis Convention Center
·         November 11, PipJazz Sundays Youth Showcase at Landmark Center
·         November 26-27, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
·         December 7, Manhattan Transfer at the Dakota
·         December 12-13, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
·         December 14-15, Reid Anderson, Jeff Ballard, SPCO, Liquid Music at SPCO Music Room

Anat Cohen, joining the MN Orchestra's Clarinet Festival in November

 All photos by Andrea Canter