Friday, September 14, 2012

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

John Scofield, at the Dakota September 18th

© Andrea Canter

I think these are really the first days of fall. That 90-degree day was a blip. We’re having great sleeping weather with cooler evenings. Of course sleeping is for much later in the evening when there’s so much great music around town to keep us awake well beyond midnight! This weekend, plan to sleep well into the morning so you can spend the evening hearing new music from Chris Bates’ hot new quintet, Red 5, or from Patty Peterson and Friends (and family) at the Dakota, or swing dance with Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie. And next week, the Dakota brings us John Scofield’s red hot trio with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart, followed the next night by Delfeayo Marsalis’s ensemble featuring Sean Jones and Winard Harper. This week, Jazz Central boasts a quartet headed by Steve Kenny and the Adam Meckler Orchestra, while the Icehouse welcomes the return of the Dave King Trucking Company. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Highlights This Weekend
Rhonda and Maryann
Friday, September 14. Swing dancers and vocalist disappointed in the demise of  Nicollet Coffee can rejoice in the a special night at the Eagles’ Club with vocalists (and former Nicollet curators) Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie (Sister Swing) accompanied by Rick Carlson on keys and Steve Pikal on bass. Bring dancing shoes and plan to swing away the evening with a much bigger dance floor than you found at The Nicollet. Just don’t expect a Chai or Thai wrap.

If you want more ambience and kicking your feet back rather than kicking up your heels, Connie Olson will be making her debut at The Lexington with the sublime support of Mary Louise Knutson and Gordy Johnson. Connie is finally getting out and gigging more these days, bringing a wide repertoire from Doris Day to some old pop favorites.

Chris Bates rehearsing with Red 5
Friday/Saturday, September 14-15. Early in the spring, Chris Bates brought his new quintet, Red 5, to Jazz Central to try out some new compositions in preparation for a recording session. Maybe one of the most anticipated CD releases in a long time, New Hope is shrink-wrapped and ready for celebration at the Artists Quarter this weekend. Mostly featuring Chris’s works (plus one from Brandon Wozniak), New Hope as well as the CD Party brings us Chris, Brandon, brother JT Bates, Chris Thomson and Zack Lozier, all highly inventive musicians who make chamber jazz both exciting and accessible. In other words, there’s plenty of reason for “new hope.”

Arne Fogel
Saturday, September 15. Two of the area’s most popular vocalists take stages about 20 miles apart tonight. Patty Peterson makes it a party wherever she goes, and tonight it’s at the Dakota with friends Donnie DeMarca, Billy Franze, and Rocky Robbins, along with brothers Billy, Paul and Rick Peterson. Patty has a new recording coming out next month so we can expect a preview.  Out west in Plymouth, the Jazz @St. Barney’s jazz series gets underway with Arne Fogel and Tanner Taylor doing a concert edition of Fogel’s Minnesota Voices: Certain Standards, which played on KBEM twice per week during the past year. Tonight, Fogel offers a sampling of the great songbook standards that were featured on the radio series, while Taylor provides the keyboard accompaniment as he did on many of the radio spots. Jazz @ St Barneys is one of the community jazz treasures of the metro area, a monthly series featuring primarily vocalists and pianists now in its sixth year at the St Barnabus Lutheran Church’s art center.

Dave King
Highlights, Jazz Through the Week
Monday, September 17.  Monday always presents some conflicts, with the weekly gig and jam at Jazz Central overlapping JT’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse.  Thing start a bit earlier at Jazz Central, this week featuring a new quartet with Steve Kenny, Phil Aaron, Graydon Peterson and Phil Hey; while the Dave King Trucking Company is featured in the two-set implosion at Icehouse. No matter which way you turn, you will be surrounded by sophisticated, high energy music. Start here, finish there.

Tuesday, September 18. John Scofield came to the Dakota last January and it was one of the most enjoyable of Scofield visits I can remember. Yet here he comes again, and this time the trio brings two more headliners in their own rights—bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart.  There should be plenty of mischief-making.

Delfeayo Marsalis
Wednesday, September 19. Yes, there really is a lot of jazz at the Dakota this month! Tonight, less than three months since he headlined at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Delfeayo Marsalis returns with his touring ensemble. Tonight, the band features trumpet master Sean Jones, one of the hottest horns of his generation and a favorite among local audiences. And personally, I am eager to again see the antics of drummer Winard Harper, a performer who literally creates visual as well as aural art at the trapset. Marsalis, one of the premiere trombonists in jazz, has proven to be at least as skilled at assembling a band as fronting one.

More Jazz This Week
What’s going on? Check the live jazz calendar on Jazz; visit KBEM and KFAI online and on air. More recommendations:

Friday, September 14. Joel Shapira, solo guitar at Ingredients Café;  Nathan Hanson/Brian Roessler/Pete Hennig at the Black Dog; Zacc Harris Trio at Hell’s Kitchen; Charmin Michelle at the House of Pizza (Sartell)

Saturday, September 15. Paula Lammers at River Bluff Center (Lilydale); Mary Louise Knutson at Eat Street Social (1-3 pm); Jazz at the Garden, fundraiser at Gesthsemane Lutheran Church (Laura Caviani, Pete Whitman, Charmin Michelle, and more); Aimee Lee, Kathy Mueller and Lisa Pallen at The Lexington; Maud Hixson and Jason Richards at the Greater Lakes Performing Arts Center (Pequoet Lakes); Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske, Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Connie Olson with Mary Louise Knutson and Steve Pikal at Parma; Dan Musselman at the Red Stag; Night Owls and Septonics at the Riverview Wine Bar

Sunday, September 16. Charmin Michelle with the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Sounds of Blackness at the Dakota

Monday, September 17. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Headspace at the Artists Quarter

Tuesday, September 18. Cory Wong Quartet followed by Dean Magraw/Billy Peterson/Kenny Horst at the Artists Quarter; Nick Haas at Hell’s Kitchen

Wednesday, September 19. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Steve Kenny and the Bastids followed by the Lucia Newell Quartet at the Artists Quarter; Wolverines at Hell’s Kitchen

Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek
Thursday, September 20. Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek at Nonna Rosa’s; Joel Shapira at Hell’s Kitchen; Dave Karr Quartet at the Artists Quarter

Coming Soon!

·         September 21, Saxophone Day at McNally Smith College with Bob Sheppard
·         September 21-22, Bob Sheppard at the Artists Quarter
·         September 24, Fat Kid Wednesdays at the Icehouse
·         September 26-27, Chick Corea and Gary Burton at the Dakota
·         September 27-29, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Anthony Cox, Brandon Ross at the Icehouse
·         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 4, Larry McDonough/Richard Terrill CD release, Artists Quarter
·         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, Steve Faison, PipJazz Sundays at Landmark Center
·         October 14-15, Cassandra Wilson at the Dakota
·         October 17, Bela Fleck and Marcus Roberts 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 12-13, Bettye LaVette at the Dakota
·         November 26-27, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
·         December 7-8, 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
·         December 27-29, Bad Plus at the Dakota

Fat Kid Wednesdays returns to the Icehouse, September 24th

All photos by Andrea Canter