Friday, November 16, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz This Weekend!

Charmin Michelle joins JazzMN's "Tribute to New Orleans" on November 17th

© Andrea Canter

A compact version of The Lead Sheet this weekend as I am "on the road."  But I'll be back in time to catch a lot of good music-- and add an update for the rest of the week!

Jazz Highlights This Weekend!

Zeitgeist percussion
One of the real gems of Twin Cities culture has long been the experimental music company, Zeitgeist, now operating out of Studio Z in St Paul's Lowertown. Their annual New Music Cabaret is underway, running through Sunday afternoon, and featuring some of the best in experimental and new jazz ensembles. The Zeitgeist ensemble plays every day along with a showcase of musicians from McNally Smith;  Friday's line-up includes Ensemble 61 and the Orange Mighty Trio; Saturday night includes sets from the Bill Simenson Orchestra, Saltee and Gao Hong and Butterfly; Sunday afternoon features Duo Zeno and Carei Thomas. Visit the website for schedule.


Jana Nyberg and Adam Meckler
Friday, November 16. Good catches-- the Jana Nyberg Group at Hell's Kitchen;  Brad Bellows and Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog


Dean Granros
Friday-Saturday, November 16-17. How Birds Work returns to the Artists Quarter --featuring Peter Schimke,, Dean Granros, Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst. These guys don't get together as often these days so it's always a treat.


Saturday, November 17. Typically at JazzMn Orchestra concert features a national artist, but recognizing our local talents have national stature, tonight's concert is a salute to New Orleans with songbird Charmin Michelle fronting the best big band in the Midwest. There's even a Mardi Gras party after the show, held at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center.  In Plymouth, Sidewalk Cafe performs in the St Barnabas "Jazz @St Barney's" series, bringing a lot of swing to the burbs.


Coming Soon!

.  November 19, Dorado Schmitt and the Gypsy All-Stars at the Dakota

· November 21, Bill Brown and the Tuesday Night Band at the Artists Quarter

· November 23-24, Dave King Trucking Company at the Artists Quarter

· November 25, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota

· November 26-27, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota

· November 29, Dakota Combo (Young Artists Series) at the Artists Quarter (7 pm)

· November 29, Pete Whitman X-Tet at the Artists Quarter

· November 30-December 1, Atlantis Quartet at the Artists Quarter

· December 4, Charmin & Shapira at the Dakota

· December 6, Maryann Sullivan CD Release at the Third Floor

· December 7-8, Manhattan Transfer at the Dakota

· December 8, Babatunde Lea Quartet at Studio Z

· December 9, PipJazz Sundays Holiday Showcase at Landmark Center

· December 12-13, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota

· December 14-15, Reid Anderson CANCELED due to SPCO lockout (to be rescheduled)

· December 21-22, A Hot Christmas (Lee Engele, Joan Griffith, Reynold Philipsek, Gary Schulte), Bloomington Center for the Arts Black Box Theater

· December 27-29, Bad Plus at the Dakota

· December 29, Peterson Family Holiday Concert at Hopkins Center for the Arts

· December 28-30, Pat Mallinger at the Artists Quarter

· January 12, Vicky Mountain,“Voice of Van Heusen” at the Black Box Theater, Bloomington

· January 27-28, Dave Holland Quintet at the Dakota

· February 22, Bill Frisell at Macalester (Janet Wallace Auditorium)

· April 6, John Zorn 60th Birthday at Walker Art Center

· April 15-18, Doc Severinsen Big Band at the Dakota
· April 26, Craig Taborn at Walker Art Center