Friday, March 30, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, March 30-April 5



© Andrea Canter

More great jazz is squeezed into the weekend, spilling into the coming week. Seems we got by the state high school tournaments without a blizzard, or even a snow flake. The warmer weather makes it easier to get out, stay out, and get across town to keep up with your favorite jazz musicians and some new ones.


Highlights This Week
March 29-April 1: The 45th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival continues through Sunday. Weekend concerts feature extraordinary bassist John Patitucci and dynamic trombonist Andy Martin, high school honor bands, UWEC alumni bands, and more. In downtown Eau Claire, South Barstow Street is reborn as 52nd Street, Manhattan. One of the premiere jazz events of the Upper Midwest. Check out the website for specific schedule.


March 30-31: Dubbed “Good Life” before their Artists Quarter debut a couple months ago, the quartet of Brandon Wozniak, Peter Schimke, Billy Peterson, and Kenny Horst reappears for two more nights of mischief. Check out a clip from their last AQ gig.


March 31:   Part of Zacc Harris’ Jazz at Studio Z series, the Doug Little Quartet takes the stage on Saturday, playing the music of Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca. Little’s cohorts include pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Graydon Peterson, and drummer Rey Rivera. An open rehearsal (free) will be held from 4-5 pm, followed by the 7 pm performance, a format that has been a significant part of the Studio Z series. Little is one of a few truly multi-lingual jazz musicians in town, fluent in the musical as well as spoken vocabularies of Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian cultures, with studies in Havana, Rio, and Paris. A founding member of the Motion Poets, Doug juggles several projects including Tres Mundos and Seven Steps to Havana.

It’s another night of Le Jazz Cool All-Stars in the bar loft at Vincent’s. Swinging beats float above the bar, courtesy of pianist Mary Louise Knutson and cohorts from the Minnesota Orchestra, featuring the cross-genre virtuoso Charles Lazarus on trumpet. Cocktails, after-hours menu, and jazz with class—a great way to cap off your Saturday night in the city.

April 1: JaLaLa might sound like an Arabian resort or a new fruit candy, but it’s simply an amalgam of the names of the trio’s songbirds—Janis Siegel, Laural Masse, Lauren Kinhan. With two founding members of The Manhattan Transfer (Siegel and Masse) and a current star of New York Voices and Moss (Kinhan), this threesome cover everything from pop to Bach, from Johnny Mercer to Dave Brubeck to Dolly Parton.  And Mercer is the subject of their first recording, That Old Mercer Magic, and likely the core of the material they will bring to the Dakota Sunday evening.

April 2: Just a few days following his burning CD release party at the Dakota, New York-based trumpeter John Raymond joins Tanner Taylor, Matt Peterson and Mac Santiago at Jazz Central for a multi-part evening of learning and listening. Raymond leads Interplay, an interactive workshop aimed at improving skills in ensemble communication and improvisation. Following a dinner break, the band will hold an open rehearsal, followed by a more formal performance and, finally, Jazz Central’s weekly open jam session. Check out the Jazz Central website for pre-registration for the workshop (or just come!).

April 3: Dubbed Trio Midwest, James Buckley, Brandon Wozniak and Joey VanPhillips take music at Hell’s Kitchen to a new level of sophistication. And it’s early enough in the evening to allow you to head across the river to the Artists Quarter in time to catch one of the too-infrequent installments of Slide (Dave Graf) Meets Valve (Brad Bellows), one of the best horn-led ensembles in the area.

April 4-5: Via a collaboration with McNally Smith and the Walker Art Center, avant garde guitarist/experimental music guru Elliott Sharp is in town with two nights of creative programming. On Wednesday, the one-time cohort of Jack DeJohnette, Oliver Lake and Sonny Sharrock is on stage at the Amsterdam Bar with the McNally Smith–based improvisational chamber orchestra, Improvestra, as well as in small ensemble settings with local music luminaries George Cartwright and Michelle Kinney. Also on the show will be the Cherry Spoon Collective, a collaboration among some of the most innovative bands in the Metro, drawing from Heiruspecs, Liminal Phase, Jelloslave, No Bird Sing, Zeitgeist, Saltee, Merciless Ghost, Lulu’s Playground and more,  with multiple cellos, reeds and percussion. On Thursday, Sharp moves over to the Walker for three solo sets.

April 5: Pianist/attorney Larry McDonough has been keeping a relatively low profile lately but now he’s launching a new DVD project (Live at Music Connection) with a celebration at the Dakota. Larry describes it as “performing poetry and odd-metered jazz based on melodies from children with disabilities--Beethoven, Brubeck, Bill Evans, Spinal Tap, Led Zeppelin, Brubeck, Medeski Martin & Wood, and others.” His long-standing quartet includes saxophonist Richard Terrill, bassist Craig Mataresse, and drummer Chaz Draper. In St Paul, the always inventive Phil Hey Quartet returns to the Artists Quarter for their mostly monthly mix of original works and an interesting array of modern jazz covers.

More Jazz All Week
Remember to consult our user-friendly, updated live jazz calendar or on the Twin Cities page of Jazz Police.
Some more suggestions for the week ahead:

·         Friday, March 30:  Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien/Chambers Hotel); Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Firebell at Shanghai Bistro (Hudson, WI); Merciless Ghost at the Black Dog; Three Flights Up at Jazz Central

·         Saturday, March 31: Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien/Chambers Hotel); Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Ticket to Brasil at the Loring Pasta Bar; Sophia Shorai at the Lexington; JazZen at the Hatrick Lounge

·         Sunday, April 1: Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar

·         Monday, April 2: Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza

·         Tuesday, April 3: Cory Wong Quartet (early set) at the Artists Quarter; Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog; Acme Jazz Company at the Shorewood; Jazz Fly with Dorothy Doring at The Nicollet; Jack Brass at The Driftwood

·         Wednesday, April 4: Chris Thomson Quartet at Café Maude; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Steve Kenny and the Bastids, followed by Galactic Soul Arkestra at the Artists Quarter; Jazz in the Lounge with Connie Evingson and the Parisota Hot Club at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis.

     . Thursday, April 5. Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal at the Lexington.


Coming Soon!
·         April 6, Irvin Mayfield Quintet at Orchestra Hall
·         April 6, Bobbi Miller and Rhonda Laurie, “Naughty Songs for Nice Girls”  at Bryant Lake Bowl
·         April 6-7, Eric Kamau Gravatt and Source Code at the Artists Quarter
·         April 10, Cory Wong and Peña (TCJS Jazz From J to Z) at Minneapolis Southwest High School
·         April 10, Gary Smulyan and the McNally Smith X-Tet at the Artists Quarter
·         April 13-14, Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter
·         April 14, Legends at the Capri, tribute to Frank Sinatra with Jason Richards and the Rick Carlson Trio
·         April 14, Francois Rabbath at Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music
·         April 15, PipJazz Sunday with Solomon Parham, Pippi Ardennia at Landmark Center, Weyerhauser Auditorium
·         April 15, MacPhail Center for Music Combo Festival and Spotlight Concert featuring Adam Niewood, the Dakota Combo, and MacPhail Jazz Faculty
·         April 19, KBEM’s REEL Jazz, “An Evening with Both DeFlores” (Louis Armstrong) at the Trylon Microcinema
·         April 20-21, Cory Wong, CD Release at the Artists Quarter
·         April 21, JazzMN Orchestra with Terell Stafford at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
·         April 21, Judi Donaghy, Jazz@ St Barney’s
·         April 22, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Fund Raiser Brunch at the Dakota
·         April 22, Grace Kelly at the Dakota
·         April 22, Doug Haining Quintet, Tribute to Cannonball Adderley (TCJS Jazz From J to Z) at the Artists Quarter
·         April 28, Bruce Henry Tribute to Marvin Gaye at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
·         April 29-30, Steve Tyrell at the Dakota
·         May 4, Tortoise and Twin Cities Jazz All-Stars at the Walker Art Center
·         May 8-9, Poncho Sanchez at the Dakota
·         May 10, Dakota Combo at MacPhail
·         May 11, Evan Christopher with Lee Engele at Hopkins Center for the Arts
·         May 11-12, Zacc Harris Group CD Release at the Artists Quarter
·         May 12, Evan Christopher at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
·         May 13, PipJazz Sundays at Landmark Center
·         May 20-21, Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Dakota
·         May 25-27, Eric Alexander at the Artists Quarter
·         May 26, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Orchestra Hall
·         June 18-19, Stanley Clarke and George Duke at the Dakota
·         June 22, A Love Electric/Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Ritz Theater
·         June 28-30, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park (headliners Bad Plus with Joshua Redman; Delfeayo Marsalis Octet; Francisco Mela’s Cuban Safari)
·         July 1-2, Bill Frisell at the Dakota
·         September 4-5, Pat Metheny & Chris Potter at the Dakota
·         September 26-27, Chick Corea and Gary Burton at the Dakota
·         October 30-31, Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Dakota


Photos (top to bottom): Doug Little; Brandon Wozniak; Charles Lazarus; Brad Bellows; Charmin Michelle (photos by Andrea Canter)







                                                                               





Jazz Face: Hiromi, Virtuosity in Service to Art



 © Andrea Canter

So what’s so bad about being so good? Ever since she burst onto the jazz scene nearly a decade ago, pianist Hiromi Uhera has experienced from what I will call the Oscar Peterson curse—criticism for her unashamed displays of technical virtuosity. Peterson in fact was an early supporter, as were Ahmad Jamal and Chick Corea. Three of the greatest jazz pianists to walk the earth saw what most critics and audiences are now able to recognize—beneath her razzle-dazzle physical skill and exuberant joie de vivre, Hiromi is also a creative artist. If she can run up and down the keyboard with Tatumesque speed and flip from mood to mood, rhythm to rhythm with Jamalish sleight of hand, she can also wring sincere emotion from every note and reinvent the most overplayed standard or classical theme. And her original compositions now rival the works of Corea, Jarrett and Tyner in their powerful imagery and insistent melodies. 

Hiromi recently came to one of her favorite venues, the Dakota Jazz Club, celebrating her 33rd birthday with an assertive, playful, wide-ranging show where the exhibition of technical overkill came, not from Hiromi, but from her drummer Simon Phillips. There was a reported 900+ pounds of percussion gear on stage, swallowing up Phillips as he sat with two bass drums north and another south, with multiple floor toms, snares, and cymbals thickly amassed as if a musical moat separating the drummer from the real world. His attack was surprisingly sane and supportive, but one would think he could accomplish just as much with a standard four-drum kit. Why so much firepower for a trio playing relatively small venue? What would be the gear load for a stadium show?

Compared to Hiromi and Phillips, bassist Anthony Jackson was the straight man, his electric bass sympathetic throughout as he filled the space, in more ways than one, between piano and drums. Of her ensembles of the past decade—her early trio with Berklee pals Tony Grey and Martin Villahora and her quartet SonicBloom adding Dave Fiuczynski, her current Trio Project is the most savvy and most jazz-directed; despite his background in rock and accompanying arsenal, Phillips, along with Jackson, seems to push Hiromi in all the right directions to allow her virtuosity room to breathe, to serve the creative intent of her music rather than to simply amaze.

                                                      Still, she is amazing.


Photos: From Hiromi's Trio Project gig at the Dakota, March 26, 2012. Hiromi with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. Photos by Andrea Canter.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, March 23-29

© Andrea Canter

We all have spring fever! Or maybe by now it is just summer fever? Whatever is going on with our climate, we can’t complain about the jazz climate in the Twin Cities. This week is no exception.

Highlights This Week

March 23: About a year ago I first encountered a group of student musicians from UW-Eau Claire working as the Tyler Anderson Quintet. Leader and saxophonist Tyler not only had a lot of musical talent, but sufficient entrepreneurial spirit to land a few gigs in Twin Cities clubs despite his youth and limited experience. A few months later, he returned to the Twin Cities with a quartet dubbed The Coriolis Effect, winning over fans at the Artists Quarter and Jazz Central before taking his fellow UW-EC students on the road, visiting Midwest venues and providing workshops at area high schools. Armed with a “new” drummer (Twin Cities hot new commodity, Miguel Hurtado), Anderson returns to Jazz Central tonight with bassist Jordan Jenkins and keyboardist Cody Peterson. Their EP shows off their skills as composers as well as improvisers. Definitely a band to watch!

March 23-24:  No matter how often Bruce Henry returns to the Twin Cities (and he was scheduled for at least three gigs in March), I never tire of his marvelous baritone energy and creative twists on songs from swing to bop, from Gershwin to Coltrane, from hip to gospel. But for all of his return visits since relocating to Chicago in 2008, he’s not been at the Artists Quarter in a long time. The weekend makes up for his absence, and he (as always) brings along a simpatico group of collaborators, this gig featuring Peter Schimke, Jay Young and Kevin Washington, long-standing colleagues who enhance any performance.

March 24: The Midtown Global Market may have had its ups and downs, but these days the indoor feast of international food and crafts is bustling, and on Saturday afternoon, you can usually hear live music in the Atrium while you ponder that African stew, tamale plate or giant cookie. This afternoon, catch pianist Mary Louise Knutson (hot off her tour with Doc Severinsen) as she brings some joyful bop and original fare to the Market. And if you miss her in the afternoon, you can enjoy her in good company in the evening (10:30) at Vincent's, in the loft above the bar with Le Jazz Cool All-Stars, featuring the MN Orchestra's Charles Lazarus on steamy trumpet.

March 25: Jazz Central hosts the third of three “Open Sessions” with the Chris Bates Quintet, and this one will include a full run-through of the compositions slated for an upcoming studio recording. The opportunity to observe and interact with the artistic process---from the musician’s first look at a composition outline through the complete performance—is valuable to audience and musician alike.  Hopefully this marks a new avenue for venues like Jazz Central, where collaboration is not limited to the bandstand.

March 25-26: Maturing into her 30s but maintaining the youthful energy and boundless imagination that has marked her career for the past decade, pianist Hiromi returns to the Dakota with her Trio Project. Actually her career has largely focused on trio magic, with the addition of guitar yielding her quartet SonicBloom. In the past few years she has also stepped out in duo with Chick Corea, as sidewoman with Stanley Clarke, and alone with her 2010 solo tour and recording. But last year she reconstituted her trio, recording with Anthony Jackson (bass) and Simon Phillips (drums). Jackson joined her along with Steve Smith at the Dakota last summer, and now she returns with the original Trio Project for two nights of elegant mayhem.


March 29: Some of his earliest professional gigs were at the Dakota, so it fits that now- New York-based trumpeter John Raymond returns to his hometown venue to celebrate the release of his new recording, Strength and Song. He’ll bring along a Minnesota ensemble with Bryan Nichols, Vinnie Rose, Jeremy Boettcher and Miguel Hurtado. None less than Jon Faddis serves as producer as well as mentor, and the compositions—mostly Raymond originals, serve notice that this is a rapidly maturing artist with his own artistic vision.  (John stays around to host a workshop and performance on April 2nd at Jazz Central.) Across town, the Pete Whitman X-Tet returns to their monthly time slot at the Artists Quarter, and it is a welcome return given the stature of the ten artists and the level of musicianship that circles the stage whenever they play.


More Jazz
Never a night without jazz in the Twin Cities! Check online live jazz calendars propelled by Bebopified; also posted on Jazz Police. More ideas for the week:
·         Friday, March 23: Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien/Chambers Hotel); Joel Shapira at Ingredients Café; Lila Ammons Trio at Three Crows (Delano); Patty Peterson and Friends and Family (School II Bistro); Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson at the Cannon River Winery (Cannon Falls)
·         Saturday, March 24: Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien/Chambers Hotel); Patty Peterson at The Lexington; James Allen and Tom Pieper at First Course Bistro; Tanner Taylor/Graydon Peterson/Matt Edlund at Jazz Central
·         Sunday, March 25: Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Café; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; U of M Jazz Combo at the Artists Quarter; Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom
·         Monday, March 26: Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Adam Meckler Orchestra at O’Gara’s; Adi Yeshaya at Jazz Central
·         Tuesday, March 27:Cory Wong Quartet followed by weekly invited jam session; Frankhouse at Hell’s Kitchen; Alden Ikeda Quartet at the Black Dog; Laura Underwood at The Nicollet; Nova Jazz Orchestra at the Shorewood
·         Wednesday, March 28: Joel Shapira at Hell’s Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza;  Steve Kenny and the Bastids followed by the Brian Grivna Quartet at the Artists Quarter; Todd Clouser’s Love Electric at the Nomad World Pub
·         Thursday, March 29: Eau Claire Jazz Festival with  John Patitucci and Andy Martin (through April 1); Jana Nyberg at Hell’s Kitchen; Sophia Shorai at The Lexington

Coming Soon!
.     March 30-31, Good Life at the Artists Quarter
·         March 31, Doug Little, Music of Roberto Fonseca, Jazz at Studio Z
·         April 1, JaLaLa (Janice Siegel, Laurel Masse, Laura Kinhan) at the Dakota
·         April 2, Interplay Workshop followed by John Raymond Project at Jazz Central
·         April 6, Irvin Mayfield Quintet at Orchestra Hall
·         April 6 & 13, Bobbi Miller and Rhonda Laurie, "Naughty Songs for Nice Girls"at Bryant Lake Bowl
·         April 6-7, Eric Kamau Gravatt at the Artists Quarter
·         April 10, Cory Wong and Peña (TCJS Jazz From J to Z) at Minneapolis Southwest High School
·         April 10, Gary Smulyan and the McNally Smith X-Tet at the Artists Quarter
·         April 13-14, Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter
·         April 14, Legends at the Capri, tribute to Frank Sinatra with Jason Richards and the Rick Carlson Trio
·         April 14, Francois Rabbath at Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music
·         April 15, PipJazz Sunday with Solomon Parham, Pippi Ardennia at Landmark Center, Weyerhauser Auditorium
·         April 15, MacPhail Center for Music Combo Festival and Spotlight Concert featuring Adam Niewood, the Dakota Combo, and MacPhail Jazz Faculty
·         April 19, KBEM’s REEL Jazz, “An Evening with Both DeFlores” (Louis Armstrong) at the Trylon Microcinema
·         April 21, JazzMN Orchestra with Terell Stafford at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
·         April 21, Judi Donaghy, Jazz@ St Barney’s
·         April 22, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Fund Raiser Brunch at the Dakota
·         April 22, Grace Kelly at the Dakota
·         April 22, Doug Haining Quintet, Tribute to Cannonball Adderley (TCJS Jazz From J to Z) at the Artists Quarter
·         April 28, Bruce Henry Tribute to Marvin Gaye at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
·         April 29-30, Steve Tyrell at the Dakota
·         May 4, Tortoise and Twin Cities Jazz All-Stars at the Walker Art Center
·         May 8-9, Poncho Sanchez at the Dakota
·         May 10, Dakota Combo at MacPhail
·         May 11, Evan Christopher with Lee Engele at Hopkins Center for the Arts
·         May 11-12, Zacc Harris Group CD Release at the Artists Quarter
·         May 12, Evan Christopher at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
·         May 13, PipJazz Sundays at Landmark Center
·         May 14, Kenny Garrett at the Dakota
·         May 20-21, Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Dakota
·         May 26, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Orchestra Hall
·         June 22, A Love Electric/Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Ritz Theater
·         June 28-30, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park (headliners Bad Plus with Joshua Redman; Delfeayo Marsalis Octet; Francisco Mela’s Cuban Safari)
·         July 1-2, Bill Frisell at the Dakota
·         September 4-5, Pat Metheny & Chris Potter at the Dakota
·         September 26-27, Chick Corea and Gary Burton at the Dakota
·         October 30-31, Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Dakota

Photos (top to bottom): Hiromi; Bruce Henry; Mary Louise Knutson; John Raymond (all photos by Andrea Canter)







                                                                               





Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jazz Face: Nachito Herrera, 2012 American Heritage Award Recipient

© Andrea Canter
The first time I saw pianist Nachito Herrera was probably in 2003 or 2004, not long after he landed in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes after defecting from his native Cuba. His hands moved faster than my eyes could follow, his enthusiasm flowed through every finger. Soon the traditions of rhumba and cha cha became as familiar to Twin Cities audiences as polka and swing.

Nachito Herrera has been named one of three recipients of the 2012 American Heritage Award, the highest honor granted by the American Immigration Council. The award will be presented at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Convention in Nashville on June 15th. Past winners of this award have included a Nobel Prize winner and a Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Few musicians have received this honor--the last was Carlos Santana.

Nachito plays nearly monthly at the Dakota. And while every gig is a big party, maybe the next one should be in his honor?

Congratulations to one of our favorite “adopted” Minnesotans!

Photo: One of my favorites of Nachito, from a performance at the Minneapolis Public Library in 2007.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, March 16-22





© Andrea Canter

Up jumped spring! Maybe it was not really a surprise given the mostly mild winter, but still, the birds chirping post-bop changes, tree pollen blowing in the wind from the south, and basketball tournaments without stormy weather? The warmer evenings make it easier to get out and enjoy some very cool music, and there is much to choose from in the coming week.

Highlights This Week
March 16-17
. In January, pianist Richard Johnson, based in New York, made his first of 12 planned visits to the Twin Cities as part of his Jazz Alive Project. Rumor has it that a romantic connection is bringing him to the Twin Cities with a new gig each month, but whatever the reason, his music is a welcome addition to the local jazz scene. His first gig at the AQ filtered the music of West Side Story through modern swing; next he offered the music of Frank Sinatra to audiences in Roseville. Now he returns to the AQ with another trio (Jeremy Boettcher and Adrian Suarez) and the music of 1980s television themes. Nostalgia for sure, but Johnson spins it all with fresh ideas and astounding technical facility.

March 17. A lot of great songs to help wash down the green beer tonight! Arne Fogel takes another night at The Lexington’s Williamsburg Room, his first gig since returning from a couple weeks in Italy and tonight in the company of Tanner Taylor and Steve Pikal. If this makes for Irish swing, then Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson’s show at Honey Lounge in Minneapolis must be dubbed Irish Cabaret. The sublime pair will offer their takes on favorites from film and television with Irish touches, from Bing Crosby to Kermit the Frog. And if the luck of the Irish isn’t your cup of Darjeling, Bruce Henry will offer more American fare, from Gershwin to Coltrane to Stevie Wonder at St. Barnabus’s Jazz @St Barney’s in Plymouth. That’s Barney, not Blarney, but you never know what Bruce will pull out of his songbook. (Bruce stays in town long enough for a weekend at the Artists Quarter March 23-24.) And hard to know just how the shamrocks will fall at Vincent on Nicollet Mall, but you can enjoy a night cap later with Le Jazz Cool All-Stars–a quartet bringing jazz pianist Mary Louise Knutson into tight swinging with members of the Minnesota Orchestra in the loft above the bar. It’s a great chance to hear trumpeter Charles Lazarus exploit his jazz side.

March 18. A recent addition to the bookings at Jazz Central has been a series of open rehearsals. Chris Bates and his quintet have offer two such afternoons recently, and today, Adam Meckler brings in his orchestra as they work through compositions in preparation for their next performance at O’Gara’s. These open rehearsals give listeners, students and other musicians an opportunity to witness the creative process, and offer their own comments.

March 20-21. Two titans of modern jazz join together at the Dakota for an amazing duo. Guitarist Al DiMeola and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba may at first seem like an unlikely pairing, but we can expect only heavenly collaboration from two dedicated to the promotion of world music and incorporating global elements into the jazz context. DiMeola was last in town with his World Sinfonia ensemble a couple years ago, while Rubalcaba was last here early in the Dakota’s reign on Nicollet Mall—a night when the yet-unfettered dining room noise plagued the evening. Things have smoothed out considerably since 2004 and we should be able to hear every note.

March 21. Not dubbed as such but this seems like the same trio as Chris Bates’ Good Vibes which debuted last month at the AQ, with Bates, Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn squeezing in at Café Maude, part of the ongoing Wednesday night jazz series. Trio jazz doesn’t get any more exciting than this. Who needs a piano anyway? Well, if you want a piano, there’s options to fulfill your wildest dreams, with Peter Schimke, Brandon Wozniak, James Buckley and Jay Epstein on the bandstand at the Nomad World Pub later in the evening. Four stellar experimenters!

March 22. And speaking of piano, you can not get too much Chris Lomheim, on stage with his trio at the Artists Quarter tonight. From Evans to Monk to his own music, Chris merely needs to touch the piano and magic erupts.

More Jazz All Week
For the most complete and updated listing of local jazz events, see the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar at Bebopified, and now also accessed from the TC page on Jazz Police. Just try to keep up:

Friday, March 16: Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien/Chambers Hotel); Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Vinne Rose/Chris Lomheim/Jay Epstein at Shanghai Bistro (Hudson); Nathan Hanson and Emilia Lesbros at the Black Dog

Saturday, March 17: Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien/Chambers Hotel); Joann Funk Trio at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Lee Engele and James Allen at Pardon My French; Pig’s Eye Jass Band (St. Paddy’s Day Party) at the Eagle’s Aerie Club

Sunday, March 18: Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Café; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom

Monday, March 19: Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Solomon Parham at Jazz Central; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Zacc Harris Trio at Red Stag

Tuesday, March 20: Cory Wong Quartet followed by invitational jam at the Artists Quarter; Doug Haining and “Cool Breeze” Brown at The Nicollet; Acme Jazz Company at the Shorewood; Jack Brass Band at the Driftwood

Wednesday, March 21: Steve Kenny and the Bastids followed by the Dave Karr Quartet at the Artists Quarter; Patty Peterson “Women in Jazz” at KBEM/Minneapolis Community Education class at South High; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Wolverines Trio at Hell’s Kitchen

Thursday, March 22: Patty Peterson at The Lexington; Lulu’s Playground at the Black Dog; Jelloslave at Barbette

Coming Soon!
• March 23-24, Bruce Henry at the Artists Quarter
• March 25, Chris Bates Quintet Open Session III at Jazz Central
• March 25-26, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota
• March 29, Pete Whitman X-Tet at the Artists Quarter
• March 29, John Raymond Project CD Release at the Dakota
• March 31, Doug Little, Music of Roberto Fonseca, Jazz at Studio Z
• April 1, JaLaLa (Janice Siegel, Laurel Masse, Laura Kinhan) at the Dakota
• April 2, Interplay Workshop followed by John Raymond Project at Jazz Central
• April 6, Irvin Mayfield Quintet at Orchestra Hall
• April 6-7, Eric Kamau Gravatt at the Artists Quarter
• April 10, Cory Wong and Peña (TCJS Jazz From J to Z) at Minneapolis Southwest High School
• April 10, Gary Smulyan and the McNally Smith X-Tet at the Artists Quarter
• April 12, Francois Rabbath at Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music
• April 13-14, Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter
• April 14, Legends at the Capri, tribute to Frank Sinatra with Jason Richards and the Rick Carlson Trio
• April 15, PipJazz Sunday with Solomon Parham, Pippi Ardennia at Landmark Center, Weyerhauser Auditorium
• April 15, MacPhail Center for Music Combo Festival and Spotlight Concert featuring Adam Niewood, the Dakota Combo, and MacPhail Jazz Faculty
• April 19, KBEM’s REEL Jazz, “An Evening with Both DeFlores” (Louis Armstrong) at the Trylon Microcinema
• April 21, JazzMN Orchestra with Terell Stafford at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
• April 21, Judi Donaghy, Jazz@ St Barney’s
• April 22, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Fund Raiser at the Dakota
• April 22, Grace Kelly at the Dakota
• April 22, Doug Haining Quintet, Tribute to Cannonball Adderley (TCJS Jazz From J to Z) at the Artists Quarter
• April 28, Bruce Henry Tribute to Marvin Gaye at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
• April 29-30, Steve Tyrell at the Dakota
• May 4, Tortoise and Twin Cities Jazz All-Stars at the Walker Art Center
• May 8-9, Poncho Sanchez at the Dakota
• May 11, Evan Christopher with Lee Engele at Hopkins Center for the Arts
• May 11-12, Zacc Harris Group CD Release at the Artists Quarter
• May 12, Evan Christopher at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
• May 14, Kenny Garrett at the Dakota
• May 20-21, Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Dakota
• May 26, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Orchestra Hall
• June 22, A Love Electric/Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Ritz Theater
• June 28-30, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park (headliners Bad Plus with Joshua Redman; Delfeayo Marsalis Octet; Francisco Mela’s Cuban Safari)
• July 1-2, Bill Frisell at the Dakota
• September 26-27, Chick Corea and Gary Burton at the Dakota
• October 30-31, Maria Schneider Orchestra at the Dakota


Photos (top to bottom): Richard Johnson at the AQ in January; Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson; Chris Lomheim (photos by Andrea Canter)