Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, August 31 - September 6




Leigh Kamman Celebrates 90

© Andrea Canter

Labor Day Weekend generates many sounds and images—kids heading back to school, last weekends “up north” at the cabin, a final concert at the park bandshell. And for me, the Detroit Jazz Festival, four nights and three full days of music on four “main” stages, with a schedule jammed so tight you have to make some very painful choices (so do I hear Pat Metheny or Fred Hersch? Dave Binney or Uncle June with Craig Taborn? Joe Lovano or Tia Fuller?). Personally, since the sets are somewhat staggered, I try to get to the first part of one and the second part of another to the extent possible.  Choosing what music to hear in the Twin Cities is not usually so full of conflicts, but there are nights when it seems you need to say, “Beam me up, Scottie” to get to all appealing gigs. So here’s what I will miss this weekend, and what I can check out midweek when I return.

Highlights This Week
Phil Hey
August 31-September 1. The Phil Hey Quartet is turning up on weekends at the Artists Quarter more often, although they continue to hold a nearly monthly show on a Thursday night. They certainly deserve the bigger weekend crowd as one of the area’s standout jazz ensembles, one that has been turning up the heat on modern jazz standards for about a decade, as well as presenting original compositions.  Instrumentation is Modern Jazz Quartet (with Dave Hagedorn’s mallet virtuosity at the core) but the arrangements, and playlists, go far beyond MJQ’s swinging bebop, exploring works by Coltrane, Shorter, Miles, and more.

James Buckley
At the hip Icehouse, dinner sets with Bryan Nichols and James Buckley should pull in the over 30 crowd while still appealing to the younger generation. This is not piano bar music! Bryan and James can cover just about anything but are best known for their inventive takes on familiar and unfamiliar works of modern jazz composers as well as their own original material. Intimacy for curious listeners.

September 1. This is too intriguing to pass up… although I guess I won’t be within 500 miles. Maud Hixson with Dean Magraw and Jay Young? Cool cabaret intimacy with sophisticated strings; and with Dean and Jay, there has to be a touch of humor and conspiracy.  They perform at Parma in Bloomington.

September 2. A few years ago the jazz community came together to celebrate Leigh Kamman’s retirement as the voice of The Jazz Image, the long-running NPR program featuring interviews and commentary as only Leigh could do it. Now he’s celebrating his 90th birthday with a bash at the Artists Quarter (6 pm), with friends Carole Martin, Pete Whitman (with the X-Tet) and Brad Bellows spearheading the musical tributes. For sure there will be more musicians on hand and no doubt Leigh will have a few words to say himself. A great celebration for the man who defines the best of jazz broadcasting.

Bettye LaVette
September 2-3. This stretches the definition of jazz – really, Bettye LaVette is the “Great Lady of Soul,” but her bluesy storytelling has long appealed to jazz audiences and locally she has made the Dakota a second home. But for these two nights you can hear her for free once you pay your admission to the Minnesota State Fair, where she appears at the Linnie Stage. Not sure I can quite imagine how she will deliver her most soul-wrenching tales in the context of corn dogs and tractor pulls, but as a consummate entertainer, I’m sure she will pull it off.

Bryan Nichols
September 4.  Tuesdays are becoming showcase nights at the Artists Quarter, with bassist Billy Peterson and AQ owner/drummer Kenny Horst inviting one or two guest artists to join them in an evening of unpredictable jazz joy. Tonight, pianist Bryan Nichols makes it a cozy and creative trio, following the usual opening mayhem of the Cory Wong Quartet. Adding to the festive feel, each Tuesday in September will feature a drawing for a class set of CDs in between the prime time show’s first and second set. This week the winner receives a Max Roach set (8 albums on 4 CDs).

Pat Metheny (at Newport)
September 4-5. Pat Metheny waited three decades to put another horn player in the front line of a band. Chris Potter now joins the very elite circle –with  Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker—as one who has collaborated with the reigning king of jazz guitar. With Potter in the new Metheny Unity Band are Thelonious Monk Competition-winning bassist Ben Williams and one of the world’s leading drummers, Antonio Sanchez. I’ll get a taste of the music in Detroit before the quartet arrives at the Dakota for two nights, four sets. Yes, this is one of the most expensive jazz shows ever at the Dakota, but the line-up speaks for itself. And I would really rather hear this music in a jazz club setting than an outdoor stage with an audience of thousands. Although that is cool in other ways!

Marv Dahlgren and John Dickinson
September 5. I remember about five years ago there was a gig at the AQ dubbed “Marv Dahlgren and Friends.” Among the “friends” appearing on stage with the retired Minnesota Orchestra percussionist/master educator was his grandson, an up-and-coming vibraphonist named John Dickinson. Tonight they reprise that gig with more family and friends. Expect some dueling vibes and all sorts of fun. And come early, the fun begins with Steve Kenny and the Bastids at 7 pm.

September 6. Speaking of fun, how about a quintet headed by two trombones? That would be Valve (Brad Bellows) Meets Slide (Dave Graf) at the Artists Quarter. And you can start the evening in Lowertown where the Concrete and Grass Festival gets underway at Mears Park, with Jack Brass providing the jazz set. This talented band provides a playful opportunity to introduce someone to jazz as well as guaranteed entertainment for anyone already a fan of the music.

More Jazz All Week
There’s music every night, even on Labor Day at many venues. Keep up with the live jazz calendar on the home page of Jazz Police and send gig listings to tc@jazzpolice.com, and listen for updates on KBEM and KFAI radio. More suggestions:

Friday, August 31. New Standards, multiple showtimes at Heritage Square, Minnesota State Fair (no cover); Frankhouse at Admiral D’s (White Bear); Arne Fogel at The Lexington

Saturday, September 1. Charmin & Shapira, Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm);  Lucia Newell and Joan Griffith at Eat Street Social  (1 pm); Tony London at The Lexington

Sunday, September 2. Jim Anton Trio, brunch at the Icehouse; Maud Hixson and the Rick Carlson Trio at Minnetonka Orchards (3 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; River Falls Cultural Project at Emma’s Bar (River Falls)

Monday, September 3. Duke Robillard and Davina & the Vagabonds at the Dakota; Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse; Nick Daley at Jazz Central. Note Artists Quarter and Fireside Pizza are closed today.

Dean Magraw
Tuesday, September 4. Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog; Bill Simenson Big Band at Jazz Central; Jack Brass Band at Driftwood CharBar

Wednesday, September 5. Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Trio at Hell’s Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza

Thursday, September 6. Moonlight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves; Robb Henry Trio at Barbette

Coming Soon!
·         September 7, Tuesday Night Band at the Artists Quarter
·         September 7, Debbie Duncan and Ginger Commodore at the Dakota
·         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 9, PipJazz Sundays with Dennis Spears at Landmark Center
·         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
·         December 27-29, Bad Plus at the Dakota

John Scofield, coming to the Dakota September 18th


 All photos by Andrea Canter except Pat Metheny, by Kevin Mason

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 tc@jazzpolice.com. 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


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Women in Jazz, Gender in Jazz Journalism


Anat Cohen -- She doesn't just look good, she sounds great!
© Andrea Canter

Recently I was invited to participate in a blogging project about gender issues in jazz journalism. The perpetrator of this series of commentary is Willard Jenkins, writer/producer/consultant on a wide range of jazz-related projects who blogs via The Independent Ear on his Open Sky Jazz website. (Check it out, there’s always some great music playing.) Willard posed a number of questions about our experiences as women writing about jazz as well as our thoughts about gender issues in jazz more generally. It was an interesting set of questions and it will be more interesting to read the responses. (To date, Jenkins has posted two commentaries, mine and one from sometimes-Jazz Police reviewer Bridget Arnwine, who writes regularly for All About Jazz. See Independent Ear.)

As if it was planned, at the time these commentaries were posted on the Independent Ear, Jazz Times mailed out the September issue, dubbed “The Women’s Issue.” A lovely Jimmy Katz photo of clarinet star Anat Cohen fills the cover along with the names of Cassandra Wilson, Jenny Scheinman, Carmen Lundy, Cheryl Bentyne, Mary Halvorson and Nicole Mitchell—meaning there is some article or review about or by these artists. The Women’s Issue, just from the front cover, also includes a “special report” on the “death of smooth jazz” and a commentary from Nate Chinen on “The Kickstarter Revolution.” OK, these are not about women in jazz but no theme issue of JT is exclusively dedicated to the theme.

Fast rising star Tia Fuller
And it is great to see some of these artists getting attention. While of course Cohen and Wilson seem to be well represented in current jazz media, other women highlighted by JT are certainly among the many artists (of both genders) whose talents seem neglected or at least given too little recognition. JT Editor Evan Haga also addresses head-on the inevitable criticism he has received for publishing a “Women’s Issue”—noting comments such as “patronizing, pandering, no longer necessary.” He defends the decision to go with a gender-specific theme, noting that “the music is still largely a boy’s club, and I’m convinced that homing in on the contributions of jazz women—especially non-piano-laying instrumentalists—helps more than it hurts.” He goes on to reflect that complaints generated by this theme are really good signs of progress—“proof of progress not only in jazz as it exists on the bandstand but in jazz journalism as well.”

I applaud Haga and JT for addressing gender. But the special issue itself seems to contradict the notion that there has been substantial progress in jazz journalism. Haga even quotes trumpeter Laurie Frink, who more than 20 years ago told the New York Times that “Women have always been playing but the men haven’t written about it.”  So here is an issue of one of the major jazz magazines with a long list of men writing about women performers. The women, at least for the moment, caught their attention.

Avant-gardist Myra Melford
Where are the women journalists? A quick look through this issue of JT and it still looks like a boy’s club – a boy’s journalism club. The only woman represented in the photos is Deena Katz, collaborator with husband Jimmy on the Anat Cohen cover shot. In an issue devoted to women in jazz, was it really impossible to find one woman jazz writer to contribute? There is one female byline--flautist Nicole Mitchell's engaging back-page “Artists Choice” feature on “Women in the Avant-Garde.”  Artists’ Choice one of the most interesting ongoing features in the magazine, bringing one performer to talk about others. But it circumvents the concern about the limited number of women working in jazz (or generally arts) journalism.  Jazz Times has women contributors in its corral, not many, but some… and not one participated in this issue?

Yes, in some ways, it is progress for a major media outlet to highlight women in jazz, but then, every other issue can be dubbed “The Men’s Issue.” Maybe it is indeed patronizing and pandering – is that what it takes to level the gender playing field? What would happen if women were writing about the women – and men—who are making significant contributions to jazz? And what would happen if a Women's Issue was instead a Gender Issue-- with discussions about gender as it affects performing, bandleading, recording, teaching, reporting and criticism?

For now, apparently, we should be encouraged that the men are finally writing more about the women, at least once. One day, maybe a “Women’s Issue” will be substantially written by women. Or better yet, any magazine issue. It might give the boys a whole new slant on the music. 

Lauren Sevien breaking down gender barriers--playing a bari sax in Delfeayo Marsalis's band



 All photos by Andrea Canter

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, August 17-23


Eric Kamau Gravatt at the Icehouse
 © Andrea Canter
 This is my favorite weather, sunny and in the 70s. But prefer my jazz either really cool or really hot. And there is plenty of both  to enjoy this weekend and beyond.

Highlights This Week
August 17-18. Last spring, Brandon Wozniak, Adam Linz and Eric Kamau Gravatt got together at the Artists Quarter to try out a new trio. It all clicked, and a few weeks ago they gave it another whirl at the new Icehouse. Now they are back at the AQ for a weekend of  free-wheeling improvising on familiar jazz fare (Coltrane, Coleman, Shorter)  and original works. One of the most compelling aspects of this collaboration is the opportunity to hear each musician take extended solos – few ensembles give this much attention to the skills of the bassist, and Adam has plenty to hold our attention. Ditto for drum solos, and Eric Gravatt has a wealth of experience with the best in the business. And hearing saxman Brandon in this context is another blessing, as bass and drums push him to even higher summits of sound experiments, and the solo moments reinforce his reputation as one of the top horn players around.

Chris Bates
The Icehouse is fast becoming a favorite music venue among the most serious jazz fans as well as the most serious musicians. Weekends have been set aside for piano/bass duos this summer, and this weekend  features two of the best imaginable, both featuring bassist Chris Bates, with Bryan Nichols on keys Friday and Tommy O’Donnell on Saturday. This is considered the “dinner sets” starting at 7 pm, but this is hardly “dinner music.”  Figure Friday will have more edge, Saturday will have more swing. Both nights will be extraordinary. And no cover with dinner.

2011, Dakota Combo at Burnsville Fest
August 18. It’s the 9th annual Burnsville Art and All That Jazz Festival, a day of music and family fun, all free, and featuring some pretty hefty jazz sets. The young lions of the Dakota Combo, playing the last public gig for this 2011-2012 edition of the band, will open at Noon, followed by the Hot Swing Trio (guitarist Robert Bell and vocalist Erin Schwab), Doug Little’s Charanga Tropical, the popular fusion band Super Pilots, and closing out around sunset with the incomparable Randy Brecker. And this is all free.

Jake Baldwin and his new trumpet
Even if you make to the full festival in Burnsville, you will have time to end your jazzy day with an exciting ensemble of young monsters. The Jake Baldwin Quintet reprises their January Late Night at the Dakota gig, with a new twist—two trumpets. And one of those trumpets has a couple extra valves! Jake, soon to begin his senior year at the New England Conservatory of Music, has again assembled a band of talented cohorts, including pianist Joe Strachan (U of M), bassist Cory Grindberg (Northwestern U), drummer Miguel Hurtado (Manhattan School of Music alum), and tonight, a trumpet partner, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (U of M). But if Jake’s own trumpet looks a bit odd, note that he has been working at a trumpet factory this summer, and finally took matters into his own hands, building his own trumpet with extra valves for quarter notes and for a downward extension of the horn’s range. He tried it out last weekend when he was a guest on the PipJazz Sundays concert at Landmark Center. Not many musicians play an instrument they actually built.

August 20. It’s sort of an update of the old B-3 Organ Night, but now it’s at Jazz Central. Tonight Tanner Taylor shows off his organ chops, with Zacc Harris on guitar and Mac Santiago on drums. And it’s also a fund raiser for some repairs to the Jazz Central organ. We don’t hear Tanner often on the B-3, but he’s as skilled on the organ as he is on the acoustic piano.

Graydon Peterson
August 22. Often a sideman, now Graydon Peterson leads an up and coming quartet of his own at the Artists Quarter, featuring the very busy Adam Meckler (trumpet), Vincent Rose (guitar) and Adrian Suarez (drums). With his own compositions in the forefront here, expect some interesting experiments with time atop some melodic and hard groovin’ tunes. Come early for the weekly bash with Steve Kenny and the Bastids to refuel your bebop ears.  And it is a “taco night” with the best and cheapest concoctions from the Lopez Sisters, making this the best bargain for dinner and music. (Whatever they have for dessert tonight, get it.)
Snowblind
August 23. One of my favorite brass ensembles, Snowblind adds a new wrinkle to their sound with guest pianist Phil Aaron as the guys salute Blue Note Records, particularly the recordings of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, and Blue Mitchell. The core band includes Shilad Sen (sax), Adam Rossmiller (trumpet), Scott Agster (trombone), Graydon Peterson (bass), and Reid Kennedy (drums). When they started out about six years ago, Sen, Rossmiller and Kennedy were still working their way through music programs at the U of M, relatively unknowns on the Twin Cities jazz scene. Now they are among the elite class of first-call performers as well as educators passing it on. The addition of a rhythm instrument just might stir the pot in all sorts of new directions, even as they pay homage to iconic music.

More Jazz Every Night and Day!
It’s hard to keep up so thank goodness Don Berryman and Jazz Police help to do it for us. Visit the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar on the home page; listen to KBEM and KFAI for daily calendar updates and visit your favorite jazz venue website. A few more suggestions:

Reynold Philipsek and Matt Senjem
Friday, August 17. Reynold Philipsek Trio with Matt Senjem and Michael Bissonnette at the 318 Café; Nichola Miller with Tanner Taylor at Hell’s Kitchen; Maurice Jacox at The Lexington; Todd Harper and Nathan Hanson at the Black Dog

Saturday, August 18. Lucia Newell and Zacc Harris at Eat Street Social (early afternoon); Nachito Herrera at the Dakota; Dorothy Doring and Phil Mattson at The Lexington

Sunday, August 19. Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; River Falls Cultural Project at Emma’s Bar Downtown (River Falls); Charmin Michelle with the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom

Monday, August 20. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek at Red Stag; Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Erin Bode at the Dakota; Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse; Firebell at Barbette

Tuesday, August 21. Cory Wong Quartet followed by the Peter Schimke Trio with Dave Brattain at the Artists Quarter; Doug Haining/Scott Agster Big Band at Jazz Central; Jack Brass Band at the Driftwood Charbar; Carei Thomas and Alden Ikeda at the Black Dog; Orange Mighty Trio at Café Maude

Charmin Michelle
Wednesday, August 22. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Wolverines Trio at Hell’s Kitchen

Thursday, August 23. Viva Brasil at the Dakota; The Neighborhood Trio at the Red Stag; Robb Henry at Barbette

Coming Soon!
·         August 24, Media Addicts CD Release at the Artists Quarter
·         August 24, Nichola Miller at The Lexington
·         August 24, Boot Camp (Jeremy Walker) at the Dakota (late night)
·         August 25, Whitman/Schimke/Lewis/Horst at the Artists Quarter
·         August 25, Lucia Newell at The Lexington
·         August 30, Birthday Bash with Jeanne Arland Peterson, Irv Williams and Cliff Brunzell at the Artists Quarter
·         August 31, Arne Fogel at The Lexington
·         August 31-September 1, Phil Hey Quartet at the Artists Quarter
·         September 4-5, Pat Metheny Unity Band at the Dakota
·         September 8, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival
·         September 9, Dakota Combo Auditions at MacPhail Center for Music
·         September 9, Ben Sidran at the Dakota
·         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 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 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
·         December 7, Manhattan Transfer at the Dakota

Lucia Newell, coming to The Lexington on August 25th