Friday, November 30, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, November 30 - December 6



The Atlantis Quartet returns to the Artists Quarter this weekend


© Andrea Canter

As we settle in to cooler weather and earlier sunsets, the music scene continues to keep us warm and alert. Old friends, new residents, popular visitors and more are on the schedule this week.

Hot Gigs This Week

Vinnie Rose
Friday, November 30. The Loring Park edition of Café Maude has not been in business long but has already established itself as a music venue with serious intent. Tonight, one of the hottest young musicians in town, guitarist Vincent Rose, takes the band stand with his trio—bassist Jeremy Boettcher and drummer Adrian Suarez. Yes, the same Jeremy Boettcher who went on the road with Delfeayo Marsalis earlier this fall.

Friday/Saturday, November 30-December 1. About six years ago, a quartet of young hipsters shook the local jazz community with their edgy compositions and commitment to collaborative invention. Now, three CDs later and ready to record #4, the Atlantis Quartet will offer a preview of new works as well as favorites at the Artists Quarter. The AQ at the AQ boasts a crew of the area’s finest—Zacc Harris on guitar, Brandon Wozniak on sax, Chris Bates on bass and Pete Hennig on drums. Heck. These guys would be among the finest anywhere.

Phil Mattson
Saturday, December 1. There’s a cool little jazz series out in Plymouth –Jazz @St. Barneys, a monthly presentation of top area artists, usually a duo or trio performing in the Arts Center of St Barnabus Lutheran Church. But tonight it’s a larger ensemble as the Phil Mattson Singers make their St Barney’s debut. Phil moved to the Twin Cities a couple years ago and brought with him his years as composer, arranger, pianist and vocal music instructor. His Phil Mattson Singers is a vocal sextet that performs arrangements of standards and original music under Phil’s baton (and piano accompaniment).  Young Trevor Haining adds drums. (Note this concert starts later than usual, at 7:30 pm.) If you can’t make this one, you have a second chance later this week- the Phil Mattson Singers perform at the Artists Quarter on Thursday, December 6th.

Sunday, December 2. How about a little ride out to Cannon Falls? Songbird Maud Hixson and songful pianist Rick Carlson team up for some afternoon music in the Cannon River Winery. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Monday, December 3. Dean Sorenson is always cooking up something interesting for his U of M jazz ensembles, and tonight it’s a centennial celebration of the great arranger, Gil Evans. Jazz Ensemble I boasts some mighty fine young musicians, including a few who are already making names for themselves with various pro projects around town – Joe Strachan, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin and more. This is a freebie at Ted Mann.

Adam Linz
There’s a heavy double header tonight at the Icehouse. Leading off will be Embezzler, a trio with Paul Metzger, Adam Linz and JT Bates. After a break, Adam and JT return with Mike Lewis for a steamy set from Fat Kid Wednesdays. (Bet you’ll see most of the U of M Jazz Ensemble I here after their gig!)

Tuesday, December 4. Back by popular demand, Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira, and friends, return to the Dakota for another “Foodie Night” filled with their swinging takes on standards and more. Across the river, it’s “First Tuesdays” at the Black Dog with Dean Magraw and Davu Seru, and special guest, eclectic vocalist/songwriter Claudia Schmitt. Claudia recorded with Dean a few years ago and you would have to look really hard to find two more compatible souls for musical collaboration.

Jana Nyberg
Wednesday, December 5. Sometimes there’s too much in one night! Start out at the Dakota for at least the first set with the Jana Nyberg Group. They’re young but they’re savvy, and with singer/flautest Jana at the helm, this band will swing one moment and groove the next, with trumpeter Adam Meckler, guitarist Evan Montgomery, bassist Matt Peterson and drummer Zach Schmidt. 

Sue Orfield
Later, head across the river for a rare engagement with Sue Orfield at the Artists Quarter. Sue lives in Eau Claire and plays in a number of area bands after earning her stripes as a popular blues saxophonist in the Seattle area. Sue most recently hit town to play with the Tuesday Night Band and has appeared in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Now she has a new band with Eau Claire connections—pianist Josh Gallagher, bassist Jeremy Boettcher and drummer Mike Malone. Alternately, stay in Minneapolis and catch a rare Wednesday night gig at Jazz Central, this one featuring Doug Haining’s Cannonball Collective. This quintet performed on the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Jazz From J to Z last spring and have been chomping at the bit to do it again.

Maryann Sullivan
Thursday, December 6.  If you have been missing the voice of Maryann Sullivan since she left KBEM a few weeks ago, now you can hear it again, albeit a different context. Acting on a dare from her husband, Maryann decided to pursue a second career as a vocalist, studying with Vicky Mountain and Connie Olson. And now she has a new CD which she will celebrate tonight on the Third Floor at Dr. Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau (the old Vintage mansion) in St. Paul. The recording is filled with mostly under-performed songs, a few surprises, and that great “radio voice” set to music.

More Jazz, All Week!
Can’t find a date without some live jazz around town. For more listings, visit Jazz Police and KBEM sites. More suggestions:

JoAnn Funk
Friday, November 30. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Meridien Hotel); Nachito Herrera at the Dakota; Sophia Shorai at Hell’s Kitchen

Saturday, December 1. Lucia Newell and Zacc Harris at Eat Street Social (1-3 pm); Mill City Hot Club at Lake Harriet Brewing Co. (1-3 pm); JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); James Buckley and Bryan Nichols, dinner set at the Icehouse; Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Meridien Hotel); Twin Cities Hot Club at the Red Stag

Sunday, December 2. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Café; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria’s Café; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom; Jon Pemberton Trio at the Red Stag

Monday, December 3. Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Dave Graf and the Jazz Central All Stars at Jazz Central; Robb Henry Trio at Barbette

Tuesday, December 4. Cory Wong Quartet followed by Brandon Wozniak/Phil Aaron/Billy Peterson/Kenny Horst at the Artists Quarter; Bill Simenson Big Band at Jazz Central; Beasley’s Big Band at O’Gara’s

Joel Shapira
Wednesday, December 5. Connie Evingson and Dave Karr, Jazz in the Lounge at the Women's Club of Minneapolis; Joel Shapira at Café Maude (Penn Av); Steve Kenny and the Bastids, early set at the Artists Quarter; Cannonball Collective (Doug Haining) at Jazz Central

Thursday, December 6. Midnight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves; Maurice Jacox and Tanner Taylor at Jazz Central

Coming Soon!

· December 7-8, Manhattan Transfer at the Dakota
. December 7, Connie Evingson at the Artists Quarter
· December 8, Babatunde Lea Quartet at Studio Z
. December 8, Magraw/Wozniak/Peterson/Horst at the Artists Quarter
· December 9, PipJazz Sundays Holiday Showcase at Landmark Center
. December 10, Atlantis Quartet at the Icehouse
· December 12-13, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
· December 14-15, Reid Anderson CANCELED due to SPCO lockout (to be rescheduled)
. December 14-15, Laura Caviani Holiday Show at the Artists Quarter
. December 18, Haining/Agster Explosion at Jazz Central
· December 21-22, A Hot Christmas (Lee Engele, Joan Griffith, Reynold Philipsek, Gary Schulte), Bloomington Center for the Arts Black Box Theater
. December 26, Moore by Four at the Dakota
· December 27-29, Bad Plus at the Dakota
· December 28-29, Pat Mallinger at the Artists Quarter
· December 29, Peterson Family Holiday Concert at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. December 31, Carole Martin, Pat Mallinger and Friends, NY Eve Party at the Artists Quarter
. January 4, Koplant No at the Icehouse (11 pm)
· January 12, Vicky Mountain,“Voice of Van Heusen” at the Black Box Theater, Bloomington
. January 15, Latin Jazz All-Stars (Steve Turre, Pete Escovedeo) at the Dakota
. January 18, Dorothy Doring CD Release at the Artists Quarter
. January 20, Sing the Truth (Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright) at the Mpls Convention Center
. January 22, Jose Feliciano at the Dakota
· January 27-28, Dave Holland Quintet at the Dakota
. February 12-13, Stacey Kent at the Dakota
· February 22, Bill Frisell at Macalester (Janet Wallace Auditorium)
. March 9, McCoy Tyner Quartet at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
. March 9, Randy Brecker with the JazzMN Orchestra at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
. April 1, Bela Fleck and Chick Corea at the Dakota
· 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

The Manhattan Transfer returns to the Dakota, December 7-8































Friday, November 23, 2012

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


The Dave King Trucking Company, coming to the Artists Quarter


© Andrea Canter

Baby, it’s cold outside! Relatively speaking, that is. Maybe we were spoiled by the mild temps of the past few weeks. But if it is getting colder outside, it is only getting hotter inside our area clubs and music venues, and all signs point to an exciting winter jazz season. Maybe enough to bring in some of the Mn Orchestra and SPCO audiences starved for live music? This week is as diverse as it gets, with Meshell Ndegeocello and Karrin Allyson on the Dakota schedule, Dave King Trucking Company and Pete Whitman X-Tet at the Artists Quarter, the Zacc Harris Group at Café Maude/Loring Park, Nichola Miller at Jazz Central… and the beat goes on.

Big Gigs This Week
Friday/Saturday, November 23-24. Hot off a recording session for their second CD, the Dave King Trucking Company parks for the weekend at the Artists Quarter. It’s a quintet on record (with New York-based Chris Speed providing a second reed) but the core quartet will be on the AQ stage, with Brandon Wozniak, Adam Linz and Erik Fratzke joining driving force Dave King. Come for the monologue, stay for the music!

Gary Schulte
And you can start the evening on a more sane and swinging note a block down the street at the Lobby Bar of the St Paul Hotel, where Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske expand to two nights. They celebrate with special guest, violin virtuoso Gary Schulte, on Friday. This is a perfect spot to unwind and recover from Black Friday madness; Funk and Brueske are a most compatible pair, and the addition of Schulte makes this a very special experience.

Meshell Ndegeocello
Sunday, November 25. You would be hard pressed to find a more eclectic musician on the scene today than Meshell Ndegeocello. Bassist, vocalist, songwriter and conceptualist, Meshell returns to the Dakota with her tribute to muse Nina Simone. Inventive musician and social activist, Simone was a major influence for Meshell, who started out more conservatively with some pop/rock/dance hits in the early 90s, now more inclined to meld rock/jazz/hiphop and beyond.

Pete Whitman
Monday, November 26. There are two chances this week to enjoy saxophonist Pete Whitman. In addition to his monthly last Thursday at the Artists Quarter with his X-Tet, Pete will shine in a much more intimate context tonight at Jazz Central. Likely cohorts are Tanner Taylor and Mac Santiago, and you never know who will show up to jam on the late set.

JT Bates’ Jazz Implosion series at the Icehouse continues tonight with the Graydon Peterson Quartet, one of the hottest of new bands in town. Now well-established as a first-call bassist with a wide range of chops, Peterson harnesses the skills of trumpeter Adam Meckler, guitarist Vinnie Rose and drummer Adrian Suarez for his debut at one of the area’s most daring music venues.

Karrin Allyson
Monday/Tuesday, November 26-27. Without fail, vocalist Karrin Allyson gives it everything she’s got whenever she lands on the stage at the Dakota. Maybe it’s because the Twin Cities have been a second home; maybe it’s because she can count on family (her mom lives here) and friends to be in the audience; maybe it’s because Karrin knows no other way to perform. Last year’s release, Round Midnight, was one of her all-time best, and it’s always a treat to hear new additions to her repertoire as well as crowd favorites. She raises the bar every time.

Zacc Harris
Tuesday, November 27. The Zacc Harris Group gets quite a workout this week, following their weekend gigs at Café Maude/Loring Park with tonight’s offering at sister venue, Café Maude in southwest Minneapolis. Guitarist Harris assembles a stellar crew, with Bryan Nichols on piano, Chris Bates on bass and Pete Hennig on drums. Anticipate mostly original music perfectly paired with the creative dinner menu. And speaking of original music, Big Band night at Jazz Central features one of the most creative young composers around, Adam Meckler and his Orchestra, with special guests tonight, Doug Haining (sax) and Scott Agster (trombone)—coleaders of their own big band.

Steve Kenny
Wednesday, November 28. What Would Monk Do in a 21st century context? Led by trumpeter Steve Kenny, an ensemble of area veterans tries to answer that question, tonight at the Artists Quarter. Along with Kenny, the explorers include Peter Schimke on piano, Billy Peterson on bass and Kenny Horst on drums. They get underway following Kenny and “The Bastids” opening at 7 pm.

Dakota Combo
Thursday, November 29. The Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Young Artists series continues at the Artists Quarter with a 7 pm set featuring the Dakota Combo. Directed by Adam Linz via the support of MacPhail and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, this year’s ensemble features adventurous instrumentation, an octet of horns, rhythm, violin and vibes. Gotta hear these high school students!   

 Over at Jazz Central, the new vocalist series continues with sassy swinger Nichola Miller (backed by Tanner Taylor). Jazz and cabaret meet on very friendly terms in this intimate space.

More Jazz, Every Night
We’re never at a loss for music, even with the double lock-outs. Live jazz calendars will help you find your favorites as well as some new sounds – check out Jazz Police and KBEM.

Marcus Wise and Dean Magraw
Friday, November 23. Birthday jam for Luis Santiago at Jazz Central; Zacc Harris Group at Café Maude/Loring Park; Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Meridien Hotel); Marcus Wise/Dean Magraw at the Icehouse (7 pm); Debbie Duncan at The Lexington; Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek at the Wine Market

Saturday, November 24. Maurice Jacox and Bobby E at Eat Street Social (1 pm);  Ticket to Brasil at the Loring Pasta Bar; Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Meridien Hotel); Bryan Nichols and Dean Magraw at the Icehouse (7 pm); Charmin Michelle at Parma; Nachito Herrera at the Dakota; Zacc Harris Group at Café Maude/Loring Park; Sophia Shorai at the Red Stag

Sunday, November 25. Patty and the Buttons at the Aster Café; Charmin Michelle with the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Medina Ballroom (3 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Zack Lozier at the Red Stag

Monday, November 26. Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Patty and the Buttons at the Red Stag

Tuesday, November 27. Cory Wong Quartet followed by Dean Magraw and friends at the Artists Quarter; Café Accordion at the Loring Pasta Bar; Carl Franzen and Rahjta Ren at the Black Dog

Wednesday, November 28. Wolverines Trio at Hell’s Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Sophia Shorai at the Dakota; Dan Musselman at the Red Stag; James Buckley and Bryan Nichols at Café Maude (Penn Av)

Robert Everest
Thursday, November 29. Eastside at Hell’s Kitchen; Pete Whitman X-Tet at the Artists Quarter; Robert Everest at the Icehouse (6 pm); Lee Engele at the Red Stag; Carl Franzen, Rahjta Ren, and Antonio Monterroso at the Third Floor (Doctor Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau)

Coming Soon!
· November 30-December 1, Atlantis Quartet at the Artists Quarter
· December 4, Charmin & Shapira at the Dakota
. December 4, Claudia Schmitt at the Black Dog
. December 5, Sue Orfield Quartet at the Artists Quarter
· 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 10, Atlantis Quartet at the Icehouse
· December 12-13, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
· December 14-15, Reid Anderson CANCELED due to SPCO lockout (to be rescheduled)
. December 18, Haining/Agster Explosion at Jazz Central
· 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
. December 31, Carole Martin, Pat Mallinger and Friends, NY Eve Party at the Artists Quarter
. January 4, Koplant No at the Icehouse (11 pm)
· January 12, Vicky Mountain,“Voice of Van Heusen” at the Black Box Theater, Bloomington
. January 18, Dorothy Doring CD Release at the Artists Quarter
. January 20, Sing the Truth (Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright) at the Mpls Convention Center
. January 22, Jose Feliciano at the Dakota
· January 27-28, Dave Holland Quintet at the Dakota
. February 4, Lynne Arriale at the Dakota
. February 12-13, Stacey Kent at the Dakota
· February 22, Bill Frisell at Macalester (Janet Wallace Auditorium)
. March 9, McCoy Tyner Quartet at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
. March 9, Randy Brecker with the JazzMN Orchestra at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
· 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

Sue Orfield returns to the AQ on December 5th


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jazz Face: Pierre Blanchard, Gypsy Jazz All-Star





Pierre Blanchard at the Dakota Jazz Club, November 19, 2012
© Andrea Canter

Dorado Schmitt and Ludovic Beier
The band is billed as Dorado Schmitt’s Gypsy Jazz All-Stars, but an equal amount of glory and virtuosity belongs to his long-standing partner, violinist Pierre Blanchard. Together they revive Reinhardt and Grappelli, augmented by the energy and wide-ranging sonics of accordionist Ludovic Beier. (At the Dakota last week, Beier introduced many of us to the accordina—a hybrid harmonica/accordion that sounds like… both.)  Although mostly suggesting time travel to the Paris of the 20s and 30s,  Schmitt and Blanchard’s “Caravan” offered a unique and exotic blend of time and place.

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

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, November 9-15



Anat Cohen with bassist Joe Martin, coming to the Dakota November 10th



© Andrea Canter

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” comes to mind when I look at this weekend’s options for live jazz. Help!!! Too much, too many choices.  Ah, well, maybe there can never be too much of a good thing. And there is no end to the good things for all tastes this weekend, and more going into the week. Really, we are lucky to live here. And with Give to the Max Day coming (November 15), remember to support your favorite music organizations so we can continue to enjoy one of the most jazz-friendly cities in the country.

Big Gigs This Week
Patty and Paul Peterson
November 9-10. A couple weeks ago, vocalist Patty Peterson officially released her latest recording, The Very Thought of You, sharing a double bill at the Dakota with Bobby Lyle. Now Patty celebrates in St Paul—it’s her birthday, too—with a weekend all her own at the Artists Quarter. That means a terrific band featuring a few more Petersons (brother Paul on drums and nephew Jason DeLaire on sax), guitarist Billy Franze, keyboardist Bobby Vandell, and who knows, more Petersons and more friends are likely to appear.  The line between jazz and R&B gets pretty fuzzy with Patty and the band, and with these musicians, that is a good thing.

The new Café Maude at Loring Park, like it’s sister spot in southwest Minneapolis, is quickly becoming a haven for modern jazz. This weekend enjoy a Tribute to Steve Lacy with the very talented ensemble of Scott Fultz (sax), Luke Polipnick (guitar) and Alden Ikeda (drums). Not the usual fare for downtown cafes.

Evan Christopher
November 10. The lockouts of both major orchestras has caused a lot of disappointment already with concert cancelations now through December. One of the early casualties was the Minnesota Orchestra’s Clarinet Festival, which this weekend was to feature Anat Cohen and Evan Christopher. Enter Lowell Picket, who figured both clarinet stars might be available for a gig at the Dakota. The Anat Cohen Quartet with Special Guest, Evan Christopher, promises to be one of the top shows of the fall season. And in the smaller space, perhaps a lot more engaging than the originally scheduled concert.

Jazz at Studio Z continues its season in Lowertown St Paul with the Dave Karr Quartet (Dave Karr, Dave Graf, Adam Linz, Phil Hey). The JASZ series starts out at 5 pm with a free public workshop presented by the musicians, and tonight Dave leads the session on “Building A Be-bop Vocabulary.” Who better to present on bebop than the 82-year-old bop master himself? Come for the workshop and get $2 off on your ticket to the 7 pm concert.

Pippi Ardennia and youth artist Joshua Jones
November 11. For a terrific overview of the future of local jazz, you can’t top tonight’s PipJazz Youth All-Star Night at Landmark Center. Since last November, PipJazz has presented student artists at each monthly concert, and tonight Pippi Ardennia has gathered her youth guests for a night showcasing their exceptional talents. The young musicians will play with the PipJazz house band (including Pippi, Peter Schimke, Billy Peterson, Jay Young, Dean Magraw, Marcus Wise, Glenn Swanson) in varying combinations. Close your eyes, you won’t believe these are teenagers. 

Vicky Mountain
Down the street, and starting a couple hours later, it’s a 20th Anniversary Party for the acclaimed Nova Classic Jazz Orchestra at the Artists Quarter. This big band has built its repertoire via member compositions and commissions, meaning they play a unique book of music as well as new arrangements of the great jazz orchestras. There’s no cover, making this the best jazz bargain of the week. And across town, Jazz Central hosts a unique pairing of vocalists celebrating the unique contributions of a pair of legends – Vicky Mountain and Maryann Sullivan salute the music of Anita O’Day and Blossom Dearie (“Dearie and O’Day”). 

November 12. Jazz Central’s Monday nights have proven to be terrific opportunities to bring musicians together for some fun and experimentation that might not get bookings I more commercial spaces. Tonight it’s trombonist Jeff Rinear and drummer Matt Edlund, with pianist Tanner Taylor and bassist Graydon Peterson.

Bettye LaVette
November 12-13. Bettye LaVette is truly a soul singer, not a jazz artist, but count a lot of jazzers among her fans in the Twin Cities. She’s an emotive storyteller, constantly bringing new material to the stage as well as the favorites her fans demand. She’s at the Dakota for two nights of brilliant soul. Move over, Aretha.

November 13. Three consecutive Tuesdays featuring Dean Magraw launch tonight at the Artists Quarter, with the Dean Magraw/Bryan Nichols Quartet. The eclectic guitarist and inventive pianist have collaborated many times and the results are always magical. And the Jazz Central Big Band night continues, this week featuring the Cedar Avenue Big Band. No, the sound is not overwhelming in this small space—very little amplification needed so you hear what is really going on inside a big band. It’s a unique experience and maybe the best setting to really enjoy big band music. Just don’t try to dance.

November 14. A duo I would love to hear (drat, I am out of town tonight) at Café Maude (Penn Ave)—saxman Chris Thomson and bassist James Buckley. Please go and tell me about it.

Phil Mattson Singers
November 15. Jazz Central continues its new vocal series with the Phil Mattson Singers. Phil moved here a few years ago after a long and distinguished career leading vocal ensembles, teaching, and arranging. Now he just continues his work in the Twin Cities as well as continuing his leadership of some major choral events and festivals around the country. One of his local projects is the Phil Mattson Singers, a sextet of vocalists drawn from some of the top voices in the region. And of course Phil accompanies the group on piano. An intimate space for some very savvy vocal music.

More Jazz, Every Night
For the most complete picture of live jazz around town, you might need to read two calendars—Jazz Police and KBEM. More suggestions for the coming week:
Friday, November 9. Lee Engele at Pardon My French; Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien); Community Pool/Deep End with Erik Fratzke, Brian Roessler, Peter Leggett at the Black Dog; Vital Organ at Hell’s Kitchen; James Buckley and Bryan Nichols at the Icehouse (dinner sets); Charmin Michelle at House of Pizza (Sartell, MN)

Maryann Sullivan
Saturday, November 10. Samba Meu at the Black Dog (2 pm); Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien); James Buckley and Bryan Nichols at the Icehouse (dinner sets); Maryann Sullivan at Parma; Mississippi Peace/Jello Slave/James Patrick at the Icehouse (late sets)

Sunday, November 11. Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar

Monday, November 12. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Headspace at the Artists Quarter, JT’s Jazz Implosion featuring Courageous Endeavors at the Icehouse; Jon Pemberton at the Red Stag; Josh Granowski and Patrick Harrison at Barbette

Tuesday, November 13. Frankhouse at Hell’s Kitchen; Cory Wong Quartet at the Artists Quarter (7 pm); Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog

Graydon Peterson
Wednesday, November 14. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; The Wolverines Trio at Hell’s Kitchen;  Steve Kenny and the Bastids followed by the Graydon Peterson Quartet at the Artists Quarter; Caravan of Thieves at the Dakota

Thursday, November 15. Illicit Sextet at the Artists Quarter; Gypsy Mania at Barbette; Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret (through November 18) with Flying Forms, Zeitgeist, and Atlantis Quartet.

Coming Soon!
Note cancelations due to the lockouts of the Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO apply to come jazz events.

·         November 15-18, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z (featuring Zeitgeist, Atlantis Quartet, Orange Mighty Trio, Bill Simenson Orchestra, Carei Thomas)
·         November 16, Donald Washington and Brad Bellows Quartet at the Black Dog
·         November 17, JazzMN Orchestra Tribute to New Orleans, Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
·         November 17, Sidewalk Café at Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabus Church)
·         November 17, How Birds Work at the Artists Quarter
·         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


The JazzMN Orchestra salutes New Orleans on November 17th