|Spiral Visions, at the Artists Quarter this weekend|
© Andrea Canter
Seems that 2012 ended, and 2013 began, with no real break in the jazz action in the Twin Cities. And the jazz action for the coming week starts out with a Dave Hagedorn mini-festival as the vibes virtuoso is in residence three consecutive nights at the Artists Quarter (in duo with Dan Cavanagh and in quintet with Spiral Visions). It’s also a Minnesota-New York reunion weekend as four musicians with ties to both cities come together in a new quartet on the Dakota Late Night schedule (Kelly Rossum, Jeremy Walker, Michael O’Brien and Miguel Hurtado). The coming week also brings us a family reunion featuring the Hainings (Doug, Trevor and Preston) at Jazz Central. 2013 promises to fully support the premise that jazz is alive and well in the Twin Cities!
Highlights This Week
Friday, January 4. Less than a week after three generations of Petersons celebrated the New Year and matriarch Jeanne’s “retirement,” Patty Peterson returns to the Dakota for one night with “Friends” including contemporary jazz saxophonist Steve Cole and brother Ricky Peterson on B-3. Pianist Tommy Barbarella, Billy Franze (tonight on bass) and drummer Bobby Vandell round out the band, always a big draw so come down early or better yet, make a reservation.
|Joel Vanderheyden (Koplant No)|
Weekends at the Icehouse in south Minneapolis start off with a dinner set duo, this weekend featuring pianist Bryan Nichols and bassist James Buckley. And all sorts of music typically fill the late night schedule. Tonight, one of the top modern jazz ensembles in the Midwest, Koplant No, comes in at 11 pm with a raft of new compositions, including ten that appear on their new album, Distants. If you caught these guys on the Sixth Street Stage at the 2012 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, or a year earlier at the Artists Quarter, you have a good idea of what to expect—an intriguing blend of acoustic and electronic elements, elegant harmonies from the horns of Twin Cities native Joel Vanderheyden and Brian Lewis Smith, sonic explorations via bass, percussion, synth, vibes and more from Drew Morton and Ron Baner.
Friday-Saturday, January 4-5. Dave Hagedorn continues his three-night run at the Artists Quarter. On January 3rd, he reunited with former student, pianist Dan Cavanagh for a duo set reprising their elegant 2010 recording, Horizon. For the weekend, Dave’s back on the bandstand as co-leader of Spiral Visions, a quintet dedicated to revisiting the works of the Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land Quintet of the 1960s. Launched last November as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Jazz From J to Z series, Spiral Visions features coleader Dave Milne (sax), Phil Aaron (piano), Tom Lewis (bass) and Phil Hey (drums) – so essentially the Phil Hey Quartet + Milne. The results were “too marvelous for words” and this is a most welcome second gig.
Saturday, January 5. Once upon a time, Kelly Rossum lived in the Twin Cities where he made music in a wide range of classical and jazz contexts and directed jazz at MacPhail; then he moved to New York to check out Big Apple opportunities, but soon moved again to pursue university teaching, first in Alabama and now in Virginia. Meanwhile Twin Cities native Jeremy Walker opened and closed a small jazz club (Brilliant Corners), launched a jazz collective known as Jazz Is Now!, moved to New York and returned a year later to lead new bands including Box Car and Boot Camp. Earlier, another Twin Cities native, bassist Michael O’Brien decided to check out New York where he has become a busy resident musician. And finally, drummer Miguel Hurtado graduated from Minneapolis South High, went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music, and returned to the Twin Cities where he is becoming a first-call player and bandleader. Put all these characters into one quartet for one late night at the Dakota! How can you even think of sleep with all this music-making?
Monday, January 7. It’s the first “Father and Sons” night at Jazz Central, with the spotlight on those talented Haining men – dad Doug on sax (Twin Cities 7, Haining/Agster Big Band) and sons Trevor (drums) and Preston (bass and trumpet). Trevor studied at Indiana University and has been gigging around the Twin Cities; Preston is completing studies at the University of North Texas. Have to wonder if mom Maryann Sullivan might put in a cameo appearance on vocals?
Monday-Tuesday, January 7-8. It is not accurate to describe singer/songwriter/satirist Nellie McKay as a jazz musician but there really is no way to describe her categorically. McKay returns to the Dakota for two nights of unpredictable musical commentary about anything from politics to culture. She might offer some covers (Doris Day?) as well as original tunes and lyrics, accompanying herself on piano or ukulele, dead panning as she delivers the most outrageous and hilarious storylines. She might not be the jazziest act you will see this year, but she will be one of the most entertaining. (And don’t let her humor obscure the fact that she is a very talented musician.)
|Jack Brass Band|
Tuesday, January 8. If you have not yet checked out music at the Amsterdam Bar in St Paul, this might be a good reason – Jack Brass Band. The Amsterdam is a bar, but a bar with a large space both on and off stage. Which makes it a perfect setting for the high energy, horn heavy antics of Jack Brass, the Twin Cities answer to Crescent City second liners. And some of the area’s best musicians hang out in Jack Brass so you are always guaranteed superb artistry. Jack Brass has many traditional elements, but this is not your grandpa’s trad band. Think of it as jazz roots with 21st century fertilizer.
Tuesday-Wednesday, January 8-9. If it was a Dave Hagedorn weekend, it is a Dean Magraw week at the Artists Quarter. Dean hosts four consecutive Tuesday nights at the AQ as “Dean Magraw and Friends,” a frequently recurring theme which finds the standout guitarist collaborating with the likes of Billy Peterson, Chris Bates, Phil Aaron, Brandon Wozniak and Kenny Horst. And this week, there’s a double dose of Dean as his Red Planet trio returns to the AQ (Wednesday), with Chris Bates and Jay Epstein. This ensemble has been presenting innovative interpretations of Coltrane and Shorter as well as original works for the past decade, and they keep evolving, stretching into the far reaches of universe with every gig.
Wednesday, January 9. The Cedar Cultural Center hosts a Local World Music Showcase tonight, featuring three top ensembles – Ticket to Brasil (led by guitarist/vocalist Pavel Jany), the Lau Hawaiian Collective, and the Robert Everest Expedition. You can pretty much cover the globe in one evening.
Thursday, January 10. It’s not exactly a music venue, but the St Paul Jewish Community Center has an outstanding track record for presenting the leaders of modern Israeli jazz. Past performances have included the great guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and pianist Omer Klein. Now, one of the rising stars of jazz bass in the U.S., Israeli native Omer Avital brings his acclaimed Band of the East project to St. Paul. Drawing influences from a diverse musical and cultural landscape (Israeli folk songs, Yemenite Jewish liturgical music, Arabic and Mediterranean popular music, Ashkenazi and Sephardic songs and prayers, European art music, Western popular music and American jazz and blues), members of Band of the East touring the U.S. this winter include Avital (bass and oud), Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone), Nadav Remez (guitar), Jason Lindner (piano and keyboards), and Daniel Freedman (drums). Locally, we’ve recently seen Lindner and Freedman with Anat Cohen; Greg Tardy has performed at the Artists Quarter and with Bill Frisell at the Dakota. I caught Avital last spring in Davenport with pianist Lynne Arriale and am eager to see him in a leading role. (Special alert to area bass instructors—buy a $20 ticket and your students can get a $5 student ticket.)
|South Singer Showcase|
Tonight is the annual South Singers Showcase at Minneapolis South High School. It’s always a treat to see what these young musicians – both the singers and the accompanying jazz band—have accomplished. And it is also encouraging to see the turnout of family and friends who support the always-stellar South High music program. Guest vocalist Vicky Mountain gilds the lily.
More Jazz Every Night
Friday, January 4. Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien Hotel); Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner set at the Icehouse; Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at the Medina Ballroom; Todd Harper followed by Pirates of Possibilities followed by Midnight Choir at the Black Dog; Sean Carey/Jeremy Boettcher/Vinnie Rose at Shanghai Bistro
Saturday, January 5. JelloSlave at the Aster Café; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner set at the Icehouse; Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at D’Amico Kitchen (Le Meridien Hotel); Parisota Hot Club at the Loring Pasta Bar; Glen Helgesen and Gary Schulte at the 318 Café; Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
Sunday, January 6. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Café; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Mouldy Figs at Mainstreet Grill (Hopkins)
Monday, January 7. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; JT’s Jazz Implosion (Fat Kid Wednesdays) at the Icehouse
Tuesday, January 8. Cory Wong Quartet, early show at the Artists Quarter; Café Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; Nick Haas at Hell’s Kitchen
Wednesday, January 9. Steve Kenny and the Bastids, early show at the Artists Quarter; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Parker Paisley at Café Maude (Penn Av);Twin Cities Hot Club at the Red Stag; Wolverines Trio at Hell’s Kitchen
Thursday, January 10. Illicit Sextet followed by the Dave Karr Quartet at the Artists Quarter; Southside Aces at the Eagles Aerie Club; Acme Jazz Company at the Shorewood
. January 11, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. January 11-12, Lulu’s Playground CD Release at the Artists Quarter
· January 12, Vicky Mountain and Friends, “Voice of Van Heusen” at the Black Box Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts
. January 15, Latin Jazz All-Stars (Steve Turre, Pete Escovedeo) at the Dakota
. January 17, Suihkonen/Hunton/Wildenauer Trio at the Artists Quarter (TCJS Young Artists)
. January 18, Dorothy Doring/ Phil Mattson CD Release at the Artists Quarter
. January 19, Snowblind at the Artists Quarter
. January 20, Tony Bennett at the State Theater
. January 22, Jose Feliciano at the Dakota
. January 25, Kenny Horst’s 70th Birthday Bash at the Artists Quarter
. January 23, How Birds Work at the Artists Quarter
. January 26, Maud Hixson, Jazz @St Barneys
· January 27-28, Dave Holland Quintet at the Dakota
. January31, Pete Whitman’s X-Tet at the Artists Quarter
. February 1-2, Lynne Arriale Trio at the Artists Quarter
. February 8-9, Bryan Nichols Quintet at the Artists Quarter
. February 10, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. February 12-13, Stacey Kent at the Dakota
. February 15-16, Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter
· February 22, Bill Frisell at Macalester (Janet Wallace Auditorium)
. February 22-23, Estaire Godinez at the Artists Quarter
. 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
. March 19, SF Jazz Collective at the Dakota
. April 1, Bela Fleck and Chick Corea at the Dakota
. April 2-3, Madeleine Peyroux at the Dakota
· April 6, John Zorn 60th Birthday at Walker Art Center
. April 8-9, John Scofield Hollowbody Band with Mike Stern at the Dakota
. April 12, 2 Cellos at the Dakota
· April 15-18, Doc Severinsen Big Band at the Dakota
. April 21, Red Planet at Landmark Center (TCJS Jazz From J to Z)
· April 26, Craig Taborn at Walker Art Center
. April 28, Diana Krall (Glad Ragdoll Tour) at the State Theater
. June 18-19, Reid Anderson at Music Space (SPCO), rescheduled from December
. June 27-29, Twin Cities Jazz Festival at Mears Park
. July 5-7, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Iowa City, U of I Pentacrest)