Friday, January 18, 2013

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 18-24

Snowblind at the Artists Quarter
 © Andrea Canter

Baby, it’s cold outside, but we have our jazz to keep us warm! And on the move, given the number of venues offering temptations this week. The weekend starts off with another local CD release party; one of the greatest jazz singers of all time stops in Minneapolis Sunday night; and as always, there’s one gig after another throughout the week.

Highlights This Week

Dorothy Doring
Friday, January 18. Two veteran performers, one a long-time resident, one a recent transplant, join forces to highlight the songwriting magic of Duke Ellington, celebrating the release of their duet recording at the Artists Quarter. Vocalist Dorothy Doring and pianist/arranger Phil Mattson found plenty of magic in the songs that Duke wrote with Billy Strayhorn and others, and those who have heard Dorothy’s “big voice” might be surprised by the gentility of Compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. With Phil’s tasteful comping, Dorothy brings her softer side to the recording, although she notes that the CD Release Party will have a more diverse playlist.

Reid Kennedy of Snowblind
Saturday, January 19. Often a mid-week gig, the brass ensemble Snowblind plays a rare weekend show at the Artists Quarter. Comprised of a handful of rising stars (Shilad Sen, Scott Agster, Adam Rossmiller, Graydon Peterson and Reid Kennedy), Snowblind features playful and energetic original compositions and some inventive reworkings of great jazz covers. Each of these musicians keeps busy with a long list of other projects, but when they come together, brass is boss!

Sunday, January 20. NEA Jazz Master and 17-time Grammy winner Tony Bennett makes a rare Twin Cities appearance at the State Theater. And if you don’t already have tickets, you may be out of luck. Dubbed “the best in the business” by Frank Sinatra, Bennett’s career seems to have peaked twice.. and the second peak is a high plateau of the past 2 decades. Now 86, Bennett continues to tour and record with no plans for retirement.

Brian Courage
Monday, January 21. I loved the name of this band from its debut gig. Courageous Endeavors is an ensemble of some very young, very talented jazzmen, including recent Lawrence U graduate Brian Courage on bass and his “Endeavoring” mates, Nelson Devereaux on sax, Joe Strachan on piano, and Miguel Hurtado on drums. All in their early 20s, these guys define the next decade of jazz in the Twin Cities.

Tuesday, January 22. I am not going to try to define José Feliciano as a jazz musician, but let’s just say that anyone with some affinity for guitar knows that his gig  at the Dakota is both rare and very special. Now in his mid-60s, Feliciano continues to dazzle no matter what language or style.

Miguel Hurtado
Wednesday, January 23. You can hear one of the fastest rising stars in area jazz when Miguel Hurtado appears in a second configuration this week, this time leading his own quartet at the Artists Quarter. The Manhattan School of Music trained drummer has been hanging out with the best lately, including Jeremy Walker’s Boot Camp and with Walker, Kelly Rossum and Michael O’Brien. Heavy company but Miguel is clearly ready for the challenge. And he’s already proven to be steady in the driver’s seat.

Thomas Bruce
Thursday, January 24.  Singer Thomas Bruce came to gigging rather late – in his 50s. But his roots ran deep, brother of the late Roberta Davis and uncle of Moore by Four’s Yolande Bruce. A hairdresser by day, Thomas gets out often in the evening, polishing his tenor chops that at times sound uncannily like Chet Baker. Tonight he pairs up with pianist Phil Mattson for a sublime evening at Jazz Central Studios, part of the weekly Vocalists series.

More Jazz Every Night

Be sure to check live jazz calendars on Jazz Police and KBEM sites. A few more gigs of note:

Friday, January 18. Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Maryann Sullivan at the Wine Market; Alden Ikeda Trio at Café Maude (Loring Park); Ticket to Brasil at Faces Mears Park; James Buckley and Bryan Nichols, dinner set at the Icehouse; Kavanessence at 318 Cafe;  Paul Renz’ Caterwaul and Night Owl Band at the Riverview Wine Bar

Sophia Shorai
Saturday, January 19. Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Phil Aaron and Chris Bates, dinner set at the Icehouse; Maryann Sullivan at the Eagles Aerie Club; Lila Ammons Jazz Quintet at Honey; Alden Ikeda Trio at Café Maude (Loring Park); Sophia Shorai at the Red Stag

Sunday, January 20. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Café; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria’s Café; Mouldy Figs at Mainstreet Bar and Grill (Hopkins); Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Dan Musselman Trio at the Red Stag

Monday, January 21. Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; JT’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse (Embezzler with Metzger, Linz and Bates); Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave’s (Uptown)

Tuesday, January 22. Cory Wong Quartet followed by Dean Magraw and Friends at the Artists Quarter; Haining/Agster Explosion at Jazz Central

Wednesday, January 23. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Steve Kenny and the Bastids, early set at the Artists Quarter; Connie Evingson at the Dakota

Thursday, January 24. Cassondra Lea CD Release at the Artists Quarter; Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek at the Red Stag; Emily Davis and Robert Bell at Barbette

Coming Soon!

. January 25, Kenny Horst’s 70th Birthday Bash at the Artists Quarter

. January 26, How Birds Work at the Artists Quarter

. January 26, Maud Hixson, Jazz @St Barneys

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

. January 29, José James at the Cedar

. January 29, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Jazz Central

. January 31, Pete Whitman’s X-Tet at the Artists Quarter

. February 1-2, Lynne Arriale Trio at the Artists Quarter

. February 8-9, Bryan Nichols Trio at the Artists Quarter

. February 10, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. February 13, Jeremy Walker's Boot Camp at the Artists Quarter

. February 13-14, Stacey Kent at the Dakota

. February 15-16, Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter

. February 16, Lease/Moriarty Quintet at Studio Z

. February 16, Todd Clouser Love Electric at the Icehouse

· 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 9, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Jazz at Studio Z
. March 16, Mimi Fox, Minnesota Guitar Society at Sundin Hall,  Hamline

. 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 13, Charanga Tropicale at Studio Z

· 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 27, Eric Marienthal with the JazzMN Orchestra at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts 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)

Jose' James, coming to The Cedar on January 29