Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Lead Sheet

Bill Carrothers at the Artists Quarter
© Andrea Canter

It’s May, so “it might as well be spring” although Mother Nature seems unable to commit. It’s much easier to commit to supporting live jazz, and there are plenty of opportunities in the coming week, from Bill Carrothers’ return to the Artists Quarter with the old After Hours Trio to birthday cake with Charmin Michelle at Fireside Pizza and a guitar duo at Café Maude featuring Todd Clouser and Park Evans.

Big Gigs This Week

Gordy Johnson
Friday, May 3. If there’s one bassist I wish I heard more often locally, it’s Gordy Johnson. And tonight, he’s paired with virtuoso pianist Phil Aaron for the dinner sets at the Icehouse, that hip new venue in south Minneapolis. Good food and beverage options add to the evening, and with no cover, this is the weekend bargain!

Downtown, check out the new Thomson/Harris Collective at Hell’s Kitchen. This ensemble brings together two accomplished innovators, saxophonist Chris Thomson and guitarist Zacc Harris. If you’re going to Hell, this is the way to get there!

Friday-Saturday, May 3-4. Reprising his acclaimed After Hours Trio gigs with bassist Billy Peterson and drummer Kenny Horst, Bill Carrothers returns to the scene of many stellar evenings at the Artists Quarter.  Bill’s been a more frequent visitor lately, and the jazz cachet of the Twin Cities shines a bit brighter each time. Expect standards turned inside-out and some original tune as well.

Saturday, May 4. It’s part two of dinner set magic at the Icehouse this weekend, with tonight’s pairing of monster pianist Tanner Taylor and the wise old man of bebop, Dave Karr on tenor.

Charmin Michelle at Fireside Pizza
Monday, May 6. You can have your cake and Charmin too! A special twist on their regular gig at Fireside Pizza, Denny Malmberg and Charmin Michelle make it a birthday party for Charmin, complete with swinging covers and cake.

Tuesday, May 7. Three guys tracing their roots back to the  UW-Eau Claire, Triosé is the collaboration of guitarist Vinnie Rose, bassist Jeremy Boettcher and drummer Adrian Suarez. They swing both ways—covers and originals, and in either mode they put out a lot of energy and invention. And tonight they jazz it up at Café Maude in southwest Minneapolis.

Dean Magraw
Across the metro at the Black Dog, it’s the first Tuesday of the month, which means it’s another evening with guitar wizard Dean Magraw and master percussionist Davu Seru. Or head over the Artists Quarter for a guitar-heavy double header, with the young masters of the Cory Wong Quartet opening early before yielding to a sparkling trio of Zacc Harris, Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst.

Wednesday, May 8. Let’s keep the guitar theme going, with a duo at Café Maude (Penn Av) that couldn’t be finer – Todd Clouser and Park Evans. Clouser has mostly been seen here with his Love Electric ensemble, but tonight it is more intimate, and fully guitar as he squares off with the always-exciting Evans.

There’s something worth listening to at least 4 nights per week at Jazz Central. Tonight, it’s the monthly installment of Chris Bates’ Magica Improvisado, tonight featuring his Good Vibes Trio with Dave Hagedorn and Phil Hey. Now--that's good vibes!

Peter Schimke
Thursday, May 9. We don’t get to hear pianist Peter Schimke in a leading role often enough, so head down to the Artists Quarter tonight to hear him heading a trio and focusing on his talents as improviser. Or check out the trio madness at the Icehouse, with bassist Gary Raynor, pianist Phil Aaron and drummer Jay Epstein – three veterans who deal in the jazz canon from top to bottom, inside and out.

More Jazz Every Night

Be sure to check live jazz calendars on Jazz Police and KBEM sites. Also find a growing number of events on the Jazz Near You site, a service of All About Jazz. A few more gigs of note:

Friday, May 3. Peter Schimke and Irv Williams, Happy Hour at the Dakota; JoAnn Funk at Parma; Harper/Leggett/Foreman at the Black Dog; Vic Volare and the Lounge Lizards at Champion Ballroom

Saturday, May 4. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma; Jon Pemberton Trio at the Red Stag

Sunday, May 5. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Café; Capri Big Band at the Capri Theater (3 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom

Monday, May 6. Southside Aces at Famous Dave’s (Uptown); JT’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse

Joel Shapira
Tuesday, May 7. Joel Shapira at Hell’s Kitchen; Beasley’s Big Band at O’Gara’s; Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

Wednesday, May 8. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Steve Kenny and the Bastids follwed by New Sound Underground at the Artists Quarter

Thursday, May 9. Phil Mattson’s MacPhail Vocal Ensemble at Jazz Central; James Wallace at Barbette

Coming Soon!

. May 10, Vicky Mountain at Parma

. May 10-11, Jerry Weldon at the Artists Quarter

. May 11, Zacc Harris at Studio Z

. May 12, PipJazz Sundays with the Women in Jazz Ensemble

. May 12-13, Fourplay at the Dakota

. May 15, Michael O’Brien at the Artists Quarter

. May 15-16, Jane Monheit at the Dakota

. May 16, Dakota Combo at Antonello Hall (MacPhail Center for Music)

. May 18, Mary Louise Knutson Trio, Jazz @St. Barneys (St Barnabas Church)

. May 19, Illicit Sextet at Jazz Central (TCJS Jazz From J to Z)

. May 19, Martin Taylor and Lawrence Juber at the Dakota

. May 22, Snowblind at the Artists Quarter

. May 23, Vicky Mountain and the Chris Lomheim Trio at the Artists Quarter

. May 24, Joe Krowne Trio at the Dakota

. May 24-25, Bryan Nichols Quintet at the Artists Quarter

. May 25, Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota

. May 29, Maud Hixson CD Release at the Dakota

. May 31, Talking Strings at the Black Dog

. May 31- June 1, Happy Apple at the Artists Quarter

. June 7, Reynold Philipsek CD Release at the 318 Café

. June 9, PipJazz Sundays with John Penny, Will Kjeer

. June 16, Sidewalk Café’ (Jazz in the Library), St Paul Central Library

. June 18-19, Reid Anderson at 408 (SPCO)

. June 19-20, Ramsey Lewis Trio with Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Dakota

. June 23-24, David Murray Infinity Quartet with Macy Gray at the Dakota

. June 27-29, Twin Cities Jazz Festival with Cyrus Chestnut, Kenny Werner, Matt Slocum, Ariel Pocock, JazzMN Big Band, Jon Weber and more

. July 5-7, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Pharoah Sanders, Fred Hersch, Charlie Hunter, Lonnie Smith and more

Michael O'Brien holds his MN CD Release at the Artists Quarter, May 15th