Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, July 5-11

The Talking Strings (coming to the Ivy, July 6)

© Andrea Canter

Sometimes there seems to be a bit of a let-down after the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, but some great weather, fireworks, and strong music calendars should keep everyone in a festive mood this week. The best option might be 5 hours south, but there’s plenty to enjoy closer to home, too.

Big Gigs This Week

Iowa City Jazz Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 5-7. For those willing to drive five hours south to Iowa City, you can’t do better this week than the free Iowa City Jazz Festival, often cited as one of the nation’s best small jazz events, drawing about 25,000 to the campus green for an enviable list of headliners. This year, Sachal Vasandani brings savvy songs to the stage Friday night with the Iowa Jazz Orchestra; Saturday’s headliners include the Charlie Hunter/Scott Amdendola duo, the Christian Scott Quintet, and Dr. Lonnie Smith; Sunday’s shows include J.D. Allen, the Fred Hersch Trio, and Pharoah Sanders. And these are sequential sets, no competing acts. In between the headliner sets you can hear community and youth ensembles, which this year includes the Dakota Combo from the Twin Cities, playing two sets on the Youth Stage Saturday afternoon. The forecast is for sunny, dry, and swinging!

Patty Peterson
Saturday, July 6. Fill out your holiday weekend at the Dakota with an evening of fun and soulful music from Patty Peterson and Friends. With Paul Peterson, Bobby Vandell, Donnie LaMarca, Cory J. Wong, and Ronny Loew, Patty sparkles her way through sets mixing jazz, pop and R&B. Stay late for the Jake Baldwin Quintet, featuring recent New England Conservatory grad Jake on trumpet (and note he headlines at Jazz Central on Monday, July 8).  Or for something more sublime, check out the Talking Strings at Hotel Ivy. This trio of Gary Schulte, Dan Weston (filling in for Andrew Foreman) and Pavel Jany performed a stunning set at the Black Dog during the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, with music hard to define—elements of classical, jazz and global traditions.

Monday-Tuesday, July 8-9. If you don’t get to the Iowa City Jazz Festival this weekend, you can nevertheless enjoy Pharoah Sanders when he comes into the Dakota for two nights. One-time member of John Coltrane’s mid-60s ensembles, Sanders initially made his mark playing experimental, aggressive music, but has shown a more mellow side in recent years. Ornette Coleman referred to him as “probably the best tenor player in the world.”

Dan Cavanagh and Dave Hagedorn
Thursday, July 11. Once or twice each year, the Artists Quarter hosts the sublime piano/vibes duo of Dan Cavanagh and Dave Hagedorn.  Dan was once a student of Dave’s at St. Olaf, and has gone on to lead bands in teach at the University of Texas – Arlington. A couple years ago, Dan and Dave recorded the stunning album, Horizon. Their duets are always feasts of beautiful music.

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, July 5.  Irv Williams and Peter Schimke, happy hour at the Dakota; JoAnn Funk at Parma; Jana Nyberg Group at Hell’s Kitchen; James Buckley Trio at the Icehouse

Saturday, July 6. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma

Sunday, July 7. George Maurer at the Dakota

Jake Baldwin
Monday, July 8. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; JT’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse; Jake Baldwin at Jazz Central; Headspace at the Artists Quarter; Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave’s (Uptown)

Tuesday, July 9. Arne Fogel at Hell’s Kitchen;  Chris Olson Project (with Kristin Sponcia, Graydon Peterson and Dave Stanoch) at the Black Dog; Cory Wong Quartet followed by Dean Magraw and Friends and the Artists Quarter; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central

Wednesday, July 10. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Chris Bates Improv Night at Jazz Central; Steve Kenny and the Bastids followed by the Chris Lomheim Trio at the Artists Quarter; Todd Clouser at Café Maude (Penn Av)

Thursday, July 11. Connie and Herb at The Bean (Andover); Jazz on the Prairie Big Band in Hopkins Downtown Park; Classic Big Band at Lake Harriet Bandshell; Vocal Night (TBA) at Jazz Central; Gypsy Mania at Hell’s Kitchen

Coming Soon!

. July 12, Todd Clouser and Bryan Nichols at the Icehouse

. July 12, Maurice Jacox at the Artists Quarter

. July 13, Tuesday Night Band at the Artists Quarter

. July 13, St Croix Vineyards Jazz Festival in Stillwater (Atlantis Quartet, Patty Peterson and more)

. July 14, PipJazz Sundays with Louis Alemayehu at Landmark Center

. July 15, Charmin & Shapira at the Dakota

. July 15, “Moon River and Mercer,” Southside Aces with Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson at Old Log Theater

. July 18, Stanley Jordan at the Dakota

. July 19, Maud Hixson at Parma

. July 19-20, Laura Caviani Trio at the Artists Quarter

. July 23, Badi Assad at the Dakota

. July 25, Benefit for Jeremy Walker at the Dakota

. July 26-27, Babatunde Lea Quartet at the Artists Quarter

. July 27, Dakota Street Fest (Nicollet Mall)

. July 28-29, Kermit Ruffins at the Dakota

. July 30, Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Artists Quarter

. August 10, Todd Clouser and A Love Electric with Cyro Baptista at the Icehouse

. September 14, Selby Ave Jazz Festival

. September 28-29, Prism (Dave Holland, Craig Taborn, Kevin Eubanks, Eric Harland) at the Dakota

Todd Clouser  - at the Icehouse with Bryan Nichols on July 12th