Friday, August 9, 2013

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 9-15

The Illicit Sextet celebrates new CD at the Artists Quarter
© Andrea Canter

Jazz across generations characterizes the live music calendar this week, from the CD release of one of the most popular bands of the 90s to a rare performance by one of the world’s legendary percussionists in the company of much younger talents, from a late night gig with local and visiting star improvisers to a local Blues Hall of Famer helping to celebrate the budding careers of young artists, from a young pro’s homecoming  to a prime club/prime time gig with a quartet of young lions on the prowl… and more.

Big Gigs This Weekend

Javi Santiago
Friday, August 9. We’ve enjoyed several opportunities to hear native young pianist Javier Santiago this summer as he took a break from the Big Apple, but he’s heading back in a few weeks so take advantage of the chance to hear him tonight at the Icehouse, paired with bassist James Buckley for sublime dinner-shift music.

Friday-Saturday, August 9-10. They were popular in the 90s playing original music and releasing their first recording, Chapter One. The Illicit Sextet (Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lomheim, Tom Pieper, Nathan Norman) disappeared for about a decade, resurfacing intact a few years ago and laying down the tracks for their long-awaited second CD, Chapter Eleven. Celebrate both the revival of the band and their new music this weekend at the Artists Quarter.

You can have your cake and eat it too. No matter what’s on your prime time schedule this weekend, you can still hear one of the most incendiary trios in modern jazz on the Late Night series at the Dakota. Highly regarded New York reed master Chris Speed (member of the Dave King Trucking Company touring band) comes to town to play with cohorts Chris Tordini  (bass) and King himself (drums). They’re just in from gigs in New York, where no one thinks twice about an 11:30 pm start time.

Todd Clouser
Saturday, August 10. So who needs sleep when such amazing music hits the stage after hours? A good reason to hear Chris Speed Friday night is the opportunity to hear percussion giant Cyro Baptista with Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric ensemble tonight at the Icehouse (11 pm). Minnesota native, guitarist Clouser brings in his national touring pals Hernan Hecht and Aaron Cruz, and is expected to add his own vocals to the program.

Earlier you might want to catch some or all of the Lowertown Guitar Festival sponsored by McNally Smith College of Music. Held at Mears Park on two stages (with a couple workshops at McNally Smith), the festival features a wide range of acoustic and electric guitarists, from local heroes Joan Griffith, Dean Magraw and Chris Olson to some talented touring artists including Scott Henderson and Marc Ribot.

Zosha Warpeha and Barbara LeShoure

Sunday, August 11. One of the unique programs in jazztown has been the PipJazz Sundays Youth All-Stars,  Youth Artist Residency program and youth guest star components of the PipJazz Sundays concert series. For this concert, host and vocalist Pippi Ardennia invited local blues icon Barbara LeShoure  and Youth Guest Artist Jackson Mullett to help celebrate graduating PipJazz Youth All-Stars (Zosha Warpeha, Jack Breen, Joshua Jones, DeCarlo Jackson). Also on the program—All-Star Devante Jackson and the newest Youth Artist in Residence, Will Kjeer. This concert is also dubbed a Social Media Event and the audience is invited to turn on all social media devices during the show – to text, tweet, instagram or whatever.

Retro Swing Sisters
Every summer the Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis holds a musical “picnic” featuring live music as well as picnic fare. This afternoon, starting at 4:30 pm, you can hear the David Martin Latin Trio and two sets with Retro Swing Sisters, aka Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie. (Free food, free music.)

Monday, August 12. Charmin and Shapira and Friends return for a Foodie Night at the Dakota, bringing their signature twists on songbook standards, a little samba and more. Down at Jazz Central, trumpeter Zack Lozier takes center stage with pals from the jazz neighborhood.

Brandon Wozniak
Tuesday, August 13. A very satisfying double header at the Artists Quarter starts out with the current “Tuesday Night Band” – the Cory Wong Quartet, featuring guitarist/ composer Cory and some talented cohorts (no cover!). The prime time sets feature saxophonist supreme Brandon Wozniak and “friends” – partners who are more than up to the challenge.

Wednesday, August 14. Two former Minnesotans come to town, while a bunch of bassists join forces on both sides of the metro. At Jazz Central, pianist Jesse Stacken starts the evening with a solo piano set. Based in New York, Stacken grew up in Hopkins where his high school band director was Don Bates—yeah, that Bates. Jesse writes that the set will include “improvisations, original compositions, and maybe a standard.” After the break, Chris Bates and Anthony Cox will engage in a bass duel, territory in which we have seen Bates before, usually with Adam Linz. This promises to be one of the most exciting Jazz Central evenings!

Graydon Peterson
If a two-bass due sounds intriguing, how about making it a trio? At the Artists Quarter tonight, Mountain King takes the stage—bassists Jeremy Boettcher, Brian Courage and Graydon Peterson. (You have to wonder, what are the other bands doing for bassists tonight?)

Over at the Dakota, New York-based vocalist Vanessa Trouble returns to her native state with an evening of hearty swing. This is at least the third visit from Vanessa in the past few years –she’s an entertaining and upbeat performer, a guarantee of a fun evening.

Ted Olsen
Thursday, August 15. Young lions rule at the Artists Quarter tonight. Young bassist Ted Olsen has been forging some highly successful partnerships in the past few months, and tonight’s ensemble promises to be another. Joining Ted will be recent New England Conservatory graduate trumpeter Jake Baldwin; New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music student, pianist Quentin Tschofen; and Oberlin Conservatory student, drummer Emerson Hunton. Baldwin, Tschofen and Hunton each were members of the Dakota Combo during their high school careers; Baldwin was a finalist in the International Trumpet Competition; and Tschofen was twice a recipient of the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education/Schubert Club Jazz Piano Scholarship. Check out this ensemble now, as Tschofen and Hunton return to school in a few weeks!

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. TCJS Jazz Notes lists gigs monthly. A few more gigs of note:

Friday, August 9. Irv Williams Trio, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper at the Black Dog (early and late sets); Nachito Herrera at the Dakota; Connie Dussl at Pudge’s (Hudson, WI); Classic Big Band at the KC Hall (Bloomington); John Penny Three (with Pippi Ardennia) at Señor Wong

Twin Cities Jazz Workshop students
Saturday, August 10. Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, student performance at the Icehouse  (1 pm); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma; Jon Pemberton Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Arne Fogel and Steve Blons at Ingredients Cafe'

Sunday, August 11. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria’s; Patty and the Buttons; Brunch at the Aster Café; Lila Ammons Trio at Open Streets Minneapolis (Paris Apartment Antiques, 1-3 pm); Doug Little Trio, KBEM Farm Dinner at Alexis Bailey Vineyards; Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle

Monday, August 12. Maryann Sullivan and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Headspace at the Artists Quarter; JT’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse; Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave’s (Uptown)

Tuesday, August 13. Triosé at Hell’s Kitchen; Café Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Charmin Michelle at Boerboom Park (Osseo)

Steve Kenny
Wednesday, August 14. Nick Haas Trio at Hell’s Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Steve Kenny and the Bastids (early set) followed by Mountain King at the Artists Quarter; Tim O’Keefe and Tim Hauser at Café Maude (Penn Av); Andrew Walesch Big Band at Eagan Marketfest, Central Park

Thursday, August 15. Joel Shapira at Hell’s Kitchen; Classic Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves; Connie Dussl Trio at the Bean (Andover); Jared Kazinsky CD Release at Jazz Central; St Peter Street Stompers at the Red Stag

Coming Soon!

. August 16-17, Chris Bates' Red Five at the Artists Quarter

. August 17, Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears at the Dakota

. August 17, Lila Ammons Quintet at Honey

. August 19, Jake Baldwin at the Dakota

. August 21, Snowblind at the Artists Quarter

. August 23-24, Dave King Trucking Company at the Artists Quarter

. August 24, Freedom Jazz Festival, Martin Luther King Park

. August 27, Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Artists Quarter

. August 27-28, Jeff Lorber at the Dakota

. August 29, Ben Sidran at the Dakota

. August 30-31, JazzMN Orchestra at the Artists Quarter

. September 6-7, Concrete and Grass Festival at Mears Park

. September 6-7, Graydon Peterson CD Release at the Artists Quarter

. September 7, Dakota Combo Auditions at MacPhail Center for Music (12:30 – 4 pm)

. September 14, Selby Ave Jazz Festival (Milton and Selby Av)

. September 16, Doc Severinsen Big Band at the Dakota

. September 18, JazzMN Orchestra Fundraiser at the Dakota

. September 19, Ravi Coltrane Quartet

. September 19-29, “Belmont Hotel” at the Southern Theater (jazz vocals, dance featuring Katie Gearty)

. September 20-21, Diane Witherspoon at the Artists Quarter

. September 23-24, Bettye LaVette at the Dakota

. September 27, Lila Ammons CD Release at Hell’s Kitchen

. September 27-28, Red Planet at the Artists Quarter

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

. October 1, Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 at the Dakota

. October 2-3, Gary Burton at the Dakota

. October 15-16, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion at the Dakota

. November 1, Erik Friedlander and Mitch Epstein at the Walker Art Center

. November 3, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Fundraiser featuring Lynne Arriale Trio at the Dakota

. November 12-13, José James at the Dakota

Chris Bates Brings Red 5 back to the AQ, August 16-17