Friday, November 1, 2013

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 1-7

Lynne Arriale returns to the Dakota to help raise funds for jazz education, November 3
© Andrea Canter

That extra hour we gain when we switch back to standard time will come in handy this week -- there's a lot of music! We're blessed with exciting visitors, from experimental cellist Erik Friedlander  and gritty vocalist Patricia Barber to  elegant pianist Lynne Arriale and classical jazz advocate Marcus Roberts. And we have our own home-grown stars as well, from the Dave King Trucking Company to Steve Kenny, from Dave Karr to Connie Evingson to  Chris Lomheim. And more.

Big Gigs This Week

Friday, November 1st. Walker Art Center hosts a much anticipated collaboration of music and video, as cellist Erik Friendlander teams up with photographer Mitch Epstein on "American Power," a look at our cultural relationship to energy. Strong melodies and surprising improvisations mark Friedlander's musical backdrop to Epstein's images, culled from five years of travel throughout the U.S. examining the power grid and its impact on communities and landscapes. Surely one of the most interesting musical evenings of the year.

Southwest's Cosmic Troubadours
Jazz Central hosts a unique event tonight featuring three high school combos followed by an open jam. Ensembles from South, Southwest and Apple Valley High Schools will burn up the stage -- each represents one of the regional high school jazz powerhouse programs, schools that have been frequently and well represented in All-State, Dakota Combo and MYJB.

Whatever your early evening plans, consider a late nightcap
Will Kjeer
at the Dakota with Steve Kenny's Group 47, starting at 11:30 pm. Trumpeter Kenny recently revamped his bop-oriented ensemble, formerly known as the Bastids and on stage at the Artists Quarter every Wednesday for the early show. Now he takes a break from St Paul to bring his new band to Minneapolis. The new configuration finds Kenny as the senior citizen relative to the young lions that surround him -- bassist Brian Courage, drummer Alex Burgess, and 17-year-old piano wizard Will Kjeer.

Dave King
Friday-Saturday, November 1-2. Celebrating the release of their new vinyl project, Adopted Highway, the Dave King Trucking Company pulls into the Artists Quarter for the weekend. The recording features the tandem saxes of Brandon Wozniak and Chris Speed; Speed is busy with his New York-based projects so this edition finds Wozniak alone on the horn line -- a place where he seems quite comfortable, interacting with King, Adam Linz and Erik Fratzke.

Arne Fogel
Friday-Sunday, November 1-3. Any show that Arne Fogel produces is a class act, and you have three opportunities this weekend. Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon, to catch the metro's leading crooner with vocal sensation Jennifer Eckes in a salute to Bacharach and David, "What the World Needs Now," at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.

Saturday, November 2. Usually it's Benny Weinbeck at Parma on Saturday nights, but tonight it's a too-rare opportunity to enjoy the Chris Lomheim Trio instead.  So grab a cannolli and kick back in the relaxing space of Parma's bar and lounge.

Singing sisters Linda and Patty Peterson have shared the stage zillions of time over their careers, but tonight you can enjoy each as they perform back to back at School for the Wise II in Chanhassan, offering the opportunity to enjoy each as a separate performer.

Dave Schmalenberger
Sunday, November 3. What could be better than enjoying one of the world's great piano voices and at the same time, contributing to the development of future jazz audiences and musicians? Tonight at the Dakota, enjoy the voicings and melodies of pianist Lynne Arriale, in the fine company of Gordy Johnson and Dave Schmalenberger, while raising funds for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. One of the DFJE's prime projects is the Dakota Combo, and you will get a taste of their prowess as the rhythm section plays a short opening set. And it might be one of few opportunities to hear Will Kjeer play piano with his high school peers! Every penny of the ticket price ($50) will go to the DFJE, only sales tax and processing fee are not tax-deductible. It's a win-win evening.

Dave Karr
Monday, November 4. Starting this month at the Icehouse, sax legend Dave Karr takes the first set on first Mondays, with bassist Adam Linz and drummer JT Bates, whose Jazz Implosion has proven a popular series. At 82, Karr will likely be three generations removed from the bulk of his audience -- but right in sync with their tastes in jazz.
Tuesday, November 5. One of the newer ensembles devoted to new arrangements and new music, Triosé makes for interesting dinner conversation at Cafe Maude (Penn Av). And Vinnie Rose, Jeremy Boettcher and Adrian Suarez make for interesting music, wherever.
Vinnie Rose, Triose'

Wednesday, November 6. A pianist on a mission to preserve jazz history while contributing to the music's future, Marcus Roberts returns to the Dakota with the youngest Marsalis, Jason, on drums and Ronny Jordan on bass. We last saw him here with Bela Fleck. Roberts still carries some of the vibe of first employer, Wynton Marsalis, as well as the influence of Ellington and New Orleans.
Marcus Roberts

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means Connie Evingson will sing her way through the cocktail hours at the Minneapolis Woman's Club, "Jazz in the Lounge." Her cohorts tonight are Tanner Taylor and Gordy Johnson.

Thursday, November 7. Any evening with vocalist/songwriter Patricia Barber will be an emotional rollercoaster, and her latest release, Smash, brings her talents as poet and pianist full circle.  Despite the often depressing and tragic nature of her lyrics, Barber always manages to infuse hope and life into the darkest moments. And aside from her vocal skills, she brings a unique slant to the piano.

Dean Magraw of Red Planet
Red Planet, with Dean Magraw, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein, performs tonight as part of the opening night schedule of Zeitgeist's 5th Annual New Music Cabaret at Studio Z. The four-day event features new music ensemble Zeitgeist and a variety of others through the weekend.

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, November 1. Irv Williams and Peter Schimke, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; John Penny Three at Señor Wong; Katie Gearty and Zacc Harris at Parma 8200; Jon Pemberton at the Red Stag.

Saturday, November 2. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Jana Nyberg Group at Hell's Kitchen; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Joel Shapira Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Mill City Hot Club at the Red Stag

Sunday, November 3. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's Cafe; Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club, 2 pm at St Paul Central Library; Century College Jazz Ensemble, "Colors of Fall Concert", 3 pm at Century College; Zacc Harris Trio, 4 pm at Merlin's Rest Pub

Monday, November 4. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Southside Aces at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Featured Artist Night at Jazz Central; JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse

Tuesday, November 5. Jeff Bailey, "Live at 5" at McNally Smith College of Music; Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog; Cory Wong Quartet followed by Zacc Harris and Friends at the Artists Quarter; Bill Simonsen Big Band at Jazz Central; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's

Steve Kenny
Wednesday, November 6. Zacc Harris Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Steve Kenny Group 47 followed by Brandon Wozniak and Friends at the Artists Quarter; Gypsy Mania at Barbette

Thursday, November 7. Arne Fogel at Hell's Kitchen; Foreman/Feily/Schmidt/Musselman at the Black Dog; Dave Karr Quartet at the Artists Quarter

Coming Soon!

. November 7-10, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret

. November 8-9, Bryan Nichols Quartet/Quintet at the Artists Quarter

. November 9, Alan Toussaint at the Dakota

. November 9, JazzMN Orchestra with Rey Rivera, Tribute to Tito Puente at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. November 10, PipJazz Youth All-Stars at Landmark Center

. November 10, Connie Evingson's "Ellingtonia" at the Jungle Theater

. November 11-12, Roy Hargrove at the Dakota

. November 13, Valve Meets Slide at the Artists Quarter

. November 14, Jesters of Passion, CD Release at the Artists Quarter

. November 15-16, Lew Tabackin at the Artists Quarter

. November 16, Laura Caviani and Pete Whitman, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Arts Center)

. November 16, Richard Johnson and Tanner Taylor, Tribute to Oscar Peterson, Jazz at Studio Z

. November 16, Steve Cole CD Release with the Petersons at the Dakota

. November 17, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Av Methodist Church

. November 20, Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude

. November 21, Pete Whitman X-Tet at the Artists Quarter

. November 22-23, Lulu's Playground CD Release at the Artists Quarter

. November 25-26, Roberta Gambarini at the Dakota

. November 26, Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Artists Quarter

. November 27, Phil Hey Quartet at the Artists Quarter

. November 29, Atlantis Quartet at the Icehouse

. November 29-30, Pat Mallinger and the Bill Carrothers Trio at the Artists Quarter

. December 2, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 5, Dakota Combo at the Artists Quarter (Young Artists Showcase)

. December 6, Reynold Philipsek CD release at 318 Café

. December 6-7, Happy Apple at the Artists Quarter

. December 7, Jana Nyberg Group CD Release at the Dakota

. December 8, Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quartet at The Cedar

. December 13, Laura Caviani holiday CD Release at the Artists Quarter

. December 14, Lucia Newell, Jazz at Studio Z

. December 21, Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Trio, "Let It Snow" at Bloomington Center for the Arts, Schneider Theater

. December 22-23, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 26-29, The Bad Plus at the Dakota (12/29 Rite of Spring)

. December 31, New Year's Eve Party at the Artists Quarter

. January 11, Lee Engele, Jazz @ St. Barneys

. January 11, Adam Meckler Orchestra, Jazz at Studio Z

. February 22, Connie Evingson, Jazz @ St. Barneys

. March 16, Pat Metheny Unity Group at the Fitzgerald Theater

. April 8, Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau at the Walker

. April 9, Brad Mehldau Trio at the Walker

The Roy Hargrove Quintet returns to the Dakota, November 12-13