Friday, November 29, 2013

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 29- December 5

© Andrea Canter

Tired of Thanksgiving leftovers? Fortunately, there's lots of fresh music coming our way this week, starting with a slam-bang weekend that includes a double homecoming at the Artists Quarter in prime time and a couple more at the Dakota on the late shift, and a Sunday musical fundraiser for one of the few jazz-friendly radio stations in the region. One of the premiere jazz organists returns to start off the week, and old (and not so old) friends open up the last month of music at the Artists Quarter. And smaller venues keep the jazz fires burning while an award-winning film about the women of jazz returns for a week of screenings.

Big Gigs This Week

Talking Strings at the Black Dog
Friday, November 29. It's quite a Friday night. Start early at the Black Dog for the Talking Strings, whose gigs are too far and few between. The Strings include violinist Gary Schulte, guitarist Pavel Janey, and bassist Dan Weston playing some of the most interesting music on the Black Dog stage-- and interesting music is the norm here!

For the second of his two late night stops this week, former Twin Citian John Raymond finds some new, like-minded cohorts for tonight's Late Night at the Dakota. The young trumpeter was in top form earlier in the week at the Icehouse with Bryan Nichols and the brothers Bates; now he turns up the heat with a chordless quartet, with Chris Thomson, James Buckley and JT Bates. Worth a sleepy Saturday. 
John Raymond

Speaking of the Icehouse, and also on a late night schedule, another option is the Atlantis Quartet. With Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig, you won't have any trouble staying awake as the guys hold the Minneapolis celebration of their new CD, Expansion.

Pat Mallinger
Friday-Saturday, November 29-30. Over the past decade, two of the most popular visitors to the Artists Quarter have been Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers, each a Twin Cities native who relocated after stints at the University of North Texas. Saxophonist Pat has been based in Chicago where he is a fixture at the Green Mill; pianist Bill found more recognition in Europe where he continues to tour frequently from a home base in northern Michigan. But the holidays typically bring both musicians back to Minnesota, where they occasionally join together for an incendiary weekend. And as usual, they will be joined by Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst.  Expect fireworks.

Screening all week at St Anthony Main
Friday-Thursday, November 29-December 5. Back by popular demand, The Girls in the Band was a big hit at the 2012 Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival, and the documentary about the trials and tribulations of women instrumentalists in the male-dominated world of jazz returns for a week of screenings at the St Anthony Main Theater. Vintage clips include Melba Liston, Clora Bryant and the Sweethearts of Rhythm. Matinee and evening showings each day.

Saturday, November 30. Jazz keeps popping up in new places. Take a morning coffee break with Rhonda Laurie and Joel Shapira at the Even Break Gallery at 50th and Penn (Minneapolis). The songs will swing.

Jake Baldwin
Another reunion, this time on the Late Night schedule at the Dakota, brings together 4 young jazzers whose paths have criss-crossed as they've evolved into serious musicians. The "Baldwin Sisters" -- trumpeters Jake Baldwin and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (no relation!) meet up with bassist Ted Olsen and drummer Cameron LeCrone. Jake recently returned to the Twin Cities after finishing his degree at New England Conservatory; Noah is finishing up his studies at the U of M, while Ted (Luther College) and Cam (Northwestern U) are in town for the holiday.  Expect an evening (and early morning) of the unexpected!

Jana Nyberg and Adam Meckler
Sunday, December 1. Although not limited to jazz, KFAI Radio's programming includes some serious jazz shows each week, including Larry Englund's Rhythm and Grooves and Janis Lane-Ewart's The Collective Eye. The nonprofit station holds a fundraiser at the Amsterdam Bar tonight featuring three groups of top brass-- Jana Nyberg and Adam Meckler, an ensemble led by Solomon Parham, and the Jack Brass Band. And for fans of small ensemble jazz, the Zacc Harris Trio returns to its weekly gig at the Riverview Wine Bar thanks to a change in zoning that now allows three musicians on stage at one time.

Joey D
Monday, December 2. Once a child prodigy, Joey DeFrancesco lived up to his early promise and then some, now regarded as top dog jazz organist and a favorite visitor to the Twin Cities. Tonight he's burning bright at the Dakota with his trio. Another top dog, this time octagenarian bebopper Dave Karr, swings his ax (or ax arsenal) as the featured artist for JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse.

Tuesday, December 3. "First Tuesday" options on both sides of the metro: Veteran improvisers Dean Magraw and Davu Seru continue their collaboration at the Black Dog, this month with special guests Louis Alemayehu (spoken word) and Dorene Waubanewquay Day (vocalist), while over in southwest Minneapolis, one of the hot young bands, Triosé (Vinnie Rose, Jeremy Boettcher and Adrian Suarez), brings its unique takes on jazz and pop to Cafe Maude.

Dakota Combo
Thursday, December 5. A double-header at the Artists Quarter features some of the area's youngest artists opening for one of the area's most revered veterans. At 7 pm, the final Young Artists Showcase at the AQ introduces the latest edition of the Dakota Combo, directed by Adam Linz, sponsored by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education  in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music. This septet of high school juniors and seniors will present some interesting arrangements and original compositions. Prime time, the Dean Granros Trio returns to the AQ. It's been a while since guitarist Granros took the stage here, and very likely it will be the last. Dean is one of the most inventive artists in the metro, and the AQ has long been "home."

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:

Irv Williams with Peter Schimke
Friday, November 29. Irv Williams and Peter Schimke, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Lee Engele at Parma 8200; James Buckley and Bryan Nichols, dinner sets at the Icehouse; St Peter Street Stompers at the Red Stag; Patty Peterson and Friends at School II; Words by Ira Gershwin at Park Square Theater (preview opening weekend)

Saturday, November 30. Mill City Hot Club at Harriet Brewing (3 pm); Nick Haas Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Patrick Harison and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Maryann Sullivan and Dave Martin at Mendoberri Cafe; George Maurer Group at the Dakota; Sambo Makti at Hell's Kitchen

Sunday, December 1. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Patty and the Buttons at the Aster Cafe; Charmin & Shapira & Friends, opening set at the Dakota

Monday, December 2. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza

Tuesday, December 3. Cory Wong Quartet followed by Zacc Harris and Friends at the Artists Quarter; Cafe Accordion at the Loring Pasta Bar; Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

Wednesday, December 4. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Steve Kenny's Group 47 followed by Park Evans, Brian Courage, Brandon Wozniak and Greg Schutte at the Artists Quarter; Frankhouse at Hell's Kitchen; Minnesota History Theater's Sample Night Live - Audience Favorites, including Lee Engele and Maud Hixson.

Thursday, December 5. Gypsy Mania at Hell's Kitchen

Coming Soon!

. December 6, Reynold Philipsek CD release at 318 Café

. December 6, Dennis Spears at the Dakota

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

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

. December 8, AQ Fundraiser at the Artists Quarter

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

. Decemver 8, Patty and the Buttons at the Dakota

. December 8, PipJazz Sundays with special guest Nicholas Carter

. December 10, Dean Magraw and Friends at the Artists Quarter

. December 11-12, Dave Karr Quartet at the Artists Quarter

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

. December 14, Lucia Newell, Jazz at Studio Z

. December 14, Tuesday Night Band Reunion at the Artists Quarter

. December 15, Ginger Commodore and Robert Robinson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 16, Peter Kogan jazz ensemble at the Dakota

. December 17, Atlantis Quartet at the Dakota

. December 17, Bryan Nichols and Friends at the Artists Quarter

. December 19, "Merry and Bright" with Charles Lazarus at Wayzata Community Church

. December 19, Larry McDonough Quartet CD Release at the Artists Quarter

. December 19, George Maurer Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 20-21, Eric Alexander and David Hazeltine at the Artists Quarter

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

. December 21, Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota

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

. December 25, The Steeles at the Dakota

. December 26, Phil Hey Quartet at the Artists Quarter

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

. December 27-28, AQ Final Weekend Jam at the Artists Quarter

. December 31, Artists Quarter Final New Year's Eve Party with Carole Martin and Friends

. December 31, Dakota New Year's Eve Party with Davina and the Vagabonds

. January 3-4, Nachito Herrera With Strings at the Dakota

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

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

. February 13, Kurt Elling at the Dakota

. February 19-20, "Guitars of Passion" (Romero Lubambo, Stanley Jordan and Sharon Isbin) at the Dakota

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

. February 25-26, Terence Blanchard Quintet at the Dakota

. March 9, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota

. 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

. May 15-17, Ragamala Dance Company and Rudresh Mahanthappa at the Walker

. June 26-28, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park (St Paul)