Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 23-29

Bill Charlap -  with trio at the Dakota May 29th

© Andrea Canter

A summery holiday weekend will set the stage for some steamy music, starting with some "good vibes" at Jazz Central, setting the stage for more hefty strings and one of the most sublime trios in jazz as we move toward the end of the month.

Big Gigs This Week

Dave Hagedorn, Good Vibes Trio
Friday, May 23.  The Bridge Series at Jazz Central presents the Good Vibes Trio, headed by Chris Bates with pals Dave Hagedorn and Phil Hey. They're still celebrating the release of their debut CD, with unique arrangements of Mingus, Monk, Coltrane, and Coleman as well as original compositions. These are three of the most inventive musicians in town, and together they are a creative force unlike any other.  And that's just the first part of the evening -- stay for a late night double header led by another creative bassist, Andrew Foreman, appearing with two bands back-to-back--the Ben Abrahamson Quartet and Foreman's Chomksy ensemble. Foreman leaves soon for a few months of out-of-town gigs.

Arne Fogel
At Parma 8200, spend a Friday night with the smooth vocals of Arne Fogel and the swinging company of Rick Carlson and Keith Boyles. Add some pasta or flatbread, a glass of wine, and you have a relaxing start to the holiday weekend.

Saturday, May 24. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske have only two more Saturday nights at the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel before taking their annual summer break. One of the longest-standing jazz gigs in town, this duo breathes new life into the standards of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Blossom Dearie and more. (They will be back for three nights during the Twin Cities Jazz Festival!)

Butch Thompson

Sunday, May 25. Remember the Hall Brothers at the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota? Pianist/clarinetist Butch Thompson pays tribute to the band and its long-time home with "Blues, Rags and Stomps: Homage to the Emporium of Jazz," featuring many of the original band members and a dance floor at the Cedar Cultural Center. The event is apparently sold out, but check with The Cedar, there might be a cancelation?

Jack Brass Band
Monday, May 26. What's better than a Memorial Day picnic at the zoo? How about Jack Brass Band at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory? Heading a Second Line Parade around the zoo grounds (10:30 am, 11:45 am, and 12:40 pm), Minnesota's own NOLA brass band makes every time they play a holiday.

Monday-Tuesday, May 26-27. The Philadelphia Weekly calls Victor Wooten the "coolest bass player...ever." One of the founding members of Bela Fleck's Flecktones, Wooten is also well-established in his own right as a soloist; he's a 5-time Grammy winner and perpetual "best" among electric bassists. He'll be at the Dakota for two rockin' nights.

Trombones, TC Latin Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, May 27. Big band night at Jazz Central brings back the new Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Geoff Senn and Mac Santiago, and filled with the region's best.  Hearing a large ensemble in such an intimate space is a special treat -- acoustic music never sounded so big, yet so intimate. And speaking of intimate, pianist Rick Carlson goes solo at Cafe Maude -- how cool is that?

Dean Magraw
Wednesday, May 28. Always coming up with a new project, guitar wizard Dean Magraw brings the Prairie Rhythm Section to the Dakota tonight, with pals Gary Raynor on bass and Pete Johnson on drums. Bits of Prairie Home Companion will likely seep into the music!

Maud Hixson
Around the corner at Hell's Kitchen, the Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal, Jendeen Forberg) welcome one of their favorite songbirds, Maud Hixson. Nothing beats a good night in Hell!

Thursday, May 29. Think of the great piano trios -- Nat King Cole, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Tommy Flanagan, Fred Hersch... and certainly Bill Charlap. With long-time cohorts Peter Washington and Kenny Washington, Charlap is one of the most sublime interpreters of jazz standards. At the Dakota for two sets only.

Rhonda Laurie
At Jazz Central, the Vocal Showcase presents Rhonda Laurie. Rhonda's songbook keeps growing, filled with less common standards and more modern tunes that benefit from her savvy interpretations.

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 23. Irv Williams with Steve Blons and Steve Pikal, happy hour at the Dakota; Patty Peterson and Friends at School II; KBEM Spring Riverboat Cruise from Crosby Park (contact KBEM for tickets); Twin Cities Cabaret Network (Jennifer Eckes and Kevin Hohlstein) at Honey

Saturday, May 24. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Patrick Harison and Jame Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Rhizosphere at the Black Dog; Harris/Epstein/Bates at Merlin's Rest

Sunday, May 25. Jazz Wonderband, brunch at the Acadia Cafe; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Off the Cuff (improvised music) at the Aster

Monday, May 26. Riverside Swing Band at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Bookhouse Trio at Barbette

Zacc Harris
Tuesday, May 27. Dick & Jane's Big Brass Band at Zeke's Unchained Animal; Zacc Harris and Guests at the Black Dog

Wednesday, May 28. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Graydon Peterson Quartet at Jazz Central; South High Community Jazz Band at Minnehaha Falls Park

Thursday, May 29. Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Ari Nahum, late set at Jazz Central; Alicia Renee and Chris Lomheim, Jazz @ Christo's (Union Depot)

Coming Soon!

. May 30, Eric Kamau Gravatt at Jazz Central

. May 30, Davu Seru and Song Click at the Black Dog
. May 30-31, Two Nights Music Festival at Old Arizona

. May 31, Jazz Central All-Stars, Palace Theater (Luverne, MN)

. June 2, Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock at the Icehouse

. June 3, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

. June 3, Dean Magraw and Eric Kamau Gravatt at the Black Dog

. June 5, Joyce Lyons at Jazz Central

. June 7, Jazz Central All-Stars, Hollywood Theater (Montevideo, MN)

. June 8, Jazz in the Library, Joan Griffith at St Paul Central Library

. June 10, Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog

. June 11, Chris Bates' Red Five at Jazz Central

. June 14, Next Generations, Steve Kenny Group 47 LP Release,  Jazz at Studio Z

. June 14, Jazz Central All-Stars, Eagles Healing Nest (Sauk Centre, MN)

. June 15, Billy Hart Quartet with Ethan Iverson at the Dakota

. June 16-17, Maceo Parker at the Dakota

. June 18, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion at the Dakota

. June 18, Jazz in the Library, Bryan Nichols Quartet at St Anthony Park Library

. June 22, James Carter Organ Trio at the Dakota

. June 23, Javi Santiago at Jazz Central

. June 24, Diane Schuur at the Dakota

. June 25, Jazz in the Library, Tres Mundos at Arlington Hills Library

. June 26, Joe Krown Trio at the Dakota

. June 26-28, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Branford Marsalis 6/27; Joe Krown, Dianne Reeves with Geoffrey Keezer 6/28; and more), Mears Park and beyond (St Paul)

. June 30, Craig Handy at the Dakota

. July 1, Nels Cline and Julian Lage at the Dakota

. July 2, Pedrito Martinez at the Dakota

. July 3-5, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano Us Five, Anat Cohen Quartet, Ingrid Jensen Nordic with Geoffrey Keezer, Jared Gold, Pedrito Martinez)

. July 7-8, Bill Frisell Quartet (Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen) at the Dakota

. July 10, All Originals Jazz series, The Illicit Sextet at Studio Z

. July 17, All Originals Jazz series, Courageous Endeavors at Studio Z

, July 17, Jazz Central All-Stars, St. James Memorial Park Band Shell (St. James, MN)

. July 24, All Originals Jazz series, Zacc Harris Group at Studio Z

. July 31, All Originals Jazz series, Red Planet at Studio Z

. October 20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota

Davu Seru -- Song Click at the Black Dog, May 30th