|"Mr Smooth" Irv Williams Celebrates 95 and yet another new recording|
Whenever you schedule a vacation, you just have to anticipate some terrific events will fall during the period to make you question your plans. There are a few such jazz gigs that I just have to cover my ears and miss. But you don't! I will catch Irv Williams' 95th birthday celebration and CD release this weekend, and the LP release from Steve Kenny's Group 47 on Monday. And I will not have to choose between Red Planet and Tierney Sutton with Mark Summers since I will miss both; as well as the last (at least for a while) gig of the No Coast Quintet which means missing one of Brian Courage's last gigs as a Minnesotan, several of which take place in the next two weeks. Jazz Central continues to present live music at least five nights per week; Studio Z hosts All Originals every Thursday through mid-September; and the Black Dog seems to offer more and more jazz in its schedule of eclectic music. Note summer is when most concert series announce their new schedules.
Big Gigs Coming!
Always a fun evening -- Patty Peterson and Friends returns to the Dakota tonight, this time featuring special guest, brother Ricky Peterson. The rest of the cast includes Billy Franze, Bobby Vandell, Cory J. Wong and Kevin Gastonguay -- and that's quite a crew of "Friends." Meanwhile, sister Linda Peterson will be busy herself, singing and playing the piano with her trio at Parma 8200.
|Faye Washington conducts Capri Big Band|
Saturday, July 26. I've lost track of Irv Williams' retirement parties and "final" CD releases. Now the word "final" seems to have been taken out of the equation as Irv prepares for his 95 birthday (early August) and the release of a new studio recording, aptly titled after the tune "Then Was Then, This Is Now." Back then, Irv was a swinging, soulful tenorman who could play any tune in any key and who backed the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams and Billy Eckstine before settling in the Twin Cities in the 1940s. Now Irv has released a pile of recordings in the past decade, and still gigs weekly for Happy Hour at the Dakota, currently with guitarist Steve Blons and long-time pal Billy Peterson on bass. Discussing a possible archival collection of his recordings with Wells Piano co-owner and producer Jason Rupert, Irv decided it was time to record again, taking Blons into the studio for some informal musical conversations, and bringing in Peterson to add some basslines. The result is what you would expect from Mr. Smooth -- sweet! Celebrate with Irv tonight --if tickets remain-- at The Museum of Russian Art, with Steve and Billy.
Sunday, July 27. A new venue, The Torch in Uptown, hosts a striking trio with Brian Courage, Erik Fratzke and Davu Seru. These three can take music anywhere, and they will.
Tuesday, July 29. Fifth Tuesdays are special on the Big Band series at Jazz Central -- it's time for the Acme Jazz Company! With one of the largest sets of original charts among U.S. bands, Acme honors the famed big bands of the past with their own modern twist. The band, launched in 2008, is directed by saxophonist Doug Rasmussen, usually at O'Gara's on the first Mondays of the month. Their credits include the Twin Cities Jazz Fesival, Jazz on the Prairie Festival and a number of area parks and performance centers.
At Jazz Central, another vocalist we hear far too seldom, Judi Donaghy Vinar joins forces with swinging pianist Rick Carlson for a night of pure delights.
Monday, August 4. JT's Jazz Implosion tonight features a stellar quartet of Chris Thomson, Bill Bergman and the brothers Bates (Chris and JT).
Wednesday, August 6. Two veteran singers who know their way around a jazz band are on stage tonight: Sue Oatts engages with the Wolverines Trio at Hell;s Kitchen, while Lila Ammons and her trio take off at Tangiers.
A special treat at the Dakota tonight-- pianist Benny Weinbeck and his renowned trio (Gordon Johnson and Phil Hey) take a break from their Saturday night gigs at Parma to come downtown for an evening of inspired standards and more.
More Jazz Every Night
Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities -- check out calendars at Jazz Police, KBEM, and Rhythm and Grooves as well as here on the blog. More jazz to tickle your ears:
Friday, July 25. Irv Williams Trio, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Kronick Quartet at the Black Dog; Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak, dinner sets at the Icehouse; East Side at Hell's Kitchen
Saturday, July 26. Charmin & Shapira in the Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm); Adam Meckler, Jana Nyberg and Chris Bates (Audible Improv), 2 pm at FunArt Studio (Stillwater); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Peter Susag Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Bryan Nichols and Mike Lewis, dinner sets at the Icehouse
Sunday, July 27. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Charmin Michele with the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Robert Robinson at the Dakota
Tuesday, July 29. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar
Wednesday, July 30. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; New Music night at Jazz Central (TBA); Arne Fogel Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Sophia Shorai at the Dakota
Thursday, July 31. Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra, Swing Night at the Caves (Wabasha Street Caves); Nick Haas Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Alicia Renee and Chris Lomheim, Jazz @ Christo's (Union Depot); Bend in the River Big Band at Lake Harriet Bandshell
Friday, August 1. Irv Williams Trio, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Tommy Bruce at Parma 8200; Chris Bates and Todd Clouser, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Kevin Washington Quartet, Late Night at the Dakota
Saturday, August 2. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Jake Baldwin Quartet, Late Night at the Dakota; Pigs Eye Jass Band at Eagle's Aerie Club; Jake Baldwin Quartet, Late Night at the Dakota
Sunday, August 3. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar
Monday, August 4. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza
Tuesday, August 5. Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's
Wednesday, August 6. Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza
Thursday, August 7. Swinbeat Big Band at the Como Park Lakeside Pavilion; Moonlight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves
. August 11, Aaron Hedenstrom/Brian Claxton Quintet at the Icehouse
. August 14, All Originals Jazz series, Chris Lomheim Trio at Studio Z
. August 14, Adam Linz solo bass/Joe Suihkonen & Noah Baldwin trumpet duets at Khyber Pass
. August 18, Phil Hey Quartet at the Icehouse
. August 18, Evan Montgomery and Brian Courage at Jazz Central
. August 21, Steve Kenny's Group 47 at Studio Z
. August 25, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD release at Icehouse followed by Brian Courage Farewell Party
. August 28, Atlantis Quartet at Studio Z
. August 29, Reynold Philipsek, live documentary taping at 318 Cafe
. August 29, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200
. September 11, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Studio Z
. September 13, John Raymond, Jazz at Studio Z
. September 13, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival (Selby and Milton Av, Saint Paul)
. September 16, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota
. September 17, Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet at the Dakota
. September 20, Mary Louise Knutson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
. September 21, Ticket to Brasil, Adieu Summer Concert at Como Park
. September 24, Chick Corea and Vigil at the Dakota
. September 25, The Cookers at the Dakota
. September 26, Pablo Ziegler Tango Project at the Dakota
. September 29-30, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota
. October 11, JazzMN Orchestra with Dave Weckl at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. October 12, Laura Caviania and JazzAX at Carleton College (3 pm)
. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota
. November 6, Terri Lynne Carrington's Mosaic Project (with Rachel Z) at O'Shaughnessy
|Chris Lomheim Trio previews new album at Studio Z, August 14|