Friday, September 19, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 19-25

Chick Corea brings The Vigil to the Dakota, September 24

© Andrea Canter

The fall jazz harvest is in full swing, and the coming week show no signs of a slow-down, from New York guitarist Joel Harrison at Jazz Central to Chick Corea and Vigil and The Cookers at the Dakota, as well as local highlights-- the return of Monk in Motian, Connie Evingson at Parma, Mary Louise Knutson at St. Barneys, Kenny Horst and Friends at the Icehouse... and more!

Cory Healey, Monk in Motian
Friday, September 19. After a two-year hiatus, the Monk in Motian project reunites tonight at Jazz Central. Led by guitarist Zacc Harris, this unique two-guitar. two-sax ensemble reinterprets Monk through the musical style of the late Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band-- the compositions of one genius as filtered through the mind of another. It's an all-Monk evening, perhaps as you have never imagined it, with Harris and Park Evans on guitars, Brandon Wozniak and Scott Fultz on saxophones, Matt Peterson on bass, and Cory Healey on drums

Connie Evingson
You can always count an a relaxing Friday evening at Parma 8200, and tonight you will be rewarded by a few hours with Connie Evingson. Her songbook is huge, from Django Reinhardt to George Gershwin, from John Lennon to Dave Frishberg, and her partners (Rick Carlson and Gordy Johnson) are the best of the best.

Steven Hobert
Saturday, September 20. We have had few opportunities to hear Steven Hobert in a leading role performing his own compositions. Best known in local jazz circles as the pianist with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and accordionist with Lulu's Playground, Hobert has put together an album that showcases his creative approach to composition and spontaneous improvisation, as well as his skills as a pianist and vocalist. The album, Ocean Eyes, is celebrated tonight at the Friends Meeting House in Saint Paul.

Joel Harrison (photo: Jon Soffe)
A rare Saturday night at Jazz Central brings us the opportunity to hear New York-based guitar veteran Joel Harrison with the local A-Team of Chris Bates and Pete Hennig. In town for the Arts Midwest Conference, Harrison currently heads the Joel Harrison Five (Chris Cheek, Jacob Sacks, Drew Gress, Jordan Perlson) as well as other ensembles and plays with a who's who list.

Mary Louise Knutson
In Plymouth, it's the opening concert of the Jazz @ St. Barney's season, and it's off to a great start with pianist Mary Louise Knutson and her trio with new-in-town bassist Geoff Brennan and drummer Greg Schutte. This is a casual concert setting at the St. Barnabas Lutheran Church's Art Center, with snacks and beverages, no advance tickets, and always the best Twin Cities musicians.

Lila Ammons
A last-minute gig that should surely be fun as well as musical-- new ensemble Stella an' All plays at the Black Dog early Saturday evening as part of "Jazz Along the Green Line." This is an "all girl" band featuring international touring vocalist Lila Ammons with sax ladies Sue Leigh (also on keys) and Kari Musil, bassist Margo Breivick, and drummer Evelyn Romero.

Sunday, September 21. The annual Adieu Summer concert featuring Pavel Jany's Ticket to Brasil is back at Como Park (Lake Como Pavilion) this afternoon, starting at 3 pm with a Touch of Spain, and continuing with the World Jazz Collegium, Kenna-Kamara Cottman's Voices of Culture, and closing with Jany's Ticket to Brasil.

Kenny Horst
Monday, September 22. The Artists Quarter might be closed but the bands that made it the best jazz room in the region rise again and again in other spaces. Tonight at the Icehouse hear AQ veterans Kenny Horst, Billy Peterson, Pete Whitman and Peter Schimke take over JT's Jazz Implosion.

Tuesday, September 23. Rick Carlson is best known for his roles as swinging sideman and music director, but the pianist cuts loose in his own right monthly at Cafe Maude. Tonight is his night! Over on Eat Street, the The Nicollet Coffee  has been revived and is starting to schedule music. Maryann Sullivan picks up the mic tonight with a band featuring hubby Doug Haining, son Trevor Haining, and pal Dave Martin.

Marcus Gilmore, Vigil
Wednesday, September 24. Chick Corea has led enough projects to be an annual feature at the Dakota. Tonight he brings his latest ensemble, Vigil, reinventing Chick's classics with youthful vigor and a standout cast of younger artists --  modern-day monster of bass, Carlitos Del Puerto; creative force Marcus Gilmore on drums (carrying on the lineage of jazz from his grandfather, Roy Haynes); saxes, flute, bass clarinet and innovation from Tim Garland; and a rising-sun (although from the West Coast), guitarist Charles Altura.

Billy Hart
Thursday, September 25. The chance to hear seven modern giants in one band is too good to pass up! Tonight the Cookers play one show (2 sets) at the Dakota, featuring  Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Craig Handy, George Cables, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart. The band takes its name from the 1965 Blue Note Album, Night at the Cookers, headed by the late Freddy Hubbard.

Clea Galhano
Khyber Pass Cafe in Saint Paul continues its lively music series on Thursday nights, and this week enjoy the sublime sounds of Brazil from guitarist Joan Griffith and recorder artist Clea Galhano. The pair have performed together for a number of years, collaborating on Circle of the Dance. Samba, choro, bossa and more, from arrangements of the greatest Brazilian composers to original compositions.

Denny Malmberg and Steve Pikal
And there's a new venue in the metro-- actually an old venue reborn. The former Pardon My French is now a double destination dubbed Cupcake/Mason Jar (Eagan), and they are booking music Thursdays and Saturdays. Check it out tonight as keyboardist/accordionist Denny Malmberg mixed it up with bassist Steve Pikal.

More Jazz Every Night!

Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities -- check out calendars at Jazz Police, KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:

Friday, September 19. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano happy hour at the Black Dog; Dave Karr and Bryan Nichols, dinner sets at the Icehouse; the New Standards at the Dakota

Saturday, September 20. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Judi Vinar and the Wolverines at Hell's Kitchen; Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Tim Sparks and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Ginger Commodore Quartet at the Dakota; Sublime Curve at the Normandy Kitchen

Sunday, September 21. Jazz Factory, brunch at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog (4 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Butch Thompson, Le Duc Historic Estate (Hastings); Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom

Larry McDonough
Monday, September 22. Larry McDonough at Jazz Central; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Raul Midón at the Dakota

Tuesday, September 23. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central; Eric Leeds and Paul Peterson at the Icehouse

Wednesday, September 24. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; New music night at Jazz Central; Don King at The Tangiers; Mobile Jazz Project featuring Jana Nyberg and more at Calhoun Square (outdoor lot); Linda Peterson at Schoolhouse II; Byron Johnson-Blanchard Quartet at the Black Dog

Thursday, September 25. Martha Alkins at Jazz Central; Swingbeat Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves; Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog

Coming Soon!

. September 26, Pablo Ziegler Tango Project at the Dakota

. September 26, Adam Meckler Orchestra at MacPhail (Antonello Hall)

. September 26, Dave Karr Quartet at Jazz Central

. September 26, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200

. September 27, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog begins with How Birds Work

. September 27, Cory Wong and James Buckley at the Icehouse

. September 27,  Jazz Police Youth Showcase (St Croix Jazz Quintet) at Jazz Central

. September 28, French 75 with Maud Hixson, Schneider Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts (2 pm)

. September 28, How Birds Work at the Black Dog

. September 29, Framework with Pete Whitman at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)

. September 30-October 1, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota

. October 1, Anthony Cox Continuum at Jazz Central

. October 3, Foreign Motion and Todd Clouser CD Release at the Icehouse

. October 3, Chris and JT Bates at Sweet 317

. October 7, Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog

. October 7, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. October 7, George Cartwright's Pal at Studio Z

. October 10, JT Bates Trio at the Bedlam Theater (noon)

. October 11, JazzMN Orchestra with Dave Weckl at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. October 11, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Jazz @ St Barney's (St Barnabas Art Center)

. October 12, Laura Caviani and JazzAX at Carleton College (3 pm)

. October 13-14, Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Dakota

. October 17, Dean Magraw/Eric Gravatt CD Release at Landmark Center

. October 17, Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson Quartet, CD release at the Dakota

. October 18, Chris Lomheim Trio CD release at Studio Z

. October 18, PipJazz at Capri Theater

. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota

. November 6, Terri Lynne Carrington's Mosaic Project (with Rachel Z and Lizz Wright) at O'Shaughnessy

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cecile McLorin Salvant at Orchestra Hall

. December 21-22, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota

. March 12, 2015, Jack DeJohnette at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

. March 25-26, Delfeayo Marsalis (Southern Gentleman) at the Dakota

. May 2, 2015, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

Larry Coryell returns to the Dakota with Victory Bailey and Lenny White, September 30-October 1