Thursday, October 2, 2014



Roy Hargrove returns to the Dakota, October 13-14

 © Andrea Canter

 Our fall colors will be peaking over the next two weeks, and it seems as though jazz gigs are in sync with Mother Nature, providing a feast for the ears as autumn provides its display for the eyes. This two-week Lead Sheet hopefully will entice you to participate in as much of this "sound festival" as possible, with such diverse options as a collaboration between Todd Clouser and Foreign Motion, the Bates Brothers in a rare duo, the "Baldwin Sisters" return to Jazz Central, the Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog, Laura Caviani on the new Jazz at Studio Z season, the season opener for JazzMN Orchestra with special guest, Dave Weckl... and more.



Big Gigs

JT Bates
Friday, October 3. Chris and JT Bates are frequently on the bandstand together in a wide range of trio, quartet and larger ensemble formats, but tonight at Sweet 317 (above the Black Dog), the brothers find themselves alone together for an evening of bass and drum dueling. The space is intimate and the music will be imaginative and full of surprises. 

Charlie Lincoln
Speaking of surprises, there's at least one tonight at Jazz Central where the Bridge Series features Eric Kamau Gravatt and Friends. The long-time drummer for McCoy Tyner brings three generations of friends along-- Pete Whitman on sax, Zacc Harris on guitar, and South High senior Charlie Lincoln on bass. Think about the vast number of talented bassists in town and you can imagine how strong young Charlie must be to play in such company. Gravatt and Friends will be followed by the first monthly College Night, tonight featuring an ensemble from North Central University.



Todd Clouser
Another treat Friday night -- late enough that you can make the gig after another one--is a CD release celebration at the Icehouse from Todd Clouser's A Love Electric band from Mexico City (with Todd on guitar, Aaron Cruz on bass, Herman Hecht on drums). The band just returned from touring Germany, Morocco and New York City. "It's been good and wild times with music," says Todd. Also on the schedule for Friday -- a set with Foreign Motion (Cory Wong, Kevin Gastonguay, Yohannes Tona and Petar Janjic) and a closing set from the Russian vocal/bass duo, StoLyette.



Steve Kenny
Saturday, October 4. Once they reunited, the Illicit Sextet has found steady if not frequent gigs and an expanding fan base, particularly following the release of their second recording, Chapter 11. Maybe that 15-year break was just what the musicians needed to come back stronger than ever, and with a raft of original tunes. The IS hits on the Saturday Jazz at the Black Dog series and includes flumpeteer Steve Kenny, saxman Paul Harper, guitarist David Roos, pianist Chris Lomheim, bassist Tom Pieper and drummer Nathan Norman.




Nachito Herrera
Sunday, October 5. "A Night in Havana" comes to the Ordway, with Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera leading his Cuban Orchestra. Now in Minnesota for over a decade, Nachito has built a strong following of his infections rhythms  and ear-popping keyboard prowess. And tonight, Ordway becomes a tropical club with the addition of a dance floor! There's a pre-concert performance and post-concert reception.



Noah Ophoven-Baldwin
Monday, October 6. Once they performed as the Baldwin Sisters, but unrelated trumpet brothers Jake Baldwin and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin now come to the Jazz Central Featured Artist series to lock horns. Two of the youngest pros on the local scene, Jake and Noah are pushing their elders every chance they get. Later at the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features New York-based multi-reedist Ken Thomson's Slow/Fast with a CD release party. With trumpeter Russ Johnson, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Adam Armstrong and drummer Fred Kennedy, Thomson celebrates the band' second release, Settle. Thomson's other projects have included Gutbucket and Bang on a Can All-Stars. Slow/Fast melds improvisational chamber jazz and contemporary classical composition.



Dean Magraw
Tuesday, October 7.  A monthly collaboration with the "dean" of Minnesota guitar and an outstanding percussionist, this First Tuesday brings Dean Magraw and Davu Seru back to the Black Dog for some fun interactions.



Wednesday, October 8. There's a new trio on the Wednesday night "new music" series at Jazz Central -- Peter Schimke, Chris Bates and Corey Healy. With these guys, anything can happen. And Jazz Central provides the perfect environment for the unexpected.



Tommy Bruce
Thursday, October 9. The audience for the Thursday night Vocal Jazz series at Jazz Central keeps growing, presenting both talented newcomers and veteran songbirds. A bit of both, Tommy Bruce is featured tonight. Tommy only began singing professionally in the last ten years, but he's been immersed music for much of his life, and that experience comes through in a voice that at times suggests Chet Baker. 



Travis Anderson
Over at the Dakota, Travis Anderson brings his trio featuring Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. Some years back, a then very young Travis played a midweek happy hour. He's been getting out more lately, and in the company of such swingers as Pikal and Norman, the trio should pretty much make the floor sway.



Anthony Cox
Friday, October 10. Another new band at Jazz Central, playing its second gig, DD7 is led by renowned bassist/cellist Anthony Cox, with Brandon Wozniak and Mike Lewis on saxes, Steve Kenny on flumpet and JT Bates on drums. That's a lot of horns against the rhythm duo. DD7 plays extreme post-bop compositions from the band, as well as some free jazz and reconstructed standards. For fun and song, head down to Hell's Kitchen for a gig with sassy swing queen Nichola Miller.  And if you still have some jazz energy leftover -- Late Night at the Dakota presents the Dakota debut of young vocalist Katia Cardenas. Katia has one of those flexible voices that seems at home regardless of genre, and tonight she has one heckuva jazzy backing band, with Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Mac Santiago. Definitely worth staying up late!



JazzMN horn section
Saturday, October 11. Another wild Saturday night in Jazzville! The JazzMN Orchestra opens its new season (at Hopkins High School Auditorium) with a bang -- special guest drummer Dave Weckl, whose 30-year career includes Chick Corea's Elektric Band and Acoustic Band, Buddy Rich and Mike Stern. 

Laura Caviani
At Studio Z, Zacc Harris' Jazz at Studio Z has another year of funding, and he starts off the new season with Laura Caviani, presenting a general workshop followed by a concert with the Laura Caviani Trio. And Saturday Night at the Black Dog features the Zacc Harris Group (Harris on guitar, Bryan Nichols on piano, Chris Bates on bass and JT Bates on drums).



Sunday, October 12. Hopefully it will be a nice Sunday afternoon for a drive down to Northfield, for a too-rare performance by the JazzAX saxophone quartet on the Carleton College campus. This free concert features the saxes-- Mike Walk, Greg Keel, Pete Whitman and David Milne.



Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson
Monday, October 13. You can enjoy great music from vocalist Connie Evingson and gypsy jazz band Patty and the Buttons while contributing to a good cause. The Jungle Theater hosts a benefit for Angel Flights Central, a nonprofit that provides air transportation for individuals in remote areas who need non-emergency medical care. Connie will preview some of the music from her upcoming CD release with the John Jorgenson Quintet (All the Cats Join In), to be celebrated at the Dakota on October 17.



Roy Hargrove
Monday-Tuesday, October 13-14. The Roy Hargrove Quintet makes its annual pilgrimage to the Dakota. Surely one of the finest trumpeters working today, Hargrove has maintained a consistent ensemble over the much of the past decade, with saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Ameen Saleem, and drummer Quincy Phillips.

Wednesday, October 15. Talk about a return engagement-- less than a week after filling the house at the Dakota, the Travis Anderson Trio returns for another round of swinging fun. Pianist Travis melds telepathically with pals Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. 
Travis Anderson



Thursday, October 16. The very interesting vocalist/songwriter Kat Edmondson returns to the Dakota. Her resume covers a wide range of music, including jazz, and she has recorded with some modern jazz heavyweights like bassist Eric Reavis. And there are distinct touches of Billie Holiday in her voice.


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, October 3. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper solo piano, followed by Siama Matuzundigi at the Black Dog; Steve Kenny Trio with visual artist Tim Nyberg at Three Sisters Gallery (St Paul); Tim Sparks, solo guitar, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Charmin Michelle Trio (Phil Mattson and Tom Lewis) at Parma 8200; Lee Ritenour (2 shows) at the Dakota; Tim Patrick and his Blue-Eyed Band at Minneapolis Eagles' Club



Saturday, October 4. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Zacc Harris and Chris Bates, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Joel Shapira Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Nachito Herrera and Friends at the Dakota; Pig's Eye Jass Band at Minneapolis Eagle's Club



Sunday, October 5. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Larry McDonough at The Nicollet; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 6. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Tommy and the Liebermen at the Dakota; Southside Aces at Famous Dave's (Uptown)



Tuesday, October 7. Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's; U of M Jazz Ensemble, "Bob Dylan Big Band Project" at Ted Mann Concert Hall; Three Loud Trio at Cafe Maude



Wednesday, October 8. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Vincent Rose Band at Hell's Kitchen; Jazz at the Tangiers; Patrick Harison at Cafe Maude



Robert Everest
Thursday, October 9. Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Robert Everest at Teresa's Kitchen (Prior Lake); Minnesota Jazz Orchestra at Wabasha Street Caves; Connie and Herb at the Bean (Andover); Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam



Friday, October 10. JT Bates, Noon at the Bedlam (St Paul); Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano at the Black Dog; Arne Fogel Trio at Parma 8200; Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics Quartet at the KC Hall (Bloomington); Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse



Saturday, October 11. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Jon Pemberton Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota



Sunday, October 12. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 13. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Joe Mayo at Jazz Central; double header at the Icehouse (1st set - JT Bates, Nelson Devereaux, Trent Baarspul; 2nd set - Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band - Erik Fratzke, Zacc Harris, Jake Baldwin, Brandon Wozniak)



Tuesday, October 14. Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Cafe Accordion Orchestra at Loring Pasta Bar; Nova Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Cafe



Wednesday, October 15. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Pete Whitman Presents at Jazz Central; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Byron Johnson Blanchard Quartet at the Black Dog; Jazz at the Tangiers



Thursday, October 16. Robert Everest at Teresa's Kitchen (Maple Grove); Sweet Honey in the Rock at O'Shaughnessy; Connie Olson at Jazz Central; Joel Shapira (solo guitar) at Ingredients Cafe.



Coming Soon!

. 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 22, Graydon Peterson and Joe Strachan at Jazz Central

. October 25, Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. October 29, Miguel Hurtado at Jazz Central

. November 1, What Would Monk Do at the Black Dog

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

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

. November 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at the Black Dog

. November 22, PipJazz Youth All-Stars at the Maplewood Community Center theater

. November 22, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. 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 6, Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog

. December 13, PipJazz Holiday Concert at Maplewood Community Center theater

. 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 15, Jazz Mn Orchestra with Pete Christlieb at Hopkins High School Auditorium

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

. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins High School Auditorium

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

Chris Lomheim Trio: CD Release on October 18 at Studio Z