Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 24-30


Charlie Hunter joins Steven Bernstein, Bobby Previte and Skerik as Omaha Diner at the Dakota, October 27


© Andrea Canter
The week before Halloween and don't be spooked out if you hear some jazz goblins nearby! The options this weekend and over the following nights are scarily good.

Big Gigs This Week
Jeremy Walker
Friday, October 24. One of the Twin Cities most prolific composers and a frequent bandleader, Jeremy Walker rounds up a quartet  of frequent cohorts for his turn on The Bridge series at Jazz Central. The saxophonist -turned- pianist shares the stage with saxman Scott Fultz, bassist Jeff Brueske and young drummer Miguel Hurtado. Stick around for the late set at 10 pm, because tonight's treat is a homecoming gig for silky smooth vocalist Aaron Keith Stewart, here for a visit from his new home in California.

Kevin Washington
And as long as you are out late, stop by the Dakota for "Late Night" with the Kevin Washington Quintet. The Detroit native is a proven bandleader in a modern vein with touches of funk and soul.

Steve Kenny
Saturday, October 25. Curator of the new Saturday Night Jazz series at the Black Dog, tonight trumpet master Steve Kenny brings in his own quartet, featuring local stars Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and JT Bates.  JT's just back from a European tour with the Craig Taborn Trio. And anytime Steve takes the bandstand, you know the evening will be a party for your ears. Come early (7 pm) and hear some sublime solo guitar from veteran David Roos.

Dave Karr
Dinner and music is still a great date for a Saturday night, and dinner sets at the Icehouse on weekends typically feature a duo of local titans. Tonight, enjoy the cross-generational vibe of saxophonist Dave Karr and pianist Bryan Nichols.

And always fun, sassy and full of soul, vocalist Pippi Ardennia celebrates her birthday doing what she loves best-- performing--tonight at Bedlam in Saint Paul.
Pippi Ardennia

Monday, October 27. It's not the usual jazz, fusion or pop band at the Dakota tonight, but four stellar musicians taking on tunes that at one time or another hit the top of the Top 40 charts. Dubbed Omaha Diner, the band features 7-string magician Charlie Hunter, saxophonics pioneer Skerik, Guggenheim Fellow and eclectic drummer Bobby Previte, and Sex Mob/Lounge Lizards/Millennial Territory Orchestra trumpeter Steven Bernstein.

Doug Little
Over at Jazz Central, saxophonist/flautist Doug Little (Seven Steps to Havana, Charanga Tropicale) takes the spotlight as the Featured Artist, while a bit later, the Zacc Harris Quartet takes the stage for Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse. You can't go wrong no matter what direction pulls you in tonight.

Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson
Tuesday, October 28. Over the past year, swinging pianist Rick Carlson has performed in duo or trio monthly at Cafe Maude. Tonight you can double your pleasure as wife Maude Hixson joins Rick for an evening of song, and most likely some songs that you just don't hear often if ever. And rarely performed with such heart and skill.

Miguel Hurtado
Wednesday, October 29. Before he relocated to New York earlier this fall, bassist Brian Courage had co-lead a cutting edge band of young monsters dubbed Courageous Endeavors. His partner, drummer Miguel Hurtado, has reconfigured the ensemble as Endeavors, which performs tonight on the New Music series at Jazz Central. Given his other successes as bandleader, Miguel will no doubt give us an evening of exciting compositions and arrangements.

Joel Shapira
Thursday, October 30. Once upon a time, guitarist Joel Shapira and bassist Bruce (Pooch) Heine were two-thirds of Triplicate. Now they are two-thirds of Trioleo, with drummer Dave Schmalenberger, playing original tunes and modern arrangements of jazz classics. Tonight they're on stage at the Black Dog, which is fast becoming one of the Twin Cities' prime incubators of modern jazz. Complete with wine, beer, espresso and tasty bar menu. And Light Rail.

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 24. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano followed by the Kronick Quartet at the Black Dog; Katie Gearty Trio at Parma 8200;  Tim Spark and Marcus Wise, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Bethel University Jazz Orchestra in Benson Great Hall, Bethel University; Fuzzy Math at Hell's Kitchen

Saturday, October 25. Dean Brewington Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Barbara Meyer Band at the Oak Center General Store (Lake City, MN)

Sunday, October 26. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar' Jerry O'Hagen Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom

Monday, October 27. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; U of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble II at Ted Mann;  Rhonda Laurie Trio at Barbette

Tuesday, October 28. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central; Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota

Wednesday, October 29. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota; Jazz Finest Big Band at Bedlam Theater (Saint Paul); Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen

Thursday, October 30. Jason Weissman at Hell's Kitchen; Hanna Cesario at Jazz Central; Bend in the River Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves

Coming Soon!
. November 1, What Would Monk Do at the Black Dog
. November 2, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Ave Methodist Church
. November 3, Mike Lewis/Gordy Johnson/JT Bates at the Icehouse
. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota
. November 6-9, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z
. November 7, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at the Black Dog
. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota
. November 8, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. November 10, Jon Weber solo piano at the Dakota
. November 10, Tony Malaby with Anthony Cox and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. November 11, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at The Nicollet
. November 13, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass
. November 14, Barbara Meyer and Phil Mattson, CD release at The Nicollet
. November 15, Dean Granros Quartet at Studio Z
. November 17, Firebell CD release at the Icehouse
. 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
. November 22, Phil Mattson Singers, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. 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 6, Babatunde Lea Quintet at Studio Z
. 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
. January 10, Bill Carrothers Trio at Studio Z
. January 20-21, Jose James 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

Hiromi returns to the Dakota, November 5-6