Friday, October 31, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 31-November 6

Hiromi and The Trio Project return to the Dakota, November 5-6

© Andrea Canter

Some spooky jazz and Halloween fun kick off a busy music weekend that includes the return of Soul Cafe and What Would Monk Do. In the coming week, Hiromi makes her quasi-annual pilgrimage to the Dakota, Mike Lewis returns to the Icehouse, and Zeitgeist launches their annual New Music Cabaret. That's just the start of the list.

Big Gigs This Week

Patty Peterson
Friday, October 31. Any day is a holiday with Patty Peterson and Friends, so imagine spending Halloween with one of Minnesota's favorite entertainers at Parma 8200? Joining Patty will be nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire and friends Bobby Vandell, Billy Franze and Cory Wong.

Mac Santiago
Even spookier, check out the Halloween Party at Jazz Central, starting off with a daring duo of B-3 specialist Kevin Gastonguay and drummer Mac Santiago and then moving into the far reaches of the jazz universe with the Atlantis Quartet, complete with costumes, reprising Coltrane's full A Love Supreme. Atlantis has a history of making Halloween the best holiday of the year. Expect some appropriate treats from Vanessa Lopez and bring your own mask if you like.

And St Paul hosts another haunting night with Skeleton Crew, a "mixed chamber ensemble" playing works by Philip Glass, Wendy Carlos, Radiohead and...Halloween themed music. With local artists Julie Sweet, Sean O'Hea, Jake Fisher and Scott Fultz.

Steve Kenny
Saturday, November 1. What would Monk do at the Black Dog? Probably create a new rhythm in sync with the espresso machine. Monk won't be on the premises, at least not in body, but in spirit his music will take off in new directions with What Would Monk Do, featuring Steve Kenny, Peter Schimke, Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst. Add that up -- a lot of experience across the spectrum of jazz. If only Monk could join them!

Steve Blons
Sunday, November 2. Gigs with Soul Café have been few and far between over the last few years, but they keep alive the connection between jazz and poetry. With the current configuration of leader Steve Blons (guitar), Brad Holden (alto sax), Dave Graf (trombone) and Phil Aaron (piano), they tackle music around the theme "The Wisdom of Insecurity--Dancing With Fear and Trust." As always, music is paired with poetry readings. They perform in their home space at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Mike Lewis
Monday, November 3. JT's Jazz Implosion really implodes tonight with a visit from former resident Mike Lewis, joining Gordy Johnson and JT himself at the Icehouse.

Tuesday, November 4. Be sure to vote. Then head over to the White Page Gallery in East Minneapolis for some unusual percussion with gong specialist Nakatani. He was most recently in the Twin Cities last fall, playing with pals Adam Linz and Chris Bates.

Anthony Cox
Wednesday, November 5. If this is the first Wednesday of the month, then it's the Continuum Series at Jazz Central, curated by Anthony Cox and showcasing new music with open discussion. Tonight's ensemble is the PBR Street Gang, warming up to record for Sunnyside. The gang includes Dean Granros, Brandon Wozniak, Dave King and Cox (cello and bass). "High voltage electro-acoustic music" with originals from Cox. The discussion will address the definition and meaning of electro-acoustic music.

Wednesday-Thursday, November 5-6. When she first played the Twin Cities in 2004, Hiromi was a young (early 20s) pianist who was taking the jazz world by storm with a style that was akin to Tatum on steroids-- musical but ferocious. She has harnessed some of the energy over the years but her monster technique and boundless imagination still define her art, be it in solo, duo (with Chick Corea or Stanley Clarke) or with her own trio or quartet. Her Trio Project returns to the Dakota for two nights with long-time collaborators Anthony Jackson and Steve Smith, both also known for high energy antics.

Ben Abrahamson
Thursday, November 6. A night for guitar lovers -- Ben Abrahamson, Park Evans and Nick Champeau make it a three-guitar trio at the Black Dog.The three will perform new compositions by Ben as well as arrangements in the style of Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Ralph Towner and more. 

 At Jazz Central, vocalist Sarah Greer presents a tribute to Nina Simone. Sarah has led a series of workshops at Jazz Central on Saturdays, and now the teacher shows that those who teach.... can!

Thursday-Sunday, November 6-9. Zeitgeist's annual New Music Cabaret gets underway at Studio Z with multiple sets of music each night. And each night starts out with a Young Performers Showcase followed by an array of bands playing eclectic new music. Tonight, bands include the Zeitgeist Ensemble with Nirmala Rajasekar, the Enkidu String Quartet and Nautilus Music Theater.
Visit the website for the full schedule.

More Jazz!

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 31. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano at the Black Dog; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Joel Shapira at Ingredients Cafe; Steven Hobert, Zack Lozier and Steve Pikal at the 331 Club

Saturday, November 1. Paula Lammers and Windwood at Mason Jar; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Zacc Harris Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Pigs Eye Jass Band at Eagles Club; Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Trio at the Social Dance Studio; David Martin and Joel Shapira at Senor Wong

Phil Mattson Singers
Sunday, November 2. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Century Jazz Ensemble with the Phil Mattson Singers at Century College; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar

Monday, November 3. Denny Malmberg  and guest at Fireside Pizza; Pete Enblom at Jazz Central; Charmin and Shapira and Friends at the Dakota; Southside Aces at Famous Dave's (Uptown)

Tuesday, November 4. Travis Anderson Trio at the Dakota; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Three Loud Trio at Cafe Maude; Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

Wednesday, November 5. Connie Evingson with Dave Karr and Phil Aaron, Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club;  Byron Johnson-Blanchard at Hell's Kitchen; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Patrick Harison at Cafe Maude

Thursday, November 6. Moonlight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves; Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Cartwright, Kinney, Seru, & Evans at the Khyber Pass Cafe

Coming Soon

. November 7, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at the Black Dog

. November 7, Jake Baldwin Quartet at the Dakota (Late Night)

. November 7, Dans Les Arbres (presented by Crow With No Mouth) at Jazz Central

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

. November 8, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)

. November 9, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber (Ella Songbooks) at the Jungle Theater

. November 10, Jon Weber solo piano at the Dakota

. November 10, Doug Haining at Jazz Central

. November 10, Tony Malaby with Anthony Cox and JT Bates at the Icehouse

. November 11, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at The Nicollet

. November 12, Corey Healy at Jazz Central

. November 13, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass

. November 13, Joyce Lyons at Jazz Central

. November 14, Barbara Meyer and Phil Mattson, CD release at The Nicollet

. November 15, Dean Granros Quartet at Studio Z

. November 17, Charlie Lincoln at Jazz Central

. November 17, Firebell CD release at the Icehouse

. November 18, Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam

. November 20, Charlie Christenson Standards Trio at Jazz Central

. November 21, Peter Vircks Quartet at Jazz Central

. 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

. Novembe 22, Kinghorn/Baldwin Inc. at Jazz Central

. November 22, Phil Mattson Singers, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)

. November 25, Guitar Passions with Sharon Isbin and Romero Lubambo at the Dakota
. November 26, 28-29, Dave King Takeover at the Icehouse

. November 29, Jazz Police Young Artists Showcase at Jazz Central (Emerson Hunton and Friends)

. November 29, Courageous Endeavors at the Dakota (Late Night)

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco Trio 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

. December 27, Fat Kid Wednesdays at the Black Dog

. January 9, Joel Shapira CD Release at the Black Dog

. January 10, Bill Carrothers Trio at Studio Z

. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota

. January 25, Leigh Kamman Memorial Tribute at the Saint Paul Hotel (Ballroom)

. 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

New York saxophonist Tony Malaby joins Gordy Johnson and JT Bates at the Icehouse, November 10