Friday, November 28, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 28-December 4

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, December 2 at Orchestra Hal

© Andrea Canter

Star-bright visitors help usher in a month of holiday delights this week, while some local heavyweights kick off the weekend. Don't let Black Friday chaos keep you from enjoying some outstanding music!

Big Gigs This Week

Graydon peterson
Friday, November 28. Off the map for a while this fall, the Graydon Peterson Quartet roars back at Jazz Central tonight. Trumpeter Adam Meckler is back from his European tour with Youngblood Brass, adding his horn to the leader's basslines and dynamic contributions from guitarist Vinnie Rose and drummer Adrian Suarez. Original fare keeps your ears on edge.

At the Black Dog, Saturday Night Jazz takes a break and instead we have a jazz feast tonight with three creative "chefs"-- Steve Kenny, Chris Bates and Davu Seru. Pretty much anything can happen.

Dave King at the Icehouse
A multi-night "Dave King Take-Over" at the Icehouse has its jazziest set tonight with the Dave King Trucking Company filling any late-night gaps in entertainment. Brandon Wozniak, Erik Fratzke and Adam Linz play original compositions, with Dave's more punk-flavored Gang Font (with Fratzke, Bryan Nichols and Greg Norton) playing an even later set.  (Rock and roots bands Loves Cars and Red Daughters close out the Take Over tomorrow.)

Patty and the Buttons (press photo)
Saturday, November 29. It's hard to imagine more family fun at a jazz gig than the CD Release Party for Patty and the Buttons' latest, The Mercury Blues. The early afternoon celebration takes place at the historic Heights Theater, complete with the Wurlitzer organ, silent film clips, and a special appearance by Davina ("and the Vagabonds") Sowers and Zack Lozier. The new recording features a raft of originals and appealing vocals from accordion master Patrick Harison, along with a handful of early 20th century blues and swing covers.

Emerson Hunton
Perhaps as opposite as you can get in one day, drummer Emerson Hunton takes a brief break from studies at Oberlin to bring a band to Jazz Central, part of the bimonthly Jazz Police Young Artists Showcase. It's a band that truly merges Emerson's past local exploits and his current influences at Oberlin-- he's featuring two Oberlin pals, Noah Gershwin (guitar) and Nathan Rice (saxophones), along with young rising star trumpeter Jake Baldwin and former mentor, bassist Adam Linz. The set list includes original music from the musicians as well as some newly arranged covers.  Definitely from the 21st century.

Miguel Hurtado
Late Night at the Dakota will present the current version of what was originally Courageous Endeavors. But with the "Courageous" moniker outdated with Brian Courage's move to New York last fall, the remaining "Endeavors" (Miguel Hurtado, Nelson Devereaux and Joe Strachan) are updating -- so expect some surprises.

Sunday, November 30. Former Twin Cities resident now based in Omaha, Luke Polopnik is in town for a bit and will mix it up in a free improv trio at the Black Dog early this evening with the always inventive saxman George Cartwright and percussion/electronics wizard Tim Glenn.

Joey D
Monday, December 1. With his first holiday album released last month, B-3 prodigy-turned-legend Joey DeFrancesco returns to the Dakota for a night of seasonal gems, with guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer George Fludas filling out the trio. Likely Joey will pull out the trumpet for a couple tunes too.

Check out up-and-coming talents when the Minnesota Youth Jazz Band holds its fall show at Famous Dave's in Uptown, with a special appearance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz I ensemble opening for the high school stars. A number of UW-EC musicians got their start with MYJB. Bandleader/educator Dave Mitchell has helped launch many careers!

Corey Healy
At the Icehouse, Luke Polopnik celebrates a CD release as the duo Type Type with drummer Cory Healey and introduces local audiences to his Omaha-based organ trio with Mitch Town (B-3) and Dana Murray (drums); rounding out a triple-set "Jazz Implosion" is the quartet Mancrush (Lars-Erik Larsen, Zacc Harris, Brandon Woziak and Bryan Nichols).

Tuesday, December 2. It's First Tuesday which usually means it's Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog. Dean's on the road, so tonight Davu pairs up with flautist Faye Washington for what should prove to be a very interesting evening of flute/percussion adventures.

Wynton Marsalis
The holiday season gets a big boost as Orchestra Hall presents Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with special guest vocalist, Cecile McLorin Salvant. Wynton and JACLO are no strangers to Orchestra Hall, and each visit typically is a season highlight. But add to the mix the most celebrated vocalist of the past two years, one who captured Best Vocalist, Best Album and Best New Artist Awards from various critics' polls in 2013 and 2014, as well as winning the 2010 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition at age 20. Salvant has incredible range both vocally and conceptually, enticing audiences with songs from Bessie Smith through Ella and her own originals that seem to spring out of a Betty Carter/Abbey Lincoln songbook. 
Jeremy Walker
Following this show, stick around for the inaugural Jazz in the Target Atrium event, curated by Jeremy Walker and tonight featuring several horns of JACLO (Ted Nash, Marcus Printup and Vincent Gardner) with Walker's "Bootet" (Anthony Cox, JT Bates).

Wednesday, December 3. It's beginning to be a monthly event on a Foodie Night: The Travis Anderson Trio swings again, hard, with bassist Steve Pikal and drummer Nathan Norman supporting a young master of swing and stride piano. Travis and friends will swing you into oblivion and have a lot of fun along the way. No cover -- it's Foodie Night!

Phil Mattson Singers
Thursday, December 4. The Phil Mattson Singers return to vocal night at Jazz Central, with a change or two in personnel but no change in their spot-on harmonies that recall the great vocal ensembles and feature a book of familiar and less familiar tunes. Phil himself lends orchestral accompaniment from a single piano.

At Khyber Pass, Thursday night music continues with the spotlight on percussionist Davu Seru. This is one of the most intimate settings for jazz in the Twin Cities -- and where else can you order Afghani chutneys and tea with your avant garde jazz?

More Jazz This Week!

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, November 28. Todd Harper at the Black Dog; Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Tony London Trio at Parma 8200, Luke Polopnik and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse

Saturday, November 29. Maurice Jacox, brunch at Hell's Kitchen; Frankhouse at Hell's Kitchen; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske at the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Nachito Herrera at the Dakota

Sunday, November 30. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar

Monday, December 1. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Zack Lozier at Jazz Central
Denny Malmberg

Tuesday, December 2. Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's

Wednesday, December 3. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Parisota Hot Club at The Tangiers; Connie Evingson with Adi Yeshaya and Gordy Johnson, Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club; Three Loud Trio at Cafe Maude

Thursday, December 4. Moonlight Serenaders with Lee Engele at Wabasha Street Caves; Patrick Harison at Cafe Maude; Gypsy Mania at Hell's Kitchen; Katia Cardenas with Dave Martin at the Driftwood CharBar

Coming Soon!

. December 5-8, White Christmas with Maude Hixson and Rick Carlson at the Heights Theater

. December 5, Larry McDonald Holiday Show at The Nicollet

. December 6, Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog

. December 6, Babatunde Lea Quintet, Jazz at Studio Z

. December 6, Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion, Jazz @ St Barney's at St Barnabas Lutheran Church

. December 6, Katia Cardenas Quartet, Late Night at the Dakota

. December 7, Century Jazz Ensemble Holiday Show at Century College

. December 8, Thomas Strommen at Jazz Central

. December 9, Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz at The Nicollet

. December 11, Charles Lazarus "Merry and Bright" at Wayzata Community Church

. December 12, Connie Evingson with Rick Carlson at Parma 8200

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

. December 13, Red 5 at the Black Dog

. December 14, Maudi Hixson, Wolverines, Bob DeFlores films, "Let It Snow" at the Capri Theater

. December 14, Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood at First Avenue

. December 15, Larry McDonough Holiday Show at the Icehouse

. December 15-16, Roberta Gambarini at the Dakota

. December 16, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Jazz Central

. December 18, Mike Lewis solo at Khyber Pass

. December 19, Barbara Meyer and Phil Mattson at the 318 Cafe

. December 19 & 21, Doc Severinsen with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall

. December 20, Twin Cities Jazz Sampler at Jazz Central

. December 20, Peterson Family "Jam Before Christmas" at the Dakota

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

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

. December 27, Big Band Christmas, Jazz @ St Barneys at St Barnabas Lutheran Church

. December 27, Fat Kid Wednesdays at the Black Dog

. December 27, Aaron Hedenstrom, Jazz at Studio Z

. December 27, Laura Caviani and Bob Bowman at Jazz Central

. December 31, Jazz Awards Night at Jazz Central

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

. January 10, Bill Carrothers Trio, Jazz at Studio Z

. January 17, Joan Griffith and Reuben Ristrom at Hosmer Library

. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota

. January 22, David Berkman at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)

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

. January 25, Chris Potter Quartet at the Dakota

. January 27-28, Dianne Reeves at the Dakota

. February 13, The Assad Brothers with Romero Lubambo at the Dakota

. March 9, David Sanchez Quartet at the Dakota

. March 12, 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

. March 29, Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer at the Dakota

. April 16, Anthony Cox and Jeremy Walker, "Rage of Achilles" at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)

. 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

. May 8, Ron Miles at Orchestra Hall, Target Atrium

Babatunde Lea brings his quartet to Jazz at Studio Z on December 6