|The Bad Plus return to the Dakota for four nights, Christmas Day|
© Andrea Canter
For likely the first time ever, the Twin Cities jazz scene will be broadly represented in the release of a CD sampling 13 working bands on Saturday night. It's wedged into an otherwise busy jazz week -- Debbie Duncan at Parma, Donald Washington at the Black Dog, Dean Granros at Jazz Central, Doc Severinsen at Orchestra Hall, the annual Peterson Family holiday party at the Dakota, Karrin Allyson's annual holiday visit to the Dakota, Anthony Cox with Mike Lewis and JT Bates at the Icehouse, and the start of a four-night residency with The Bad Plus at the Dakota...... we will need a holiday come Thursday! (But that doesn't mean the clubs are all closed on Christmas Day!)
Big Gigs This Week
Friday, December 19. You can start the weekend with a relaxed and entertaining evening of song with Debbie Duncan at Parma 8200. Debbie's combination of balladry, blues and sass pairs perfectly with the calamari, antipasto and pasta, and of course the wine list. In Wayzata, enjoy a distinctive pairing, vocalist Barbara Meyer and pianist Phil Mattson, reprising diverse tunes from their new CD, Up and Down With Love, at the 318 Cafe.
More edgy fare: Guitar master Dean Granros formed a stellar, double guitar quartet recently and the guys are back at it on the Bridge Series at Jazz Central. Dean mixed it up on fresh revisions of jazz standards and originals with Zacc Harris, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein. Stick around for a late set with Jazz Crew-- area high school and college musicians.
The Black Dog's Community Pool/Deep End series hosts multi-reed veteran Donald Washington, in a trio with Brian Roessler and Davu Seru. That's a lot of adventurous improvising on one small stage.
|Jingle Bell Doc|
For big band holiday fun, Doc Severinsen is in town for Jingle Bell Doc, pitting is trumpet against the backdrop of one of the nation's top symphony orchestras... at Orchestra Hall. They repeat the program on Sunday afternoon so there's no excuse for missing it.
Saturday, December 20. It would not be the holidays without the Petersons, and this year they present "The Jam Before Christmas" at the Dakota (two shows). The full complement of Peterson siblings will be on hand-- Linda, Billy, Patty, Ricky and Paul; nephew Jason DeLaire, and a few more friends and relatives. Hot off their gig at Catalina's in Los Angeles, the Petersons will fill the club with holiday joy and soaring music.
The first Twin Cities Jazz Sampler (Volume One) will be celebrated at Jazz Central, featuring three of thirteen bands that make up this survey of local modern jazz. Our own jazz impresario Steve Kenny managed this project which is a well-crafted documentation of the strength of our jazz scene. Bands on stage tonight include the Atlantis Quartet (just back from their debut gig at Chicago's Jazz Showcase), Chris Bates' Good Vibes Trio, and Kenny's Group 47--its first performance since pianist Will Kjeer headed out to Interlochen's post high school program.
JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske celebrate the season in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel with special guests--Gary Schulte (violin) and Steven Marking (baritone). "Deck the Halls" was so popular last year, there had to be a reprise. Notes JoAnn, "We move merrily from classic Christmas carols to swing favorites. A soaring violin, stunning baritone voice, gorgeous bass playing, me and my piano will all serenade you in the elegantly decorated Saint Paul Hotel."
Sunday, December 21. In addition to the second (matinee) performance of "Jingle Bell Doc" (see Friday), this Sunday brings guitarist Joel Shapira to the Black Dog for a solo set or two, a late afternoon respite or reward after last minute shopping.
Sunday-Monday, December 21-22. Grammy-nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson returns to one of her former homes, bringing back to the Dakota songs from her 2013 Yuletide Holiday and a preview of new compositions for release in early 2015. In the busy world of vocal jazz, Karrin stands out for her easily identifiable alto and creative interpretations of standards and modern tunes.
Monday, December 22. It's the season for homecomings and a happy one will be held at Jazz Central tonight. Pianist Javier Santiago was a veteran of the local jazz scene before he graduated from high school, having performed in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, at the Artists Quarter and Dakota, and other venues since middle school. He was selected for the first Dakota Combo while attending South High, went on to the Brubeck Institute for two years, and finished his degree at the New School in Manhattan where he is now making his way through the New York jazz scene. Home to visit family, Javi will be the featured artist, with dad Mac Santiago on drums.
JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse tonight features a trio that would be at least equally welcomed in New York or Amsterdam or Paris. The Regional Jazz Trio is led by internationally renowned bassist Anthony Cox, with in-demand saxophonist Mike Lewis and similarly busy drummer JT Bates. They may refer to themselves as "Regional" but these guys are truly intergalactic!
Tuesday, December 23. Maud at Maude! It seems to be a monthly gig now, with songbird Maud Hixson joining piano-wielding husband Rick Carlson for a night of familiar and unfamiliar tunes at Cafe Maude. And tonight, some holiday songs will undoubtedly sneak into the gig. But don't expect the same old, same old. Maud is known for her ability to find amazing tunes that have remained out of the standard set list.
Wednesday, December 24. Hopefully you can take a break from Christmas Eve preparations and come down to Jazz Central for a rare opportunity to hear the music of one of the Midwest's reigning bass monsters, Bob Bowman from Kansas City. Bob is in town for a gig with Laura Caviani (December 27) but tonight he joins forces with Brandon Wozniak, Doan Brian Roessler and Pete Hennig for a double bass quartet that is sure to be more interesting than another round of holiday carols. Notes Bob, "We'll play our original music with a few special surprises thrown in. Come celebrate the dark beauty of this season with some beautiful bass playing and improvising."
|The Bad Plus|
Thursday-Sunday, December 25-28. Possibly one of the longest running gigs in American jazz, The Bad Plus return to the Dakota for their annual holiday residency, now four nights long, and as usual, a prelude to their New Year's Eve week gig at the Village Vanguard. The trio (former Menonomie resident Ethan Iverson, former Twin Citian Reid Anderson, and still-resident Dave King) has had a buys year, releasing their version of The Rite of Spring and then their new, all-originals album, Inevitable Western. This gig might be titled "Inevitable Creativity" -- we've come to expect every TBP gig to be filled with a combination of reimagined pop, rock and even classical covers as well as the always clever original works from all three musicians. It's our Rite of December.
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 Jazz Near You, as well as here on the blog. More jazz to tickle your ears:
Friday, December 19. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano (happy hour) at the Black Dog; Tim Sparks and Marcus Wise, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Rachel Holder Hennig at Mattie's on Main; James Wallace at Royal Bankok; Vic Volare at Hell's Kitchen; Larry McDonough at Junior's Bar (River Falls)
Saturday, December 20. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Parisota Hot Club at Loring Pasta Bar; Maurice Jacox Trio at the Normandy Kitchen; Chris Lomheim and Jeremy Boettcher, dinner sets at the Icehouse
Sunday, December 21. Emily Davis and Robert Bell, brunch at Mattie's on Main; Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar
Tuesday, December 23. Dirty Shorts Brass Band at Minnesota Music Cafe; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central; Fred Montana at School II
Wednesday, December 24. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Jazz at the Tangiers; Wolverines at Hell's Kitchen
Thursday, December 25. Connie and Herb at The Bean; Swingbeat Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves
. December 26-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota
. December 26, Good Vibes Trio at Jazz Central
. December 26, Jake Baldwin Quartet, Late Night 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 CD Release, Jazz at Studio Z
. December 27, Laura Caviani and Bob Bowman at Jazz Central
. December 29, Wozniak/Nichols/JT Bates at the Icehouse
. December 30, Vicky Mountain at The Nicollet
. December 31, Jazz Awards Night at Jazz Central
. January 3, Group 47 at the Black Dog
. January 5, Casey O'Brien Trio CD Release/Chris Thomson at the Icehouse
. January 8, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass Cafe
. January 9, Joel Shapira/Dean Granros CD Release at the Black Dog
. January 10, Bill Carrothers Trio, Jazz at Studio Z
. January 13, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Fundraiser at the Dakota
. January 17, Joan Griffith and Reuben Ristrom at Hosmer Library
. January 17, Bottomless Pit at the Black Dog
. January 17, Rondi Charleston at the Sheldon Theater (Red Wing, MN)
. January 17, Rondi Charleston at the Sheldon Theater (Red Wing, MN)
. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota
. January 22, David Berkman at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)
. January 23, Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz at the Black Dog
. January 24, Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog
. January 25, Leigh Kamman Memorial Tribute at the Saint Paul Hotel (Ballroom)
. January 26, Chris Potter Quartet at the Dakota
. January 27-28, Dianne Reeves at the Dakota
. January 31, Dave Brattain Quartet, Dean Granros Quartet at the Black Dog
. 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
|Fat Kid Wednesdays -- at the Black Dog, December 27|