Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 30-June 5



Davu Seru leads Song Click at the Black Dog, Friday night 5/30

© Andrea Canter



Summertime. And the jazzing is easy if you follow the live calendars, from Jazz Police, KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and JazzINK. Seems none of us get it all, but all together we probably cover 90%! Some outstanding visitors drop in at the Icehouse this week, and the usual venues keep things boppin' along.



Big Gigs This Week

Eric Gravatt
Friday, May 30. The Bridge Series continues at Jazz Central with a multi-generational ensemble headed by drum legend Eric Kamau Gravatt. Joining the former Weather Reporter and McCoy Tyner cohort will be leaders of the "younger" generation, saxman Brandon Wozniak and guitarist Zacc Harris (who collectively are half of the Atlantis Quartet). Oh yeah, and Charlie Lincoln on bass. Who? Charlie Lincoln. All of about 17 and finishing his junior year at South High. Charlie brings new meaning to the label "young lion." Keep your ear on him.
Charlie Lincoln



Over at the Black Dog, percussion king Davu Seru leads Song Click with a masterful crew -- saxophonists Donald Washington and Nathan Hansen, bassist Brian Courage and percussionist Marc Anderson. A cool night of improvisation is on the menu.



Dean Magraw
Friday/Saturday, May 30-31. An unusual event dubbed the Two Nights Music Festival takes place at the Old Arizona theater space, presented by Reid Kruger and Waterbury Music and Sound. It's an eclectic mix with some cutting edge jazz musicians-- Friday features Farewell Tenney, Solate, Broken Gnome and Maeth; Saturday includes the Orange Mighty Trio, Red Planet, the Jonathon Zorn Trio and Ringside.



Saturday, May 31. Pianist/vocalist JoAnn Funk has one of the longest-running jazz gigs in town, at the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel. Her usual partner is bassist Jeff Brueske, playing Saturday nights and, during the winter, usually Friday as well. Tonight is their final gig before taking a break for the summer, with the exception being three straight nights during the Twin Cities Jazz Festival at the end of June. Think Blossom Dearie meets Norah Jones.


Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey*
Monday, June 2. It's a real "Implosion" tonight at the Icehouse as JT brings in the improvising duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey, currently on tour celebrating their first duo release. Both are very busy on the New York modern jazz scene, playing in and leading multiple ensembles and recently releasing recordings of new works. Among other artists, both have been associated with Tim Berne, Mary Halvorson and Kris Davis -- pretty fast company. After the duo's set, there's more with JT, Paul Metzger and Mike Lewis -- your $10 goes quite far tonight!



Tuesday, June 3. Not jazz per se but heavy on improvised music, ETHEL comes to Aria in Minneapolis as part of the SPCO Liquid Music series, performing "Documerica." Newest member of ETHEL is none other than Twin Citian, Kip Jones on violin. At the Black Dog, it's First Tuesday with guitar genie Dean Magraw and tonight's guest co-host, drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt.



Anthony Cox
Wednesday, June 4. Even without usual saxophonist Brandon Wozniak (on tour this week with the Dave King Trucking Company), Anthony Cox's Happy Spirits will keep you happily engaged at Jazz Central with a nod to Ornette, electric Miles and Dave Holland's Prism. Joining Cox (on bass and cello) will be trumpeter Solomon Parham, pianist Peter Schimke and drummer Kevin Washington.



Thursday, June 5. Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central presents a terrific swinging singer who flies under the radar, Joyce Lyons. An East Coast native who spent a chunk of time in Denver, Joyce ha been in the Twin Cities only a few years, singing at the Dakota, Three Crows in Delano, and at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.  She's the real deal.



More Music Every Night

Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities -- check out calendars at Jazz Police, KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves as well as here on the blog. Some additional gigs of interest this week:



Friday, May 30. Irv Williams Trio, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano at the Black Dog; Paul Renz Trio at Parma 8200; Vic Volare at Hell's Kitchen



Saturday, May 31. Patrick Harison and James Buckley, brunch at the Icehouse; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Zacc Harris Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Struck Percussion/Threads at Studio Z



Sunday, June 1. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; River City Jazz Orchestra at Silverwood Park (St Anthony); Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom



Monday, June 2. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Southside Big Band at Centennial Lakes Park



Tuesday, June 3. Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; South High Community Big Band at Como Park Pavilion; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar



Wednesday, June 4. Connie Evingson with Dave Karr and Tanner Taylor, Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Midweek Mambo (Doug Little's Charanguita) at Loring Pasta Bar



Jazz @ Christos
Thursday, June 5. Red Rock Swing Band at Como Lakeside Pavilion; Moonlight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves; Jazz @ Christos with Alicia Renee and Chris Lomheim (Union Depot)



Coming Soon!

. June 7, Jazz Central All-Stars, Hollywood Theater (Montevideo, MN)

. June 8, Jazz in the Library, Joan Griffith at St Paul Central Library

. June 10, Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog

. June 11, Chris Bates' Red Five at Jazz Central

. June 14, Next Generations, Steve Kenny Group 47 LP Release,  Jazz at Studio Z

. June 14, Jazz Central All-Stars, Eagles Healing Nest (Sauk Centre, MN)

. June 15, Billy Hart Quartet with Ethan Iverson at the Dakota

. June 16-17, Maceo Parker at the Dakota

. June 17, Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Amsterdam

. June 18, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion at the Dakota

. June 18, Jazz in the Library, Bryan Nichols Quartet at St Anthony Park Library

. June 18, Mississippi with Andres Prado at Jazz Central

. June 22, James Carter Organ Trio at the Dakota
. June 22, Connie Evingson, Ella Fitzgerald Songbook at the Jungle Theater

. June 23, Javi Santiago at Jazz Central

. June 24, Diane Schuur at the Dakota

. June 25, Jazz in the Library, Tres Mundos at Arlington Hills Library

. June 26, Joe Krown Trio at the Dakota

. June 26-28, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Branford Marsalis 6/27; Joe Krown, Dianne Reeves with Geoffrey Keezer 6/28; and more), Mears Park and beyond (St Paul)

. June 30, Craig Handy at the Dakota

. July 1, Nels Cline and Julian Lage at the Dakota

. July 2, Pedrito Martinez at the Dakota

. July 3-5, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano Us Five, Anat Cohen Quartet, Ingrid Jensen Nordic with Geoffrey Keezer, Jared Gold, Pedrito Martinez)

. July 7-8, Bill Frisell Quartet (Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen) at the Dakota

. July 10, All Originals Jazz series, The Illicit Sextet at Studio Z

. July 17, All Originals Jazz series, Courageous Endeavors at Studio Z

, July 17, Jazz Central All-Stars, St. James Memorial Park Band Shell (St. James, MN)

. July 24, All Originals Jazz series, Zacc Harris Group at Studio Z

. July 31, All Originals Jazz series, Red Planet at Studio Z

. August 29, Reynold Philipsek, live documentary taping at 318 Cafe

. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota

* Photo of Laubrock and Rainey from press release 


Joan Griffith brings "Sambanova" to Jazz at the Library (St Paul, Central Library) June 8




Friday, May 23, 2014

Kid Jazz?


Naomi, age four, immersed in the jazz festival program

© Andrea Canter

I fail to comprehend how an organization that boasts the jazz savvy David Cezares can repeatedly stumble in its other references to jazz. Ever since MPR removed jazz programming from its state affiliates (despite the ongoing options provided by parent NPR), we find occasional nonsense in its print offspring, Minnesota Monthly. I recall the statement a few years ago that went something like "jazz is hard to find and difficult to understand." (And that was when it was easier to find, with more jazz at the Dakota and the ever-jazz studded Artists Quarter.)

What now? The June issue of MM provides a chart offering guidance to local summer festivals, including the expanding Twin Cities Jazz Festival (June 26-28). That's great for publicity! But in the category "for kids," MM again sticks its jazz-ignorant foot in its mouth noting that jazz is "notoriously unpopular among the under-10 set."

Never too young to catch the beat
Notoriously? Has MM conducted or reviewed some research about this? Or better yet, has MM actually attended a Twin Cities Jazz Festival in the past few years?  Kids aren't just attending the jazz festival as a free babysitting option -- kids are paying attention, swaying to the music, often seeking close vantage points to check out those interesting instruments making those cool sounds. Of course they are not hanging out in the bars that offer jazz (and not jazz) sets within a few blocks of the Mears Park epicenter. But look at the crowds at the outdoor stages. Look at the communities that attend the Jazz in the Library sets during the week or so leading up to the main event.

Young Jack Brass fan
The fact is that by its very nature,  jazz appeals to children when they have a chance to be exposed to it. Good jazz, like young children, is uninhibited, without firm (or any) rules. Often the melodies are catchy, and often the sounds are playful, startling, high energy. Kids seem to have a naturally affinity for drums and brass. Each year when I attend the Detroit Jazz Festival, I stop by the main gate where, for years, there's guy with a set of vibes offering kids (grow-ups, too!) the mallets and a chance to create their own tunes. Most of the kids are under ten. There's always a crowd waiting to take a turn. I remember the Jack Brass Band performing in front of the Saint Paul Central Library a couple festivals ago, taking a break and inviting the kids (and there were a lot of them) to come inspect the instruments. I've never been to a jazz festival where some of the youngest (ambulatory) kids didn't start to dance at the edge of the stage.

If jazz didn't appeal to kids under age ten, how would band directors recruit 11- and 12-year-old students for middle school jazz bands?  

Kids and Vibes, Detroit Jazz Festival
Fortunately, one of the benefits of a free jazz festival is that people come --often with their children--out of curiosity, to enjoy the ambience of outdoor music in a family-friendly setting. And some of them will go home with the sounds of jazz bouncing in their ears, ready to seek out the music on purpose. And some kids --even those under age ten--will be hooked on those cool instruments and rhythms, and maybe find their way into the middle school jazz band.

Of course there are thousands of young children who have never attended a jazz festival or a big band concert, who never hear jazz at home or on the radio. Jazz, in general, is "notoriously unpopular." And maybe one reason is because some media keep telling us so.

If you offer them jazz, they will come (2013 Freedom Jazz Festival)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 23-29



Bill Charlap -  with trio at the Dakota May 29th

© Andrea Canter

A summery holiday weekend will set the stage for some steamy music, starting with some "good vibes" at Jazz Central, setting the stage for more hefty strings and one of the most sublime trios in jazz as we move toward the end of the month.



Big Gigs This Week

Dave Hagedorn, Good Vibes Trio
Friday, May 23.  The Bridge Series at Jazz Central presents the Good Vibes Trio, headed by Chris Bates with pals Dave Hagedorn and Phil Hey. They're still celebrating the release of their debut CD, with unique arrangements of Mingus, Monk, Coltrane, and Coleman as well as original compositions. These are three of the most inventive musicians in town, and together they are a creative force unlike any other.  And that's just the first part of the evening -- stay for a late night double header led by another creative bassist, Andrew Foreman, appearing with two bands back-to-back--the Ben Abrahamson Quartet and Foreman's Chomksy ensemble. Foreman leaves soon for a few months of out-of-town gigs.



Arne Fogel
At Parma 8200, spend a Friday night with the smooth vocals of Arne Fogel and the swinging company of Rick Carlson and Keith Boyles. Add some pasta or flatbread, a glass of wine, and you have a relaxing start to the holiday weekend.



Saturday, May 24. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske have only two more Saturday nights at the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel before taking their annual summer break. One of the longest-standing jazz gigs in town, this duo breathes new life into the standards of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Blossom Dearie and more. (They will be back for three nights during the Twin Cities Jazz Festival!)


Butch Thompson


Sunday, May 25. Remember the Hall Brothers at the Emporium of Jazz in Mendota? Pianist/clarinetist Butch Thompson pays tribute to the band and its long-time home with "Blues, Rags and Stomps: Homage to the Emporium of Jazz," featuring many of the original band members and a dance floor at the Cedar Cultural Center. The event is apparently sold out, but check with The Cedar, there might be a cancelation?

Jack Brass Band
Monday, May 26. What's better than a Memorial Day picnic at the zoo? How about Jack Brass Band at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory? Heading a Second Line Parade around the zoo grounds (10:30 am, 11:45 am, and 12:40 pm), Minnesota's own NOLA brass band makes every time they play a holiday.



Monday-Tuesday, May 26-27. The Philadelphia Weekly calls Victor Wooten the "coolest bass player...ever." One of the founding members of Bela Fleck's Flecktones, Wooten is also well-established in his own right as a soloist; he's a 5-time Grammy winner and perpetual "best" among electric bassists. He'll be at the Dakota for two rockin' nights.



Trombones, TC Latin Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, May 27. Big band night at Jazz Central brings back the new Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Geoff Senn and Mac Santiago, and filled with the region's best.  Hearing a large ensemble in such an intimate space is a special treat -- acoustic music never sounded so big, yet so intimate. And speaking of intimate, pianist Rick Carlson goes solo at Cafe Maude -- how cool is that?



Dean Magraw
Wednesday, May 28. Always coming up with a new project, guitar wizard Dean Magraw brings the Prairie Rhythm Section to the Dakota tonight, with pals Gary Raynor on bass and Pete Johnson on drums. Bits of Prairie Home Companion will likely seep into the music!



Maud Hixson
Around the corner at Hell's Kitchen, the Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal, Jendeen Forberg) welcome one of their favorite songbirds, Maud Hixson. Nothing beats a good night in Hell!



Thursday, May 29. Think of the great piano trios -- Nat King Cole, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Tommy Flanagan, Fred Hersch... and certainly Bill Charlap. With long-time cohorts Peter Washington and Kenny Washington, Charlap is one of the most sublime interpreters of jazz standards. At the Dakota for two sets only.



Rhonda Laurie
At Jazz Central, the Vocal Showcase presents Rhonda Laurie. Rhonda's songbook keeps growing, filled with less common standards and more modern tunes that benefit from her savvy interpretations.



More Jazz Every Night

Be sure to check live jazz calendars on Jazz Police and KBEM sites. Also find a growing number of events on the Jazz Near You site, a service of All About Jazz. A few more gigs of note:



Friday, May 23. Irv Williams with Steve Blons and Steve Pikal, happy hour at the Dakota; Patty Peterson and Friends at School II; KBEM Spring Riverboat Cruise from Crosby Park (contact KBEM for tickets); Twin Cities Cabaret Network (Jennifer Eckes and Kevin Hohlstein) at Honey



Saturday, May 24. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Patrick Harison and Jame Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Rhizosphere at the Black Dog; Harris/Epstein/Bates at Merlin's Rest



Sunday, May 25. Jazz Wonderband, brunch at the Acadia Cafe; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Off the Cuff (improvised music) at the Aster



Monday, May 26. Riverside Swing Band at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Bookhouse Trio at Barbette


Zacc Harris
Tuesday, May 27. Dick & Jane's Big Brass Band at Zeke's Unchained Animal; Zacc Harris and Guests at the Black Dog



Wednesday, May 28. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Graydon Peterson Quartet at Jazz Central; South High Community Jazz Band at Minnehaha Falls Park



Thursday, May 29. Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Ari Nahum, late set at Jazz Central; Alicia Renee and Chris Lomheim, Jazz @ Christo's (Union Depot)




Coming Soon!

. May 30, Eric Kamau Gravatt at Jazz Central

. May 30, Davu Seru and Song Click at the Black Dog
. May 30-31, Two Nights Music Festival at Old Arizona

. May 31, Jazz Central All-Stars, Palace Theater (Luverne, MN)

. June 2, Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock at the Icehouse

. June 3, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

. June 3, Dean Magraw and Eric Kamau Gravatt at the Black Dog

. June 5, Joyce Lyons at Jazz Central

. June 7, Jazz Central All-Stars, Hollywood Theater (Montevideo, MN)

. June 8, Jazz in the Library, Joan Griffith at St Paul Central Library

. June 10, Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog

. June 11, Chris Bates' Red Five at Jazz Central

. June 14, Next Generations, Steve Kenny Group 47 LP Release,  Jazz at Studio Z

. June 14, Jazz Central All-Stars, Eagles Healing Nest (Sauk Centre, MN)

. June 15, Billy Hart Quartet with Ethan Iverson at the Dakota

. June 16-17, Maceo Parker at the Dakota

. June 18, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion at the Dakota

. June 18, Jazz in the Library, Bryan Nichols Quartet at St Anthony Park Library

. June 22, James Carter Organ Trio at the Dakota

. June 23, Javi Santiago at Jazz Central

. June 24, Diane Schuur at the Dakota

. June 25, Jazz in the Library, Tres Mundos at Arlington Hills Library

. June 26, Joe Krown Trio at the Dakota

. June 26-28, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Branford Marsalis 6/27; Joe Krown, Dianne Reeves with Geoffrey Keezer 6/28; and more), Mears Park and beyond (St Paul)

. June 30, Craig Handy at the Dakota

. July 1, Nels Cline and Julian Lage at the Dakota

. July 2, Pedrito Martinez at the Dakota

. July 3-5, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano Us Five, Anat Cohen Quartet, Ingrid Jensen Nordic with Geoffrey Keezer, Jared Gold, Pedrito Martinez)

. July 7-8, Bill Frisell Quartet (Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen) at the Dakota

. July 10, All Originals Jazz series, The Illicit Sextet at Studio Z

. July 17, All Originals Jazz series, Courageous Endeavors at Studio Z

, July 17, Jazz Central All-Stars, St. James Memorial Park Band Shell (St. James, MN)

. July 24, All Originals Jazz series, Zacc Harris Group at Studio Z

. July 31, All Originals Jazz series, Red Planet at Studio Z

. October 20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota


Davu Seru -- Song Click at the Black Dog, May 30th
























Friday, May 16, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 16-22



Ranee Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance (at the Walker with Rudresh Mahanthappa)
© Andrea Canter

A jazz-busy weekend followed by even more through the coming week.  The final three performances of Song of the Jasmine (Ragamala Dance and Rudresh Mahanthappa), the season finale of Jazz @ St. Barneys, a triple vocal treat at Hopkins Center for the Arts, some of the best avant garde at Studio Z and the Icehouse, a rare visit by one of the living legends of vocal jazz, the return of one of our hottest big bands, and yet another "final" CD release from our own living legend of saxophone. And don't forget it's Art a Whirl weekend which often includes live music in the studios.

Big Gigs This Week
Cory Healey
Friday, May 16. The Bridge Series at Jazz Central continues tonight with a new band assembled by drummer Cory Healey (Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band) with Jake Baldwin, Zacc Harris and Erik Fratzke. Healey has lived in the Twin Cities for about a year, coming from Chicago where he performed with Fareed Haque's Flat Earth Ensemble.

Steve Kenny
 In Lowertown St Paul, things are cooking in the Northern Building, with the Steve Kenny Quartet (Brandon Wozniak, Billy Peterson, Jay Epstein) in the Black Dog and the Fantastic Merlins with visiting French bass clarinetist Jean Brice Godet above in Sweet 317.

Rez Abbasi and Rudresh Mahanthappa
Friday - Sunday, May 16-18. Song of the Jasmine, the much anticipated collaboration of Ragamala Dance and Rudresh Mahanthappa, had its world premiere last night, and continues with evening (Friday and Saturday) and afternoon (Sunday) shows at the Walker Art Center. Led by recent Doris Duke Artist Award recipient Ranee Ramaswamy and her daughter and principal dancer Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala maintains South Indian dance traditions while adding improvisation in tandem with acclaimed saxophonist Rudresh, guitarist Rez Abbasi and an ensemble that also incorporates tradition (carnatic music) and modern jazz.

Bruce Henry
Saturday, May 17. Three of the most revered voices in area jazz, Bruce Henry, Debbie Duncan and Gwen Matthews grab the spotlight at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in "HDM," accompanied by jazz ensemble. Bruce relocated to Chicago about 5 years ago but fortunately keeps returning to perform at some of his favorite venues.

Jana Nyberg and Adam Meckler
Yet another acclaimed voice, Jana Nyberg and the Jana Nyberg Group rise above the din at Hell's Kitchen, with Adam Meckler, Matt Peterson, Thomas Nordlund and Zach Schmidt. It's just noisy at HK on weekends but Jana has a commanding presence and selection of songs that help focus on the music as....music, not background.

Travis Anderson
In Plymouth, the long-running Jazz @ St. Barneys concert season ends on a swinging note with pianist Travis Anderson and his trio with Steve Pikal on bass and Nik Bortolussi on drums. A commercial photographer and videographer as well as accomplished pianist, Travis is always a treat. And hats off to curator Jeff Whitmill for another sensational jazz season at St Barnabas Lutheran Church.

Patty Peterson
And at the Dakota, it's the return of Patty Peterson and Friends -- friends this gig include special guest Steve Cole on sax, Paul Peterson on bass and vocals, Kevin Gastonguay on keyboards, Billy Franze on guitar and vocals, and Bobby  Vandell on drums and vocals. Rumor has it that this show is almost sold out -- so call ahead and see if they can squeeze you in! When Patty sings, the venue rocks!

Pat Moriarty and Ellen Lease
Sunday, May 18. It's a night of serious improvisation. Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty have been making some of the most intriguing improvised music in the region for two decades, usually with their quintet. Tonight New York-based saxophonist Michael Attias joins in, along with electronic music master Homer Lambrecht, for some on-the-spot creations at Studio Z.

Monday, May 19. After warming up at Sweet 317 on Saturday, The Fantastic Merlins (Brian Roessler, Nathan Hanson, Pete Hennig) with guest Jean Brice Godet travel over to the Icehouse for a late set, following the Atlantis Quartet. This makes it a daring double-header and one of the highlights in improvised music this spring.

Doug Haining
At Jazz Central, the light shines on saxophonist, TC7 leader Doug Haining as he gigs with some of his Jazz Central All-Stars cohorts-- Tanner Taylor, Graydon Peterson and Mac Santiago. The late set is usually an open jam session so come prepared!

Monday-Tuesday, May 19-20. Few singers are as highly regarded as Cassandra Wilson, and her appearance at the Dakota will demonstrate why. Her fresh and creative interpretations of vintage blues, country and folk music make her an audience favorite. The winner of  two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, and a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. 

Adam Meckler Orchestra
Tuesday, May 20. On a short break while touring with the Youngblood Brass Band, Adam Meckler is back in town and again leading his Adam Meckler Orchestra at the Amsterdam. And who knows what new compositions and arrangements Adam has cooked up for this "homecoming?" It will be very cool.

Irv Williams
Thursday, May 22.  Yes, another CD release from Irv Williams. Seems that ever since he named his "last" recording "Finality," Irv refuses to call it final. Which is much to our pleasure as it is always a treat to hear Mr. Smooth. This party will be at the Dakota, scene of Irv's most recent "retirement party."  Over at Jazz Central, another who refuses to retire, pianist/vocal coach Phil Mattson and the Phil Mattson Singers take over for Vocal Jazz Night.

More Jazz Every Night
Be sure to check live jazz calendars on Jazz Police and KBEM sites. Also find a growing number of events on the Jazz Near You site, a service of All About Jazz. A few more gigs of note:

Friday, May 16. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Lee Engele at Parma 8200; Debbie Duncan at Hell's Kitchen; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Roseville High School Spring Concert with guest Michael Attias; Nachito Herrera at the Dakota followed by the McNasty Brass Ensemble; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at the Medina Ballroom



Saturday, May 17. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Tanner Taylor and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Joel Shapira Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar

Sunday, May 18. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Ticket to Brasil at Landmark Center (1 pm);  Paula Lammers and Denny Malmberg at Nine Mile Creek (3 pm); Century Jazz Ensemble at Century College (3 pm);"Satchmo of the Ghetto" with James Andrews Band, Jack Brass Band and Pho at the Amsterdam; Zacc Harris Trio at the Amsterdam; Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands at South High School

Monday, May 19. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Andrew Walesch Big Band at Como Lakeside Pavilion

Tuesday, May 20. Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; River City Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Cafe; Minnesota Youth Jazz Band at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Neighborhood Trio at Barbette; Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central

Wednesday, May 21. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Century Jazz Ensemble at Minnesota Music Cafe;  McNally Smith X-Tet at Jazz Central

Thursday, May 22. Talking Strings at the Black Dog; Gypsy Mania at Hell's Kitchen; Connie and Herb at The Bean;  Swingbeat Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves

Coming Soon!
. May 23, Good Vibes Trio at Jazz Central/Jazz Crew
. May 26-27, Victor Wooten at the Dakota
. May 27, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. May 27, Zacc Harris at the Black Dog
. May 28, Dean Magraw and the Prairie Rhythm Section at the Dakota
. May 28, Graydon Peterson Quartet at Jazz Central
. May 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 29, Rhonda Laurie at Jazz Central
. May 30, Eric Kamau Gravatt at Jazz Central
. May 30, Davu Seru and Song Click at the Black Dog
. May 31, Jazz Central All-Stars, Palace Theater (Luverne, MN)
. June 2, Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock at the Icehouse
. June 3, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. June 3, Dean Magraw and Eric Kamau Gravatt at the Black Dog
. June 5, Joyce Lyons at Jazz Central
. June 7, Jazz Central All-Stars, Hollywood Theater (Montevideo, MN)
. June 8, Jazz in the Library, Joan Griffith at St Paul Central Library
. June 10, Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog
. June 11, Chris Bates' Red Five at Jazz Central
. June 14, Next Generations, Steve Kenny Group 47 LP Release,  Jazz at Studio Z
. June 14, Jazz Central All-Stars, Eagles Healing Nest (Sauk Centre, MN)
. June 15, Billy Hart Quartet with Ethan Iverson at the Dakota
. June 16-17, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. June 18, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion at the Dakota
. June 18, Jazz in the Library, Bryan Nichols Quartet at St Anthony Park Library
. June 24, Diane Schuur at the Dakota
. June 25, Jazz in the Library, Tres Mundos at Arlington Hills Library
. June 26, Joe Krown Trio at the Dakota
. June 26-28, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Branford Marsalis 6/27; Joe Krown, Dianne Reeves with Geoffrey Keezer 6/28; and more), Mears Park and beyond (St Paul)
. June 30, Craig Handy at the Dakota
. July 1, Nels Cline and Julian Lage at the Dakota
. July 2, Pedrito Martinez at the Dakota
. July 3-5, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano Us Five, Anat Cohen Quartet, Ingrid Jensen Nordic with Geoffrey Keezer, Jared Gold, Pedrito Martinez)
. July 7-8, Bill Frisell Quartet (Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen) at the Dakota
. July 10, All Originals Jazz series, The Illicit Sextet at Studio Z
. July 17, All Originals Jazz series, Courageous Endeavors at Studio Z
, July 17, Jazz Central All-Stars, St. James Memorial Park Band Shell (St. James, MN)
. July 24, All Originals Jazz series, Zacc Harris Group at Studio Z
. July 31, All Originals Jazz series, Red Planet at Studio Z

Bill Charlap and trio coming to the Dakota, May 29