Friday, June 27, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 27-July 3


2014 Jazz Fest crowd at Mears Park

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There really is jazz beyond the Twin Cities Jazz Festival this weekend, but most of the action will be centered around Mears Park, Lowertown, Downtown and the University Avenue "Green Line Jazz Stops" in Saint Paul. Full festival schedules and artist info is available on the festival webste.

Branford Marsalis
Friday, June 27. After a terrific "Jazz Night Out," Festival Friday promises to be another winning festival day! Catch Branford Marsalis' free/public clinic at 2 pm at McNally Smith College of Music, and enjoy his "Evening With Branford Marsalis" and his steamy quartet at Mears Park (HeathPartners Main Stage) at 8:30 pm. In-between, Red Planet and a new quartet with Dave Hagedorn, Jon Weber, Steve Pikal and Phil Hey highight the HealthPartners Stage; world music blends with jazz as Mississippi With Andres Prado (5 pm) and Babatunde Lea (7:15 pm) headline the MyTalk 107.1 Stage on Sixth Street (Mears Park).  Premierie II -- a second round of new compositions commissioned by Zeitgiest--and the second Piano Jazz showcase are on the schedule at Studio Z; the first night of the Jazz Central Showcase gets underway at the Amsterdam; the tpt Stage at Union Depot opens with saxophonist Tyler Anderson, The Jack Brass Band, and Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra; JoAnn Funk and her Trio are back for the weekend at the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel. Other favorites and new talents can be found at a long list of bars, clubs and concert stages including the Green Line Jazz Stops (download your free metro pass from the festival website -- www.hotsummerjazz.com).  And don't forget that Jon Weber will again host the late night jam session in the former Artist Quarter space in the Hamm Building!

You can actually preview one of the festival headliners for Saturday by stopping by the Dakota tonight. The Joe Krown Trio with Walter Wolfman Washington brings its powerhouse New Orleans sounds tonight. See them inside and then come down to the tpt Stage at Union Depot tomorrow for a free follow-up.

Adam Meckler
Saturday, June 28. The music never ends with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival heading into its finale. HealthPartners Main Stage headliners at Mears Park include the Adam Meckler Orchestra, Thelonious Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, and Dianne Reeves with a stellar ensemble including Eau Claire native Geoffrey Keezer at the piano.  A wide range of music will play on the adjacent MyTalk 107.1 Stage including Axis Mundi, McNally Smith X-tet, Kevin Washington Quartet and the Explosion Big Band. The annual VocoMotion singer showcase gets underway midday at the tpt Stage at Union Depot, and another round of jazz piano (Studio Z) and the Jazz Central Showcase II (Amsterdam) pull in a long list of the best of the Cities. The annual Youth Showcase (DFJE Prince Street Stage) boasts seven bands of mostly high school musicians from schools and independent musicians, an all-star ensemble from St Louis, and the Dakota Combo. More music on the Green Line, with Ngon Bistro taking it into the late night hours.

Note that there is a free, public workshop on African Percussion presented by Babatunde Lea at Studio Z (10:30 am - Noon) and a clinic presented by Joe Krown at McNally Smith (2-3 pm). The night ends again with an after hours jam hosted by Jon Weber in the old AQ space.

Sunday, June 29. Among the summer offerings, note the Minnesota Trombone Choir at Como Park (3 pm)!

Monday, June 30. A special night at the Dakota with saxophonist Craig Handy and Second Line Smith. Handy draws on the music of New Orleans and the grooves of the late Jimmy Smith, touring with organist Kyle Koehler, guitarit Matt Chertkoff and sousaphonist Clark Grayton.

Julian Lage
Tuesday, July 1. Guitarist Julian Lage was in town last month with fellow guitarist Chris Eldridge; now he's back at the Dakota with another guitarist, Nels Cline. It's a night of free improvisation, Cline playing without effects pedals or loopers, Lage breaking out of his usual postbop mode into totally free explorations.  It's first Tuesday -- enjoy Dean Magraw and Davu Seru in their monthly gig at the Black Dog. Guitar, percussion and endless imaginations.

Wednesday, July 2. Make it a Hat Trick for the Dakota with this week's jazz programming, and tonight's guest Pedrito Martinez, described by Ben Ratliff (New York Times) as “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Cuban percussionist/vocalist Martinez leads an ensemble featuring vocalist Ariacne Trujillo.

Fireworks at Iowa City Jazz Fest
Thursday-Saturday, July 3-5. The Iowa City Jazz Festival is much smaller than most, but it makes no apologies for the talent presented on one main stage over Independence Day Weekend. This year is no exception and well worth the five-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Totally free. the event boasts Joe Lovano's Us Five, Tom Harrell's Sextet with Esperanza Spalding, Ingrid Jensen's Nordic with Geoffrey Keezer, Etienne Charles, Jared Gold, and the Anat Cohen Quartet. Since each of the headliners is on the main stage, there are no conflicts in scheduling!!  See the festival website at www.summerofthearts.org/festival-menu/jazz-festival/

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 as well as here on the blog. Sorry -- jazz fest weekend precludes any further listings on the Lead Sheet!

Coming Soon!
. 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 10. Kristin Sponcia at Jazz Central
. 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 25, Laura Caviani workshop and trio concert at Schmitt Music (Edina)
. July 28, Steve Kenny Group 47, LP release at the Icehouse
. July 31, All Originals Jazz series, Red Planet at Studio Z
. July 31, Judi Donaghy Vinar and Rick Carlson at Jazz Central
. August 7, All Originals Jazz series, Mississippi at Studio Z
. August 14, All Originals Jazz series, Chris Lomheim Trio at Studio Z
. August 29, Reynold Philipsek, live documentary taping at 318 Cafe
. September 11, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Studio Z
. September 13, John Raymond, Jazz at Studio Z
. September 14, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival (Selby and Milton Av, Saint Paul)
. September 16, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota
. September 17, Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet at the Dakota
. September 25, The Cookers at the Dakota
. September 29-30, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota
. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota

Bill Frisell comes back to the Dakota, July 7-8





Friday, June 20, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 20-26



James Carter returns to the Dakota, June 22
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Get ready! The 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival is coming in just a few days! And there's some serious jazz and fun activities this weekend as we gear up for the biggest jazz event in the Upper Midwest! A favorite brass ensemble celebrates a CD release at the Icehouse; one of the kings of modern jazz brings his organ trio to the Dakota; two festival favorites team up to celebrate the Ella songbooks at The Jungle; a young favorite son returns for a pre-festival gig at Jazz Central; one of the most unique singers and entertainers in the genre stops at the Dakota; the third of three "Jazz in the Library" concerts sells Latin rhythms via Tres Mundos; the Jazz Central All-Stars join forces with Debbie Duncan to usher in the festival from a stage in Highland Village; and the annual Jazz Night Out on Thursday (starting way before dark) offers a full and festive kickoff  for an unforgettable weekend.    



Big Gigs/Festival Events

Tyler Anderson
Friday, June 20.  The Bridge Series at Jazz Central continues to present the talents that drew fans to the Artists Quarter. Tonight, saxophonist Tyler Anderson leads a trio with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire connections-- bassist Jeremy Boettcher and drummer Adrian Suarez. Anderson released his first recording while still a UW-EC student, and following graduation headed out to North Carolina for a year of studies with Branford Marsalis. Marsalis was sufficiently impressed to invite Tyler to join him on a recent Midwest tour. The late set tonight is the monthly Jazz Crew hosted by South High jazzers and jammers.



Nachito Herrera

At the Dakota, Cuban keyboard monster Nachito Herrera returns to solo format, presenting his acclaimed Music of the Americas show  featuring compositions from Piazzola, Jobim, Lecuona and more. And over in Saint Paul, the Donald Washington Quartet expands to a Sextet at the Black Dog - with Donald (tenor, bari sax), Faye Washington (flute, piccolo and cello), Bill Lang (sax), Eric Jacobson (tuba), Doan Brian Roessler (bass), and Kevin Washington (drums). Should be twice as much fun and this band is stacked with talent -- even among those who are not named Washington!



Davu Seru
Saturday, June 21. Great improvisers rule in Saint Paul while Minneapolis hosts some of our most popular (and entertaining) bands. At Studio Z, an "Improvisation Encounter" features free improvisation with McKnight Visiting Composer Jin Hi Kim on komungo (Korean zither) interacting with some of the most respected players of the Twin Cities improvised music scene, including Pat O’Keefe and Nathan Hanson (winds), Scott Miller and Steve Goldstein (electronics), and Dean Granros (guitar). One block over at the Black Dog, percussionist Davu Seru and eclectic keyboardist deVon Gray put their wide-ranging musical talents together for an evening of unpredictable delights. 

Patty Peterson

Jack Brass Band
Across the river, swing and sway to Patty Peterson and Friends with special guest Ronny Loew at the Dakota; cap off the evening at the Icehouse with the high energy antics and exceptional musicianship of the Jack Brass Band, celebrating the release of a new recording and previewing their upcoming performance at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. It's a double header for night owls, with the unique instrumentation and sounds of Lulu's Playground following JBB. Look for Adam Meckler pulling double duty.



Connie Evingson
Sunday, June 22. Imagine culling through the eight volumes of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks for favorites of favorites? Vocalist Connie Evingson and pianist Jon Weber did just that, and have put together "The Best of" in two performances at the Jungle Theater (matinee and evening), with support from the elegant Gordy Johnson on bass. (Jon of course is sticking around for multiple performances throughout the festival in the coming week.)  Another pair of favorites, especially among local swing dancers, Retro Swing Sister (Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie) begins a Swing Sunday residency at the Richfield American Legion (5-7 pm). This pair of vocalists joined together about two years ago, sharing their affinity for the great swinging tunes of the 20s-40s. So bring your dancing shoes!



Leonard King
Anytime James Carter comes to town, it's a must-see. Tonight he returns to the Dakota for two sets with his famed organ trio, with long-time cohorts and fellow Detroiters Gerard Gibbs on B-3 and Leonard King (now a Twin Cities resident) on drums. Carter is master of anything with a reed, particularly bari, tenor and soprano.... but he's no slouch on flute or bass clarinet either, and he usually travels with at least three of his horns.



Javi Santiago
Monday, June 23. In yet another preview of Jazz Festival talents, young Javi Santiago comes home to Jazz Central Studios as tonight's "Featured Artist." A Twin Cities native, pianist Javi was playing the festival as a young teen, starred with the South High jazz ensembles, Minnesota Youth Jazz Band and Dakota Combo, spent two years at the Dave Brubeck Institute and earned his degree at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. Now a Big Apple performer, composer, producer, arranger and educator, Javi will perform at two venues during the festival and conduct a clinic. At Jazz Central, we'll likely see dad Mac Santiago backing Javi on drums.



Tuesday, June 24. A unique and entertaining singer who covers nearly the totality of 20th century song, Grammy-winner Diane Schuur returns to the Dakota for one night. She'll be celebrating the release (this month) of  I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), already getting rave reviews. At Jazz Central, put some Latin in your swing with the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, a new band of young and veteran artists playing modern big band charts from south of the border.


Dave King

Over at the Icehouse, instead of young lions we have Raging Bulls -- drum innovators JT Bates and Dave King dueling for this week's installment of JT's Jazz Implosion.




Wednesday, June 25. Now the festival is so close you can hear it! The last of the Jazz in the Library concerts starts off the night at the Arlington Hills Library, music courtesy of Doug Little's Tres Mundos (with pianist Viviana Pintado and conguero Eliezar Freitas-Santos); in Highland Village (Saint Paul), the Jazz Central All-Stars (sextet) join forces with vocalist Debbie Duncan to get everyone in a festival frame of mind. This sextet is otherwise performing only in towns of Greater Minnesota this summer, touring with support from Jefferson Lines and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.



Jazz Central All Stars
Thursday, June 26. The festival's official kickoff, Jazz Night Out, expands to midday and afternoon music throughout Lowertown Saint Paul and along the new Green Line (University Avenue). Start out at the Daily Diner at 11:30 am with the Kevin Washington Quartet followed by Ginger COmmodore, or at Big Daddy's with the Butanes at 1:30 pm.  The HealthPartners Main Stage at Mears Park opens at 6 pm with Foreign Motion followed by the Atlantis Quartet; there's a full night of music at the Amsterdam from 5 pm, at the Black Dog from 6 pm, at Studio Z from 5 pm with the first presentation of new commissioned works from Zacc Harris, Steve Kenny, Chris Bates and Davu Seru, followed by the first of three nights of jazz piano (Rick Carlson, Butch Thompson and Jon Weber). At Rice Park, the festival co-sponsors a swing dance with the Capri Big Band -- come early for a dance lesson! And that's a small part of it all-- find music throughout the area at two dozen venues. Festival schedule online!



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 as well as here on the blog. Some additional gigs of interest this week:



Friday, June 20. Irv Williams Trio, happy hour at the Dakota; Connie Olson at Parma 8200; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Vic Volare at Hell's Kitchen



Saturday, June 21. Rick Carlson, brunch at the Icehouse; Charmin & Shapria, Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Jon Pemberton Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Tim Patrick Trio at Hell's Kitchen



Sunday, June 22. Paula Lammers and the Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Como Lakeside Pavilion (3 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom



Monday, June 23. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Brio Brass at Como Lakeside Pavilion; Tommy and the Lieberman at the Dakota



Tuesday, June 24.  Rick Carlson at Cafe Maude; Zacc Harris at the Black Dog



Wednesday, June 25. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Reid Kennedy Trio at Jazz Central; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen



Thursday, June 26. Barbara Bjork and Vicky Mountain at Jazz Central; Jazz at Christo's with Alicia Renee and Chris Lomheim



Coming Soon!

. June 27-28, Twin Cities Jazz Festival at Mears Park and other Saint Paul locations

. June 27, Joe Krown Trio at the Dakota

. June 30, Craig Handy at the Dakota

. July 1, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

. 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 10. Kristin Sponcia at Jazz Central

. 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 25, Laura Caviani workshop and trio concert at Schmitt Music (Edina)

. July 28, Steve Kenny Group 47, LP release at the Icehouse

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

. July 31, Judi Donaghy Vinar and Rick Carlson at Jazz Central

. August 7, All Originals Jazz series, Mississippi at Studio Z

. August 14, All Originals Jazz series, Chris Lomheim Trio at Studio Z

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

. September 11, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Studio Z

. September 13, John Raymond, Jazz at Studio Z

. September 14, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival (Selby and Milton Av, Saint Paul)

. September 16, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota

. September 17, Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet at the Dakota

. September 25, The Cookers at the Dakota

. September 29-30, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota

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

Branford Marsalis and his quartet headline Friday Night, June 27 at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Mears Park)








    












Friday, June 13, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 13-19



Steve Kenny's Group 47

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Summer is in full swing-- or bop, or whatever rhythm you like. This weekend feels like a festival prelude, with the End of the Line Block Party hosted by the Black Dog to celebrate the opening of Light Rail connecting downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis; Jazz at Studio Z ends its third season with a triple set Generation Next blow-out; the Billy Hart Quartet comes into the Dakota Sunday night, while in Mendota the Jack Brass Band hopefully has a dry evening at the Sibley House. More action heats up the coming week with visits from Maceo Parker and Ginger Baker, the return of the Adam Meckler Orchestra to its current home at the Amsterdam, and the second "Jazz in the Library" featuring the Bryan Nichols Quartet.



Big Gigs This Week

Rhonda Laurie
Friday, June 13.  There's nothing unlucky tonight with savvy vocalist Rhonda Laurie and the Mary Louise Knutson Trio chilling out at Parma 8200. Either Rhonda or the trio alone would make the trek to Bloomington worthwhile, but putting these musicians together is a real treat for fans of both vocal and piano jazz. (And Parma's summer menu includes those decadent cannolis!)



Zacc Harris
Saturday, June 14. Hello Green Line! The metro's Light Rail system opens much wider today with the launch of the Green Line, connecting Minneapolis and Saint Paul, crossing through University Avenue and ending across from the Black Dog in Lowertown, so of course the Dog hosts the End of the Line Block Party starting at 2 pm and running through the evening. Ride free today on the Green Line and check out music 2-9 pm, with Zacc Harris Group  (3 pm), Salsa del Soul (5:15 pm), Pete Henning/Brian Roessler/Brian Ziemniak and Fred Steele (7 pm) and the Maurice Jacox Band (8 pm) among the musical offerings.



Steve Kenny
Harris will finish in time to host the finale of Jazz @ Studio Z, just up the street from the Black Dog. Tonight there's three reasons to attend Next Gen Showcase -- the No Coast Quintet (Jake Baldwin, Nelson Devereaux, Zacc Harris, Brian Courage, Lars Larsen), Kevin Gastonguay Trio and Steve Kenny's Group 47 (Thomas Strommen, Will Kjeer, Adam Tucker, Alex Burgess), the latter celebrating the digital release of Straight to Vinyl (is that an oxymoron?), the group's first recording which will really be released in vinyl later this summer.



The Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project is back for a second summer of jazz in Minneapolis Parks, often midday during the week to attract a young audience, but tonight they showcase their singing friends -- Pippi Ardennia, Debbie Duncan and Thomasina Petrus-- at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.



Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson
Sunday, June 15. Some hot music from early afternoon through evening:  Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson present "Cole Slaw:  An Afternoon Picnic With Cole Porter" at St. Albert the Great Church in south Minneapolis. the multi-generational Capri Big Band swings out at Como Lakeside Pavilion mid afternoon, under the baton of flautist Faye Washington. The annual Jazz in June family-friendly evening returns to the historic Sibley House in Mendota, with the New Orleans sounds of the acclaimed Jack Brass Band. Music moves indoors in case of rain-- reason enough to buy a ticket in advance.



JT Bates
Monday, June 16.  It's the third Monday at the Black Dog, which means the Fantastic Merlins will work their magic with Nathan Hanson, Brian Roessler and Pete Hennig waving their magic wands (horns, strings and sticks). JT's Jazz Implosion tonight at the Icehouse features a twisty trio with Zacc Harris, Kevin Gastonguay and JT himself.



Monday-Tuesday, June 16-17. Funkmeister Maceo Parker returns to the Dakota for two nights of saxo-fun. This living legend came to fame with James Brown in the 60s, and continued his star-studded gigging with the likes of Prince and Ani DiFranco.



Adam Meckler Orchestra
Tuesday, June 17. When the Artists Quarter closed at the end of 2013, the Adam Meckler Orchestra found a new home for its monthly gig at the Amsterdam Bar, just a couple blocks down the street. After a busy spring of recording and touring, Adam and his band are back "home," previewing music from the upcoming CD release and their Main Stage gig at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. And you can make it a big band double-header -- the Explosion Big Band occupies a good part of Jazz Central tonight, with leaders Doug Haining and Scott Agster ensuring everyone has a good time.... in good time.



Bryan Nichols
Wednesday, June 18. The second of three Jazz in the Library events, sponsored by the Saint Paul Library system and Twin Cities Jazz Festival, gets underway at the St. Anthony Park Library, featuring "New Forms" (original works) from the Bryan Nichols Quartet--with the inventive pianist surrounded by pals Brandon Wozniak, James Buckley and JT Bates. The music draws on influences from the past, present and future of jazz; free and family friendly. Over at the Dakota, maverick drummer Ginger Baker brings his Jazz Confusion to the stage for two sets, featuring saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, bassist Alec Dankworth, and percussionist Abass Doodoo. Although best known as a rock drummer (e.g., Cream), Baker is insistent that his jazz chops take priority this days, hence the "confusion." Baker, of course, is not confused at all.



Andres Prado
And yes, a busy night continues at Jazz Central where former resident, Peruvian guitarist Andres Prado makes a rare return to join up with his old Minnesota band with Pete Whitman, Peter Schimke, Jeff Bailey and Kevin Washington - - now dubbed "Mississippi." From Coltrane to original works, this ensemble will keep you on your toes and your ears full.



Alicia Renee and Chris Lomheim
Thursday, June 19. Summer evenings are perfect for relaxing with some flaming saganaki, gyros and pita, in the Union Depot's atrium for some weekly Jazz @ Christos courtesy of vocalist Alicia Renee and pianist Chris Lomheim. It's a heavenly duo in one of the most elegant spaces in the Twin Cities.




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 as well as here on the blog. Some additional gigs of interest this week:



Friday, June 13. Irv Williams Trio, happy hour at the Dakota; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Jazz on the Prairie Big Band, City Square Park, Chaska; Dan Newton and Dean Harrington at Erté; Kronick Quartet at the Black Dog; New Sound Underground, Late Night at the Dakota



Saturday, June 14. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Nick Haas Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; New Standards at the Dakota



Sunday, June 15. Nick Haas Trio, brunch at Hell's Kitchen; Rob Everest, brunch at Maria's; Tim Patrick and his Blue-Eyed Band, brunch at Maddie's on Main; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Winebar



Monday, June 16. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Pete Enblom at Jazz Central; River City Jazz Orchestra at Lake Harriet Bandshell



Tuesday, June 17. Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude; Bend in the River Big Band at Normandale Lake



Wednesday, June 18. Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project at Logan Park (3 pm); Charmin Michelle and Phil Mattson at Fireside Pizza; Axis Mundi at Hell's Kitchen; Classic Big Band at Como Lakeside Pavilion; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude



Thursday, June 19. Laura Underwood at Jazz Central; Beasley's Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves



Coming Soon!

. 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 25, Jazz Central All-Stars with Debbie Duncan, Highland Village (Jazz Festival Preview)

. 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 27, Joe Krown Trio at the Dakota

. 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 25, Laura Caviani workshop and trio concert at Schmitt Music (Edina)

. July 28, Steve Kenny Group 47, LP release at the Icehouse

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

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

. September 13, John Raymond, Jazz at Studio Z

. September 17, Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet at the Dakota

. September 29-30, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota

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

James Carter returns to the Dakota with his Organ Trio, June 22






































Friday, June 6, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 6-12



Dave King and Chris Speed, Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse, June 6-7

© Andrea Canter



With the Twin Cities Jazz Festival just three weeks away, we seem to be steadily building toward that climax with a busy jazz weekend and beyond. Former AQ owner Kenny Horst returns to the trapset; the Dave King Trucking Company wraps up a Midwest tour; the festival's "pre-game" series in Saint Paul Libraries launches with a new version of "Sambanova," the annual Jazz on the Prairie brings a full afternoon and evening of big band magic;  Chris Bates' Red Five returns to Jazz Central... and more.



Big Gigs This Week

Kenny Horst with Billy Peterson
Friday, June 6. What Would Monk Do? The question was asked first in 2009 at the Artists Quarter by Steve Kenny, Peter Schimke, Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst, and only a couple times since. But the guys are back tonight at the Black Dog, bringing their unique interpretations of Monk's music as well as original compositions inspired by Monk. Not sure what Monk would do but we sure plan to have a good time!



JT Bates
Jazz Central presents a rare Friday double-header. Leading off as part of the weekly Bridge Series, JT Bates initiates an Organ Trio featuring keyboardist Kevin Gastonguay and guitarist Zacc Harris, playing music from Tony Williams, Grant Green, Monk, Lena Horne and more. Following JT, pianist (and accordionist) Steven Hobert celebrates the launch of his Kickstarter campaign with a free set of solo piano creations.



Dave King Trucking Company
Friday-Saturday, June 6-7. The Dave King Trucking Company is fast becoming a nationally and internationally recognized ensemble of creative artists. They've been touring the Midwest this past week  with their new vinyl recording, Adopted Highway, and now they settle into the Icehouse for two late nights of fun and music-- and with their full ensemble: King on drums, Brandon Wozniak and New Yorker Chris Speed on saxophones, Adam Linz on bass, Erik Fratzke on guitar.



Nelson Devereaux
Saturday, June 7. Dakota Late Night brings an unusual ensemble of eight creative musicians, the Fall of the House of Usher, playing Afrobeats, Psychedelic Miles, New Orleans Funk, and 80s No Wave: Christopher Cunningham, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; Greg Schutte, drums; Jon Davis, clarinets; Nelson Deveraux, saxes; Adrian Larkin and Ivan Cunningham, altos; Elliott Wachs, baritone. 



Joan Griffith
Sunday, June 8. Jazz in the Library, a collaboration between the Saint Paul Library system and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, launches its fourth season with the guitar duo of Joan Griffith and Sam Miltich reinterpreting Joan's Brazilian project, "Sambanova." Sam will bring a hot club spin to the music of Brazilian heavyweights like Jobim as well as Joan's original works based on Brazilian folk traditions. This first of three Jazz in the Library gigs takes place downtown at the Saint Paul Central library at 2 pm.



Bend in the River Big Band
At Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie, it's the 24th Annual Jazz on the Prairie Festival-- maybe the metro's longest-running jazz festival?  From 2 pm til dark, hear hourly sets from the Bend in the River Big Band, Just Friends Big Band, The Good News Big Band, The River City Jazz Orchestra, The ACME Jazz Company, and host Jazz on the Prairie Big Band.



And for something a little bit different, it's the annual recital by students at the Connie Olson School of Music, at Famous Dave's (Uptown) at 4:30 pm. Every year, vocalist and voice instructor Connie brings her students (from young beginners to teens and much older adults) to the stage with a top combo of area pros, and you can count on a tune from Connie herself and perhaps some acclaimed guests. And it's free.



Mary Louise Knutson
Monday, June 9. One of the best freebies of the summer -- the Mary Louise Knutson Trio (with Chris Bates and Greg Schutte) performs a free public gig at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Plymouth) in conjunction with the Minnesota Music Teachers Association annual convention.  You don't have to be part of the convention to attend the evening's concert. Over at Jazz Central Studios, the weekly Featured Artist will be trumpeter Adam Rossmiller - often heard with Snowblind, Jack Brass, the X-Tet and more.



Chris Olson
Tuesday, June 10. For the sublime, it's the monthly installment of A Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog, with the inventive guitarist and a special guest; for the dazzle of big band, one of the best--the Cedar Avenue Big Band-- squeezes into the intimate surroundings of Jazz Central.



 Chris Bates, Red 5
Wednesday, June 11. It's been about 2 years since bassist Chris Bates gathered friends and brother JT to begin work on a fistful of his original compositions, yielding the Red Five ensemble and a much acclaimed recording, New Hope.  Tonight the original quintet returns to Jazz Central-- Bates, Bates, Chris Thomson, Brandon Wozniak and Zack Lozier.



Cameron Kinghorn
Thursday, June 12. Another new ensemble -- Kinghorn/Baldwin, Inc. merges the talents of two young trumpeters, Cameron Kinghorn and Jake Baldwin, but here Kinghorn puts down the horn to focus on his vocals, which have been heard now and then with the Adam Meckler Orchestra. Tonight they take a late set at Jazz Central (following the weekly Vocal Jazz night, tonight with Melody Mendis) with pals Ted Godbout (piano), Matt Peterson (bass), and Andres Corvetti (drums). Jazz meets soul.  Meanwhile at the Amsterdam, Jack Brass Band kicks some... brass.



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 as well as here on the blog. Some additional gigs of interest this week:



Friday, June 6. Irv Williams Trio, happy hour at the Dakota; Vicky Mountain at Parma 8200; Dave Karr and Tanner Taylor, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Patty Peterson and Friends at Bunkers; Charmin Michelle and the Twin Cities Jazz Imports at House of Pizza (Sartell, MN); Classic Big Band at the K of C Hall (Bloomington)



Saturday, June 7. Pig's Eye Jass Band at Eagle's Aerie Club; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Dean Brewington Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Jazz Central All Stars at the Hollywood Theater (Montivideo, MN)



Sunday, June 8. Mill City Hot Club, brunch at Hell's Kitchen; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; South Side Big Band, Como Park Lakeside Pavilion (3 pm); Firebell at the Black Dog (4 pm); Ticket to Brasil at the Lake Harriet Bandshell; Emily Bear at the Dakota; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, June 9. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble on the Town Green; Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek at Centennial Lakes Amphitheater; Minneapolis Police Swing Band at Como Park Pavilion; JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse; Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave's (Uptown)



Tuesday, June 10. Nova Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Cafe; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar



Wednesday, June 11. Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project at Powderhorn Park (4 pm); Good News Big Band at Centennial Lakes Park; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Patrick Harison at Cafe Maude



Thursday, June 12. Alicia Renee and Chris Lomheim, Jazz @ Christos at the Union Depot; Minnesota Jazz Orchestra at Wabasha Street Caves; River City Jazz Orchestra at Como Park Pavilion



Coming Soon!

. 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 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


Billy Hart, bringing his quartet to the Dakota on June 15th