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

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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.

Nakatani
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.



Hiromi
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!




Zeitgeist
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


                                                                                                                                                            


















Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 24-30


Charlie Hunter joins Steven Bernstein, Bobby Previte and Skerik as Omaha Diner at the Dakota, October 27


© Andrea Canter
The week before Halloween and don't be spooked out if you hear some jazz goblins nearby! The options this weekend and over the following nights are scarily good.

Big Gigs This Week
Jeremy Walker
Friday, October 24. One of the Twin Cities most prolific composers and a frequent bandleader, Jeremy Walker rounds up a quartet  of frequent cohorts for his turn on The Bridge series at Jazz Central. The saxophonist -turned- pianist shares the stage with saxman Scott Fultz, bassist Jeff Brueske and young drummer Miguel Hurtado. Stick around for the late set at 10 pm, because tonight's treat is a homecoming gig for silky smooth vocalist Aaron Keith Stewart, here for a visit from his new home in California.

Kevin Washington
And as long as you are out late, stop by the Dakota for "Late Night" with the Kevin Washington Quintet. The Detroit native is a proven bandleader in a modern vein with touches of funk and soul.

Steve Kenny
Saturday, October 25. Curator of the new Saturday Night Jazz series at the Black Dog, tonight trumpet master Steve Kenny brings in his own quartet, featuring local stars Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and JT Bates.  JT's just back from a European tour with the Craig Taborn Trio. And anytime Steve takes the bandstand, you know the evening will be a party for your ears. Come early (7 pm) and hear some sublime solo guitar from veteran David Roos.

Dave Karr
Dinner and music is still a great date for a Saturday night, and dinner sets at the Icehouse on weekends typically feature a duo of local titans. Tonight, enjoy the cross-generational vibe of saxophonist Dave Karr and pianist Bryan Nichols.

And always fun, sassy and full of soul, vocalist Pippi Ardennia celebrates her birthday doing what she loves best-- performing--tonight at Bedlam in Saint Paul.
Pippi Ardennia

Monday, October 27. It's not the usual jazz, fusion or pop band at the Dakota tonight, but four stellar musicians taking on tunes that at one time or another hit the top of the Top 40 charts. Dubbed Omaha Diner, the band features 7-string magician Charlie Hunter, saxophonics pioneer Skerik, Guggenheim Fellow and eclectic drummer Bobby Previte, and Sex Mob/Lounge Lizards/Millennial Territory Orchestra trumpeter Steven Bernstein.

Doug Little
Over at Jazz Central, saxophonist/flautist Doug Little (Seven Steps to Havana, Charanga Tropicale) takes the spotlight as the Featured Artist, while a bit later, the Zacc Harris Quartet takes the stage for Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse. You can't go wrong no matter what direction pulls you in tonight.

Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson
Tuesday, October 28. Over the past year, swinging pianist Rick Carlson has performed in duo or trio monthly at Cafe Maude. Tonight you can double your pleasure as wife Maude Hixson joins Rick for an evening of song, and most likely some songs that you just don't hear often if ever. And rarely performed with such heart and skill.

Miguel Hurtado
Wednesday, October 29. Before he relocated to New York earlier this fall, bassist Brian Courage had co-lead a cutting edge band of young monsters dubbed Courageous Endeavors. His partner, drummer Miguel Hurtado, has reconfigured the ensemble as Endeavors, which performs tonight on the New Music series at Jazz Central. Given his other successes as bandleader, Miguel will no doubt give us an evening of exciting compositions and arrangements.

Joel Shapira
Thursday, October 30. Once upon a time, guitarist Joel Shapira and bassist Bruce (Pooch) Heine were two-thirds of Triplicate. Now they are two-thirds of Trioleo, with drummer Dave Schmalenberger, playing original tunes and modern arrangements of jazz classics. Tonight they're on stage at the Black Dog, which is fast becoming one of the Twin Cities' prime incubators of modern jazz. Complete with wine, beer, espresso and tasty bar menu. And Light Rail.

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 and All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:

Friday, October 24. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano followed by the Kronick Quartet at the Black Dog; Katie Gearty Trio at Parma 8200;  Tim Spark and Marcus Wise, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Bethel University Jazz Orchestra in Benson Great Hall, Bethel University; Fuzzy Math at Hell's Kitchen

Saturday, October 25. Dean Brewington Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Barbara Meyer Band at the Oak Center General Store (Lake City, MN)

Sunday, October 26. Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar' Jerry O'Hagen Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom

Monday, October 27. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; U of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble II at Ted Mann;  Rhonda Laurie Trio at Barbette

Tuesday, October 28. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central; Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota

Wednesday, October 29. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota; Jazz Finest Big Band at Bedlam Theater (Saint Paul); Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen

Thursday, October 30. Jason Weissman at Hell's Kitchen; Hanna Cesario at Jazz Central; Bend in the River Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves

Coming Soon!
. November 1, What Would Monk Do at the Black Dog
. November 2, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Ave Methodist Church
. November 3, Mike Lewis/Gordy Johnson/JT Bates at the Icehouse
. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota
. November 6-9, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z
. November 7, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at the Black Dog
. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota
. November 8, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. November 10, Jon Weber solo piano at the Dakota
. November 10, Tony Malaby with Anthony Cox and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. November 11, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at The Nicollet
. November 13, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass
. November 14, Barbara Meyer and Phil Mattson, CD release at The Nicollet
. November 15, Dean Granros Quartet at Studio Z
. November 17, Firebell CD release at the Icehouse
. 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
. November 22, Phil Mattson Singers, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco 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
. January 10, Bill Carrothers Trio at Studio Z
. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota
. 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

Hiromi returns to the Dakota, November 5-6

                                                                                                                                                             









Friday, October 17, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 17-23



Chris Lomheim Trio, celebrating CD Release on October 18th at Studio Z

 © Andrea Canter



I don't remember when we last had three CD releases from top area jazz artists on the same weekend! And that's just the beginning of a very hot week on the Twin Cities jazz scene. Some tough choices must be made! Fortunately, you can't go wrong.



Big Gigs This Week

Connie Evingson and the Jorgenson Quintet
Friday, October 17. Swinging hot club vocals or avant-fusion dazzle? Two CD release events tonight cover much of the history of jazz. At the Dakota, esteemed vocalist and gypsy jazz specialist Connie Evingson joins the John Jorgenson Quintet to celebrate All the Cats Join In, Connie's tenth recording and her third in the hot club genre.  These musicians were a big hit at the Dakota a year ago, when they warmed up for their studio date at Creation Audio. The result is a swinging delight (including a special appearance by the great Jon Hendricks on the title track).  Even without Hendricks, this live show will keep your toes tapping. In addition to Connie, enjoy the fleet-fingered guitar of John Jorgenson and the acrobatic violin of Jason Anick... and the whole band. Don't leave without a copy of the CD.



Magraw and Gravatt
For those who follow the freer end of the jazz spectrum, two of the area's most distinguished improvisers team up to release Fire on the Nile as Redhouse Records continues its concert series at Landmark Center. When drummer Eric Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner) first worked with guitar wizard Dean Magraw (Red Planet, Prairie Home Companion) in Gravatt's Source Code, they sensed a magical connection. And after a few duo performances, they were determined to put the magic on record, yielding Fire on the Nile, a collection of eleven tunes mostly created on the spot. You'll find blues, funk, fusionesque explorations and even a traditional Irish melody among the gemstones. And yes, it's another product of Creation Audio -- engineer Steve Wiese has a lot of ground to cover in celebrating tonight!



Babatunde Lea
But not everything tonight involves a CD release. Jazz Central's Bridge Series presents Babatunde Lea's quintet, tonight featuring young sax sensation Nelson Devereaux along with Zacc Harris, Phil Aaron and Graydon Peterson. Harris and percussionist Lea have been teaming up ever since Lea relocated to the Twin Cities, and always in the company of the metro's best.



Chris Lomheim Trio
Saturday, October 18. The one glaring omission from the Strib's "Big Gig" list is one of the most anticipated local jazz events of recent months-- the celebration of a new Chris Lomheim Trio recording, the pianist's first release in 12 years and his first collection of all-new originals since his debut 20 years ago. Armed with a state arts board grant, Chris wrote ten new tunes and gathered up his pals from that 1994 recording-- Gordy Johnson and Jay Epstein. Timeline is everything you would expect from this trio-- majestic, melodic, collaborative music in the spirit of the great piano trios. Which of course makes sense because this is one of the best. Celebrate at Studio Z tonight!



Peter Goggin
In its fourth season, PipJazz Live (formerly PipJazz Sundays) returns for three fall concerts, starting tonight at the Capri Theater. In addition to vocalist Pippi Ardennia and her house band, the concert will feature superb guest youth artist Peter Goggin on alto sax. Peter is into his third year with the Dakota Combo and is a senior at Mounds View High School.



Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (press photo)
Saturday October 18-Monday October 20. If you grew up in the 60s, you no doubt remember Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Trumpeter/vocaist/composer/educator Alpert has proved his longevity, and currently is touring with wife/vocalist Lani Hall in support of their album, In the Mood. The Dakota hosts the pair for three glorious nights.



Bob Bowman
Sunday, October 19. Pianist/composer Laura Caviani has been busy lately with diverse projects. This afternoon she joins Kansas City bassist Bob Bowman for a sublime duo outing at Jazz Central, a prelude to Bob's upcoming CD release in KC. 

Michael Attias
Sort of the opposite of sublime, local jazz's most avant couple, Pat Moriarty and Ellen Lease, join creative forces with Chris Bates and New York saxophonist Michael Attias for an evening of mayhem at the Black Dog (starting at 6 pm). Attias has most recently toured and recorded with the likes of John Hebert, Tom Rainey and Ralph Alessi. The evening will feature compositions by all members of the group and some free improvisation.



Monday, October 20. Hard to describe but easy to enjoy, the Fall of the House of Usher takes the stage at the Icehouse tonight for JT's Jazz Implosion offering. Led by guitarist Chris Cunningham, the Ushers usually include Chris Bates, Nelson Devereaux, Adam Larkin, Elliot Wachs, Jon Davis and Greg Schutte.



Steven Hobert
Tuesday, October 21. If you missed his CD release recently, tonight is a good opportunity to hear pianist/composer Steven Hobert, an outstanding improviser and writer with classical and folk influences. Solo at the Black Dog.



Wednesday, October 22. An interesting pairing for new music night at Jazz Central puts young veteran bassist Graydon Peterson together with younger pianist Joe Strachan. Creativity squared.
Joe Strachan



Thursday, October 23. Vocal jazz night at Jazz Central features Montreal-based soul jazz innovator Elizabeth Shepherd, whose music is described as equal parts "Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas." Known internationally as a "jazz virtuoso with a pop sensibility," Elizabeth has a new recording  (The Signal) to share with a new audience in the Twin Cities. There's touches of Parlato, touches of Esperanza.



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 and All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:



Friday, October 17. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper solo piano, followed by the Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog; Maryann Sullivan, Wine Republic (Excelsior); Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200; Vic Volare at Hell's Kitchen; Patty Peterson and Friends at School II;



Saturday, October 18. Mill City Hot Club, brunch at Hell's Kitchen; Charmin and Shapira, 12:30 pm at Midtown Global Market; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Patrick Harison and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Viva Brasil at Loring Pasta Bar; GST Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Tommy and the Liebermen at the Aster



Sunday, October 19. Emily Davis and Robert Bell, brunch at Mattie's on Main; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 20. Paula Lammers and David Martin at Fireside Pizza; Dave Brattain at Jazz Central; Twin Cities Hot Club at Barbette



Tuesday, October 21. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central; River City Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe; Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude



Wednesday, October 22. Charmin and Shapira and Friends at the Dakota



Pavel Jany
Thursday, October 23. Axis Mundi at Hell's Kitchen; Pavel Jany solo at the Black Dog



Coming Soon!
. October 24, Jeremy Walker Quartet followed by Aaron Keith Stewart at Jazz Central
. October 24, Kevin Washington Quartet at the Dakota (late night)

. October 25, Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. October 29, Miguel Hurtado at Jazz Central

. November 1, What Would Monk Do at the Black Dog

. November 2, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Ave Methodist Church

. November 3, Mike Lewis/Gordy Johnson/JT Bates at the Icehouse

. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota
. November 6-9, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z

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

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

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

. November 10, Jon Weber solo piano at the Dakota

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

. November 11, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at The Nicollet

. November 13, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass

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

. November 17, Firebell CD release at the Icehouse

. 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

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

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco 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 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

. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota

. 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

 
Steve Kenny brings his quartet back to the Black Dog, October 25



Thursday, October 2, 2014



Roy Hargrove returns to the Dakota, October 13-14

 © Andrea Canter

 Our fall colors will be peaking over the next two weeks, and it seems as though jazz gigs are in sync with Mother Nature, providing a feast for the ears as autumn provides its display for the eyes. This two-week Lead Sheet hopefully will entice you to participate in as much of this "sound festival" as possible, with such diverse options as a collaboration between Todd Clouser and Foreign Motion, the Bates Brothers in a rare duo, the "Baldwin Sisters" return to Jazz Central, the Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog, Laura Caviani on the new Jazz at Studio Z season, the season opener for JazzMN Orchestra with special guest, Dave Weckl... and more.



Big Gigs

JT Bates
Friday, October 3. Chris and JT Bates are frequently on the bandstand together in a wide range of trio, quartet and larger ensemble formats, but tonight at Sweet 317 (above the Black Dog), the brothers find themselves alone together for an evening of bass and drum dueling. The space is intimate and the music will be imaginative and full of surprises. 

Charlie Lincoln
Speaking of surprises, there's at least one tonight at Jazz Central where the Bridge Series features Eric Kamau Gravatt and Friends. The long-time drummer for McCoy Tyner brings three generations of friends along-- Pete Whitman on sax, Zacc Harris on guitar, and South High senior Charlie Lincoln on bass. Think about the vast number of talented bassists in town and you can imagine how strong young Charlie must be to play in such company. Gravatt and Friends will be followed by the first monthly College Night, tonight featuring an ensemble from North Central University.



Todd Clouser
Another treat Friday night -- late enough that you can make the gig after another one--is a CD release celebration at the Icehouse from Todd Clouser's A Love Electric band from Mexico City (with Todd on guitar, Aaron Cruz on bass, Herman Hecht on drums). The band just returned from touring Germany, Morocco and New York City. "It's been good and wild times with music," says Todd. Also on the schedule for Friday -- a set with Foreign Motion (Cory Wong, Kevin Gastonguay, Yohannes Tona and Petar Janjic) and a closing set from the Russian vocal/bass duo, StoLyette.



Steve Kenny
Saturday, October 4. Once they reunited, the Illicit Sextet has found steady if not frequent gigs and an expanding fan base, particularly following the release of their second recording, Chapter 11. Maybe that 15-year break was just what the musicians needed to come back stronger than ever, and with a raft of original tunes. The IS hits on the Saturday Jazz at the Black Dog series and includes flumpeteer Steve Kenny, saxman Paul Harper, guitarist David Roos, pianist Chris Lomheim, bassist Tom Pieper and drummer Nathan Norman.




Nachito Herrera
Sunday, October 5. "A Night in Havana" comes to the Ordway, with Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera leading his Cuban Orchestra. Now in Minnesota for over a decade, Nachito has built a strong following of his infections rhythms  and ear-popping keyboard prowess. And tonight, Ordway becomes a tropical club with the addition of a dance floor! There's a pre-concert performance and post-concert reception.



Noah Ophoven-Baldwin
Monday, October 6. Once they performed as the Baldwin Sisters, but unrelated trumpet brothers Jake Baldwin and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin now come to the Jazz Central Featured Artist series to lock horns. Two of the youngest pros on the local scene, Jake and Noah are pushing their elders every chance they get. Later at the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features New York-based multi-reedist Ken Thomson's Slow/Fast with a CD release party. With trumpeter Russ Johnson, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Adam Armstrong and drummer Fred Kennedy, Thomson celebrates the band' second release, Settle. Thomson's other projects have included Gutbucket and Bang on a Can All-Stars. Slow/Fast melds improvisational chamber jazz and contemporary classical composition.



Dean Magraw
Tuesday, October 7.  A monthly collaboration with the "dean" of Minnesota guitar and an outstanding percussionist, this First Tuesday brings Dean Magraw and Davu Seru back to the Black Dog for some fun interactions.



Wednesday, October 8. There's a new trio on the Wednesday night "new music" series at Jazz Central -- Peter Schimke, Chris Bates and Corey Healy. With these guys, anything can happen. And Jazz Central provides the perfect environment for the unexpected.



Tommy Bruce
Thursday, October 9. The audience for the Thursday night Vocal Jazz series at Jazz Central keeps growing, presenting both talented newcomers and veteran songbirds. A bit of both, Tommy Bruce is featured tonight. Tommy only began singing professionally in the last ten years, but he's been immersed music for much of his life, and that experience comes through in a voice that at times suggests Chet Baker. 



Travis Anderson
Over at the Dakota, Travis Anderson brings his trio featuring Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. Some years back, a then very young Travis played a midweek happy hour. He's been getting out more lately, and in the company of such swingers as Pikal and Norman, the trio should pretty much make the floor sway.



Anthony Cox
Friday, October 10. Another new band at Jazz Central, playing its second gig, DD7 is led by renowned bassist/cellist Anthony Cox, with Brandon Wozniak and Mike Lewis on saxes, Steve Kenny on flumpet and JT Bates on drums. That's a lot of horns against the rhythm duo. DD7 plays extreme post-bop compositions from the band, as well as some free jazz and reconstructed standards. For fun and song, head down to Hell's Kitchen for a gig with sassy swing queen Nichola Miller.  And if you still have some jazz energy leftover -- Late Night at the Dakota presents the Dakota debut of young vocalist Katia Cardenas. Katia has one of those flexible voices that seems at home regardless of genre, and tonight she has one heckuva jazzy backing band, with Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Mac Santiago. Definitely worth staying up late!



JazzMN horn section
Saturday, October 11. Another wild Saturday night in Jazzville! The JazzMN Orchestra opens its new season (at Hopkins High School Auditorium) with a bang -- special guest drummer Dave Weckl, whose 30-year career includes Chick Corea's Elektric Band and Acoustic Band, Buddy Rich and Mike Stern. 

Laura Caviani
At Studio Z, Zacc Harris' Jazz at Studio Z has another year of funding, and he starts off the new season with Laura Caviani, presenting a general workshop followed by a concert with the Laura Caviani Trio. And Saturday Night at the Black Dog features the Zacc Harris Group (Harris on guitar, Bryan Nichols on piano, Chris Bates on bass and JT Bates on drums).



Sunday, October 12. Hopefully it will be a nice Sunday afternoon for a drive down to Northfield, for a too-rare performance by the JazzAX saxophone quartet on the Carleton College campus. This free concert features the saxes-- Mike Walk, Greg Keel, Pete Whitman and David Milne.



Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson
Monday, October 13. You can enjoy great music from vocalist Connie Evingson and gypsy jazz band Patty and the Buttons while contributing to a good cause. The Jungle Theater hosts a benefit for Angel Flights Central, a nonprofit that provides air transportation for individuals in remote areas who need non-emergency medical care. Connie will preview some of the music from her upcoming CD release with the John Jorgenson Quintet (All the Cats Join In), to be celebrated at the Dakota on October 17.



Roy Hargrove
Monday-Tuesday, October 13-14. The Roy Hargrove Quintet makes its annual pilgrimage to the Dakota. Surely one of the finest trumpeters working today, Hargrove has maintained a consistent ensemble over the much of the past decade, with saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Ameen Saleem, and drummer Quincy Phillips.

Wednesday, October 15. Talk about a return engagement-- less than a week after filling the house at the Dakota, the Travis Anderson Trio returns for another round of swinging fun. Pianist Travis melds telepathically with pals Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. 
Travis Anderson



Thursday, October 16. The very interesting vocalist/songwriter Kat Edmondson returns to the Dakota. Her resume covers a wide range of music, including jazz, and she has recorded with some modern jazz heavyweights like bassist Eric Reavis. And there are distinct touches of Billie Holiday in her voice.


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 and All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:



Friday, October 3. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper solo piano, followed by Siama Matuzundigi at the Black Dog; Steve Kenny Trio with visual artist Tim Nyberg at Three Sisters Gallery (St Paul); Tim Sparks, solo guitar, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Charmin Michelle Trio (Phil Mattson and Tom Lewis) at Parma 8200; Lee Ritenour (2 shows) at the Dakota; Tim Patrick and his Blue-Eyed Band at Minneapolis Eagles' Club



Saturday, October 4. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Zacc Harris and Chris Bates, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Joel Shapira Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Nachito Herrera and Friends at the Dakota; Pig's Eye Jass Band at Minneapolis Eagle's Club



Sunday, October 5. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Larry McDonough at The Nicollet; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 6. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Tommy and the Liebermen at the Dakota; Southside Aces at Famous Dave's (Uptown)



Tuesday, October 7. Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's; U of M Jazz Ensemble, "Bob Dylan Big Band Project" at Ted Mann Concert Hall; Three Loud Trio at Cafe Maude



Wednesday, October 8. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Vincent Rose Band at Hell's Kitchen; Jazz at the Tangiers; Patrick Harison at Cafe Maude



Robert Everest
Thursday, October 9. Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Robert Everest at Teresa's Kitchen (Prior Lake); Minnesota Jazz Orchestra at Wabasha Street Caves; Connie and Herb at the Bean (Andover); Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam



Friday, October 10. JT Bates, Noon at the Bedlam (St Paul); Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano at the Black Dog; Arne Fogel Trio at Parma 8200; Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics Quartet at the KC Hall (Bloomington); Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse



Saturday, October 11. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Jon Pemberton Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota



Sunday, October 12. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 13. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Joe Mayo at Jazz Central; double header at the Icehouse (1st set - JT Bates, Nelson Devereaux, Trent Baarspul; 2nd set - Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band - Erik Fratzke, Zacc Harris, Jake Baldwin, Brandon Wozniak)



Tuesday, October 14. Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Cafe Accordion Orchestra at Loring Pasta Bar; Nova Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Cafe



Wednesday, October 15. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Pete Whitman Presents at Jazz Central; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Byron Johnson Blanchard Quartet at the Black Dog; Jazz at the Tangiers



Thursday, October 16. Robert Everest at Teresa's Kitchen (Maple Grove); Sweet Honey in the Rock at O'Shaughnessy; Connie Olson at Jazz Central; Joel Shapira (solo guitar) at Ingredients Cafe.



Coming Soon!

. October 17, Dean Magraw/Eric Gravatt CD Release at Landmark Center

. October 17, Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson Quartet, CD release at the Dakota

. October 18, Chris Lomheim Trio CD release at Studio Z

. October 18, PipJazz at Capri Theater

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

. October 22, Graydon Peterson and Joe Strachan at Jazz Central

. October 25, Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. October 29, Miguel Hurtado at Jazz Central

. November 1, What Would Monk Do at the Black Dog

. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

. 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

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco 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 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

. 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

Chris Lomheim Trio: CD Release on October 18 at Studio Z