Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 2-8

Ramsey Lewis  with Joshua Ramos -- Electric Band at the Dakota January 8-9

© Andrea Canter

Happy New Year! If this week is any indication, the jazz scene is off to a good start for 2015. It's cold, so never a better time to come indoors and warm up your ears.

Big Gigs This Week

Jeremy Walker
Friday, January 2.  Jazz Central kicks off the 2015 Bridge Series with composer/pianist Jeremy Walker's Small City Trio, featuring bassist Jeff Brueske and drummer Tim Zhorne.  Whatever Jeremy has cooked up for this evening will surely please any fans of modern small ensemble interaction.

Patty Peterson
At Parma 8200, it's a rare opportunity to hear vocalist Patty Peterson in a trio context with just nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire (keys) and long-time cohort Billy Franze on bass. Patty recently returned from LA where she wowed the crowd at Catalina's.

Bruce Henry
Saturday, January 4.  It's been a while since former Twin Citian Bruce Henry performed at the Dakota, but the now-Chicago based singer will be on stage at his old stomping grounds tonight. There's really no one quite like Bruce in blending be-bop, ballads, and soul.

Steve Kenny with Group 47
At the Black Dog, Saturday Night Jazz continues (as it will for the next 52 Saturdays and hopefully beyond), tonight featuring Steve Kenny's Group 47 in the headline slot, and young lions Ramtrak (Jake Baldwin, Thomas Nordlund, Lars-Erik Larson) in the opening set. Group 47 had a busy 2014, shifting from weekly gigs at the Artists Quarter to a number of performances at Jazz Central, Black Dog, Icehouse, and Studio Z, and the release of their debut album, Straight to Vinyl. Available on vinyl, of course. With pianist Will Kjeer spending a year at Interlochen, there have been few opportunities in the past few months for the band to get together, so take advantage of Will's winter break tonight! Joining Steve and Will will be saxophonist Thomas Strommen, bassist Adam Tucker, and drummer Alex Burgess.

Pippi Ardennia
Sunday, January 5. They sang the roof off the Bedlam last month; now the vocal trio of Pippi Ardennia, Patty Lacy and Judi Gronseth will rattle the walls at the Dakota, melding jazz, blues and R&B. There will be a lot of energy among these ladies and it's likely to be highly contagious.

Brian Ziemniak
Monday, January 6. A new venue for jazz in the burbs-- welcome to the Narrows Saloon in Navarre, presenting BZ3 organ trio every Monday night. In the tradition of classic organ trios, BZ3 features local keyboard hero Brian Ziemniak, with guitarist Troy Norton and drummer Kevin Washington. "The Twin Cities has had many great organists through the years - Bobby Lyle, Jack McDuff, Billy Holloman, and Steve Cherewan to name a few," says Brian, "and we’re just trying to follow in that tradition of playing great soul and jazz music with the lean, mean lineup of an organ trio." Expect the foundation of 1960s organ trios translated into 21st century grooves.

Casey O'Brien
Bassist Casey O'Brien holds a CD release party at the Icehouse with his trio, including saxophonist Nathan Hanson and drummer Davu Seru. His Ghost Dance is filled with ethereal harmonies, as one might expect given the album title. It's a double header on the Jazz Implosion series, with a late set from saxman Chris Thomson.

Tuesday, January 7. First Tuesdays at the Black Dog is usually hosted by Dean Magraw and Davu Seru. Dean's been out on tour, and tonight his spot is ably filled by one of the local avant garde elite, AACM alum Douglas Ewart. Ewart not only plays a variety of wind and percussion instruments, he makes many of them himself and/or adds his own artistic touches to color and design. Should be a very interesting evening with Douglas and Davu.

Arne Fogel
Another new venue, Crooner Lounge in Fridley books great voices in various contexts. Tonight the Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel is on stage at the former site of the Shorewood. Come hear one of the region's finest big bands playing original charts, along with their frequent cohort, and one who surely belongs on stage at a place dubbed "Crooners"!

Ramsey Lewis
Wednesday-Thursday, January 8-9. Ramsey Lewis has appeared at the Dakota for at least three straight years now, and this week he returns with not only his Electric Band (Henry Johnson, Joshua Ramos, Charles Heath) but special guest Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire. These are the grooves that established Lewis as soul/funk king in the 60s.

Adam Linz
Thursday, January 9. Launched a couple months ago, Le Percheron is a cross-generational ensemble featuring Adam Linz, Brandon Wozniak, Levi Schwartzberg and Cory Healey -- where Adam and Brandon are the elder statesmen! On the Thursday night jazz series at Khyber Pass, the first set will be duets, the second set the full band.

It's the second Thursday -- that means Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam, bringing a bit of New Orleans to the Minnesota Delta!

More Jazz This Week!

Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities -- check out calendars at Jazz Police, KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and Jazz Near You, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:

Friday, January 2. Irv Williams, happy hour at the Dakota; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel

Saturday, January 3. Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Paula Lammers with the WindWood Trio at Mason Jar (Cupcake); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Tim Patrick Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Pig's Eye Jass Band at Eagle's Aerie Club

Sunday, January 4. Mill City Hot Club, brunch at Hell's Kitchen; Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Parisota Hot Club at Como Park Conservatory (4:30 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar

Ted Olsen
Monday, January 5. Charmin and Shapira and Friends at the Dakota; Denny Malmberg and guest at Fireside Pizza; Ted Olsen at Jazz Central

Tuesday, January 6. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Sophia Shorai at the Dakota; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's; Bill Simonsen Orchestra at Jazz Central; Three Loud Trio at Cafe Maude; Joe Mayo Quartet at The Nicollet; Coloring Time (improv) at the Icehouse

Wednesday, January 7. Connie Evingson with Benny Weinbeck Trio at the Minneapolis Woman's Club; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Thomas Nordlund and Chomsky at Jazz Central; Artists Showcase with Katia Cardenas at Moti-I

Thursday, January 8. Radio Joe Demko at Jazz Central; Minnesota Jazz Orchestra at Wabasha Street Caves; Joe Strachan at Angelino's (Woodbury); Southside Aces at Eagle's Aerie Club; Dan Ristrom Trio at Coup d'Etat

Coming Soon!

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

. January 9, Arne Fogel at Parma 8200

. January 9, JT Bates Organ Trio at Jazz Central

. January 9, Nachito Herrera Trio at the Dakota

. January 10, Bill Carrothers Trio, Jazz at Studio Z
. January 10, Jazz @ St Barneys with Connie Evingson and Parisota Hot Club at St Barnabas Lutheran Church

. January 12, Adam Meckler at Jazz Central

. January 13, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Fundraiser at the Dakota

. January 15, Larry McDonough at Jazz Central

. January 16, Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200

. January 16, Joyce Lyons at Underground Music Cafe

. January 16, Steve Kenny Quartet at The Nicollet

. January 16, Far Cry at Jazz Central
. January 16-18, Arne Fogel and Maude Hixson "Holiday for Frank" at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater

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

. January 17, Bottomless Pit at the Black Dog

. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota

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

. January 22, Jennifer Parker at Jazz Central

. January 23, Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz at the Black Dog

. January 23, Atlantis Quartet at Jazz Central

. January 24, Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog

. January 24, Dean Brewington at Loring Pasta Bar

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

. January 26, Chris Potter Quartet at the Dakota

. January 27-28, Dianne Reeves at the Dakota

. January 30, What Would Monk Do at Jazz Central

. January 31, Dave Brattain Quartet, Dean Granros Quartet at the Black Dog

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

. March 9, David Sanchez Quartet at the Dakota

. March 12, Jack DeJohnette at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

. March 15, Jazz Mn Orchestra with Pete Christlieb at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. March 25-26, Delfeayo Marsalis (Southern Gentleman) at the Dakota

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

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

. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins High School Auditorium

Dean Granros and Joel Shapira - CD Release at the Black Dog, January 9