Friday, February 6, 2015

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

The Phil Hey Quartet in a too-rare performance at Jazz Central, February 6

© Andrea Canter
While it was very disappointing to have the Chris Potter Quartet postponed due to the latest East Coast snowstorm, it was gratifying to hear two stellar local bands filling in last week at the Dakota (a last-minute assemblage from Steve Kenny and the Atlantis Quartet). Potter will be rescheduled. Meanwhile we have another week of largely local jazz wizards to warm our hearts and ears, including some of our long-standing titans-- Phil Hey, Kenny Horst, Bruce Henry, Chris Bates; one of our favorite "sons" on leave from the Big Apple (Javi Santiago); a pair of guitar-centric trios (Firebell, Framework); a visiting bass monster (Mark Dresser)... and more. And more.

Big Gigs This Week
Dave Hagedorn (PHQ)
Friday, February 6. Possibly no other band exemplifies the concept of the "Bridge" series at Jazz Central better than the Phil Hey Quartet. Nearly exclusively, the band played for more than a decade at the Artists Quarter until the AQ closed a year ago, and we have heard only a very few gigs since, making tonight's appearance at Jazz Central a very special treat. Hey, Phil Aaron, Tom Lewis and Dave Hagedorn suggest what might have become of the Modern Jazz Quartet had it continued into the new millennium--inventive arrangements of the most inventive artists of the 20th century (Coltrane, Shorter, Coleman) and stunning originals. Well, it's all original!

Katie Gearty with Graydon Peterson
For some vocal pleasures, Parma 8200 presents the very versatile voice of Katie Gearty in the company of the very versatile support team of Chris Lomheim and Graydon Peterson. A perfect wind-down from a busy week.

Friday-Saturday, February 6-7. Studio Z hosts the annual Keys Please concerts, the 13-year collaboration of pianist/composers Carei Thomas, Todd Harper and Paul Cantrell, this year with guest artist, saxophonist Nathan Hanson. The musicians bring music from diverse genres to the stage every winter, and the addition of Hanson this year guarantees two nights of surprise.

Kenny Horst
Saturday, February 7. Another auspicious double header at the Black Dog! The Jon Pemberton Trio opens, with the talented pianist/trumpeter in the lead chair with pals Matt Peterson and Cory Healey. Prime time finds Kenny Horst back after performing last weekend with Dave Brattain, this time leading his own quartet with Pete Whitman, Steve Kenny and Tom Lewis.

Pavel Jany - Talking Strings
In Minneapolis, Talking Strings entertains at the Loring Pasta Bar. With Pavel Jany on guitar, Dan Weston on bass and Gary Schulte on violin, expect some diverse world music from three consummate string specialists.

Bruce Henry
Saturday-Sunday, February 7-8. The acclaimed Legends Series continues at the Capri Theater, bringing "home" stellar vocalist Bruce Henry in celebration of Black History Month. Now based in his childhood home Chicago, Bruce returns to the Twin Cities often. This weekend, he takes us on a musical journey from the African drum to the Great American Songbook.

Jay Epstein
Monday, February 9. Whenever Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein convene, be ready to ring the Firebell! This blazing trio lights the stage at the Black Dog tonight, performing tunes from their recent release, Impossible Vacation, and new material.

Solomon Parham
Across town, Jazz Central puts the spotlight on tonight's "featured artist," trumpeter Solomon Parham. A Detroit native and dedicated jazz educator who directs bands at Walker West, Solomon is often heard with Eric Gravatt's Source Code. Wife and very fine vocalist Aja Parham joins him tonight.

Javi Santiago
And a bit down the street and a lot later in the evening, one of our native sons now living in New York creates some mayhem at the Icehouse. Pianist Javi Santiago is featured on JT's Jazz Implosion series, tonight celebrating an EP release for his Year of the Horse. He's joined by long-time drum partner Miguel Hurtado along with vocalist Proper T, guitarist Cory Wong, saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, and bassist Yohannes Tona.

Chris Olson (with Chris Bates)
Tuesday, February 10. The second night of back-to-back guitar trios at the Black Dog finds the common denominator--drummer Jay Epstein! Tonight Jay anchors Framework, featuring Chris Olson on guitar and Chris Bates on bass. It's really Olson's monthly "Chris Olson Project" night, and what a great project. Framework features original composition as well as intriguing arrangements of modern jazz giants.

Wednesday, February 11. Master of modern jazz/fusion bass Mark Dresser can be heard twice today: He's conducting a free public master class at the University of Minnesota (Ferguson Hall) at 3 pm, then moving across town to McNally Smith's auditorium for an evening concert (7:30 pm) -- also free. Dresser is known for expanding the sonci and musical possibilities of the acoustic bass, using unconventional amplification techniques, and has performed solo and notably with John Zorn, Myra Melford, Anthony Braxton and Nicole Mitchell.

George Cartwright
At Jazz Central, it's Chris Bates' improv night, and he's performing with PKD featuring brother JT and saxophonist George Cartwright.  Notes Chris, "I’ve been intrigued and inspired by George Cartwright for a long long time. I’m excited to be playing with him for the first time. Plus, guys, JT Bates."

Gary Schulte
Thursday, February 12.  The popular quintet Axis Mundi performs tonight at Hell's Kitchen -- leader Glen Helgesen (guitar), Gary Schulte (violin), Chris Bates (bass) and two percussionists-- Dave Stanoch and Michael Bissonnette.

More Jazz All 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, February 6. Irv Williams Trio, happy hour at the Dakota; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; John Paulson with Swing, Inc. at Signatures Restaurant (Winona); Larry Dunsmore at Crooner's Lounge; Tim Patrick and His Blue-Eyed Band at the Eagles' Club; Tommy O'Donnell at Scusi!

Sophia Shorai
Saturday, February 7. Sidewalk Cafe at Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm); Pig's Eye Jass Band at the Eagles' Club; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Sophia Shorai at Hell's Kitchen; 7 Cats Swing Band at Crooner's Lounge; Barbara Meyer with Stan & Honeybee at The Nicollet; Mill City Hot Club at Erte

Sunday, February 8. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog (4 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Paula Lammers at Cinema Ballroom

Monday, February 9. Denny Malmberg and guest at Fireside Pizza; BZ3 Organ Trio at the Narrows Saloon; Tommy and the Lieberman at the Dakota; the Riverside Trio at Crooner's Lounge; Fireside Five Quintet at the Underground Music Cafe

Tuesday, February 10. Don Strong, happy hour, followed by Larry Dunsmore at Crooner's Lounge; Sean McMahon and Adi Yeshaya, Live at 5 at McNally Smith; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Nova Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central

Wednesday, February 11. Denny Malmberg and guest at Fireside Pizza; Lila Ammons Trio, Jazz at the Tangiers; Lisa Anderson Quartet at Crooners' Lounge

Thursday, February 12. Jennifer Grimm at Jazz Central; Larry Dunsmore at Crooner's Lounge

Coming Soon!
. February 13, The Assad Brothers with Romero Lubambo at the Dakota
. February 13, Jason Squinobal Quartet at Studio Z
. February 13, Fall of the House of Usher
. February 14, Nachito Herrera Valentines Day dinner and cocktail shows at the Dakota
. February 14, Paul Harper Quartet (Opening - Central Standard Time) at the Black Dog
. February 14, Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson "Bad for Each Other" at the Icehouse.
. February 14, Connie Evingson, "This Funny Thing Called Love" at the Cabaret at Camp Bar
. February 14, The Girls (Patty Peterson, Lori Dokken, Judi Vinar, Erin Schwab, Rachel Holder-Hennig), "This Thing Called Love" at the Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 15, Longfellow Concert and fundraiser, Laura Caviani, Pete Whitman and more (3 pm) at Christ Lutheran Church (Minneapolis)
. February 15, Chomsky (Andrew Foreman et al) at the Aster Cafe'
. February 16, Jon Wood/Dave Brattain at Jazz Central
. February 16, Enormous Quartet at the Icehouse
. February 17, Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam
. February 17, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central
. February 17-18, David Sanborn with Ricky Peterson at the Dakota
. February 20, Chris Lomheim Trio at Jazz Central
. February 21, Studio Z Winter Jazz Festival (Adam Meckler Orchestra, Endeavors, Atlantis Quartet, Mancrush, Nichols/Bates/Bates, Graydon Peterson Quartet)
. February 21, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. February 21, Good Vibes Trio at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)
. February 21, U Wisconsin River Falls Jazz Ensemble with Donny McCaslin, William Abbot Concert Hall at UW-River Falls
. February 21, Twin Cities Cabaret Network Salon at Town House Bar
. February 22, Lulu's Playground at Jazz Central (3 pm)
. February 23, Irv Williams at Jazz Central
. February 23, Quintet Party with Red 5 and Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at the Icehouse
. February 24, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. February 25, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
. February 25, Leisure Valley at Cafe Maude
. February 27, Javi Santiago and Friends at Jazz Central
. February 28, U of M Jazz Festival with guest Pat Mallinger (evening concert)
. February 28, Zacc Harris Group at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)
. February 28, Arne Fogel & Jennifer Eckes, “What The World Needs Now: The Songs of Burt Bacharach & Hal David” at the Bloomington Center for the Arts
. February 28, Minnesota State University Mankato Jazz Mavericks, with Mike Stern and Kenni Holmen in Halling Recital Hall, MSU Mankato
. March 2, Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands Winter Concert at Famous Dave's (Uptown)
. March 3, Rene Marie at the Dakota
. March 6, Eric Gravatt and Dean Magraw at The Nicollet
. March 6, "Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey" with Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
. March 7, DD7 at the Black Dog (Opening - Charles Lincoln Group)
. March 9, David Sanchez Quartet at the Dakota
. March 10-11, Cassandra Wilson at the Dakota
. March 12, Jack DeJohnette at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater
. March 13, Foreign Motion at The Nicollet
. March 13, Peter Vircks Quartet at Jazz Central
. March 14, Chris Botti at Orchestra Hall
. March 15, Jazz Mn Orchestra with Pete Christlieb at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 20, Jake Baldwin Quintet at The Nicollet
. March 23-24, Steve Tyrell at the Dakota
. March 25-26, Delfeayo Marsalis (Southern Gentleman) at the Dakota
. March 27, How Birds Work at The Nicollet
. 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 16, Bettye LaVette at the Dakota
. April 17, Ann Hampton Callaway at Orchestra Hall
. April 24, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins l High School Auditorium
. April 25-26, Irv Williams, Legends concert at The Capri
. April 26, KBEM's Jazz Noir at the Dakota
. April 27, Omar Sosa at the Dakota
. April 29-30, Madeleine Peyroux at the Dakota
. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker
. May 9, PipJazz "Women in Jazz" -- afternoon workshop and evening concert at The Bedlam
. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond
. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Lage, Brian Charette, Atlantis Quartet, Becca Stevens, COLOSSUS, Dakota Combo)

Romero Lubambo joins the Assad Brothers at the Dakota, February 13