Friday, April 10, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 10-16



Anat Cohen brings her quartet and Brazilian ensemble to the Dakota, April 12

© Andrea Canter
The weather is predicted to take a turn for the better this weekend, days are getting longer, and the birds seem happier. Maybe spring is jumping up after all! Come rain or come shine, there's definitely a lot of warm jazz in the air, from the veteran Eric Kamau Gravatt's quartet at Jazz Central to the rich salsa flavors of Charanga Tropical at Studio Z, another corps of vets headed by Paul Harper at the Black Dog, a welcome return visit from the high-flying clarinetist Anat Cohen, and the premiere of a collaborative work from Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall. Things are going to warm up-- put on your jazzy face!

Big Gigs This Week
Patty Peterson
Friday, April 10. Patty Peterson sings all over town, from bars to clubs to big event spaces, but perhaps the best way to enjoy her warm R&B tinged vocals is in an intimate space like the lounge at Parma 8200. With Chris Lomheim on piano and Mark Weisburg on bass, this might be the most personal opportunity to enjoy Patty.

Eric Gravatt
The Bridge Series at Jazz Central welcomes back Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt and his quartet with Brandon Wozniak, Ron Evaniuk and Zacc Harris.  With Gravatt you can be sure of 3 things-- the music will keep you on full alert, there will be some spellbinding drum solos, and the gig will start on time! Note that the Bridge Series will start at 7pm -- and starting next week, Friday Night Jazz at the Nicollet will move back to 9 pm, increasing the opportunity to enjoy a double-header Friday along the Minneapolis "jazz corridor."

Doug Little
Saturday, April 11. Jazz at Studio Z is into its fourth season, curated by Zacc Harris and supported with grants from the state arts board and Legacy Fund. Tonight's installment brings Doug Little's Charanga Tropical to the Studio Z stage, warming up in more ways than one for their unprecented invitation to perform at the Danzon Festival in Havana this summer. CT is a quintet stretched to include additional percussion and a string trio (violin, viola). Before the concert at 7 pm, Doug and company will conduct an open workshop (5:30 pm) on the rhythms and dance forms of traditional Cuban music.

Solomon Parham

Over at the Black Dog, the Saturday night series continues with an opening set from young trumpeter Solomon Parham, featuring ace percussionist Babatunde Lee. Back in prime time, saxophonist Paul Harper returns with his renamed Show and Tell ensemble, with Charlie Riddle on bass, Nathan Norman on drums, and Mike Cramer on guitar. It's bebop for 21st century listeners.  And yes, if you attend Jazz at Studio Z, you can get down the street to the Black Dog in plenty of time to catch the final set with Paul Harper.

Cecile McLorin Salvant
If you really want to avoid a crowded club or bar, but hear one of the most exciting talents in the country, reserve a spot at the Pillsbury House for a live screening of Jazz at Lincoln Center featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant. Pillsbury House in South Minneapolis has been scheduling live webcasts of JALC events this season, and the show tonight is bound to be one of the most memorable.  This is a free event but reserved tickets are needed to ensure a seat.

Anat Cohen
Sunday, April 12. Poll-topping clarinetist Anat Cohen is no stranger to the Twin Cities, previously appearing in 2010 at the Dakota with her Benny Goodman project and a few months later with her touring quartet, and moving over to the Dakota with fellow clarinetist Evan Christopher when the 2012 Orchestra Hall lockout pre-empted a clarinet summit. An Israeli native long intrigued by the folk traditions of Brazil, Anat assembled a group of Brazlian musicians (accordion, 7-string guitar, pandeiro) and after some acclaimed gigs, brought her Choro Aventuroso into the studio, along with her longstanding quartet and key guests. She's now touring in celebration of the new recording, Luminosa. There will be Brazilian fare, traditional and reimagined, as well as original music and perhaps a Flying Lotus tune. On this gig, she's joined by long-time pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Adam Cruz.

Javi Santiago
Monday, April 13. Crooners Lounge continues to bring top local artists to the north burbs. Tonight, the Javi Santiago Trio entertains from happy hour through the evening. The young New York-based pianist has taken an extended leave from the Big Apple, hanging out back home in the Twin Cities and playing a lot of gigs. Tonight he teams up with long-time cohort, drummer Miguel Hurtado, and veteran bassist James Buckley.

Frank Morgan
Tuesday, April 14. The Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival is underway, and tonight jazz fans can attend the screening of the documentary, The Sound of Redemption, about the life and music of the late Frank Morgan at St. Anthony Main Theaters.

Chris Olson, Framework
For live music, you can't miss with Framework at the Black Dog. This is the monthly Chris Olson Project, and the guitarist invited pals Chris Bates and Jay Epstein to come in tonight as the long-running trio. Inventive, accessible and always satisfying. In between their sets, Olson will turn some of his students loose on the music of Herbie Hancock.

Jeremy Walker
Thursday, April 16. Tonight's installment of Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall features the world premiere of "The Rage of Achilles," a multi-faceted work composed by Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox. As noted on the Orchestra Hall website, "ancient poetry meets classical voice and jazz instrumentation..." with the voices of MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and opera singers Seth and Angela Keaton melding with the Atrium Jazz Ensemble (Jeremy Walker, Anthony Cox, Brandon Wozniak and Tim Zhorne.

More Jazz!
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, April 10.  Irv Williams, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, happy hour at the Black Dog; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); John Paulson at Signatures (Winona); Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Nachito Herrera Trio at the Dakota; Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics at Bloomington KC Hall; North Central University "College Night" at Jazz Central

Saturday, April 11. Nathan Hanson and Doan Brian Roessler duo, free at the Hosmer Library (Minneapolis, 2 pm); Pavel Jany's Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar; Paula Lammers with the Winwood Trio at the Mason Jar; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; The Skruffians at Jazz Central

Zack Lozier
Sunday, April 12.  Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster; Larry Dunsmore, brunch at Crooners Lounge; Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog (4 pm); Zack Lozier Three at the Underground Music Café; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom 
Monday, April 13. Jason Weismann at Jazz Central; Chris Cunningham's Fall of the House of Usher at the Icehouse

Tuesday, April 14. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Nova Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Café; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Vinnie Rose Trio at Crooners Lounge

Wednesday, April 15. Debbie Duncan at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community; Sophia Shorai at the Dakota; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Century Jazz Ensemble at Minnesota Music Cafe; Lila Ammons at The Tangiers; Jake Hanson and Friends at Barbette; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte, Realphonic Radio Hour at James J Hill Center; McNally Smith X-Tet at Jazz Central

Thursday, April 16. Charmin and Shapira at Jazz Central; Beasley's Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves

Coming Soon!
. April 17, Javi Santiago Quartet at The Nicollet
. April 17, Ann Hampton Callaway at Orchestra Hall
. April 17, Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota
. April 17, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at Jazz Central
. April 17, One World Consort with JP Jofre at Studio Z
. April 17, Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog
. April 17-18, Eau Claire Jazz Festival with New York Voices and Terell Stafford
. April 18, Jay Young's Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. April 18, Lucia Sarmiento Group; Granros/Akeda/Evaniuk/Kenny at the Black Dog
. April 18, UW River Falls Jazz Ensemble with JP Jofre at William Abbott Concert Hall, UW-RF
. April 19, Chris Thomson Quartet CD Release at the Icehouse
. April 19, One World Consort with JP Jofre, William Abbott Concert Hall at UW-River Falls
. April 21, Eden Prairie High School Jazz Band with John Raymond at EPHS
. April 22, Danilo Perez at the Dakota
. April 23, Fireside Five at Underground Music Cafe
. April 24, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. April 24, Arne Fogel at Parma 8200
. April 24, Endeavors followed by the Dakota Combo at Jazz Central
. April 24, James Wallace Quartet at The Nicollet
. April 24, Yeti Steady and Ramtrak at Public Kitchen (St Paul)
. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins l High School Auditorium
. April 25, Jon Wood CD Release/Mancrush at the Black Dog
. April 25-26, Irv Williams, Legends concert at The Capri
. April 26, KBEM's Jazz Noir at Vieux Carré
. April 26, Nellie McKay at the Dakota
. April 29-30, Madeleine Peyroux at the Dakota
. April 30, Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200
. May 1, Patty Peterson with Steve Cole, Ricky Peterson at the Icehouse
. May 1, Framework at The Nicollet
. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker
. May 2, Adam Kohlker with the Good Vibes Trio at Jazz Central
. May 2, Dave Brattain Quartet/DD7 at the Black Dog
. May 8, Ron Miles with the Atrium Jazz Ensemble at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)
. May 9, PipJazz "Women in Jazz" -- afternoon workshop and evening concert at The Bedlam
. May 9, Joe Mayo/Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at the Black Dog
. May 10, Soul Cafe' at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church
. May 11, Tim Berne's Snake Oil at the Icehouse
. May 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at The Nicollet
. May 27-28, Rachelle Ferrell at the Dakota
. June 3, Steve Smith and Vital Information, NYC Edition at the Dakota
. June 16, Ticket to Brazil, Jazz in the Library at SunRay Library (St Paul)
. June 17, Good Vibes Trio, Jazz in the Library at Hamline Library (St Paul)
. June 21, Francisco Mela, Jazz in the Library at St Paul Central Library
. June 22, Kurt Elling at the Dakota
. June 23-24, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond (Dr John, Potter/Holland/Louke/Harland Quartet, Francisco Mela with Nicholas Payton, Araya-Orta Quartet, Marquis Hill Blacktet)
. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Lage, Brian Charette, Atlantis Quartet, Becca Stevens, COLOSSUS, Dakota Combo)


John Raymond comes home to Minnesota and a special night at Eden Prairie High School, April 21