Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 18-24



 
The Dunsmore Room opens officially with the Dave King Trio on December 22

 © Andrea Canter
The weather of the moment seems much like the Twin Cities jazz scene-- a mix of everything! From big band and trad to swinging vocals, "chamber jazz" to avant garde, and from holiday magic to CD release, there's no shortage of jazzy entertainment this week. Actually the scene is much better than the weather!

Big Gigs This Week


Dave Brattain
Friday, December 18. About a year ago, saxophone giant Dave Brattain and fleet-fingered guitarist Kevin Daley started a quartet dubbed the Daley Brattain Report, but soon rebranded with the impossible-to-spell da-ke-brōō-da, taking a couple letters--or sounds--from each musician's first name (Dave Brattain, Kevin Daley, Bruce Heine and Dave Stanoch). While I can't guarantee the spelling here, there is no doubt regarding the effectiveness of this collaboration, coming together again at Jazz Central.

Peter Vircks
In 2014, the Peter Vircks Quartet released a well-received album, What You Believe Is True, a favorite at MPR and elsewhere. The band returns to The Nicollet tonight (Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet series), featuring leader Vircks on sax, Brian Ziemniak on keys, Ron Evaniuk on bass and Kevin Washington on drums.

Doc Severinsen & Vanessa Thomas
It's an almost annual holiday celebration at Orchestra Hall, as Doc Severinsen returns as "Jingle Bell Doc," conducting the Minnesota Orchestra along with our own Mary Louise Knutson on piano, Vanessa Thomas on vocals, the Minnesota Chorale and Twin Cities Bronze (handbell ensemble). It might be predictable, but it's always fun and Doc can still blow a great horn. The concert repeats on Sunday afternoon.

Irv Williams
Happy Hour just seems happier during the holidays. At 96, Irv Williams is still at it, with pal Steve Blons for Friday Happy Hour at the Dakota. At Crooners' Lounge, vocalist/pianist Andrew Walesch raps up his week-long Happy Hour run, while songbird Maud Hixson (with Rick Carlson and Gordy Johnson) returns to the lounge at Parma 8200 for a "happy evening," still flying high after her gig at the famed St. Peter's Church in Manhattan last month.

Pianist Todd Harper and his quartet open the evening at the Black Dog, followed by the inventive Donald Washington Group, with Washington on saxes, wife Faye on cello and flute, son Kevin on drums, and Dick Studer on bass.

Bryan Nichols
Want a little piano with your dinner? Bryan Nichols teams with bassist Jeremy Boettcher at the Icehouse, while Jeremy Walker starts the evening at Vieux Carré.  And JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske calm holiday nerves in the Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel, back again tomorrow (see below) as their two-night weekend gig continues through the holidays.

Ginger Commodore
Saturday, December 19. Another favorite songbird, Ginger Commodore brings her holiday show with her GCQ Quartet to Vieux Carré Saturday night-- with her core band of Lee Blaske, Mark Weisberg and Bobby Commodore, with Rich Manik on sax and some extra percussion from Daryl Boudreaux. Ginger's gospel-tinged, bluesy vocals are particularly well suited to holiday fare. (Catch her in the act again at Crooners on Wednesday!)

Dean Granros, Chris Bates (Tall Tales)
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog brings back two crowd favorites: Long-time Monday night band at the Artists Quarter, Headspace opens the evening (Rob Dewy, Matt Senjem, Adam Ropar) with curator Steve Kenny adding some brass; the headline band will be Dean Granros' Tall Tales -- a double guitar quartet with Zacc Harris, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein spinning "tall tales," of course, and nearly spinning out of orbit.

JoAnn Funk
JoAnn Funk's Lobby Bar gig at the Saint Paul Hotel transforms into her annual "Deck the Halls" night, adding the baritone voice of Steve Marking and violinist Gary Schulte to Jeff Brueske's basslines and of course JoAnn's piano and vocals.  And at the Normandy Kitchen, keyboard mayhem prevails with the Travis Anderson Trio (with Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman).

Sunday, December 20. Singer, pianist and bandleader Andrew Walesch does double duty at Crooners today, leading his trio (Gordy Johnson, Jay Epstein) during the weekly jazz brunch, then coming back with the trio at 5 pm in the new (not officially opened!) Dunsmore Room for a couple hours of his favorite holiday tunes, played on the Bösendorfer.

The Nova Jazz Orchestra makes it their fourth annual holiday concert lat afternoon at St James Lutheran Church in St Paul.

Patty Peterson and Jason DeLaire
And another very long-running tradition, the Peterson Family Holiday Show will be presented twice at the Dakota. Now headed by the five siblings--Linda, Patty, Ricky, Billy and Paul Peterson with Linda's son Jason Peterson DeLaire, the show has been a seasonal favorite for more than 25 years. Seating is very limited... if any seat remains!

Mike Lewis
Monday, December 21. Young guitar sensation Jon Wood takes the spotlight and heads the following jam session at Jazz Central, while the avant garde holds a meltdown at the Icehouse tonight -- guitarist Phil Wood tangles with saxman Mike Lewis and Implosion series host JT Bates.

Maryann Sullivan and Doug Haining
Taking a more traditional view, the popular Twin Cities Seven led by Doug Haining returns to its regular rotation at Crooners, with vocalist Maryann Sullivan guaranteeing the music will swing all night.

Monday-Tuesday, December 21-22. It's not unusual for Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera to play at the Dakota, as he is on stage there nearly monthly. But this two-night stand is different-- Nachito Herrera and the Universals features a collaboration of cultures and musics. In addition to the volcanic technique and firestorm energy of Nachito, the band features violinist Karen Briggs (Yanni, Stanley Clarke, David Grusin), saxophonist Mike Phillips (Stevie Wonder, Prince), Senagalese bassist Cheikh Ndoye (Eric Marienthal, Russell Ferante), and drummer Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdes).

Pat O'Keefe, Cherry Spoon
At the Black Dog, it's another installment of the Cherry Spoon Collective, surely one of the most intriguing ensembles of new music devotees. Performing new commissions and improvisational new music, the leaders include Michelle Kinney (cello), Nick Guadette (bass) and Patrick O’Keefe (sax), with a cast of the area's top experimenters. Funding comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the American Composers Forum. 

Dave King
Tuesday, December 22. Tonight marks the official opening of the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, the converted Lakeside Dining Room now a full service jazz club two-three nights per week, with the centerpiece a 9-foot Bösendorfer on a newly built stage, with new sound system. And what better way to celebrate than with the Dave King Trio? King launched this trio a few years ago with the acclaimed recording, I've Been Ringing You (Sunnyside, 2012), featuring piano wizard Bill Carrothers and eclectic bass genius Billy Peterson. Consistent with all music at Crooners, there's no cover, but shows in the Dunsmore Room will have a set minimum food and drink purchase. And they will make that easy with some special items. But most important, the quiet setting and policies of the Dunsmore Room should ensure a perfect listening environment for one of the most inventive jazz trios on the scene, anywhere.
The Dunsmore Room piano

The master of odd time signatures, pianist Larry McDonough brings his quartet and holiday show to Lowertown at The Bedlam. Larry's vocals and piano will warm the most surly Scrooge, and his band-- Richard Terrill on sax, Greg Stinson on bass, Dean White on drums, and daughter Rosie McDonough on African percussion--will add modern twists to some familiar holiday carols. 

Chris Lomheim
At Vieux Carré, two sure things: Solo piano from Chris Lomheim to start the evening, followed by vocalist Connie Evingson. They're just so predictable-- predictably at the top of the game. And on Big Band Night at Jazz Central, the music moves south for the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Geoff Senn and Mac Santiago.

Retro Swing Sister
Wednesday, December 23. The Ginger Commodore Quartet reprises their holiday show, now moving north to Crooners Lounge. And if your feet want more exercise than tapping, try a swing dance at the Eagles Club with music from Retro Swing Sister--Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie.

Yet another annual holiday show is back-- the George Maurer Group returns to the Dakota with rearrangements of seasonal favorites from his ensemble of the area's top instrumentalists and smoldering vocals.

Pete Whitman

At Jazz Central, Pete Whitman presents a new project -- Cold Fusion, and the name seems misleading as this is a volcanic ensemble: Pete on saxes, Steve Kenny on FLUMPET™, Chris Olson on guitars, Ron Evaniuk on bass and Reid Kennedy on drums.

Thursday, December 24. T'is the night before Christmas and some venues are closed, but you can enjoy Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen or Benny Weinbeck at Parma 8200.

More Jazz!
Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities. The most comprehensive jazz calendar can be found at Jazz Police, but you will also find jazz listings at KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and Jazz Near You. KBEM and KFAI radio host jazz programs regularly and provide daily notices of jazz gigs and concerts. The live edition of The Lead Sheet can be heard at 4:40 pm on Thursdays on KBEM, excerpts rebroadcast at 7:20 am on Fridays. We broadcast a day early next week, on December 23 (repeated on the 24th), with special guest JT Bates to talk about his new solo recording and the Jazz Implosion Series at the Icehouse.  Venues and artists are reminded to send information to online and print calendars (e.g. tc@jazzpolice.com).

Coming Soon!
. December 26, Iron Chops/Framework at the Black Dog
. December 27, Big Band Christmas at Jazz@ St Barneys
. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota
. December 28, JT Bates "Open Relationships" CD release at the Icehouse
. December 31, Artists Quarter New Year's Eve with Carole Martin at Hell's Kitchen
. December 31, New Year's Eve Dinner Show with Jazzland Wonderband at Vieux Carré
. December 31, Thomas Bruce/Maud Hixson/Benny Weinbeck Quartet, New Year's Eve Party at Parma 8200
. December 31, New Year's Eve Benefit for Feed My Starving Children with The Niskas at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Burnsville)
. January 5, Butch Thompson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 7, Rachel Holder-Hennig "In the Crook" with Rick Carlson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 8, Denny Malmberg Trio with Charmin Michelle at Parma 8200
. January 9, Andrew Walesch at Jazz @St Barneys
. January 10, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues at the Dakota
. January 10, Dan Chouinard's "Birthday Club" series launches in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 12, Peter Kogan Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 17, John Penny CD release at the Icehouse
. January 19, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 22, Happy Apple at the Icehouse
. January 23, Jeremy Walker's Seven Psalms at Orchestra Hall
. January 23, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal at Jazz @St. Barneys
. January 29, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200
. January 31, Winter Jazz Festival at the Saint Paul Hotel, featuring the Cyrus Chestnut Trio
. February 2, Charles Lloyd Trio with Bill Frisell at the Dakota
. February 8-9, John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Dakota
. February 10-11, Mack Avenue Super Band at the Dakota
. February 20, Swing Sister (Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie) at Jazz @ St Barneys
. February 20, Bill Frisell at the Dakota
. February 22, Ches Smith Trio with Craig Taborn at the Icehouse
. February 25, Rez Abassi with Rudresh Mahanthappa at Walker Art Center
. February 25, Jazz in the Target Atrium, Atrium Jazz Ensemble with Bryan Nichols at Orchestra Hall
. March 2-3, Brian Blade Fellowship at the Dakota
. March 5, Pete Whitman X-Tet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. March 13, JazzMN Orchestra with Tierney Sutton at the Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 23, Geoffrey Keezer in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners
. April 23, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob McChesney and Andy Martin at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall
. May 7, Steve Lehman Octet at the Walker Art Center


The Bad Plus Return to the Dakota, December 25-28

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 11-17



 
New York Voices, at the Dakota December 14-15
© Andrea Canter

Holiday themes prevail over much of the Twin Cities music scene as we count down to the end of the year, and jazz is no exception. Concerts and gigs featuring instrumental trios, vocal ensembles and more make the season bright, but so do CD release celebrations, new bands, old favorites and.. everything jazz.

Big Gigs This Week
Rio Nido (in the day)*
Friday, December 11. A long overdue reunion, the beloved classical jazz trio of the 70s and 80s, Rio Nido is back for two sets at the Dakota. From 1972-1986, Tim Sparks, Prudence Johnson and Tom Lieberman kept the music of the 30s and 40s alive and well before moving on to launch their own stellar solo careers. 

Eric Gravatt
Eric Gravatt returns to Jazz Central with Source Code, tonight featuring saxophonist Chris Thomson in the front line with trumpeter Solomon Parham, veteran Source Code bassist Ron Evaniuk, and of course Weather Report alum Gravatt on drums. They're followed by the student set and jam, this time featuring the Jax Blake Tricetet.

 At The Nicollet, prime time bandleader and trumpeter Bill Simenson breaks away from the big band format to assemble a star-bright quintet with saxophonist Nathan Hanson, guitarist Dave Martin, bassist Chris Bates and brother, drummer JT Bates. The monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase kicks off the evening with teen talents, the Mac Wilms Quartet.

Laura Caviani
Laura Caviani and her trio offer the first of two holiday shows this week, starting at Vieux Carré in St Paul with Gordy Johnson on bass and Joe Pulice on drums-- the same cast as her holiday release, Holly, Jolly and Jazzy. Laura brings at least one holiday show to the metro every winter, filled with originals and reinterpretations of seasonal standards. Andrew Foreman and Ben Abrahamson open the night with a string duo.

Arne Fogel
At Parma 8200, Arne Fogel celebrates the eve of Frank Sinatra's centennial birthday with Steve Pikal and Rick Carlson, including their renditions of "Fly Me To The Moon", "I've Got The World On A String", "The Tender Trap", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "Wee Small Hours", and more. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske have some holiday fun in the Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel (and again on Saturday).

Saturday, December 12. Need a midday break from shopping? At Midtown Global Market, Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira make voice/guitar duo magic.
At Crooners Lounge, Andrew Walesch and his 9-piece orchestra reprise his recent centennial salutes to Frank Sinatra on Frank's actual birthday.
Jeff King
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog hosts what unofficially is a Cadenza Music night, starting off with the Cadenza All-Stars (guitarists Eugene Monnig and Wayne Fisher, bassist Erik Fratzke, drummer Andres Crovetti and vocalist Paula Lammers)-- all current or former instructors at Cadenza Music. The "headline" sets celebrate the release of Jokers, the first recording of King Fletcher Woods-- Jeff King on sax, Charles Fletcher on bass and Eron Woods on drums. All but Fletcher teach at Cadenza.

JT Bates
And it's the second concert of the Jazz at Studio Z season, tonight featuring drummer JT Bates and his organ trio, Grain -- Kevin Gastonguay on B-3 and Zacc Harris on guitar. As with all JASZ evenings, things start off with a master class at 6 pm, tonight with JT and company addressing how they find the groove before taking the stage and proving they teach what they do.

Peter Kogan
Minnesota Orchestra timpanist Peter Kogan has been spreading his wings in jazz lately, now bringing his quartet to Vieux Carré (with Brian Grivna, Phil Aaron, and Anthony Cox), while Maurice Jacox brings cheer to the Normandy Kitchen and the Benny Weinbeck Trio holds their weekly summit at Parma 8200.

Charanga Tropical
Sunday, December 13. The first American band to play the International Danzon Festival in Havana (last summer), Doug Little's Charanga Tropical performs its monthly afternoon gig at the Icehouse. Also midafternoon, enjoy some big band holiday sounds with the Capri Big Band at Edinborough Park.

Another CD release, this time Fuzzy Math celebrates their second album, Pass the Guacamole, at the Icehouse. Referred to as the jazz band for people who don't like jazz, Mark Vandermyde, keys; Eric Graham, bass; Andrew Schwandt, sax; and Haralds Bondaris, drums should also appeal to those who do like jazz!

Monday, December 14. You can have lunch in Hell today-- Hell's Kitchen offers a lunch-time holiday show with the Jaztronauts, headed by saxophonist/vocalist Jason Weisman.

U of M Jazz Ensembles I and II present their winter concert at Ted Mann with guest artist, trombonist David Springfield.

Steven Hobert
What should be an enjoyable pairing, pianist Steven Hobert and trumpeter Adam Meckler take the spotlight at Jazz Central, while inventive saxophonist George Cartwright is on stage at the Icehouse for JT's Jazz Implosion. JT's electronic experiments add to the fun, along with bassist Josh Granowski and guitarist Andrew Broder.

New York Voices
Monday-Tuesday, December 14-15. Nothing says "holiday music" like multi-part vocal harmonies, and the New York Voices are arguably the best. Most recently in the Twin Cities with the JazzMN Orchestra (2014), the quartet of Peter Eldridge, Darmon Meador, Kim Nazarian and Laura Kinhan continue the artistry that has worked magic for the past 27 years, performing their holiday show over two nights at the Dakota.

And it's two consecutive nights in Hell with Charmin Michelle and Vic Volare!

Phil Aaron
Tuesday, December 15. Pianist Phil Aaron gets his due, performing with his trio on the Tuesday Instrumental Jazz Night at Crooners Lounge--before the series moves into the new Dunsmore Room next week.

KBEM holds its annual holiday party at Vieux Carré, but anyone can come in for the music which features the McNally Smith -affiliated Gerard Ahlgren Group followed by vocalist Katia Cardenas.

And it's Big Band Night at Jazz Central, with Doug Haining and Scott Agster's Explosion Big Band hitting the rafters tonight.

Charmin and Shapira
Wednesday, December 16. A fine night for song: Charmin and Shapira bring holiday cheer to "Holli-Jazzle" at Andrew Riverside Church in Minneapolis.   At Crooners, Denny Malmberg and Paula Lammers make it an accordion-vocal duo during Happy Hour, while Debbie Duncan brings her wit and song to the Dakota in prime time.

Laura Caviani
Thursday, December 17. Their second holiday gig of the week, the Laura Caviani Trio has the special honor of providing a preview of the new Dunsmore Room at Crooners, which officially opens on December 22. Formerly the Lakeside dining room, on two or three nights each week, the Dunsmore Room will feature instrumental or vocal music in an intimate space (seating for 80-90) intended for serious listening, with one of the world's most serious pianos on stage-- a 9-foot Bosendorfer. Join Laura, Gordy Johnson and Dave Schmalenberger for holiday music, dining specials, and a glorious new sound.

Larry McDonough
Another always-anticipated holiday show, Larry McDonough brings his quartet and guests to the Dakota, including daughter Rosie on African percussion. Count on Larry to not only make your season bright, but to put your ears on full alert with his odd meters.

A new venue in downtown Delano --the Bonde Bistro-- welcomes the Pete Snell Trio with Pete on sax, Lee Blaske on piano, and Jim Chenoweth on bass.  And if your tastes run smooth, you can't do better than an evening with pianist George Winston at Orchestra Hall.

More Jazz!
Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities. The most comprehensive jazz calendar can be found at Jazz Police, but you will also find jazz listings at KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and Jazz Near You. KBEM and KFAI radio host jazz programs regularly and provide daily notices of jazz gigs and concerts. The live edition of The Lead Sheet can be heard at 4:40 pm on Thursdays on KBEM, excerpts rebroadcast at 7:20 am on Fridays. On December 17, special guest will be Patty Peterson, talking about the Peterson Family holiday show and more. Venues and artists are reminded to send information to online and print calendars (e.g. tc@jazzpolice.com).

Coming Soon!
. December 18 & 20, "Jingle Bell Doc," Doc Severinsen and the MN Orchestra at Orchestra Hall
. December 18, Peter Vircks Quartet at The Nicollet
. December 18, Maud Hixson Trio at Parma 8200
. December 18, Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog
. December 19, Ginger Commodore Holiday Show at Vieux Carré
. December 19, Headspace/Tall Tales at the Black Dog
. December 20, Peterson Family Christmas at the Dakota
. December 21, Phil Cook with Mike Lewis and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. December 21-22, Nachito Herrera and the Universals at the Dakota
. December 22, Connie Evingson "Hot Jazz" at Vieux Carré
. December 22, Dave King Trio (with Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 26, Iron Chops/Framework at the Black Dog
. December 27, Big Band Christmas at Jazz@ St Barneys
. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota
. December 28, JT Bates "Open Relationships" CD release at the Icehouse
. December 31, Artists Quarter New Year's Eve with Carole Martin at Hell's Kitchen
. December 31, New Year's Eve Dinner Show with Jazzland Wonderband at Vieux Carré
. December 31, Thomas Bruce/Maud Hixson/Benny Weinbeck Quartet, New Year's Eve Party at Parma 8200
. December 31, New Year's Eve Benefit for Feed My Starving Children with The Niskas at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Burnsville)
. January 5, Butch Thompson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 7, Rachel Holder-Hennig "In the Crook" with Rick Carlson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 8, Denny Malmberg Trio with Charmin Michelle at Parma 8200
. January 9, Andrew Walesch at Jazz @St Barneys
. January 10, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues at the Dakota
. January 10, Dan Chouinard's "Birthday Club" series launches in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 12, Peter Kogan Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 17, John Penny CD release at the Icehouse
. January 19, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 22, Happy Apple at the Icehouse
. January 23, Jeremy Walker's Seven Psalms at Orchestra Hall
. January 23, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal at Jazz @St. Barneys
. January 29, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200
. January 31, Winter Jazz Festival at the Saint Paul Hotel, featuring the Cyrus Chestnut Trio
. February 2, Charles Lloyd Trio with Bill Frisell at the Dakota
. February 8-9, John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Dakota
. February 20, Swing Sister (Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie) at Jazz @ St Barneys
. February 20, Bill Frisell at the Dakota
. February 22, Ches Smith Trio with Craig Taborn at the Icehouse
. February 25, Rez Abassi with Rudresh Mahanthappa at Walker Art Center
. February 25, Jazz in the Target Atrium, Atrium Jazz Ensemble with Bryan Nichols at Orchestra Hall
. March 2-3, Brian Blade Fellowship at the Dakota
. March 5, Pete Whitman X-Tet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. March 13, JazzMN Orchestra with Tierney Sutton at the Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 23, Geoffrey Keezer in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners
. April 23, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob McChesney and Andy Martin at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall
. May 7, Steve Lehman Octet at the Walker Art Center


The Dave King Trio: Officially opening the Dunsmore Room at Crooners on December 22











Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2016 Grammy Nominations: The Jazz Side


Maria Schneider Orchestra -- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (Thompson Fields)

© Andrea Canter
 
Although Jazz has been rarely high profile among Grammy nominations, awards or the televised awards program (save Esperanza Spalding's surprise win as Best New Artist), there are a number of jazz and jazz-related categories, and again, the 2016 nominations reflect a broad cross-section of jazz artists appearing in both jazz and not-really-jazz categories. And sometimes the definitions of categories seem a bit blurry, which perhaps works to the advantage of artists like Tonny Bennett and Bill Charlap, nominated for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album."

There are some Minnesota connections: Notably Minnesota native Maria Schneider, whose music received three nominations, along with 2015 visitors, Bettye Lavette, Bill Frisell, Karrin Allyson, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Eliane Elias, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer and Jamison Ross.

The 2016 nominations of jazz artists, or artists often associated with jazz music, include:

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap [RPM Records/Columbia Records]

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Guitar In The Space Age!, Bill Frisell [Okeh]
Afrodeezia,  Marcus Miller [Blue Note Records]
Sylva, Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest [Impulse!]

The Gospel According To Jazz, Chapter IV, Kirk Whalum [Mack Avenue Records]

John Scofield
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
·         Giant Steps," Joey Alexander, My Favorite Things [Motema Music]
·         "Cherokee," Christian McBride, Live At The Village Vanguard (Christian McBride Trio) [Mack Avenue Records]
·         "Arbiters Of Evolution,"  Donny McCaslin, The Thompson Fields (Maria Schneider Orchestra) [ArtistShare]
·         "Friend Or Foe," Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman  [Nonesuch]
·         "Past Present," John Scofield, Past Present [Impulse!]

Best Jazz Vocal Album
·         Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein, Karrin Allyson [Motema Music]
·         Find A Heart, Denise Donatelli [Savant Records]
·         Flirting With Disaster, Lorraine Feather [Jazzed Media]
·         Jamison, Jamison Ross [Concord Jazz]
·         For One To Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant [Mack Avenue Records]



Best Jazz Instrumental Album
·         My Favorite Things, Joey Alexander  [Motema Music]
·         Breathless, Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective [Blue Note Records]
·         Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios, Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio [Blue Note Records]
·         Beautiful Life,  Jimmy Green  [Mack Avenue Records]
·         Past Present, John Scofield [Impulse!]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
·         Lines Of Color, Gil Evans Project [Blue Note/ArtistShare]
·          Köln, Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band [Alternate Side Records]
·         Cuba: The Conversation Continues, Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, [Motema Music]
·         The Thompson Fields, Maria Schneider Orchestra [ArtistShare]
·         Home Suite Home, Patrick Williams [BFM Jazz]

Best Latin Jazz Album
·         Made In Brazil, Eliane Elias [Concord Jazz]
·         Impromptu, The Rodriguez Brothers [Criss Cross Jazz]
·         Suite Caminos, Gonzalo Rubalcaba [5Passion]
·         Intercambio, Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet [Patois Records]
·         Identities Are Changeable, Miguel Zenón [Miel Music]

Best Instrumental Composition
·         "The Afro Latin Jazz Suite,"Arturo O'Farrill, composer, Cuba: The Conversation Continues, Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa [Motema Music]
·         "Civil War," Bob Mintzer, composer, Get Up, Bob Mintzer Big Band [MCG Jazz]
·         "Confetti Man," David Balakrishnan, composer, Confetti Man, Turtle Island Quartet      [Azica Records]
·         "Neil," Rich DeRosa, composer, Lab 2015, University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band [North Texas Jazz]
·         "Vesper," Marshall Gilkes, composer, Köln, Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band      [Alternate Side Records]

Best Arrangement/Instrumental or A Cappella
·         "Ghost Of A Chance," Bob James, arranger, The New Cool, Bob James & Nathan East)    [Yamaha Entertainment Group Of America]
·         "You And The Night And The Music," John Fedchock, arranger, Like It Is,  John Fedchock New York Big Band  [Mama Records]

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
·         "Be My Muse," Shelly Berg, arranger, Flirting With Disaster (Lorraine Feather)
      [Jazzed Media]
·         "52nd & Broadway", Patrick Williams, arranger, Home Suite Home (Patrick Williams Featuring Patti Austin) [BFM Jazz]
·         "Garota De Ipanema," Otmaro Ruiz, arranger, Catina DeLuna Featuring Otmaro Ruiz [Cantina De Luna]
·         "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)",  Maria Schneider, arranger, Nothing Has Changed (David Bowie) [Legacy/Columbia]
·         "When I Come Home," Jimmy Greene, arranger, Beautiful Life (Jimmy Greene With Javier Colon)  [Mack Avenue Records]

Best Historical Album
·         The Complete Concert By The Sea (Errol Garner), Geri Allen, Jocelyn Arem & Steve Rosenthal, compilation producers; Jessica Thompson, mastering engineer [Columbia/Legacy]

Best Music Film
·         What Happened, Miss Simone? (Nina Simone),  Liz Garbus, video director; Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Jayson Jackson & Justin Wilkes, video producers [Netflix]

 





The complete list of Grammy nominations can be found at http://www.eonline.com/news/721799/2016-grammy-awards-complete-list-of-nominations