Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 30-November 5


How Birds Work - at the Black Dog on October 31
© Andrea Canter
Along with assorted ghosts and goblins, we have some of the area's best jazz musicians delivering their own tricks and treats this week.

Big Gigs This Week
Denny Malmberg
Friday, October 30.  Tonight (and tomorrow night), start your evening at Crooners where accordionist/keyboardist Denny Malmberg plays the Happy Hour sets-- featuring polkas! Dinner sets at the Icehouse tonight feature the sublime duo of Bryan Nichols (piano) and James Buckley (bass). 

At Jazz Central, the trio was initially scheduled as Hipster Farm Supply, and now they are the Basement Society. Whatever the band is called, it will be three hipsters playing in the basement! The trio is led by drummer Pete James Johnson with pianist Javi Santiago and Boston-groomed bassist Dan Carpel.

Battle Cat
At the Nicollet, it's the return of Battle Cat, a once-popular trio that that went dormant for 3 years before reappearing during the 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The band includes guitarist Park Evans, bassist Cody McKinney and drummer Greg Schutte, "playing original music informed by jazz, rock, West African and Caribbean music, and re-imagined arrangements from the jazz canon."

Jeremy Walker
The double feature at Vieux Carré starts out with the Jeremy Walker Duo (the hip pianist usually paired with bassist Jeff Brueske) before yielding the stage to the soulful Ginger Commodore Quartet (Sean Turner, Mark Weisberg and Bobby Commodore).

Arne Fogel
Tonight, Arne goes to Hell! Crooner and jazz historian Arne Fogel is back at Hell's Kitchen on Halloween Eve, most likely with a few pals from the Wolverines. Perhaps he will be wearing his Bing Crosby mask?

At the Black Dog, enjoy Radio Joe and the Jazz Bos, featuring the vibraphone artistry of "Maestro" Bruce Wintervold on vibraphone, "Radio Joe" Demko on guitar and vocals, Keith Boyles on bass, and Tony Guscetti on drums, and playing retro swing, boogie woogie and jump blues.

Will Schmid
Saturday, October 31. The weekly Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the usual double bill, tonight kicking off with the young talents of the Will Schmid Trio (Will on guitar, Alma Engebretson on bass and Simon Petrick on drums). These three high school students formed 60% of the Will Schmid New Quintet which dazzled a full house at The Nicollet last week. They'll warm up the stage for the veteran explorers, How Birds Work (Dean Granros, Peter Schimke, Chris Bates and Kenny Horst), covering great inspirational works from the likes of Coltrane and Shorter as well as originals.

Jeff Brueske and JoAnn Funk
Dinner sets at the Icehouse again feature bassist James Buckley, this evening paired with eclectic guitarist Tim Sparks. The Benny Weinbeck Trio (with Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey) play their weekly gig at Parma 8200, while JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske meet you in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel, their Saturday night home for the past seven years.

The ever-swinging Patty and the Buttons, led by accordionist/vocalist Patrick "Patty" Harison, take over Vieux Carré, matching the decor and menu with their NOLA-influenced brand of musical fun.

Andrew Walesch
Sunday, November 1. Remember--set your clocks back an hour! You don't want to miss jazz brunch at Crooners (Andrew Walesch Trio) or at the Aster (Patty and the Buttons) or at Maria's (Robert Everest). Or the Cuban rhythms of  Charanga Tropical and their mostly monthly, no-cover afternoon set at the Icehouse. Or the weekly Sunday night special at the Riverview Wine Bar-- the Zacc Harris Trio, one of the longest-running gigs in town.

Steve Blons, Soul Cafe
And you don't want to miss the long-awaited return of Soul Cafe, back in their original guitar-sax-piano configuration with Steve Blons, Brad Holden and Steven Hobert, who replaces Laura Caviani at the keyboard. Tonight they explore the theme of "Ripening: Ages and Stages," music paired with poetry readings and a visual arts display in the Art Gallery of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Lowell Pickett
At the Dakota, where the club is celebrating its 30th anniversary year, enjoy a no-cover 2016 Preview Party, with music provided by the Jordan Anderson-Adam Astrup duo (teen pianist and guitarist who will blow your socks off), followed by the Debbie Duncan Quintet, along with a video presentation of upcoming shows by Lowell Pickett.

Monday, November 2. Crooners Lounge hosts the Acme Jazz Company, a big band featuring one of the nation's largest selections of original charts. Earlier, vocalist/pianist Andrew Walesch starts his four nights of Happy Hour.

At the Dakota, a Foodie Night with the Travis Anderson Trio (with Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman) boasts what is surely one of the nation's largest selections of crazy antics on the bandstand.

Dave King
At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion presents two off-the-edge ensembles, starting with the Real Bulls of percussion, Dave King and JT Bates, going stick to stick in a royal battle. They will be followed (if the stage is still standing) by the Enormous Quartet, with Chris Thomson on sax, Park Evans on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, and Joey Van Phillips on drums.

Tuesday, November 3. It's the First Tuesday which means Dean Magraw and Davu Seru wreak havoc at the Black Dog, while at Jazz Central, its the monthly rotation for the Bill Simenson Orchestra, featuring a who's who list of the area's big band greats.

Mary Louise Knutson
Piano rules at Vieux Carré, with Mary Louise Knutson flying solo followed by the Travis Anderson Trio, just flying! At Crooners, Tuesday Instrumental Jazz night features world-renowned guitarist Tim Sparks and his trio.

Wednesday, November 4. At Crooners, Gary Rue and his Rat Pack band celebrate the great male singers (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole).

Jana Nyberg
Thursday, November 5. Jazz vocal night at Jazz Central features Jana Nyberg (Meckler), a singer who can as easily cover Ella Fitzgerald as Bonnie Raitt. At Crooners, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson take the stage, "In the Crook." Jon Pemberton (on piano) leads off the night at Vieux Carré, followed by the traditions of New Orleans and beyond from the Southside Aces.  

 It's sort of a jazz fest at Groundswell coffee shop in St Paul, with three bands tonight-- Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Graham O'Brien, and the Noah Ophoven-Baldwin/Cole Pulice duo.

Laura Caviani and Dave Milne
And the University of Wisconsin-River Falls' RADD Jazz Series (Abbott Concert Hall) presents Laura Caviani in the first of two concerts. Tonight it's a duo with UWRF Jazz Professor Dave Milne, presenting "Jazz Impressions" of classical works, from Debussy, Faure, Ravel, Schuman and more, along with some Brubeck and Caviani originals. 

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 7:40 am on Fridays. (Special guest on November 5--Mac Santiago of Jazz Central Studios). Venues and artists are reminded to send information to online and print calendars (e.g. tc@jazzpolice.com).

Coming Soon!
. November 6, Madeleine Peyroux at the Dakota
. November 6, Dan Newton, Jay Young's Lyric Factory at Vieux Carré
. November 6, Bruce Henry at Crooners
. November 6, Graydon Peterson Quartet CD Release at The Nicollet
. November 6-8, Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson, "Irving Berlin's Hollywood" at the Bloomington Center for the Arts (Black Box Theater)
. November 7, Butch Thompson with Tony Balluff and Steve Pikal, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Church)
. November 7, Steve Cole Band with Patty Peterson at the Dakota
. November 7, Reynold Philipsek at 318 Cafe
. November 8, Paul Renz Quartet at the Dakota
. November 8, Jazz at the Jungle (Connie Evingson and Jon Weber) at the Jungle Theater
. November 9, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. November 10, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Crooners Lounge
. November 12, Andrew Walesch Big Band Salute to Frank Sinatra at the Dakota
. November 12-14, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z
. November 13, Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Walker West Music Academy
. November 13, Arne Fogel at Parma 8200
. November 14, The Potash Twins at the Icehouse
. November 16, Regina Carter's Southern Comfort at the Dakota
. November 17, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Vieux Carré
. November 18, Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. November 19, Jazz in the Target Atrium (Orchestra Hall), Atrium Jazz Ensemble + Ron Miles
. November 21, Joyce Lyons, Jazz @ St. Barneys
. November 21, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 22-23, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. November 27, The Gang Font at the Icehouse
. November 30, Pat Martino Quartet at the Dakota
. December 2, Diane Schuur at the Dakota
. December 4, The Girls at the Dakota
. December 4, Atlantis Quartet at The Nicollet
. December 5, Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog
. December 8, Jamison Ross at the Dakota
. December 9-10, Ramsey Lewis Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 14-15, New York Voices Holiday show at the Dakota
. December 16-17, Nachito Herrera and the Universals at the Dakota
. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota
. January 23, Jeremy Walker's Seven Psalms at Orchestra Hall
. February 2, Charles Lloyd Trio with Bill Frisell at the Dakota
. February 8-9, John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Dakota
. March 2-3, Brian Blade Fellowship at the Dakota

Bruce Henry -- At Crooners on November 6







Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 23-29


Jane Monheit returns to the Dakota, October 27


© Andrea Canter
 A new youth series, local veterans and some stellar visitors-- just another typical jazz week in the Twin Cities, full of difficult choices but you can't really go wrong here!

Will Schmid
Friday, October 23. Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet branches out in collaboration with JazzINK to present (monthly) an opening set from a prodigious ensemble of young talents. Tonight the Will Schmid New Quintet kicks off the JazzINK Youth Showcase, featuring guitarist Will (a senior at Minnetonka High School) and four good friends. Will already has enough gigging experience to have a "new" quintet! 

No Room for Squares
After the 7 pm start, the "usual" Friday Night gig at 9 will feature No Room for Squares, a hard swinging bebop quintet featured at the 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Headed by drummer Bill Stieger, the band includes a who's who of local bop masters--Jon Pemberton, Jimmie Wallace, Mikkel Romstad and Adam Tucker.

Levi Schwartzberg
A double-header at Jazz Central also boasts back to back bands -- young talents and slightly older talents, clear proof of the vitality and impending longevity of the local jazz scene. Start out with the Levi Schwartzberg Combo with the 4-mallet master and U of M student leading a band of like-minded hipsters (Thomas Strommen on sax, DeCarlo Jackson on trumpet, Drew Stinson on bass and Joey Hayes on drums).

Cameron Kinghorn
In the late slot, it's BDP (aka Baldwin/Kinghorn) with the double trumpet threat of Jake Baldwin and Cameron Kinghorn, who splits his time between horn and vocals, along with Ted Godbout on keys, Andrew Foreman on bass and Andres Crovetti on drums.

At The Cedar, Zacc Harris and Chris Bates --the ultimate string duo--open for Jordanian vocalist Farah Siraj and her global quintet playing "Arabian Flamenco Jazz." In Bloomington, sultry Sophia Shorai serenades at Parma 8200. And Joel Shapira starts a busy weekend, tonight at the Public Kitchen.

Greg Schutte (JelloSlave)
Saturday, October 24. Hosmer Library in south Minneapolis has held a series of free afternoon concerts for a number of years, and there's always a few that appeal to jazz fans. Like this afternoon when the edgy JelloSlave ensemble performs its magic, with the amazing musicianship of cellists Michelle Kinney and Jacqueline Ultan, tabla expert Marc Anderson, and drummer Greg Schutte. 

The Icehouse typically presents a jazz duo over the dinner hours on weekends, and tonight's offering is among the best-- Bryan Nichols on piano with Billy Peterson on bass. (And the food is pretty terrific as well!)

Joel Shapira
At the Black Dog, the Saturday Night Jazz Series again presents back-to-back local stars. The Joel Shapira Trio kicks off at 7 pm, with guitarist Joel and pals, bassist Tom Pieper and drummer Eric Gravatt. Pieper stays on stage for the prime time sets with the Illicit Sextet (Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, Chris Lomheim, Dave Roos and Nathan Norman), presenting music from a forthcoming recording. It will be their third album in 20 years, adding Chapter Thirteen to Chapter One and Chapter Eleven.

Pippi Ardennia
Vocalist Pippi Ardennia has long been a champion of jazz education and "learning by doing" -- putting young musicians on stage with veterans to "sink or swim," and of course they swim! Tonight Pippi celebrates her birthday with a fund-raising bash to benefit her PipJazz Foundation and the Bedlam Theater, at Bedlam with music from the Kronick Quintet and the latest crop of PipJazz All-Stars.

What might be the first-ever Minneapolis High School Jazz Festival brings together bands from four city schools--South, Southwest, Washburn and Roosevelt-- along with the JazzMN Orchestra, with a free evening concert at South High.

*Kate Lynch
At Vieux Carré, bassist/vocalist Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows present popular songs from the first half of the 20th century, including works associated with Ella, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Nat King Cole and Ethel Waters. And the "fellows" include Chris Beaty (guitar), Ken Chastain (drums and vocals), Greg Lewis (trumpet and flute) and Michael Nelson (trombone). 

JoAnn Funk
Benny Weinbeck continues his weekly gig at Parma 8200 (usually with Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey), while JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske keep their long-running Saturday night gig going in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel.

Sunday, October 25. The usual weekly jazz brunchers include the Andrew Walsesch Trio at Crooners, Patty and the Buttons at the Aster, and Robert Everest at Maria's. Late afternoon finds Joel Shapira-- again --at the Black Dog, this time playing a sublime solo guitar.

Benny Green
It's been a while since Oscar Peterson protegé and now-veteran swinger Benny Green has been in the Twin Cities, a fact that will be rectified with his trio gig at the Dakota tonight. Benny is in town for a jazz piano workshop and combo clinic, so he should be warmed up and ready to shower the Dakota stage with his trademark energy, keeping good company with bassist David Wong and drummer (no relation) Rodney Green. Benny was last at the Dakota with guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli.

And it's Dance Time at Cinema Ballroom, where the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with vocalist Charmin Michelle recreate the golden age of ballroom dancing.

Andres Crovetti
Monday, October 26. At Jazz Central, drummer Andres Crovetti takes the spotlight and leads the following jam session. He's often on stage with Adam Meckler, Jana Nyberg, Jake Baldwin and more.

JT's Jazz Implosion hosts one his favorite touring bands, the Glimpse Trio featuring locally-based drummer Martin Dosh along with San Francisco-based guitarist Mike Sopko and drummer Hamir Atwal. Hamir was last at Icehouse with the great clarinet player Ben Goldberg. Sure to be a high energy show.

Jane Monheit
Tuesday, October 27. It's an almost annual event to have vocalist Jane Monheit at the Dakota. A media sensation since her first recording, Monheit has matured into a sultry, sometimes sassy, pitch-perfect singer who sometimes stretches the definition of "jazz singer" (teetering on the pop boundary) but never loses her jazz sensibilities. Her recent tour has included music from her Hello Bluebird album (dedicated to Judy Garland) and songs from male singers and composers who have been sources of inspiration throughout her career.

Connie Evingston
There's another accomplished vocalist across town at Vieux Carré where Connie Evingson rules the stage, following some opening solo piano from the stunning Chris Lomheim. And even without a vocalist, the Benny Weinbeck Trio (with Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey) commands attention, tonight breaking away from their usual Saturday night gig to perform on the Tuesday Night Instrumental Jazz series at Crooners.

It's Big Band night at Jazz Central, and the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra takes its turn in monthly rotation. The band blew the lid off Vieux Carré last week and now they are back "home" to lift the basement ceiling at JC.

If you are in the Duluth Area, saxophonist Kim Richmond guest stars with the UMD jazz ensemble.

Greg Byers
Wednesday, October 28. Fresh off his duo with Peter Susag at the Black Dog, jazz cellist/composer Greg Byers comes to Jazz Central on "new music" night, and for sure, his music will be new. Few musicians play with such overt passion as Greg.

NOLA style traditionalists the Southside Aces bring their infectious enthusiasm to Crooners tonight, and you can be sure there will be a space cleared for dancing.

*Emily Green
Thursday, October 29. By day she's a cracker-jack real estate agent, but come evening Emily Green turns to song, and tonight she could ask for no better company than husband Chris Lomheim as they take the stage for Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central.

Charmin Michelle
Yet another gig--Joel Shapira plays the opening sets at Vieux Carré, then heads over to the Black Dog to join Charmin Michelle in their longstanding duo, Charmin and Shapira.

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 7:40 am on Fridays. (Special guest October 22-- Will Schmid re his quintet gig on the Youth Jazz Showcase on 10/23 at The Nicollet; October 29--Steve Blons re Soul Café.) Venues and artists are reminded to send information to online and print calendars (e.g. tc@jazzpolice.com).

Coming Soon!
. October 30, Battle Cat at The Nicollet
. October 30, Ginger Commodore at Vieux Carré
. October 30, Hipster Farm Supply (Peter James Johnson, Javi Santiago) at Jazz Central
. October 31, How Birds Work at the Black Dog
. October 31, Patty and the Buttons at Vieux Carré
. November 1, Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse
. November 1, Soul Cafe at the Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church
. November 2, Real Bulls (JT Bates, Dave King) and Enormous Quartet at the Icehouse
. November 2, Acme Jazz Company at Crooners
. November 2, Travis Anderson Trio at the Dakota
. November 3, Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog
. November 3, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. November 3, Mary Louise Knutson, Travis Anderson Trio at Vieux Carré
. November 5, Jon Pemberton, Southside Aces at Vieux Carré
. November 5, Jana Nyberg at Jazz Central
. November 5, Cornbread Harris Trio at the Black Dog
. November 6, Madeleine Peyroux at the Dakota
. November 6, Dan Newton, Jay Young's Lyric Factory at Vieux Carré
. November 7, Butch Thompson with Tony Balluff and Steve Pikal, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Church)
. November 7, Steve Cole Band with Patty Peterson at the Dakota
. November 8, Paul Renz Quartet at the Dakota
. November 9, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. November 10, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Crooners Lounge
. November 12, Andrew Walesch Big Band Salute to Frank Sinatra at the Dakota
. November 12-14, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z
. November 13, Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Walker West Music Academy
. November 14, The Potash Twins at the Icehouse
. November 16, Regina Carter's Southern Comfort at the Dakota
. November 17, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Vieux Carré
. November 19, Jazz in the Target Atrium (Orchestra Hall), Atrium Jazz Ensemble + Ron Miles
. November 21, Joyce Lyons, Jazz @ St. Barneys
. November 21, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 22-23, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. November 27, The Gang Font at the Icehouse
. November 30, Pat Martino Quartet at the Dakota
. December 2, Diane Schuur at the Dakota
. December 4, The Girls at the Dakota
. December 4, Atlantis Quartet at The Nicollet
. December 5, Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog
. December 8, Jamison Ross at the Dakota
. December 9-10, Ramsey Lewis Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 14-15, New York Voices Holiday show at the Dakota
. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota
. January 23, Jeremy Walker's Seven Psalms at Orchestra Hall
. February 2, Charles Lloyd Trio with Bill Frisell at the Dakota
. February 8-9, John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Dakota
. March 2-3, Brian Blade Fellowship at the Dakota

How Birds Work - Coming to the Black Dog on October 31







 * All photos by Andrea Canter except Kate Lynch and Emily Green (courtesy of the artists)


Friday, October 16, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 16-22



Laura Caviani and her Trio -- multiple gigs this week!


© Andrea Canter
The frost is on the pumpkin, leaves are falling, and jazz is buzzing all over the Metro. It's a full week of local veterans in varying combinations and some young cats from Oberlin highlighting the local scene.

Joyce Lyons
Friday, October 16. A fine voice that gets too little attention around town, Joyce Lyons and her usual crew (Phil Aaron, Graydon Peterson) help you chill out at Parma 8200. In Lowertown St Paul, a young voice getting more and more attention lately entertains at the SW Crafthouse (Senor Wong) -- Katia Cardenas pays hommage to Ella as well as more modern jazz and pop.

Eric Gravatt
At the Black Dog, "chill" with some heat from the monthly Donald Washington Trio gig, with the Wise Man of saxophone on the bandstand with son Kevin on drums and special guest on more saxophones, Jimmie Wallace. Another local icon, drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt returns to Jazz Central with his long-running Source Code, currently featuring Dave Graf and Solomon Parham on horns and Ron Evaniuk on bass.


JT Bates
Vieux Carré hosts an early evening of duo finery with Jeremy Walker, then moves into less civilized territory with Grain, the new B-3 organ trio from drummer JT Bates, with Kevin Gastonguay on organ and Zacc Harris on guitar.

Dean Granros
Friday Night Jazz at the Nicollet also brings together some exciting veterans, with Davu Seru on drums, Chris Bates on bass and legendary Dean Granros on guitar (Seru/Bates/Granros).

Yolande Bruce
At Crooners, it's old times with Judi (Donaghy) Vinar singing and swinging with the Wolverines Quartet, while the latest installment of the Eight O'Clock Jump series at Walker West features the Yolande Bruce Group. This concert may be sold out but check with Walker West.

Laura Caviani
Saturday, October 17. The first of several opportunities this week to hear the Laura Caviani Trio with special guest, Portland-based drummer Todd Strait. Todd is an old cohort of Laura's, one of her Kansas City connections through Karrin Allyson. Now in Portland, Todd appeared on Laura's recording, Going There. Tonight the trio (with Steve Pikal on bass) helps raise funds for Habitat for Humanity in concert at Plymouth Congregational Church in south Minneapolis. (See more gigs, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday).

Adam Linz
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features a tantalizing double header. Things start cooking with a new string duo-- Peter Susag on bass and Greg Byers on cello. (Greg was the first cello graduate of the University of Miami's famed jazz program.) The heat will be further cranked up for the second round as bassist Adam Linz's Le Percheron makes its Black Dog debut, previewing music from their forthcoming vinyl release. Adam will be joined by young vibes master Levi Schwartzberg, trumpeter Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, and drummer Cory Healey.

Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz
Veteran vocalist Maurice Jacox returns to the Normandy Kitchen with his trio, while at Crooners, vocalist Patty Peterson brings along some "new" friends, bassist Mark Weisberg and guitarist Wayne Cullinan, along with nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire on keys and sax. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske fill the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel with classic and more modern fare, while Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz performs in the lounge at Public Kitchen.

Andrew Walesch
Sunday, October 18. The usual suspects for jazz brunch-- The Andrew Walesch Trio with Gordy Johnson and Jay Epstein preside at Crooners; Patty and the Buttons swing at the Aster; and Robert Everest puts a touch of Brazil on the Mexican menu at Maria's.

This evening, trumpeter Solomon Parham is back at The Bedlam with Solomon's Sessions, a jam session with young cohorts from McNally Smith College of Music.

Junior Ranger*
Monday, October 19.  An unusually long night of music at the Icehouse: An early start features Junior Ranger, a quartet of Oberlin Conservatory jazz students including two Minneapolis South High alums, trumpeter Joe Suihkonen and drummer Emerson Hunton. With guitarist Noah Gershwin and pianist Eric Krouse, Joe and Emerson raised funds to travel to Amsterdam last spring to study Dutch improvisation, and will soon release a recording inspired by that experience. They will be followed by JT's weekly Jazz Implosion, which tonight is the CD release for the intriguing Fall of the House of Usher. Notes band member Chris Bates re the CD, Icehouse and Elsewhere, "Recorded over several gigs at Icehouse and a few other places, this is an expansive live set from the band. Chris Cunningham, Greg Schutte, Nathan Hanson, Cole Pulice, Jon Davis, Elliot Wachs, Adrian Larkin, Ivan Cunningham, Chris Bates, Adam Svec and special guests will bring the slip-sync grooves to you for two big sets!"
Steve Kenny
Laura Caviani's trio with Graydon Peterson and Todd Strait will present a workshop at Schmitt Music in Edina on jazz piano ensemble performance. Over at Crooners, Doug Haining and his Twin Cities Seven, with vocalist Maryann Sullivan, perform on their monthly Monday slot. And at Jazz Central, trumpeter and curator Steve Kenny shines in the "featured artist" slot.


Tuesday, October 20. The Laura Caviani Trio makes its debut at Crooners on the Tuesday instrumental jazz night, with Graydon Peterson and Portland, OR drummer Todd Strait.  At Vieux Carré, Dan Musselman plays some inventive solo piano during the early evening, followed by the Zacc Harris Trio.

Katia Cardenas
And it's Foodie Night at the Dakota, with vocalist Katia Cardenas and her band, featuring Todd Godbout on piano, Andrew Foreman on bass, Zach Schmidt on drums and special guest Jason Weisman on sax. It's the one-year "Dakota-versary" for the young singer who has become a regular presence on Foodie Nights. The Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Dave Graf, takes their usual place on Big Band Tuesday at Jazz Central.

Chris Lomheim
Wednesday, October 21. We're used to hearing pianist Chris Lomheim in solo or with his trio, but tonight at Jazz Central, Chris expands his team to a quintet, with Pete Whitman on sax, Adam Rossmiller on trumpet, Jay Young on bass and Dave Schmalenberger on drums.

Thursday, October 22.  The original Charmin and Shapira Duo return to Jazz Central tonight as part of the Vocal Jazz series. And a younger duo, pianist Joe Strachan and bassist Ted Olsen, open the evening at Vieux Carré.

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 7:40 am on Fridays. (Special guest October 22-- Will Schmid re his quintet gig on the Youth Jazz Showcase the next night at The Nicollet.) Venues and artists are reminded to send information to online and print calendars (e.g. tc@jazzpolice.com).

Coming Soon!
. October 23, No Room for Squares (opening - Will Schmid New Quintet) at The Nicollet
. October 23, BDP at Jazz Central
. October 24, Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog
. October 24, Pippi Ardennia Birthday Bash and Fundraiser at The Bedlam
. October 25, Benny Green Trio at the Dakota
. October 26,  Glimpse Trio (Mike Sopko/Hamir Atwal/Martin Dosh) at the Icehouse
. October 27, Jane Monheit at the Dakota
. October 29, Emily Green at Jazz Central
. October 31, How Birds Work at the Black Dog
. November 1, Soul Cafe at the Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church
. November 2, Real Bulls (JT Bates, Dave King) and Enormous Quartet at the Icehouse
. November 7, Butch Thompson with Tony Balluff and Steve Pikal, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Church)
. November 9, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. November 10, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Crooners Lounge
. November 12-14, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z
. November 13, Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Walker West Music Academy
. November 16, Regina Carter's Southern Comfort at the Dakota
. November 17, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Vieux Carré
. November 19, Jazz in the Target Atrium (Orchestra Hall), Atrium Jazz Ensemble + Ron Miles
. November 21, Joyce Lyons, Jazz @ St. Barneys
. November 21, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 22-23, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. November 30, Pat Martino Quartet at the Dakota
. December 2, Diane Schuur at the Dakota
. December 4, The Girls at the Dakota
. December 4, Atlantis Quartet at The Nicollet
. December 5, Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog
. December 8, Jamison Ross at the Dakota
. December 9-10, Ramsey Lewis Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 14-15, New York Voices Holiday show at the Dakota
. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota
. January 23, Jeremy Walker's Seven Psalms at Orchestra Hall
. February 2, Charles Lloyd Trio with Bill Frisell at the Dakota
. February 8-9, John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Dakota
. March 2-3, Brian Blade Fellowship at the Dakota

* All photos by Andrea Canter except Junior Ranger (provided by the band)

 
Benny Green and his trio -- coming to the Dakota on October 25!