Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 13-19

Mary Louise Knutson Trio, in the Dunsmore Room May 17

© Andrea Canter

We're well into spring --or perhaps even summer--which means we are building momentum toward the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, about six weeks away! This week we can hear some favorite locals, veteran collaborators with new ensembles, a duo of internationally acclaimed artists who happen to live in the Twin Cities, former residents on leave from the East Coast, and an alumni band featuring one-time high school all-stars.

Big Gigs This Week
Nathan Hanson
Friday, May 13. Friday the 13th isn't always bad luck! At Walker West, the Eight O'Clock Jump series continues with a quintet assembled by saxophonist Nathan Hanson and long-time music partner, bassist Doan Brian Roessler. They've played together for more than 20 years, and now they add violinist Laura Harada, saxophonist Cole Pulice and drummer Christopher McGuire to present some challenging but accessible original music. 

Patty Peterson
More good luck at Parma 8200 where Arne Fogel reigns supreme with a trio including Rick Carlson on keys; at Hell's Kitchen where the quintet Axis Mundi melds world music with modern and traditional jazz; at Vieux Carre' where Charmin and Shapira and Friends provide plenty of swing, standards, bossas and more, following some sublime piano from Jeremy Walker. And it's a star-studded night at Bunkers where Patty Peterson and Friends welcome Mick Stirling and Ricky Peterson, along with more friends-- Billy Franze, Bobby Vandell, Joe Elliot, David Eiland and John Pinckaers.  

Dave King
Saturday, May 14. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents two bands, starting out with the Steve Kenny Quartet. The veteran FLUMPET-eer brings arrangements and originals to the stage, accompanied by precocious vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg, much in-demand bassist Ted Olsen, and rising star drummer Rodney Ruckus. They're followed by an incredible duo of Bad Plus and Happy Apple drummer Dave King and renowned saxophonist George Cartwright, whose credits include Curlew and Gloryland Ponycat.  

Yolande Bruce
One of the voices of Moore by Four, Yolande Bruce throws a birthday party at Crooners Lounge. And don't forget the Saturday night regulars-- Pavel Jany's Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar, JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar at the St Paul Hotel, and the Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200.

Sunday, May 15. Starting a busy week in the Dunsmore Room, Maurice Jacox brings his Nat King Cole show to this intimate setting, with pianist Ron Seaman and and swinging guitar master Reuben Ristrom.

Erin Schwab
Monday, May 16. Versatile vocalist Erin Schwab is "In the Crook" of the Bosendorfer with pianist Jay Fuchs in the Dunsmore Room. In south Minneapolis, big band leader Bill Simenson whittles it down to a quintet for some fun and improv on JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse.

Charmin and Denny
If you miss the twice-weekly swing of vocalist Charmin Michelle and accordionist Denny Malmberg, you'll want to hit happy hour at least once this week (Monday-Friday) at Crooners Lounge, where the long-running duo at Fireside Pizza returns with their interpretations of standards and more.

Mary Louise Knutson Trio
Tuesday, May 17.  The Mary Louise Knutson Trio (with Gordy Johnson and Greg Schutte) returns to the Dunsmore Room, where her January trio gig garnered raves. And it's the first several gigs with New York-based, former Twin Cities bassist Michael O'Brien. He starts his gigging at Vieux Carre' with his Minnesota trio, Triage--with Chris Lomheim on piano and Jay Epstein on drums. (Michael will heard again over the coming weekend.) Across town at Jazz Central, it's big band night, and tonight the Explosion Big Band (led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster) takes their monthly spin through original arrangements and compositions.

Wednesday, May 18. Swinging songstress Judi Vinar takes over Crooners Lounge with the Wolverines.

Steve Kenny
Thursday, May 19. It's finally the official re-opening of Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie on its new night. Steve Kenny's series welcomes back the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase, featuring Halcyon Daze, a high school ensemble led by drummer Sam Stroup of South High. They're followed by the large ensemble, Fall of the House of Usher (around 9 pm), performing world music improv and some spoken word, featuring Chris Cunningham (guitars), son Ivan Cunningham and Cole Pulice (saxes), Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (trumpet), Chris Bates (bass), Greg Schutte (drums), Adam Svec (vocals) and very special guest, Michelle Kinney (cello).  
Joel Shapira
 Gypsy guitar phenom Stephene Wremble is at Vieux Carré -- if any tickets remain; they were down to standing room. In any case, if you come for the early set, you can hear our own guitar phenom, Joel Shapira. For Vocal Jazz night at Jazz Central, a young trio features U of M student Jiselle McCollam with support from recent St. John's grads, Joe Twohy (piano) and Elliott Keane (drums).

More Jazz!
There seems to be an endless list of jazz activity around town. See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. And tune into the on-the-air edition of the Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. My guess on May 19 will be alumni of the Dakota Combo, celebrating the program's tenth anniversary with an alumni big band directed by former Twin Cities resident and past Jazz Coordinator at MacPhail Center for Music, Kelly Rossum (performance at the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education fundraiser on May 22 at Vieux Carré).

Coming Soon!
. May 20, Michael O'Brien Trio at Jazz Central
. May 20, Patty Peterson and Friends at Crooners Lounge
. May 21, Kelly Rossum Quartet with Michael O'Brien/Convergence Trio with Michael O'Brien at the Black Dog
. May 22, "Great Day in St Paul" -- photo for all local jazz artists at McNally Smith
. May 22, Dakota Combo Alumni Band, 2016 Combo Spring Concert, and fundraiser for Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education at Vieux Carre'
. May 22, Maud Hixson with Dan Chouinard, The Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 22, The Potash Twins at the Icehouse
. May 23, Freddy Cole at the Dakota
. May 23, Twin Cities 7 with Maryann Sullivan at Crooners Lounge
. May 23, Graydon Peterson Quartet, JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse
. May 24, Bryan Nichols solo CD release at the Dakota
. May 24-25, Bobby Lyle with Billy Peterson, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 26, Lucia Sarmiento Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. May 26, Paula Lammers at Jazz Central
. May 28, Peter Vircks Quartet/Evan Benidt Quartet at the Black Dog
. May 28, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. May 29, Sergio Mendes at the Dakota
. May 29, Arne Fogel with Dan Chouinard, The Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 31, Dave Karr Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 2, Javi Santiago Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. June 3, Patty Peterson All-Stars with Steve Cole at the Dakota
. June 4, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. June 5, Joe Lovano, Tribute to Gunther Schuller presented by Chamber Music Society of Minnesota at Sundin Hall (Hamline University)
. June 5, Poncho Sanchez at the Dakota
. June 7, Teri Roiger and John Menegon in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. June 8, Arturo Sandoval at the Dakota
. June 10, Jay Young & the Lyric Factory at Vieux Carre'
. June 17, David Binney Quartet at Walker West
. June 17, Tord Gustavsen Trio at Mindekirken (Norwegian Lutheran Church)
. June 18, Jazz at Studio Z, Doug Little's Tres Mundos 
. June 18, Rosemount JazzBlast (Zacc Harris Trio, Jack Brass Band, more!) at Rosemount Central Park Amphitheater 
. June 18, JazzINK Youth Showcase, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. June 20, JazzMN Orchestra at Chanhassen Dinner Theater
. June 21, David Hazeltine and Eric Alexander, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 22, David Hazeltine/Eric Alexander Quartet, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 23-25, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park (Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Joey Alexander, Russell Malone, John Pizzarelli, Michael Franti & Spearhead)
. June 30, Marquis Hill Black-Tet with Makaya Craven at the Dakota
. July 1-3, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Vijay Iyer Trio, Miguel Zenon, Poncho Sanchez, Allison Miller, David Berkman, Marquis Hill, Edmer Casteneda, Akiko Tsuruga, Phil Hey Quartet)
. July 5, Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade at the Dakota
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota 

Bobby Lyle, in the Dunsmore Room May 24-25