Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 27-June 2

Dave Karr Quartet in the Dunsmore Room, May 31

© Andrea Canter

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is now just four weeks away from its official opening at Mears Park, and it seems bands and performers all over the metro are warming up! The holiday weekend is generally on the slow side, but nevertheless, there's a diversity of jazz offerings from Minneapolis to St Paul and points beyond. Enjoy a family barbecue along the way!

Big Gigs This Week
Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson
Friday, May 27. Maud Hixson returns to Parma 8200 with Rick Carlson and Gordy Johnson, while some fortunate circumstances put New York saxophonist Ted Nash at Vieux Carré with pal Jeremy Walker as a free big act to open the evening.   

Paul Harper
Public Kitchen in Lowertown St Paul has been presenting some pretty cool jazz lately, including tonight's gig with the Paul Harper Chordless Quartet, featuring Harper on saxes, Steve Kenny on flumpet, Tom Lewis on bass, and young Matt Buckner on drums.

The quintet edition of President Flow flows musically at Jazz Central, with the double sax frontline of Joe Mayo and Peter Vircks, along with Park Evans on guitar, Josh Granowski on bass, Rick Nair on drums.

KBEM's annual Spring River Cruise on the Mississippi aboard the Magnolia Blossom takes place this evening with music from Patty Peterson and nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire -- possibly a few tickets remain! (See the KBEM website). Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak "cruise" on dry land, dinner sets at the Icehouse.

Peter Vircks
Saturday, May 28. For Peter Vircks, one of the original Motion Poets, it's a long weekend as he brings his own quartet to the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, with the Evan Benidt Trio opening, led by saxman Benidt, and it's another gig for Park Evans. It's also another Black Dog night in the temporary music space --what will be the greatly expanded cafe space off the new kitchen, and perhaps the last weekend before music moves back to its original, now enlarged space with a new full bar. Watch for a celebration of the renovations!

Alex Burgess
Also on Saturday, renegades from Group 47 and Dark Blue form part of the Alex Burgess Quartet, convening at Jazz Central. Drummer Alex enlists fellow Group 47 and Dark Blue artist, saxman Thomas Strommen, along with keyboard veteran Eric Graham and guitar monster, Dark Blue agent Dylan Nelson. Over at the Dakota, it's time for the almost monthly party with Nachito Herrera.

Arne Fogel
Sunday, May 29. Those of us old enough to remember Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 and those young enough to wonder about the origins of popular Brazilian jazz will want to head to the Dakota for Mendes current touring show, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic band. It's also Dunsmore Room debut night for Minnesota's crooner, Arne Fogel, appearing with Dan Chouinard on The Birthday Club.

Levi Schwartzberg, Sound Skirmish
Monday, May 30. Some young turks burn up Jazz Central tonight when Sound Skirmish returns. Originating while all were still high schoolers, the band has a rapidly maturing line-up of Patrick Adkins (piano), Levi Schwartzberg (vibes), Drew Stinson (bass), and Ben Ehrlich (drums). Adkins (Lawrence Conservatory) and Ehrlich (U of North Texas) are in town on summer break, while Schwartzberg (U of M) and Stinson (McNally Smith) are heard often on the local scene.

Dave Karr
Tuesday, May 31. One of the early gigs in the Dunsmore Room, the Dave Karr Quartet returns on with energetic octogenarian Dave joined by Chris Lomheim, Keith Boyles, and Phil Hey. Mostly on the other end of the generation gap, Steve Kenny's Group 47 returns to action at Vieux Carré-- that's veteran Kenny on flumpet with relative youngsters Thomas Strommen (sax), Will Kjeer (piano), Adam Tucker (bass), and Alex Burgess (drums). Pianist Steven Hobert offers an opening solo set.

At the Dakota, enjoy Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows. Bassist/vocalist Kate was inspired by the Ink Spots' "Java Jive," and will offer a two-set evening "of songs that date twenty years before and after Java Jive."  Her "Fellows" are indeed excellent--Chris Beaty on guitar, Ken Chastain on drums, Greg Lewis on trumpet and Michael Nelson on trombone.

Wednesday, June 1. Usually on hand to host in the Dunsmore Room, singer/pianist Andrew Walesch is in the spotlight tonight with vocalist Jennifer Grimm.

Rodney Ruckus
Thursday, June 2. A relative newcomer on the local jazz scene, drummer Rodney Ruckus lives up to his name every time behind the trapset. He leads a trio for Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie, with Javi Santiago on piano and Ted Olsen on drums, following a young lions opening set headed by teen guitar sensation Adam Astrup. In Eden Prairie, head to People's Organic Coffee for the Very Trio, playing it all from standards to Stevie Wonder and the Beatles-- the band is on stage every Thursday this month.

More Jazz!

For even more listings of area jazz events, see the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more detailed information 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 guest next week will be KFAI host and DJ Larry Englund, talking with me about the upcoming Iowa City Jazz Festival, just a 5-hour drive south over the Fourth of July weekend.

Coming Soon!

. June 3, Patty Peterson All-Stars with Steve Cole at the Dakota
. June 3, Eric Gravatt and Source Code/Edmund Catlin at Jazz Central
. June 3, Mancrush, Jazz at Studio Z
. June 4, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. June 4, James Wallace Group/Bone Chance, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 6, Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge
. June 6, Adam Meckler Quintet, JTs Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse
. June 6, Travis Anderson Trio at the Dakota
. June 7, Southside Aces at the Dakota
. June 7, Teri Roiger Quartet with John Menegon in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 7, Mary Louise Knutson/Paul Renz Trio at Vieux Carré
. June 7, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central 
. June 8, Arturo Sandoval at the Dakota
. June 8, Patrick Harison/JT Bates Grain Trio at Vieux Carré
. June 9, Vicky Mountain at Jazz Central
. June 9, The Very Trio at People's Organic in Eden Prairie
. June 10, Jeremy Walker/Jay Young & the Lyric Factory, Vieux Carre'
. June 10, Debbie Duncan Quartet, Crooners Lounge
. June 10, Pete Emblom/Will Kjeer at Jazz Central
. June 11, Ginger Commodore Quartet at the Dakota
. June 12, Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse
. June 12, Claudia Schmitt and Dan Chouinard, Birthday Club, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 13, Maurice Jacox, Night of Nat King Cole, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 13, Luke Peterson Quartet at Jazz Central
. June 13, Pete Whitman X-Tet at the Dakota
. June 14, Travis Anderson Trio, Dunsmore Room, Crooners Lounge
. June 15, Judi Vinar and the Wolverines at Crooners Lounge
. June 16, What Would Monk Do, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. June 17, David Binney Quartet at Walker West
. June 17, Dean Magraw and Marcus Wise/Edmund Catlin
. June 17, Ginger Commodore Quartet, Crooners Lounge
. June 17, Tord Gustavsen Trio at Mindekirken (Norwegian Lutheran Church)
. June 17, Wozniak-Harris Quartet at Vieux Carré
. June 17, Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog
. June 18, Jazz at Studio Z, Doug Little's Tres Mundos 
. June 18, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. June 18, Will Schmid Trio/Babatunde Lea Ensemble, Saturday Night Jazz at Black Dog
. June 18, Rosemount JazzBlast (Zacc Harris Trio, Jack Brass Band, more!) at Rosemount Central Park Amphitheater 
. June 18, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. June 19, Bradley Greenwald and Dan Chouinard, Birthday Club, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 20, JazzMN Orchestra at Chanhassen Dinner Theater
. June 20, Mike Malone at Jazz Central
. June 20, David Hazeltine and Eric Alexander, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 21, David Hazeltine/Eric Alexander Quartet, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 21, Connie Evingson and the Vieux Carré Hot Club at Vieux Carré
. June 22, David Hazeltine and Billy Peterson, CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 22, Katia Cardenas CD Release/Jazzoneando CD Release at the Icehouse
. June 23-25, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park (Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Joey Alexander, Russell Malone, John Pizzarelli, Michael Franti & Spearhead)
. June 24, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. June 24, Patti Austin with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Orchestra Hall
. June 26, Judi Vinar and Dan Chouinard, Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 27, Charmin Michelle and Rick Carlson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 28, Twin Cities 7 With Maryann Sullivan at Crooners Lounge
. June 30, Marquis Hill Black-Tet with Makaya Craven at the Dakota
. June 30, Good Vibes Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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 7, Mindi Abair at the Dakota
. July 18, John Medeski, Todd Clouser and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota
. August 13, Rebirth Brass Band at the Dakota
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota

Joe Lovano -- June 5th at Sundin Hall