Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, July 8-14

Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson, CD release in the Dunsmore Room on July 13

© Andrea Canter

The "Dog Days" of Summer are here but locally let's call it the "Cool Cats" Days of Summer, given the vitality of our jazz scene and the heat being generated by young as well as veteran artists. This week is no exception, as we can hear gigs from some of our youngest pros at Studio Z and Jazz Central as well as from our seasoned vets at the Dakota, Vieux Carre, Black Dog and beyond. We have a diverse group of visitors this week as well, from John Raymond to Bruce Henry to Vanessa Trouble and Charlie Caranicus, and a much-anticipated CD release from Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson. So stay cool. Hear jazz.

Big Gigs This Week

Paul Harper
Friday, July 8. Paul Harper's amorphous Bardo Quartet comes to Jazz Central. The saxophonist came up with the band name from a book about Tibetan Buddhism, referring to " a state of existence between death and rebirth, an indeterminate, transitional state." That idea appealed to Harper as a metaphor for jazz and improvisation, and he's led a fluctuating cast of musicians -- at Jazz Central the band includes guitarist Joel Shapira, bassist Bruce Heine, and drummer Nathan Norman. Stick around for the Jon Elconin/Cole Mahlum Guitar Duo on the late set.

Todd Harper leads Piano Fridays most every week at the Black Dog, but tonight his early show is a CD release for his latest concoction, 9th Dimension.

Arne Fogel
At Hell's Kitchen, it's a rare Friday appearance by crooner Arne Fogel in the swinging company of the Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal and Jen Forberg). There's more vocal fun at the Dakota with Dennis Spears, and at Vieux Carre,' pianist Jeremy Walker opens, followed by the Peter Kogan Quintet with Pete Whitman, Solomon Parham, Phil Aaron, and Anthony Cox joining the former Minnesota Orchestra timpanist.

Charlie Lincoln (Hoaxer)
At Studio Z, Steve Kenny returns with his All Originals summer series, featuring area musicians playing original compositions. Tonight it's young lions Hoaxer, with Peter Goggin on sax, Will Kjeer on keys, Charlie Lincoln on bass and Edmund Catlin on drums. Hoaxer drew accolades during the recent Twin Cities Jazz Festival and has held several gigs at Jazz Central this summer--and this is a summer band with all of the musicians otherwise involved in college jazz studies.

Joel Shapria (Bottomless Pit)
Saturday, July 9. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features a who's-who quartet, Bottomless Pit, bringing together long-time area favorites, Joel Shapira, Pete Whitman, Tom Lewis and Weather Report alum, Eric Kamau Gravatt. And veterans also open the night-- the Pete Snell Trio features Pete on sax, Phil Aaron on piano, and Tom Lewis on bass-- a busy night for Tom. 

Connie Evingson
Also on Saturday, Connie Evingson brings her "Gypsy in My Soul" project to the Dakota, channeling the sounds of Django Reinhardt with Patrick Harison (accordion), Dean Harrington and Mike Cramer (guitar), Josh Granowski (bass) and special guest, Dave Karr on sax.

Reynold Philipsek
At Vieux Carré, Minnesota's "First Lady of Song" Debbie Duncan stirs it up at the Dakota, while out in Excelsior, what we might call the First Guy of Guitar Recordings, the ever-prolific Reynold Philipsek, shares the stage with duo partner, bassist Matt Senjem at the 318 Cafe. And dinner never sounded so good-- Bryan Nichols and James Buckley cover the dinner hours at the Icehouse.

Doug Little (Charanga Tropical)
Sunday, July 10. Patty and the Buttons serenade for Sunday Brunch at the Aster, while Doug Little's Charanga Tropical is back at the Icehouse for the monthly afternoon of Cuban and beyond, and continuing the celebration of their new recording, In Cuba. The Zacc Harris Trio continues their long-running Sunday night residency at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Bruce Henry
Monday, July 11. He left the Twin Cities about 7 years ago with promises to return, and often vocalist Bruce Henry has been back to perform at the Dakota or Vieux Carré or Crooners Lounge. Now he is back for his Dunsmore Room debut with a trio that would surely turn heads in Bruce's home town of Chicago-- Sean Turner on piano, Jay Young on bass and Kevin Washington on drums. Come early--talented vocalist Jana Nyberg starts her week of Happy Hours in Crooners Lounge, with Chris Lomheim on piano.

John Raymond
Also back in town for a brief visit, New York-based trumpeter John Raymond will join JT Bates and Jeremy Ylvisaker on JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse. Raymond was recently named to the Rising Star Trumpeter list in the Down Beat Critics Poll.

Larry McDonough
At Jazz Central, another project from the Larry McDonough Quartet-- their AcoustElectric warms up for a recording session featuring a new jazz arrangement of Prince's "The Question of U", along with some new compositions from Larry and tunes from the acoustic side (Bill Evans) and from the electro-funk side (Spinal Tap).

Always fun as well as great music, the Travis Anderson Trio returns to the Dakota--Anderson on keys with Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums.

Vanessa Trouble
Tuesday, July 12. Former Twin Citians, Vanessa Trouble on vocals and Charlie Caranicus on trumpet, come back from New York for a night in the Dunsmore Room.They found a perfect rhythm section--Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal and Jay Epstein.

Maryann Sullivan
In St Paul, Vieux Carré hosts solo piano from Chris Lomheim, followed by Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz -- pianist Phil Aaron, bassist Jim Chenoweth, drummer Trevor Haining and trombone master Pete Enblom. There's more trombones and more of everything at Jazz Central's Big Band Night, tonight with the Cedar Avenue Big Band.

Maud Hixson

Wednesday, July 13. A tale of two Mauds: Growing up in Mankato at the turn of the 20th century, Maud Hart Lovelace gathered childhood memories to create the Betsy-Tacy stories that became favorites of generations of readers from the 1940s on. Growing up in suburban Minneapolis decades later, Maud Hixson was an avid reader of the Betsy-Tacy stories, and became a popular singer of songs from the first half of the 20th century. Now Maud and pianist husband Rick Carlson hold the Twin Cities CD release for Listening for Your Song, a collection of 20 songs (among many) cited in the Betsy-Tacy stories, performed with authentic arrangements from original scores. Supported by the Betsy-Tacy Society in Mankato, the first release was held a few weeks ago in nearby Kasota, and will now be celebrated in the Dunsmore Room.

Back to the 21st century, young bassist Charlie Lincoln is taking over for Chris Bates curating new music monthly at Jazz Central during the summer. For tonight's show, he's gathered a cross-generational band to pay homage to the music of Paul Motian-- fellow college student Patrick Adkins on piano and veterans Chris Cunningham (guitar) and Jay Epstein (drums). 

Connie Evingson's monthly Jazz in the Lounge of the Minneapolis Woman's Club will feature some swinging fun with Robb Henry on guitar, Matt Senjem on bass, and of course, Dave Karr on sax.

American Reverie
Thursday, July 14. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie will present American Reverie, a relatively new trio led by guitarist Zacc Harris with Matt Peterson on bass and Lars-Erik Larson on drums. (They are replacing Group 47 which had to cancel due to a schedule conflict.) Come early for some young gunslingers on the JazzINK Youth Showcase at 7.

It's Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central, this week presenting relative newcomer Suzanne Paris. She's no newbie when it comes to jazz singing, though, having been mentored by the great vibist Buddy Montgomery and launching her career in Milwaukee with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Jazz Unlimited Series. She's back on stage after a 15-year hiatus to raise a family.

Adam Linz (Le Percheron)
One of few venues devoted to avant garde jazz, Khyber Pass Cafe presents Adam Linz's Le Percheron, featuring young vibes master Levi Schwartzberg and youngish drummer Cory Healey, adding their flair to the music of bassist Linz. Flair of a very different sort prevails at the Eagles Club, where the Southside Aces propel dancing feet.

More Jazz!
There's always more jazz around the metro! See the Live Jazz Calendar posted on the KBEM website, and read 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, on KBEM 88.5 FM. My on-air guest next week will be veteran pianist Chris Lomheim, filling us in on his summer gigs and upcoming activity with his acclaimed trio.

Coming Soon!
. July 15, Aaron Hedenstrom at Jazz Central
. July 15, Mississippi Hot Club CD Release at the Eagles Club
. July 15, Charmin Michelle at Parma 8200
. July 15-16, Dave King Trucking Company at Vieux Carré
. July 16, Kronick Quintet at Public Kitchen
. July 16, Graydon Peterson Quartet/Midwest Coast Quintet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. July 17, Patty and Linda Peterson with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 17, Jon Pemberton with Jimmie Wallace, Jazz in the Vineyard at Alexis Bailey Winery
. July 18, John Medeski, Todd Clouser and JT Bates at the Icehouse
. July 19- 20, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 20, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. July 21, Zacc Harris Group/Sound Skirmish, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
, July 23, Nachito Herrera Plays Gershwin at the Dakota
. July 23, Tuesday Night Band/Ted Godbout Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. July 23, Lowertown Blues Festival, Mears Park and beyond
. July 24, Rochester (MN) Jazz Festival
. July 25, Francois Rabbath with Sylvan Rabbath, Augustana Lutheran Church (West St. Paul)
. July 26-27, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge

. July 28, Embezzler at Khyber Pass  
. July 28, Ruckus/VVG Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. July 29, All Originals, Will Kjeer at Studio Z
. July 30, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. July 30, Will Schmid Trio + 1 at 318 Cafe
. July 30, PipJazz "Time for Love" featuring the Women of Jazz ensemble at The Bedlam
. July 31, Vern Sutton with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 8, Marcus Miller at the Dakota
. August 9-10, Estaire Godinez at the Dakota
. August 13, Rebirth Brass Band at the Dakota
. August 21, Ethan Iverson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 22, Rick Germanson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 27, Illicit Sextet at Vieux Carre'
. August 28, Patty and Linda Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30, Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30-31, Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton ("Ella and Louis") at the Dakota
. September 1-2, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person at the Dakota
. September 4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. September 5, José Feliciano at the Dakota
. September 8, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. September 16, Charanga Tropical/Dan Kusz album releases at the Dakota
. September 17, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota
. October 1, Terence Blanchard with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota

Dave King Trucking Company at Vieux Carre', July 15-16