Friday, August 12, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jaz, August 12-18

Hoaxer, at the Black Dog August 13

© Andrea Canter

Mid-August makes it hard to deny that we are on the backside of summer, and our young local musicians are gigging at a frenzied pace before they have to return to school.  So many of our area high school and college-age jazzers have filled our venues with new sounds and new projects over the past two months, it's only inevitable that their music will become part of the fabric of our jazz scene. In addition to gigs featuring these prodigious talents, highlights this week include Irv Williams' 97th birthday celebration, a new, nationally-based ensemble from Adam Meckler and Brian Courage, and a couple of magical duos featuring area veterans.

Big Gigs This Week

Dave Brattain
Friday, August 12.  At Jazz Central, Master's night features saxophonists Dave Brattain and Joe Mayo lead their band through standards and originals, followed by the 6th installment of "BooBoo's Birthday," a trio project from Edmund Catlin with Levi Schwartzberg (vibes) and Charlie Lincoln (bass),  playing their arrangements of a full Monk album. 

There's vocal jazz at Parma 8200 with Maud Hixson, and at Vieux Carré with the Jana Nyberg Group featuring Adam Meckler, Matt Peterson and Rodney Ruckus. Trombonist Glen David Andrews will also do some singing at the Dakota as he entertains with high energy, New Orleans style.

At The Bedlam, a double header features the adventurous sonics of DOSH and the cool grooves of Mancrush (Lars-Erik Larson, Bryan Nichols, Zacc Harris and Brandon Wozniak). At Hell's Kitchen, East Side (Reynold Philipsek

Saturday, August 13. A new venue for music-- Bistro La Roux in Circle Pines--hosts a fine trio with Maud Hixson, Matt Peterson and Robert Bell this afternoon; NOLA cuisine and All-American swinging jazz.

Maryann Sullivan
The singers of  Jazz Alley--newly formed following the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's "Singers Scat-Off"-- return for their weekly brunch gig at Golden's Deli. Maryann Sullivan, Katia Cardenas, Sarah M. Greer get support from pianist Ted Godbout and bassist Graydon Peterson for this series, which will continue at least through the month.  

Chris Lomhein
The sounds of New Orleans continue at the Dakota with a visit from the Rebirth Brass Band, the ensemble that really launched the brass band revival about 30 years ago. At the Icehouse, a rare solo show features Chris Lomheim on piano for dinner sets, while at Crooners, the always popular Debbie Duncan maintains a high standard for vocal entertainment.

Dean Granros and Joel Shapira
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog turns things upside down-- the early set features the veterans, the magical guitar duo of Joel Shapira and Dean Granros reprising the music of their live recording, Jazz Duets,  while the prime time set brings in Hoaxer, a quartet of young guns, all college students-- Peter Goggin (U of Michigan) on sax, Will Kjeer (McGill U) on piano, Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music) on bass, and Edmund Catlin (McGill U) on drums.

Bobb Fantauzzo
Always producing interesting music, flautist Bobb Fantauzzo leads the Bobb 3B Three at the Riverview Wine Bar with Max-Finch Raymond on cello and Jonathan Townsend on drums. They're followed by the Sonoglyph Collective melding poetry and music, with Bobb on flutes, Jonathan on drums,  Sean Eagan on clarinet, and Aaron Kerr on electric cello, with poets Kathryn Kysar and Lynette Reini-Gandell.

Barbara Meyer
Sunday, August 14. This afternoon,  there's a showing of rare "Legends of Jazz" film clips from the collection of jazz and film historian Bob DeFlores at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, including performances from Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Fats Waller and more. You can get tickets for just the film or enjoy dinner afterwards.  Or head out to Hastings and the Alexis Bailey Vineyards for the weekly "Jazz in the Vineyard," today featuring the always up-beat vocals of Barbara Meyer.

Back in town for the evening, catch the Zacc Harris Trio at the Rivervew Wine Bar, now into a second decade of Sunday night gigs.

Erin Schwab
Monday, August 15. In the spotlight at Jazz Central, two generations of Santiagos as young lion Javi takes over the piano with dad Mac on drums and pal Ted Olsen on bass. In the Dunsmore Room, it's another installment of "Laugh the Night Away" with Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs, voice and piano, and you will laugh the night away!

Irv Williams
Tuesday, August 16. Big Band night at Jazz Central features the fiery Explosion Big Band (directed by Doug Haining and Scott Agster). At the Dakota, if this is mid-August, then it must be time for an Irv Williams Birthday Party! Mr Smooth chalks up number 97 with a cast of musical pals and surely there will be cake!

Eric Gravatt and Dean Magraw
Wednesday, August 17. Enjoy the sublime interaction of guitar guru Dean Magraw mixes it up with iconic drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt at Vieux Carré. 

Adam Meckler
In the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, trumpeter Adam Meckler launches a new project dubbed Tributary, a nationally based collective whose members mostly share connections to Lawrence Conservatory-- Greg Woodsbie (Boston) on piano, former Twin Cities resident Brian Courage (New York) on bass and Derek Dreier (Des Moines) on drums, along with Eau Claire and University of North Texas alum and once-again metro resident Aaron Hedenstrom on sax.

At Jazz Central, guitarist Chris Olson heads a trio full of strings--he's joined by cellist Greg Byers while Jay Epstein provides the always-tasteful drum pulse.

Thursday, August 18.  Jazz Central's Vocal Showcase presents the always entertaining Dorothy Doring, who can go from sultry to sassy in a single note. And a series that is not prone to putting vocals in the spotlight, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents the big voice of blues and jazz, Pippi Ardennia, with singer/keyboardist Jo Schad, cellist Luke Pickman and drummer Beth Varela performing "For Peace."  And at the Dakota, hard to classify but easy to listen to, vocalist Kandace Springs brings her jazz-soul-pop sounds to the stage for one night.

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. Guest on August 18 will be Andrew Walesch with updates on music at Crooners and the Dunsmore Room.

Coming Soon!
. August 19, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. August 19, Lulu's Playground at Jazz Central
. August 19, Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog
. August 19, Jon Pemberton/Debbie Duncan at Vieux Carre'
. August 19, Rodney Ruckus All Originals Jazz, Studio Z
. August 20, Ethan Iverson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 20, Mitch Rand Quartet/Group 47, Week 100 Celebration, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. August 20, Cory Healey Beautiful Sunshine Band, Grounds and Sounds Art and Music Festival, Thomas and Hamline Ave, St Paul 
. August 20, Maud Hixson and the Wolverines Trio in Crooners Lounge
. August 22, Rick Germanson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Chris Lomheim Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 23, Connie Evingson Hot Jazz at Vieux Carré
. August 24, Dean Magraw and Pat Donahue in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 24, SH4 (Steven Hobert) at Vieux Carré
. August 24, JelloSlave at the Mill City Museum
. August 25, Andrew Walesch Quartet at the Dakota
. August 26, Davu Seru No Territory Band, All Originals Jazz at Studio Z
. August 26, Adam Booker's Hip-Gnosis at Jazz Central
. August 27, Amythest Three/No Exit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. August 27, Nicole Mitchell, Jazz at Studio Z
. August 28, Patty and Linda Peterson Celebrate Jeanne Arland Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 28, Connie Evingson "Jazz at the Jungle", Best of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks with Tanner Taylor and Dave Karr at the Jungle Theater 
. August 29, Return of Born to Be Kind of Blue, Larry McDonough Septet at the Dakota
. August 30, Pat Mallinger and Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 30, Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band at Jazz Central
. August 30, JT Bates Grain Trio at Vieux Carré
. August 30-31, Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton ("Ella and Louis") at the Dakota
. August 31, Wendy Zaro-Mullins and Lori Dokken in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 31, Steve Kenny Quartet at Vieux Carré
. August 31, Patrick Adkins at Jazz Central
. September 1, Tall Tales, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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 10, Dakota Combo Auditions at MacPhail Center for Music
. September 10, Jazz @ St Barneys, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at St Barnabas Church, Plymouth
. September 16, Charanga Tropical/Dan Kusz album releases at the Dakota
. September 17, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. September 24, Jazz Women All-Stars with Patty Peterson 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 4, Laura Caviani and Claudia Schmitt in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 5, Kenny Barron Trio at the Dakota
. October 15, Amir El Saffar Ensemble, McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota
. October 22, Matt Slocum Trio at Studio Z
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 

Ethan Iverson, solo in the Dunsmore Room on August 20