Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 2-8

Adam Linz and Chris Bates -- Double Bass-Off at Khyber Pass, September 8

© Andrea Canter

Detroit Jazz Festival
Labor Day Weekend -- and I will be making my (9th) annual trek to Detroit for the largest free jazz festival in the world, with the legendary Ron Carter appearing in four configurations as this year's Artist in Residence. Another nearly as big (and free) jazz festival takes place this weekend in Chicago. But you do not have to leave the Twin Cities to get world-class jazz. Just check out the many music venues around the metro, and you can easily find some great jazz to schedule around that barbecue or day at the fair. And it doesn't end with the weekend, our jazz scene remains vibrant throughout the week, with visits from Davell Crawford, Jose Feliciano, Ben Sidran and Mindi Abair at the Dakota, First Tuesday madness at the Black Dog, and double bass fun at Khyber Pass. And more.

Big Gigs This Week
Barbara Morrison
Friday, September 2. It's a second night at the Dakota for swinging vocalist Barbara Morrison and living sax legend Houston Person, and a pairing that dates back locally to their Live at the Dakota release in 2005. It's been a while since either performed in town, and you can't ask for a better start to a holiday weekend.

Peter Kogan
At Vieux Carré, former Minnesota Orchestra timpanist Peter Kogan returns with his jazz chops and his stellar quintet-- featuring Pete Whitman, Solomon Parham, Phil Aaron, and Anthony Cox. Come early for some piano magic from Jon Pemberton.

Eric Gravatt
At Jazz Central, the Masters Series presents a JCS favorite, drummer Eric Gravatt and Source Code. The Weather Report alum is usually joined by Dean Magraw, Lucia Sarmiento and Ron Evaniuk.

Always more -- Jason and the Q, sax and vocals at Hell's Kitchen; sublime string duo of Tim Sparks and James Buckley for dinner sets at the Icehouse; the swinging Parisota Hot Club at Minnehaha Falls Park.

Paul Harper
Saturday, September 3. Now getting into a third year of weekly, blazing jazz double-headers, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog celebrates the holiday with two hot ensembles: The opening set belongs to the Lars-Erik Larson Trio, featuring the agile drummer with Augsburg professor Kam Mackworth on bass and Aaron Hedenstrom on sax, with curator Steve Kenny joining in as a guest on trumpet. Paul Harper leads the headline band with his Bardo Quartet, a fluid ensemble featuring, for this gig, Phil Aaron on piano, Tom Lewis on bass and Nathan Norman on drums.

Pippi Ardennia
Pippi Ardennia and her multi-generation ensemble of women jazzers, now redubbed the PipJazz SX, bring swing, blues, and original music to The Bedlam in "A Labor of Love," featuring Pippi on vocals, Marilyn Parker on sax, Maureen Seibert on clarinet, Faye Washington on flute, Be Alford on mandolin, Margo Breivik on bass, Cymphony Jaxon on keys and Glory Yard on drums.

Elsewhere, enjoy brunch at Golden's Deli in Lowertown with the scat-singers of Jazz Alley;  Pavel Jany's Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar, Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200, Bryan Nichols and James Buckley at the Icehouse, Arne Fogel in White Bear Lake at Ingredients Cafe, and Maud Hixson and friends hosting a swing dance at the 301 NE Main event center.

Davell Crawford*
Sunday, September 4. The NOLA heir apparent to Allen Toussaint, pianist Davell Crawford returns to the Dakota (third or fourth time in 2016?) for just one night.  And its another installment of the new Sunday Jam Sessions at Jazz Central, hosted by young guitarist Cole Mahlum, with music highlighting the Hammond B3, this afternoon played by Abebi Stafford, with Jesse Simon (MN Hard Bop Collective) on drums.

At the Aster, it's the inventive Post Atomic Trio, re-creating standards, with drummer Derrin Pinto, Zack Rouse (sax), and David Hamilton (piano). And the Bedlam hosts Chomksy, an edgy trio with Thomas Nordlund (guitar), Andrew Foreman (bass) and Zach Schmidt (drums).

Jose' Feliciano
Monday, September 5. It's rather quiet for the holiday, but you can kick up your Latin with the great guitar of José Feliciano, one night at the Dakota.

Todd Clouser
Tuesday, September 6. Moving beyond jazz over the past few years, guitarist and Minnesota native Todd Clouser brings his new trio "dance project," Future Dance, to the lounge at Crooners, taking jazz back to its roots as dance music combined with a Jimi Hendrix groove and Clouser's own spirit of innovation. French saxophonist Warren Walker and local pal, drummer Greg Schutte round out the trio. (See also September 8 at the Black Dog) Earlier in the lounge, swinging and savvy vocalist Rhonda Laurie takes over the Happy Hour slot tonight through Thursday.
Rhonda Laurie

Dean Magraw
Innovation always prevails when guitar genie Dean Magraw joins forces with drum legend Eric Gravatt, as they do tonight at the Black Dog for "First Tuesday" magic. Over at Vieux Carré, it's Mary Louise Knutson's monthly solo sets over happy hour, while the Bill Simenson Orchestra takes their usual Big Band Tuesday slot at Jazz Central.

Ben Sidran

Wednesday, September 7. Billed as "Two Families, One Groove," the Dakota welcomes back pianist, composer, producer and all-around hipster, Ben Sidran, sharing the stage with son Leo on drums and two of the Peterson siblings, Ricky on organ and Billy on keys, both long-time associates of Sidran.

At Vieux Carré, songbird Katia Cardenas brings her person blend of standards and pop to the stage, likely including tunes from her debut recording, I'll Be Seeing You. At Hell's Kitchen, it's the Wolverines Trio, creating their own satantic fun.

Cameron Kinghorn
Thursday, September 8. Smooth and silky saxophonist Mindi Abair returns to the Dakota, while the double feature at Vieux Carré includes the creative guitar of Joel Shapira for the early sets, followed by the dynamic and soulful Jazzland Wonderband--with Cameron Kinghorn on trumpet and vocals, Nelson Devereaux on reeds, Keith Hilson on trombone, Evan Clark on tuba and Andres Crovetti on drums.

Jesse Simon
At Reverie, Jesse Simon leads the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective on the Thursday Night Jazz series. The cast is somewhat fluid, and tonight drummer Simon is joined by Omar Abdul Karim on trumpet, Clay Pufahl and Jo Mayo on saxophones, Javi Santiago on piano, and Ted Olsen on bass. 

Chris Bates
Khyber Pass hosts a don't-miss double header: The first set features incendiary bassists Adam Linz and Chris Bates; the second set finds Bates with his Red Planet cohorts--Dean Magraw and Jay Epstein. All that and some terrific Khyber Pass munchies!

A veteran singer getting back onto the scene, Suzanne Paris takes the spotlight on the Vocal Jazz series at Jazz Central. And at the Black Dog, Todd Clouser reprises his Crooners trio gig (see Tuesday, September 6).

More Jazz! See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. Hear the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM radio every Thursday afternoon at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Tune in Thursday, September 8, when Andrea's guests will be Jeff Whitmill, curator for the Jazz @ St Barney's concert series, with news of the exciting new season.

Coming Soon!
. September 9, Charmin & Shapira & Friends at Vieux Carre'
. September 9, Ramtrack at Jazz Central
. September 9, Anthony Cox at Walker West Music Academy
. September 10, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival with Kirk Whalum, Selby and Milton Av, St Paul
. 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 10, Debbie Duncan Quartet at Crooners Lounge
. September 10, Growlers/Vector Families, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. September 10, Mile Fine and ensemble at Studio Toiles d'Angels
. September 10-11, "Sophisticated Lady: A Tribute to Natalie Cole" with Ginger Commodore at the Capri Theater
. September 11, All Music Service with Charmin & Shapira at Andrew Riverside Church
. September 12, Milo Fine solo piano, Studio Toiles d'Angels
. September 13, Cedar Ave Big Band at Jazz Central
. September 13, Peter Schimke Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 14, Chris Bates & Davu Seru at Jazz Central
. September 15, Omar Abdul Karim Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. September 15-16, Atlantis Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. September 16, Charanga Tropical/Dan Kusz album releases at the Dakota
. September 16, Rodney Ruckus Group at Jazz Central
. September 17, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. September 17, Chris Lomheim, guest pianist in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel
. September 17, Simon Petrick Quartet/Central Standard Time, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. September 17, Judi Vinar at Crooners Lounge
. September 20, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central
. September 22, Kenny Horst Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. September 23, Larry McDonough Quartet, All Originals Jazz at Studio Z
. September 23, New Sound Underground Vinyl Release at Triple Rock
. September 23-24, Milo Fine Trio, Studio Toile d'Angels
. September 24, Jazz Women All-Stars with Patty Peterson at the Dakota
. September 24, Merciless Ghost/What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. September 25-26, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Duo at the Dakota
. September 26, Pat Metheny at The Guthrie
. September 26, Milo Fine and Paul Metzger, Studio Toile d'Angels
. September 27, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. September 29, Rodney Ruckus Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. September 29, Sue Orfield and the Tiptons Quartet at the Icehouse
. September 30, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. September 30, No Territory Band and Quo Vadis, All Originals Jazz, Studio Z
. October 1, Terence Blanchard with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 1, TCCAN Cabaret Fest at the Phoenix Theater
. October 4, Laura Caviani and Claudia Schmitt in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 5, Kenny Barron Trio at the Dakota
. October 8, Phil Aaron, guest pianist in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel
. October 12, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Pantages Theater
. October 15, Amir El Saffar Ensemble, McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
. October 15, Chris Lomheim, guest pianist in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel
. October 17, Mississippi with Andres Prado, CD Release at the Dakota
. October 20-21, McCoy Tyner Quartet with Gary Bartz at the Dakota
. October 21-22, Matt Slocum Trio at Studio Z
. October 22, PipJazz at The Bedlam Lowertown
. October 23, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bird Calls at Vieux Carre'
. October 27, Hot Sardines at the Dakota
. November 4, Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota
. December 5, John Raymond CD Release at the Icehouse 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré

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