Friday, September 23, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 23-29

Pat Metheny -- at The Guthrie on September 26

© Andrea Canter
What a jazzy week we have in the Twin Cities! Some pretty amazing talents coming into town, including Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman and Pat Metheny, and the always-amazing talents of our local artists, including a reprise night with the Jazz Women All Stars at the Dakota.

Big Gigs This Week
Larry McDonough
Friday, September 23. Pianist, vocalist and composer -- and attorney-- Larry McDonough brings his long-standing quartet to the All Originals Jazz series at Studio Z. Curated by Steve Kenny for a third summer season, this series focuses on original compositions, something Larry and his band typically present at every show. Larry is known for using odd meters like 11/4, and for this show, bassist Greg Stinson adds some of his original works. Richard Terrill on sax and Dean White on drums round out the quartet, which is taking a break from two big shows of the past year, honoring the music of Miles Davis/Chet Baker, and Bill Evans/Tony Bennett.

Pete Whitman
If you are looking for some vocal jazz to start the weekend, check out Parma 8200 in Bloomington for songbird Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson and Keith Boyles. At Jazz Central, sax titan Pete Whitman leads an ensemble on the Masters series, while swing is the thing at Vieux Carré with the Southside Aces, following some creative piano from Jeremy Walker.

Bryan Nichols
Friday-Saturday, September 23-24. Providing music over dinner that is decidedly a dozen notches above the usual "background" fare, Bryan Nichols and James Buckley perform at the Icehouse. Even better for those who want to listen to two sublime inventors.

Sarah M. Greer
Saturday, September 24. Start your day with brunch in Lowertown, as Jazz Alley serenades at Golden's Deli. Prompted by the success of the jazz festival Scat Off in June, singers Maryann Sullivan, Katia Cardenas and Sarah M. Greer started the midday gig at Golden's in early August and are booked now through October, weather permitting as they sing in the alley outside the deli.

Dave King
On the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, now into its third year, the warm-up act is anything but. It's still billed as Merciless Ghost, the experimental improvising trio headed by saxophonist George Cartwright with bassist Josh Granowski, but usual drummer Davu Seru is sending in a sub like no other--Dave King! That's the opening set, followed by a band that got its start at the old Artists Quarter--What Would Monk Do, with Steve Kenny, Peter Schimke, Billy Peterson and Kenny Horst, exploring works written by or inspired by Thelonious Monk.

Jazz Women All-Stars
At the Dakota, two sets from the Jazz Women All-Stars promise that this band will be an ongoing ensemble,  which debuted at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival under the direction of KBEM's own Patty Peterson. Expected to be an annual festival performance, you can hear them tonight in a club setting: Mary Louise Knutso (piano), Linda Peterson (piano and vocals), Joan Griffith (bass), Sheila Early (drums), Arizona-based Mary Petrick (saxes), Debbie Duncan and Patty (vocals). 

One woman who will likely reach all-star status soon, young vocalist Katia Cardenas performs Saturday night in Crooners Lounge.

Sunday, September 25. Get your dancing shoes and come to Cinema Ballroom in St. Paul for a night of ballroom dancing to the sounds of the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with songstress Charmin Michelle.

Brad Mehldau
Sunday-Monday, September 25-26. Two of the brightest jazz artists on the planet get together at the Dakota.  Saxophonist Joshua Redman teams up with pianist Brad Mehldau, and if their sets at the Dakota are anything like their new duo recording (Nearness, on Nonesuch), we're in for two nights of totally exquisite music.

Steven Hobert
At the Black Dog early evening Sunday, and at the Icehouse late on Monday for JT's Jazz Implosion, its another intriguing duo, this time oud and piano ("Oudyano"), with Syrian native oud master Issam Rafea and pianist Steven Hobert. The pair have been performing together over the past year and the collaboration is stunning.
Pat Metheny and Antonio Sanchez
Monday, September 26. A touch choice on Monday, as about a mile from the Dakota and Redman/Mehldaul, the Dakota sponsors guitar god Pat Metheny at The Guthrie. Pat's quartet includes British pianist Gwilym Simcock, rising star bassist Linda Oh, and Metheny's long-time drummer Antonio Sanchez, performing a wide range of works covering Pat's career.

Greg Byers
At Jazz Central, the relatively new ensemble Ashen Fir takes the spotlight. This is a modern jazz quartet featuring Jack Barrett on keys, Greg Byers on cello, Charlie Bruber on bass and Peter Quirsfeld on drums. The band debuted earlier in the summer at the Day Block Brewing Company.

JT Bates
Tuesday, September 27.  At Vieux Carré, ever-sublime pianist Chris Lomheim opens solo, followed by drummer JT Bates' Grain -- his organ trio with Kevin Gastonguay on B-3 and Zacc Harris on guitar. On Big Band Night at Jazz Central, enjoy the sizzling rhythms of the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Pete Hennig
Wednesday, September 28.  At Jazz Central, the spotlight shines on one of the unsung heroes of local jazz, drummer Pete Hennig. Pete's efforts are never in the background with such bands as the Atlantis Quartet, Fantastic Merlins and Zacc Harris ensembles.

Linda Peterson
At Vieux Carré, singing pianist Linda Peterson provides the early evening entertainment with covers and original songs, while at Crooners Lounge, Arne Fogel gives legitimacy to the club's name.

Thursday, September 29.  Swing is always in fashion with the Twin Cities Seven, a long-running ensemble led by Doug Haining and on stage tonight at Vieux Carré. Across town  at the Dakota, with a hot club swing and accordion-centric vibe, the Cafe Accordion Orchestra led by Dan Newton celebrates a new CD release. 

Phil Hey
Switching gears dramatically, enjoy the percussion antics of Phil Hey in a rare solo set, followed by a trio with Adam Linz and Paul Metzger at Khyber Pass.

Rodney Ruckus
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie features the Rodney Ruckus Group, led by one of the busiest young artists in the metro. Since arriving on the jazz scene about two years ago, Ruckus has led several bands and backed a long list of area musicians, including a headline set on the main stage at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Sue Orfield, The Tiptons
The Icehouse hosts a rare Twin Cities appearance of The Tiptons, an internationally renowned all-female sax quartet plus drums. Performing for nearly 30 years, the band features Seattle, New York and Eau Claire-based saxophonists playing "world soul" with strong jazz, blues and pop influences. Band members include founder Amy Denio, Jessica Lurie, Tina Richerson, and Eau Claire's Sue Orfield on saxes and other reeds, along with drummer Tarik Abouz, the lone male in the band.

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 next week, Thursday when Andrea's guest will be Peter Leggett, Director of Walker West Music Academy, talking about the new Eight O'Clock Jump concert season.

Coming Soon!
. September 30, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. September 30, No Territory Band and Quo Vadis, All Originals Jazz, Studio Z
. October 1, Terence Blanchard, Connie Evingson with JazzMN Orchestra at Ordway
. October 1, TCCAN Cabaret Fest at the Phoenix Theater
. October 1, Joan Griffith with Laura Caviani, Jazz @ St. Barneys (Plymouth)
. October 1, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at the Dakota (late night)
. October 2, Prudence Johnson, Birthday Club with Dan Chouinard in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 3, Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge
. October 4, Laura Caviani and Claudia Schmitt in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 5, Kenny Barron Trio at the Dakota
. October 5, Music of Oscar Brown, Debbie Duncan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 6, Brian Courage, Brandon Wozniak, Luke Polopnik, Pete James Johnson, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. October 6, Travis Anderson Trio with Connie Evingson at the Dakota
. October 7, Chris Misch-Bloxdorf Dectet at Vieux Carré
. October 7, Maurice Jacox at the Black Dog
. October 8, Phil Aaron, guest pianist in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel
. October 10, Brian Courage Quartet/Westerlies at the Icehouse
. 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 15, Yolande Bruce at Crooners Lounge
. October 17, Mississippi with Andres Prado, CD Release at the Dakota
. October 19, Charles Lazarus in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. 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 22, Patty Peterson and Friends at Crooners Lounge
. October 22, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. October 23, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bird Calls at Vieux Carre'
. October 24, Bobby Lyle with Billy Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 25, Brian Claxton Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 27, Hot Sardines at the Dakota
. October 30, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
. 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
. November 18, Bruce Henry at Crooners Lounge
. November 22-23, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All Stars 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
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota

Terence Blanchard: With friends and family til October 1, playing with JazzMN