Friday, October 21, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 21-27

Rudresh Mahanthappa at Vieux Carre' on October 23

This week will be one of those times when you have to make some hard decisions about who to hear and where to go! No less that McCoy Tyner leads off at the Dakota, quickly followed by two nights with Matt Slocum and his new Trio Pacific at Studio Z, an evening with Douglas Ewart, and a night with Rudresh Mahanthappa and his Bird Calls at Vieux Carre, who are followed by a return engagement from keyboard great Bobby Lyle. Two jazz series get underway as well -- Jazz in the Target Atrium and Eight O'Clock Jump. Jazz is alive and well here!

Big Gigs This Week
McCoy Tyner
Friday, October 21.  Tonight is the second night with a living legend, as pianist and NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner is back on stage at the Dakota with his quartet. One of the last still-performing artists to play with Coltrane, Tyner has had a strong influence on some of the top artists of the 21st century including Craig Taborn and Geri Allen. And his quartet includes saxophonist Gary Bartz, bassist Gerald Cannon, and our Artistic Director for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, drummer Francisco Mela.

Jeremy Walker
Jazz in the Target Atrium moves to Friday nights this season, launching the series with a focus on the balladry of John Coltrane. Pianist, composer, bandleader and jazz impresario Jeremy Walker reassembles his Atrium Jazz Ensemble to play in one of the most intimate and scenic venues in the Metro, tonight featuring Brandon Wozniak on saxophone, Jeff Bailey on bass and Kevin Washington on drums, with special guest Rodolfo Nieto on vocals. Much of the program will be drawn from the music on John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman and Coltrane's Ballads albums, with an original addition from Walker, who doubles on piano. For the full season, the focus is on the music of Coltrane and Duke Ellington. Few if any tickets remain for the season opener, but do check back with the Box Office or come down to Orchestra Hall early as tickets usually become available at the last minute.

Davu Seru
Another season opener, this one at Walker West, the Eight O'Clock Jump Series starts off with drummer Davu Seru and his New Territory Band with guitarist Dean Granros, saxophonists Nathan Hanson and Tyler Cessor, trombonist Dave Graf, and trumpeter Noah-Ophoven Baldwin.  The inventive percussionist describes the band as "a book and its rotating cast of interpreters."

Jana Nyberg
More for Friday -- Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog,  the CC Septet at Jazz Central, Joel Shapira and pals at Parma 8200, and pianist Jon Pemberton followed by vocalist Jana Nyberg at Vieux Carre'.

Matt Slocum
Friday-Saturday, October 21-22. St Paul native, now a New York transplant, drummer Matt Slocum and his new Trio Pacific celebrate the release of the band's first album at Studio Z. This is an unusual configuration of saxophone (Dayna Stephens), guitar (Steve Cardenas) and drums (Slocum). It's a beautiful album of mostly Slocum originals, some written specifically for this trio, and amply demonstrating that this drummer isn't just a firebrand on his instrument, he's one of the leading composers of his generation as well.

Javi Santiago
At the Icehouse, you can spend two nights with Javi Santiago and Ted Olsen --piano and bass duo--for the dinner sets. Both have established their cred on the local jazz scene as performers, bandleaders and composers.

Douglas Ewart, photo © Lauren Deutsch
Saturday, October 22. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features one of the treasures of avant garde music, AACM artist and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart and Quasar, a "sonic and movement paradise" featuring an all-star ensemble of like-mined, multi-talented artists including vocalist/spoken word creator Mankwe Ndosi,  choreographer/dancer Leah Nelson, cellist Jacqueline Ultan (Jelloslave), computer musician/ sound designer Stephen Goldstein, pianist Carei Thomas, and saxophonist Donald Washington. Ewart himself will bring an arsenal including  sopranino saxophone, English horn, didgeridoo, voice and percussion. Opening the evening will be a quartet of John Devine and Bill Lang on saxes with Brock Thorson on bass and Alden Ikeda on drums.

Pippi Ardennia
Also on Saturday, it's the third annual birthday celebration and fundraiser at the Bedlam for the PipJazz organization, as soulful singer Pippi Ardennia brings in a long list of musicians to make her birthday special--her PipJazz SX Band, PipJazz All Stars, pianist and composer Jo Schad, and special guest, singer-songwriter Kevin Sandbloom.

More on Saturday --Patty Peterson  and Friends at Crooners Lounge, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota, Benny Weinbeck at Parma 8200.

Rudresh and Adam O'Farrill
Sunday, October 23. It's a rare Sunday night at Vieux Carré and what a rare show --Grammy nominated saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and his current Bird Calls ensemble come to town, with sensational young trumpeter Adam O'Farrill; Thomas Kneeland (bass) and Joshua White (piano) round out the quartet. Mahanthappa has appeared in the Twin Cities over the past few years in a collaboration with the Ragmala Dance troupe and with Rez Abbasi and Vijay Iyer at the Walker Art Center. The intimate space of Vieux Carré should be an ideal setting for Abbasi, and the  (reasonable) $35 cover should filter out the casual not-listeners. Rudresh's music is nothing short of divine.

Fall of the House of Usher
Monday, October 24. The on-the-edge magicians of Fall of the House of Usher hold an EP release at the Icehouse on this week's installment of JT's Jazz Implosion, with Chris Cunningham (guitars), son (and still a teenager) Ivan Cunningham and Jared Jarvis (saxes),  Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (trumpet), Chris Bates (basses), Greg Schutte (drums), and Adam Svec (vocals).

Bobby Lyle
In the Dunsmore Room, celebrating that new Steinway, Bobby Lyle returns home to Minnesota to play with pal Billy Peterson (bass). His show here a few months ago left everyone breathless. Expect more of the same!

At Jazz Central, gifted young saxophonist and composer Aaron Hedenstrom returns to the "Spotlight."

JT Bates (Grain)

Tuesday, October 25. Drummer Brian Claxton --an Eau Claire grad now based in Greeley, Colorado, and alum of the John Raymond Project--brings a trio to the Dunsmore Room, while the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra returns to Jazz Central on Big Band Night and JT Bates brings Grain (B3 organ trio) back to Vieux Carré.

Cody McKinney
Wednesday, October 26. Founding member of Five by Design, Terry, Kurt and Lori Niska now tour as The Niskas, landing tonight in the Dunsmore Room. At Jazz Central, Casey O'Brien brings in Tri0, with John Keston (electronics), drummer and electronics producer Graham O'Brien, and bassist Cody McKinney.

Hot Sardines*
Thursday, October 27. The Dakota presents the hot band, Hot Sardines-- "hot jazz as it was in the era when live music was king, with a little glamour, a little grit and a lot of passion." The ensemble, lead by Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth, meld the sounds of New York, Paris and New Orleans, and Miz Elizabeth has one of the most engaging voices on the jazz scene.

Bottomless Pit
Khyber Pass Cafe presents a solo night with Paul Metzger on "modified" banjo, Zacc Harris opens on solo guitar at Vieux Carré, and at Reverie, it's  Bottomless Pit with Joel Shapira, Pete Whitman, Tom Lewis, and Eric Gravatt.

More Jazz!
There's even more jazz around the metro this week. See the live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. Andrea broadcasts a modified edition of The Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm on KBEM radio 88.5 FM, rebroadcast at 8:20 am on Friday mornings. My guest next week is guitarist Steve Blons with news about Soul Cafe and their October 30th concert.

Coming Soon!
. October 28, Jazz Around Minneapolis (JAM) Festival with the Adam Meckler Orchestra at Minneapolis North High School
. October 28, Jazzland Wonderband at Vieux Carré
. October 29, Pat Moriarty-Ellen Lease Quartet/JazzINK Youth Showcase (Roseville High School Combo), Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. October 30, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
. October 30, Jennifer Grimm -- series preview-- in the Dunsmore Room of Crooners Lounge
. October 31, NOH Band (Tim Berne, Dave Torn, Dave King) at the Icehouse
. November 1, Wayne Horvitz at the Icehouse
. November 1, Patrick Harison followed by Sophia Shorai at Vieux Carré
. November 2, Chris Lomheim Trio at Vieux Carré
. November 3, Vicky Mountain at Jazz Central
. November 3, Twin Cities 7 at Vieux Carré
. November 4, Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota
. November 4-6, Maud Hixson, "What Judy Means to Jazz" at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. November 6, Jazz at the Jungle, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber "American Songbook" at the Jungle Theater
. November 6, Dan Chouinard and Judi Vinar, The Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room of Crooners Lounge
. November 7, Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. November 9, Debbie Duncan Sings Oscar Brown in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 10, Nick Syman CD Release, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 13, Dan Chouinard with Connie Evingson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota
. November 15, Joyce Lyons CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 18, Bruce Henry at Crooners Lounge
. November 19, JazzMN Orchestra "New Orleans Night" at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 22-23, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All Stars at the Dakota
. November 22-23, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Croones Lounge
. November 27, Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 28, Dave Martin CD Release at the Icehouse
. November 29, Dave Martin CD Release at the Black Dog
. November 30, Dave Martin CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. December 2, Dave Martin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 5, John Raymond CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 8, Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut and Stefon Harris at the Dakota
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, Saint Paul Hotel
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 24, Marcus Gilmore Quartet at Walker West Music Academy
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. March 24, Donald and Kevin Washington at Walker West Music Academy
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 19, Ambrose Akinmisure Quintet at Walker West Music Academy

Tim Berne (NOH Band) at the Icehouse, October 31

* All photos by Andrea Canter unless otherwise indicated; Hot Sardines photo from promotional materials