Friday, October 14, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 14-20

Andres Prado and Mississippi, CD release at the Dakota on October 17
© Andrea Canter

There's definitely a nip in the air now, which makes it more important to keep our ears and souls warm with great music. We don't have to look far to find it this week-- veterans and young guns alike take the stages of area bars, clubs and concert venues, with a smattering of outstanding visitors throughout the week.

Alex Burgess
Friday, October 14. At Jazz Central, drummer Alex Burgess (Group 47) leads his organ quartet, featuring fellow River Falls-connected musicians, Thomas Strommen on sax, Dylan Nelson on guitar, and Eric Graham on keys. Recent McNally Smith graduate, drummer Dan May follows for a late set with his trio.

Meanwhile, vocalist Katia Cardenas returns to the Public Kitchen, and the Steve Kenny Quartet (with Javi Santiago, Ted Olsen and Miguel Hurtado) settles in at the Underground Music Cafe.

Babatunde Lea
Saturday, October 15. In the midst of the St Paul Art Crawl, the Black Dog hosts a new ensemble dubbed the Jazz Bridge Project, with Eric Gravatt on drums, Javi Santiago on keys, Ron Evaniuk on bass, Raijah Johnson on flute, and Roger Johnson on guitar. They're followed by the esteemed Babatunde Lea Quartet with Phil Aaron on piano and Solomon Parham on trumpet, and very likely someone on bass --with percussion of course under the spell of Babatunde.

Chris Lomheim
The Walker Art Center presents Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir El Saffar and his 17-piece pan Arabic band, including American heavyweights guitarist Miles Okazaki and drummer Nasheet Waits. At the Saint Paul Hotel's Lobby Bar, Chris Lomheim ably subs for JoAnn Funk with Jeff Brueske, while Moore by Four vocalist Yolande Bruce takes over the lounge at Crooners. And at Public Kitchen, Headspace fills the music space with Rob Dewey on keys, Matt Senjem on bass and special guest, Morris Engel on drums. 

Sunday, October 16. Firebell burns tonight at the Aster Cafe--that's Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein playing mostly original music in the warm setting on the river at Anthony Main.

Lori Dokken
You can relive the Joni Mitchell songbook at Ordway with vocalists Judi Vinar  Lori Dokken, Jacy Smith and Rachel Holder Hennig, supported by an all-star jazz ensemble of Pete Hennig on drums, Jeff Bailey on bass and Dan Caton on guitar. The show will feature iconic Joni songs including "Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now,” “A Case of You,” “The Circle Game” and more.

Laura Caviani
Marking the close of the St Paul Art Crawl,  pianist Laura Caviani performs along with the classical Lux Quartet at the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative, a perfect setting to end a weekend of open studios, galleries, concerts and more.

A unique ensemble at the Dakota, the Huntertones are a young Brooklyn-based outfit with elements of jazz, Afrobeat, and funk, at times featuring sousaphone and Beat Box.

Andres Prado and Jeff Bailey
Monday, October 17. Peruvian guitarist and former area resident Andres Prado joins up with the band Mississippi to celebrate the release of their first recording at the Dakota. Prado brings traditional Peruvian music to postbop jazz, with his original compositions in tandem with works from his collaborators --Pete Whitman, Kevin Washington, Jeff Bailey and Peter Schimke.

Miguel Hurtado
The Jazz Central spotlight night features drummer Miguel Hurtado, a veteran of more than ten years on the local jazz scene despite his relative youth-- he's been gigging around town since his teens, and typically is in the company of fellow young lions like Javi Santiago and Ted Olsen.

Lars-Erik Larson, Mancrush
At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features Mancrush -- that's Lars Erik-Larson with Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak and Bryan Nichols with guest Aby Wolf-- so it is really Wolfcrush. The second set features the Chicago trio, Hanging Hearts.

Tuesday, October 18. The Dunsmore Room presents the young magicians of the Basement Society, led by drummer Pete James Johnson with bassist Dan Carpel and pianist Javi Santiago testing out the new Steinway.

Mary Louise Knutson
At Vieux Carre', Mary Louise Knutson offers some elegant solo piano, followed by the swing of Connie Evingson and her hotclub ensemble. And the Dakota features Cuban piano hero Harold Lopez Nussa, touring with his brother on drums and Senagalese vocalist/bassist Alune Wade. Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster.

Wednesday, October 19. New York-born vocalist Rhonda Laurie takes the prime-time slot at Vieux Carre', following a substantial warm-up from singer Sophia Shorai.   Back in the Dunsmore Room, Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter and jazz bandleader Charles Lazarus pairs up with pianist Mary Jo Gothmann for a program of classical and jazz.

Thursday, October 20. Rhonda Laurie moves across the river for Vocal Night at Jazz Central, while Khyber Pass presents the Six Families Music Collective.

McCoy Tyner
At the Dakota, it's the first of two starry nights with living piano legend McCoy Tyner and his quartet featuring saxophonist Gary Bartz, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Francisco Mela, who happens to be the Artistic Director for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

More Jazz!
See the the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. Tune into the radio edition of The Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm (rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am). Andrea's guest next week will be pianist/composer Jeremy Walker to talk about the new season of Jazz in the Target Atrium, launching on Friday, October 21.

Coming Soon!
. October 21, Davu Seru's No Territory Band, Walker West Music Academy
. October 21, McCoy Tyner Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. October 21, Atrium Jazz Ensemble, "Ballads", Jazz in Target Atrium (Orchestra Hall)
. 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, Douglas Ewart Group/John Devine & Bill Lang, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. October 22, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. October 23, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bird Calls at Vieux Carre'
. October 24, Fall of the House of Usher EP Release at the Icehouse
. October 24, Bobby Lyle with Billy Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 24, Aaron Hedenstrom at Jazz Central
. October 25, Brian Claxton Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 25, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. October 27, Hot Sardines at the Dakota
. October 27, Bottomless Pit, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. October 28, Jazz Around Minneapolis (JAM) Festival with the Adam Meckler Orchestra at Minneapolis North High School
. 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 31, NOH Band (Tim Berne, Dave Torn, Dave King) at the Icehouse
. November 1, Wayne Horvitz at the Icehouse
. November 4, Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota
. November 4-6, Maud Hixson, "What Judy Means to Jazz" at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. November 10, Nick Syman CD Release, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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 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 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
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 19, Ambrose Akinmisure Quintet at Walker West Music Academy

Rudresh Mahanthappa at Vieux Carre', October 23