Friday, October 28, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 28-November 3

Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty at the Black Dog, October 29

© Andrea Canter

The end of October-- colors are past peak in central Minnesota, nights are getting cooler, and Halloween will soon bring little goblins to the neighborhood (because the Strib so smartly identified my part of town as candy heaven!). But the real treats (and musical tricks) await jazz fans at every turn -- from one of the longest-running team of bandleaders on the local avant garde scene gigging at the Black Dog to another long-standing ensemble melding jazz and poetry, from favorite local vocals to internationally renowned improvisers at the Icehouse. From trad to rad, it's right here in the Mini-Apple.

Big Gigs This Week

Jesse Simon, MN Hard Bop Collective
Friday, October 28. The rhythm team of the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective heads out on its own for the first time at Jazz Central-- that's Javi Santiago on piano, Ted Olsen on bass and leader Jesse Simon on drums. In the spirit of New York jazz of the 50s, the trio tackles some rarely heard music from Ray Brown and Paul Chambers. Stay for the late show -- the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Jazz Ensemble directed by Geoff Senn.

The Dakota presents American's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, winner by the largest margin in the show's history, and now signed to Columbia Records with Steve Tyrell producing his debut release. He's been compared to Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

Linda and Patty Peterson
At Parma 8200, sisters Patty (vocals) and Linda (vocals and piano) Peterson celebrate their birthdays with Linda's son Jason Peterson DeLaire on keys, sax and most likely adding some vocals as well. Apparently this will be the last Friday of music at Parma, so it's part celebration, part wake. (Benny Weinbeck will continue at Parma on Saturdays.)

Adam Meckler
At North High tonight, it's the second annual JAM Festival and concert -- Jazz Around Minneapolis brings together jazz students from all seven city high schools for a day of workshops, followed by a free concert with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and participating students.  

A rare pairing of vocalist Maud Hixson and the Chris Lomheim Trio should fill the lounge at Crooners, Jon Pemberton (piano) opens for the Jazzland Wonderband at Vieux Carre', and Bryan Nichols and Jeff Bailey pair up over the dinner hours at the Icehouse.
Aaron Hedenstrom
Saturday, October 29. The Jazz at Studio Z concert series returns for a fifth season, curated by Zacc Harris. Starting things off will be saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom and his quintet with pianist Bryan Nichols; guitarist Zacc Harris; bassist Graydon Peterson; and drummer Miguel Hurtado. And an hour before the concert, Aaron leads a free workshop on Strategies for Improvising on Complex  Chord Structures. 

Ellen Lease
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the Ellen Lease Pat Moriarty Quartet with Chris Bates on bass and Pete Hennig on drums. My opinion--Ellen Lease is one of the secret weapons of local avant garde jazz, a superb pianist who doesn't gig enough! The Roseville Area High School Combo appears on the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase to open the evening.

Javi Santiago
At the Icehouse, Javi Santiago joins James Buckley for some sophisticated dinner music; Pavel Jany and the Talking Strings continued weekly at the Loring Pasta Bar; the Benny Weinbeck Trio holds its weekly session in the lounge at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske serenade in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel;  Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson and Matt Peterson performs at Bistro LaRoux, and Paul Harper's Bardo Quartet performs at Mendoberri in Mendota Heights.

Steve Blons (Soul Cafe)
Sunday, October 30. After nearly a decade, Soul Cafe continues to perform, if less often, at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, melding poetry and jazz around a common theme -- and that theme tonight is "Dancing With Our Fears," poetry primarily addressing the anxieties of modern living, while the music is more inclined toward dancing, a sure antidote. Steve Blons (guitar), Brad Holden (alto sax), Steven Hobert (piano) and Daryl Boudreaux (percussion) play a set list ranging from Fats Waller to McCoy Tyner.

In White Bear, the Century Jazz Ensemble presents its fall concert in the Century College Theater (3 pm), the Zacc Harris Trio continues its long-running Sunday night gig at the Riverview Wine Bar, Gypsy Mania swings at Hell's Kitchen, and in the Dunsmore Room, multi-talented Jennifer Grimm launches a new monthly series of song.

Tim Berne
Monday, October 31. Trick or Treat! At the Icehouse, it's the first of two world-class nights, tonight featuring the band dubbed NOH -- saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist David Torn, and drummer Dave King. Berne was in town last spring and kept our ears on full alert. With three of the world's most adventurous musicians, this will be an evening of free-range excitement. With or without goblins.

Christian Howes
Renowned violinist Christian Howes turns up at Jazz Central with the U of M Jazz Combo (during his U of M residency, see Tuesday), while sassy vocalist Erin Schwab and pianist Jay Fuchs offer some spooky fun in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners.

Tuesday, November 1. The Icehouse presents McKnight composer and 2016 Doris Duke Award winner Wayne Horvitz, a renowned composer and keyboardist who has been touring throughout Minnesota this fall. Horvitz  will be joined by some of the Twin Cities top improvisers: Michelle Kinney (cello), Nathan Hanson (saxophone), Chris Cunningham (guitar) and Greg Schutte (drums). 

Christian Howes performs at Ted Mann tonight with the U of M Jazz Ensembles I and II, the culmination of his residency with the jazz program. It's a free concert! At Vieux Carre', Patrick Harison (accordion) opens the evening, followed by songbird Sophia Shorai. And it's First Tuesday -- the Bill Simenson Orchestra fills Big Band Night at Jazz Central, while at the Black Dog, guitar and drum magic will be on stage with Dean Magraw and Eric Gravatt.

Chris Lomheim Trio
Wednesday, November 2. The piano master, Chris Lomheim and his Trio return to Vieux Carre', and Anthony Cox presents his monthly Continuum series at Jazz Central.

Doug Haining
Thursday, November 3.  Vieux Carre' presents the Twin Cities Seven led by Doug Haining with vocalist Maryann Sullivan, while Vicky Mountain returns to Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central. At Khyber Pass, something wild is bound to happen with Mercy Button -- Nathan Hanson, Pat O'Keefe, Brett Wartcho, Geoff West Senn, and Nick Zielinski.

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. Join Andrea on November 3 when her guest will be vocalist Connie Evingson, sharing news of her Jazz at the Jungle season which opens next weekend.

Coming Soon!
. November 4, Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota
. November 4, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows, Landmark Center Gala
. 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 11, Alma Gentil, Early Baroque Meets Jazz (with new compositions from Jeremy Walker), Consortium Carrissimi at Landmark Center 
. November 12, Dean Magraw, solo guitar at Sundin Hall (Hamline University)
. 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 (Crooners Second Anniversary Weekend)
. November 19, JazzMN Orchestra "New Orleans Night" at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 19-20, Legends Series "Chances Are: The Johnny Mathis Duets" starring Julius Collins and Thomasina Petrus" at the Capri Theater
. November 22, Brian Gallagher Quartet, Posthumous CD Release and Tribute at the Icehouse
. 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 25, Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse 
. November 26, Happy Apple at the Icehouse
. November 26, Patty and the Buttons Annual Vaudeville Show at the Heights Theater
. 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

Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, at the Jungle Theater November 6