Friday, November 4, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 4-10

Jon Weber and Connie Evingson, Jazz at the Jungle on November 6
© Andrea Canter

There's some big gigs with top vocalists this weekend as well shows featuring veterans and young upstarts. And the Dakota hosts a fundraiser for the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project.

Big Gigs This Week

Eric Gravatt
Friday, November 4. Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt returns to Jazz Central with his long-running band Source Code. This will be his three-horn edition featuring Solomon Parham on trumpet, Lucia Sarmiento on sax and Dave Graf on trombone. The late set features the young musicians from North Central University, directed by Peter Shu.

Rhonda Laurie
At Vieux Carré, Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton opens the evening with some swinging accordion, followed by the traditional swing of the Southside Aces. And at the relatively new Bistro LaRoux in Circle Pines, there's a welcome reunion of Rhonda Laurie with Sidewalk Cafe--Reynold Philipsek, Gary Schulte and Matt Senjem join the savvy vocalist. Complete with Cajun-Creole menu.

JoAnn Funk
Friday-Saturday, November 4-5.  We're into holiday mode now in the Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel, where JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske now entertain on Friday and Saturday nights through spring, but this weekend, foot surgery prompts JoAnn to pass the piano to Chris Lomheim on Friday and Phil Aaron on Saturday-- this weekend only.

Maud Hixson
Friday-Sunday, November 4-6.  It's a three-show weekend with  Maud Hixson at the Black Box Theater in Bloomington, where she will use song to explain "What Judy Means to Jazz" -- referring to Judy Garland. The recipient of a new Artists' Initiative Grant from the state Arts Board, Maud will present songs and stories of Judy's career, with Rick Carlson on piano. Tickets remain for Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday matinee is sold out!

Ted Olsen
Saturday, November 5. For Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, young guns rule as bassist Ted Olsen heads an ensemble with Aaron Hedenstrom on sax, Javi Santiago on piano and Miguel Hurtado on drums. The opening set features "Common Space," led by drummer Alex Burgess with Eric Graham on keys, Thomas Strommen on sax, and Dylan Nelson on guitar.

At the relatively new World of Beer in St Paul, an old standby from the Artists Quarter, Headspace, makes their club debut -- with  Rob Dewey on keys, Matt Senjem on bass, and Chris Gray on drums.

Lisa Fischer
Saturday-Sunday, November 5-6. And she is not really a "jazz" artist but generally a fabulous improvising vocal artist who crosses genres with heavy doses of soul and blues--Lisa Fischer and her Grand Baton return to the Dakota for two nights, and the former Rolling Stones backup singer and star of Twenty Feet From Stardom is a must-hear.

Sunday, November 6. Vocalist Connie Evingson is back for the finale of the 2016 season of Jazz at the Jungle (Theater), focusing on American Roots music at the Jungle Theater with frequent cohort and exceptional pianist Jon Weber, along with Patrick Harison (accordion and washboard), Dave Karr on sax and Gordy Johnson on bass. She's doing two shows, at 4 pm and 7:30 pm, limited seating for the afternoon show.

In the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, host Dan Chouinard and guest vocalist Judi Vinar present The Birthday Club, celebrating singers, songwriters and more with November birthdays.

Acme Jazz Company
Monday, November 7.  It's the monthly installment of the Acme Jazz Company with crooner Arne Fogel appropriately appearing in Crooners' Lounge, while the Silverback Trio is in the spotlight at Jazz Central -- that's David Hirsch on keys and sax, Brent Wallace on bass and Byron Johnson-Blanchard on drums. And at the Icehouse, JT Bates' Jazz Implosion feature a triple header--Hannah Epperson, JelloSlave and Omhouse-- electric violin, eclectic chamber music, and progressive art rock.

Chris Olson
Tuesday, November 8. You can celebrate or fight off depression depending on the outcome of the election, with solo piano from Chris Lomheim at Vieux Carre' or a night of big band featuring the Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central, or the international ensemble Duende with Chris Olson at the Black Dog.

Leigh Kamman
Wednesday, November 9., There's a special event at the Dakota featuring the Larry McDonough Quartet --a fundraiser for the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project. This is a foundation honoring the late broadcaster and jazz archivist by gathering and cataloging his vast collection of tapes of interviews with hundreds of jazz greats and his Jazz Image broadcasts. It's going to be a unique resource for students, musicians, jazz fans, etc. but they need funding to make this happen.

Debbie Duncan
At Crooners' Dunsmore Room, Debbie Duncan salutes the great Oscar Brown in the Dunsmore Room with such great classics as "Dat Dere," "Somebody Buy Me A Drink," "Work Song," and "Afro Blue."

Nick Syman
Thursday, November 10. Young trombone master Nick Syman holds a celebration for the release of his first CD on the Thursday Night at Reverie series. At Jazz Central, two inventive artists join together as Sarah M. Greer provides the vocals, Dean Magraw the guitar on Vocal Jazz Night.

More Jazz!
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. Tune in to the live edition of The Lead Sheet on KBEM 88.5 fm every Thursday at 4:40 pm, rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am. Andrea's guest next week (November 10) will be vocalist Joyce Lyons, who is releasing a new recording with Phil Aaron, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein, Song for You.

Coming Soon!
. 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, Illicit Sextet, Olson/Byers Duo, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 17, Chris Lomheim Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. November 18, Bruce Henry at Crooners Lounge (Crooners Second Anniversary Weekend)
. November 18, Swing Sisterhood Big Band at Jazz Central
. 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 19, Steve Kenny Quartet/Ahmad and the Creators, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog 
. November 19, Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio, Jazz at Studio Z
. November 21, Julian Manzara Quartet at Jazz Central
. 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 23, Mary Louise Knutson/Stu Katz at Vieux Carre'
. November 25, Dave King Takeover --Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse 
. November 26, Dave King Takeover--Happy Apple at the Icehouse
. November 26, Atlantis Quartet/Riley Swain Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 1, Joe Mayo Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 2, Dave Martin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 3, Steven Hobert 4/Yo Jimbo, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 3, Javi Santiago, Jazz at Studio Z
. 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 8, Two Trumpet Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie 
. December 10, Twin Cities Jazz Sampler II CD Release (Illicit Sextet, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Mississippi), Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 15, The Ruckus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 17, The Ruckus/Below Zero, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota 
. December 22. Hoaxer, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 29, No Exit, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. 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

Catherine Russell, coming to the Dakota on November 14