Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 11-17

The Illicit Sextet, CD Release November 12 at the Black Dog

© Andrea Canter

I wonder what would have happened if political candidates had been operating with a "Lead Sheet" like a band? Regardless of your post-election mood, live music is a sure antidote. And there's plenty of that around town this week, including a few CD releases.

Big Gigs This Week

Jeremy Walker
Friday, November 11. One of our more prolific composers, Jeremy Walker, debuts five new works as part of "Early Baroque Meets Jazz" at Landmark Center. This is a collaboration between pianist Walker and his trio (with bassist Jeff Brueske and drummer Tim Zhorne) and the baroque ensemble Consortium Carissimi, which will also perform madrigals by Belli, Biagio and Monteverdi. (Matinee on Sunday, November 13)

Lars-Erik Larson (Mancrush)
At Vieux Carre', get ready for Mancrush -- that's the band led by drummer Lars-Erik Larson with Bryan Nichols on piano, Brandon Wozniak on sax, and Zacc Harris on guitar, playing mostly original music. You might want to arrive early as this band is always a big draw.

Jana Nyberg
In a different vein and a new pairing, vocalist Jana Nyberg teams up with pianist Sean Turner at Jazz Central in what should be an engaging duo. We seldom hear Nyberg in a configuration smaller than her five-piece Jana Nyberg Group!   And speaking of pairings, there's no better duo in the gypsy jazz realm than guitarist Reynold Philipsek and violinist Gary Schulte, performing tonight at the 318 Cafe in Excelsior.

Alex Burgess (Common Space)
In Lowertown St Paul, Public Kitchen hosts Common Space, a new quartet headed by drummer Alex Burgess, with his UW-River Falls affiliated pals, music professor Eric Graham on keys and former students Thomas Strommen on tenor sax and Dylan Nelson on guitar. They made a big impression last weekend at the Black Dog. Across Mears Park at Golden's, the Kronick Quintet promises to "cure those blues with our high-energy mix of jazz, blues, and funk." And they will!

JoAnn Funk
Friday-Saturday, November 11-12. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske now entertain in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel for two nights each weekend, bringing standards, pop hits and more into the jazz realm with touches of Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall, Peggy Lee and more.

Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson
Saturday, November 12. Another engaging duo takes the stage as Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson appear in the Jazz at St Barney's series at St Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, presenting "Songs Louis Sang"-- a tribute to Louis Armstrong the singer. More often noted for his trumpet chops, Armstrong in fact was one of the most influential vocalists of early jazz, and Maud and Rick will remind us why. More vocals tonight-- Paula Lammers with pianist John Koziol warm up the southeast burbs at Mendoberri in Mendota Heights; Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre'.

Dean Magraw
On Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, the long-running Illicit Sextet releases their third album in 25 years --of course it is all original music, titled Addendum (following the albums Chapter One and Chapter Eleven). Opening the evening will be the inventive duo of Chris Olson and Greg Byers--guitar and cello. Another guitar outing-- Dean Magraw goes solo (and totally acoustic) in Sundin Hall at Hamline University, sponsored by the Minnesota Guitar Society.

Saturday night regulars-- Pavel Janey's Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar and the Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200.

Connie Evingson
Sunday, November 13.  Dan Chouinard and his Birthday Club are back in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, and his guest will be fine vocalist Connie Evingson. Cole Mahlum hosts the weekly B-3 jam at Jazz Central, and the Zacc Harris Trio will be in their weekly position at the Riverview Wine Bar. (Jeremy Walker and Consortium Carissimi at Landmark Center, matinee, see Friday.)

Catherine Russell
Monday, November 14. Yet another fine vocalist with a flair for soulful swing, Catherine Russell returns to the Dakota with music from her new album, Harlem on My Mind. Raised in a truly jazzy environment --dad Luis Russell wrote arrangements for Louis Armstrong, and mom Carlene Ray played bass and sang in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Russell has a style that takes you back to the 20s and 30s, in a very good way.  With a much lower profile, singer Thomas Bruce brings some Brazil to Crooners Lounge. 

Chris Bates
President Flow led by Joe Mayo takes the Monday spotlight at Jazz Central, and at the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features two CD release shows involving brother Chris Bates, who will celebrate his birthday with two new albums from two bands -- first, his Inventions and Dimensions trio with Joe Strachan and Miguel Hurtado, and next, with Leisure Valley--that's Bruce Thornton, Patrick Harison and Joey Van Phillips with Chris.

Joyce Lyons
Tuesday, November 15. In the Dunsmore Room, it's a CD release gig for vocalist Joyce Lyons, and she could not assemble a better band than Phil Aaron, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein, with whom she has performed around the Metro and beyond for the past few years. Her Song for You features 7 diverse and elegantly presented tracks, mostly standards along with a beautiful cover of "Sound of Silence."

Our local queen of hot club music, Connie Evingson joins the Mill City Hot Club at Vieux Carre', while the Explosion Big Band, headed by Doug Haining and Scott Agster, fill this week's Big Band slot at Jazz Central.

Butch Thompson
Wednesday, November 16.  The always fun and fabulous duo of Dean Magraw and Butch Thompson hold everyone's attention at Vieux Carre'; accordion master Patrick Harison opens the evening.

Adam Linz (Le Percheron)
Thursday, November 17. The Chris Lomheim Quartet with Pete Whitman (sax), Jay Young (bass) and Dave Schmalenberger (drums) is booked on the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series, while Adam Linz's Le Percheron returns to Khyber Pass, Joel Shapira plays solo guitar for the early sets at Vieux Carre',  and vocalist Dorothy Doring is back at Jazz Central for Vocal Jazz Night.

More Jazz!
David Martin
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. Tune into 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 17) will guitarist David Martin, giving us the lowdown on a new recording with Portland, OR guitarist Mike Doolin and five CD release gigs in the Twin Cities!

Coming Soon!
. 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 2-3, Terence Blanchard, Live Recording at the Dakota
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet "A Love Supreme" at the Dakota
. January 27, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at Walker West
. 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 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. 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

Dave King: Trio Nov 22-23, Trucking Company Nov 25, Happy Apple Nov 26