Friday, November 25, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 25 - December 1

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot - return to the Dunsmore Room, November 27

© Andrea Canter

Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the holiday shopping, music, and festive season, and jazz options are certainly on the upswing. From stellar visitors to "takeovers" and showcase events, you'll find your favorites and perhaps some new ones as well.

Big Gigs This Week
Patty Peterson
Friday, November 25. There's Good Trouble at Jazz Central -- that's a band of past and current Lawrence University jazz students making their JC debut, while out at Crooners Lounge, vocalist and KBEM host Patty Peterson and Friends brighten up the weekend. (Don't miss the new cool mural on the west side of the building--can you identify these jazz icons?)

Javi Santiago
Dinner sets at the Icehouse tonight feature Javi Santiago on piano with James Buckley on bass. Might hear some Ahmad Jamal as Javi warms up for his December 3rd Studio Z tribute to the great pianist. At Vieux Carre', guitar whiz Zacc Harris warms up the club for Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra.

Dave King Trucking Company
Friday-Saturday, November 25-26. The Icehouse hosts the second and third  "Dave King Takeover" gigs -- Friday he brings in his powerhouse Dave King Trucking Company (with Brandon Wozniak, Chris Speed, Erik Fratzke) and on Saturday he's back at the Icehouse with the too-seldom-heard, long-running Happy Apple with pals Eric Fratzke and Mike Lewis.  JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske are in a holiday mood in the Lobby Bar at the St Paul Hotel.

Zacc Harris (Atlantis Quartet)
Saturday, November 26. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase with the Riley Swain Trio -- this is a band of Southwest High School jazz students led by alto/bari saxophonist Riley. They should warm up the stage plenty for the Atlantis Quartet, one of the most prolific and lauded ensembles in the metro--with Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig.

In a totally different vein, swinging Patty and the Buttons presents is annual vaudeville show at the Heights Theater.  And great strings -- Talking Strings led by Pavel Jany at the Loring Pasta Bar, while Tim Sparks and James Buckley warm up to Happy Apple at the Icehouse.

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot
Sunday, November 27. The Dunsmore Room hosts the return of pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot. Keezer of course is the Eau Claire native who held the final piano chair for Art Blakey before he was out of his teens, now highly acclaimed on the international scene leading his trio, solo shows, a long list of recordings, touring with Chris Botti and Diane Reeves, etc. His show with Gillian a few months ago introduced us to a sublime, elegant pairing.

Ben Abrahamson
Guitar buffs can enjoy an acoustic guitar showcase brunch at the Icehouse with Ben Abrahamson, Park Evans and Elgin Foster, then head down to the Black Dog for a late afternoon of solo guitar with Joel Shapira. And if that's not enough guitar, Zacc Harris and his trio perform in their weekly slot at the Riverview Wine Bar in the evening.

Jesse Simon
Monday, November 28. Leader of the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, drummer Jesse Simon performs on the Spotlight series at Jazz Central, while regional icon, pianist George Maurer celebrates the holidays with his small ensemble (featuring vocalist Ann Michaels) at the Dakota. At Hell's Kitchen, enjoy world jazz vibes from Axis Mundi, with Glen Helgeson on guitar, Gary Schulte on violin, Cody McKinney on bass, Dave Stanoch on drums and Michael Bissonnette on percussion.

Monday-Tuesday, November 28-29. A vibrant singer and entertaining, Jennifer Grimm holds her holiday show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. She's joined by family and friends - Reed Grimm, Sophie Grimm, Trey Grimm, Colleen Raye and Joe Cruz!

Mike Doolin and David Martin
Monday-Friday, November 28-December 2. It's a rare multi-venue, week-long CD release celebration for guitarists/bassists David Martin and his Portland OR cohort Mike Doolin, starting at the Icehouse (11/28) and then moving on to the Black Dog (11/29),Vieux Carre' (11/30), the Driftwood (12/1) and Jazz Central (12/2). The duo will be joined throughout the week by Jim Chenoweth on bass, Pete Hennig on drums and Shai Hayo on percussion (except for the Black Dog gig).  Dave and Mike will also present a guitar repair workshop at the St Paul Guitar Center on December 3. The recording, Dark Star,  features original compositions and highlights Dave and Mike's talents moving among acoustic and electric guitars and basses.

Aaron Hedenstrom
Tuesday, November 29. Whenever there's a fifth Tuesday in the month, Jazz Central presents an addition big band beyond the regular rotation. Tonight, it's the Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band led by saxophonist and composer Aaron and featuring a who's who list of area jazzers.

At Vieux Carre', Chris Lomheim delivers solo piano finery, followed by veteran guitarist Paul Renz and his trio.

Levi Schwartzberg
Wednesday, November 30. Young vibes master Levi Schwartzberg and his quartet are featured at Jazz Central. In his third year now at the U of M, Levi is in familiar company with similarly prodigious talents -- Patrick Adkins on piano, Drew Stinson on bass, and Tariq Abdelqadar on drums. 

In the Dunsmore Room, we get our first opportunity in the Twin Cities to hear Swedish jazz vocalist and recent runner-up in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition, Sinne Eeg. Eeg's 2014 recording, Face the Music,  earned her the Danish Music Award (Denmark’s Grammy) for Best Jazz Vocal CD, along with the Ben Webster Prize, for which Sinne was the sole female recipient for the last 30 years, and the Prix du Jazz, awarded by France’s Academie du Jazz. In reviewing her performance in the Vaughan competition, Jazz Times reviewer Allan Morrison noted that, "After counting off with absolute authority, she did two things better than anybody else: interpreted the lyrics, milking every bit of humor out of them; and executed an effortless-sounding scat solo with structure, shape and musical imagination, one that only a mature jazz artist could produce."

Jeff Lorber
At the Dakota, contemporary jazz doesn't get any better--- Jeff Lorber on keys, Marlon McClain on guitar/vocals, Shaun LaBelle on bass, and Stokely Williams on drums/vocals.

Peter Kogan
Thursday, December 1. Long-time percussionist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Peter Kogan has turned to jazz in his "retirement," and his Quintet at Vieux Carre' includes some of region's best, including Pete Whitman on sax and Phil Aaron on piano.

Joe Mayo
Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents the Joe Mayo Quartet. Saxophonist Joe joins forces with some of the best in town--Zacc Harris on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, and Pete James Johnson on drums.

More Jazz!
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 on December 1 is young pianist and composer Javier Santiago, who will be talking about his upcoming tribute to Ahmad Jamal (December 3 at Studio Z). The KBEM website's "On Demand" includes archives of the Lead Sheet, where you can find the previous two or three shows.

Coming Soon! 
. December 2, David Martin-Mike Doolin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 2, Debbie Duncan at Hell's Kitchen
. December 3, Steven Hobert 4/Yo Jimbo, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 3, Javi Santiago, Jazz at Studio Z
. December 4, Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse (3 pm)
. December 4, Kim Fragodt and Bend in the River Big Band, "Swinging Christmas" at the Medina Entertainment Center
. December 5, John Raymond's Real Feels CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 7, Debbie Duncan at the Dakota
. 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 9. George Maurer Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 10, Charmin and Shapira at Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm)
. 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 10, Connie Evingson, Jazz at St Barney's (St Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth)
. December 11, Debbie Duncan with Dan Chouinard's "Birthday Club" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge 
. December 11, "All About Jazz", McNally Smith Emerging Artists at Amsterdam Bar
. December 12, Andrew Walesch Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 13, JT Bates Grain trio at Vieux Carre'
. December 14, Randy Sabien CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 14, BZ3 Organ Trio Holiday Show at the Parkway Theater 
. December 14, Winter Wonderland Show, Vic Volare with Charmin Michelle at Jax Cafe
. December 15, The Ruckus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 15, Phil Aaron/Anthony Cox/Phil Hey Trio at Khyber Pass
. December 17, The Ruckus/Below Zero, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. December 17, Charmin and Shapira "Holli-Jazz-Le" at St Andrews Riverside Church
. December 17, Fall of the House of Usher/Six Families at Jazz Central
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota (matinee show added!)
. December 19, Andrew Walesch Quartet with Debbie Duncan at the Dakota 
. December 20, Laura Caviani Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 21, Retro Swing Sister Jingle Bell Ball at the Eagles Club
. December 22. Hoaxer, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 22, Debbie Duncan at Hell's Kitchen
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 23, Debbie Duncan's Christmas Show at Crooners Lounge
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 27-28, Rio Nido at the Dakota
. December 28-29, Connie Evingson Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 29, No Exit, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. December 31, Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle, New Year's Eve at Shakopee Ballroom
. December 31, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog New Year's Eve
. December 31, Arne Fogel, New Year's Eve at Parma 8200
. January 2-3, Terence Blanchard, Live Recording at the Dakota
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet "A Love Supreme" at the Dakota
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival featuring Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber at TPT and 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 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. 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

John Raymond's Real Feels, coming to the Icehouse (CD Release) on December 5