Friday, December 2, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 2-8

Joey DeFrancesco returns to the Dunsmore Room, December 5-6

© Andrea Canter

As the year winds down, it seems our music is revving up. There's holiday magic on stages throughout the metro as well as some special nods to icons Ahmad Jamal and George Gershwin, and some pretty amazing visitors including John Raymond and Joey DeFrancesco.

Big Gigs This Week

Mike Doolin
Friday, December 2. Tonight at Jazz Central is the final CD release celebration for guitarists/bassists Mike Doolin and David Martin. Their original music and large array of guitars has been on full display at four venues over the past four nights, so if you have not caught the show yet, here's one last opportunity.

Charles Lazarus
There might be a few tickets left for Charles Lazarus' annual "Merry and Bright" at Orchestra Hall, with the MN Orchestra trumpeter leading a jazz ensemble with vocalists Tonia Hughes and Bruce Henry, and the Lazarus Brass.

For fans of Gershwin, Friday starts the return run of The Soul of Gershwin at Park Square Theater, written by Joe Vass, and featuring the great voices of Maud Hixson, Maggie Burton and Geoffrey Jones, and an all-star jazz band with Doug Haining, Adam Meckler, Chris Bates, Jay Epstein and more. The show runs through the end of December.

Steven Hobert with LA Buckner
Saturday, December 3. Still going strong after about 115 weekly shows, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog starts the evening with the 7-piece Yo Jimbo band led by drummer Jimbo Robinson, followed by the headline sets featuring the Steven Hobert 4, with the pianist/composer leading a quartet with saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Yohannes Tona, and the amazing young drummer Arthur "LA" Buckner.

Javi Santiago
You may have divided loyalties Saturday as up the street at Studio Z, young veteran pianist Javi Santiago pays tribute to Ahmad Jamal in a trio setting with bassist Graydon Peterson and drummer Adrian Suarez. Javi--who first played Twin Cities jazz fest gigs in his early teens and went on to shine at the Brubeck Institute, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program, and the New School in New York--has been an active bandleader and sideman since returning to the Twin Cities a few years ago, and has long drawn inspiration from Ahmad Jamal. In addition to their concert sets, the trio will hold a "master class" at 6 pm, exploring the career and music of Jamal via demonstration and Q & A.

Patty Peterson
Sunday, December 4. Holiday shows continue! Patty Peterson brings her infectious joy to the Dunsmore Room with "A Season to Love," while another vocal talent, Kim Fragodt, joins the Bend in the River Big Band for a "Swinging Christmas" at the Medina Entertainment Center.

John Raymond
Monday, December 5. Holidays mean homecomings, and tonight, Twin Cities native trumpeter John Raymond is back with his firebrand Real Feels Trio, celebrating the release of their live studio recording (Live Volume One) at the Icehouse. Tracks on the CD were recorded recently at Blu in Akron, OH and at the Blue Whale in LA. John's cohorts, guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan, are among their generation's leading artists.

Connie Evingson
If you were not able to get tickets for the sold-out Heights Theater screenings of White Christmas, a show has been added tonight, with Connie Evingson and Rick Carlson providing the live and jazzy entertainment with each screening. And at Jazz Central, the Monday spotlight artist is trumpeter Omar Abdulkarim.

Monday-Tuesday, December 5-6.  B-3 legend Joey DeFrancesco was so taken by the Dunsmore Room in September, he was eager to return. Back now for two nights, Joey D celebrates the holidays with his touring trio, Dan Wilson on guitar and Jason Brown on drums. Expect Joey to pull out his trumpet and even burst into song as he salutes the holidays.

Eric Gravatt and Dean Magraw
Tuesday, December 6. It's First Tuesday, which means Dean Magraw with Eric Gravatt at the Black Dog, and the Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central. Sometimes predictability is a good thing in jazz!

Wednesday, December 7. Top vocal talents are singing out tonight! Connie Evingson hosts the monthly Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club, this month a holiday show with saxman Dave Karr. Meanwhile, more voices-- Debbie Duncan at the Dakota, and Erin Schwab presents her "Naughty and Nice" holiday show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners.

Tim Warfield
Thursday, December 8. Another embarrassment of riches night! The Dakota hosts saxophonist Tim Warfield and his "Jazzy Christmans" ensemble-- and it's a group of headliners. Cyrus Chestnut, headliner of the 2016 Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, returns on piano, along with vibes master Stefon Harris, drummer Clarence Penn, and more.

Two Trumpet Band
At Vieux Carré, the King of Flumpet Steve Kenny takes the stage with his quartet--Javi Santiago, Ted Olsen and Rodney Ruckus, while Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie features the Two Trumpet Band, with unrelated "brothers" Noah Ophoven Baldwin pairing with Jake Baldwin.

At Khyber Pass, Adam Linz's Le Percheron is back!

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 next week (December 8) will guitarist and curator Zacc Harris, talking about the 5th season of Jazz at Studio Z.

Coming Soon!
. December 9. George Maurer Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 9, Color Me Kindly at Vieux Carre'
. 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 16, Paul McCandless 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 3-4, Davell Crawford 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 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. 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

JT Bates, Grain Trio at Vieux Carre' December 13