Friday, December 23, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 23-29

The Bad Plus at the Dakota, December 22-23, 25-26

© Andrea Canter

Even for Minnesota, our recent weather has created a wild ride, from way below zero to over 40 above, and maybe our music reflects this as well -- in this coming week, you can hear it all, from Bourbon Street to Gershwin to the Bad Plus, from our veteran elders to our youngest upstarts. What a way to end the year!

Big Gigs This Week
Debbie Duncan

Friday, December 23. Launch the holiday weekend with sass and song as only Debbie Duncan can, as she carries on at Crooners Lounge. A new ensemble of some young favorites, including Cameron Kinghorn and Nelson Devereaux, performs as the King Baron Hot Several, a melding of New Orleans trad and American soul, at Vieux Carre'.

CC Septet
The veteran performers and educators of the CC Septet bring their glorious holiday bash to Jazz Central. And JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske offer another round of holiday fare in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel--then they're off duty til New Year's Eve. And the Aster Cafe' at Anthony Main is a perfect setting for Patty (Patrick Harison) and the Buttons.

Ethan, Reid and Dave - The Bad Plus
Friday, Sunday and Monday, December 23, 25-26. The annual Bad Plus holiday residency, which got underway Thursday, returns to the Dakota. The Big Apple gets the trio later for New Year's week at the Village Vanguard, but we always get them first! After all, it all started here. Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and Dave King are celebrating a new recording dubbed It's Hard ("because it's not easy," says Reid), marking a return to their days of reinventing pop and rock covers. Now they cover Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Cyndi Lauper, even jazz icon Ornette Coleman. And they will thrown in a few of their originals as well. (This gig was sold out Thursday but tickets remain especially for Sunday and Monday... so far. It's definitely one of the highlights of the season!)

Maud Hixson, The Soul of Gershwin
Saturday-Sunday, December 24-25. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day-- many venues are closed. There is a matinee performance of the Soul of Gershwin at Park Square Theater on Christmas Eve--if you can find tickets, it would make a nice and swinging family gathering.

Monday, December 26. Saxophonist Andrew Schwandt, recently transplanted to New York,  back for the holidays, gathering friends for the "Spotlight" gig at Jazz Central.

Nancy Harms
Tuesday, December 27.  The Dunsmore Room brings back one of Minnesota's top jazz success stories of the last decade, New York-based vocalist Nancy Harms, with frequent collaborator, pianist Jeremy Siskind. Nancy's 2016 album Ellington at Night earned raves from critics--she has a unique style with songs as well known as "Lush Life" and as under-the-radar as "Troubled Waters" (and I don't mean the Simon and Garfunkel hit).

Charlie Lincoln
The Black Dog hosts the Charlie Lincoln Quartet, sporting the unusual instrumentation of two alto saxophones (Peter Goggin and Jack Breen), bass (Charlie) and drums (Edmund Catlin). Actually this is three-quarters of Hoaxer, the stunning quartet of college guys that delighted the audience at Reverie last week, and will do so again at the Black Dog on New Year's Eve. Now replacing piano with a second alto, Charlie and company will bring a very different sound as the horns can play off each other. Peter and Jack are up to the task, and Charlie and Edmund will drive the groove in interesting directions.

Sound Skirmish
At Jazz Central, the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra adds a warm beat to the cool basement, while in another basement, Chris Lomheim opens the evening on solo piano at Vieux Carre'. And at the Amsterdam Bar, the young giants of Sound Skirmish (Patrick Adkins, Levi Schwartzberg, Drew Stinson, Ben Ehrlich) fill downtown St Paul with original works that belie their years.

Rio Nido
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 27-28.  One of the most popular acts of the 70s, Rio Nido returns to the Dakota --that's Tim Sparks, Prudence Johnson and Tom Lieberman. Revived in the past year after a long hiatus, RN 's crowds have not diminished, and neither has their engaging music.

Larry McDonough
Wednesday, December 28.  Pianist and composer Larry McDonough and his quartet (Richard Terrill, Greg Stinson, Dean White) bring their entertaining "Twisted Holidays" to Vieux Carre'. The first set offers Larry's off-beat arrangements of familiar and less familiar holiday fare, while the second set is an amalgam of the quartet's recent tributes to Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Tony Bennett.

Connie Evingson
Wednesday and Thursday, December 28-29.  One of our most celebrated songbirds, Connie Evingson returns to the Dunsmore Room with her holiday show, surrounded by the best--Mary Louise Knutson, Gordy Johnson and Dave Karr. Likely she will sing some songs from her holiday CD, The Secret of Christmas.

Thursday, December 29.  From St Paul to Minneapolis, two bands of mostly young lions roar: At the Black Dog,  guitarist Will Schmid (Case Western Reserve U) gathers a quartet of similarly talented young stars of tomorrow--pianist Patrick Adkins (Lawrence U), bassist Alma Engebretson (U of Denver) and drummer Jesse Thorson (Columbia U).

Luke Peterson, No Exit
A bit later in the evening, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie hosts No Exit. Led by drummer Luke Peterson (Northwestern U), the original band included Charlie Lincoln and Peter Goggin, but they are tied up with a Hoaxer recording session. So who can sub? Youthful veterans Brandon Wozniak (saxes) and Graydon Peterson (bass) collaborate with Peterson,  high school senior Adam Astrup (guitar), and college buddies Levi Schwartzberg (vibes, U of M) and Jack Courtright (trombone, Eastman School of Music). In one night, you can really hear the future of jazz!

Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central welcomes back Vicky Mountain "and friends," singing, swinging, and ushering in a new year with some classics, originals, and fun.

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. Next week (December 29) Andrea and guest Maryann Sullivan discuss the jazz events that they most look forward to in 2017.

Coming Soon!
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. December 30, Will Schmid/Jesse Thorson with Jake Baldwin and Charlie Lincoln at the 318
. 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 with Hoaxer, All-Star Jam
. December 31, Arne Fogel, New Year's Eve at Parma 8200
. December 31, Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre'
. January 2, Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge
. January 2-3, Terence Blanchard, Live Recording at the Dakota
. January 3-4, Jerry Bergonzi in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 5, Larry McDonough Quartet at Khyber Pass 
. January 6, Judi Vinar and the Wolverines at Crooners Lounge
. January 7, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. January 7, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Jazz at Studio Z
. January 10, Larry McDonough Quartet (Tony Bennett/Bill Evans tribute) at the Dakota
. January 11, KBEM REEL Jazz screening, I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott at Trylon Cinema 
. January 13, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge 
. January 14, Oudyano (Steven Hobert, Issam Rafea), Jazz at Studio Z
. January 16, Paul McCandless at the Dakota
. January 16, Butch Thompson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 18-19, Roy Hargrove with Roberta Gambarini at the Dakota
. January 21, Chris Bates' Red 5 at the Black Dog
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet ("A Love Supreme") at the Dakota
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 28, Bruce Henry 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 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. 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 19, Kaki King at the Dakota
. 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 and Adam Birnbaum 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 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. 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 25, John Scofield's Country for Old Men at the Dakota
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center

Hoaxer -- New Year's Eve Jazz at the Black Dog