Friday, December 30, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 30 - January 5

Terence Blanchard and the E Collective record live at the Dakota, January 2-3

© Andrea Canter

This last Lead Sheet for 2016 reflects the depth and breadth of the Twin Cities jazz scene-- veterans, visitors and the next generation of stars. There's aural fun to be had on New Year's Eve, of course, and a look at the "Coming Soon" calendar gives us plenty of options to resolve to make 2017 the jazziest yet.

Big Gigs This Week
Pat Mallinger
Friday, December 30. It's a night filled with homecomings! Local native, Chicago-based saxophonist Pat Mallinger is back for a night at Vieux Carre' with friends Chris Lomheim, Graydon Peterson and Phil Hey. Pat's a fixture at the Green Mill in Chicago and a frequent cohort of Bill Carrothers. During the heyday of the Artists Quarter in St Paul, Pat was at least an annual guest. Since the AQ's closing, he has returned to the basement stage at Vieux Carre' and most recently joined Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room. It just would not be the holidays without a visit from Pat. Come early for a set from pianist/composer Jeremy Walker.

Levi Schwartzberg
 At Jazz Central, young artists who have been featured throughout the year----many now located coast to coast in college programs--donate their time for a year-end fundraiser, with three bands starting at 8 pm. Tattered Tear Drop is Josh Johnson, Levi Schwartzberg, DeCarlo Jackson, Alex Karye, Sam Rosenstone, Tyler Wagner, Edmund Catlin and Nazeem Cunningham; TK Wallace's Hard Bop Playhouse has Jordan Anderson and Peter Goggin with Wagner and Catlin; and Sound Skirmish is Schwartzberg with Patrick Adkins, Drew Stinson and Ben Ehrlich. Every $10 cover goes to support the nonprofit venue and jazz education center that not only presents great music, but serves as a significant incubator of area talents.

Will Schmid
More young guns tonight: In Excelsior at the 318, already a veteran bandleader, guitarist Will Schmid and long-time cohort, drummer Jesse Thorson, team up with trumpeter Jake Baldwin and bassist Charlie Lincoln for what should be a smoldering evening of originals and thoughtful covers. Will and Jesse just tore it up at the Black Dog a few nights ago, Charlie has been popping up all over town during his winter break from Berklee, and the relatively old Jake Baldwin is always a terror in any context.

Bryan Nichols
At the Icehouse, the piano/bass duo of Bryan Nichols and James Buckley provides creative music through the dinner hours, followed by the jazzy soul sounds of Nooky Jones.

Saturday, December 31. It's a decent forecast for New Year's Eve so venture out this year and catch some great jazz to celebrate or compensate!  Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, starting the evening early with Todd Harper's Sane New Year's Eve, with Hoaxer (Peter Goggin, Will Kjeer, Charlie Lincoln, Edmund Catlin) headlining -- and they are just coming off their recording sessions at Creation Audio and a killer performance last week at Reverie. Around 10:30 pm, there will be an all-star jam session featuring Saturday Night favorites.

Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra
Singing bassist Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows are on stage at Vieux Carre;' Park Square Theater presents the last show of The Soul of Gershwin; Arne Fogel, followed by the Benny Weinbeck Trio, celebrate at Parma 8200; Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra provide a festive ballroom evening at the Shakopee Ballroom; the JoAnn Funk Trio with vocalist Steve Marking pay tribute to Sinatra in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel; guitarist Joel Shapira provides solo sounds to open the evening at The Dakota, followed by the annual blowout with Davina and the Vagabonds.

Tim Sparks
Sunday, January 1. Most venues are closed today but you can catch some great solo guitar as well as creative brunch treats at the Icehouse, where Tim Sparks provides music to jumpstart your New Year's resolutions.

Cole Mahlum
At Jazz Central, the weekly B-3 Organ Jam (4 pm) led by guitarist Cole Mahlum takes no holiday! And Jennifer Grimm offers a Rose Bowl alternative in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge.

Monday, January 2. A hot start to 2017, the Mill City Hot Club takes the spotlight at Jazz Central. Typically it's a quintet with guitar (Dean Harrington), violin (Gary Schulte), accordion (Patrick Harison), bass (Matt Senjem) and drums (Pete Hennig).

Greg Schutte
And JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse takes a soulful turn with a new trio of Greg Schutte (Mickey Hart Band, Adam Meckler Quintet, JelloSlave) on drums, Blair Krivanek (Sonny Knight, The Dollys) on guitar, and Jimmy Stofer (Ryan Bingham, The Fray) on bass, with rumors of a special appearance by Sonny Knight himself. 

And the Acme Jazz Company starts 2017 with their monthly residency at Crooners Lounge.

Terence Blanchard
Monday-Tuesday, January 2-3.  Over the past decade, Terence Blanchard has emerged as one of the modern legends of jazz trumpet, as a performer, bandleader, film scorer, educator and more. His E-Collective is his funkiest project, featuring amazing young pianist Fabian Almazan, and they return to the Dakota for two nights of live recording as part of a three-city project (including Cleveland and Dallas). The recording concept was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and particularly three controversial shootings in the three cities.

Dean Magraw
Tuesday, January 3. A new year means 12 more First Tuesdays at the Black Dog, the monthly duo fest with guitarist Dean Magraw and drummer Davu Seru. You won't find two more inventive and compatible souls. First Tuesdays also mean the Bill Simenson Orchestra leading off Big Band Night at Jazz Central.

It's a swinging good night at Vieux Carre', starting out with solo piano finery from Chris Lomheim, followed by the king of stride, Butch Thompson, on the piano bench surrounded by the likes of clarinetist Tony Balluff and bassist Steve Pikal. That's a lot of jazz talent for a $5 cover!

Dick Oatts*
Tuesday-Wednesday, January 3-4. The Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge had already announced two nights with sax titan Jerry Bergonzi, but due to illness, Bergonzi had to cancel. No worries, New York saxophonist Dick Oatts took the slot, and with favorites Bill Carrothers, Billy Peterson and Joe Pulice in support, he'll provide two nights of fire sure to melt the ice on adjacent Moore Lake.

Charlie Lincoln
Wednesday, January 4. Winter break is not over yet, at least not for bassist Charlie Lincoln. He's had one gig after another since arriving back home on vacation from studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Tonight he's at Jazz Central with young vibes master Levi Schwartzberg and slightly older drum master Cory Healey. Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows land at the Dakota.

Rodney Ruckus
Thursday, January 5. A few weeks ago, Rodney Ruckus blew Reverie apart with a three-ensemble night that ranged from hip-hop to funk to modern jazz. He in part repeats that evening at Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie tonight, with a double header: First up, the jazz/hip-hop project featuring drummer Arthur "LA" Buckner, followed by the current edition of The Ruckus with Rodney on drums, Greg Byers on cello, and Javi Santiago on piano. The trio heads out on tour after this warm-up.

Sarah M. Greer
Jazz Central's Vocal Jazz Night features Sarah M. Greer with inventive bassist Anthony Cox. At Khyber Pass, the Larry McDonough Quartet presents "all originals" written by Larry and bassist Greg Stinson, while the more traditional leanings of the Southside Aces are on display at the Dakota.

More Jazz!
Larry McDonough
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, archived on the KBEM website. Andrea's guest next week will be Larry McDonough talking about his Bill Evans/Tony Bennett tribute.

Coming Soon!
. January 6, Judi Vinar and the Wolverines at Crooners Lounge 
. January 6, Jack Courtright and Friends at Jazz Central
. January 7, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. January 7, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, Jazz at Studio Z
. January 7,  Will Schmid/Greg Lewis Quartet/Paul Harper's Bardo Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 12, Julian Manzara Quartet/Aaron Hedenstrom Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 13, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge 
. January 14, Oudyano (Steven Hobert, Issam Rafea) at Studio Z
. January 14, Solomon Parham Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 19, Peter Vircks Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 21, Simon Petrick Group/Chris Bates' Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet ("A Love Supreme") at the Dakota
. January 26, Wise Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 28, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. January 28, Tommy Bentz Quartet/The Ruckus, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, special Winter Jazz Festival night
. 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
. January 31-February 1, Nellie McKay at the Dakota
. February 2, Red Planet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 3-4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 4, Atlantis Quartet/Ben Allison Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 9, Phil Hey Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase)/What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 25, Julian Manzara Quartet/Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
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

Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, at Studio Z on January 7

* All photos by Andrea Canter except "Dick Oatts" by Wolfgang Schottstadt