Friday, December 9, 2016

The Lead Sheet" Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 9-15

Illicit Sextet helps celebrate the release of Twin Cities Jazz Sampler II, Saturday at the Black Dog

© Andrea Canter

What's the best way to deal with the onset of winter weather? Keep warm with great jazz, of course! And we don't have to look far this week as new recordings, fabulous visitors, and holiday festivities add warmth to snow and windchills.

Big Gigs This Week
George Maurer
Friday, December 9.  Pianist, composer and producer George Maurer brings his annual holiday show and "Group" back to the Dakota. The Group includes Leslie Vincent (vocals), Mugsy Lauer (guitar, vocals), Jeff Engholm (bass, vocals), Richard Witteman (trumpet, vocals), Jim Ten Bensel (trombone, vocals), Rich Manik (saxophone), and Scott Chabot (drums).

Eric Gravatt
Jazz Central hosts Weather Report alum drummer Eric Gravatt's Source Code.  Usually Eric brings Dean Magraw, Solomon Parham and Ron Evaniuk to the bandstand.

Ian Young
At Vieux Carre', start the evening with pianist Jeremy Walker (usually in duo setting), followed by bassist Ian Young's Color Me Kindly, described as a "collective presenting R&B, soul, funk, jazz and everything in-between." Bryan Nichols and Zacc Harris spread cheer at the Icehouse over the dinner hours, Joel Shapira goes solo at Hell's Kitchen, and the always fun and funky Kronick Quintet takes over at Golden's Deli in St Paul.

Steve Kenny
Saturday, December 10. About two years ago, Illicit Productions released volume one of the Twin Cities Jazz Sampler, featuring single tracks from recent recordings of 13 metro area bands. The long-awaited Volume will be celebrated with a rare triple header on Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series. Like the series, the sampler is the brainchild of Steve Kenny, who again has assembled 13 tracks from the top local instrumental releases of the past couple years. Three representative bands provide this mini sampler--the Illicit Sextet, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band, and Mississippi

Connie Evingson
It's always a holiday when Connie Evingson is on stage. Tonight Connie returns to the Jazz at St Barneys series (at St Barnabas Church in Plymouth), doing songs from her holiday CD, The Secrets of Christmas, with support from Mary Louise Knutson and Dave Karr. At Vieux Carré, enjoy a night with singing bassist Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows, while dinner sets at the Icehouse feature the long-running duo of Javi Santiago and Ted Olsen.

Capri Big Band
Sunday, December 11. The biggest of our metro big bands with 25 musicians, the Capri Big Band, directed by Fay Washington, performs a matinee show at the Capri Theater. And there should be plenty of fun when Debbie Duncan joins Dan Chouinard for his "Birthday Club" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, featuring songwriters and artists with December birthdays.

Andrew Walesch

Monday, December 12. Pianist/vocalist Andrew Walesch kicks off a three-night run of holiday shows in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, bringing his trio to the stage for a festive evening of favorite songs. And it's also Frank Sinatra's birthday so expect Andrew, who has performed his own Sinatra show many times in the past year, to throw in some nods to Frank.

Davu Seru
JT Bates' Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse presents drummer Davu Seru and his No Territory Band with Pat O'Keffe (clarinets), Nathan Hanson (saxophones), Jake Baldwin (trumpet), and Levi Schwartzberg (vibraphone). At Jazz Central, cellist/bassist Greg Byers leads Ashen Fir with pianist Jack Barrett.

Judy Carmichael*
Tuesday, December 13. It might be the first local appearance of entertaining pianist/vocalist/radio host Judy Carmichael, who hosts the NPR show Jazz Inspired. Her resume is a long novel!  Judy presides over the Steinway in the Dunsmore Room with top-flight guitarist Chris Flory.

Kevin Gastonguay (Grain)
At Vieux Carré in St. Paul, pianist Chris Lomheim opens solo, followed by JT Bates' Grain Trio with Kevin Gastonguay on organ and Zacc Harris on guitar. And Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the monthly bash with the Cedar Avenue Big Band.

Laura Caviani
Wednesday, December 14. A great opportunity to enjoy the talents of pianist Laura Caviani, she performs in a "pop-up" noon concert at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown St Paul.  She will likely cover music from her holiday albums, Angels We Haven't Heard and Holly, Jolly and Jazzy.

Randy Sabien
The Dunsmore Room hosts a CD celebration for violinist Randy Sabien. Founder of the strings program at McNally Smith College of Music, Sabien is releasing a set of holiday music, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe.

And at the Parkway Theater, Brian Ziemniak's BZ3 Organ Trio rocks south Minneapolis with his holiday show.

Thursday, December 15. Vocal Jazz night at Jazz Central brings together three songbirds--Katia Cardenas, Sheridan Zuther and Nicole Carey. Meanwhile, The Ruckus takes over Reverie under the drum sticks of Rodney Ruckus.

Phil Hey
Always something unusual is cooking at Khyber Pass, and tonight three of the area's finest appear together for the first time in a  free jazz context--pianist Phil Aaron, bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Phil Hey.

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 guests next week will be Larry Englund of the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and pianist/educator Laura Caviani, sharing information about the annual Jazz Piano Workshop, coming up in late January.

Coming Soon!
. 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 21, Pete Snell Trio at Lupine Brewery (Delano)
. 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 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone 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

Three generations of Peterson perform in their annual holiday show at the Dakota, December 18