Friday, October 28, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 28-November 3



Ellen Lease and Pat Moriarty at the Black Dog, October 29


© Andrea Canter

The end of October-- colors are past peak in central Minnesota, nights are getting cooler, and Halloween will soon bring little goblins to the neighborhood (because the Strib so smartly identified my part of town as candy heaven!). But the real treats (and musical tricks) await jazz fans at every turn -- from one of the longest-running team of bandleaders on the local avant garde scene gigging at the Black Dog to another long-standing ensemble melding jazz and poetry, from favorite local vocals to internationally renowned improvisers at the Icehouse. From trad to rad, it's right here in the Mini-Apple.

Big Gigs This Week

Jesse Simon, MN Hard Bop Collective
Friday, October 28. The rhythm team of the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective heads out on its own for the first time at Jazz Central-- that's Javi Santiago on piano, Ted Olsen on bass and leader Jesse Simon on drums. In the spirit of New York jazz of the 50s, the trio tackles some rarely heard music from Ray Brown and Paul Chambers. Stay for the late show -- the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Jazz Ensemble directed by Geoff Senn.

The Dakota presents American's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, winner by the largest margin in the show's history, and now signed to Columbia Records with Steve Tyrell producing his debut release. He's been compared to Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

Linda and Patty Peterson
At Parma 8200, sisters Patty (vocals) and Linda (vocals and piano) Peterson celebrate their birthdays with Linda's son Jason Peterson DeLaire on keys, sax and most likely adding some vocals as well. Apparently this will be the last Friday of music at Parma, so it's part celebration, part wake. (Benny Weinbeck will continue at Parma on Saturdays.)

Adam Meckler
At North High tonight, it's the second annual JAM Festival and concert -- Jazz Around Minneapolis brings together jazz students from all seven city high schools for a day of workshops, followed by a free concert with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and participating students.  

A rare pairing of vocalist Maud Hixson and the Chris Lomheim Trio should fill the lounge at Crooners, Jon Pemberton (piano) opens for the Jazzland Wonderband at Vieux Carre', and Bryan Nichols and Jeff Bailey pair up over the dinner hours at the Icehouse.
Aaron Hedenstrom
Saturday, October 29. The Jazz at Studio Z concert series returns for a fifth season, curated by Zacc Harris. Starting things off will be saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom and his quintet with pianist Bryan Nichols; guitarist Zacc Harris; bassist Graydon Peterson; and drummer Miguel Hurtado. And an hour before the concert, Aaron leads a free workshop on Strategies for Improvising on Complex  Chord Structures. 

Ellen Lease
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the Ellen Lease Pat Moriarty Quartet with Chris Bates on bass and Pete Hennig on drums. My opinion--Ellen Lease is one of the secret weapons of local avant garde jazz, a superb pianist who doesn't gig enough! The Roseville Area High School Combo appears on the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase to open the evening.

Javi Santiago
At the Icehouse, Javi Santiago joins James Buckley for some sophisticated dinner music; Pavel Jany and the Talking Strings continued weekly at the Loring Pasta Bar; the Benny Weinbeck Trio holds its weekly session in the lounge at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske serenade in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel;  Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson and Matt Peterson performs at Bistro LaRoux, and Paul Harper's Bardo Quartet performs at Mendoberri in Mendota Heights.

Steve Blons (Soul Cafe)
Sunday, October 30. After nearly a decade, Soul Cafe continues to perform, if less often, at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, melding poetry and jazz around a common theme -- and that theme tonight is "Dancing With Our Fears," poetry primarily addressing the anxieties of modern living, while the music is more inclined toward dancing, a sure antidote. Steve Blons (guitar), Brad Holden (alto sax), Steven Hobert (piano) and Daryl Boudreaux (percussion) play a set list ranging from Fats Waller to McCoy Tyner.

In White Bear, the Century Jazz Ensemble presents its fall concert in the Century College Theater (3 pm), the Zacc Harris Trio continues its long-running Sunday night gig at the Riverview Wine Bar, Gypsy Mania swings at Hell's Kitchen, and in the Dunsmore Room, multi-talented Jennifer Grimm launches a new monthly series of song.

Tim Berne
Monday, October 31. Trick or Treat! At the Icehouse, it's the first of two world-class nights, tonight featuring the band dubbed NOH -- saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist David Torn, and drummer Dave King. Berne was in town last spring and kept our ears on full alert. With three of the world's most adventurous musicians, this will be an evening of free-range excitement. With or without goblins.

Christian Howes
Renowned violinist Christian Howes turns up at Jazz Central with the U of M Jazz Combo (during his U of M residency, see Tuesday), while sassy vocalist Erin Schwab and pianist Jay Fuchs offer some spooky fun in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners.

Tuesday, November 1. The Icehouse presents McKnight composer and 2016 Doris Duke Award winner Wayne Horvitz, a renowned composer and keyboardist who has been touring throughout Minnesota this fall. Horvitz  will be joined by some of the Twin Cities top improvisers: Michelle Kinney (cello), Nathan Hanson (saxophone), Chris Cunningham (guitar) and Greg Schutte (drums). 

Christian Howes performs at Ted Mann tonight with the U of M Jazz Ensembles I and II, the culmination of his residency with the jazz program. It's a free concert! At Vieux Carre', Patrick Harison (accordion) opens the evening, followed by songbird Sophia Shorai. And it's First Tuesday -- the Bill Simenson Orchestra fills Big Band Night at Jazz Central, while at the Black Dog, guitar and drum magic will be on stage with Dean Magraw and Eric Gravatt.

Chris Lomheim Trio
Wednesday, November 2. The piano master, Chris Lomheim and his Trio return to Vieux Carre', and Anthony Cox presents his monthly Continuum series at Jazz Central.

Doug Haining
Thursday, November 3.  Vieux Carre' presents the Twin Cities Seven led by Doug Haining with vocalist Maryann Sullivan, while Vicky Mountain returns to Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central. At Khyber Pass, something wild is bound to happen with Mercy Button -- Nathan Hanson, Pat O'Keefe, Brett Wartcho, Geoff West Senn, and Nick Zielinski.

More Jazz!
There's even more jazz around the metro this week. See the live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on facebook. Andrea broadcasts a modified edition of The Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm on KBEM radio 88.5 FM, rebroadcast at 8:20 am on Friday mornings. Join Andrea on November 3 when her guest will be vocalist Connie Evingson, sharing news of her Jazz at the Jungle season which opens next weekend.

Coming Soon!
. November 4, Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota
. November 4, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows, Landmark Center Gala
. November 4-6, Maud Hixson, "What Judy Means to Jazz" at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. November 6, Jazz at the Jungle, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber "American Songbook" at the Jungle Theater
. November 6, Dan Chouinard and Judi Vinar, The Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room of Crooners Lounge
. November 7, Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. November 9, Debbie Duncan Sings Oscar Brown in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 10, Nick Syman CD Release, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 11, Alma Gentil, Early Baroque Meets Jazz (with new compositions from Jeremy Walker), Consortium Carrissimi at Landmark Center 
. November 12, Dean Magraw, solo guitar at Sundin Hall (Hamline University)
. November 13, Dan Chouinard with Connie Evingson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota
. November 15, Joyce Lyons CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 18, Bruce Henry at Crooners Lounge (Crooners Second Anniversary Weekend)
. November 19, JazzMN Orchestra "New Orleans Night" at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 19-20, Legends Series "Chances Are: The Johnny Mathis Duets" starring Julius Collins and Thomasina Petrus" at the Capri Theater
. November 22, Brian Gallagher Quartet, Posthumous CD Release and Tribute at the Icehouse
. November 22-23, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All Stars at the Dakota
. November 22-23, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Croones Lounge
. November 25, Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse 
. November 26, Happy Apple at the Icehouse
. November 26, Patty and the Buttons Annual Vaudeville Show at the Heights Theater
. November 27, Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 28, Dave Martin CD Release at the Icehouse
. November 29, Dave Martin CD Release at the Black Dog
. November 30, Dave Martin CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. December 2, Dave Martin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 5, John Raymond CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 8, Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut and Stefon Harris at the Dakota
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, 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 24, Marcus Gilmore Quartet at Walker West Music Academy
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. 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 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
. May 19, Ambrose Akinmisure Quintet at Walker West Music Academy

 
Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, at the Jungle Theater November 6

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 21-27



Rudresh Mahanthappa at Vieux Carre' on October 23


This week will be one of those times when you have to make some hard decisions about who to hear and where to go! No less that McCoy Tyner leads off at the Dakota, quickly followed by two nights with Matt Slocum and his new Trio Pacific at Studio Z, an evening with Douglas Ewart, and a night with Rudresh Mahanthappa and his Bird Calls at Vieux Carre, who are followed by a return engagement from keyboard great Bobby Lyle. Two jazz series get underway as well -- Jazz in the Target Atrium and Eight O'Clock Jump. Jazz is alive and well here!

Big Gigs This Week
McCoy Tyner
Friday, October 21.  Tonight is the second night with a living legend, as pianist and NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner is back on stage at the Dakota with his quartet. One of the last still-performing artists to play with Coltrane, Tyner has had a strong influence on some of the top artists of the 21st century including Craig Taborn and Geri Allen. And his quartet includes saxophonist Gary Bartz, bassist Gerald Cannon, and our Artistic Director for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, drummer Francisco Mela.

Jeremy Walker
Jazz in the Target Atrium moves to Friday nights this season, launching the series with a focus on the balladry of John Coltrane. Pianist, composer, bandleader and jazz impresario Jeremy Walker reassembles his Atrium Jazz Ensemble to play in one of the most intimate and scenic venues in the Metro, tonight featuring Brandon Wozniak on saxophone, Jeff Bailey on bass and Kevin Washington on drums, with special guest Rodolfo Nieto on vocals. Much of the program will be drawn from the music on John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman and Coltrane's Ballads albums, with an original addition from Walker, who doubles on piano. For the full season, the focus is on the music of Coltrane and Duke Ellington. Few if any tickets remain for the season opener, but do check back with the Box Office or come down to Orchestra Hall early as tickets usually become available at the last minute.

Davu Seru
Another season opener, this one at Walker West, the Eight O'Clock Jump Series starts off with drummer Davu Seru and his New Territory Band with guitarist Dean Granros, saxophonists Nathan Hanson and Tyler Cessor, trombonist Dave Graf, and trumpeter Noah-Ophoven Baldwin.  The inventive percussionist describes the band as "a book and its rotating cast of interpreters."

Jana Nyberg
More for Friday -- Donald Washington Group at the Black Dog,  the CC Septet at Jazz Central, Joel Shapira and pals at Parma 8200, and pianist Jon Pemberton followed by vocalist Jana Nyberg at Vieux Carre'.

Matt Slocum
Friday-Saturday, October 21-22. St Paul native, now a New York transplant, drummer Matt Slocum and his new Trio Pacific celebrate the release of the band's first album at Studio Z. This is an unusual configuration of saxophone (Dayna Stephens), guitar (Steve Cardenas) and drums (Slocum). It's a beautiful album of mostly Slocum originals, some written specifically for this trio, and amply demonstrating that this drummer isn't just a firebrand on his instrument, he's one of the leading composers of his generation as well.

Javi Santiago
At the Icehouse, you can spend two nights with Javi Santiago and Ted Olsen --piano and bass duo--for the dinner sets. Both have established their cred on the local jazz scene as performers, bandleaders and composers.

Douglas Ewart, photo © Lauren Deutsch
Saturday, October 22. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features one of the treasures of avant garde music, AACM artist and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart and Quasar, a "sonic and movement paradise" featuring an all-star ensemble of like-mined, multi-talented artists including vocalist/spoken word creator Mankwe Ndosi,  choreographer/dancer Leah Nelson, cellist Jacqueline Ultan (Jelloslave), computer musician/ sound designer Stephen Goldstein, pianist Carei Thomas, and saxophonist Donald Washington. Ewart himself will bring an arsenal including  sopranino saxophone, English horn, didgeridoo, voice and percussion. Opening the evening will be a quartet of John Devine and Bill Lang on saxes with Brock Thorson on bass and Alden Ikeda on drums.

Pippi Ardennia
Also on Saturday, it's the third annual birthday celebration and fundraiser at the Bedlam for the PipJazz organization, as soulful singer Pippi Ardennia brings in a long list of musicians to make her birthday special--her PipJazz SX Band, PipJazz All Stars, pianist and composer Jo Schad, and special guest, singer-songwriter Kevin Sandbloom.

More on Saturday --Patty Peterson  and Friends at Crooners Lounge, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota, Benny Weinbeck at Parma 8200.

Rudresh and Adam O'Farrill
Sunday, October 23. It's a rare Sunday night at Vieux Carré and what a rare show --Grammy nominated saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and his current Bird Calls ensemble come to town, with sensational young trumpeter Adam O'Farrill; Thomas Kneeland (bass) and Joshua White (piano) round out the quartet. Mahanthappa has appeared in the Twin Cities over the past few years in a collaboration with the Ragmala Dance troupe and with Rez Abbasi and Vijay Iyer at the Walker Art Center. The intimate space of Vieux Carré should be an ideal setting for Abbasi, and the  (reasonable) $35 cover should filter out the casual not-listeners. Rudresh's music is nothing short of divine.

Fall of the House of Usher
Monday, October 24. The on-the-edge magicians of Fall of the House of Usher hold an EP release at the Icehouse on this week's installment of JT's Jazz Implosion, with Chris Cunningham (guitars), son (and still a teenager) Ivan Cunningham and Jared Jarvis (saxes),  Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (trumpet), Chris Bates (basses), Greg Schutte (drums), and Adam Svec (vocals).

Bobby Lyle
In the Dunsmore Room, celebrating that new Steinway, Bobby Lyle returns home to Minnesota to play with pal Billy Peterson (bass). His show here a few months ago left everyone breathless. Expect more of the same!

At Jazz Central, gifted young saxophonist and composer Aaron Hedenstrom returns to the "Spotlight."

JT Bates (Grain)

Tuesday, October 25. Drummer Brian Claxton --an Eau Claire grad now based in Greeley, Colorado, and alum of the John Raymond Project--brings a trio to the Dunsmore Room, while the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra returns to Jazz Central on Big Band Night and JT Bates brings Grain (B3 organ trio) back to Vieux Carré.

Cody McKinney
Wednesday, October 26. Founding member of Five by Design, Terry, Kurt and Lori Niska now tour as The Niskas, landing tonight in the Dunsmore Room. At Jazz Central, Casey O'Brien brings in Tri0, with John Keston (electronics), drummer and electronics producer Graham O'Brien, and bassist Cody McKinney.

Hot Sardines*
Thursday, October 27. The Dakota presents the hot band, Hot Sardines-- "hot jazz as it was in the era when live music was king, with a little glamour, a little grit and a lot of passion." The ensemble, lead by Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth, meld the sounds of New York, Paris and New Orleans, and Miz Elizabeth has one of the most engaging voices on the jazz scene.

Bottomless Pit
Khyber Pass Cafe presents a solo night with Paul Metzger on "modified" banjo, Zacc Harris opens on solo guitar at Vieux Carré, and at Reverie, it's  Bottomless Pit with Joel Shapira, Pete Whitman, Tom Lewis, and Eric Gravatt.

More Jazz!
There's even more jazz around the metro this week. See the live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on facebook. Andrea broadcasts a modified edition of The Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm on KBEM radio 88.5 FM, rebroadcast at 8:20 am on Friday mornings. My guest next week is guitarist Steve Blons with news about Soul Cafe and their October 30th concert.

Coming Soon!
. October 28, Jazz Around Minneapolis (JAM) Festival with the Adam Meckler Orchestra at Minneapolis North High School
. October 28, Jazzland Wonderband at Vieux Carré
. October 29, Pat Moriarty-Ellen Lease Quartet/JazzINK Youth Showcase (Roseville High School Combo), Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. October 30, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
. October 30, Jennifer Grimm -- series preview-- in the Dunsmore Room of Crooners Lounge
. October 31, NOH Band (Tim Berne, Dave Torn, Dave King) at the Icehouse
. November 1, Wayne Horvitz at the Icehouse
. November 1, Patrick Harison followed by Sophia Shorai at Vieux Carré
. November 2, Chris Lomheim Trio at Vieux Carré
. November 3, Vicky Mountain at Jazz Central
. November 3, Twin Cities 7 at Vieux Carré
. November 4, Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota
. November 4-6, Maud Hixson, "What Judy Means to Jazz" at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. November 6, Jazz at the Jungle, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber "American Songbook" at the Jungle Theater
. November 6, Dan Chouinard and Judi Vinar, The Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room of Crooners Lounge
. November 7, Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. November 9, Debbie Duncan Sings Oscar Brown in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 10, Nick Syman CD Release, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 13, Dan Chouinard with Connie Evingson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota
. November 15, Joyce Lyons CD Release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 18, Bruce Henry at Crooners Lounge
. November 19, JazzMN Orchestra "New Orleans Night" at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 22-23, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All Stars at the Dakota
. November 22-23, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Croones Lounge
. November 27, Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 28, Dave Martin CD Release at the Icehouse
. November 29, Dave Martin CD Release at the Black Dog
. November 30, Dave Martin CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. December 2, Dave Martin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 5, John Raymond CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 8, Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut and Stefon Harris at the Dakota
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, 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 24, Marcus Gilmore Quartet at Walker West Music Academy
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. 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 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
. May 19, Ambrose Akinmisure Quintet at Walker West Music Academy

Tim Berne (NOH Band) at the Icehouse, October 31


* All photos by Andrea Canter unless otherwise indicated; Hot Sardines photo from promotional materials

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 14-20

Andres Prado and Mississippi, CD release at the Dakota on October 17
© Andrea Canter
 

There's definitely a nip in the air now, which makes it more important to keep our ears and souls warm with great music. We don't have to look far to find it this week-- veterans and young guns alike take the stages of area bars, clubs and concert venues, with a smattering of outstanding visitors throughout the week.

Alex Burgess
Friday, October 14. At Jazz Central, drummer Alex Burgess (Group 47) leads his organ quartet, featuring fellow River Falls-connected musicians, Thomas Strommen on sax, Dylan Nelson on guitar, and Eric Graham on keys. Recent McNally Smith graduate, drummer Dan May follows for a late set with his trio.

Meanwhile, vocalist Katia Cardenas returns to the Public Kitchen, and the Steve Kenny Quartet (with Javi Santiago, Ted Olsen and Miguel Hurtado) settles in at the Underground Music Cafe.

Babatunde Lea
Saturday, October 15. In the midst of the St Paul Art Crawl, the Black Dog hosts a new ensemble dubbed the Jazz Bridge Project, with Eric Gravatt on drums, Javi Santiago on keys, Ron Evaniuk on bass, Raijah Johnson on flute, and Roger Johnson on guitar. They're followed by the esteemed Babatunde Lea Quartet with Phil Aaron on piano and Solomon Parham on trumpet, and very likely someone on bass --with percussion of course under the spell of Babatunde.

Chris Lomheim
The Walker Art Center presents Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir El Saffar and his 17-piece pan Arabic band, including American heavyweights guitarist Miles Okazaki and drummer Nasheet Waits. At the Saint Paul Hotel's Lobby Bar, Chris Lomheim ably subs for JoAnn Funk with Jeff Brueske, while Moore by Four vocalist Yolande Bruce takes over the lounge at Crooners. And at Public Kitchen, Headspace fills the music space with Rob Dewey on keys, Matt Senjem on bass and special guest, Morris Engel on drums. 

Firebell
Sunday, October 16. Firebell burns tonight at the Aster Cafe--that's Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein playing mostly original music in the warm setting on the river at Anthony Main.

Lori Dokken
You can relive the Joni Mitchell songbook at Ordway with vocalists Judi Vinar  Lori Dokken, Jacy Smith and Rachel Holder Hennig, supported by an all-star jazz ensemble of Pete Hennig on drums, Jeff Bailey on bass and Dan Caton on guitar. The show will feature iconic Joni songs including "Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now,” “A Case of You,” “The Circle Game” and more.

Laura Caviani
Marking the close of the St Paul Art Crawl,  pianist Laura Caviani performs along with the classical Lux Quartet at the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative, a perfect setting to end a weekend of open studios, galleries, concerts and more.

A unique ensemble at the Dakota, the Huntertones are a young Brooklyn-based outfit with elements of jazz, Afrobeat, and funk, at times featuring sousaphone and Beat Box.

Andres Prado and Jeff Bailey
Monday, October 17. Peruvian guitarist and former area resident Andres Prado joins up with the band Mississippi to celebrate the release of their first recording at the Dakota. Prado brings traditional Peruvian music to postbop jazz, with his original compositions in tandem with works from his collaborators --Pete Whitman, Kevin Washington, Jeff Bailey and Peter Schimke.

Miguel Hurtado
The Jazz Central spotlight night features drummer Miguel Hurtado, a veteran of more than ten years on the local jazz scene despite his relative youth-- he's been gigging around town since his teens, and typically is in the company of fellow young lions like Javi Santiago and Ted Olsen.

Lars-Erik Larson, Mancrush
At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features Mancrush -- that's Lars Erik-Larson with Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak and Bryan Nichols with guest Aby Wolf-- so it is really Wolfcrush. The second set features the Chicago trio, Hanging Hearts.

Tuesday, October 18. The Dunsmore Room presents the young magicians of the Basement Society, led by drummer Pete James Johnson with bassist Dan Carpel and pianist Javi Santiago testing out the new Steinway.

Mary Louise Knutson
At Vieux Carre', Mary Louise Knutson offers some elegant solo piano, followed by the swing of Connie Evingson and her hotclub ensemble. And the Dakota features Cuban piano hero Harold Lopez Nussa, touring with his brother on drums and Senagalese vocalist/bassist Alune Wade. Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster.

Wednesday, October 19. New York-born vocalist Rhonda Laurie takes the prime-time slot at Vieux Carre', following a substantial warm-up from singer Sophia Shorai.   Back in the Dunsmore Room, Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter and jazz bandleader Charles Lazarus pairs up with pianist Mary Jo Gothmann for a program of classical and jazz.

Thursday, October 20. Rhonda Laurie moves across the river for Vocal Night at Jazz Central, while Khyber Pass presents the Six Families Music Collective.

McCoy Tyner
At the Dakota, it's the first of two starry nights with living piano legend McCoy Tyner and his quartet featuring saxophonist Gary Bartz, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Francisco Mela, who happens to be the Artistic Director for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

More Jazz!
See the the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com --online and on facebook. Tune into the radio edition of The Lead Sheet every Thursday at 4:40 pm (rebroadcast on Fridays at 8:20 am). Andrea's guest next week will be pianist/composer Jeremy Walker to talk about the new season of Jazz in the Target Atrium, launching on Friday, October 21.

Coming Soon!
. October 21, Davu Seru's No Territory Band, Walker West Music Academy
. October 21, McCoy Tyner Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. October 21, Atrium Jazz Ensemble, "Ballads", Jazz in Target Atrium (Orchestra Hall)
. October 21-22, Matt Slocum Trio at Studio Z
. October 22, PipJazz at The Bedlam Lowertown
. October 22, Patty Peterson and Friends at Crooners Lounge
. October 22, Douglas Ewart Group/John Devine & Bill Lang, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. October 22, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
. October 23, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bird Calls at Vieux Carre'
. October 24, Fall of the House of Usher EP Release at the Icehouse
. October 24, Bobby Lyle with Billy Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 24, Aaron Hedenstrom at Jazz Central
. October 25, Brian Claxton Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 25, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. October 27, Hot Sardines at the Dakota
. October 27, Bottomless Pit, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. October 28, Jazz Around Minneapolis (JAM) Festival with the Adam Meckler Orchestra at Minneapolis North High School
. October 29, Pat Moriarty-Ellen Lease Quartet/JazzINK Youth Showcase (Roseville High School Combo), Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. October 30, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
. October 31, NOH Band (Tim Berne, Dave Torn, Dave King) at the Icehouse
. November 1, Wayne Horvitz at the Icehouse
. November 4, Acoustic Alchemy at the Dakota
. November 4-6, Maud Hixson, "What Judy Means to Jazz" at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. November 10, Nick Syman CD Release, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. November 11, Chucho Valdes/Joe Lovano at Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
. November 14, Catherine Russell at the Dakota
. November 18, Bruce Henry at Crooners Lounge
. November 19, JazzMN Orchestra "New Orleans Night" at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. November 22-23, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All Stars at the Dakota
. November 22-23, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Croones Lounge
. November 27, Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 28, Dave Martin CD Release at the Icehouse
. November 29, Dave Martin CD Release at the Black Dog
. November 30, Dave Martin CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. December 2, Dave Martin CD Release at Jazz Central
. December 5, John Raymond CD Release at the Icehouse
. December 5-6, Joey DeFrancesco Holiday Show in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 8, Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut and Stefon Harris at the Dakota
. December 13, Judy Carmichael in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 18, Peterson Family Holiday Show at the Dakota 
. December 22-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 27, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 30, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carré
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival, 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 24, Marcus Gilmore Quartet at Walker West Music Academy
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. 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 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 19, Ambrose Akinmisure Quintet at Walker West Music Academy

 
Rudresh Mahanthappa at Vieux Carre', October 23