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.

Hoaxer
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 jazzpolice.com. --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







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 jazzpolice.com. --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

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 16-22



The Peterson Family - "The Jam Before Christmas" on December 18 at the Dakota

© Andrea Canter

As we head into the week before Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza, our jazz options seem to increase exponentially!  Not only do we have area favorites, we also have some special visitors back in town for annual holiday performances, including the start of the annual Bad Plus residency at the Dakota. The weather outside is expected to be frightful over the weekend, but as intrepid Minnesotans, don't let some flakes and a deep freeze interfere with your jazz moments!!

Big Gigs This Week
Kronick Quintet
Friday, December 16. Sax veteran Donald Washington holds his monthly gig at the Black Dog, tonight with bassist Dick Studer and son Kevin Washington on drums. Up the street at Public Kitchen, the Kronick Quintet will melt any snow and ice in the vicinity.

Dave Brattain
Jazz Central's Masters Series features the Dave Brattain Quartet, with the leader on saxophone, Kevin Daley on guitar, Ted Olsen on bass and Mac Santiago on drums. Youth prevail on the late night schedule, as Simon Petrick leads the student jam-- and with many college students back for winter break, it's likely to be one of the best jam sessions of the year.

Doc Severinsen
Friday-Saturday, December 16-17. One of the nation's most beloved musicians is back with his Jingle Bell Doc show at Orchestra Hall. Of course I mean Doc Serverinsen, still blowing a mean trumpet and leading his bands at nearly 90. This concert with the Minnesota Orchestra features our own Mary Louise Knutson on piano, the Minnesota Chorale, and the handbell ensemble, Twin Cities Bronze.

JoAnn Funk
JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske continue their holiday schedule at the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel, but Saturday night is special--their annual Deck the Halls show, expanding the band to include violinist Gary Schulte and baritone Steven Marking for a swinging holiday celebration.

Charmin & Shapira
Saturday, December 17. The long-running duo of Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira, aka Charmin and Shapira, celebrates the holidays with an afternoon show at Andrew Riverside Church. Family friendly with both holiday and jazz fare.

Babatunde Lea
Big gigs this evening in Lowertown: The Babatunde Lea Sextet performs on the Jazz at Studio Z series, with Lea on drums, Brandon Wozniak on saxophones, JC Sanford on trombone, Zacc Harris on guitar, Phil Aaron on piano and Graydon Peterson on bass. The renowned percussionist premiers a new work co-written with series curator Harris, titled "New Rituals of Unity," based on traditional West African chants. They start off the evening with another live podcast recording at 6 pm.  

Below Zero with Greg Keel
Down the hill, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog opens with the monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase featuring a young quintet directed by Greg Keel at MacPhail, dubbed Below Zero, which will likely describe the temperatures. They warm up the stage for Rodney Ruckus, who leads The Ruckus in the headline sets, with Ruckus on drums, Anthony Cox on bass, Javi Santiago on keys and Steve Kenny on Flumpet™.
Rodney Ruckus


Katia Cardenas
Also Saturday, a special double bill at Jazz Central -- Fall of the House of Usher and Six Families. The Benny Weinbeck Trio performs in their weekly slot at Parma 8200, Travis Anderson Trio plays at the Normandy Kitchen, Tim Sparks and Gary Raynor team up at the Icehouse, the Talking Strings "talk" at the Loring Pasta Bar, Katia Cardenas is in the lounge at Crooners, Southside Aces swing at Vieux Carre', and Maryann Sullivan brings her Corner Jazz to the north burbs, on stage at Bistro LaRoux.

Peterson Family
Sunday, December 18. It's the season and that means the annual Peterson Family's Jam Before Christmas to the Dakota, with at least three generations of Petersons on stage for three shows. With siblings Linda, Patty, Billy, Ricky and Paul, and nephew Jason DeLaire, it's an amazing leading cast.  Tickets remain only for the 2:30 pm matinee.

Two guitar trios tonight-- the Zacc Harris Trio appears in their regular time slot at the Riverview Cafe' while Firebell (with Park Evans) warms up the stage at the Aster Cafe.

Lori Dokken
Monday, December 19. Judi Vinar and Lori Dokken spend "Christmas With Friends" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, while Dunsmore Room curator Andrew Walesch shows off his talents as singer and pianist at the Dakota, where he celebrates the holidays with Minnesota's First Layd of Song, Debbie Duncan, with support from Dave Karr.

Zacc Harris
On the late side, JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse features the Zacc Harris Quartet--with Bryan Nichols, Chris Bates and JT himself.

Laura Caviani
Tuesday, December 20. In the Dunsmore Room, Laura Caviani and her trio with Chris Bates and David Schmalenberger celebrate the Winter Solstice, and likely will include some tunes from her Holly, Jolly and Jazzy recording.

Jon Pemberton
The Explosion Big Band will fill the Big Band Night slot at Jazz Central, and the monthly "hot jazz" night with Connie Evingson and her hot club pals follows a solo piano set from Jon Pemberton at Vieux Carre'.

Nachito Herrera
Tuesday-Wednesday, December 20-21. An explosive return to the Dakota, Nachito Herrera and the Universals sports an impressive cast, including of course leader, Cuban keyboard dynamo Nachito, along with a global, cross-genre cast including violinist Karen Briggs (Yanni), saxophonist Mike Phillips (Stevie Wonder, Prince), drummer Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdes) and bassist Chelkh Ndoye (Dave Weckl, Randy Brecker).

Chris Lomheim
Wednesday, December 21. The Chris Lomheim Quartet --with elegant pianist Lomheim leading a band with saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Matt Peterson and drummer Dave Schmalenberger-- heats up Jazz Central.

Retro Swing Sister
Retro Swing Sister--aka Maryann Sullivan and Rhonda Laurie-- return to the Eagles Club with some holiday cheer (and dancing), while the veterans of the Pete Snell Trio mix it up in Delano at the Lupine Brewery.

The Bad Plus
Thursday, December 22. The internationally acclaimed Bad Plus start a four-night residency at the Dakota. This has become an annual holiday event and certainly a high point on the local jazz calendar as Dave King, Reid Anderson and Ethan Iverson come home before their annual New Year's Eve weekend at the Village Vanguard.

George Cartwright
In St Paul at Khyber Pass, saxophonist George Cartwright brings an interesting ensemble of improvisers to the little performance space, with Noah Ophoven Baldwin (Le Percheron) on trumpet, Michelle Kinney (JelloSlave) on cello and Heather Barringer (Zeitgeist) on percussion.

Peter Goggin, Hoaxer
Warming up for their New Year's Eve gig at the Black Dog, Hoaxer is featured at the Reverie. This band includes four of the top college musicians you will hear --here or anywhere-- with Peter Goggin (sax), Will Kjeer (piano), Charlie Lincoln (bass) and Edmund Catlin (drums).

There's a Holiday Piano Bar at Jazz Central--curator/vocalist Sarah M. Greer and pianist Jon deVaal, "part open mic, part jam session, part caroling sing-along," savvy young singer Katia Cardenas returns to Vieux Carre', and Debbie Duncan holds her own vocal holiday at Hell's Kitchen.

More Jazz!
See 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 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 one or more of the young musicians of Hoaxer, a quartet to be featured on the New Year's Eve edition of Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog.

Coming Soon!
. December 23, 25-26, The Bad Plus at the Dakota 
. December 23, George Winston at Orchestra Hall
. December 23, Debbie Duncan's Christmas Show at Crooners Lounge
. December 27, Nancy Harms with Jeremy Siskind in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 27-28, Rio Nido at the Dakota
. December 28, MYJB Get-Together and Jam Session at Famous Dave's (Uptown)
. 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 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
. December 31, Arne Fogel, New Year's Eve at Parma 8200
. December 31, Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre'
. January 2-3, Terence Blanchard, Live Recording at the Dakota
. January 3-4, Jerry Bergonzi in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 7, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. 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 16, Paul McCandless at the Dakota
. 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 at the Black Dog