Friday, January 6, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 6-12

Doan Roessler Leads Twin Cities Bass Camp, Winter Workshop and concerts Jan 6-8

© Andrea Canter

With subzero temps and windchills to start the weekend, hot music is a sure antidote, and there's plenty of it around the Metro. Contributing some of the heat-- veterans like Eric Gravatt, Larry McDonough, and Laura Caviani; young guns like Jack Courtright and Will Schmid; and special events like the Twin Cities Bass Camp Winter Workshop.

Big Gigs This Week

Eric Gravatt
Jack Courtright
Friday, January 6. There's no age limit at Jazz Central, in the audience or on stage. The Master's show presents Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt and his Source Code-- a hard-firing post bop band usually featuring Solomon Parham, Dean Magraw and Ron Evaniuk. They're followed in the young lions' late night slot by a stellar quartet led by trombonist Jack Courtright--now in his second year at Eastman School of Music. Last spring he won the 2016 Carl Fontana International Trombone Competition. His pals are similarly talented college students--guitarist Will Schmid (Case Western Reserve University), bassist Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music) and drummer Ben Ehrlich (University of North Texas) -- all have been heard in multiple contexts over the past two weeks as winter break seems to double the size of the Twin Cities jazz scene.

Judi Vinar
Veterans of the local scene, vocalist Judi Vinar sings the night away with the always swinging Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal, Jendeen Forberg) at Crooners Lounge -- a perfect way to end the week as well as warm your toes (and ears). And another veteran, Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera, is back at the Dakota to melt the ice away. The dinner hours at Icehouse tonight feature the duo of Bryan Nichols and James Buckley.

Anthony Cox
Friday-Sunday, January 6-8. Getting underway Friday is the Twin Cities Bass Camp Winter Workshop, coordinated by Doan Roessler with faculty performances each night of the weekend at Walker West: Friday features Roessler in solo and duo with saxophonist Nathan Hanson, along with Canadian bassist Etienne Lafrance performing a set of original and classical works. On Saturday, Maggie Hasspacher and Sandor Ostlund each present Bach and contemporary works; and on Sunday afternoon, Anthony Cox leads a standout jazz trio with Brandon Wozniak and Dave King.

Cory Healey
Saturday, January 7. Jazz at Studio Z continues with Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band-- Healey on drums, Eric Fratzke on bass, Zacc Harris on guitar, and two trumpets with Jake Baldwin and Noah Ophoven Baldwin. Pre-concert master class features Healey on the topic of "Improvisation With Drums and Electronics."

Will Schmid
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog starts out with the cross-generation Will Schmid/Greg Lewis Quartet, with Charlie Lincoln and Edmund Catlin rounding out the band. Veteran trumpeter Lewis connected with Will while teaching at Minnetonka High School. The headline act will be saxophonist Paul Harper's Bardo Quartet with Phil Aaron (piano), Tom Lewis (bass), and Nathan Norman (drums).

Arne Fogel
And why not "A Cold Day in Hell" with Arne Fogel? Catch the charming crooner with a hot-as-Hades trio (Chris Lomheim, Graydon Peterson and Jendeen Forberg) at Hell's Kitchen and defrost!

Over at the Dakota, Saturday brings back Jay Young and the Lyric Factory; the long-running Beasley's Big Band celebrates a CD release at 301 on Main in Minneapolis, the old Ukrainian Center (that's 301 NE, not SE!); and saxophonist Joe Mayo brings a trio to Studio 2.

Rodney Ruckus
Sunday, January 8. It seems that Rodney Ruckus has been holding his own metro-wide festival over the past month! Tonight, Ruckus and his trio take over the Dunsmore Room at Crooners as they kick-off a brief tour. Joining the dynamic drummer will be pianist Javi Santiago and cellist/bassist Greg Byers. They're on early at 6 pm, followed by entertaining vocalist Jennifer Grimm at 8.

Robb Henry, Parisota Hot Club (2005)
A very special night for the Parisota Hot Club in their venue debut at the Aster. Guitarist/founder Robb Henry explains it best: "January 8th, 2002, was the date that violinist Raphaël Fraisse, recently relocated to Minnesota from his home in Paris, France, played his first gig with a trio that I had put together over the previous year. Our common interest was exploring the music of the French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. That date marked the beginning of Parisota Hot Club. 15 years later we are still exploring and, although Raphaël passed away in 2006, and the original band has developed into more of a "club" with various members over the years, the music, sound and concept are still intact.  The trio for our first date at the Aster Cafe will include Jim Plattes on violin. Back in December of 2001, Jim encouraged Raphaël to contact me about playing music together. I often refer to Jim as the "godfather" of Parisota Hot Club for his role in instigating this connection. Matt Senjem will be on bass. His involvement with Parisota dates back to 2004."

JT Bates
Monday, January 9. JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse often presents a double feature. This week the night starts with Sevendollars, "ambient/minimal electronics and percussion, both composed and improvised." Sevendollars is an old alias of JT Bates, who will be joined in this set by guitarist Paul Metzger. The late show features the Jon Davis Quartet, "four open-minded improvisers with fierce musical chops" in their first performance "to wreak havoc on the Icehouse." Mayhem is guaranteed with Chris Cunningham on guitars, Bryan Nichols on keys, Greg Schutte on drums, and leader Jon Davis on bass and bass clarinet.

Erin Schwab
Laugh the night away with songstress/comedienne Erin Schwab, in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. In the Spotlight at Jazz Central, it's the jazz/funk/pop Very Trio, with guitarist Andrew Frederick, bassist Keith Yanes, and drummer Jared Mondlock.

Larry McDonough
Tuesday, January 10. Having paid tribute to Chet Baker and Miles Davis at multiple venues in the past year, pianist/vocalist Larry McDonough and his trio (Greg Stinson on bass, Dean White on drums) come to the Dakota to present his nod to the great pairing of Bill Evans and Tony Bennett, with McDonough performing both leading roles. This is only the second performance of this show which debuted nearly a year ago at Jazz Central. As Larry explains it, one of the motivating forces behind this show is the degree of difficulty of the music. Of course Larry makes it seem so easy!

Laura Caviani
More jazz around the metro tonight: Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson perform at Crooners Lounge; Mary Louise Knutson (solo piano) followed by the Phil Aaron Trio take the stage at Vieux Carre'; the monthly Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog features guitarist Chris with pianist Laura Caviani; the Cedar Avenue Big Band performs at Jazz Central.

Jimmy Scott
Wednesday, January 11. KBEM's REEL Jazz film screenings returns to the Trylon Cinema, this time featuring I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott. At the Dakota, enjoy the artistry--and antics-- of the Travis Anderson Trio, with piano whiz Travis, bassist Steve Pikal and drummer Nathan Norman.

Chris Bates
It's Chris Bates' monthly "Magica Improvisada" improv night at Jazz Central, and tonight Chris heads an ensemble with Thomas Nordlund (guitar) and relative newcomer (to the Twin Cities scene), JC Sanford (trombone), with a rumored appearance by JT Bates on drums.

Aaron Hedenstrom
Thursday, January 12.  Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents a double header-- guitarist Julian Manzara and his quartet (Levi Schwartzberg on vibes, Drew Stinson on bass, Geo Randall on drums) open for the Aaron Hedenstrom Trio (Hedenstrom on saxes, Kameron Markworthon on bass, Lars Erik-Larson on drums).

Andrew Walesch Big Band
Andrew Walesch Big Band returns with their acclaimed salute to Sinatra at Crooners Lounge. Joining Andrew (piano/vocals) are veteran Twin Cities jazzers Bob Parsons (arrangements/alto sax), Dave Karr (tenor sax), Bruce Thornton (bari sax), Mark Bobnick (trumpet), Steve Wagner (trumpet),  Dave Graf (trombone,) Geoff LeCrone (guitar), Gary Raynor (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums).

Zacc Harris
Long on the Sunday night schedule at the Riverview Wine Bar, the Zacc Harris Trio goes across town tonight for a gig at Vieux Carre' -- guitarist Harris joins bassist Matt Peterson and drummer Pete Hennig for some sublime chamber jazz.

Steven Hobert
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, archived on the KBEM website. Andrea's guest on January 12 will be pianist and composer Steven Hobert who will talk about his upcoming show at Studio Z with Syrian oud player, Issam Rafea.

Coming Soon!
. January 13, Patty Peterson at Crooners Lounge
. January 13, Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears at the Dakota 
. January 13, Doug Haining Presents Horace Silver at Jazz Central Studios
. January 14, Oudyano (Steven Hobert, Issam Rafea) at Studio Z
. January 14, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal, Jazz @St. Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. January 14, Solomon Parham Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. January 16, Paul McCandless & Charged Particles at the Dakota
. January 16, Butch Thompson solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. January 16-19, Charmin & Shapira, Happy Hour at Crooners Lounge
. January 17, Butch Thompson and Pat Donahue 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 19, Rare Medium at Whiskey Junction
. January 20, Headspace Inauguration Blowout at World of Beer
. 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 27, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at Jazz Central Studios
. 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, Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars and more, at TPT, Saint Paul Hotel and nearby venues.
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. January 30-February 1, Nellie McKay at the Dakota (extra show added 1/30)
. February 2, Red Planet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 2, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. 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 4, Kim Fragodt, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. February 5, Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz Part 2 (film) at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. February 6, Bruce Barth Trio, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. 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 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. 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 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. 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
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center

Roy Hargrove, coming to the Dakota January 18-19