Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 13-19

Roy Hargrove at the Dakota January 18-19

© Andrea Canter

Despite the bitter cold as we start the weekend, forecasters say it will warm up over the following days to reach almost balmy by the end of the week, and I think we can in part thank our local and visiting jazz artists for generating some of the heat! The weekend brings some unique and popular shows to the metro, and we end the week with the acclaimed trumpet/vocal pairing of Roy Hargrove and Roberta Gambarini. We must believe in spring!

Big Gigs This Week

Horace Silver
Friday, January 13. It's a lucky Friday the 13th for jazz lovers: A group of "all stars" from the Jazz Central roster celebrate the great hard bop king Horace Silver on the Jazz Central Masters series. Led by reed magician Doug Haining, the band includes Steve Kenny on trumpet, Ted Godbout on piano, Chris Bates on bass and Mac Santiago on drums. We could use a little "Peace" these days and I'm sure they will play it.

Debbie Duncan
Star vocalists reign across the metro tonight! Always hip Patty Peterson and Friends return to Crooners Lounge; Debbie Duncan entertains with song and sass at Vieux Carre' (following an early set from pianist Jeremy Walker); and velvet-voiced Ginger Commodore pairs up with suave Dennis Spears at the Dakota.

Gary Schulte
An what better way to beat the deep freeze than with hot club mania? Gypsy Mania, that is, as the quartet swings at Hell's Kitchen --Glen Helgeson on guitar, Gary Schulte on violin, Steve Pikal on bass and Jay Epstein on drums.

Charmin & Shapira at Crooners
Saturday, January 14. Start your warm-up early with a midday break at the Midtown Global Market with Charmin and Shapira-- the long-running duo of vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira. At the Aster, Dean Magraw provides a solo guitar brunch. And the early evening sets at the Icehouse feature the "house duo" of James Buckley (bass) and Bryan Nichols (piano).

Solomon Parham
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents just one band tonight, at 8:30, due to another event -- but what a band! Trumpeter Solomon Parham leads a quintet with Dave Graf on trombone, Dean Magraw on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums. Now that will definitely melt some ice. Parham often plays sideman to Gravatt in Source Code -- tonight he's leading the charge.

Steven Hobert
Up the street at Studio Z, it's a concert presentation of a relatively new duo dubbed Oudyano with Steven Hobert on piano and Syrian Issem Rafea on oud. The two artists met and first performed last spring, discovering a rare musical chemistry that crossed cultural boundaries. Now they have performed several duo gigs and are working toward a recording. As Hobert notes, the oud with its quarter tones can move into spaces where a piano can't go, but together they cover a vast musical landscape. 

Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal
Jazz at St Barney's (St Barnabas Lutheran Church) continues with one of their most popular shows, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal -- that means piano + bass = fun.  More fun and great music are on stage at Vieux Carre' with singing bassist Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows.

Sunday, January 15. Debbie Duncan presents the music of Billie Holiday in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners.

Jeff Rinear
Monday, January 16. A veteran trombonist we seldom hear outside of the X-Tet, Jeff Rinear takes the spotlight gig at Jazz Central tonight.  In the Dunsmore Room, Butch Thompson launches his two-night stand with a solo evening of trad and stride piano and likely a little clarinet as well. He returns Tuesday night -- see below. Come out early as Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira start a four-night string of Happy Hours at Crooners as Charmin and Shapira.

The Dakota hosts multi-reed titan Paul McCandless with the trio Charged Particles. McCandless of course is a Grammy-winning alum of the original Paul Winter Consort and the popular contemporary jazz ensemble, Oregon.

JT Bates
At the Icehouse, brace yourself for the Bronco Brothers -- a truly inflammatory quartet of strings, drums, and electronics with Anthony Cox, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Martin Dosh and JT Bates.

Butch Thompson
Tuesday, January 17. For his second night in the Dunsmore Room this week, Butch Thompson teams up with star guitarist Pat Donahue, one of Crooner's most popular pairings.

Songbird Maryann Sullivan and her Corner Jazz return to Vieux Carre', while the Explosion Big Band warms the basement at Jazz Central.

Roberta Gambarini
Wednesday- Thursday January 18-19. The Dakota brings back explosive trumpeter Roy Hargrove with frequent partner, acclaimed vocalist Roberta Gambarini. Both are great draws on their own, and seeing them together is extra special.

Laura Caviani
Thursday January 19. Guitarist Chris Olson and pianist Laura Caviani team up on Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central, so I assume we will be hearing more of Laura's vocal talents as well as their instrumental collaboration.

Peter Vircks
The eclectic Rare Medium starts a regular gig at Whiskey Junction, and sax veteran Peter Vircks brings his quartet to Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie. The new music series at Khyber Pass features Ted Moore's Feathermucker and their "dream songs project" -- with Alyssa Anderson on vocals, Joe Spoelstra on guitars, and Moore on electronics.

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 guest on January 19 will be trombonist/bandleader JC Sanford, recently transplanted from New York with a new CD release coming to the Icehouse.

Coming Soon!
. 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 23, JC Sanford Quartet, CD release at the Icehouse
. January 24, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Vieux Carre'
. January 26, Wise Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 26, Maryann Sullivan at Jazz Central Studios
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 27, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at Jazz Central Studios 
. January 27, Somi at The Ordway
. 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, Jana Nyberg Group at Vieux Carre'
. 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, 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 8, Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase) at the Black Dog
. 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

Turtle Island Quartet, at the Dakota on January 23