Friday, January 20, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 20-26

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog with Chris Bates Red 5 (January 21)

© Andrea Canter

Just a week ago it was way below zero; now it's all melting. I think some of the credit goes to the hot jazz in the Twin Cities! And it will be hot enough to keep things above freezing as we head into another week filled with great jazz from one end of the metro to the other, from local heroes to visiting artists. And it's all a warm-up for the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival at the end of the month.

Big Gigs This Week
Adam Meckler
Friday, January 20. They're half of the unique band Lulu's Playground, but a trumpet/cello duo is unique in its own right, and especially if the musicians are Adam Meckler and Cory Grossman --on stage at Jazz Central. And if you need to either celebrate or commiserate in response to today's inauguration, the band Headspace will hold an Inauguration Blowout at St. Paul's World of Beer. 

James Buckley
At the Icehouse, Bryan Nichols and James Buckley provide some pretty sophisticated piano/bass duo music during the dinner hours, while Amethyst Three (Park Evans, Josh Granowski and leader Byron Johnson-Blanchard) add to the spicy menu at Bistro LaRoux.

Bryan Nichols
Saturday, January 21. Bryan Nichols is all by himself tonight on the Jazz at Studio Z series. Expect to hear some of his compositions from his 2016 solo release Looking North as well as some new material. And he'll start the evening an hour before the concert with a live recording of a conversation in the new podcast series moderated by curator Zacc Harris.  (The first podcast with Chris Bates and the Good Vibes Trio is now available via itunes.)

Simon Petrick
A double header is in store just a block away as Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog starts out with the JazzINK Youth Showcase. This time it's an ensemble of "older youths"--led by high school seniors, drummer Simon Petrick and guitarist Adam Astrup, plus college musicians who play a lot around town: vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg, bassist Drew Stinson, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson.  
Chris Bates (Red 5)
In prime time, Chris Bates' Red Five returns, with Bates on bass, brother JT on drums, and a front line of Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Chris Thomson  and Brandon Wozniak on saxophones, JC Sanford on trombone, and Thomas Nordlund on guitar. And yes, Red Five is now Seven. At least this weekend.
McNally Smith College of Music hosts its annual Winter Jazz Blast, with clinics throughout the day for area high school students and a free public concert in the evening featuring the JazzMN Orchestra and the McNally Smith Fusion Ensemble.

Charmin & Shapira
Also on Saturday -- Charmin and Shapira and Friends entertain at the Normandy Kitchen; the Benny Weinbeck Trio is in the lounge at Parma 8200; and Talking Strings hold their monthly gig at the Loring Pasta Bar.

Sunday, January 22. Dan Chouinard continues his Birthday Club gigs in the Dunsmore Room with special guest, vocalist Ginger Commodore. They celebrate singers and songwriters with January birthdays, a format that creates an eclectic array of songs in a very entertaining context. Around town, the Parisota Hot Club are on stage at the Aster Cafe, and the Zacc Harris Trio continue their run at the Riverview Wine Bar.

David Balikrishnan (TIQ)
Monday, January 23.  The Turtle Island Quartet returns to the Dakota, putting their stamp on John Coltrane's masterpiece,  A Love Supreme, played in full by the jazziest string quartet out there.There have been significant personnel changes in the past few years including the recent departure of cellist Mark Summers, but TIQ manages to keep the ensemble operating at a high level for 30 years under the leadership of founding first violinist David Balikrishnan. One new addition is second violinist Alex Hargreaves, who has recently toured with Danilo Perez.

In the spotlight at Jazz Central, saxophonist Brian Handeland introduces a new quartet with Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Trevor Haining, playing music from John Scofield, Chris Potter, Steve Swallow and more. The weekly jam follows.

Dorothy Doring
In the lounge at Crooners, the wide-ranging vocalist Dorothy Doring dazzles with pianist Marc Zeigenhagen; come early for an entertaining happy hour with Lori Dokken on keys and vocals.

JC Sanford*
At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features a Minnesota CD release for JC Sanford's Can You Believe It, featuring his New York Quartet. For the Icehouse celebration, the trombonist enlists his Minnesota Quartet--Zacc Harris and Chris and JT Bates. A Northfield, Minnesota native, JC recently returned after 16 years in New York, conducting such orchestras as John Hollenbeck, Alice Coltrane and more.

Mary Louise Knutson
Tuesday, January 24. It should be dubbed "piano night" at Vieux Carre', starting out with the inventive Steven Hobert on solo keys, followed by the elegant Mary Louise Knutson Trio with Adam Linz on bass and Phil Hey on drums-- that's a too-rare chance to hear Adam in mainstream trio setting.

Steve Katz
Over at the Black Dog, it's raining Katz and Dogs-- that's the funky jazzy soulful band headed by bassist Steve Katz, with guitarist Park Evans, saxophonist Peter Vircks and drummer Ken Goldman.

Sean Turner
The Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra reigns at Jazz Central. And if you have not yet checked out the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, here's a chance to enjoy -- for no cover-- a night of sublime piano trio music from Sean Turner.  Learn why this is called one of the best listening rooms in the region with one of the best pianos in the area as well.

Yohannes Tona
Wednesday, January 25. Get your modern jazz fix at noon at Landmark Center, courtesy of the Yohannes Tona Band, with a menu reflecting Tona's native Ethiopia catered by the Red Sea. (Usual deli items from the cafe available as well.) This is a free concert!

Leigh Kamman (2011)
Enjoy a unique evening at the Black Dog sponsored by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project.  Legacy Project board member Brad Bellows presents the "Jazz Image Through the Decades"-- radio segments, interviews, and music from Leigh Kamman's collection-- a sampling of the archive managed by the Legacy Project. This first presentation focuses on Leigh's interviews with Mose Allison, as well as the music.

Cody McKinney
At Jazz Central, bassist Cody McKinney and sound designer John Keston present "sound/simulacra," their monthly series exploring improvisation as a "faithful and intentionally distorted" process, bringing together local voices to "recreate, distort, and create the hyperreal."

Maryann Sullivan
Thursday, January 26 brings Maryann Sullivan and her swinging Corner Jazz back to Jazz Central, while the Wise Quartet resurfaces at Reverie-- that's Pete Whitman, Steve Kenny, Jay Young and Phil Hey.

Joel Shapira
It's all about solo guitar at Vieux Carre', with jazz guru Joel Shapira playing the early sets, followed by the eclectic Pat Donahue. And Khyber Pass presents the inventive trio of Paul Metzger, Anthony Cox and JT Bates.

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 26 will be jazz festival director Steve Heckler, giving us the lowdown on the Winter Jazz Festival, January 28-29.

Coming Soon!
. 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, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective at Jazz Central Studios
. January 28, SONSAX at UW River Falls, Abbot Concert Hall
. 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 10, Great American Songbook with Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare, Minnesota Orchestra
. 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 17-18, UW-River Falls Jazz Festival featuring Alan Ferber, Falcon's Nest and Abbott Concert 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 18-19. Northside Celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist 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 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center

Nicholas Payton headlines the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival on January 29

* All photos by Andrea Canter except JC Sanford, courtesy of the artist