Friday, February 24, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 24-March 2

Phil Hey and Pat Moriarty at Jazz Central, March 1 © Andrea Canter

© Andrea Canter

If the past week was a whirlwind of jazz, then this Saturday alone will keep our ears spinning. In the vortex this week--Julian Lage, John Scofield, Laura Caviani and Chris Olson, Jack Brass Band, the Pat Moriarty-Phil Hey Duo.... keep the gigs coming.

Big Gigs This Week
Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
Friday, February 24. One-time featured trombonist with Maynard Ferguson and renowned educator Steve Weist heads the music at the Augsburg College Jazz Festival, with a public concert tonight in Hoversten Chapel on the Augsburg campus. And in a rare calendar shift, the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra jumpstarts the weekend at Jazz Central.

Tony Balluff, Southside Aces
At Vieux Carre', the evening opens with pianist Jeremy Walker, followed by a swingfest with the Southside Aces -- likely they will give at least a nod to upcoming Mardi Gras-- after all, New Orleans is the theme at Vieux Carre'!

At the Icehouse, strings rule as Jake Hanson and James Buckley (guitar and bass) cover the dinner hours.

Arne Fogel and Jennifer Eckes
Friday & Sunday, February 24 & 26. For those in the East Metro, here's a chance to enjoy the music of Bacharach and David channeled through the voices of Arne Fogel and Jennifer Eckes. This beguiling pair reprise their What the World Needs Now, first performed in Bloomington, now coming to the stage of the Hastings Art Center.

John Scofield
Saturday, February 25. It is a wild night for jazz guitar fans: Back-to-back Grammy winner John Scofield and his Country for Old Men quartet play 2 sets at the Dakota. The touring band includes Larry Goldings on keys, Vicente Archer on bass and Bill Stewart on drums, turning country hits into the jazz worthy gems that garnered the Grammy's 2017 Jazz Album of the Year and Improvised Jazz Solo awards. Be ready for their renditions of "Red River Valley" and "Wayfaring Stranger."

Julian Lage and Chris Eldgridge
In Hopkins, the Art Center hosts young veteran Julian Lage, teaming up again with bluegrass specialist Chris Eldridge. The duo impressed a couple years ago at the Dakota.

Laura Caviani and Chris Olson
On the Jazz at St Barneys' schedule --at St Barnabas Church in Plymouth-- it's the relatively new duo of pianist Laura Caviani and guitarist Chris Olson. Both of these musicians are gaining popularity for their singing as well as instrumental talents, having performed recently at the Black Dog and Jazz Central.

Julian Manzara
And guitar shines again in the opening set for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog with the young lions of the Julian Manzara Quartet-- Manzara on guitar, Drew Stinson on bass, Levi Schwartzberg on vibes, and Geo Randall on drums. Stick around for the "headline" sets with Jesse Simon's Minnesota Hard Bop Collective -- this edition featuring trumpeter Jake Baldwin, saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom, pianist Ted Godbout and bassist Ted Olsen,  joining drummer Simon.

Jack Brass Band
Mardi Gras is Tuesday but you can celebrate on Saturday out at the Bloomington Center for the Arts with the always jumpin' Jack Brass Band, one of the area's few authentic NOLA ensembles, and surely one of the most entertaining anywhere. 

Maud Hixson
Another touch of Crescent City can be found on the menu at Bistro LaRoux in Circle Pines, where Saturday's music comes courtesy of Maud Hixson, with Rick Carlson on keys and Gary Schulte on violin.

More -- Talking Strings at Loring Pasta Bar, Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200, and Tim Sparks joins James Buckley at the Icehouse.

One World Consort
Sunday, February 26. Saxophonist, composer, educator and bandleader Dave Milne put together the One World Consort a few years ago, melding jazz, classic and world music into one ensemble. The project takes a Celtic turn Sunday night, appropriately at the Celtic Junction Art Center, when Dave and company team up with vocalist Laura McKenzie.  

Mill City Hot Club does brunch at Hell's Kitchen, Patty and the Buttons work the same shift at the Aster Cafe, Cole Mahlum hosts the afternoon B-3 jam at Jazz Central, and the Zacc Harris Trio continues their Sunday nights at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Ted Olsen Quartet
Monday, February 27. The Ted Olsen Quartet performed a powerful set at the recent Winter Jazz Festival and now they take the spotlight at Jazz Central --bassist Ted's usual cohorts are Aaron Hedenstrom, Javi Santiago and Miguel Hurtado. Weekly jam follows.

Javi Santiago
Tuesday, February 28. It will be a rare solo night at Jazz Central with the spotlight on pianist Javier Santiago, surely one of the most savvy young keyboard artists in the region, and we so rarely get to hear him on his own. And Tuesday is Mardi Gras -- no better place to celebrate than at Crooners with Patty and the Buttons-- come early as "Patty" -- aka Patrick Harison-- and his accordion cover happy hour.

Steven Hobert
Pianist/Accordionist Steven Hobert leads a new ensemble "Despejada" with Ben Abrahamso (guitar) and Krissy Bergmark (tablas), opening for the Ventanas at The Cedar. And fun is surely brewing at the Dakota with the Travis Anderson Trio.

Larry McDonough
Wednesday, March 1. March roars in with the Larry McDonough Quartet filling Vieux Carre' with the music of Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. With his long-standing band (Richard Terrill on saxes, Greg Stinson on bass, Dean White on drums), Larry offers his interpretations of both Evans and Bennett in an evening devoted to celebrating the all-too-short partnership that yielded two albums in the mid-70s.  The quartet samples from both albums in the first set, while the second set features tunes that Evans and Bennett recorded separately but never in duo.

Phil Hey and Pat Moriarty
It's an improvisers' blowout at Jazz Central with two long-time duo partners, Pat Moriarty and Phil Hey. This sax and drum pair has presented free jazz since 1976-- but over the past decade, maybe they have reunited only three times. Back in the day, they won a Minnesota Music Award as Best Contemporary Jazz Group; they put out an album Let Them All Come, and received a Best Live Show of the Year award from City Pages. The music is unrehearsed -- see and hear jazz develop on the bandstand!

Debbie Duncan
The Wolverines Trio holds their monthly gig at Hell's Kitchen, and Debbie Duncan returns to the Dakota -- a perfect mid-week slump antidote.

Jana Nyberg
Thursday, March 2. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents one of the hippest local bands of the decade, Mancrush, led by drummer Lars-Erik Larsen and featuring Brandon Wozniak on sax, Zacc Harris on guitar, and Bryan Nichols on keys. At Jazz Central, singer-songwriter Carl Franzen and guitarist Chris Beaty make a special appearance on Vocal Jazz night, while the Jana Nyberg 5 takes the stage in Crooners Lounge.

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 March 2 will be jazz curator Andrew Walesch with news of upcoming shows in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge.

Coming Soon!
. March 3, Patty Peterson and the Jazz Women All-Stars at the Dakota
. March 3, Eric Kamau Gravatt and Source Code at Jazz Central
. March 4, Pete Snell Trio/JC Sanford Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 6-7, Bob Dorough in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 8, Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 11, Davu Seru's No Territory Band, Jazz at Studio Z
. March 11, Travis Anderson Trio at the Normandy Kitchen
. March 11, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at the Aster Cafe
. March 11, Post Atomic Trio/Central Standard Time, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 16, Illicit Sextet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 16, Beasley's Big Band, swing dance at Wabasha Street Caves
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase)/Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. march 18, Maurice Jacox at the Normandy Kitchen
. March 18-19. Northside Celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 
. March 19, Brian Lynch with Emmet Cohen Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 23, Peter Schimke Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 23, Peter Kogan Quintet at Vieux Carre'
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. March 25, Shapira-Granros Duo/Rodney Ruckus Birthday Tour Finale with Jonathan Greenstein, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. March 30, Collossus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 1, Common Space/Atlantis Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 4, Beasley's Big Band in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 6, First Thursday Open Studio Music Night with Dakota Combo and Larry McDonough at Casket Arts Building
. April 6, Jax Revel Gang/Alden Ikeda Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 8, Corner Jazz/Steve Kenny Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Trio/Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 18-19, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, CD release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 20, Lizz Wright (Tribute to Prince) at the Dakota
. April 20, Fermentation/Damman-Seru-Bates, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 22, Abebi Stafford Trio/Chris Bates Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 27, Michael O'Brien Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. April 29, Brian Handeland Quartet/Bottomless Pit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 11, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival featuring Anat Cohen and more
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota

Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars, at the Dakota on March 3