Friday, February 3, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 3-9

Jack DeJohnette joins Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison at the Hopkins Center for the Arts on Saturday

© Andrea Canter
It feels cold again but really it just normal February in Minnesota! Our options in jazz are perhaps even warmer than normal this week, which might cause some frustration as we can't be in two venues at once. We have some amazing talents visiting (Ben Allison Trio, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison, Bruce Barth) as well as our always-great array of local artists, including the too-rarely heard Phil Hey Quartet.

Big Gigs This Week
Greg Byers
Friday, February 3. Cellist Greg Byers brings his quartet Ashen Fir to Jazz Central, featuring Jack Barrett on keys, Charlie Bruber on bass and Pete Quirsfeld on drums. The music reflects the eclectic musical backgrounds of the artists, particularly leaning toward the best of classical and jazz blends.

Jana Nyberg
Jana Nyberg's recent quintet project comes to Vieux Carre' on the heels of their LP recording sessions at Wild Sound. Referring to this band as her most "jazz" anchored ensemble, vocalist Jana features husband Adam Meckler on trumpet, Sean Turner on piano, Graydon Peterson on bass and Rodney Ruckus on drums. Watch out for a late spring LP release.

Joel Shapira
Joel Shapira works some guitar magic at Hell's Kitchen, while Zacc Harris joins James Buckley for some string sorcery at the Icehouse; the Southside Aces bring swing to Bistro LaRoux.

Davell Crawford *
Friday-Saturday, February 3-4. Called the Prince of New Orleans, Big Easy keyboard star Davell Crawford is back at the Dakota for two nights, two different shows: his B-3 organ trio Friday, and his "Deep in the Heart of New Orleans" (on the grand piano) on Saturday night. Displaced after Katrina,  Crawford rebuilt his career in New York and is again on the top of the NOLA keyboard heap. He's been coming to the Dakota at least annually.

Another two-night stand, pianist Todd Harper, usually heard at the Black Dog, celebrates his original compositions and the works of pianist/composer Carei Thomas at Studio Z. He has a quartet Friday, and Saturday is split between a trio and a Harper CD release with Thomas and Paul Cantrell joining on piano. 

Ben Allison
Saturday, February 4.  Here's where you want to have a stunt double. The great bassist Ben Allison is in town with his trio--guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Allison Miller. Allison is not only known for his performance and composing artistry, but for his general advocacy for musicians and leadership of such organizations as the Jazz Composers Collective. He's also a dedicated educator, starting the afternoon at McNally Smith College of Music with a public workshop featuring his trio, then they head over to the Black Dog where they play the headline sets on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, thanks to cosponsorship from Jazz at Studio Z. And the opening set features a band that usually headlines -- the Atlantis Quartet (Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig). Reserve a table if you can --

Ravi Coltrane
Across the metro at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, it's living legend drummer Jack Dejohnette with legends in the making--saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison. After five decades performing with a cast that runs from Miles and Coltrane to Monk and Rollins, DeJohnette could play with anyone, but he's particularly committed to this trio that he founded 20 years ago and is reviving to honor the Coltrane and Garrison lineages.

Joe Strachan
The Talking Strings are in their usual Saturday night slot at Loring Pasta Bar; Jazz at St Barneys in Plymouth welcomes vocalist Kim Fragodt with Benny Weinbeck on keys, while pianist Joe Strachan teams up with bassist James Buckley at the Icehouse.

Sunday, February 5. New on the metro jazz brunch schedule, the Black Dog presents vocalist Charlie Christenson and his quartet---Adam Meckler (trumpet), Graydon Peterson (bass) and Matt Edlund (drums).

Zacc Harris
Nothing beats a cold Sunday afternoon at the movies, and there's a new installment of Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz film clips at Chanhassan Dinner Theater. Dan Chouinard's Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners features talented vocalist Ann Reed, followed by the weekly Sunday night with Jennifer Grimm; and as they have for more than a decade, the Zacc Harris Trio keeps the music alive at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Bruce Barth
Monday, February 6. The Dunsmore Room welcomes acclaimed pianist Bruce Barth, a Tony Bennett favorite and cohort of Terell Stafford, Terence Blanchard, Karrin Allyson and more. He's been in the Twin Cities with Stafford and vocalist Rhondi Charleston, and now returns with his trio, including Dave Baron on bass and Montez Coleman on drums.

Martin Dosh
JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse is featuring House of Dosh, a six-week residency of drummer/keyboardist/electronics wizard Martin Dosh and friends. Tonight is the third installment of six. And from Nashville, gypsy jazz purveyors, the Moonshine Rhythm Club, takes the stage at the Black Dog.

Charmin & Shapira
Charmin and Shapira and Friends are back at the Dakota, and they have a special guest, young vocalist Katia Cardenas, along with usual friends Paul Harper, Tom Lewis and Nathan Norman.

Cole Mahlum
Usually on the Sunday organ jam schedule, guitarist Cole Mahlum takes the Monday spotlight at Jazz Central.

Tuesday, February 7. Today through the rest of the month marks the return run of Nina Simone - Four Women at Park Square Theater, a theatrical look at the life of one of the most memorable --and political--jazz vocalists. Imagine her work today?

Davu Seru
First Tuesdays bring the Bill Simenson Orchestra to Jazz Central. And it's First Tuesday at the Black Dog which means another exciting round with Dean Magraw and Davu Seru. Zacc Harris brings his guitar for the early sets at Vieux Carre', and at Crooners, Andrew Walesch sings and plays the piano with "a special guest."

Claudia Schmidt
Wednesday, February 8. Dean Magraw turns up again in the Dunsmore Room with old pal, vocalist Claudia Schmidt and pianist Bryan Nichols for what will be a very entertaining trio night.

Chris Bates
Chris Bates holds his monthly new music seance at Jazz Central, this time with guitarist Thomas Nordlund, trombonist JC Sanford, and a rumored appearance by brother JT Bates.

Phil Hey
Thursday, February 9. More than ten years ago, the Phil Hey Quartet recorded a session live at the Artists Quarter that was released as Subduction, earning top local jazz recording of the year honors and still sounding fresh today. Phil's band -- with Dave Hagedorn on vibes, Phil Aaron on piano and Tom Lewis on bass--has played less often over the past few years but every time out, they show why classic postbop from the likes of Coltrane, Coleman, Shorter and more is timeless. They're on stage for Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie.

Steven Hobert
Joel Shapira opens on solo guitar, followed by the Steven Hobert 4 at Vieux Carre'. Pianist and composer Hobert has a fire-breathing cast with Pete Whitman on sax, Yohannes Tona on bass and Arthur "LA" Buckner on drums. 

Katia Cardenas
Katia Cardenas fills the vocal jazz chair at Jazz Central, while Rachel Holder Hennig takes on the Wolverines Trio 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 February 9 will be one of the newer curators at Jazz Central, Jon Morgan, who will be talking about the upcoming special night with Dave Rempis (February 16).

Coming Soon!
. February 10, Great American Songbook with Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare, Minnesota Orchestra
. February 10, Underground Jazz Collective/Mitch Rand Quartet at Jazz Central Studios
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 11, Debbie Duncan at Crooners Lounge
. February 11, Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre'
. February 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. February 13, Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge
. February 14, Cedar Av Big Band at Jazz Central Studios
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 15, Jeremy Walker Songtet with Jason Harmes at Vieux Carre'
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 16, Dave Rempis at Jazz Central Studios
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 17, Jazz Bridge Project at the Black Dog 
. February 17, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at Jazz Central Studios
. 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 19, Patty Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 20, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central Studios
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant and Adam Birnbaum at the Dakota
. February 22, Thomasina Petrus at Crooners Lounge
. February 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 24, Augsburg College Jazz Festival concert with guest Steve Weist, Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College 
. February 24, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central Studios
. 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
. February 28, Mardi Gras with Patty and the Buttons at Crooners Lounge
. March 1, Phil Hey & Pat Moriarty Duo at Jazz Central Studios
. March 3, Patty Peterson and the Jazz Women All-Stars at the Dakota
. 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 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 19, Brian Lynch Quartet with Emmet Cohen in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. 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 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. 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 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. 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 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

Maria Schneider Orchestra (at O'Shaughnessy, February 16)