Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 10-16

The Maria Schneider Orchestra, at O'Shaughnessy on February 16

© Andrea Canter

Warmer weather, hotter music, maybe spring is not that far off after all!. And we'll have some smoldering jazz in the metro this week, a slow burn til it all explodes at O'Shaughnessy Thursday night when Maria Schneider and Orchestra make a long-overdue return to the Twin Cities to perform her Grammy-winning  "Thompson Fields." Not that we will be jazz-starved til then!

Big Gigs This Week
Tony DeSare*
Friday, February 10. It might be difficult to stay in your seat at Orchestra Hall as vocalists Hilary Kole and Tony Desare join the Minnesota Orchestra to present "The Great American Songbook." Sarah Hicks conducts an exceptionally large big band through favorites by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, even Prince, with two exceptional singers -- Tony DeSare has been compared to Harry Connick, Jr and Jamie Cullum; Hilary Kole was the youngest singer to perform in the legendary Rainbow Room.

Joe Mayo and Dave Brattain
At Jazz Central, the Underground Jazz Collective takes the "Masters" slot, led by saxophonists Joe Mayo and Dave Brattain. They're followed in the "Emerging Artists" late night spot by the young guns of the Mitch Rand Quartet.

At the Dakota, Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience is a modern, cross-genre extravaganza led by St John's alum Johnson (Tonic Sol-fa); the music nods to Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble and everything in-between.

Debbie Duncan
Vieux Carre' presents an opening set from Jeremy Walker, followed by the grand dame of entertainment, Debbie Duncan. Strings rule at the Icehouse with Tim Sparks and James Buckley on stage for the dinner sets.

Michael Shults*
Saturday, February 11. It's UW-Eau Claire night at the Black Dog, as Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents back-to-back ensembles reflecting current student talents of Jazz Ensemble I ("Surreal McCoy") and faculty/alums/friends led by Michael Shults and Aaron Hedenstrom, with Javi Santiago and the Bates Brothers. Shults heads the saxophone unit in the UW-EC's acclaimed jazz program.

Kronick Quintet
Vocal talents shine tonight, with singing bassist Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre', and the timeless Debbie Duncan at Crooners Lounge. Jacob Hanson joins James Buckley at the Icehouse, the Saint Peter Street Stompers swing at Bistro LaRoux, and at Public Kitchen, the Kronick Quintet is back in action, with keyboardist Ann Marie McIntire sitting in for Scott Ives.  

Saturday-Sunday, February 11-12. At the Capri Theater, "Sweeping Through the City" is a new installment in the Legends Series, saluting gospel, "the songs that were heard in churches all across the country during the civil rights era.  The music will be spirited and joyful and it will bring a beautiful, bright light to North Minneapolis" (Dennis Spears, Artistic Director). The show stars Shirley Marie Graham with a special appearance by Paris Bennett.

JoAnn Funk
At the Saint Paul Hotel's Lobby Bar, JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske hold their weekly conversation, disguising their sophisticated jazz as lounge music -- but we can't be fooled, we know there's no better piano/voice/bass duo in town.

Cole Mahlum
Sunday, February 12. Music swings from brunch til closing at the Aster Cafe, with Patty and the Buttons' weekly Swing Brunch, and later guitarist Robb Henry leads the Parisota Hot Club for some gypsy jazz magic. Cole Mahlum leads the weekly B-3 Organ Jam at Jazz Central and, at the Riverview Wine Bar, it's time for the weekly evening with the Zacc Harris Trio.

And at Chanhassan Dinner Theater, spend the afternoon with great artists of the past, as Bob DeFlores presents a new installment in his Legends of Jazz series of classic film clips. (Erroneously announced last week, really this is scheduled for this afternoon!)

Maceo Parker
Monday, February 13.  The Dakota welcomes back funky saxman Maceo Parker, who counts James Brown, George Clinton and Prince among his collaborators. Better wear a windbreaker as Maceo will blow up a storm!

Charmin Michelle
At Crooners Lounge, it's the monthly night with the Acme Jazz Company and vocalist Arne Fogel, sure to keep your feet tapping and your ears smiling. Come early as Charmin Michelle and Rick Carlson start three nights of suave Happy Hour delights.

Ted Olsen
Double your jazz at the Icehouse as JT's Jazz Implosion features the Icehouse debut of the Ted Olsen Quartet (with Aaron Hedenstrom, Javier Santiago, and Miguel Hurtado), followed by a mighty trio of Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mike Lewis and JT Bates.

Laura Caviani
Tuesday, February 14. What's in store for Valentine's Day? The Black Dog does romantic dining right-- adding some superb music featuring vocalist Jennifer Grimm and a band --what a band, Laura Caviani, Greg Byers, Chris Olson, and Dan Hanzel.

Five different ensembles accompany dinner at Crooners Lounge; The Cedar Avenue Big Band takes its usual spot at Jazz Central; Chris Bates and Zacc Harris cover the dinner hour at the Icehouse; the music of William Bolcum is presented by members of the Minnesota Opera at the Dakota.

Ambrose Akinmisure
Wednesday, February 15. You might expect to hear this one at the Walker but it's the Amsterdam Bar hosting Liquid Music's night with acclaimed trumpeter Ambrose Akinmisure and rapper Kool A.D. Akinmisure joins his “unfurling lines that confound expectation” (Chicago Tribune) with rapper Kool A.D.’s “social consciousness infused irreverence” (Colorlines) to create a brand new chamber music work co-commissioned by Liquid Music and the Ecstatic Music Festival; they collaborate with the Mivos Quartet, pianist Sam Harris and drummer Justin Brown for this world premiere.

Jason Harms
At Vieux Carre', pianist/composer Jeremy Walker reunites with vocalist Jason Harmes as Songtet, along with his usual trio partners bassist Jeff Brueske and drummer Tim Zhorne, performing great songs from Ellington to Dylan to Walker's originals.

Dave Rempis*
Thursday, February 16. At Jazz Central, curator Jon Morgan holds a special show with avant garde saxophonist Dave Rempis as he starts his solo tour. An alum of the Vandermark Five, Rempis has done more solo performing lately but tonight, in addition to a solo set, will also join forces with Levi Schwartzberg and Davu Seru.

Adam Meckler
At the Dakota, a special night with the Adam Meckler Orchestra welcomes the jazz educators in town for the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association convention. This performance is sponsored by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. In St Paul, dancers and big band fans return to the Wabsha Street Caves to swing with Beasley's Big Band.

Maria Schneider
And what will no doubt be one of the big shows of the year, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium and the Women of Substance Series hosts Windom native, multi-Grammy winning composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider and her 21-piece orchestra which, by itself, is a who's who on the national jazz scene -- with the likes of pianist Frank Kimbrough, saxophonists Steve Wilson and Donny McCaslin, drummer Clarence Penn and more. The MSO will present its Grammy-winning Thompson Fields. The orchestra's scheduled last appearance in the Twin Cities was supposed to be at the Dakota in 2010-- and derailed by an East Coast blizzard. Their return is long overdue, long anticipated. (Note Schneider returns alone in early March to conduct the JazzMN Orchestra.)

More Jazz! 
Rodney Ruckus
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 16 will be drummer and bandleader Rodney Ruckus, talking about his recent tour, recording and upcoming gigs.

Coming Soon!
. 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, Abbott Concert Hall, Kleipell Fine Arts Bldg
. February 18, What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 18-19, Northside Celebration: Celebrating North Minneapolis Through Music at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
. 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 20, Cherry Spoon Collective at the Black Dog
. 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 25, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 28, Despejada (Steven Hobert, Ben Abrahamson, Krissy Bergmark) at The Cedar
. 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 and Pat Moriarty Duo at Jazz Central Studios
. March 1, Larry McDonough Quartet, "Bill Evans and Tony Bennett" at Vieux Carre'
. 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 11, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at the Aster Cafe
. 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

Cecile McLorin Salvant, coming to the Dakota February21-22

* All photos by Andrea Canter unless marked with asterisk