Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 17-23

Emmet Cohen, in the Twin Cities March 19-21 © Andrea Canter

© Andrea Canter

Happy Almost Spring!  We have some young and local rising star performers this weekend, as well as a Twin Cities debut visit from one of the nation's rising stars of jazz piano. Throughout the week, veterans of the local scene shine on stages across the metro.

Big Gigs This Week
Nick Syman
Friday, March 17.  It's St. Patrick's Day and the luck of the Irish extends to jazz. Trombonist Nick Syman, a frequent soloist with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and other area big bands, as well as educator in Hudson, WI,  brings a quartet of still-young lions to Jazz Central, with Ted Godbout on piano, Ted Olsen on bass and Andres Crovetti on drums.

Cameron Kinghorn, KBHS
Vieux Carre' offers an enjoyable culture clash with the energy of New Orleans in the heart of St Paul 's Irish celebration. Jeremy Walker opens on piano, followed by the King Baron Hot Several --some of the area's hottest jazz and soul talents coming together with a sound that is part Second Line, part trad, and a part that only KBHS can define. Hear Cameron Kinghorn on trumpet and vocals, Nelson Devereaux on reeds, Keith Hilson on trombone, Evan Clark on tuba and Lars-Erik Larson on drums--all top area jazzers, along with vocalist  Abbie Mills.

Members of the Kronick Quintet
Saxophonist and vocalist Jason Weisman is on stage at Hell's Kitchen with his band, Jason and the Q; Jake Hanson and James Buckley offer string duo madness at the Icehouse; and the Kronick Quintet outshines any green beer at the Public Kitchen.

Paul Schrage*
Saturday, March 18. A special Saturday night show at Jazz Central features San Francisco-based, internationally performing pianist and conductor Paul Schrage, in town and on the band stand with bassist Graydon Peterson and drummer Mac Santiago. Their setlist roams from Chopin to Smashing Pumpkins.

Nick Adams, Liquid Vinyl
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features the almost-monthly JazzINK Youth Showcase, this time with the debut of a student-led septet dubbed Liquid Vinyl, featuring high school artists from across the metro. I've been impressed with their leader, drummer Nick Adams from Totino Grace High School -- he's got the beat and, just a 10th grader,  is already taking charge as a bandleader. The headline show features the Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet, led by University of North Texas and Eau Claire graduate Aaron on saxes, along with local strongmen Bryan Nichols, Chris Bates, Miguel Hurtado and, second set only, Zacc Harris.

Zacc Harris
Zacc will earn his keep tonight as he starts out the evening with his American Reverie Trio (with Matt Peterson and Lars-Erik Larson) at the Roots Cellar of the University Baptist Church!

Judi Vinar
In another church setting, vocalist Judi Vinar spreads swing and joy on the Jazz at St Barneys concert series at St Barnabas in Plymouth, with co-conspirator, swinging pianist Lori Dokken.

Maud Hixson
More for Saturday-- young piano star Joe Strachan joins James Buckley at the Icehouse;  Maurice Jacox channels Nat King Cole at the Normandy Kitchen; the Benny Weinbeck Trio takes over the lounge at Parma 8200; Maud Hixson Trio with Rick Carlson and Keith Boyles shine in the NOLA spirit of Bistro LaRoux.

Emmet Cohen
Sunday, March 19.  It's the start of three days with much lauded, young New York-based pianist Emmet Cohen, in town with his trio (Russell Hall on bass, Joe Saylor on drums). Cohen is burning a jazz piano path across the country as he tours in support of the first volume of his Masters Legacy Series, volume one saluting (and including) the great Jimmy Cobb. Cohen won the Phillips Piano Competition, American jazz Pianist Competition, and was a finalist for the Cole Porter Fellowship and the Monk International Piano Competition (2011).

Brian Lynch
Sunday night the trio joins acclaimed trumpeter Brian Lynch in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. Lynch has been on a steadily rising trajectory since his early days with Art Blakey and Horace Silver, more recently in such company as Phil Woods and Paquito D'Rivera as well as fronting his own projects. The trio then moves on to Jazz Central (see below).

Things swing all day at the Aster Cafe, starting with brunch featuring Patty and the Buttons, and ending the day with the Mississippi Hot Club.

Anthony Cox
Monday, March 20. It's JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse, with Chicago drummer Paul Grill up first, followed by the Regional Jazz Trio--Anthony Cox (bass and cello), Mike Lewis (saxes), and JT Bates himself on drums. Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs entertain in Crooners Lounge. Over at the Black Dog, the edgy Cherry Spoon Collective holds its monthly open rehearsal with the likes of improvisers like Davu Seru, Nick Gaudette, Pat O'Keefe and more.

Monday-Tuesday, March 20-21. The Emmet Cohen Trio will be warmed up after their Sunday night with Brian Lynch. Late afternoon Monday, Cohen holds a B-3 organ Clinic at Jazz Central, followed by two nights of trio magic on the Jazz Central stage. Two sets each night and JC is even taking reservations for this one!

Steven Hobert
Tuesday, March 21. KBEM's Restaurant Tour makes its way to Vieux Carre', with early evening entertainment provided by pianist Steven Hobert and bassist Steve Pikal. Double Steves, double fun. At the Ames Center, Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience shares the bill with Tonic Sol-fa.

Leigh Kamman
Wednesday, March 22. Still miss Leigh Kamman's Jazz Image? Me too. But monthly at the Black Dog, you can enjoy some of the old segments and other interviews, thanks to the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project archives. Tonight's the night.

Dean Magraw
The marvelous cross-genre duo of pianist Butch Thompson and guitarist Dean Magraw returns to Vieux Carre', following an opening set from stellar accordionist Patrick Harison.

At Jazz Central, the monthly sound seance "Sound/Simulacra" brings together improvising musicians to "recreate, distort and create the hyerreal" as per leaders John Keston and Cody McKinney. Tonight's special guest is violinist Leah Ottman, aka LOTT.

Debbie Duncan
And at Crooners Lounge, Debbie Duncan joins sister vocalist Margaret Cox (Prince) for a night of song and... with Debbie, it will be more than song!

Peter Kogan
Thursday, March 23.  He retired as principal timpanist for the Minnesota Orchestra, but that just means that Peter Kogan has more time for jazz, including tonight's gig at Vieux Carre'. His quintet typically includes Phil Aaron on piano and Pete Whitman on saxophone. Come early for some artful jazz guitar from Joel Shapira.

Adam Linz
At Khyber Pass, it's a special Curators Quartet with the talents of the rotating cast of curators--Kevin Cosgrove (percussive drone), Noah Ophoven-Baldwin (trumpet), Adam Linz (bass) and Paul Metzger (guitar).

Peter Schimke
The always dazzling pianist Peter Schimke heads a trio on the Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie series, joined by Chris Bates and Cory Healey.

At the Dakota, the Los Angeles-based Paris Chansons presents modern songs, traditional jazz standards, and classics in Russian, Italian and other languages.

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 23 will be Zacc Harris, with news of the upcoming Jazz at Studio Z Spring Festival (March 25).

Coming Soon!
. 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 25, Dorothy Doring, Cabaret Show of Roaring 20s Songs at Oasis Room, Eagan Community Center
. March 26, Katia Cardenas Birthday Bash at the Icehouse
. March 27, Evil Genius (Stefan Kac) at the Icehouse
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. March 29, Vanessa Trouble in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 30, Colossus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 31, Patty Peterson with Andrew Walesch at Crooners Lounge
. March 31-April 2, Arne Fogel, Maud Hixson and Jennifer Eckes, "Great Songwriting Teams of Broadway and Hollywood at the Bloomington Black Box Theater
. April 1, Common Space/Atlantis Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 3, Greg Ward Quintet at the Icehouse 
. April 3, Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. April 4, Beasley's Big Band in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's
. April 4, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. April 4, Freddy Cole at the Dakota
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 6, First Thursday Open Studio "Jazz It Up" with AdamLinz/Dakota Combo and Larry McDonough/Carol Bergquist 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 11, Nova Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe'
. April 11, Cedar Ave Big Band at Jazz Central
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 14-15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Trio/Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 18, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central
. 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 21-22, Eau Claire Jazz Festival with Doc Severinsen, Carl Allen
. 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 23, Soul Cafe' at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
. 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 25, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. April 25-26, Connie Evingson with Jon Weber in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. 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 28029, Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. 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 4-5, Randy Brecker/Peterson Brothers at Crooners Lounge
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 11 & 14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 15, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. 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
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 30-July 2, Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more, Iowa City Jazz Festival 
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 16, Ben Sidran at the Dakota

David Sanborn Band (with Ricky Peterson), at the Dakota March 27-28