Friday, March 31, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, March 31-April 6

Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog on April 1 © Andrea Canter

© Andrea Canter

Finally it seems we're into spring mode, just in time for April and some outstanding options in jazz for the coming week, from local stars the Atlantis Quartet to visiting upstart Greg Ward to such seasoned internationally renowned performers as Freddy Cole and Stacy Kent. Add in a three-show debut of Arne Fogel's revue of the great songwriting teams of Hollywood and Broadway and a night of jazz and art in the Northeast arts corridor and you have a diverse array of options.

Big Gigs This Week

Graydon Peterson
Friday, March 31.  The GP4+1 returns to Jazz Central-- that's the Graydon Peterson Quartet led by bassist Graydon, with Adam Meckler on trumpet, Joe Strachan on piano and Adrian Suarez on drums--plus guest Andrew Gillespie in the first set, providing additional percussion on some Cuba-inspired tunes.

Patty Peterson
At Crooners Lounge, Patty Peterson returns from a couple weeks of engagements in the LA area with sister Linda. Her "And Friends" ensemble--nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire, brother Paul Peterson, and Jay Young-- adds Andrew Walesch on vocals and piano.

Lila Ammons
More jazz tonight as Debbie Duncan sings at View Carre' (following opening piano set from Jeremy Walker); Zacc Harris and James Buckley cover the dinner hours at the Icehouse; Lila Ammons performs in the new Hennepin Steam Room (formerly Tangiers).

Arne Fogel
Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2. The latest Arne Fogel production, "Team Work-- The Great Songwriting Teams of Broadway and Hollywood" features Fogel on stage with  frequent co-star Maud Hixson and  guest Jennifer Eckes, at the Blackbox Theater in Bloomington.

Brandon Wozniak, Atlantis Qt
Saturday, April 1. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features one of the most lauded ensembles in the metro, the Atlantis Quartet -- that's Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig. It's also Brandon's Birthday so expect some April fooling. The opening band, Common Space, is filled with River Falls connections,led by drummer Alex Burgess, with Justin Wolff on sax, Dylan Nelson on bass and Eric Graham on keys.

Tim Sparks
At the Icehouse, Tim Sparks plays solo guitar; the Benny Weinbeck Trio handles the lounge at Parma 8200; and Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz swings at Tin Fish at Braemer in Edina.

Jazz Bridge Project
Sunday, April 2. The Black Dog features a jazz brunch with the Jazz Bridge Project. This ensemble features a mostly veteran line-up -- Father and son Roger (guitar) and Rajiah (flute) Johnson, Javi Santiago on piano, Ron Evaniuk on bass, and Eric Gravatt on drums. Have some cool post bop with your eggs!

Zacc Harris
 Dan Chouinard's Birthday Club welcomes a new month and area vocalist Thomasina Petrus, known for her portrayal of Lady Day.  Patty and the Buttons celebrate brunch at the Aster Cafe, Doug Little's Charanga Tropical holds its monthly gig at the Icehouse;  Cole Malum heads the B-3 Organ Jam at Jazz Central, and the Zacc Harris Trio performs in its weekly slot at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Pat O'Keefe
Monday, April 3. This month, the weekly JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse is celebrating the music of the late Steven Reich, starting out tonight with a visit from Chicago-based saxophonist Greg Ward and his quintet. The night opens with "Clapping Music" from Cody McKinney and Pete Hennig, and the final set features clarinetist,saxophonist Pat O'Keefe performing Reich's "New York Counterpoint."

At Crooners Lounge, the Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel returns for their monthly party; keyboardist Daniel Williams (Ticket to Brasil, Bossa Soul) takes the spotlight at Jazz Central.

Freddy Cole
Tuesday, April 4. It's First Tuesday at the Black Dog, with  Dean Magraw and Davu Seru on stage for some blues and fun as they celebrate the 104th birthday of Muddy Waters. At the Dakota, the always marvelous Freddy Cole returns on piano and vocals -- he's well into his 80s now but Freddy hasn't lost a note, I heard him last fall in Detroit, as charming as ever.

Rio Nido
RIO NIDO POSTPONED! Prudence has laryngitis! Rescheduled May 9. But Tom and Tim play duo in the lounge tonight. A good generation younger, the popular long-running Twin Cities ensemble, Rio Nido, makes their debut in the Dunsmore Room-- that's Tom Lieberman, Tim Sparks and Prudence Johnson who recently reunited and are recapturing their heyday gigs and new material, too.

Big Band night at Jazz Central brings in the Bill Simenson Orchestra, featuring music from their recent debut recording. It's a great amalgam of top Twin Cities artists squeezed into the "stage" space in our local answer to New York basement clubs. Another veteran big band-- Beasley's Big Band is back in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's.  And at Vieux Carre', Zacc Harris presents some guitar magic for early evening listeners.

Rodney Ruckus
Wednesday, April 5. Wednesday night is always a night for new music at Jazz Central, this week featuring a newly formed quartet of improvisers and composers-- Steven Hobert, Matt Peterson, Rodney Ruckus and vocalist Sarah M Greer.  At Hell's Kitchen, swing with the monthly installment of the Wolverines Trio with vocalist Judi Vinar, while Paul Harper's Show and Tell Band takes the stage at the Hennepin Steam Room.

Stacey Kent
Wednesday-Thursday, April 5-6. Connie Evinsgon holds her monthly gig in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club, and another great voice, Stacey Kent, returns to the Dakota for two nights, along with life and music partner, saxophonist Jim Tomlinson.

Jax Ravel
Thursday, April 6.  A double header (9 and 10:30 pm) at Reverie features the Jax Revel Gang (with Javi Santiago and Blake Hubel), and the Alden Ikeda Group, an "out there" ensemble with Scott Newell on saxes and Steve Gnitka on guitar, with leader Ikeda on drums.

Dakota Combo
A special night for art and music lovers in the Northeast (Mpls) arts district: First Thursday open studio night at Casket Arts Building celebrates Jazz and Art with art from tenants and guests, jazz from the Dakota Combo with Adam Linz, and Larry McDonough with Carol Bergquist, the Gastrotruck and more. (Andrea will have a display her of jazz photos in Studio 116.)

Vicky Mountain
Jay Young and the Lyric Factory are in Crooners Lounge, celebrating the music of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder; Joel Shapira kicks off the night solo at Vieux Carre'; Vicky Mountain sings at Jazz Central; Maud Hixson joins Dave Singley at Ingredients Cafe'; the Kronick Quintet is in the Mudd Room at Lucky 13.

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 April 6 will be Steve Heckler in his role as Executive Director of the JazzMN Orchestra, talking about the upcoming concert conducted by Maria Schneider (April 8).

Coming Soon!
. April 7, Bob Parsons Quartet at Jazz Central
. April 7, Jon Pemberton/Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at Vieux Carre'
. 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 8, Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre'
. April 8, Kronick Quintet at Public Kitchen 
. April 9, A Weaving of Traditions (Bobb Fantauzzo, Lyzz Jakolaa) at the Minnesota History Center
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 10, Lila Ammons at Crooners Lounge (Happy Hour)
. April 10, Reich Fest, JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse
. 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 11, Chris Lomheim/JT Bates Grain Trio at Vieux Carre'
. April 11, Chris Olson Project with Laura Caviani at the Black Dog
. April 12, Lila Ammons at Crooners Lounge (Happy Hour)
. April 12, Patrick Harison/Dean Magraw & Butch Thompson at Vieux Carre'
. April 12, Dennis Spears Birthday Cabaret in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 13, Charmin & Shapira & Friends at Vieux Carre'
. April 13, Maurice Jacox at Crooners Lounge
. April 14, Debbie Duncan at Crooners Lounge
. April 14, Fall of the House of Usher at Jazz Central
. 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 15, Pippi Ardennia and Women of Jazz at House of Payne
. April 16, Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog
. April 17, Cherry Spoon Collective 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, Erin Schwab "Judy? You Bette" (Judy Garland and Bette Midler Classics) at the Capri
. 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, John Raymond New Standards Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24,  3rd Annual Tru2life (L'hayim) Music Benefit concert supporting the Chai-light Chorus & Mishkan MSP with Maud Hixson at Beth El Synagogue
. 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 26, Leigh Kamman's Jazz Image Through the Decades (Eddie Berger) at the Black Dog
. 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 28, Dave Singley CD release at Studio Z
. April 28-29, 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 7, Dakota Combo Spring Concert at Studio Z
. May 9, Rio Nido in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge (postponed from April 4)
. May 11 +14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman's 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'
. May 31. Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle)
. 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

Larry Fuller Trio (Dunsmore Room, April 11)