Friday, April 28, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 28-May 4



Regina Carter, at the Dakota on May 3

© Andrea Canter

There's always talk of the sorry state of jazz, but in this state, that stands in sharp contrast to the number of gigs, the number of visiting artists coming our way. As an audience, we may be spoiled in the Twin Cities, as few other areas in the country can boast of so many options. Some nights, the conflicting schedules can be frustrating -- we can't do it all!

Big Gigs This Week
Jeremy Walker
Friday, April 28. What a busy start to the weekend! The final concert of the Jazz in the Target Atrium season brings Jeremy Walker's Atrium Jazz Ensemble to the little space at Orchestra Hall, this time as a double sax quintet with Chris Thomson and Brandon Wozniak on horns, Walker on piano, Jeffrey Bailey on bass, and Kevin Washington on drums. They're looking at the roots of jazz and particularly Ellington to Coltrane.

Marcus Wise and Dean Magraw
At Jazz Central, it's the return of one of the most exciting local pairings in improvised music - guitar master Dean Magraw and tabla hero Marcus Wise.  They have not played together much in the past few years, leaving us only the music from their 2010 album, When the Light Gets In. Hopefully this gig will encourage more frequent collaborations.

Dave Singley
Another guitar master, Dave Singley holds a CD release gig at Studio Z--his first album in 20 years titled Good Hope. The Peter Schimke Trio with Chris Bates and Kenny Horst offers music at the newly revived Lexington. Zacc Harris and James Buckley provide dinner hour sets at the Icehouse; Arne Fogel croons at Hell's Kitchen; Lila Ammons is back at the Hennepin Steam Room; the Kronick Quintet makes music in the lounge at Public Kitchen; the Southside Aces swing at Vieux Carre'; and classical Indian music meets experimental improvisation when percussionist Zakir Hussein joins santoor player Rahul Sharma at the Pantages Theater.

Friday-Saturday, April 28-29. The Shaun Johnson Big Band experience is on stage for two nights at Chanhassan Dinner Theater.

Bottomless Pit
Saturday, April 29. The veterans of Bottomless Pit perform in the headline slot for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog--that's Joel Shapira on guitar, Pete Whitman on sax, Tom Lewis on bass, and Eric Gravatt on drums, with an opening set from the Brian Handleland Quartet.

Bill Charlap
At the Dakota, the always sublime Bill Charlap Trio is back, with elegant pianist Charlap and longtime cohorts Peter Washington and Kenny Washington. Charlap is one of the most commanding pianists of his generation, and one of the finest interpreters of standards from swing to bebop to postbop.

Paula Lammers
Also on tap for Saturday, Patty Peterson takes over Crooners Lounge; Tim Sparks joins James Buckley at the Icehouse; vocalist Paula Lammers with pianist John Koziol entertain at Mendoberri's; the Benny Weinbeck Trio is in the lounge at Parma 8200.

Joel Shapira
Sunday, April 30. It's officially International Jazz Day and the last day of the St Paul Art Crawl. Come down to Lowertown on Sunday afternoon and stop by the AZ Gallery in the Northern Warehouse to hear Joel Shapira on solo guitar while enjoying a lot of great local art.

Bruce Henry
In the evening, head out to the Dunsmore Room for your Bruce Henry fix-- he's paying tribute to Stevie Wonder. Bruce left the Twin Cities for Chicago about 8 years ago but has never severed ties with the local music community, returning often to our great pleasure. Whether he is presenting Charlie Parker or Stevie Wonder or the best of Billie and Ella, Bruce is a force with plenty of chops.

Maud Hixson
In the Mankato area? Maud Hixson, Maria Jette, and Rick Carlson perform music from Listening for Your Song, Maud's 2016 album honoring the music referenced in the Besty-Tacy stories written by Maud Hart Lovelace. The concert takes place at St John's Episcopal Church.

And don't forget the regular Sunday features including Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe and the Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Delfeayo Marsalis
Monday, May 1. The Dunsmore Room hosts trombone master Delfeayo Marsalis surrounded by local talents--Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman. Marsalis was most recently in the Twin Cities for a headline set at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Born to be Kind of Blue
The Dakota presents more local talents as Larry McDonough reprises his "Born to Be Kind of Blue" show, saluting trumpet legends Miles Davis and Chet Baker with Steve Kenny handling the trumpet duties. The rest of the band includes Richard Terrill on saxes, Greg Stinson on bass and Doug White on drums.

Jake Baldwin
More trumpet at the Icehouse as JT's Jazz Implosion presents three trumpet heavy sets (a trio of trumpet trios),  featuring the Jake Baldwin Trio, Hairsplitters (led by Noah Ophoven Baldwin), and Adam Zahler's Double Trio.

Will Kjeer (KTB)
And without trumpet -- in the spotlight at Jazz Central, a new band of sorts-- it's the rhythm section of Group 47, Will Kjeer (piano), Adam Tucker (bass), and Alex Burgess (drums) as KTB.

At the Ted Mann Concert Hall, the U of M Jazz Ensembles I and II present their salute to big bands.

Davu Seru
Tuesday, May 2.  It's first Tuesday with Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog. Anything can happen. Also in St Paul, pianist Steven Hobert and multi-reedman John Croarkin are on stage for the early show at Vieux Carre'.

Michael O'Brien
In the Dunsmore Room, another opportunity to hear former Minnesotan bassist Michael O'Brien and his Triage Trio with Chris Lomheim and Jay Epstein; and for First Tuesday, big band night at Jazz Central brings in the Bill Simenson Orchestra.

Regina Carter
Wednesday, May 3. Violinist Regina Carter returns to the Dakota with a new recording celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's centennial, Accentuate the Positive; her band includes bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Alvester Garnett. At the Minneapolis Woman's Club, Connie Evingson holds her monthly cocktail hour gig with Mary Louise Knutson and Dave Karr. (Open to the public.)

Randy Brecker
Wednesday-Thursday, May 3-4. Trumpet king Randy Brecker holds a two-night stand in the Dunsmore Room, featuring another former Minnesotan, Tanner Taylor on piano along with Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey. A new "Brecker Brothers" ensemble?

Brian Nichols
Thursday, May 4.  The Bryan Nichols Trio headlines at Vieux Carre,' with pianist Bryan in fine company with Jeff Bailey and brother JT Bates, following some cool solo guitar from Joel Shapira in the opening set.  Over at Jazz Central, vocal night features Melody Mendis.

Officially Rodney Ruckus has left the Twin Cities for the Bay Area, but he's back for a night leading his hip-hop project at Reverie.

More Jazz
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --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. Tune into the Lead Sheet on May 4 when Andrea's guests are the Potash Twins, trombone-wielding brothers with an upcoming gig at Adath Jeshuran Synagogue.

Coming Soon!
. May 5, Fuzzy Math at Jazz Central
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 6, Maud Hixson and Phil Aaron Trio, Swing Dance at 301 on Main
. May 6, D'Sievers/Source Code at the Black Dog
. May 7, Minnesota Jazz Legends: Celebrating the Elders with Patty Peterson at Minnesota History Center
. May 7, Charanga Tropical at the Icehouse
. May 7, Dakota Combo Spring Concert at Studio Z
. May 7, Dan Chouinard and Lucia Newell in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 8, Glenn Zaleski in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 8, Levi Schwartzberg Quartet/Barnacle at the Icehouse
. May 9, Rio Nido in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge (postponed from earlier date)
. May 9, Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog
. May 10, Zacc Harris Group at Studio Z
. May 11, Potash Twins at Adath Jeshuran Synagogue
. May 11 +14, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 13, Walker West Jazz Ensemble/Open Story at the Black Dog
. May 15, Karrin Allyson at the Dakota
. May 16, Billy Martin at the Icehouse
. May 15, Dave Graf at Jazz Central
. May 15-16, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 16-17, Marcus Roberts Trio at the Dakota
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. May 18, Vicky Mountain at Jazz Central
. May 18, Below Zero/Steve Kenny Quartet at Reverie
. May 19, Phil Hey Quartet at Jazz Central
. May 20, Lease-Moriarty Quartet/Angelica Sanchez Trio at the Black Dog
. May 22, Peter Kogan Quintet at the Icehouse
. May 23, Maud Hixson, "Judy Garland: Muse and Musician" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 25, Pete Hennig Trio at Reverie
. May 25, Will Schmid/Charlie Lincoln Quintet Presents the Music of Low at the Black Dog
. May 25, Dorothy Doring at Jazz Central
. May 26, Will Schmid/Greg Lewis Ensemble at Jazz Central
. May 27, Selby Brass Band/Park Evans Quintet at the Black Dog
. May 31, Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. June 1, Zacc Harris Group at Reverie
. June 3-8, Icehouse Fifth Anniversary Party
. June 8, Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio at Reverie
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 21, Christian Sands 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, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more

Levi Schwartzberg-- Quartet at the Icehouse, May 8

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 21-27



Sheila Jordan, in the Dunsmore Room April 23


© Andrea Canter

This changing weather is sure keeping us on our toes. At least the opportunities to hear great jazz are constants, and the coming week offers a lot of ear-smacking options from local talents and former residents to international stars and a living legend. And the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival adds even more jazz to the week.

Big Gigs This Week

Friday, April 21. The Edina Landmark theater hosts the local opening of a new film about bebop trumpeter Lee Morgan--I Called him Lee Morgan. The film has already garnered raves after opening to sold out audiences at its New York premiere.

Greg Byers
Part of the Mpls-St Paul International Film Festival, don't miss the screening of  Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past at St Anthony Main Theater.   And at Jazz Central, the prime time show features Ashen Fir with Greg Byers on cello, Jack Barrett on keys, Charlie Bruber on bass, and Pete Quirsfeld on drums. But don't leave at 10 pm-- the late show features a band of highly motivated teens who came together as part of Greg Keel's jazz combo class a MacPhail, and have stuck together now for two years of gigging around town as Below Zero.

Zacc Harris
Vieux Carre' is usually jumping on the weekend, and tonight the party starts with Jon Pemberton on piano, followed by the Zacc Harris Group. Guitarist and leader Zacc is joined by what is typically the Javi Santiago Trio-- Javi on piano, Dan Carpel on bass and Miguel Hurtado on drums. At the Icehouse, Patrick Harison provides solo accordion for the dinner sets; Lila Ammons sings at the Hennepin Steam Room, and Sophia Shorai does the same at Hell's Kitchen.

Doc Severinsen
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22. The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is underway this weekend, with special guest artists Doc Severinsen and drummer Carl Allen. There's plenty more from regional and student ensembles on the UW-EC campus and in area clubs.

Red 5
Saturday, April 22. The weekly double bill for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog kicks off with accomplished pianist Abebi Stafford and drummer Joel Pruitt, followed by a revised edition of Chris Bates' Red 5 -- expanded to a septet with a fluid cast to address scheduling issues when your band is filled with busy A-list musicians! Tonight the ensemble includes Pete Whitman, Aaron Hedenstrom, Steve Kenny and JC Sanford on horns, with Thomas Nordlund on guitar and Davu Seru on drums; and Chris of course on bass!

Gary Schulte
Out at St Barnabas in Plymouth, the Jazz at St Barneys series continues with the swinging Gypsy Mania quartet-- Gary Schulte on violin, Glen Helgeson on guitar, Steve Pikal on bass, and Jay Epstein on drums.

Erin Schwab
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23. The Capri Theater presents its final concert in the renowned Legends Series, with "Judy You Bette" starring Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs in this tribute to Judy Garland and Bette Midler. Notes Artistic Director Dennis Spears of Erin, "Her renditions of the music of Judy Garland and Bette Midler will leave you speechless.  And, by the way, be sure to bring your funny bone. "   Saturday night and Sunday matinee options-- best availability for Sunday.

Sheila Jordan
Sunday, April 23. For vocal jazz fans, there may be no better gig this year as the legendary Sheila Jordan makes her first visit to the Twin Cities in many years, coming to the Dunsmore Room for two sets at age 88! And her support will come from one of our young lions-- pianist Javi Santiago. Sheila turned Charlie Parker's bebop vocabulary into vocal explorations, and jazz vocals have never been the same since. Sheila often appears in solo with just bass, tonight she forms a duo with young lion of the keyboard, and a pretty fair bebop interpreter himself, Javi Santiago.

Steve Blons, Soul Cafe
Also on Sunday, one of the few performances of Soul Cafe for the year, led by guitarist Steve Blons with a good dose of modern poetry and the exciting addition of Chris Bates on bass, joining Steven Hobert on piano and Brad Holden on alto sax. The theme for the evening is "Awakening" which sounds perfect for spring. As always, Soul Cafe performs at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Bob Bowman
In a rare Sunday night gig at Jazz Central, Kansas City bassist Bob Bowman brings his Bowdogs to town. Bob has been heard often with Karrin Allyson, and has more recently been in the Twin Cities to perform with Laura Caviani and lead his own trio. And the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, reinterpreting the sounds of New Orleans, is back at the Dakota to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Monday, April 24. Tonight's Jazz Implosion will be the final installment of Reich Fest at the Icehouse, a salute to the music of Steven Reich. Three bands will perform Reich's "Pendulum Music", "Four Organs", and "It's Gonna Rain" with overlapping casts of area improvisers.

John Raymond
Across town in the Dunsmore Room, trumpeter John Raymond is back home for just one night with a new quartet of local stars, dubbed the New Standards Quartet (with Javi Santiago, Graydon Peterson and Rodney Ruckus). Hopefully we will soon be seeing John more regularly when he returns to the Midwest to join the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Ernest Bisong
Monday night you can also see the screening of the film, Bill Frisell: A Portrait, also part of the International Film Festival, with Bill himself attending the 7 pm show at St Anthony Main theaters. And at Jazz Central, versatile violinist  Ernest Bisong takes the spotlight.

SF Jazz Collective
Monday-Tuesday, April 24-25.  The famed SF Jazz Collective holds a two-night stand at the Dakota. An octet of the top performers in modern jazz, the collective this year is highlighting the music of Miles Davis. The current band includes Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez on saxes, Sean Jones on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Warren Wolf on vibes, Ed Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.

Bill Frisell
Tuesday, April 25.  A day after the screening of his biopic film, Bill Frisell turns up in Hopkins with his long-running quartet (with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen) for a night at the Center for the Arts.

Hear Chris Lomheim solo at Vieux Carre', followed by the swinging Parisota Hot Club led by guitarist Robb Henry. And Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Geoff Senn and Mac Santiago.

Jon Weber and Connie Evingson
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 25-26.  Connie Evingson and Jon Weber are in the Dunsmore Room celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday with the Best of the Songbooks --favorites from their Songbook productions at the Jungle Theater over the past few years. They're joined by Dave Karr and Gordy Johnson.  

Leigh Kamman
Wednesday, April 26.  The Black Dog hosts the monthly screening of the Leigh Kamman Jazz Image archives, tonight featuring interviews with the late Eddie Berger.  At Jazz Central, the monthly installment of John Keston and Cody McKinney's "Sound/Simulacra" explores musical improvisation as a "faithful and intentionally distorted" representational process to "create the hyperreal." And Paul Harper's Show and Tell band is on stage at the Hennepin Steam Room.

The Andrews Sisters
Wednesday-Thursday, April 26-27. The Dakota and History Theater join forces to present a production Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters, written by Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage with musical arrangements b Raymond Berg. On stage at the Dakota, the famous singing sisters are played by Cat Brindisi, Katie Hahn and Jen Burleigh-Bentz

Michael O'Brien
Thursday, April 27. Another hometown hero is briefly back as New York bassist Michael O'Brien and his quartet (Steve Kenny, Zacc Harris and Greg Schutte) take the stage at Reverie (and he's in the Dunsmore Room the following week on 5/2).  At Jazz Central, Vocal Jazz Night features Niny Salem singing with support from pianist Jon deVaal.

Patty Peterson
More Jazz
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --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 27th will be vocalist and radio host Patty Peterson, with news of the upcoming Legends: The Elders concert (May 7).




Coming Soon!
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 28, Peter Schimke Trio (with Bates and Horst) at The Lexington
. April 28, Dave Singley CD release at Studio Z
. April 28, Dean Magraw and Marcus Wise at Jazz Central
. 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
. April 30, Bruce Henry "Sings Stevie Wonder" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 1, Delfeayo Marsalis in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 2, Michael O'Brien Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 2, Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog
. May 2, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 3-4, Randy Brecker Quartet with Tanner Taylor in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 7, Celebrating the Elders with Patty Peterson at Minnesota History Center
. May 7, Dakota Combo Spring Concert at Studio Z
. May 8, Glenn Zaleski in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 9, Rio Nido in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge (postponed from earlier date)
. May 10, Zacc Harris Group at Studio Z
. May 11, Potash Twins at Adath Jeshuran Synagogue
. 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 15-16, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 16-17, Marcus Roberts Trio at the Dakota
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. May 20, Lease-Moriarty Quartet/Angelica Sanchez Trio at the Black Dog
. May 31, Chris Potter "Dreamer is the Dream" Quartet at the Dakota
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 21, Christian Sands 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 


Delfeayo Marsalis, coming to the Dunsmore Room on May 1

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 14-20



Lizz Wright, at the Dakota April 20th

© Andrea Canter

Snow, sunshine, wind, rain...Welcome to Minnesota Spring, version 3.0. We have a holiday weekend as well as festive music throughout the week, including a CD release from Red Planet with Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room, a "monsterful" evening at the Black Dog, two dazzling, internationally acclaimed performers at the Dakota, seriously improvising ensembles on the calendars at Jazz Central, the Black Dog and Icehouse..... and more.

Big Gigs This Week
Fall of the House of Usher
Friday, April 14. The  improvising ensemble Fall of the House of Usher is on stage at Jazz Central, led by Chris Cunningham with a cast of some of our most inventive musicians, including two still in high school (Ivan Cunningham and Riley Swain); keyboard magician John Keston will be the special guest. And there's a special opening set with oud player Issam Rafea, Chris Cunningham and some of the other Ushers.  

Debbie Duncan
If swing and sass is more your thing, Debbie Duncan is in the lounge at Crooners. Minnesota's "First Lady of Song" never fails to entertain (or hit her notes!). Dinner at the Icehouse means some jazzy ambience courtesy of Zacc Harris and James Buckley.

Eric Kamau Gravatt
Saturday, April 15.Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt and his long-running Source Code ensemble perform on the Jazz at Studio Z series. The band tonight includes veteran saxman Dean Brewington, rising star trumpeter Solomon Parham, the dean of guitar, Dean Magraw, and Gravatt's longtime cohort Ron Evaniuk on bass.  In lieu of a master class, the evening starts with a preconcert Q and A with Eric and company, recorded for archiving in the Jazz at Studio Z's podcast collection. 

Peter Kogan
Down the street at the Black Dog, the Aaron Hedenstrom Trio opens the evening (Hedenstrom on saxes, Kameron Markworth on bass, Lars-Erik Larson on drums), followed by Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband -- and it is a band filled with jazz monsters, including Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Scott Agster (trombone), Pete Whitman (saxes), Chris Olson (guitar), Sean Turner (piano), Jeff Bailey (bass), and Kogan of course on percussion.

Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira
Across town at the Normandy Kitchen, you can hear always charming vocalist Charmin Michelle and her "friends"-- Joel Shapira on guitar, Tom Lewis on bass, and Nathan Norman on drums.  

Sunday, April 16. Enjoy Easter Brunch at Crooners Lounge with --of course-- a genuine crooner, Maurice Jacox. Fuzzy Math appears late afternoon at the Black Dog. That's the band dubbed "best jazz act for people who don't like jazz" by the Best of Minnesota List in 2012.

Pat O'Keefe
Monday, April 17. It's the monthly open rehearsal of the Cherry Spoon Collective at the Black Dog-- a large ensemble filled with the area's top improvisers, including leaders Michelle Kinney, Nick Gaudette, and Pat O'Keefe.

Chris Morrissey
A double header at the Icehouse starts with Week Three of Reich Fest, celebrating the music of Steven Reich. Compositions include "Music for Pieces of Wood"--a 5-drum quintet, and "Electric Bass Phase" with bassists Chris Bates and Cody McKinney. The second set is the Jim Campilongo Trio with Twin Cities native, Brooklyn-based Chris Morrissey on bass.

Described as a one-man band who turns the guitar into an orchestra, globally infused singer-songwriter Raul Midon returns to the Dakota. And at Jazz Central, the spotlight artist tonight is alto saxophonist Dave Strong.

Mary Louise Knutson
Tuesday, April 18. Mary Louise Knutson--taking a break from JazzMN and Doc Severinsen-- plays her monthly solo piano sets, early evening at Vieux Carre'. Then she zips across town to   Jazz Central to join the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster. EBB makes tiny Jazz Central seem like the perfect place for big band music.

Red Planet
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 18-19. Over two nights, enjoy the CD release for Red Planet With Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room. Together for about 15 years now, Red Planet (Dean Magraw, Chris Bates, Jay Epstein) came to Creation Audio for a recording session in front of a live audience, adding to their already-stellar collaboration the unique talents of pianist Bill Carrothers.  The resulting CD yields a playlist much like a Red Planet gig, with original tunes and heavy doses of Coltrane and Monk. But the addition of Carrothers provides the wild card -- anything can happen. And it's even better live.

Steven Hobert
Wednesday, April 19. The new music night at Jazz Central features the Steven Hobert Quartet-- creative pianist Steven joined by sax titan Pete Whitman, amazing bassist Yohannes Tona, and wildly gymnastic drummer Arthur "LA" Buckner.

Lizz Wright
Thursday, April 20. Mezmerizing vocalist Lizz Wright returns to the Dakota, bringing along her trademark melding of jazz and soul, and now adding hand percussion to her repertoire.

Dorothy Doring
At Jazz Central, one of the area's most accomplished vocalists, Dorothy Doring, takes the bandstand with pianist Marc Ziegenhagen (aka Marc Z) to reprise her Roaring 20s' Cabaret Show in the first set, finishing the evening with a second set of her dazzling jazz and blues.

Josh Granowski
At Reverie, the Thursday Night jazz series presents a double bill, starting out with a quintet dubbed Fermentation with flutes, accordion, bass trombone, guitar and drums. The duo Large Marge follows (that's Chris Hepola on drums and Josh Granowski on bass). Sounds like large fun.

Out at Crooners, it's the monthly swingfest with the Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal, Jendeen Forberg), adding vocalist Kate Moore.

More Jazz
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at jazzpolice.com. --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 20th will be guitarist/bassist/mandolinist Joan Griffith.

Coming Soon!
. 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, John Raymond New Standards Quartet 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 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, Fusion Night at Day Block Brewing (Julian Manzara Quartet at 11 pm)
. 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
. April 30, Bruce Henry sings Stevie Wonder in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 1, Larry McDonough "Born to be Kind of Blue" at the Dakota
. May 2, Michael O'Brien Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 3-4, Randy Brecker Quartet with Tanner Taylor in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 7, Celebrating the Elders with Patty Peterson at Minnesota History Center
. May 7, Dakota Combo Spring Concert at Studio Z
. May 8, Glenn Zaleski in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 9, Rio Nido in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge (postponed from earlier date)
. 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 15-16, Dave King Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. May 25, Will Schmid/Charlie Lincoln Quintet, the Music of Low at the Black Dog
. 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
. August 30, Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Dakota

SF Jazz Collective, April 24-25 at the Dakota