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 --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