Friday, May 26, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 26- June 1

Chris Potter returns to the Dakota with a new quartet, May 31

© Andrea Canter

We start off the weekend with our first "summer" holiday, and there's plenty of music to fit in around any barbecues, picnics, or gardening activities. In addition to a good range of local artists, we welcome the return of Chris Potter to the Dakota, with a new quartet celebrating a new release.

Big Gigs This Week
Schmid-Lewis Ensemble
Friday, May 26. At Jazz Central, the cross-generational Schmid/Lewis Ensemble gets back together -- 19-year-old guitarist Will Schmid joins forces with veteran trumpeter Greg Lewis and his wife and trombonist Rose Brezinski Lewis, along with two more collegians--Charlie Lincoln on bass and Edmund Catlin on drums. They're playing two sets of all original compositions.

Jeremy Walker
At Vieux Carre', catch the opening set with Jeremy Walker (usually in duo with Jeff Brueske or adding Tim Zhorne for a trio outing), followed by the always-swinging Southside Aces. More: Kronick Quintet at the Public Kitchen (bring dancing shoes); Zacc Harris and James Buckley string it up at the Icehouse; Maurice Jacox croons at Crooners Lounge.

Park Evans
Saturday, May 27. The Selby Avenue Brass band makes its debut on Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, featuring veterans Larry Sims, Tom Wells, Marilyn Parker and more. They're followed by the Park Evans Quintet-- guitar virtuoso Evans with host Steve Kenny on Flumpet, Brandon Wozniak on sax, Cody McKinney on bass, and Greg Schutte on drums.

Adam Meckler
At Vieux Carre', enjoy the Adam Meckler Quartet. A last-minute replacing for ailing wife Jana Nyberg, Adam and his band are hardly subs. In addition to leader and trumpet master Meckler, the quarter includes Sean Turner on keys, Graydon Peterson on bass, and Kevin Washington on drums.

Cameron Kinghorn
BDP is back in action at the Aster, with Cameron Kinghorn on vocals, Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Ted Godbout on piano, Ted Olsen on bass, and Andres Crovetti on drums. More: Nachito Herrera returns with some hot Havana fire to the Dakota; Debbie Duncan takes over the lounge at Crooners; Jake Hanson and James Buckley handle the dinner sets at the Icehouse. 

Regina Marie Williams
Sunday, May 28. At the Dakota, a special show with vocalist/actress Regina Marie Williams as she presents the music of Nina Simone. This is comfortable territory as Williams recently starred in the Park Square Theater production of Nina Simone: Four Women.

Dave Karr and Sam Miltich
In the Dunsmore Room, it's the awesome duo of Dave Karr and Sam Miltich--sax and guitar, paying tribute to legend Lester Young. Rounding out the band will be stars in their own right--Chris Bates on bass and Jay Epstein on drums. More: Patty and the Buttons swing out over brunch at the Aster; Zacc Harris Trio takes their weekly spot at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Monday, May 29. It's a holiday and some of your favorite venues might be closed so check websites etc first. Jazz Central hosts its weekly jam session following some music from local trombonist Gus Murphy.

Erin Schwab
Tuesday, May 30. A week after Maud Hixson's tribute to Judy Garland in the Dunsmore Room, vocalist Erin Schwab brings another dose to the same venue, adding the music of  Bette Midler to the program.

At Jazz Central, Big Band Night presents the Swing Sisterhood--this is the large ensemble directed by Sarah Schmalenberger and featuring some of the metro's top women jazz artists (Joan Griffith, Jendeen Forberg and more).

At the Black Dog, saxophonist Donald Washington's Trio features bassist Dick Studer and drummer Steve Hirsch, while guitarist Zacc Harris opens the evening at Vieux Carre'.

Chris Potter
Wednesday, May 31.  The Dakota hosts the much anticipated return of  saxophonist Chris Potter, and his new quartet is celebrating their ECM release, The Dreamer Is the Dream. The band includes David Virelles on piano, Joe Martin on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums, and their music is already drawing rave reviews.

Steven Hobert
At Vieux Carre', the sonic explorers of the Steven Hobert Quartet take over prime time-- pianist Steven with saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Yohannes Tona, and drummer Arthur "LA" Buckner. Come early for some jazzy accordion with Patrick Harison.

Denny Malmberg and Charmin Michelle
At Crooners, vocalist Judi Vinar and pianist Lori Dokken are "unplugged" in the lounge, which means "anything goes." Come early for Happy Hour with one of the most delightful duos in town, Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg. More -- eclectic guitarist Geoff Bouchier is on stage at Jazz Central.

Maryann Sullivan
Thursday, June 1. More double fun at Vieux Carre' as Joel Shapira opens on solo guitar, followed by the rebranded "Maryann and the Moneymakers" -- formerly known as Corner Jazz. Vocalist (and veteran broadcaster) Maryann Sullivan heads a swinging band with Phil Aaron on piano, Jim Chenoweth on bass, Doug Haining on sax, Pete Enblom on trombone, and Trevor Haining on drums.

Issam Rafea (Oudyano)
At Khyber Pass, it's another opportunity to hear one of the most unique duos in town, Steven Hobert on keys, Issam Rafea on oud as Oudyano. (And you can also hear them the next night at Studio Z!) For a taste, check out their video at

Zacc Harris Group
The Zacc Harris Group is on stage at Reverie--that's guitarist Zacc with Bryan Nichols on keys, Chris Bates on bass and JT Bates on drums. Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central features Lawrence Hutera, with Jeff Olson on keys.

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 June 1 will be guitarist Joel Shapira, who will soon release a new recording.

Coming Soon!
. June 2, Rio Nido at the Dakota
. June 2, Hoaxer CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. June 2, Oudyano at Studio Z
. June 3, Jazz at Studio Z, Young Artists Showcae
. June 3, TC Seven Swing Dance at 301 on Main
. June 3, Paul Harper Show and Tell/No Room for Squares at the Black Dog 
. June 3, Patty Peterson and Friends at Bunkers 
. June 3, Maryann and the Moneymakers (Corner Jazz) at the Edina Art Fair
. June 3-8, Icehouse Fifth Anniversary Party
. June 4, Kenny Werner at Sundin Hall (Hamline University)
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 5, Will Kjeer at Jazz Central
. June 5, JT's Jazz Implosion with JC Sanford Quartet at the Icehouse (5th Anniversary Celebration)
. June 8, Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio at Reverie
. June 8, Jazz Alley at Jazz Central
. June 8, Twin Cities Hot Club at Highland Park Library (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 9, Patty Peterson and Family at Crooners Lounge 
. June 9, Marbin/New Sound Underground at the Icehouse
. June 10, Doug Haining Tribute to Horace Silver/Jax Revel Group at the Black Dog
. June 13-14, Candy Dulfer at the Dakota
. June 14, Connie Evingson with Dave Karr, The Village at Mendota Heights (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 15, Wayne Horvitz/George Cartwright Group at Reverie
. June 15, Seven Steps to Havana (Doug Little) at Arlington Hills Library (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 17, How Birds Work/Simon Petrick Group at the Black Dog
. June 17, Cameron Kinghorn, Twin Cities Jazz Fest Preview Night at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church (2 shows)
. June 17, Joel Shapira CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. June 18, Charanga Tropical at George Lattimer Central Library, St Paul(Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 18, Nancy Harms in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. June 19, Jane Bunnett and Macaque at the Dakota
. June 20, Jordan Anderson Group, Walker West (Twin Cities Jazz Festival
. June 21, Christian Sands at the Dakota
. June 21, Lee Engele, Merriman Park Library (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner with Joshua Redman, Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen, Bobby Lyle, Emmet Cohen)
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota
. June 25, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 30s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. June 25, Reynold Philipsek Film Release, "A Life Well Played" at the Schneider Theater
. June 25, Ernest Bisong Group at Walker West (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 25, Beasley's Big Band at Como Lakeside Pavillion (Twin Cities Jazz Festival)
. June 29, Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more
. July 3, Geoffrey Keezer solo piano in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 7, Illicit Sextet at Studio Z (All Originals)
. July 10, Teri Roiger in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. July 14, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. July 23, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 40s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. July 26-27, Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota
. July 28, Kenny Horst at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 2, Kendra Shank in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 7, Chris Thomson Band with John Raymond at the Icehouse
. August 8, Cyrille Aimee at the Dakota
. August 8-9, Kevin Mahogany in the Dunmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 20, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Music of the 50s at St Albert the Great (1 pm)
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 25, Jazz Word Jazz at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota

Hoaxer (CD release, June 2 at Vieux Carre')