Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 9-15



Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, with Gordy Johnson-- launching new Jazz at the Jungle Season on June 11


© Andrea Canter

We have another fine summer week of jazz as we build momentum toward the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, including pre-fest performances, the opening of a new Jazz in the Jungle season, continuing celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Icehouse, another visit from Wayne Horvitz, and a lot more.

Big Gigs This Week
Patty Peterson
Friday, June 9. The weekend kicks off in style with Patty Peterson and mostly Family at Crooners Lounge. Patty joins sister Linda (voice and piano), brother Billy (bass), and almost family Bobby Vandell (drums) for what is sure to be a very entertaining night.

Jon Pemberton
At Vieux Carre', Jon Pemberton opens the evening on piano, followed by the one and only Debbie Duncan, singing at the top of her game as she warms up for a new recording later this summer.


Tim Sparks
The Icehouse continues its fifth anniversary celebration, starting the evening with Tim Sparks and James Buckley, then a double feature late with the high-energy fusion of New Sound Underground--voted best jam band of 2015 by City Pages--and Chicago-based jazz-rock band, Marbin

Jazz Central presents some young masters tonight, starting with trombonist Jack Courtight (Eastman School of Music) and friends, followed by the Ben Ehrlich Trio -- Ben (North Texas) on drums, Will Kjeer (McGill U) on piano and Charlie Lincoln (Berklee) on bass. 


And here's a sure bet: Tony Bennett at Mystic Lake Casino! At 90, his voice is past it's prime (and what a prime it was!) but he has not lost his interpretive skills or ability to sell a song at retail. And who knows when he'll be back?

Doug Haining
Saturday, June 10. The Black Dog hosts an opening set from young bassist Jax Ravel and his trio, with Will Kjeer on keys and Blake Hubel on drums, followed by Doug Haining's salute to Horace Silver. Doug's quintet features Steve Kenny on Flumpet, Ted Godbout on piano, Chris Bates on bass and Mac Santiago on drums. Expect some great Silver tunes like "Peace," "Song for My Father", and "Sister Sadie."

Aaron Hedenstrom Trio
At Vieux Carre', have some fun with Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows. The Normandy Kitchen presents Maurice Jacox. And at Boom Island Brewing, the new Saturday jazz series features the Aaron Hedenstrom Trio


Colleen Raye brings a "Rat Pack" era production, "Sinatra and Company," to the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center. Raye, Debbie O'Keefe, and Tim Patrick and his 10-Piece "Blue Eyes Band" present iconic music from the 50s and 60s crooners.  You’ll hear songs from Sinatra, Garland, Ella, Marilyn, Dino, Sammy, Dinah, Rosemary and more - all with the spontaneous feel of a Rat-Pack concert.


Jon Weber and Connie Evingson
Sunday, June 11.  Summer afternoons were made for big bands. The 27th annual Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Praire at Staring Lake Amphitheater (Eden Prairie) presents six of the region's top big bands in fresh air and (hopefully) plenty of June sunshine. Free!

Connie Evingson's Jazz at the Jungle opens a new season with an invitation to "Duke's Place" (at the Jungle Theater). She's joined by New York-based pianist Jon Weber, who has been her cohort for many of the Jungle shows over the past five years, along with Dave Karr on reeds and Gordy Johnson on bass. It's just the start of a new season that will include another show in September and something special for the holidays.

Doug Little, Charanga Tropical
 In the Dunsmore Room, Dennis Spears performs his show, "If Songs Could Talk." With Dennis on stage, those songs really will talk!  Doug Little's Charanga Tropical holds their monthly Sunday afternoon fiesta at the Icehouse; Fuzzy Math returns to the Black Dog; the Zacc Harris Trio performs at the Riverview Wine Bar and the Parisota Hot Club takes its weekly slot at the Aster Cafe.

Dave King Trucking Company
Monday, June 12. JT's Jazz Implosion really implodes at the Icehouse, with the Dave King Trucking Company featuring New Yorker Chris Speed followed by a CD release for Chicago-based Hanging Hearts.

Rachel Holder
Vocalist Rachel Holder performs at Crooners Lounge--and she's there all week for happy hour. Guitarist Jon Wood is at Jazz Central, followed by the weekly jam.

Tuesday, June 13. The monthly Chris Olson Project takes the stage at the Black Dog, while the Cedar Avenue Big Band holds its monthly gathering at Jazz Central.

Candy Dulfer
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14. Smooth jazz sax star Candy Dulfer returns to the Dakota, and the duo of Butch Thompson and Pat Donahue returns to the Dunsmore Room.

Wednesday, June 14. Vieux Carre' presents Rick Carlson for early evening magic followed by Jeremy Walker and his Songtet with Jason Harms.

Dave Karr
Over at Jazz Central, Chris Bates and Davu Seru join forces with visiting pianist Thollem McDonas, while Connie Evingson performs outdoors with Jon Weber and Dave Karr at the Village at Mendota Heights--an official "pre-festival" event.

Lucia Newell
Thursday, June 15. The Kevin Washington Quintet performs outdoors at Rice Park in St Paul, the too-seldom heard Lucia Newell sings with the Wolverines at Crooners Lounge.


Davu Seru
Visiting keyboardist Wayne Horvitz will be at Reverie with Josh Granowski and Davu Seru. It's also a jazz fest preview night with Doug Little's Seven Steps to Havana at the Arlington Hills Library in St Paul.

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 June 15 will be guitarist/composer Reynold Philipsek sharing information about an upcoming biographical film and giving listeners a sampling of live music.

Coming Soon!
. June 17, How Birds Work/Simon Petrick Group at the Black Dog
. June 17, Tamberwood Ensemble, Cameron Kinghorn, Twin Cities Jazz Fest Preview Night at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church (Kinghorn, 2 shows)
. June 17, Joel Shapira CD Release at Vieux Carre'
. June 17, Rosemount Jazz Blast, 5 bands at Rosemount Central Park Amphitheater
. 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 18, Dave Hagedorn Trio at Imminent Brewing opening event in Northfield
. 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, Kari Musil & Freedom of Jazz Orchestra at Schmidt  Brewery Artists Lofts
. 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 27-28, Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton at the Dakota
. June 29, Steven Hobert Quartet at Reverie
. June 30, Silverback Trio CD release, Bryant Lake Bowl
. June 30-July 2, Iowa City Jazz Festival with Donny McCaslin, Stacy Kent, The Cookers, Laura Caviani, John Raymond, Dakota Combo and more
. July 1, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. 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 21-22, New Standards 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 27, Lila Ammons Quartet at Hell's Kitchen
. 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 16, Ben Sidran at the Dakota
. 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
. September 18, The Yellowjackets at the Dakota
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota
. October 20, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. October 26-27, Ramsey Lewis Quartet at the Dakota
. October 28-29, David Sanborn at the Dakota

2017 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 22-24