Monday, July 31, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 2017



Dan Tepfer and Lee Konitz, in the Dunsmore Room August 20-21


© Andrea Canter

Note: Continuing the new monthly format, remember to look for updates at least once per week, in the Calendar section but also under Big Gigs.

Call August the Month of the Vocalist, with some heady talent visiting (Kendra Shank, Cyrille Aimee, Kevin Mahogany) as well as one of our veterans--Debbie Duncan-- recording a long-overdue live outing. Or call August the Month of Legends, with several visitors who deserve such status, including long-awaited returns of Lee Konitz and Dr, Lonnie Smith, and even an longer-awaited visit from Bob Rockwell. Or call it Month of Iconic Bands as Illicit Sextet, Happy Apple, and youthful Hoaxer all strut their stuff in August. Or just call it another great month of Jazz in the Twin Cities!

Big Gigs This Month
Sophia Shorai
Tuesday, August 1. First Tuesday -- The Bill Simenson Orchestra is on the floor at Jazz Central; Dean Magraw pairs up with Eric Gravatt at the Black Dog.  At Crooners' Lounge, enjoy an evening with savvy vocalist Sophia Shorai with sublime backing from Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal.

At the Dakota, Cuban jazz monsters and Grammy nominee Tiempo Libre return in the smaller configuration dubbed the Bohemia Quartet, with Jorge Gomez, Xavier Mili, Leandro Gonzalez and Fabian Alvarez. And at Vieux Carre', the night begins with solo piano from Chris Lomheim.

Kendra Shank
Wednesday, August 2. It's been seven years since vocalist Kendra Shank came to town, and in the interim she's been busy releasing outstanding duo recordings with guitars John Stowell (New York Conversations, 2014) and almost-hometown pianist Geoffrey Keezer (Half Moon, 2016). Now she returns to check out the intimate surroundings of the Dunsmore Room, celebrate the music of Half Moon, and interact with Phil Aaron and Gordy Johnson. Inventive yet always accessible, Kendra is one of the finest of modern-era singers, and still a "talent deserving wider recognition." Come early --beat the traffic and enjoy Arne Fogel and Lee Blaske for Happy Hour in the Lounge.

Chris Merz
Two visitors with Iowa connections at Jazz Central tonight-- saxophonist Chris Merz and pianist Jon Snell have been playing as a duo for a number of years. Merz heads jazz at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) and was the leader of Christopher's Very Happy Band that hit the Sixth Street Stage of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival last month as part of the Minnesota-Iowa jazz exchange. Snell lived and performed in Cedar Falls and Iowa City before heading east for graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and remains based in New York.

At Vieux Carre', Steven Hobert opens on solo piano, followed by the relatively new Selby Avenue Brass Band led by renowned jazz educator (and tubist) Tom Wells. And at the Minneapolis Woman's Club, First Wednesday means Connie Evingson in the Lounge with friends--Dave Karr and Andrew Walesch.

Wednesday-Thursday, August 2-3. The Dakota hosts Los Angeles-based Paris Chansons for two night. Recently featured on CBS News, the ensemble is known for original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Piaf, Montand and such contemporary artists as Zaz.

Andrew Walesch
Thursday-Friday, August 3-4. Often the host, Andrew Walesch is on stage himself for two nights of Happy Hour at Crooners Lounge. He's a one-man band on piano and vocals.

Friday, August 4.  Two mighty string players open the evening at the Icehouse as visiting former resident Todd Clouser (guitar) and Icehouse 'house" bassist James Buckley join forces during the dinner hours.

Jeremy Walker opens the night, followed by Jay Young and the Lyric Factory with their reprise of their Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder salute, Superstitous Thriller II.

Jordan Anderson
Jazz Central typically presents either Masters or Emerging Masters on Friday nights, and tonight the trio is both! Jordan Anderson Trio is led by emerging master pianist Jordan Anderson, currently studying with Benny Green at the University of Michigan and gigging all over the metro this summer. Bassist Charlie Lincoln has been a busy presence the past few summers during breaks from studies at the Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Program; locally he's heard with Hoaxer and a long list of bands, and recently returned from a multi-city tour of Asia. Holding down the time is master drummer Jay Epstein, heard with Red Planet, Framework, Tall Tales and many other ensembles.

Saturday, August 5. Jazz in the afternoon at the Icehouse as Doug Little presents his annual "showcase" of students from his Twin Cities Jazz Workshop. A few years from now we will be hearing these teens on the "emerging masters" stages around town.

No Exit
Speaking of emerging masters, the emergents turn the schedule upside-down as Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog's double header tonight starts out with a veteran trio, The Growlers, in honor of the Lowertown Guitar Festival. Growlers include guitarists Joel Shapira and David Martin, with drummer Pete Hennig. The "headline" slot is filled by No Exit, a highly accomplished group of collegians led by drummer Luke Peterson (Northwestern U), with alto saxophonist Peter Goggin (U of Michigan), trombonist Jack Courtright (Eastman), vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg (U of M), guitarist Adam Astrup (U of Northern Colorado), and bassist Charlie Lincoln (Berklee College of Music).


Debbie Duncan
At Vieux Carre', Debbie Duncan takes the stage, warming up for her live recording night later this month at the Dakota, while the Travis Anderson Trio serenades at the Normandy Kitchen. Boom Island Brewing's Boom Room Jazz features Open Story--Dean Magraw, Bryan Nichols and Jay Epstein.
  
And at the Town House Bar, enjoy a "C-Ella-bration" of Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday with delightful standards, exciting duets, and fun vocal improvisation, courtesy of Jazz Alley--the singing trio of Katia Cardenas, Sarah M. Greer and Maryann Sullivan, with Lori Dokken on keys.

Sunday, August 6. Early evening magic in Northfield! The JC Sanford Trio with Laura Caviani (piano) and Chris Bates (bass) joining the trombone master performs at Imminent Brewing.

Will Schmid
Monday, August 7. The Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel hits the stage at Crooners' for their monthly "party." At Jazz Central, the "spotlight" is on young guitarist Will Schmid and three fellow collegians, Patrick Adkins (piano), Charlie Lincoln (bass) and Jesse Thorson (drums).

John Raymond
JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse brings back area natives: John Raymond appears on trumpet with the Chris Thomson Quartet led by the local sax great--too seldom heard himself. Chris and JT Bates round out the foursome. We should be seeing more of Raymond now that he has relocated from New York to Indiana University. Second set: An even more rare appearance by area native bassist Michael Janisch and his Paradigm Shift with Zacc Harris and Brandon Wozniak.
Michael Janisch


Cyrille Aimee
Tuesday, August 8. Few vocalists of the 21st century have been on as steep a trajectory as French-Dominican star Cyrille Aimee. Winner of the Montreaux Jazz Fest vocal competition, she's known for her Django-influenced ensemble, although her repertoire is ever-expanding, as she will demonstrate tonight on her Dakota debut.

At Vieux Carre', young piano phenom Will Kjeer opens solo, followed by vocalist Sarah M. Greer, on stage for the rest of the evening. And the Black Dog hosts "Another Jazz Quintet," actually another young lions ensemble featuring some of the area's top collegians making the  most of their summer break--headed by guitarist Jackson Potter with Peter Goggin (sax), Jordan Anderson (piano), Alma Engebretson (bass), and Edmund Catlin (drums).

Kevin Mahgogany
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 8-9. It's been a number of years since star vocalist Kevin Mahogany visited the Twin Cities, and he makes up for the lapse with two nights in the Dunsmore Room with support provided by Mary Louise Knutson and friends.

Wednesday, August 9. For his monthly improv night at Jazz Central, Chris Bates brings forth Astrologer's Blood: Chris Bates - electric bass and effects ; John Keston - keyboards and synths; Randy Kramer - drums and percussion; Shon Troth - lap steel guitar and effects. Hang on tight!

Thursday, August 10. I first encountered Adam Linz as an opening solo act for Happy Apple at the Cedar, maybe 15 years ago? Here's an opportunity to hear the mature bassist alone (with just his bass and subvocalizations) at Khyber Pass, followed by the duo of Anne LaBerge (flute) and Nathan Hanson (sax).

Jana Nyberg
Friday, August 11. The Jana Nyberg 5 debuts in the Dunsmore Room, and they have a new CD to celebrate!  At Vieux Carre', enjoy the exciting rhythms of the Babatunde Lea Quintet with the master percussionist, Zacc Harris (guitar), Matt Trice (sax), Will Kjeer (piano), and Ted Olsen (bass).
Babatunde Lea


The Masters Series at Jazz Central brings five to the stage--No Room for Squares is a band of veterans, with the usual line-up including Jon Pemberton, Jimmie Wallace, Mikkel Romstad, Adam Tucker, and Bill Stieger.

Will Schmid
Saturday, August 12. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog kicks off with the Will Schmid Quartet , hot off their Jazz Central gig, followed by the intrepid Illicit Sextet.
  
Michael Janisch
A rare Saturday night in the Dunsmore Room: London-based, Wisconsin native bassist Michael Janisch is in town (see August 7 above) with some of our best--Brandon Wozniak on tenor, Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Zacc Harris on guitar and Pete Hennig on drums. Janisch was on stage at the 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival with his London trio, Cloudmakers, and has toured and recorded recently with his sextet, Paradigm Shift.

Legendary jazz drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt, who has played with McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Weather Report, Byard Lancaster, and Dom Um Romão will be sharing his musical life experience with the Boom Room at Boom Island Brewing..
 

Illicit Sextet
Sunday, August 13. Trumpeter Warren Vache' kicks off a star-studded week in the Dunsmore Room. Down in Rochester, it's the second annual Rochester City Jazz Festival, with the Jana Nyberg 5 and Illicit Sextet headlining the evening at the Rochester Civic Theater.

Irv Williams
At the Dakota, it's yet another birthday party for Irv Williams, this one is #98! Irv's frequent partners at Happy Hour, Billy Peterson and Steve Blons, will be on hand.

Monday, August 14. At Jazz Central, something billed as the Latin Jazz Combo, which likely has at least one musician named Santiago. Over at the Black Dog, a national act with local talents: Bassist Lindsey Horner comes to town to play with guitarist pal Chris Cunningham and like-minded drummer Greg Schutte. And JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse features a double CD release for Jeremy Ylvisaker with Mike Lewis and JT himself, followed by the high-energy of Mancrush, led by drummer Lars-Erik Larson.

Bob Rockwell at the AQ
Monday-Tuesday, August 14-15. The Dunsmore Room hosts two nights with former Minnesota resident, Copenhagan-based saxophonist Bob Rockwell and New York pianist David Hazeltine; they're joined by former cohorts at the Artists Quarter, Billy Peterson on bass and Kenny Horst on drums.

Joyce Lyons
Tuesday, August 15. Chris Lomheim opens solo, followed by the Phil Aaron Aaron Trio with vocalist Joyce Lyons, at Vieux Carre'.



Phil Aaron
Wednesday, August 16. Local piano hero Phil Aaron pays homage to one of his muses, Bill Evans, tonight in the Dunsmore Room. At the Dakota, pianist/storyteller/vocalist/writer/producer/all-around Renaissance Man Ben Sidran returns for an evening of music, philosophy, and fun.

At Vieux Carre', swinging fun is on the agenda, with Rick Carlson opening solo piano, followed by Butch Thompson and Dean Magraw.

Thursday, August 17. "Getting Sentimental"-- new cabaret dinner series at the Nicollet Island Inn features a trio of jazzy voices--Vicky Mountain, Dorothy Doring, Connie Dussl with Joey Clarke on keys. Tickets include dinner. More focus on vocals at Jazz Central as pianist (and sometimes vocalist) Laura Caviani joins forces with vocalist Linda Alvarado. At the American Swedish Institute, it's an injection of Cuban music as Charanga Tropical and salsa dancing provide a festive evening.

Hoaxer
Friday, August 18. After their stellar CD release gig earlier this summer, the amazing young guns of Hoaxer repeat at Vieux Carre' --Will Kjeer, Peter Goggin, Charlie Lincoln and Edmund Catlin.


Joe Dyson, Bridge Trio
Jazz Central hosts the visiting Bridge Trio, three rising star artists who cut their teeth in New Orleans with Donald Harrison--pianist Conun Pappas, bassist Max Moran (Christian Scott), and drummer Joe Dyson (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nicholas Payton). Dyson was in town with Payton at the 2017 Winter Jazz Fest.

Choro Borealis
At the Black Dog, get your Brazilian rhythms fix as Choro Borealis (Robert Everest, Pat O'Keefe, Tim O'Keefe) takes the stage.

Friday-Saturday, August 18-19. One of the summer's best-kept jazz secrets has been the Williamsburg Room at the recently renovated Lexington in St Paul. Some of the area's top jazz ensembles have been on the bandstand, but finally The Lex is posting their music calendar. The Peter Schimke Trio captivates diners tonight -- and most likely Kenny Horst will man the trapset with Chris Bates on bass.


Happy Apple
Saturday, August 19. Steve Kenny has been working on this booking for quite a while and finally Happy Apple (Mike Lewis, Eric Fratzke, Dave King) will be on the Black Dog bandstand! Only the young would be brave enough to open for Happy Apple-- the quintet SPACE (Will Schmid, Charlie Lincoln, Patrick Adkins, Alma Engebretson, Luke Peterson).

Dave Hagedorn, Phil Hey Quartet
Another esteemed band of veterans takes the band stand at Boom Island Brewing at the Phil Hey Quartet fills airspace in the Boom Jazz Room. And one of our beloved veteran vocalists, Patty Peterson, joins "Friends" at Bunkers. Soon to be a seasoned veteran, vocalist/pianist Andrew Walesch performs for diners and dancers at the Normandy Kitchen.

Doug Little
Sunday, August 20. An afternoon delight--Rick Carlson and Maud Hixson celebrate great songs of the 50s at St Albert the Great Church . Doug Little celebrates his birthday by bringing Charanga Tropical to The Cedar, opening for drummer Tito Puente, Jr. who is on his first-ever tour of Minnesota.

Lee Konitz
Sunday-Monday, August 20-21. The Dunsmore Room is booking more and more national artists, and for two nights, international stars as working legend saxophonist Lee Konitz comes to Fridley with extraordinary pianist Dan Tepfer. It's been about a decade since Konitz came to the Twin Cities.

John Penny
 Monday, August 21. JT's Jazz Implosion welcomes a special edition of the Steven Hobert Quartet, featuring guest guitarist John Penny. Hobert on keys with Pete Whitman (sax), Yohannes Tona (bass) and Arthur LA Buckner (drums). "A night full of originals and covers by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, John Coltrane."  

At the Dakota, three of the funniest jazz giants you will see around town, the Travis Anderson Trio (with Travis on keys, Steve Pikal on bass, Nathan Norman on drums) hold attention at the Dakota.

Tuesday, August 22. Young guitarist Will Schmid has been back in town only about a month this summer but it seems he has played a year's worth of gigs, often as leader. Tonight he brings a quartet to the Black Dog featuring Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Graydon Peterson on bass, and Jesse Thorson on drums. And you can get your dose of Latin tonight as the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra takes their monthly slot at Jazz Central.

Larry McDonough Quartet
Wednesday August 23. Good music deserves repeating, and tonight Larry McDonough and his quartet reprise his toast to Bill Evans & Tony Bennett, "You Must Believe in Spring," at the Warming House. Unlike the originals, Larry plays both parts!
 
Thursday, August 24. Her recordings have been few and far between, and this one is long overdue-- Debbie Duncan records live tonight at the Dakota. Over at the Lexington, Benny Weinbeck and Gordy Johnson will hang in the Williamsburg Room.

At the Green Lantern, check out KTB-- Kjeer, Tucker, Burgess (aka 2/3 of Group 47), their last gig til Will Kjeer is back for winter break.

Nathan Hanson
Friday, August 25. "All Originals Jazz" at Studio Z hosts one of the more unusual projects tonight-- Jazz Word Jazz, a night of poetry from Jim Larson along with improvised music from  a talented jazz ensemble dubbed MILTD41--Chris Bates, Will Jensen, Steve Kenny, Nathan Hanson and Greg Schutte.

We don't often hear a salute to the great Roberta Flack, making this night in the Dunsmore Room with Ginger Commodore extra special. Ginger's velvety voice seems particularly well suited to this music, and she will be accompanied by her GC Quartet. And if that doesn't work for you, she will reprise the show at Vieux Carre' on Saturday (August 26).


Will Kjeer
Likely his last performance before heading west to resume studies at Cal Arts, pianist Will Kjeer is on stage at Jazz Central with drummer Jesse Simon and visiting bassist Shigefumi Tomita.


 Friday-Saturday, August 25-26. Enjoy old St Paul ambience and new Twin Cities jazz with the Jake Baldwin Trio in the Williamsburg Room at the Lex.

Friday-Sunday, August 25-27. Three nights of improvisation at the Southern Theater features Black Magnesia curated by Joe Horton. Each night addresses a different aspect of improvisation and a different combination of artists--Joe Horton, Anthony Cox, Cory Healey, DeVon Gray, Chris Cunningham, Pat O'Keefe, Dave King, James Buckley, Trever Hagen, Andrew Broder, Graham O'Brien, Mankwe Ndosi, Heather Barringer, Sarah Porwell-Lee, Joey Van Phllips, Ernest Bisong, Peter Schimke and Josh Clausen.
Steve Kenny

Saturday, August 26. At the Black Dog, the JazzINK Youth Showcase presents the BCA Trio, followed by Steve Kenny's Quintet (Kenny, Nelson Devereaux, Levi Schwartzberg, Ted Olsen, Miguel Hurtado).


The MN Hard Bop Collective returns to the Boom Room Jazz at Boom Island Brewing Co, with pianist Javi Santiago and visiting bassist Shigefumi Tomita, Professor of Jazz Performance & Pedagogy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Jazz Central hosts an evening of reading of new works by local artists of the Twin Cities Jazz Composers Workshop--Adam Meckler, Aaron Hedenstrom, JC Sanford, David Stamps, Asuka Kakitani.

Tom McDermott
Sunday, August 27. The Dunsmore Room offers a taste of New Orleans with saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Aurora Nealand and pianist Tom McDermott.  I had a chance to hear McDermott in a house concert a few years ago-- this will be a high energy night!

It's been a while since Red Planet took flight but the trio is back in the stratosphere at the Black Dog tonight-- Dean Magraw, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein travel through the postbop timezone. 

Monday, August 28.  At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion offers a quartet of local heavyweights-- Dean Granros, Paul Metzger, Anthony Cox, and JT himself. 


Aaron Hedenstrom
Tuesday, August 29. A fifth Monday brings the Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra to Big Band Night at Jazz Central, and that means some cool originals from this award-winning composer.
 
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Wednesday, August 30. It's been a long time since Dr. Lonnie Smith performed his B-3 magic at the Dakota. Now the new NEA Jazz Master is back for one glorious night!

At Vieux Carre', a too-infrequent opportunity to hear vocalist Rhonda Laurie in a club setting. (Check KBEM archives for Phil Nusbaum's recent interview with Rhonda!) 

Thursday, August 31. End the month with some endless energy from the young turks of the McNasty Brass Band, in prime time at Vieux Carre'.

Sarah M. Greer
At Jazz Central, vocalist/educator Sarah M. Greer presents music from her upcoming album, a project supported by a Minnesota Artists Initiative Grant. Sarah will share stories behind the songs and talk about her songwriting process. This is audience participation--listeners will be asked to share their reactions and ask question. Joining Sarah will be a quartet featuring Steven Hobert, Ian Young, Nathan Greer and special guest, trumpet master Solomon Parham.

Coming Soon!
. August 24, Debbie Duncan Live Album Recording at the Dakota
. August 24, George Marich and Paul Metzger Duo at Khyber Pass Cafe
. August 25, Jazz Word Jazz at Studio Z (All Originals)
. August 25, Ginger Commodore tribute to Roberta Flack, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 25, Bob Fantuazzo at Riverview Wine Bar
. August 25, Will Kjeer with Shigefumi Tomita and Jesse Simon at Jazz Central Studios 
. August  25, John Penny (solo) at Stem
. August 25, Southside Aces at Vieux Carre'
. August 26, BCA Trio/Steve Kenny Quintet at the Black Dog
. August 26, Nachito Herrera at the Dakota 
. August 26, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective at Boom Island Brewing 
. August 26, Ginger Commodore Quartet, salute to Roberta Flack, at Vieux Carre'
. August 26, Kronick Quintet at Public Kitchen
. August 26, Jazz Composers Workshop, readings at Jazz Central
. August 27, Aurora Neeland and Tom McDermott in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. August 27, Red Planet at the Black Dog 
. August 27, Javi Santiago Quartet at the Icehouse
. August 28, Granros, Metzger, Cox and Bates at the Icehouse
. August 28, Mandy Fassett/Lisa Harrigan at Jazz Central
. August 29, Aaron Hedenstrom Big Band at Jazz Central
. August 30, Dr Lonnie Smith at the Dakota
. August 30, Mike Bartunek Quartet at Jazz Central 
. August 30, Kenne Thomas Trio with Rich Manik at Studio Z
. August 31, Six Families Outreach at Khyber Pass Cafe
. August 31, Sarah M Greer at Jazz Central
. August 31- September 3, Chicago Jazz Festival (Chicago, IL)
. September 1, Henry Butler's Jambalya Band at the Dakota
. September 1, KBEM River Cruise 
. September 1, Ashen Fir at Jazz Central
. September 1, Joan Hutton Project, All Originals at Studio Z
. September 1-4, Detroit Jazz Festival (Detroit, MI)
. September 2, Cartwright/King/Granowski/John Devine Quartet at the Black Dog
. September 2, Ginger Commodore and Dennis Spears at the Dakota
. September 5, Steven Hobert/Travis Anderson Trio at Vieux Carre' 
. September 5, Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog
. September 5, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. September 6, Connie Evingson, Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club 
. September 6. Steven Hobert Quartet at Jazz Central
. September 7, Eliane Elias at the Dakota
. September 7, Pool III at Khyber Pass
. September 9, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at the Aster 
. September 9, Snowblind at the Black Dog
. September 12, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 12-13, Mike Stern Band at the Dakota
. September 14, John Raymond's Real Feels at Vieux Carre' 
. September 16, Donald Washington Trio/Bottomless Pit at the Black Dog
. September 18, The Yellowjackets at the Dakota
. September 19, Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 19, Curtis Stiegers at the Dakota
. September 19, Matthew Stevens at Vieux Carre'
. September 20, Tomeka Reid at Jazz Central 
. September 20, Jay Clayton in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 22, Framework at Studio Z (All Originals)
. September 22, Peter Kogan Quintet at Jazz Central
. September 22-23, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Williamsburg Room, The Lexington
. September 23, Below Zero/TBA at the Black Dog
. September 23-24, Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network Cabaret Fest at Bryant Lake Bowl
. September 24, GoGo Penguin at the Dakota 
. September 24, Evan Christopher in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. September 24, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Orchestra Hall 
. September 25, "Is That All There Is" (Music of Peggy Lee), New Standards, Catherine Russell and Nellie McKay at the Guthrie
. September 28, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Williamsburg Room, The Lexington
. September 29, The Bad Plus + Bill Frisell, McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
. September 30-Oct 1,  "Bacharach…All Saxed Up" (Cookie Coleman and Patty Peterson with Kathy Jensen), Legends at the Capri Theater
. September 30, Trio 280/JC Sanford Quartet at the Black Dog 
. October 3, Bill Carrothers and Pat Mallinger in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 4-5, Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore at the Dakota
. October 6, Jazz Women All Stars at the Dakota
. October 10-11, Chick Corea Sextet with Steve Gadd at the Dakota
. October 14, Laura Caviani Trio with Karrin Allyson, saluting Thelonious Monk, at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. October 15, Joey Alexander at the Dakota
. October 16, Erin Bode at the Dakota
. October 19, Wycliffe Gordon in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 19, Arturo Sandoval at the Dakota
. October 20, Mindy Abair at the Dakota
. October 20, JazzMN Orchestra with Wycliff Gordon at Ordway
. October 26-27, Ramsey Lewis Quartet at the Dakota
. October 28-29, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. November 3. Django Festival All-Stars with Dorado Schmitt at the Dakota
. November 8, Ann Hampton Callaway at the Dakota
. November 10, Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson and the Wolverines Big Band at Schneider Theater, Bloomington
. November 11-12, Patty Peterson "Memories: The Music of Barbra Streisand" at Chanhassan Dinner Theater 
. November 12, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 
. November 15, Kandace Springs at the Dakota
. November 25, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carre'
. December 1-2, Earl Klugh at the Dakota
. December 3-4, Brad Mehldau Trio at the Dakota
. December 6, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota
. December 20-23, The Bad Plus at the Dakota (last tour with Ethan Iverson)

Mike Stern Band, coming to the Dakota September 12-13