Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 2017

Illicit Sextet, at Jazz Central on October 27

© Andrea Canter

[Updated 10-21-17]

October typically brings some of the year's best weather, and often, some of the year's best jazz as well. The month starts out on a high note (pun intended), with visitors Tony Malaby, Bill Carrothers and Pat Mallinger, the Dave King Trio, Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore, Katie Thiroux, Chick Corea, Karrin Allyson, and Joey Alexander all here in the first two weeks. And the parade continues as Wycliffe Gordon, Jim Campilongo, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis and David Sanborn arrive toward the end of the month. And that's just the visiting artist roster-- we can look forward to another gig with the Jazz Women All-Stars, two new jazz series to beef up Friday nights (at Jazz Central and at the Dunsmore Room), a 10th anniversary for the Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar, a CD release from Larry McDonough, a Monk tribute from Laura Caviani... and much more.

Big Gigs This Month
Cookie Coleman and Patty Peterson *
Saturday-Sunday, September 30-October 1. The Capri Legends Series presents "Bacharach: All Saxed Up," featuring vocalists Patty Peterson and Cookie Coleman, along with saxy lady Kathy Jensen. It's always a treat to hear any of these artists, but Coleman has kept a low profile lately, and Kathy J is rarely heard outside of her stints with JazzMN and New Power Generation (Saturday evening, Sunday matinee).

Zacc Harris
Sunday, October 1. Anytime a band has a gig lasting ten years, it's cause for celebration. The Zacc Harris Trio (with Matt Peterson and Pete Hennig) has played Sunday Nights for ten year at the Riverview Wine Bar. Notes Zacc, "It's not a fancy jazz club or a pristine listening room, but it is a wonderful little neighborhood spot where we get to hone our craft week in week out, and this October marks ten years of this gig, the longest running weekly jazz gig in Minneapolis, maybe all of Minnesota. [Well, there is JT's Jazz Implosion that must be getting close to 20, but that is not a single band gig.] And it's free, never a cover. You'll hear a range of standards with some originals thrown in, and it's the perfect way to wrap up the weekend." To make it more festive, the trio will give away 100 download cards of a live performance (from another venue) recorded last winter.

Tony Malaby
Monday, October 2. What must be the longest running weekly jazz series in Minnesota, JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse (originally launched at the Clown Lounge) presents a trio of international stature, with New York-based saxophonist Tony Malaby joining Anthony Cox and JT himself for an evening of sophisticated mayhem. The trio first came together in 2014 at the Icehouse, and now will launch their first tour here, ending in a recording studio.

Pat Mallinger
Tuesday, October 3.  Two former high school buddies and Twin Cities natives, pianist Bill Carrothers and saxophonist Pat Mallinger have played in duo and quartet format throughout their careers. Tonight they return to the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge to offer their latest collaboration, as sublime and inventive a piano/sax duo as you will hear anywhere.

Larry McDonough
What do Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Paris, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Spinal Tap, Dave Brubeck, Sting, Led Zeppelin, Prince, children with special needs, Eric Clapton, and odd meters have in common? Answer: The Larry McDonough Quartet's new recording, Alice in Stonehenge and other AcoustElectric Adventures. The CD Release party at the Dakota features pianist/vocalist/composer/arranger Larry with his working quartet--saxophonist Richard Terrill, bassist Greg Stinson, and drummer Dean White-- with special guest trumpeter Steve Kenny reprising his Chet Baker instrumentals. The CD is a two-volume set, one disc acoustic, one disc electronic-infused, the whole a joy to hear as it covers Larry's recent forays into the music of Miles, Chet Baker, and the Bill Evans-Tony Bennett partnership, as well as Larry's arrangements of Brubeck, Prince, and more.

First Tuesday at the Black Dog brings together guitar maniac Dean Magraw and drum titan Eric Kamau Gravatt. And at Vieux Carre', Chris Lomheim brings his trio to prime time.

Billy Peterson and Dave King
Wednesday, October 4. Just coming off his gig with the Bad Plus and Bill Frisell at The Walker, Dave King returns to the Dunsmore Room with his acclaimed Trio, featuring Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson.  At Vieux Carre', songbird Katia Cardenas "and friends" entertain in prime time. And at Jazz Central, Jon Morgan's monthly presentation features Le Voyage, a new quartet with senior sax statesment Donald Washington, much younger sax master Matt Trice,  bassist Dick Studer, and drummer Steve Hirsh.

Marcus Gilmore
Wednesday-Thursday, October 4-5. A duo of pure rhythmic improvisation at the Dakota-- Tony Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover pairs with a legend-in-the-making, young drummer Marcus Gilmore. Gilmore's chops may be genetic--the grandson of the great Roy Haynes has already distinguished himself with Vijay Iyer, Chick Corea, Ravi Coltrane and more.

Thursday, October 5. Once again, the Black Dog brings a unique ensemble to Lowertown. Marimba Nova is a trio featuring Jenny Klukken on marimba, Robet Everest on guitar and vocals, and Andrew Turpening on drums, expanding the boundaries of Brazilian music.  At Jazz Central, vocal jazz night features the inventive music of Sarah M. Greer, while Vieux Carre' hosts another favorite voice, Maud Hixson with Rick Carlson and Chris Bates.

Le Percheron
Friday, October 6. Steve Kenny launches his new weekly series at Jazz Central, dubbed the Illicit Jazz Workshop, and what better starting point than Adam Linz' Le Percheron? Joining Linz (bass) will be Levi Schwartzberg on vibes, Noah Ophoven Baldwin on trumpet, and Cory Healey on drums.

Bryan Nichols
Another series launch-- Zacc Harris begins his new curatorial project, Late Friday Nights in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. First up, the Bryan Nichols Quintet with a cast of heavyweights--Bryan on piano, Mike Lewis and Brandon Wozniak on saxes, James Buckley on bass and Lars-Erik Larson on drums. 9 pm and general admission should entice the younger crowd!

Jazz Women All Stars
The latest incarnation of the Jazz Women All-Stars, led by Patty Peterson, takes the stage for two shows at the Dakota. Launched at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, this fluid ensemble features the best of our Twin Cities jazz women, this weekend including Patty, Ginger Commodore and Lucia Newell on vocals, Linda Peterson on piano and vocals, Kathy Jensen on sax, Joan Griffith on bass, and Jendeen Forberg on drums.

Ahmed AbdulKarim
Saturday, October 7. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features an opening set from Ahmed and the Creators led by trumpeter Ahmed AbdulKarim, followed by the Jax Ravel Gang in the headline slot, led by bassist Jax and featuring Matt Trice on saxophones, Javi Santiago on piano, and Blake Huebl on drums.

Katie Thiroux
Sunday, October 8. Young bassist-vocalist Katie Thiroux has worked with such stars as Larry Fuller, and she's recently released a new recording. Her tour brings her trio to the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. 
Chris Bates

Monday, October 9. There's never enough Chris Bates to go around but at the Icehouse tonight, the bassist provides opportunities to enjoy him three ways--solo, in duo with drummer Phil Hey, and in a quartet with Hey, guitarist Chris Olson and saxman Pete Whitman.  The quartet set features the music of the Lovano/Scofield Quartet.

Monday-Tuesday, October 9-10. Connie Evingson and Jon Weber pair up again to celebrate the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks, two nights in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. Along with Gordy Johnson and Dave Karr, they delve into the Rodgers and Hart and Jerome Kern volumes.

Chick Corea
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 10-11. A bevy of stars, the Chick Corea-Steve Gadd Band spends two nights/four sets at the Dakota. Piano legend Corea and drum titan Gadd first collaborated with Return to Forever; now they are touring with a new project featuring guitar star Lionel Loueke, saxophonist/flautist Steve Wilson, bassist Carlitos del Puerto, and percussionist Luisito Quintero.

Thursday, October 12. Adventurous improvised live music at Khyber Pass tonight with Realtree.  A solo set will be followed by the full ensemble: Michelle Kinney, Carley Olson, Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, Patrick Marschke, and Adam Zahller.
Davu Seru

Friday, October 13. Jeremy Walker's Jazz in the Target Atrium is back for another season at Orchestra Hall. Tonight "Drum and Trumpet" features flugelhorn specialist John Raymond and local drum star Kevin Washington.  Over at Jazz Central, the Illicit Jazz Workshop features Davu Seru's No Territory Band with Omar AbdulKarim on trumpet, Nathan Hanson on saxes, Scott Fultz on bari, and Levi Schwartzberg on vibes.

Laura Caviani
Saturday, October 14. Pianist Laura Caviani has been long known as an interpreter of Thelonious Monk. At the Hopkins Center for the Arts, her trio (Chris Bates and Dave Schmalenberger) offers a new set of Monk arrangements in honor of his centennial birthday with special guest, vocalist Karrin Allyson. It's also a CD Release for the trio's Mysterious Thelonious.

At the Black Dog, vocalist Sophia Shorai and her trio open the evening, followed by the powerhouse trio Firebell--Graydon Peterson, Jay Epstein and Park Evans. And at Boom Island Brewing, the Saturday night series continues with the Ron Evaniuk Trio. The Source Code bassist makes a rare appearance as leader, enlisting frequent cohort Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums.

John Raymond
Sunday, October 15. John Raymond sticks around this weekend, mixing it up with local pals (Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. 

Joey Alexander
And at the Dakota, it's the club debut of 14-year-old piano phenom Joey Alexander and his trio. Joey headlined the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival days before his 13th birthday, and just released his third recording on Motema records--his first album was nominated for a Grammy. This one was recorded live, a tribute to Monk (Joey! Monk! Live!)

Monday, October 16. John Raymond again, tonight at the Icehouse with his edition of the Jazz Is Now Trio. Jazz Is Now was the brainchild of Jeremy Walker more than a decade ago, and in fact was one of the first gigs for a very young John Raymond. Now he joins forces with Bryan Nichols and JT Bates for some very "now" music.

Erin Bode
At the Dakota, vocalist Erin Bode returns with her "jazz meets Americana" sound and an ensemble featuring cellist Bjorn Ranheim. In the near north burbs, catch always swinging guitarist Sam Miltich and friends in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge.

Thelonious Monk (1967)*
Tuesday, October 17. A special event at the Dakota tonight: The Lawrence University Faculty Jazz Ensemble brings its unique improvisational style to an evening dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk. Featured performers include Lawrence alums, trumpeter Adam Meckler (2007) and pianist Laura Caviani (1982). A 5:30 p.m. reception precedes the 6:30 p.m. performance; general admission ($30) includes hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments. The event is free for high school students, music teachers, and counselors.  Advance reservations are required at

Ben Link
Wednesday, October 18. Schedule change-- Tonight at Jazz Central, Pete Whitman presents the Ben Link Trio, led by the former Davina and the Vagabonds trombonist along with pianist Joe Strachan and bassist Ted Olsen. Meanwhile, star pianist, Travis Anderson brings his entertaining trio to the Dakota.

A fine doubleheader at Vieux Carre' tonight-- keyboardist Kevin Gastonguay opens the evening, followed by savvy vocalist Rhonda Laurie.

Wycliffe Gordon *
Thursday, October 19. A day ahead of his gig with the JazzMN Orchestra, trombone master Wycliffe Gordon pares it down to chamber jazz in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge. Gordon is best known for his work with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and also composed the NPR theme song back in 1993.

Arturo Sandoval
Trumpet takes the spotlight at the Dakota where Cuban maestro Arturo Sandoval returns for two sets. His credentials include countless Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations and a long list of wins.

Friday, October 20. Late Night Jazz in the Dunsmore Room continues tonight with one of the longest-running ensembles in the metro, as well as one of the top purveyors of post-bop magic in the region, the Phil Hey Quartet--Hey on drums, Phil Aaron on piano, Tom Lewis on bass, and Dave Hagedorn on vibes. As is popular this month, the PHQ will be celebrating the music of Thelonious Monk.

On the Illicit Jazz Workshop schedule at Jazz Central, Steve Kenny presents the Chris Graham Quartet, led by young guitar master Graham with Aaron Hedenstrom, Ted Olsen and Miguel Hurtado.

At the Black Dog, guitarist Pavel Jany celebrates a CD release (Acoustic Condition) with a solo set followed by his World Jazz Collegium quartet
JazzMN Orchestra

And opening a new season, the JazzMN Orchestra, directed by Doug Snapp, starts with a bang at The Ordway with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon as special guest and Yolande Bruce in the local vocal spotlight.

Saturday, October 21. The Twin Cities Jazz Composers’ Workshop meets this morning (11 am) at Jazz Central, promoting creative and forward-looking composition for the modern jazz orchestra in the Twin Cities area. New works of Adam Meckler, Aaron Hedenstrom, Asuka Kakitani, Kari Musil, JC Sanford, and Dave Stamps. This reading is open to the public.

Atlantis Quartet
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents a double header of area veterans--the Steve Kenny Trio opens for the Atlantis Quartet.  

Inventive vocalist Sarah M. Greer joins forces with virtuosic guitarist Dean Magraw for jazz night at Boom Island, while another of our area vocal treasures, Debbie Duncan, is on stage at Crooners Lounge.

At the Walker Art Center, Liquid Music series presents composer/guitarist, electronics artist Rafiq Bhatia, "exploiting divisions between organic and mechanical, intimate and removed, new and known."

Connie Evingson
Sunday, October 22. Put some swing in your brunch! Connie Evingson, with Andrew Walesch and Dave Karr, entertain for brunch at the Minneapolis Woman's Club.

 "Kill the Vultures": 2017 McKnight Fellow deVon R. Gray brings together Joe Horton, Patrick Pegg, Omar AbdulKarim, and Jon Davis at Honey at Ginger Hop.

Monday, October 23. The Jim Campilongo Trio returns to the Icehouse after a sold-out gig last year, featuring Josh Dion and Twin Cities native, Chris Morrissey.

Maryann Sullivan and some "moneymakers"
Tuesday, October 24. Always good for a swinging fun evening, Maryann and the Moneymakers take the stage in prime time at Vieux Carre'. That's vocalist Maryann Sullivan and a handful of hard swinging cohorts. Come early and catch another swinging jazz magician, Rick Carlson.

Wednesday, October 25. Leigh Kamman Legacy Project at the Black Dog tonight features
interviews Leigh did with the greats of jazz including Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Rouse, Max Roach and more.

Dean Magraw

Legacies in their own right, pianist Butch Thompson and guitarist Dean Magraw work their duo magic at Vieux Carre'. Come early for some savvy guitar from Zacc Harris.

Thursday, October 26. The weekly improvised music session at Khyber Pass features the adventurous work of Sylvain Kassap, Doan Roessler, and Nathan Hanson. And the weekly vocal jazz gig at Jazz Central features wide-ranging vocalist Dorothy Doring.

Thursday-Friday, October 26-27. The ever-popular pianist Ramsey Lewis returns to the Dakota with his stellar quartet.

Nathan Norman and David Roos of the Illicit Sextet
Friday, October 27. It was inevitable that the Illicit Jazz Workshop at Jazz Central would feature the Illicit Sextet!  Possibly the longest-running jazz band in town, the sextet includes Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lohmein, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman.

Saturday, October 28. Celebrating Sinatra, Arne Fogel with support from Rick Carlson, Gary Schulte and Gordy Johnson presents songs from The September of My Years, in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge.

Sunday, October 29. The always exciting Ancia Saxophone Quartet plays a freebie this afternoon at the Weisman Museum, featuring a new take on Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight," arranged by Ancia member David Milne. 

Monday, October 30. At the Icehouse, Epiphany (The Bridge #9) brings together French and American improvisers--Mike Ladd (improvised poetry/lyrics, EMS synth), Mankwe Ndosi (voice, poetry, story, texture), Sylvain Kassap (clarinets), and Dana Hall (drums).

More Jazz!
See the Live jazz calendar posted on the KBEM website, and see more about jazz events at --online and on facebook. The Lead Sheet is posted new every month and updated weekly, usually on Fridays

Coming Soon!
. October 21, Atlantis Quartet/Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog
. October 21, Twin Cities Jazz Composers Workshop at Jazz Central
. October 21, Sarah M. Greer and Dean Magraw at Boom Island
. October 21, Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network monthly salon at Town House 
. October 21, Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar 
. October 21, Rafiq Bhatia at the Walker Art Center (Liquid Music)
. October 21, Milo Fine and Davu Seru, Studio Toile d'Angles
. October 21, Debbie Duncan at Crooners Lounge 
. October 22, Connie Evingson, Jazz Brunch at the Minneapolis Woman's Club
. October 22, Charmin Michelle and Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom
. October 22, Kim Fragdodt with Benny Weinbeck and Gordy Johnson at Crooners Lounge
. October 22, TLA (Dave Hagedorn, Kevin Clements, Eric Hanson) at Imminent Brewing (Northfield)
. October 23, Jim Campilongo Trio at the Icehouse 
. October 23, Dan Leahy and Dave Graf at Jazz Central
. October 23-27, Linda Peterson, happy hour at Crooners Lounge
. October 24, Maryann and the Moneymakers at Vieux Carre' 
. October 24, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central
. October 25, Leigh Kamman Legacy Project at the Black Dog 
. October 25, Zacc Harris/Butch Thompson and Dean Magraw at Vieux Carre'
. October 25, Sound/Simulacra at Jazz Central
. October 26, Sylvain Kassap, Doan Roessler, and Nathan Hanson at Khyber Pass
. October 26, Dorothy Doring at Jazz Central
. October 26, Pat Donohue and Dean Magraw in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 26-27, Ramsey Lewis Quartet at the Dakota
. October 27, Javi Santiago and Gary Raynor at the Icehouse 
. October 27, Jeremy Walker/Southside Aces at Vieux Carre'
. October 27, Illicit Sextet at Jazz Central
. October 27, Patty Peterson with Andrew Walesch (Lounge)/Zacc Harris Group (Dunsmore Room ) at Crooners Lounge
. October 28, Zacc Harris and Gary Raynor at the Icehouse
. October 28, Charmin & Shapira at Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm) 
. October 28, Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar
. October 28, Really Big Shoe (Joe Mayo, Clay Pufahl) at Boom Island
. October 28, Pat Moriarty-Ellen Lease Quintet/Nathan Hanson Trio at the Black Dog
. October 28, Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge 
. October 28, Milo Fine Sextet, Studio Toile d'Angles
. October 28, Dennis Spears Quartet at Crooners Lounge 
. October 28, Arne Fogel in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 28-29, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. October 29, Soul Cafe at the Hennepin Avenune United Methodist Church
. October 29, Ancia Quartet in the Weisman Museum (4 pm)
. October 29, Judi Vinar with Dan Chouinard's Birthday Club in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. October 29-30, US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors at Ives Auditorium, Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
. October 30, Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooners Lounge
. November 1, Joyce Lyons ("Music of Carmen McRae") in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 1, Connie Evingson, Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club
. November 2, Larry McDonough's "Alice in Stonehenge" St Paul CD Release at Vieux Carre' 
. November 2, Debbie Duncan and Margaret Cox at Crooners Lounge
. November 3. Django Festival All-Stars with Dorado Schmitt at the Dakota
. November 3, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 4, Connie Evingson with Mary Louise Knutson and Dave Karr, Jazz at St Barneys at St Barnabas
. November 5, Lizz Wright at the Dakota 
. November 5, Milo Fine Trio, Studio Toile d'Angles (2017 season finale)
. November 5, Phil Markowitz and Zach Brock in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 7, Sam Miltich and Dave Karr (Tribute to Lester Young) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 8, Ann Hampton Callaway at the Dakota
. November 9, Kamasi Washington at First Avenue
. November 10, Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson and the Wolverines Big Band at Schneider Theater, Bloomington 
. November 10, Graydon Peterson Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 11-12, Patty Peterson "Memories: The Music of Barbra Streisand" at Chanhassan Dinner Theater 
. November 12, Catherine Russell at the Dakota 
. November 12, Harvey Diamond Quartet/Emmet Cohen Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 14, Maud Hixson (Music of Irving Berlin) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 15, Kandace Springs at the Dakota
. November 16, Katie Gearty and the Wolverines Trio at Crooners Lounge
. November 17, Joan Hutton Group at Jazz Central
. November 17, Atlantic Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 20, Benny Benack Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 24, Hoaxer in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. November 25, Pat Mallinger Quartet at Vieux Carre' 
. November 28, Karrin Allyson, Leigh Kamman Legacy Project at the Dakota (fundraiser)
. 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 9, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Orchestra Hall (pre-concert)
. December 10-11, Benny Green in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 12, Andrew Walesch "Sinatra's 102nd" in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 16-17, Bobby Lyle in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 17, Peterson Family Jam Before Christmas at the Dakota
. December 18, JazzMN Big Band Swings in the Holidays at the Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. December 18, Chris Speed Trio (with Dave King) in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. December 20-23, The Bad Plus at the Dakota (last tour with Ethan Iverson)
. March 7, 2018, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. March 8-11, Charles Lloyd 80th Birthday Celebration at the Dakota

The Larry McDonough Quartet Celebrate "Alice in Stonehenge" at Vieux Carre' on November 2