Friday, January 27, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 27 - February 2



Winter Jazz Fest, January 28-29


© Andrea Canter

It might not last but it is nice to see some sunshine as I write this! And we have a lot of sunny music coming our way this weekend with the return of the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival in St Paul, along with a variety of our great local artists and visitors gigging into next week. Also a shout out to my parents (age 94 and 95) celebrating their 71st anniversary on January 27, who are fully responsible for my love of music.

Big Gigs This Week

Peter Kogan
Friday, January 27. Vieux Carre' presents Peter Kogan's smokin' Monsterful Wonderband.  The retired Minnesota Orchestra timpanist has turned to jazz in a big way, playing with big talents --Pete Whitman (sax), Adam Rossmiller (trumpet), Scott Agster (trombone), Chris Olson (guitar), Phil Aaron (piano), and Gary Raynor (bass).

Steve Cole*
Over at the Dakota, another big talent-- contemporary jazz king, saxophonist Steve Cole and his Superband, with local pals Patty Peterson on vocals and Ricky Peterson on keys. And the Ordway presents outstanding vocalist Somi -- known as the modern-day Miriam Makeba. Born in the U.S. of East African immigrant parents, she's immersed herself in the music of her homeland and effectively blends jazz, soul and African rhythms.

Jeremy Walker
Jeremy Walker starts out the night at Vieux Carre', followed by the always swinging Southside Aces, while duo partners Bryan Nichols and James Buckley work some magic during the dinner sets at the Icehouse.

Rodney Ruckus
Saturday, January 28. Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog collaborates with the festival, and the usual double header features an opening set from guitarist Tommy Bentz and his quartet (Steve Kenny on FLUMPET™, Jason McLean on bass, Alex Burgess on drums), followed by the "Welcome Home" show from drummer Rodney Ruckus and his trio with Javi Santiago on piano and Greg Byers on electric cello. The Ruckus just returned from a tour of the Midwest and West Coast.

Sarah M. Greer, Jazz Alley
Another collaborating festival venue is Golden's Deli in Lowertown, bringing back the vocal ensemble Jazz Alley-- Katia Cardenas, Sarah M Greer and Maryann Sullivan. These songbirds came together at the 2016 Twin Cities Jazz Festival "Scat Off" and soon formed a trio playing "in the alley" for Saturday brunch at Goldens and have been on hiatus since the patio closed for the season.

Jon Weber
Jon Weber and Friends finish the night at Vieux Carre' with the official Winter Fest jam. It's become tradition for pianist/encyclopedic scholar Weber to host festival jams during the summer jazz festivals, and looks like this tradition will now have a winter edition.

Bruce Henry
Across town at the Dakota, another welcome back gig-- Chicago vocalist Bruce Henry brings to his former home stage a wide-ranging baritone and penchant for beboppish interpretations, and always a topnotch band. 

Jesse Simon, B3Q
And at Jazz Central, the Minnesota Hard Bop Collective features B3Q, a Hammond B-3 quartet with Abebi Stafford on organ, Cole Mahlum on guitar, Evan Benidt on tenor sax and Collective leader Jesse Simon on drums. The band performs some rarely heard repertoire from the likes of Wes Montgomery, Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley. 

James Buckley
At the Icehouse, enjoy dinner with some sophisticated duets from Patrick Harison on accordion and James Buckley on bass. Or relax in the lounge at Parma 8200 with the weekly gathering of the Benny Weinbeck Trio (with Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey).

And in River Falls, an exciting opportunity to hear the Costa Rican sax and percussion ensemble SONSAX! Hosted by UW-River Falls, the band performs tonight in Abbott Concert Hall on campus.

Dakota Combo
Saturday-Sunday, January 28-29.  Saturday is Winter Fest kickoff on the TPT stage featuring some never-seen classic jazz film clips from Bob DeFlores' archives and interviews from Leigh Kamman's Jazz Image archives, part of the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project.  The fest is in full swing Sunday across 4 stages at the Saint Paul Hotel, with the Dakota Combo, Sam Rosenstone, Jon Weber and Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars on the ballroom Main Stage; John Penny followed by Andrew Walesch with Dave Karr on the Summit Room Stage; Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband and the Ted Olsen ensemble on the M Street Cafe Stage; and JoAnn Funk Trio in the Lobby Bar. 

Nicholas Payton
Headliner Nicholas Payton and his Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (ACM) wrap it up the Ballroom at 7 pm. In addition to his well-deserved reputation as one of the genre's top trumpeters and composers, Payton of late has added keyboards and vocals to much of his work, and brings ACM's debut recording to St. Paul prior to its public release in two weeks.  There's also two great sets of jazz on the Winter Carnival's Treasure Island Entertainment Stage (outdoors) in Rice Park during Sunday afternoon, featuring the Walker West Jazz Ensemble followed by the McNasty Brass.  The forecast suggests it will be a good afternoon to explore Rice Park in between the indoor sets at the hotel. (Complete festival schedule and ticket information at www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com)

Tuck and Patti
Sunday, January 29. Not all the music is at the Winter Jazz Fest today. At the Dakota, enjoy the return of the great guitar and vocal duo, Tuck and Patti.  Guitarist Tuck Andress is a virtuoso performer whose sleight-of-hand is simply mesmerizing; vocalist Patti Cathcart puts a gospel spin on her incredible voice, but is also the writer and arranger for this partnership of nearly 40 years, on and off stage.

Erin Schwab
In the Dunsmore Room, Erin Schwab joins Dan Chouinard for The Birthday Club, followed by the weekly gig with vocalist/entertainer Jennifer Grimm.

Monday, January 30.  This week's installment of Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse is a CD release show for Twin Cities native Matty Harris's Double Septet--what he describes as "psychodelic chamber jazz."  Expect Harris to wield at least four reeds.

Nellie McKay
Monday-Wednesday, January 30-February 1. Monday starts a three-night run at the Dakota for always entertaining Nellie McKay -- vocalist, pianist, ukulele specialist and comedienne. She's bringing her show "A Girl Named Bill", about Billy Tipton, a little known mid-20th century bandleader who was assumed to be a man until his death, when it was discovered that he was really a woman. Nellie assembles music from Jelly Roll Morton, Oko Ono, Cindy Walker, and her own compositions, covering the theme of living with secrets.

Chris Lomheim
Tuesday, January 31. Chris Lomheim opens on solo piano followed by JT Bates and his Grain trio (Kevin Gastonguay on B-3, Zacc Harris on guitar) at Vieux Carre', while the Aaron Hedenstrom Orchestra fills the 5th Tuesday slot for Big Band Night at Jazz Central.

Zack Lozier
Wednesday, February 1. A new group dubbed SPAT is on stage at Jazz Central, with some young guns -- Andrew Tomten (sax), Patrick Adkins (piano), Drew Stinson (bass), and Tarek Abdelqader (drums). At Vieux Carre', trumpeter Zack Lozier shines with his trio (a rotating cast of pianists and bassists) .

Dean Magraw, Chris Bates (Red Planet)
Thursday, February 2. Their appearances are too few and far between these days - Red Planet, the long-running trio of Dean Magraw, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein, brings their unique brand of jazz telepathy to Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie.



The trombone-wielding Potash Twins return to the Dakota, and the Jacob Hanson Trio debuts at Crooners Lounge, with versatile guitarist Jacob mixing it up with brother Jeremy on drums and James Buckley on bass.

Davu Seru
Khyber Pass Cafe again brings a slam-bang improvising ensemble into the tiny cafe space. Suffer the Children brings together Anthony Cox, Davu Seru and Bryan Nichols. No suffering on the part of the avant garde audience!

Jana Nyberg
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 February 2 will be vocalist Jana Nyberg.

Coming Soon!
. February 3, Jana Nyberg Group at Vieux Carre'
. February 3-4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 4, Atlantis Quartet/Ben Allison Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 4, Kim Fragodt with Benny Weinbeck, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. February 5, Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz Part 2 (film) at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. February 5, Dan Chouinard's Birthday Club with Ann Reed in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 6, Bruce Barth Trio, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 8, Claudia Schmidt with Dean Magraw and Bryan Nichols in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners
. February 9, Phil Hey Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 9, Rachel Holder and the Wolverines at Crooners Lounge
. February 9, Katia Cardenas at Jazz Central Studios
. February 10, Great American Songbook with Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare, Minnesota Orchestra
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 11, Debbie Duncan at Crooners Lounge
. February 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. February 13, Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 17-18, UW-River Falls Jazz Festival featuring Alan Ferber, Falcon's Nest and Abbott Concert Hall
. February 18, What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 19, Kaki King at the Dakota
. February 19, Patty Peterson in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 20, Mary Louise Knutson Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant and Adam Birnbaum at the Dakota
. February 22, Thomasina Petrus at Crooners Lounge
. February 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 25, Julian Manzara Quartet/Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. February 28, Mardi Gras with Patty and the Buttons at Crooners Lounge
. March 1, Phil Hey & Pat Moriarty Duo at Jazz Central Studios
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 6-7, Bob Dorough in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 8, Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase) at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 18-19. Northside Celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 
. March 19, Brian Lynch Quartet in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center

 
Ben Allison and his trio perform at the Black Dog on February 4


Friday, January 20, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 20-26

Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog with Chris Bates Red 5 (January 21)

© Andrea Canter

Just a week ago it was way below zero; now it's all melting. I think some of the credit goes to the hot jazz in the Twin Cities! And it will be hot enough to keep things above freezing as we head into another week filled with great jazz from one end of the metro to the other, from local heroes to visiting artists. And it's all a warm-up for the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival at the end of the month.

Big Gigs This Week
Adam Meckler
Friday, January 20. They're half of the unique band Lulu's Playground, but a trumpet/cello duo is unique in its own right, and especially if the musicians are Adam Meckler and Cory Grossman --on stage at Jazz Central. And if you need to either celebrate or commiserate in response to today's inauguration, the band Headspace will hold an Inauguration Blowout at St. Paul's World of Beer. 

James Buckley
At the Icehouse, Bryan Nichols and James Buckley provide some pretty sophisticated piano/bass duo music during the dinner hours, while Amethyst Three (Park Evans, Josh Granowski and leader Byron Johnson-Blanchard) add to the spicy menu at Bistro LaRoux.

Bryan Nichols
Saturday, January 21. Bryan Nichols is all by himself tonight on the Jazz at Studio Z series. Expect to hear some of his compositions from his 2016 solo release Looking North as well as some new material. And he'll start the evening an hour before the concert with a live recording of a conversation in the new podcast series moderated by curator Zacc Harris.  (The first podcast with Chris Bates and the Good Vibes Trio is now available via itunes.)

Simon Petrick
A double header is in store just a block away as Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog starts out with the JazzINK Youth Showcase. This time it's an ensemble of "older youths"--led by high school seniors, drummer Simon Petrick and guitarist Adam Astrup, plus college musicians who play a lot around town: vibraphonist Levi Schwartzberg, bassist Drew Stinson, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson.  
Chris Bates (Red 5)
In prime time, Chris Bates' Red Five returns, with Bates on bass, brother JT on drums, and a front line of Jake Baldwin on trumpet, Chris Thomson  and Brandon Wozniak on saxophones, JC Sanford on trombone, and Thomas Nordlund on guitar. And yes, Red Five is now Seven. At least this weekend.
  
McNally Smith College of Music hosts its annual Winter Jazz Blast, with clinics throughout the day for area high school students and a free public concert in the evening featuring the JazzMN Orchestra and the McNally Smith Fusion Ensemble.

Charmin & Shapira
Also on Saturday -- Charmin and Shapira and Friends entertain at the Normandy Kitchen; the Benny Weinbeck Trio is in the lounge at Parma 8200; and Talking Strings hold their monthly gig at the Loring Pasta Bar.

Sunday, January 22. Dan Chouinard continues his Birthday Club gigs in the Dunsmore Room with special guest, vocalist Ginger Commodore. They celebrate singers and songwriters with January birthdays, a format that creates an eclectic array of songs in a very entertaining context. Around town, the Parisota Hot Club are on stage at the Aster Cafe, and the Zacc Harris Trio continue their run at the Riverview Wine Bar.

David Balikrishnan (TIQ)
Monday, January 23.  The Turtle Island Quartet returns to the Dakota, putting their stamp on John Coltrane's masterpiece,  A Love Supreme, played in full by the jazziest string quartet out there.There have been significant personnel changes in the past few years including the recent departure of cellist Mark Summers, but TIQ manages to keep the ensemble operating at a high level for 30 years under the leadership of founding first violinist David Balikrishnan. One new addition is second violinist Alex Hargreaves, who has recently toured with Danilo Perez.

In the spotlight at Jazz Central, saxophonist Brian Handeland introduces a new quartet with Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Trevor Haining, playing music from John Scofield, Chris Potter, Steve Swallow and more. The weekly jam follows.

Dorothy Doring
In the lounge at Crooners, the wide-ranging vocalist Dorothy Doring dazzles with pianist Marc Zeigenhagen; come early for an entertaining happy hour with Lori Dokken on keys and vocals.

JC Sanford*
At the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features a Minnesota CD release for JC Sanford's Can You Believe It, featuring his New York Quartet. For the Icehouse celebration, the trombonist enlists his Minnesota Quartet--Zacc Harris and Chris and JT Bates. A Northfield, Minnesota native, JC recently returned after 16 years in New York, conducting such orchestras as John Hollenbeck, Alice Coltrane and more.

Mary Louise Knutson
Tuesday, January 24. It should be dubbed "piano night" at Vieux Carre', starting out with the inventive Steven Hobert on solo keys, followed by the elegant Mary Louise Knutson Trio with Adam Linz on bass and Phil Hey on drums-- that's a too-rare chance to hear Adam in mainstream trio setting.

Steve Katz
Over at the Black Dog, it's raining Katz and Dogs-- that's the funky jazzy soulful band headed by bassist Steve Katz, with guitarist Park Evans, saxophonist Peter Vircks and drummer Ken Goldman.

Sean Turner
The Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra reigns at Jazz Central. And if you have not yet checked out the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, here's a chance to enjoy -- for no cover-- a night of sublime piano trio music from Sean Turner.  Learn why this is called one of the best listening rooms in the region with one of the best pianos in the area as well.

Yohannes Tona
Wednesday, January 25. Get your modern jazz fix at noon at Landmark Center, courtesy of the Yohannes Tona Band, with a menu reflecting Tona's native Ethiopia catered by the Red Sea. (Usual deli items from the cafe available as well.) This is a free concert!

Leigh Kamman (2011)
Enjoy a unique evening at the Black Dog sponsored by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project.  Legacy Project board member Brad Bellows presents the "Jazz Image Through the Decades"-- radio segments, interviews, and music from Leigh Kamman's collection-- a sampling of the archive managed by the Legacy Project. This first presentation focuses on Leigh's interviews with Mose Allison, as well as the music.

Cody McKinney
At Jazz Central, bassist Cody McKinney and sound designer John Keston present "sound/simulacra," their monthly series exploring improvisation as a "faithful and intentionally distorted" process, bringing together local voices to "recreate, distort, and create the hyperreal."

Maryann Sullivan
Thursday, January 26 brings Maryann Sullivan and her swinging Corner Jazz back to Jazz Central, while the Wise Quartet resurfaces at Reverie-- that's Pete Whitman, Steve Kenny, Jay Young and Phil Hey.

Joel Shapira
It's all about solo guitar at Vieux Carre', with jazz guru Joel Shapira playing the early sets, followed by the eclectic Pat Donahue. And Khyber Pass presents the inventive trio of Paul Metzger, Anthony Cox and JT Bates.

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 January 26 will be jazz festival director Steve Heckler, giving us the lowdown on the Winter Jazz Festival, January 28-29.

Coming Soon!
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 27, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at Jazz Central Studios 
. January 27, Somi at The Ordway
. January 28, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. January 28, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective at Jazz Central Studios
. January 28, SONSAX at UW River Falls, Abbot Concert Hall
. January 28, Tommy Bentz Quartet/The Ruckus, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, special Winter Jazz Festival night
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival featuring Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber, Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars and more, at TPT, Saint Paul Hotel and nearby venues.
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. January 30-February 1, Nellie McKay at the Dakota (extra show added 1/30)
. February 2, Red Planet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 2, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. February 3, Jana Nyberg Group at Vieux Carre'
. February 3-4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 4, Atlantis Quartet/Ben Allison Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 4, Kim Fragodt, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. February 5, Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz Part 2 (film) at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. February 6, Bruce Barth Trio, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 9, Phil Hey Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 10, Great American Songbook with Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare, Minnesota Orchestra
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 17-18, UW-River Falls Jazz Festival featuring Alan Ferber, Falcon's Nest and Abbott Concert Hall
. February 18, What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 19, Kaki King at the Dakota
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant and Adam Birnbaum at the Dakota
. February 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 25, Julian Manzara Quartet/Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 8, Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase) at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 18-19. Northside Celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center


Nicholas Payton headlines the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival on January 29

* All photos by Andrea Canter except JC Sanford, courtesy of the artist




Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 13-19



Roy Hargrove at the Dakota January 18-19

© Andrea Canter

Despite the bitter cold as we start the weekend, forecasters say it will warm up over the following days to reach almost balmy by the end of the week, and I think we can in part thank our local and visiting jazz artists for generating some of the heat! The weekend brings some unique and popular shows to the metro, and we end the week with the acclaimed trumpet/vocal pairing of Roy Hargrove and Roberta Gambarini. We must believe in spring!

Big Gigs This Week

Horace Silver
Friday, January 13. It's a lucky Friday the 13th for jazz lovers: A group of "all stars" from the Jazz Central roster celebrate the great hard bop king Horace Silver on the Jazz Central Masters series. Led by reed magician Doug Haining, the band includes Steve Kenny on trumpet, Ted Godbout on piano, Chris Bates on bass and Mac Santiago on drums. We could use a little "Peace" these days and I'm sure they will play it.

Debbie Duncan
Star vocalists reign across the metro tonight! Always hip Patty Peterson and Friends return to Crooners Lounge; Debbie Duncan entertains with song and sass at Vieux Carre' (following an early set from pianist Jeremy Walker); and velvet-voiced Ginger Commodore pairs up with suave Dennis Spears at the Dakota.

Gary Schulte
An what better way to beat the deep freeze than with hot club mania? Gypsy Mania, that is, as the quartet swings at Hell's Kitchen --Glen Helgeson on guitar, Gary Schulte on violin, Steve Pikal on bass and Jay Epstein on drums.

Charmin & Shapira at Crooners
Saturday, January 14. Start your warm-up early with a midday break at the Midtown Global Market with Charmin and Shapira-- the long-running duo of vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira. At the Aster, Dean Magraw provides a solo guitar brunch. And the early evening sets at the Icehouse feature the "house duo" of James Buckley (bass) and Bryan Nichols (piano).

Solomon Parham
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents just one band tonight, at 8:30, due to another event -- but what a band! Trumpeter Solomon Parham leads a quintet with Dave Graf on trombone, Dean Magraw on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums. Now that will definitely melt some ice. Parham often plays sideman to Gravatt in Source Code -- tonight he's leading the charge.

Steven Hobert
Up the street at Studio Z, it's a concert presentation of a relatively new duo dubbed Oudyano with Steven Hobert on piano and Syrian Issem Rafea on oud. The two artists met and first performed last spring, discovering a rare musical chemistry that crossed cultural boundaries. Now they have performed several duo gigs and are working toward a recording. As Hobert notes, the oud with its quarter tones can move into spaces where a piano can't go, but together they cover a vast musical landscape. 

Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal
Jazz at St Barney's (St Barnabas Lutheran Church) continues with one of their most popular shows, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal -- that means piano + bass = fun.  More fun and great music are on stage at Vieux Carre' with singing bassist Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows.

Sunday, January 15. Debbie Duncan presents the music of Billie Holiday in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners.

Jeff Rinear
Monday, January 16. A veteran trombonist we seldom hear outside of the X-Tet, Jeff Rinear takes the spotlight gig at Jazz Central tonight.  In the Dunsmore Room, Butch Thompson launches his two-night stand with a solo evening of trad and stride piano and likely a little clarinet as well. He returns Tuesday night -- see below. Come out early as Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira start a four-night string of Happy Hours at Crooners as Charmin and Shapira.

The Dakota hosts multi-reed titan Paul McCandless with the trio Charged Particles. McCandless of course is a Grammy-winning alum of the original Paul Winter Consort and the popular contemporary jazz ensemble, Oregon.

JT Bates
At the Icehouse, brace yourself for the Bronco Brothers -- a truly inflammatory quartet of strings, drums, and electronics with Anthony Cox, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Martin Dosh and JT Bates.

Butch Thompson
Tuesday, January 17. For his second night in the Dunsmore Room this week, Butch Thompson teams up with star guitarist Pat Donahue, one of Crooner's most popular pairings.

Songbird Maryann Sullivan and her Corner Jazz return to Vieux Carre', while the Explosion Big Band warms the basement at Jazz Central.

Roberta Gambarini
Wednesday- Thursday January 18-19. The Dakota brings back explosive trumpeter Roy Hargrove with frequent partner, acclaimed vocalist Roberta Gambarini. Both are great draws on their own, and seeing them together is extra special.

Laura Caviani
Thursday January 19. Guitarist Chris Olson and pianist Laura Caviani team up on Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central, so I assume we will be hearing more of Laura's vocal talents as well as their instrumental collaboration.

Peter Vircks
The eclectic Rare Medium starts a regular gig at Whiskey Junction, and sax veteran Peter Vircks brings his quartet to Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie. The new music series at Khyber Pass features Ted Moore's Feathermucker and their "dream songs project" -- with Alyssa Anderson on vocals, Joe Spoelstra on guitars, and Moore on electronics.

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 January 19 will be trombonist/bandleader JC Sanford, recently transplanted from New York with a new CD release coming to the Icehouse.

Coming Soon!
. January 20, Headspace Inauguration Blowout at World of Beer
. January 21, Simon Petrick Group/Chris Bates' Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. January 23, Turtle Island String Quartet ("A Love Supreme") at the Dakota
. January 23, JC Sanford Quartet, CD release at the Icehouse
. January 24, Mary Louise Knutson Trio at Vieux Carre'
. January 26, Wise Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. January 26, Maryann Sullivan at Jazz Central Studios
. January 27, Steve Cole Super Band at the Dakota
. January 27, Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband at Jazz Central Studios 
. January 27, Somi at The Ordway
. January 28, Bruce Henry at the Dakota
. January 28, Tommy Bentz Quartet/The Ruckus, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, special Winter Jazz Festival night
. January 28-29, Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival featuring Nicholas Payton, Jon Weber, Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars and more, at TPT, Saint Paul Hotel and nearby venues.
. January 29, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. January 30-February 1, Nellie McKay at the Dakota (extra show added 1/30)
. February 2, Red Planet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 2, Potash Twins at the Dakota
. February 3, Jana Nyberg Group at Vieux Carre'
. February 3-4, Davell Crawford at the Dakota
. February 4, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 4, Atlantis Quartet/Ben Allison Trio, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 4, Kim Fragodt, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. February 5, Bob DeFlores' Legends of Jazz Part 2 (film) at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. February 6, Bruce Barth Trio, Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. February 9, Phil Hey Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 11, UW-Eau Claire Night, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 13, Maceo Parker at the Dakota
. February 15, Ambrose Akinmisure and Kool Aid, Liquid Music at the Amsterdam Bar
. February 16, Maria Schneider Orchestra at O'Shaughnessy
. February 16, Ruckus Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 18, What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 19, Kaki King at the Dakota
. February 20, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at the Dakota
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21-22, Aaron Diehl Presents Cecile McLorin Salvant and Adam Birnbaum at the Dakota
. February 23, American Reverie, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. February 25, Julian Manzara Quartet/Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 25, Julian Lage Trio at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. February 25, John Scofield "Country for Old Men" Quartet at the Dakota
. March 5, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 8, Monty Alexander Trio at the Dakota
. March 9-10, Victor Wooten Trio at the Dakota
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase) at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 25, John Scofield's Country for Old Men at the Dakota
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center

Turtle Island Quartet, at the Dakota on January 23