Friday, February 24, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 24-March 2



Phil Hey and Pat Moriarty at Jazz Central, March 1 © Andrea Canter


© Andrea Canter

If the past week was a whirlwind of jazz, then this Saturday alone will keep our ears spinning. In the vortex this week--Julian Lage, John Scofield, Laura Caviani and Chris Olson, Jack Brass Band, the Pat Moriarty-Phil Hey Duo.... keep the gigs coming.

Big Gigs This Week
Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra
Friday, February 24. One-time featured trombonist with Maynard Ferguson and renowned educator Steve Weist heads the music at the Augsburg College Jazz Festival, with a public concert tonight in Hoversten Chapel on the Augsburg campus. And in a rare calendar shift, the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra jumpstarts the weekend at Jazz Central.

Tony Balluff, Southside Aces
At Vieux Carre', the evening opens with pianist Jeremy Walker, followed by a swingfest with the Southside Aces -- likely they will give at least a nod to upcoming Mardi Gras-- after all, New Orleans is the theme at Vieux Carre'!

At the Icehouse, strings rule as Jake Hanson and James Buckley (guitar and bass) cover the dinner hours.

Arne Fogel and Jennifer Eckes
Friday & Sunday, February 24 & 26. For those in the East Metro, here's a chance to enjoy the music of Bacharach and David channeled through the voices of Arne Fogel and Jennifer Eckes. This beguiling pair reprise their What the World Needs Now, first performed in Bloomington, now coming to the stage of the Hastings Art Center.

John Scofield
Saturday, February 25. It is a wild night for jazz guitar fans: Back-to-back Grammy winner John Scofield and his Country for Old Men quartet play 2 sets at the Dakota. The touring band includes Larry Goldings on keys, Vicente Archer on bass and Bill Stewart on drums, turning country hits into the jazz worthy gems that garnered the Grammy's 2017 Jazz Album of the Year and Improvised Jazz Solo awards. Be ready for their renditions of "Red River Valley" and "Wayfaring Stranger."

Julian Lage and Chris Eldgridge
In Hopkins, the Art Center hosts young veteran Julian Lage, teaming up again with bluegrass specialist Chris Eldridge. The duo impressed a couple years ago at the Dakota.

Laura Caviani and Chris Olson
On the Jazz at St Barneys' schedule --at St Barnabas Church in Plymouth-- it's the relatively new duo of pianist Laura Caviani and guitarist Chris Olson. Both of these musicians are gaining popularity for their singing as well as instrumental talents, having performed recently at the Black Dog and Jazz Central.

Julian Manzara
And guitar shines again in the opening set for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog with the young lions of the Julian Manzara Quartet-- Manzara on guitar, Drew Stinson on bass, Levi Schwartzberg on vibes, and Geo Randall on drums. Stick around for the "headline" sets with Jesse Simon's Minnesota Hard Bop Collective -- this edition featuring trumpeter Jake Baldwin, saxophonist Aaron Hedenstrom, pianist Ted Godbout and bassist Ted Olsen,  joining drummer Simon.

Jack Brass Band
Mardi Gras is Tuesday but you can celebrate on Saturday out at the Bloomington Center for the Arts with the always jumpin' Jack Brass Band, one of the area's few authentic NOLA ensembles, and surely one of the most entertaining anywhere. 

Maud Hixson
Another touch of Crescent City can be found on the menu at Bistro LaRoux in Circle Pines, where Saturday's music comes courtesy of Maud Hixson, with Rick Carlson on keys and Gary Schulte on violin.

More -- Talking Strings at Loring Pasta Bar, Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200, and Tim Sparks joins James Buckley at the Icehouse.

One World Consort
Sunday, February 26. Saxophonist, composer, educator and bandleader Dave Milne put together the One World Consort a few years ago, melding jazz, classic and world music into one ensemble. The project takes a Celtic turn Sunday night, appropriately at the Celtic Junction Art Center, when Dave and company team up with vocalist Laura McKenzie.  

Mill City Hot Club does brunch at Hell's Kitchen, Patty and the Buttons work the same shift at the Aster Cafe, Cole Mahlum hosts the afternoon B-3 jam at Jazz Central, and the Zacc Harris Trio continues their Sunday nights at the Riverview Wine Bar.

Ted Olsen Quartet
Monday, February 27. The Ted Olsen Quartet performed a powerful set at the recent Winter Jazz Festival and now they take the spotlight at Jazz Central --bassist Ted's usual cohorts are Aaron Hedenstrom, Javi Santiago and Miguel Hurtado. Weekly jam follows.

Javi Santiago
Tuesday, February 28. It will be a rare solo night at Jazz Central with the spotlight on pianist Javier Santiago, surely one of the most savvy young keyboard artists in the region, and we so rarely get to hear him on his own. And Tuesday is Mardi Gras -- no better place to celebrate than at Crooners with Patty and the Buttons-- come early as "Patty" -- aka Patrick Harison-- and his accordion cover happy hour.

Steven Hobert
Pianist/Accordionist Steven Hobert leads a new ensemble "Despejada" with Ben Abrahamso (guitar) and Krissy Bergmark (tablas), opening for the Ventanas at The Cedar. And fun is surely brewing at the Dakota with the Travis Anderson Trio.

Larry McDonough
Wednesday, March 1. March roars in with the Larry McDonough Quartet filling Vieux Carre' with the music of Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. With his long-standing band (Richard Terrill on saxes, Greg Stinson on bass, Dean White on drums), Larry offers his interpretations of both Evans and Bennett in an evening devoted to celebrating the all-too-short partnership that yielded two albums in the mid-70s.  The quartet samples from both albums in the first set, while the second set features tunes that Evans and Bennett recorded separately but never in duo.

Phil Hey and Pat Moriarty
It's an improvisers' blowout at Jazz Central with two long-time duo partners, Pat Moriarty and Phil Hey. This sax and drum pair has presented free jazz since 1976-- but over the past decade, maybe they have reunited only three times. Back in the day, they won a Minnesota Music Award as Best Contemporary Jazz Group; they put out an album Let Them All Come, and received a Best Live Show of the Year award from City Pages. The music is unrehearsed -- see and hear jazz develop on the bandstand!

Debbie Duncan
The Wolverines Trio holds their monthly gig at Hell's Kitchen, and Debbie Duncan returns to the Dakota -- a perfect mid-week slump antidote.

Jana Nyberg
Thursday, March 2. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie presents one of the hippest local bands of the decade, Mancrush, led by drummer Lars-Erik Larsen and featuring Brandon Wozniak on sax, Zacc Harris on guitar, and Bryan Nichols on keys. At Jazz Central, singer-songwriter Carl Franzen and guitarist Chris Beaty make a special appearance on Vocal Jazz night, while the Jana Nyberg 5 takes the stage in Crooners Lounge.

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 March 2 will be jazz curator Andrew Walesch with news of upcoming shows in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge.

Coming Soon!
. March 3, Patty Peterson and the Jazz Women All-Stars at the Dakota
. March 3, Eric Kamau Gravatt and Source Code at Jazz Central
. March 4, Pete Snell Trio/JC Sanford Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 11, Davu Seru's No Territory Band, Jazz at Studio Z
. March 11, Travis Anderson Trio at the Normandy Kitchen
. March 11, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at the Aster Cafe
. March 11, Post Atomic Trio/Central Standard Time, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 15, Gary Burton and Makato Ozone at the Dakota
. March 16, Illicit Sextet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 16, Beasley's Big Band, swing dance at Wabasha Street Caves
. March 18, Liquid Vinyl (JazzINK Youth Showcase)/Aaron Hedenstrom Quintet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 18, Judi Vinar, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. march 18, Maurice Jacox at the Normandy Kitchen
. March 18-19. Northside Celebration at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 
. March 19, Brian Lynch with Emmet Cohen Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 23, Peter Schimke Trio, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. March 23, Peter Kogan Quintet at Vieux Carre'
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. March 25, Shapira-Granros Duo/Rodney Ruckus Birthday Tour Finale with Jonathan Greenstein, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. March 27-28, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. March 28, Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, Ames Center
. March 30, Collossus, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 1, Common Space/Atlantis Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 4, Beasley's Big Band in the Shamrock Room at O'Gara's
. April 5-6, Stacy Kent at the Dakota
. April 6, First Thursday Open Studio Music Night with Dakota Combo and Larry McDonough at Casket Arts Building
. April 6, Jax Revel Gang/Alden Ikeda Group, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 8, JazzMN Orchestra with Maria Schneider, Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 8, Corner Jazz/Steve Kenny Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 9, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. April 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 13, Davu Seru No Territory Band, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 15, Aaron Hedenstrom Trio/Peter Kogan's Monsterful Wonderband, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 18-19, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, CD release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 20, Lizz Wright (Tribute to Prince) at the Dakota
. April 20, Fermentation/Damman-Seru-Bates, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 22, Abebi Stafford Trio/Chris Bates Red 5, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. April 25, Bill Frisell Quartet at Hopkins Center for the Arts
. April 27, Michael O'Brien Quartet, Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie
. April 28, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "When Duke Met Coltrane" at Orchestra Hall
. April 29, Bill Charlap Trio at the Dakota
. April 29, Brian Handeland Quartet/Bottomless Pit, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. May 3, Regina Carter at the Dakota
. May 6, Travis Anderson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. May 11, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. May 18, Kristin Lee Sargent with Ted Nash and Jeremy Walker at Vieux Carre'
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival featuring Anat Cohen and more
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota


Patty Peterson's Jazz Women All Stars, at the Dakota on March 3

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 17-23



Cecile McLorin Salvant, at the Dakota February 21-22


© Andrea Canter

We're looking forward to another star-filled week of jazz in the metro, including a revisiting of Ellington's Money Jungle, a rare performance by What Would Monk Do, a homecoming for sax great Bobby Watson, a new show with the amazing Cecile McLorin Salvant and two pianists... and more.

Big Gigs This Week
Bryan Nichols
Friday, February 17.  Jeremy Walker's Jazz in the Target Atrium series tackles Ellington's famed recording, Money Jungle, at Orchestra Hall. Bryan Nichols, Jeff Bailey and JT Bates assume the roles of Ellington, Mingus and Roach as they offer their interpretations of one of Duke's most popular albums, recorded in 1962. Call to be sure there are tickets--Atrium space only seats about 100.

Jay Young
Jay Young's Lyric Factory returns to Jazz Central. Various permutations of this ensemble have entertained over the years at the Artists Quarter, Dakota, Vieux Carre' and more, and their last Jazz Central gig was packed. Their "Bandwidth: Radio Play Volume 2 includes music from Blondie to Tina Turner, Steely Dan to the Eurythmics, Monk and Miles to Luther Vandross and more. Veteran Jay Young plays piccolo bass with son Ian on electric bass, along with Thom West on keys, Ernest Bisong on violin, Theo Harris on drums, with Haylee Dee and Caitlin Daniels on vocals.

Jazz Bridge Project
The Black Dog hosts the Jazz Bridge Project, led by father and son Roger (guitar) and Rajiah (flute) Johnson, with superior support from Abebi Stafford on keys, Ron Evaniuk on bass, and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums.   

At the Icehouse, string duo Zacc Harris (guitar) and James Buckley (bass) dazzle during the dinner hours, followed by the late show, the third installment of House of Dosh featuring the wizardry of drummer Martin Dosh. And Corner Jazz with Maryann Sullivan hits at Tin Fish at Braemer Golf Course.

Alan Ferber*
Friday-Saturday, February 17-18. At UW River Falls, a weekend festival starts with student ensembles and guest artist (trombonist, composer, educator, and Grammy-nominated recording artist) Andy Ferber for the RADD Jazz Cabaret in Abbott Hall (Kleinpell Fine Arts). Saturday night presents the UWRF Jazz Ensemble with Ferber, again at Abbott Hall.

Kenny Horst, WWMD
Saturday, February 18. What Would Monk Do headlines Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog, exploring some of the lesser known music of Thelonious Monk as well as some Monk-inspired originals from leaders Steve Kenny (FLUMPET™) and Kenny Horst (drums). Their cohorts include Peter Schimke on piano and Ted Olsen on bass, and special guest, trombonist JC Sanford. The opening set is another assemblage of veterans, Ahmed and the Creators.

Making their Dakota debut, the Paris Combo features vocalist Belle du Berry, and mixes swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop, and Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms.

Charmin Michelle and Sam Miltich
The Benny Weinbeck Trio serenades in the lobby lounge at Parma 8200; Patrick Harison and James Buckley keep dinner hours jazzy at the Icehouse; Arne Fogel burns in Hell's Kitchen;  and Maurice Jacox croons at Normandy Kitchen. And if you are in the vicinity of Grand Marais, the Arrowhead Center for the Arts presents Charmin Michelle and Sam Miltich channeling the music of Duke Ellington and Adelaide Hall.

Patty Peterson
Sunday, February 19. Celebrate life with award-winning vocalist Patty Peterson in the Dunsmore Room, as she marks the 10th anniversary of her aortic tear and miraculous recovery. She's raising some funds for the Minneapolis Heart Institute with support from Sean Turner on piano and Tony Axtell on bass. Patty's show at 6:30 pm is followed at 8 pm by the Dunsmore Room's weekly romp with vocalist Jennifer Grimm.

Kaki King*
At the Dakota, guitar virtuoso and visionary artist Kaki King presents "The Neck is a Bridge to the Body," a multi-media production using projection mapping and King's customized acoustic six-string guitar. In addition to her genre-defying solo work, King has also performed with the quartet ETHEL and premiered a classical piece by David Lang at Carnegie Hall.

Mary Louise Knutson
Monday, February 20. The Mary Louise Knutson Trio returns to the Dunsmore Room. Pianist for Doc Severinsen and the JazzMN Orchestra, Mary Louise perhaps shines best in the intimate trio context, here with bassist Chris Bates and drummer Phil Hey.

Patrick Adkins
At Jazz Central, the spotlight shines on young pianist and composer Patrick Adkins. Taking a break from studies at Lawrence Conservatory, Adkins leads the ensemble Sound Skirmish and has effectively performed his original music at Jazz Central, the Black Dog and more.

Framework
At the Icehouse, Monday means JT's Jazz Implosion, tonight starting out with a solo set from  bass legend Anthony Cox, followed by the trio Framework-- Chris Bates running over from Fridley to join guitarist Chris Olson and drummer Jay Epstein.

The Cherry Spoon Collective, featuring some of the top improvising musicians in the metro, holds their monthly open rehearsal at the Black Dog.

Bobby Watson
Monday-Tuesday, February 20-21. Sister clubs The Dakota and Vieux Carre' team up for a presentation of one-time Twin Cities resident, alto sax star Bobby Watson and his MVP Quartet. Starting Monday at the Dakota and moving to St Paul and Vieux Carre' on Tuesday, this "most valuable" ensemble sports the best in jazz-- Donald Brown on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums.

Tuesday, February 21. A special night at Crooners features the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble with special guest, New York-based trombonist Mike Davis. Davis is probably best known as the trombonist for the Rolling Stones for the past 20 years.

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Usually they play Sunday afternoons, but tonight, Doug Little's Charanga Tropical plays prime time music at the Icehouse. And its Big Band night at Jazz Central, tonight featuring the volcanic Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster.

Aaron Diehl
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 21-22. One of the hottest young pianists and producers on the planet, Aaron Diehl brings "Jelly and George" to the Dakota, joining fellow pianist Adam Birnbaum  to double the keys with vocal phenom Cecile McLorin Salvant. They're celebrating Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin, and Monk Competition winner Salvant has a range that covers it all from Bessie Smith to Sarah Vaughan to Betty Carter.

Eddie Berger*
Wednesday, February 22. Leigh Kamman's Jazz Image Archives holds their monthly night at the Black Dog, featuring classic Leigh interviews and music, this month focusing on the great saxophonist Eddie Berger. Berger, who died in 2008, brought Charlie Parker's bebop to Minnesota in the late 50s, and had long-running gigs at the Artists Quarter and Williams Pub.

Martin Dosh
At Jazz Central, John Keston and Graham O'Brien have some fun with electronics, part of Keston's and Cody McKinney's monthly "Sound Simulacra" series exploring improvisation in an electronic context.  Over at the Icehouse, it's the House of Dosh finale of his six-part residency for drummer Martin Dosh.

Thomasina Petrus
Vocalist Thomasina Petrus is in on stage at Crooners Lounge. Known for her Billie Holiday shows as well as her cashew brittle and theater credits, it's always a treat to catch Petrus in her favorite role -- singer.

Maud Hixson
And speaking of singers -- Maud Hixson takes the stage at Vieux Carre' with Rick Carlson on keys and Chris Bates on bass. That should cure any midweek blahs!

Thursday, February 23. Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie brings back the jazz/roots trio, American Reverie, with leader Zacc Harris on guitar, Matt Peterson on bass and Lars-Erik Larson on drums.

Barbara Meyer
It's guitar night at Khyber Pass Cafe with one set each from John Zuma Saint-Pelvin and Jeff Lenoch. Joel Shapira adds another guitar at Vieux Carre' before turning the stage over to Midnight Love. Swing with Axis Mundi at Hell's Kitchen, and at Jazz Central, Vocal Jazz Night features the always-entertaining Barbara Meyer and Lyndy Zabel.

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.

Coming Soon!
. February 24, Augsburg College Jazz Festival concert with guest Steve Weist, Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College
. February 24, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central Studios 
. February 24/26, Arne Fogel and Jennifer Eckes "What the World Needs Now" at Hastings Art Center 
. 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 25, Jack Brass Band "Mardis Gras" at Bloomington Center for the Arts 
. February 26, One World Consort with Laura McKenzie at Celtic Junction Arts Center
. February 28, Mardi Gras with Patty and the Buttons at Crooners Lounge
. February 28, Despejada (Steven Hobert, Ben Abrahamson, Krissy Bergmark) at The Cedar
. March 1, Phil Hey and Pat Moriarty Duo at Jazz Central Studios
. March 1, Larry McDonough Quartet, "Bill Evans and Tony Bennett" at Vieux Carre'
. March 3, Patty Peterson and the Jazz Women All-Stars at the Dakota
. March 4, JC Sanford Quartet, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. 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 11, Davu Seru's No Territory Band, Jazz at Studio Z
. March 11, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at the Aster Cafe
. 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 with Emmet Cohen Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. 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 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 18-19, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, CD release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 20, Lizz Wright (Tribute to Prince) at the Dakota
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. 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 11, Keiko Matsui at the Dakota
. May 12, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Walker Art Center
. June 5, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Dakota
. June 22-24, Twin Cities Jazz Festival featuring Anat Cohen and more
. June 23-24, Dorado Schmitt and Django All Stars at the Dakota

Pat Moriarty and Phil Hey, at Jazz Central on March 1


* Photos by Andrea Canter unless marked with an * - others are press photos or photographer noted.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 10-16

The Maria Schneider Orchestra, at O'Shaughnessy on February 16


© Andrea Canter

Warmer weather, hotter music, maybe spring is not that far off after all!. And we'll have some smoldering jazz in the metro this week, a slow burn til it all explodes at O'Shaughnessy Thursday night when Maria Schneider and Orchestra make a long-overdue return to the Twin Cities to perform her Grammy-winning  "Thompson Fields." Not that we will be jazz-starved til then!

Big Gigs This Week
Tony DeSare*
Friday, February 10. It might be difficult to stay in your seat at Orchestra Hall as vocalists Hilary Kole and Tony Desare join the Minnesota Orchestra to present "The Great American Songbook." Sarah Hicks conducts an exceptionally large big band through favorites by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, even Prince, with two exceptional singers -- Tony DeSare has been compared to Harry Connick, Jr and Jamie Cullum; Hilary Kole was the youngest singer to perform in the legendary Rainbow Room.

Joe Mayo and Dave Brattain
At Jazz Central, the Underground Jazz Collective takes the "Masters" slot, led by saxophonists Joe Mayo and Dave Brattain. They're followed in the "Emerging Artists" late night spot by the young guns of the Mitch Rand Quartet.

At the Dakota, Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience is a modern, cross-genre extravaganza led by St John's alum Johnson (Tonic Sol-fa); the music nods to Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble and everything in-between.

Debbie Duncan
Vieux Carre' presents an opening set from Jeremy Walker, followed by the grand dame of entertainment, Debbie Duncan. Strings rule at the Icehouse with Tim Sparks and James Buckley on stage for the dinner sets.

Michael Shults*
Saturday, February 11. It's UW-Eau Claire night at the Black Dog, as Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog presents back-to-back ensembles reflecting current student talents of Jazz Ensemble I ("Surreal McCoy") and faculty/alums/friends led by Michael Shults and Aaron Hedenstrom, with Javi Santiago and the Bates Brothers. Shults heads the saxophone unit in the UW-EC's acclaimed jazz program.

Kronick Quintet
Vocal talents shine tonight, with singing bassist Kate Lynch and her Most Excellent Fellows at Vieux Carre', and the timeless Debbie Duncan at Crooners Lounge. Jacob Hanson joins James Buckley at the Icehouse, the Saint Peter Street Stompers swing at Bistro LaRoux, and at Public Kitchen, the Kronick Quintet is back in action, with keyboardist Ann Marie McIntire sitting in for Scott Ives.  

Saturday-Sunday, February 11-12. At the Capri Theater, "Sweeping Through the City" is a new installment in the Legends Series, saluting gospel, "the songs that were heard in churches all across the country during the civil rights era.  The music will be spirited and joyful and it will bring a beautiful, bright light to North Minneapolis" (Dennis Spears, Artistic Director). The show stars Shirley Marie Graham with a special appearance by Paris Bennett.

JoAnn Funk
At the Saint Paul Hotel's Lobby Bar, JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske hold their weekly conversation, disguising their sophisticated jazz as lounge music -- but we can't be fooled, we know there's no better piano/voice/bass duo in town.

Cole Mahlum
Sunday, February 12. Music swings from brunch til closing at the Aster Cafe, with Patty and the Buttons' weekly Swing Brunch, and later guitarist Robb Henry leads the Parisota Hot Club for some gypsy jazz magic. Cole Mahlum leads the weekly B-3 Organ Jam at Jazz Central and, at the Riverview Wine Bar, it's time for the weekly evening with the Zacc Harris Trio.

And at Chanhassan Dinner Theater, spend the afternoon with great artists of the past, as Bob DeFlores presents a new installment in his Legends of Jazz series of classic film clips. (Erroneously announced last week, really this is scheduled for this afternoon!)

Maceo Parker
Monday, February 13.  The Dakota welcomes back funky saxman Maceo Parker, who counts James Brown, George Clinton and Prince among his collaborators. Better wear a windbreaker as Maceo will blow up a storm!

Charmin Michelle
At Crooners Lounge, it's the monthly night with the Acme Jazz Company and vocalist Arne Fogel, sure to keep your feet tapping and your ears smiling. Come early as Charmin Michelle and Rick Carlson start three nights of suave Happy Hour delights.

Ted Olsen
Double your jazz at the Icehouse as JT's Jazz Implosion features the Icehouse debut of the Ted Olsen Quartet (with Aaron Hedenstrom, Javier Santiago, and Miguel Hurtado), followed by a mighty trio of Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mike Lewis and JT Bates.

Laura Caviani
Tuesday, February 14. What's in store for Valentine's Day? The Black Dog does romantic dining right-- adding some superb music featuring vocalist Jennifer Grimm and a band --what a band, Laura Caviani, Greg Byers, Chris Olson, and Dan Hanzel.

Five different ensembles accompany dinner at Crooners Lounge; The Cedar Avenue Big Band takes its usual spot at Jazz Central; Chris Bates and Zacc Harris cover the dinner hour at the Icehouse; the music of William Bolcum is presented by members of the Minnesota Opera at the Dakota.

Ambrose Akinmisure
Wednesday, February 15. You might expect to hear this one at the Walker but it's the Amsterdam Bar hosting Liquid Music's night with acclaimed trumpeter Ambrose Akinmisure and rapper Kool A.D. Akinmisure joins his “unfurling lines that confound expectation” (Chicago Tribune) with rapper Kool A.D.’s “social consciousness infused irreverence” (Colorlines) to create a brand new chamber music work co-commissioned by Liquid Music and the Ecstatic Music Festival; they collaborate with the Mivos Quartet, pianist Sam Harris and drummer Justin Brown for this world premiere.

Jason Harms
At Vieux Carre', pianist/composer Jeremy Walker reunites with vocalist Jason Harmes as Songtet, along with his usual trio partners bassist Jeff Brueske and drummer Tim Zhorne, performing great songs from Ellington to Dylan to Walker's originals.

Dave Rempis*
Thursday, February 16. At Jazz Central, curator Jon Morgan holds a special show with avant garde saxophonist Dave Rempis as he starts his solo tour. An alum of the Vandermark Five, Rempis has done more solo performing lately but tonight, in addition to a solo set, will also join forces with Levi Schwartzberg and Davu Seru.

Adam Meckler
At the Dakota, a special night with the Adam Meckler Orchestra welcomes the jazz educators in town for the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association convention. This performance is sponsored by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. In St Paul, dancers and big band fans return to the Wabsha Street Caves to swing with Beasley's Big Band.

Maria Schneider
And what will no doubt be one of the big shows of the year, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium and the Women of Substance Series hosts Windom native, multi-Grammy winning composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider and her 21-piece orchestra which, by itself, is a who's who on the national jazz scene -- with the likes of pianist Frank Kimbrough, saxophonists Steve Wilson and Donny McCaslin, drummer Clarence Penn and more. The MSO will present its Grammy-winning Thompson Fields. The orchestra's scheduled last appearance in the Twin Cities was supposed to be at the Dakota in 2010-- and derailed by an East Coast blizzard. Their return is long overdue, long anticipated. (Note Schneider returns alone in early March to conduct the JazzMN Orchestra.)

More Jazz! 
Rodney Ruckus
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 16 will be drummer and bandleader Rodney Ruckus, talking about his recent tour, recording and upcoming gigs.



Coming Soon!
. February 17, Jazz in the Target Atrium, "Money Jungle" at Orchestra Hall
. February 17, Jazz Bridge Project at the Black Dog 
. February 17, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at Jazz Central Studios
. February 17-18, UW-River Falls Jazz Festival featuring Alan Ferber, Abbott Concert Hall, Kleipell Fine Arts Bldg
. February 18, What Would Monk Do, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 18-19, Northside Celebration: Celebrating North Minneapolis Through Music at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
. 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 20, Cherry Spoon Collective at the Black Dog
. February 21, MVP Quartet (Bobby Watson) at Vieux Carre'
. February 21, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central Studios
. 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 24, Augsburg College Jazz Festival concert with guest Steve Weist, Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College
. February 25, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog
. February 28, Despejada (Steven Hobert, Ben Abrahamson, Krissy Bergmark) at The Cedar
. February 24, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central Studios
. 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 and Pat Moriarty Duo at Jazz Central Studios
. March 1, Larry McDonough Quartet, "Bill Evans and Tony Bennett" at Vieux Carre'
. March 3, Patty Peterson and the Jazz Women All-Stars at the Dakota
. 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 11, Davu Seru's No Territory Band, Jazz at Studio Z
. March 11, Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows at the Aster Cafe
. 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 with Emmet Cohen in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. March 20-21, Emmet Cohen Trio at Jazz Central Studios
. March 25, Jazz at Studio Z 2017 Festival
. 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 11, Larry Fuller Trio in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 15, Fred Hersch Trio, University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium (Iowa City)
. April 18-19, Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, CD release in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 20, Lizz Wright (Tribute to Prince) at the Dakota
. April 22, Gypsy Mania, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)
. April 23, Sheila Jordan in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge
. April 24-25, SF Jazz Collective, Tribute to Miles Davis at the Dakota
. 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

Cecile McLorin Salvant, coming to the Dakota February21-22

* All photos by Andrea Canter unless marked with asterisk