Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 2018

Donny McCaslin coming to the Dakota, February 28
© Andrea Canter

[Starting this month, primary publication of the Lead Sheet moves to Jazz Police. Click the link below to read the full Lead Sheet. Updated 2-23-2018]
An old favorite (Sergio Mendes), hot horn (Donny McCaslin), guitar legend (Stanley Jordan), and young jazz hero (John Raymond) head the list of visitors this month, while the Jazz Women All-Stars and other local star ensembles (Bottomless Pit, Lulu's Playground, Red 5, many more) bring the best in the Midwest to metro venues in February.

Big Gigs This Month
Thursday, February 1. Making their Vieux Carre' debut, Bottomless Pit has entertained for a few years now, featuring Weather Report drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt, guitar genie Joel Shapira, sax great Pete Whitman, and veteran bassist Tom Lewis. Pianist/trumpeter Jon Pemberton opens the evening.

Friday, February 2. The recent Winter Jazz Festival at Crooners opened with the students of the Dakota Combo and closed with one of their most accomplished alumni, trumpeter Jake Baldwin. Leading his quartet (with Joe Strachan on piano, Ted Olsen on bass, and Miguel Hurtado on drums) in the Dunsmore Room for the festival, Jake now brings the band to the Illicit Jazz Workshop at Jazz Central tonight.

Seems Framework is playing more often this winter and that is a very good thing. Jay Epstein, Chris Bates and Chris Olson make trio magic in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners, on the Friday "late show" series. Another guitar guru, Park Evans performs at Vieux Carre' with vocalist Katie Gearty.