Friday, September 19, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 19-25



Chick Corea brings The Vigil to the Dakota, September 24

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The fall jazz harvest is in full swing, and the coming week show no signs of a slow-down, from New York guitarist Joel Harrison at Jazz Central to Chick Corea and Vigil and The Cookers at the Dakota, as well as local highlights-- the return of Monk in Motian, Connie Evingson at Parma, Mary Louise Knutson at St. Barneys, Kenny Horst and Friends at the Icehouse... and more!



Cory Healey, Monk in Motian
Friday, September 19. After a two-year hiatus, the Monk in Motian project reunites tonight at Jazz Central. Led by guitarist Zacc Harris, this unique two-guitar. two-sax ensemble reinterprets Monk through the musical style of the late Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band-- the compositions of one genius as filtered through the mind of another. It's an all-Monk evening, perhaps as you have never imagined it, with Harris and Park Evans on guitars, Brandon Wozniak and Scott Fultz on saxophones, Matt Peterson on bass, and Cory Healey on drums



Connie Evingson
You can always count an a relaxing Friday evening at Parma 8200, and tonight you will be rewarded by a few hours with Connie Evingson. Her songbook is huge, from Django Reinhardt to George Gershwin, from John Lennon to Dave Frishberg, and her partners (Rick Carlson and Gordy Johnson) are the best of the best.



Steven Hobert
Saturday, September 20. We have had few opportunities to hear Steven Hobert in a leading role performing his own compositions. Best known in local jazz circles as the pianist with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and accordionist with Lulu's Playground, Hobert has put together an album that showcases his creative approach to composition and spontaneous improvisation, as well as his skills as a pianist and vocalist. The album, Ocean Eyes, is celebrated tonight at the Friends Meeting House in Saint Paul.



Joel Harrison (photo: Jon Soffe)
A rare Saturday night at Jazz Central brings us the opportunity to hear New York-based guitar veteran Joel Harrison with the local A-Team of Chris Bates and Pete Hennig. In town for the Arts Midwest Conference, Harrison currently heads the Joel Harrison Five (Chris Cheek, Jacob Sacks, Drew Gress, Jordan Perlson) as well as other ensembles and plays with a who's who list.



Mary Louise Knutson
In Plymouth, it's the opening concert of the Jazz @ St. Barney's season, and it's off to a great start with pianist Mary Louise Knutson and her trio with new-in-town bassist Geoff Brennan and drummer Greg Schutte. This is a casual concert setting at the St. Barnabas Lutheran Church's Art Center, with snacks and beverages, no advance tickets, and always the best Twin Cities musicians.



Lila Ammons
A last-minute gig that should surely be fun as well as musical-- new ensemble Stella an' All plays at the Black Dog early Saturday evening as part of "Jazz Along the Green Line." This is an "all girl" band featuring international touring vocalist Lila Ammons with sax ladies Sue Leigh (also on keys) and Kari Musil, bassist Margo Breivick, and drummer Evelyn Romero.



Sunday, September 21. The annual Adieu Summer concert featuring Pavel Jany's Ticket to Brasil is back at Como Park (Lake Como Pavilion) this afternoon, starting at 3 pm with a Touch of Spain, and continuing with the World Jazz Collegium, Kenna-Kamara Cottman's Voices of Culture, and closing with Jany's Ticket to Brasil.



Kenny Horst
Monday, September 22. The Artists Quarter might be closed but the bands that made it the best jazz room in the region rise again and again in other spaces. Tonight at the Icehouse hear AQ veterans Kenny Horst, Billy Peterson, Pete Whitman and Peter Schimke take over JT's Jazz Implosion.



Tuesday, September 23. Rick Carlson is best known for his roles as swinging sideman and music director, but the pianist cuts loose in his own right monthly at Cafe Maude. Tonight is his night! Over on Eat Street, the The Nicollet Coffee  has been revived and is starting to schedule music. Maryann Sullivan picks up the mic tonight with a band featuring hubby Doug Haining, son Trevor Haining, and pal Dave Martin.



Marcus Gilmore, Vigil
Wednesday, September 24. Chick Corea has led enough projects to be an annual feature at the Dakota. Tonight he brings his latest ensemble, Vigil, reinventing Chick's classics with youthful vigor and a standout cast of younger artists --  modern-day monster of bass, Carlitos Del Puerto; creative force Marcus Gilmore on drums (carrying on the lineage of jazz from his grandfather, Roy Haynes); saxes, flute, bass clarinet and innovation from Tim Garland; and a rising-sun (although from the West Coast), guitarist Charles Altura.



Billy Hart
Thursday, September 25. The chance to hear seven modern giants in one band is too good to pass up! Tonight the Cookers play one show (2 sets) at the Dakota, featuring  Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Craig Handy, George Cables, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart. The band takes its name from the 1965 Blue Note Album, Night at the Cookers, headed by the late Freddy Hubbard.



Clea Galhano
Khyber Pass Cafe in Saint Paul continues its lively music series on Thursday nights, and this week enjoy the sublime sounds of Brazil from guitarist Joan Griffith and recorder artist Clea Galhano. The pair have performed together for a number of years, collaborating on Circle of the Dance. Samba, choro, bossa and more, from arrangements of the greatest Brazilian composers to original compositions.



More Jazz Every Night!

Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities -- check out calendars at Jazz Police, KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:



Friday, September 19. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano happy hour at the Black Dog; Dave Karr and Bryan Nichols, dinner sets at the Icehouse; the New Standards at the Dakota



Saturday, September 20. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Judi Vinar and the Wolverines at Hell's Kitchen; Joann Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Tim Sparks and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Ginger Commodore Quartet at the Dakota; Sublime Curve at the Normandy Kitchen



Sunday, September 21. Jazz Factory, brunch at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog (4 pm); Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Butch Thompson, Le Duc Historic Estate (Hastings); Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom



Larry McDonough
Monday, September 22. Larry McDonough at Jazz Central; Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Raul Midón at the Dakota



Tuesday, September 23. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central; Eric Leeds and Paul Peterson at the Icehouse



Wednesday, September 24. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; New music night at Jazz Central; Don King at The Tangiers; Mobile Jazz Project featuring Jana Nyberg and more at Calhoun Square (outdoor lot); Linda Peterson at Schoolhouse II; Byron Johnson-Blanchard Quartet at the Black Dog



Thursday, September 25. Martha Alkins at Jazz Central; Swingbeat Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves; Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog



Coming Soon!

. September 26, Pablo Ziegler Tango Project at the Dakota

. September 26, Adam Meckler Orchestra at MacPhail (Antonello Hall)

. September 26, Dave Karr Quartet at Jazz Central

. September 26, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200

. September 27, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog begins with How Birds Work

. September 27, Cory Wong and James Buckley at the Icehouse

. September 27,  Jazz Police Youth Showcase (St Croix Jazz Quintet) at Jazz Central

. September 28, French 75 with Maud Hixson, Schneider Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts (2 pm)

. September 28, How Birds Work at the Black Dog

. September 29, Framework with Pete Whitman at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)

. September 30-October 1, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota

. October 1, Anthony Cox Continuum at Jazz Central

. October 3, Foreign Motion and Todd Clouser CD Release at the Icehouse

. October 3, Chris and JT Bates at Sweet 317

. October 7, Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog

. October 7, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. October 7, George Cartwright's Pal at Studio Z

. October 10, JT Bates Trio at the Bedlam Theater (noon)

. October 11, JazzMN Orchestra with Dave Weckl at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. October 11, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Jazz @ St Barney's (St Barnabas Art Center)

. October 12, Laura Caviani and JazzAX at Carleton College (3 pm)

. October 13-14, Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Dakota

. October 17, Dean Magraw/Eric Gravatt CD Release at Landmark Center

. October 17, Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson Quartet, CD release at the Dakota

. October 18, Chris Lomheim Trio CD release at Studio Z

. October 18, PipJazz at Capri Theater

. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota

. November 6, Terri Lynne Carrington's Mosaic Project (with Rachel Z and Lizz Wright) at O'Shaughnessy

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cecile McLorin Salvant at Orchestra Hall

. December 21-22, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota

. March 12, 2015, Jack DeJohnette at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

. March 25-26, Delfeayo Marsalis (Southern Gentleman) at the Dakota

. May 2, 2015, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

Larry Coryell returns to the Dakota with Victory Bailey and Lenny White, September 30-October 1


                                                                                                                                                            










Friday, September 12, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 12-18



John Raymond Returns to Studio Z with Gilad Hekselman and Colin Stranahann, Saturday


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Seems everything has cooled down but live music in the Twin Cities! All Originals Jazz Series first season has ended, but curator Steve Kenny will soon start up Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog; curator Zacc Harris hosts a special Jazz at Studio Z this weekend while gearing up for a fourth season starting later this fall. And the Dakota begins a whirlwind three weeks of top jazz artists. So enjoy the last of the harvest season and cooler days while the jazz fall season is just heating up!



Big Gigs This Week

Dean Granros
Friday, September 12.  Any chance we get to hear guitar hero Dean Granros is a must-do. Long associated with the area's most edgy improvisers, Dean plays less often in the Cities now. Tonight at Jazz Central he joins forces with Zacc Harris, Chris Bates and Jay Epstein for a volcanic double guitar quartet as this week's offering on the Bridge Series. Can't even imagine how good this will be!



If you live west of the Cities or want a bit of an adventure, check out music in Mankato, specifically "Pops at the Kato"-- a new jazz series at the Kato Ballroom, kicking off with Bruce Henry and the Adi Yeshaya Big Band. Bruce is a long-time metro area favorite, even after he moved to Chicago a few years ago; Adi is a terrific pianist, arranger and bandleader.



John Raymond
Saturday, September 13. A three-star homecoming tonight for John Raymond at Studio Z! The native Minnesotan and UW-Eau Claire alum moved out to New York about five years ago and is now considered one of the fast-rising trumpet stars on the Big Apple jazz scene. His new Roots Trio includes two other young New York monsters-- guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan, and together they are touring the Midwest and stopping in at Terrarium Studios in Minneapolis to make their first recording. On Saturday they will offer a master class (5:30 pm) followed by a Jazz at Studio Z concert (7 pm), both for one cover.



Danny Kusz
Earlier on Saturday you can enjoy about 8 hours of eclectic jazz at the annual Selby Avenue Jazz Festival, starting at 11 am and running til past dark with headliner and Fourplay drummer Harvey Mason. Other acts include Dick and Jane's Big Brass Band, Brio Brass, legends of Walker West, the Heritage Showcase with Jason Weisman and Maurice Jacox, and co-headliner Danny Kusz. It's all free and very family-friendly, taking place as always at the intersection of Milton and Selby Avenues in the heart of Saint Paul.



Debbie Duncan
Sunday, September 14. Remember The Girls? As a long-running quartet with Lori Dokken, Debbie Duncan, Erin Schwab and Judi Donaghy (Vinar), The Girls could keep you laughing while also making incredible music with their vibrant harmonies and soaring solo voices. Over the years there were some personnel changes, with Patty Peterson and Rachel Holder Hennig taking on roles at one time or another. So why not a reunion gig with all six? This afternoon at Unity Christ Church in Golden Valley, The Girls, all of them, take the stage. Last year the show sold out so check for tickets online (google Unity Christ Church).



Steve Keny
Monday, September 15. Trumpeter Steve Kenny has been so busy curating the summer All Originals series and gearing up for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog that we might forget his prowess on his horn.  So it is fitting that tonight Kenny is in the spotlight as the Featured Artists at Jazz Central, playing with Ted Godbout, Mac Santiago and his long-time bassist Adam Tucker.



JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse features Jacob Hanson on guitar with James Buckley and JT himself on the first set; the second set marks the return of "Real Bulls," the drum duo of JT Bates and Dave King. New York jazz at its finest, right here in south Minneapolis.



Meshell Ndgeocello
Tuesday, September 16. The unclassifiable vocalist/bassist Meshell Ndgeocello returns to the Dakota tonight. More often under the hip-hop and neo-soul umbrellas, the 10-time Grammy nominee does have some jazz bonafides, from an early-career collaboration with Herbie Hancock to more recent co-composing with Robert Glasper, recording the Nina Simone songbook and coproducing Jason Moran's new tribute to Fats Waller. Anyone's guess what directions she will go at the Dakota!


Over at Jazz Central it's Big Band night with the Explosion Big Band, directed by Doug Haining and Scott Agster, fresh off their gig at the Minnesota State Fair. If the idea of big band in a small room scares you, fear not. There's no amplification and the intimacy of the space can give you a totally new experience-- and new appreciation for--modern big band music.



Nellie McKay
Wednesday, September 17. And speaking of unclassifiable-- what about singer/songwriter/hipster Nellie McKay and the equally genre bending Turtle Island String Quartet? Each has appeared on the Dakota stage, but putting these musicians together seems like spontaneous combustion. The TISQ has taken on jazz icons like John Coltrane, and McKay has included nods to Doris Day and Ella in her shows. Their collaboration here will feature the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s as well as original compositions from the musicians.
Turtle Island String Quartet



Thursday, September 18. The Jazz Central Vocal Jazz Showcase continues with one of the newer talents in the Twin Cities, Katia Cardenas. Katia's resume includes winning the Mac Idol competition at Macalester and leading her a cappella group, Late Night Menu, to the final rounds of auditions for NBC's Sing Off. She'll be showcasing her range of styles from jazz an R&B to pop and soul.



More Jazz Every Night

Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities -- check out calendars at Jazz Police, KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:



Friday, September 12. Todd Harper, solo piano at the Black Dog; Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Joann Funk Trio at Parma 8200; Twin Cities Jazz Imports with Charmin Michelle at House of Pizza (Sartell); Audiopithecus at the Hat Trick Lounge; Andrew Walesch at the Black Dog



Saturday, September 13. Maurice Jacox at Hell's Kitchen; Benny Weinbeck at Parma 8200; Joann Funk Trio at the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Jay Young and the Lyric Factory at the Dakota
Joann Funk



Sunday, September 14. Jerry O'Hagan's Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Lakeside Ballroom (Glenwood)



Monday, September 15. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Fantastic Merlins at the Black Dog



Tuesday, September 16. Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude; River City Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe



Wednesday, September 17. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Graydon Peterson Presents (TBA) at Jazz Central; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Bossa Jazz Quartet at The Tangiers



Thursday, September 18. Beasley's Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves; Red Baraat at the Dakota; the Drexel Project at the Icehouse (Chicago and Twin Cities musicians)



Coming Soon!

. September 19, Monk in Motian at Jazz Central

. September 20, Steven Hobert CD Release at Friends Meeting, St Paul

. September 20, Mary Louise Knutson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church

. September 20, Joel Harrison Trio at Jazz Central

. September 21, Ticket to Brasil, Adieu Summer Concert at Como Park

 .September 22, Horst/Peterson/Schimke/Whitman at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)

. September 24, Chick Corea and Vigil at the Dakota

. September 25, The Cookers at the Dakota

. September 25, Joan Griffith at Khyber Pass

. September 26, Pablo Ziegler Tango Project at the Dakota

. September 26, Adam Meckler Orchestra at MacPhail (Antonello Hall)

. September 26, Dave Karr Quartet at Jazz Central

. September 27, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog begins with How Birds Work

. September 27, Youth Showcase at Jazz Central

. September 28, French 75 with Maud Hixson, Schneider Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts (2 pm)

. September 29, Framework with Pete Whitman at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)

. September 30-October 1, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota

. October 3, 
. October 6, Ken Thomson Slow-Fast/Seru-Lewis-Fratzke at Icehouse

. October 11, JazzMN Orchestra with Dave Weckl at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. October 12, Laura Caviani and JazzAX at Carleton College (3 pm)

. October 13-14, Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Dakota

. October 17, Dean Magraw/Eric Gravatt CD Release at Landmark Center

. October 18, Chris Lomheim Trio CD release at Studio Z

. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota

. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota

. November 6, Terri Lynne Carrington's Mosaic Project (with Rachel Z and Lizz Wright) at O'Shaughnessy
. November 10, Tony Malaby and Anthony Cox at the Icehouse

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cecile McLorin Salvant at Orchestra Hall

. December 21-22, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota

. March 12, 2015, Jack DeJohnette at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

. March 25-26, Delfeayo Marsalis (Southern Gentleman) at the Dakota

. May 2, 2015, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

Chick Corea brings Vigil to the Dakota on September 24

                                                                                                                                                            








Friday, September 5, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 5-11



Adam Meckler Orchestra -- 2 gigs celebrating new recording this week

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After four days at the Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day, I reached two firm conclusions: 1) The Detroit Jazz Festival is probably the world's best free jazz extravaganza as well as the largest; and 2) you don't need to go to a festival in Detroit (or Chicago) to hear the best jazz musicians in the world, free or otherwise -- you can just stay in the Twin Cities. For the most part our local talents don't have international recognition as do those festival musicians. But in terms of artistry and creativity, we have it all right here. In the coming week, there are numerous opportunities to sample our local treasures as well as one of those internationally recognized headliners.



Big Gigs This Week

Salsa del Soul
Friday, September 5. The Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival is underway at Mears Park and boasts a wide range of music, including some hot jazz acts. Tonight, the eclectic Prairie Fire Ladies Choir is followed by Salsa del Soul, one of the most popular Latin ensembles in the region. Those tropical rhythms inspire dancing, indoors or out, and Mears Park is one of the most dance-friendly of the outdoor venues. Each musician is well-established in his or her own right, but together they will set more than a prairie on fire! The nights ends on the majestic notes of the Adam Meckler Orchestra, an 18-piece big band with the power of a symphony and the interactive spirit of a quartet. The band will preview its debut release, When the Clouds Look Like This, officially out at the end of September. (The festival continues through Saturday night; see the full line up at www.concreteandgrass.com )



Chris Bates, Fall of House of Usher
In conjunction with Concrete and Grass, the Black Dog is hosting the unusual ensemble, Fall of the House of Usher. In the spirit of Edgar Allen Poe (perhaps), this rather spooky collaboration features Chris Cunningham on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, Greg Schutte on drums; Elliott Wachs, Nathan Hanson and Ivan Cunningham on saxes; and Adam Svec on vocals. They describe the music as "world inspired slip sync improv that gets your booty shakin’!" Over at Jazz Central, a truly dynamic and fame-worthy piano/bass duo of Peter Schimke and Anthony Cox takes the Bridge Series to peak levels.



The Dakota Combo: Musicians wanted
Saturday, September 6. A reminder to high school jazz musicians that open auditions for the Dakota Combo will be held today (12:30-4 pm) at MacPhail Center for Music. You can just show up but be sure to check out instructions at www.dfje.org. This is an amazing opportunity for students in grades 9-12 who are super serious about their jazz to learn and perform throughout the school year under the direction of acclaimed bassist/educator Adam Linz.



Steve Kenny
Trumpeter/bandleader Steve Kenny brings another outstanding quartet to the Black Dog tonight, featuring Kenny, Brandon Wozniak, Billy Peterson and Babatunde Lea. Peterson and Lea already have international cred, and Kenny and Wozniak are similarly deserving. Perhaps there is no better example this week of a band we'd pay good money to hear in New York.



Arne Fogel
Minnesota's favorite crooner gets a rare Saturday night at Hell's Kitchen as Arne Fogel brings charm and song to the stage, joined by frequent partners in swing, Phil Aaron, Matt Senjem and Mac Santiago. And back for a new season of Saturday nights in the Lobby Bar of the Saint Paul Hotel, JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske offer tastey takes on standards and contemporary fare, from Blossom Dearie to John Lennon.



Jana Nyberg
Sunday, September 7. Got to Hell for brunch! Or at least go to Hell's Kitchen for brunch with the Jana Nyberg Group. The usual suspects include husband Adam Meckler on sparkling trumpet. Vocalist Jana will likely double on flute. If you have to go to Hell, this is the band to go with. If you prefer a room with a view of the river rather than the huge hellish angel at HK, Sunday brunch with Maud Hixson at the Aster is a good option. Songbird Maud brings along a mighty fine trio with Rick Carlson, Billy Peterson and Nathan Norman.



Milo Fine
One of the local leaders of the avant garde, multi-instrumentlist/ improviser Milo Fine recently opened a studio at his home in North Minneapolis for a series of performances. At Studio Toile d'Angles, Milo gives a solo performance on drumset, piano and B-flat clarinet. More about the location and music series on Milo's website.



Rueben Ristrom
Monday, September 8. Too often flying under the radar, guitarist (and banjoist) Rueben Ristrom deservedly takes the spotlight as Featured Artist at Jazz Central. Maybe no other string player in town swings harder than Reuben, unless maybe its his cohorts for the evening, Keith Boyles and Dick Bortolussi. Son Dan Ristrom will add vocals to some tunes and maybe wife Diane will sit in as well. Call it the Swing Family Ristrom.



Mike Lewis
JT's Jazz Implosion offers a double header at the Icehouse: First set features San Francisco-based saxophonist Josh Smith mixing it up with JT and Mike Lewis (2 saxes and drums-- or perhaps Mike is picking up the bass tonight?); second set is DD7 with Lewis, Bates, Anthony Cox, Steve Kenny and Brandon Wozniak-- 3 horns, bass and drums.



Tuesday, September 9. Every second Tuesday, guitarist Chris Olson holds the stage at the Black Dog. Tonight he is joined by two more guitars-- Spencer Christesen and Tomas Simpson, in solo, duo and trio formats. Lots of strings, lots of fun music.



Evan Christopher
Wednesday, September 10. It's billed as a tribute to the great Sidney Bechet ("Remembering Song"), but Evan Christopher's return to the Dakota really is a broader event. Evan tells me that "In 2009, Bucky Pizzarelli recorded some music of mine on an Arbor's CD project called The Remembering Song. The title and program did celebrate some of Bechet's philosophy, but it also commemorated my return to New Orleans around 2008." At the time, and on til today, the virtuosic clarinetist was moving away from jazz per se to embrace the music of New Orleans. "Some think of New Orleans music as a sub-genre of jazz. I don't," says Evan. "Specifically, the clarinet is a melody instrument. Some players want to treat it the way they would the saxophone, but a great deal of nuance and tradition is often sacrificed. That's why I had Rick Carlson put together the most tasteful, swinging rhythm section he could." Joining Evan will be locals Carlson, Keith Boyles and Mac Santiago. "It's going to be more of a slow burn, every note has to mean something and the program needs to have some New Orleans humidity," explains Evan. "Haha. Maybe it's a Bechet tribute after all."



Lila Ammons
On a less traditional note, the Enormous Quartet takes the stage at Jazz Central on Chris Bates' "Magica Improvisado" series, with friends and inventive colleagues Bates, Chris Thomson, Park Evans and Joey Van Phillips trading ideas. Meanwhile astute vocalist Lila Ammons returns to the new Wednesday night jazz series at The Tangiers in the Minneapolis warehouse district.



Thursday, September 11. Twice in one week? The Adam Meckler Orchestra closed out the highly successful All Originals Jazz Series at Studio Z, performing more music from their new recording as well as some new material.



More Jazz Every Night

Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities -- check out calendars at Jazz Police, KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:



Friday, September 5. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Arne Fogel at Parma 8200; Nachito Herrera at the Dakota



Saturday, September 6. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Pigs Eye Jass Band at Eagle's Aerie Club



Sunday, September 7. Paul Lammers at Eagan Art House (1-5 pm); Jazz on the Prairie Big Band at Edinborough Park; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar


Charmin Michelle
Monday, September 8. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave's (Uptown)



Tuesday, September 9. Nova Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe; Cafe Accordion Orchestra  at Loring Pasta Bar; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Tommy and the Liebermans at the Dakota



Wednesday, September 10. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Gypsy Mania at Hell's Kitchen; Linda Peterson at School II Bistro; Pippi Ardennia All Stars, Kevin Washington Group, Cory Wong Group at Calhoun Square (Mobile Jazz Project)



Thursday, September 11. Colleen Raye at Jazz Central; Minnesota Jazz Orchestra at Wabasha Street Caves



Coming Soon!

. September 12, Dean Granros Quartet at Jazz Central

. September 13, John Raymond Trio with Gilad Hekselman and Colin Stranahan, Jazz at Studio Z

. September 13, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival featuring Harvey Mason (Selby and Milton Av, Saint Paul)

. September 15, Jacob Hansen Trio/Real Bulls (Jazz Implosion)

. September 16, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota

. September 17, Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet at the Dakota


. September 19, Monk in Motian at Jazz Central

. September 20, Steven Hobert CD Release at Friends Meeting, St Paul

. September 20, Mary Louise Knutson Trio, Jazz @ St Barneys, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church

. September 20, Joel Harrison Trio at Jazz Central

. September 21, Ticket to Brasil, Adieu Summer Concert at Como Park

 .September 22, Horst/Peterson/Schimke/Whitman at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)

. September 24, Chick Corea and Vigil at the Dakota

. September 25, The Cookers at the Dakota

. September 25, Joan Griffith at Khyber Pass

. September 26, Pablo Ziegler Tango Project at the Dakota

. September 26, Adam Meckler Orchestra at MacPhail (Antonello Hall)

. September 26, Dave Karr Quartet at Jazz Central

. September 27, Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog begins with How Birds Work

. September 28, French 75 with Maud Hixson, Schneider Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts (2 pm)

. September 29, Framework with Pete Whitman at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)

. September 30-October 1, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota

. October 11, JazzMN Orchestra with Dave Weckl at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. October 12, Laura Caviani and JazzAX at Carleton College (3 pm)

. October 18, Chris Lomheim Trio CD release at Studio Z

. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota

. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota

. November 6, Terri Lynne Carrington's Mosaic Project (with Rachel Z and Lizz Wright) at O'Shaughnessy

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cecile McLorin Salvant at Orchestra Hall

. December 21-22, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota
. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota

. March 12, 2015, Jack DeJohnette at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

. March 25-26, Delfeayo Marsalis (Southern Gentleman) at the Dakota

. May 2, 2015, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater

John Raymond, bringing his Roots Trio to Studio Z on September 13