Friday, April 24, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, April 24-30




© Andrea Canter
The Saint Paul Art Crawl will bring extra crowds to Lowertown this weekend; jazz in the neighborhood and nearby will keep the artful vibe going long after dark.  Jazz and the return of our spring weather will add to the warming trend throughout the metro as well, with weekend visits from Tuck & Patti, Bob Mintzer and Nellie McKay; the third installment of the KBEM Jazz Noir radio show providing a sneak preview of Vieux Carré; a true "Legends" concert at the Capri with Irv Williams and Debbie Duncan; another local legend (Jimmie Wallace) at The Nicollet; nights of young and even younger lions at Jazz Central and the Black Dog; and local celebrations of International Jazz Day (April 30).

Big Gigs This Week
Tuck & Patti
Friday, April 24.  Together performing (as well as life partners) for three decades, the vocal/guitar jazz duo Tuck (Andress) and Patti (Cathcart) met at an audition in Las Vegas, began performing as a duo in California in 1981, and now have fifteen albums and a world of fans to their credit. With Tuck on guitar and Patti as vocalist/composer/arranger, the pair have forged a partnership unequaled in modern music, applying a simple formula: Says Tuck, “Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra.” With his six strings, Tuck indeed conjures a symphony. The duo returns to the Dakota for one night.

Jake Baldwin, Nelson Devereaux (Endeavors)
Young and younger--that's the line-up tonight at Jazz Central as Endeavors hits at 7 on the Bridge Series, followed by the Dakota Combo at about 9:30. Actually the Dakota Combo has ties to both bands. About two years ago, a band of young emerging talents dubbed themselves Courageous Endeavors and quickly became one of the most exciting on the Twin Cities jazz scene, and released their debut CD, Prototype, in summer 2014.  The band (Nelson Devereaux, Joe Strachan, Brian Courage and Miguel Hurtado) went on hiatus when Courage moved to New York last fall, but now has reformed as simply Endeavors, with bassist Ryan Hayes replacing Courage and adding another horn, trumpeter Jake Baldwin.  

Dakota Combo
In their high school days, Baldwin and Strachan played together in the Dakota Combo, an audition-only ensemble of the region's top high school jazz artists, and a collaboration among the MacPhail Center for Music and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. The 9th edition of the Dakota Combo performs their annual spring gig tonight, showcasing chops as performers and composers under the direction of Adam Linz.

Jimmie Wallace
Steve Kenny's Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet welcomes one of the living legends of Twin Cities jazz when saxophonist James (Jimmie) Wallace takes the bandstand with his veteran team of Kenny on FLUMPET™, Ron Evaniuk on bass, and Alden Akeda on drums. "Jimmy-apolis" still plays around town with the Capri Big Band and Cornbread Harris, as well bringing his own bands into such spots as the Red Stag.

Jon Wood
Saturday, April 25. At the Black Dog, the Saturday Night Jazz series boasts a "young lions" night of its own. Music kicks off at 7 with a celebration of three recordings from young guitar master Jon Wood. Whether playing at Jazz Central or in a Minnesota Guitar Society sponsored master class, Jon's diverse mix of classical, jazz, and pop music (along with an occasional pinch of Latin, blue grass, blues, and R & B, and flamenco) appeals to diverse audiences. His three recordings include his original jazz compositions (Far From Home), a solo classical guitar album (Chitarra Sonata), and a live album of Jon's band "Iron Chops" (Iron Chops Live at Jazz Central). Helping him celebrate at the Black Dog will be his Iron Chops ensemble, featuring Dave Brattain (tenor and soprano sax), Javi Santiago (piano), Graydon Peterson (bass), and Dave Schmalenberger (drums).

Lars-Erik Larson (Mancrush)
In the prime time slot, Mancrush returns with leader Lars-Erik Larson (drums) and cohorts Brandon Wozniak (sax), Zacc Harris (guitar) and Bryan Nichols (piano). With rapidly growing audience from the Black Dog to Icehouse, Mancrush plays everything from folk tunes to Bartok, as well as Larson's eclectic original compositions.

Katia Cardenas
Continuing the theme of young talents, the intriguing duo of Katia Cardenas and Joe Strachan perform at a new venue for music, Public Kitchen across from Mears Park in St Paul. Vocalist Katia has only been hitting the local stages for the past year or so, but is building her audience fast with her appealing blend of the great songbooks' repertoire and more contemporary fare. Pianist Joe Strachan is largely known for his contributions to such modern jazz projects as Endeavors, Jake Baldwin's quartets, the Adam Meckler Orchestra, etc, and promises to offer exciting accompaniment to Katia's vocals. As for the Public Kitchen-- this elegant Lowertown space is worth a visit for the kitchen alone.

JazzMN Orchestra
Veterans take over in Hopkins as the JazzMN Orchestra closes out its season with a very special guest, Yellowjackets saxman Bob Mintzer. Minnesota's answer to the Village Vanguard Orchestra, JazzMN will feature music from Mintzer's current project, the "Bob Mintzer R & Big Band," including the works of Sly Stone, the Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave, and James Brown. In the guest vocalist slot, Patty Peterson makes a welcome return to JazzMN, paying tribute to recently departed jazz giants Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco and Lew Soloff.


Irv Williams
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26. The popular Legends Series continues at the Capri Theater this weekend, with a Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performance of "Saxy Smooth," featuring two favorite living legends of Minnesota jazz, saxophonist Irv Williams and vocalist Debbie Duncan.  Notes Capri Artistic Director for the Legends series, Dennis Spears, “Irv Williams is not only a Minnesota legend.  He is known nationally and internationally as ‘Mister Smooth.’ One toot from his horn and you will know why.  Paired with Debbie Duncan on vocals, this will be one saxy treat!” Adding to fun the will be Irv's happy hour partner Steve Blons (guitar) along with Jay Young (bass) and Nathan Norman (drums). Call it "Saxy, Smooth, and Sassy!"

Sunday, April 26. Been wanting a peak at the new Hamm Building space, Vieux Carré? Tonight you can get a preview as well as enjoy the third installment of the KBEM project Jazz Noir. An original radio drama series complete with live voice actors and musicians in front of a live audience, it's just like in the early days of radio. For this third episode, Morning Follows Night, playwrights Christina Ham, Dominic Orlando and Josh Wilder were commissioned to explore the rich Minneapolis jazz club scene between 1946 and 1956. The playwrights collaborated with composers/jazz musicians Chris Bates, Steven Hobert and Solomon Parham, who perform their original jazz music score for the drama. Shows at 5 and 8 pm, with the later show broadcast live on KBEM 88.5 fm.

Nellie Mckay
And she's hard to classify, but who cares? Singer, pianost, ukulele player, songwriter, comedienne -- Nellie McKay can wear all those hats simultaneously, whether channeling Doris Day or tackling modern pop. She's back at the Dakota for one night of musical fun.

Doug Haining
Monday, April 27. Multi-reed expert Doug Haining is so often leading the band--Explosion Big Band, Twin Cities 7--that we seldom get a chance to enjoy hearing him in the spotlight. On the Featured Artist series at Jazz Central, Doug gets to shine, be it on tenor or alto sax, clarinet or flute. Or maybe all of the above. 

Over at the Icehouse (which coincidentally gets underway about the time Jazz Central cools off), JT's Jazz Implosion implodes with the energy of Brandon Wozniak, Bryan Nichols, and JT Bates himself.

Paul Renz
Tuesday, April 28. Veteran guitarist Paul Renz brings his quartet to a new venue when he takes the stage at Crooners Lounge. One of the busiest jazz educators in town, Renz spends less time on the bandstand but will be heard more in coming weeks. His musical partner in the quartet is renowned flautist Anders Bostrom, an old pal from Berklee College of Music days who appears on several of Paul's recordings.


Ben Abrahamson
Wednesday, April 29. There are few musicians in town with the eclectic resume of young guitarist, Ben Abrahamson, who fills the "new music" slot at Jazz Central tonight with two other guitar talents -- Park Evans and Nick Champeau-- as the Acoustic Trio. There should be a hearty dose of flamenco and Brazilian beats. 

At The Nicollet, the eclectic FireFly Forest project from Steven Hobert (accordion) takes the stage, with Sarah Larsson (vocals, French Horn, percussion), Kathleen Hobert (voals, tap dance, percussion), Kevin Row (bass), Jeff Schraw (percussion), Nathan Eliot (guitar) and Natalie Locke (percussion). Not sure how they will all fit on that stage but it will be a musical feast.

Madeleine Peyroux
Wednesday-Thursday, April 29-30. Her career has progressed in a bit of a jagged fashion but vocalist Madeleine Peyroux has released some highly praised albums lately. She's back at the Dakota in time to celebrate International Jazz Day and some swinging songs.

Thursday, April 30 -- International Jazz Day! Sponsored by UNESCO, this is a global celebration. In Minnesota, IJD events have been registered by the Dakota (Madeleine Peyroux), Jazz Central (Debbie Duncan), and the Black Dog (TBA). The Dakota is offering a special opportunity to view a live webcast of the IJD official global concert in Paris, with Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and more, with a package including lunch with Peyroux or just a viewing ticket of the broadcast which is set for 11:30 am. See the Dakota website for more info and tickets.

Debbie Duncan
This might be the first time Debbie Duncan has performed at Jazz Central, and you could not ask for a better show to honor International Jazz Day than Minnesota's "First Lady of Song." Debbie had a chance to sit in with the Delfeayo Marsalis band at the Dakota last month and she fit the music as if it had been arranged just for her.  You know it will be a night of not only great vocal jazz but crack-up entertainment as well.

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

Friday-Sunday, April 24-26. Zeitgeist Early Music Festival at Studio Z

Friday, April 24. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, happy hour at the Black Dog; The Riverside Trio at Crooners' Lounge; John Paulson with Swing, Inc. at Signatures (Winona); Arne Fogel at Parma 8200; Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Charmin Michelle with the Ray Siegl Trio at Scusi; Optimum Trajectory at the Underground Music Cafe

Milo Fine
Saturday, April 25. Debbie Duncan, brunch at Hell's Kitchen; Davu Seru with Milo Fine at Schmidt Artists Lofts (noon); Charmin & Shapira at Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm);  Augsburg Jazz Ensembles at Famous Dave's Uptown (4 pm); GST at Hell's Kitchen; Talking Strings at Loring Pasta Bar; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Julius Collins and Ginger Commodore at the Dakota; Paula Lammers Trio at the Mason Jar; Southside Aces at Eagles Aerie Club; Sheridan Zuther at Crooners' Lounge; John Penny  Trio at Scratch Bar and Grill; Trent Baarspul Trio, late set at Public Kitchen

Sunday, April 26. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Jazz Brunch at Crooners' Lounge; Joel Shapira, solo guitar at the Black Dog (3 pm); Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar

Monday, April 27. Maurice Jacox Trio at Crooners Lounge

Tuesday, April 28. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central; Northwestern University (MN) spring jazz concert at Marantha Hall, Northwestern University; Eric Leeds and Paul Peterson at the Icehouse

Wednesday, April 29. Andrew Walesch Quartet at Crooners Lounge; North Hennepin Community College Jazz Band, spring concert at NHCC Fine Arts Building; Parisota Hot Club at The Tangiers; The Neighborhood Jazz Trio at Barbette

Thursday, April 30. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Jazz I with Jamey Simmons at Gantner Concert Hall, UW-EC; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Wabasha Street Caves; Mia Dorr at Crooners Lounge

Coming Soon!
. May 1, Patty Peterson with Steve Cole, Ricky Peterson at the Icehouse
. May 1, Framework at The Nicollet
. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker
. May 2, Adam Kohlker with the Good Vibes Trio at Jazz Central
. May 2, Dave Brattain Quartet/DD7 at the Black Dog
. May 8, Ron Miles with the Atrium Jazz Ensemble at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)
. May 8, Presidential Flow (Mayo, Brattain, Nair, Evans, Granowski) at The Nicollet
. May 9, Joe Mayo/Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at the Black Dog
. May 10, Soul Cafe' at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church
. May 11, Tim Berne's Snake Oil at the Icehouse
. May 15, Minnesota Youth Jazz Band at The Nicollet
. May 16, Headspace followed by the Paul Renz Quartet at the Black Dog
. May 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at The Nicollet
. May 23, Central Standard Time followed by Firebell at the Black Dog
. May 27-28, Rachelle Ferrell at the Dakota
. May 29, Bottomless Pit at The Nicollet
. May 30, Dave Martin Trio followed by the Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog
. June 2, Tim Reis Rolling Stones Project at the Dakota
. June 3, Steve Smith and Vital Information, NYC Edition at the Dakota
. June 5, Paul Harper's Show and Tell at The Nicollet
. June 6, Lulu's Playground followed by The Five at the Black Dog
. June 12, Tommy Bentz Quartet at The Nicollet
. June 13, Will Schmid Trio followed by the Graydon Peterson Quartet
. June 16, Ticket to Brazil, Jazz in the Library at SunRay Library (St Paul)
. June 17, Good Vibes Trio, Jazz in the Library at Hamline Library (St Paul)
. June 19, The Dakota Combo followed by Dean Granros' Tall Tales at The Nicollet
. June 20, John Penny/Jay Epstein Duo followed by the Phil Hey Quartet at the Black Dog
. June 21, Francisco Mela Trio, Jazz in the Library at St Paul Central Library
. June 22, Kurt Elling at the Dakota
. June 23-24, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond (Dr John, Potter/Holland/Louke/Harland Quartet, Francisco Mela with Nicholas Payton, Araya-Orta Quartet, Marquis Hill Blacktet)
. June 28, John Pizzarelli at the Dakota
. June 30-July 1, Charles Lloyd Quartet at the Dakota
. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Lage, Brian Charette, Atlantis Quartet, Becca Stevens, COLOSSUS, Dakota Combo)
. August 7, George Brooks/ Larry Coryell and Bombay Jazz, Studio Z


Jason Moran joins Robert Glasper at the Walker, May 2nd

Friday, April 17, 2015

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



Danilo Perez, Coming to the Dakota on April 22


© Andrea Canter
It's a whirlwind of jazz starting Friday night and swirling through the week, from some impossible choices over the weekend, highly anticipated visiting artists, old favorites and emerging talents, as well as a preview of a new venue in an old haunt.

Big Gigs This Week
Cory Healey
Friday, April 17. Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band blends young emerging talents with still-young veterans, and the quintet promises to be one of region's leading voices of modern jazz. The University of Northern Iowa alum has only been in town about a year but Cory wasted no time becoming an in-demand drummer and bandleader. At Jazz Central, he's joined by two exquisite horns--Brandon Wozniak's tenor sax and Jake Baldwin's wily trumpet; Zacc Harris' adventurous guitar; and Erik Fratzke's unpredictable bass.

Javi Santiago
About ten minutes down the street at The Nicollet, a favorite son brings a sterling quartet to the bandstand for the Friday Night Jazz series. Pianist Javi Santiago, already a ten+-year veteran of local stages despite his youth, rounds up Zacc Harris, Yohannes Tona, and long-time cohort Miguel Hurtado for some original music (Javi is prolific!) and inventive arrangements. Note the series has moved to a 9 pm start time -- making doubleheaders with the not-far Jazz Central realistic.

Ann Hampton Callaway
At Orchestra Hall, the focus is on the music of Barbra Streisand as filtered through cabaret and stage sensation Ann Hampton Callaway, performing with the Minnesota Orchestra. A perennial award-winner, Callaway is always entertaining, and tonight she tackles one of her most significant sources of inspiration.


Dave Milne
Last spring, Dave Milne's One World Consort presented an Earth Day concert of the music of Fred Sturm. Now the hybrid jazz/classical ensemble celebrates Earth Day at Studio Z with special guest artist, bandoneon expert J.P. Jofre. (The concert will be repeated on Sunday at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.)

It's the first night of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, with headliners New York Voices. Often compared to the Manhattan Transfer, NYV is known for its tight harmonies and inventive arrangements. They perform at the State Theater along with ensembles from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's award-winning jazz program.

Terell Stafford
Saturday, April 18. Eau Claire Jazz Festival continues today, with the headliner concert in the evening featuring trumpet king Terell Stafford with Cuban transplant pianist Nachito Herrera. Held at the Eau Claire Memorial High School Auditorium, again jazz ensembles from UW-EC will perform as well.

Returning to the Twin Cities for the first time since the death of founding member Tim Hauser, The Manhattan Transfer will introduce Minnesota audiences to Trist Curless at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Lucia Sarmiento
Saturday Night at the Black Dog presents the up-and-coming talents of McNally Smith students Lucia Sarmiento and cohorts. From Lima, Peru, Lucia led a fiery ensemble at last year's Twin Cities Jazz Festival on the Youth Stage, but she belongs on the main stage. Tonight her band opens for a veteran quartet with Dean Granros, Steve Kenny, Ron Evaniuk and Alden Ikeda, just back from a performance at the Eau Claire festival. This series makes it easy to complete a doubleheader without moving the car!

Gary Schulte (Gypsy Mania)
Performing in the tradition of the French hot clubs, Gypsy Mania returns to Jazz @ St. Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth). Their three previous performances at St. Barney's “have dazzled our audiences. The remarkable technical facility of each of the players is matched only by the sheer energy and exuberance of the ensemble's performance," said St. Barnabas Center for the Arts Director Jeff Whitmill. "We're always excited when they return." Mania includes violinist Gary Schulte, guitarists Glen Helgeson and Reynold Philipsek, and bassist Matt Senjem, all long-time devotees to hot club swing.

Jay Young
At the Dakota, bassist Jay Young returns with his Lyric Factory. After their successful tributes to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, the band now celebrates Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind and Fire. Jay always assembles the hottest talents-- pianist Thom West, bassist Ian Young, violinist Ernest Bisong, drummer Kevin Washington, and vocalists Michelle Denise Michaels, Sarah Greer and Libby Turner Opanga.

Chris Thomson
Sunday, April 19. It's too rare that we hear saxophonist Chris Thomson in a leading role. Tonight Chris and his Quartet celebrate the release of his CD, Empathy, at the Icehouse (5 pm). The instrumentation lends itself to some unusual journeys-- tenor sax, accordion (Patrick Harison), bass (James Buckley) and drums (Martin Dosh)--and harmonies, sort of Hot Club Meets Avant Garde, and it is a much more interesting, and melodic, blend than that would suggest.

Monday, April 20. Pianist and educator at North Central College, Peter Shu is the featured artist at Jazz Central, with cohorts Gary Denbow on sax, Tom Lewis on bass and Kevin Mills on drums. Classically trained, Shu honed his jazz chops with the best-- Bobby Peterson, Mary Louise Knutson and Nachito Herrera. He brings his NCC jazz students into Jazz Central at least monthly.

John Raymond
Tuesday, April 21. It's been about a decade since a very young John Raymond introduced the Twin Cities to his trumpet talents and bandleading finesse. A few degrees and bands later, John returns from his home base in New York to adjudicate the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, lead clinics at Eden Prairie High School, and perform with his New York quartet in an evening concert in the high school auditorium. His talented crew includes American Piano Competition winner Sullivan Fortner, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Jay Sawyer.

Arne Fogel
If you have not made it out to Crooners's Lounge yet, here is a good excuse to venture to the north burbs -- the Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel. With some of the area's most inventive big band charts, Acme is the perfect foil for a real crooner, Arne. The music space at the renovated Shorewood is plenty big for a large ensemble and vocalist, the atmosphere somewhere between 70s lounge and 50s night club, and the menu has something for everyone--much like the music.

Danilo Perez
Wednesday, April 22. Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez is as known for his long-standing work with the Wayne Shorter Quartet as for his own bands and compositions. His Panama 500 celebrates 500 years of the first permanent European settlement in the New World (in Panama). Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival,  Perez is also Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee College of Music. With his trio, Perez last visited Minnesota for the 2011 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. He's again joined by drummer Adam Cruz (just in town last week with Anat Cohen), along with bassist Ben Street.

Axel Zwingenberger and Lila Ammons
At Studio Z, trad pianist Butch Thompson joins German counterpart/boogie woogie expert Axel Zwingenberger with vocalist Lila Ammons for a night of "early jazz, classic boogie woogie and the blues." Lila and Axel formed a partnership some years ago, stemming from Lila's interest in the music of grandfather Albert Ammons, and they have extensively toured Europe.

LA saxophonist Tom Luer, who has significant ties to the Twin Cities (U of M) and Wisconsin (UW-EC), joins Chris Olson, Chris Bates and JT Bates tonight for some "new music" at Jazz Central.

Thursday, April 23. Jazz Central's Vocal Jazz Night presents the mighty fine duo of Rhonda Laurie and Phil Mattson. The Great American Songbook typically is their source.

Tom Ashworth
In Falcon Heights, the Underground Music Cafe presents Tom Ashworth's Fireside Five, typically featuring Brian Grivna, Phil Aaron, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey, and usually with some topnotch guests. The band will be taking some time off soon, so this is a great time to check it out in a cozy setting.

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

Friday, April 17. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper Quartet, happy hour at the Black Dog; Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota; Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200; Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Sheridan Zuther at Crooners' Lounge; John Paulson with Swing, Inc. at Signatures (Winona, MN); Jazz Crew (jam) at Jazz Central
Sheridan Zuther

Saturday, April 18. Zack Lozier 3 at Harriet Brewing Tap Room (5 pm); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (St Paul Hotel); Talking Strings at Loring Pasta Bar; Tim Patrick and Blue-eye Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Tim Sparks and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Debbie Duncan Quartet at Crooners' Lounge; "Border Music" with David Hidalgo and Mark Ribot at The Cedar; Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network monthly salon at the Town House Bar

Sunday, April 19. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at the Lakesie Ballroom (Glenwood, MN); Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Emily Bear Trio at the Dakota; Southside Big Band at Edinborough Park; Jazz Brunch at Crooners; Lounge

Monday, April 20. McNally Smith Spring Jazz Recitals at the Amsterdam; JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse; Dorothy Doring at Crooners' Lounge

Tuesday, April 21. Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude; Park Evans/Ben Abrahamson/Nicholas Champeau acoustic guitar trio at the Black Dog; Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central; River City Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Cafe

Wednesday, April 22. Debbie Duncan at Crooners' Lounge; Riverside Swing Band at The Tangiers

Thursday, April 23. Minnesota State University Mankato, Jazz Ensembles Spring Concert at Halling Hall, MSU; Cartwright-Kinney-Lewis at Khyber Pass Cafe

Coming Soon!

. April 24, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. April 24, Arne Fogel at Parma 8200
. April 24, Endeavors followed by the Dakota Combo at Jazz Central
. April 24, James Wallace Quartet at The Nicollet
. April 24, JazzFly with Dorothy Doring at Golden's Deli
. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins l High School Auditorium
. April 25, Jon Wood CD Release/Mancrush at the Black Dog
. April 25, Katia Cardenas and Joe Strachan, Public Kitchen (St Paul) 
. April 25, Julius Collins and Ginger Commodore, Tribute to Stevie Wonder at the Dakota
. April 25-26, Irv Williams, Legends concert at The Capri
. April 26, KBEM's Jazz Noir at Vieux Carré
. April 26, Nellie McKay at the Dakota
. April 28, Paul Renz Quartet at Crooners' Lounge
. April 29-30, Madeleine Peyroux at the Dakota
. April 30, Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200
. May 1, Patty Peterson with Steve Cole, Ricky Peterson at the Icehouse
. May 1, Framework at The Nicollet
. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker
. May 2, Adam Kohlker with the Good Vibes Trio at Jazz Central
. May 2, Dave Brattain Quartet/DD7 at the Black Dog
. May 4, Michael O'Brien at the Icehouse
. May 5, Paul Renz Quartet at the Aster 
. May 8, Ron Miles with the Atrium Jazz Ensemble at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)
. May 10, Soul Cafe' at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church
. May 11, Tim Berne's Snake Oil at the Icehouse
. May 14, JazzMN Orchestra at Chanhassan Dinner Theater
. May 20, Todd Clouser's A Love Electric at the Turf Club
. May 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at The Nicollet
. May 27-28, Rachelle Ferrell at the Dakota
. May 31-June 1, Lisa Fischer at the Dakota
. June 3, Steve Smith and Vital Information, NYC Edition at the Dakota
. June 16, Ticket to Brazil, Jazz in the Library at SunRay Library (St Paul)
. June 17, Good Vibes Trio, Jazz in the Library at Hamline Library (St Paul)
. June 21, Francisco Mela Trio, Jazz in the Library at St Paul Central Library
. June 22, Kurt Elling at the Dakota
. June 23-24, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond (Dr John, Potter/Holland/Louke/Harland Quartet, Francisco Mela with Nicholas Payton, Araya-Orta Quartet, Marquis Hill Blacktet)
. June 30, Francois Rabbath at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University
. June 30-July 1, Charles Lloyd Quartet at the Dakota
. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Lage, Brian Charette, Atlantis Quartet, Becca Stevens, COLOSSUS, Dakota Combo)
. August 7, Larry Coryell and Bombay Jazz at the Dakota




Irv Williams, "Legends" at the Capri Theater, April 25-26

Friday, April 10, 2015

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



Anat Cohen brings her quartet and Brazilian ensemble to the Dakota, April 12

© Andrea Canter
The weather is predicted to take a turn for the better this weekend, days are getting longer, and the birds seem happier. Maybe spring is jumping up after all! Come rain or come shine, there's definitely a lot of warm jazz in the air, from the veteran Eric Kamau Gravatt's quartet at Jazz Central to the rich salsa flavors of Charanga Tropical at Studio Z, another corps of vets headed by Paul Harper at the Black Dog, a welcome return visit from the high-flying clarinetist Anat Cohen, and the premiere of a collaborative work from Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall. Things are going to warm up-- put on your jazzy face!

Big Gigs This Week
Patty Peterson
Friday, April 10. Patty Peterson sings all over town, from bars to clubs to big event spaces, but perhaps the best way to enjoy her warm R&B tinged vocals is in an intimate space like the lounge at Parma 8200. With Chris Lomheim on piano and Mark Weisburg on bass, this might be the most personal opportunity to enjoy Patty.

Eric Gravatt
The Bridge Series at Jazz Central welcomes back Weather Report alum Eric Kamau Gravatt and his quartet with Brandon Wozniak, Ron Evaniuk and Zacc Harris.  With Gravatt you can be sure of 3 things-- the music will keep you on full alert, there will be some spellbinding drum solos, and the gig will start on time! Note that the Bridge Series will start at 7pm -- and starting next week, Friday Night Jazz at the Nicollet will move back to 9 pm, increasing the opportunity to enjoy a double-header Friday along the Minneapolis "jazz corridor."

Doug Little
Saturday, April 11. Jazz at Studio Z is into its fourth season, curated by Zacc Harris and supported with grants from the state arts board and Legacy Fund. Tonight's installment brings Doug Little's Charanga Tropical to the Studio Z stage, warming up in more ways than one for their unprecented invitation to perform at the Danzon Festival in Havana this summer. CT is a quintet stretched to include additional percussion and a string trio (violin, viola). Before the concert at 7 pm, Doug and company will conduct an open workshop (5:30 pm) on the rhythms and dance forms of traditional Cuban music.

Solomon Parham

Over at the Black Dog, the Saturday night series continues with an opening set from young trumpeter Solomon Parham, featuring ace percussionist Babatunde Lee. Back in prime time, saxophonist Paul Harper returns with his renamed Show and Tell ensemble, with Charlie Riddle on bass, Nathan Norman on drums, and Mike Cramer on guitar. It's bebop for 21st century listeners.  And yes, if you attend Jazz at Studio Z, you can get down the street to the Black Dog in plenty of time to catch the final set with Paul Harper.

Cecile McLorin Salvant
If you really want to avoid a crowded club or bar, but hear one of the most exciting talents in the country, reserve a spot at the Pillsbury House for a live screening of Jazz at Lincoln Center featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant. Pillsbury House in South Minneapolis has been scheduling live webcasts of JALC events this season, and the show tonight is bound to be one of the most memorable.  This is a free event but reserved tickets are needed to ensure a seat.

Anat Cohen
Sunday, April 12. Poll-topping clarinetist Anat Cohen is no stranger to the Twin Cities, previously appearing in 2010 at the Dakota with her Benny Goodman project and a few months later with her touring quartet, and moving over to the Dakota with fellow clarinetist Evan Christopher when the 2012 Orchestra Hall lockout pre-empted a clarinet summit. An Israeli native long intrigued by the folk traditions of Brazil, Anat assembled a group of Brazlian musicians (accordion, 7-string guitar, pandeiro) and after some acclaimed gigs, brought her Choro Aventuroso into the studio, along with her longstanding quartet and key guests. She's now touring in celebration of the new recording, Luminosa. There will be Brazilian fare, traditional and reimagined, as well as original music and perhaps a Flying Lotus tune. On this gig, she's joined by long-time pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Adam Cruz.

Javi Santiago
Monday, April 13. Crooners Lounge continues to bring top local artists to the north burbs. Tonight, the Javi Santiago Trio entertains from happy hour through the evening. The young New York-based pianist has taken an extended leave from the Big Apple, hanging out back home in the Twin Cities and playing a lot of gigs. Tonight he teams up with long-time cohort, drummer Miguel Hurtado, and veteran bassist James Buckley.

Frank Morgan
Tuesday, April 14. The Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival is underway, and tonight jazz fans can attend the screening of the documentary, The Sound of Redemption, about the life and music of the late Frank Morgan at St. Anthony Main Theaters.

Chris Olson, Framework
For live music, you can't miss with Framework at the Black Dog. This is the monthly Chris Olson Project, and the guitarist invited pals Chris Bates and Jay Epstein to come in tonight as the long-running trio. Inventive, accessible and always satisfying. In between their sets, Olson will turn some of his students loose on the music of Herbie Hancock.

Jeremy Walker
Thursday, April 16. Tonight's installment of Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall features the world premiere of "The Rage of Achilles," a multi-faceted work composed by Jeremy Walker and Anthony Cox. As noted on the Orchestra Hall website, "ancient poetry meets classical voice and jazz instrumentation..." with the voices of MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and opera singers Seth and Angela Keaton melding with the Atrium Jazz Ensemble (Jeremy Walker, Anthony Cox, Brandon Wozniak and Tim Zhorne.

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

Friday, April 10.  Irv Williams, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, happy hour at the Black Dog; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); John Paulson at Signatures (Winona); Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Nachito Herrera Trio at the Dakota; Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics at Bloomington KC Hall; North Central University "College Night" at Jazz Central

Saturday, April 11. Nathan Hanson and Doan Brian Roessler duo, free at the Hosmer Library (Minneapolis, 2 pm); Pavel Jany's Talking Strings at the Loring Pasta Bar; Paula Lammers with the Winwood Trio at the Mason Jar; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; The Skruffians at Jazz Central

Zack Lozier
Sunday, April 12.  Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster; Larry Dunsmore, brunch at Crooners Lounge; Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog (4 pm); Zack Lozier Three at the Underground Music Café; Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom 
Monday, April 13. Jason Weismann at Jazz Central; Chris Cunningham's Fall of the House of Usher at the Icehouse

Tuesday, April 14. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Nova Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Café; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Vinnie Rose Trio at Crooners Lounge

Wednesday, April 15. Debbie Duncan at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community; Sophia Shorai at the Dakota; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Century Jazz Ensemble at Minnesota Music Cafe; Lila Ammons at The Tangiers; Jake Hanson and Friends at Barbette; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte, Realphonic Radio Hour at James J Hill Center; McNally Smith X-Tet at Jazz Central

Thursday, April 16. Charmin and Shapira at Jazz Central; Beasley's Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves

Coming Soon!
. April 17, Javi Santiago Quartet at The Nicollet
. April 17, Ann Hampton Callaway at Orchestra Hall
. April 17, Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota
. April 17, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at Jazz Central
. April 17, One World Consort with JP Jofre at Studio Z
. April 17, Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog
. April 17-18, Eau Claire Jazz Festival with New York Voices and Terell Stafford
. April 18, Jay Young's Lyric Factory at the Dakota
. April 18, Lucia Sarmiento Group; Granros/Akeda/Evaniuk/Kenny at the Black Dog
. April 18, UW River Falls Jazz Ensemble with JP Jofre at William Abbott Concert Hall, UW-RF
. April 19, Chris Thomson Quartet CD Release at the Icehouse
. April 19, One World Consort with JP Jofre, William Abbott Concert Hall at UW-River Falls
. April 21, Eden Prairie High School Jazz Band with John Raymond at EPHS
. April 22, Danilo Perez at the Dakota
. April 23, Fireside Five at Underground Music Cafe
. April 24, Tuck and Patti at the Dakota
. April 24, Arne Fogel at Parma 8200
. April 24, Endeavors followed by the Dakota Combo at Jazz Central
. April 24, James Wallace Quartet at The Nicollet
. April 24, Yeti Steady and Ramtrak at Public Kitchen (St Paul)
. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins l High School Auditorium
. April 25, Jon Wood CD Release/Mancrush at the Black Dog
. April 25-26, Irv Williams, Legends concert at The Capri
. April 26, KBEM's Jazz Noir at Vieux Carré
. April 26, Nellie McKay at the Dakota
. April 29-30, Madeleine Peyroux at the Dakota
. April 30, Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200
. May 1, Patty Peterson with Steve Cole, Ricky Peterson at the Icehouse
. May 1, Framework at The Nicollet
. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker
. May 2, Adam Kohlker with the Good Vibes Trio at Jazz Central
. May 2, Dave Brattain Quartet/DD7 at the Black Dog
. May 8, Ron Miles with the Atrium Jazz Ensemble at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)
. May 9, PipJazz "Women in Jazz" -- afternoon workshop and evening concert at The Bedlam
. May 9, Joe Mayo/Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at the Black Dog
. May 10, Soul Cafe' at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church
. May 11, Tim Berne's Snake Oil at the Icehouse
. May 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at The Nicollet
. May 27-28, Rachelle Ferrell at the Dakota
. June 3, Steve Smith and Vital Information, NYC Edition at the Dakota
. June 16, Ticket to Brazil, Jazz in the Library at SunRay Library (St Paul)
. June 17, Good Vibes Trio, Jazz in the Library at Hamline Library (St Paul)
. June 21, Francisco Mela, Jazz in the Library at St Paul Central Library
. June 22, Kurt Elling at the Dakota
. June 23-24, Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Dakota
. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond (Dr John, Potter/Holland/Louke/Harland Quartet, Francisco Mela with Nicholas Payton, Araya-Orta Quartet, Marquis Hill Blacktet)
. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Lage, Brian Charette, Atlantis Quartet, Becca Stevens, COLOSSUS, Dakota Combo)


John Raymond comes home to Minnesota and a special night at Eden Prairie High School, April 21