Friday, September 26, 2014



Francisco Mela, new Artistic Director for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, at the Dakota Monday!


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  It's been a bountiful harvest of jazz throughout September and the season continues. Colors are peaking up north, and jazz continues on a high plateau in the metro area. This weekend, hear the official CD release of the Adam Meckler Orchestra's first recording; enjoy veteran ace Dave Karr in acoustic trio format; warm up your toes for tango with Pablo Ziegler; enjoy music from the Continent and beyond in a rare performance of French 75 with Maud Hixson. And move through the week with the likes of Jon Weber and Francisco Mela, the Larry Coryell, Victory Bailey and Lenny White, all at the Dakota. And more.


Big Gigs This Week

Adam Meckler Orchestra
Friday, September 26. This is one of those nights when you wish for a clone. Or two. At MacPhail's classy Antonello Hall, the Adam Meckler Orchestra holds is official CD Release (When Clouds Look Like This). There've been several previews lately, from Mears Park to Studio Z, but tonight it's official. It's all original music from Adam, and he also unveils a newer-than-the-recording composition written recently to honor the late Fred Sturm. 

Dave Karr
At Jazz Central, the ageless octogenarian Dave Karr leads a trio with bassist Gary Raynor and drummer Mac Santiago. If this is Dave, then this must be bebop at its finest. And downtown at the Dakota, bring your dancing shoes, or at least your tango heart as pianist Pablo Ziegler brings his New Tango Ensemble to warm up the stage. Ziegler was a protegé of Astor Piazzola --'nuff said?



Peter Schimke, How Birds Word
Saturday, September 27. The new Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series gets underway under the leadership of Steve Kenny. Most Saturday nights through 2014 and beyond, the Black Dog might resemble the late Artists Quarter, judging from a schedule that includes the Illicit Sextet, Atlantis Quartet, Chris Lomheim Trio, Red 5, Fat Kid Wednesdays, and the first installment tonight-- How Birds Work. With the original cast of Kenny Horst, Billy Peterson, Peter Schimke and Dean Granros, the Birds will soar through original tunes and such revered composers as Coltrane, Coleman and more. Note later than usual start times for the Black Dog--8:30 pm.



East Side, sans harmonica
East Side is a swinging quartet with Clint Hoover (harmonica), Reynold Philipsek (guitar), Matt Senjem (bass) and Michael Bissonnette (percussion). Hoover's move to Pittsburgh a few years ago has limited East Side performing at full tilt, but they managed to put together a new studio recording (Astoria) to be officially celebrated early 2015. Meanwhile you can enjoy the music in trio format tonight at Hell's Kitchen.



The Jazz Police Young Artists Showcase kicks off a new season at Jazz Central tonight, featuring a quintet from Stillwater dubbed the St Croix Jazz Quintet. The showcase will be scheduled every other month to provide an opportunity for area high school and college ensembles to perform in a club setting. And it gives the jazz community the opportunity to hear the future of the music!



French 75 with Maud Hixson
Sunday, September 28. About five years ago, a new ensemble devote to music associated with American ex-pats in Europe dubbed themselves French 75 (after the cocktail), hooked up with vocalist Maud Hixson, and began performing around the Metro. Led by clarinetist Tony Balluff, the band quickly gained an audience at such venues as The Dakota and Hell's Kitchen. Busy schedules among the musicians have made gigs few and far between, so take advantage of the opportunity to hear "Café Society: From Piaf to Coward" at the Schneider Theater (Bloomington Center for the Arts). It's a 2 pm matinee and a great way to put off raking and other fall chores!



Jon Weber
Monday, September 29. It's a busy night!  At the Dakota, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival will sponsor an unusual pairing of two of the festival's favorite performers, pianist Jon Weber and drummer Francisco Mela. It's a relatively inexpensive cover show ($10), and in addition to the music, you can hear Steve Heckler's festival news-- in addition to presenting Mela as the new Artistic Director of the festival, there's something even bigger, he promises. Weber has been the "house" pianist for the festival for much of the past decade, while Mela has gained a local following through his appearances with Joe Lovano's Us Five, Melissa Aldana's Crash Trio (he's the "crash"), and his own Cuban Safari.



Thom West
At Jazz Central, the seldom spotlighted pianist Thom West is the featured artist. From his days with Shirley Witherspoon at the old Cafe Luxx to more recent appearances with Lila Ammons, Thom has more often provided support than taken the leading role himself. If you are not familiar with his talent, this is a good opportunity to fix that! And you can surely squeeze in a late show no matter where you start tonight, and the ever-edgy trio Framework (Chris Olson, Chris Bates, Jay Epstein) will be on stage at the Icehouse as the featured band for Jazz Implosion, with special guest Pete Whitman.



Tuesday, September 30. It's the fifth Big Band Tuesday of the month at Jazz Central, which means the Acme Jazz Company will be in the house. Acme is directed by Doug Rasmussen, wit one of the largest sets of original charts of any band in the U.S. Vocals from Arne Fogel are always a treat.



Zacc Harris
At the Black Dog, a unique event celebrating recent releases on locally owned, musician-run label Shifting Paradigms features live music from Zacc Harris, Bryan Nichols, Nelson Devereaux and the Bates Brothers.



Larry Coryell
Tuesday-Wednesday, September 30-October 1. The Dakota has hosted all-star guitarist Larry Coryell in a range of configurations over the years, and this might be the hottest one yet, with bassist Victory Bailey and drummer Lenny White -- meaning the musicians are collectively connected to Miles Davis, Return to Forever, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, Gary Burton -- you name it. Jazz icons, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin are all fair game.



Thursday, October 2. Young singer/songwriter/pianist Andrew Walesch is growing an audience in the Twin Cities, gigging at the Dakota, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and smaller venues around town, leading his big band as well as crooning to his own keyboard accompaniment. Tonight he makes his Jazz Central debut on the Thursday Night Vocal Jazz series. Keep an ear on this guy!



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 26. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano followed by the Kronick Quartet at the Black Dog;  Maud Hixson at Parma 8200; Tim Sparks and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse



Saturday, September 27. Autumn Brew Review, with music from Jack Brass Band and Southside Aces, at the Grain Belt Brewery in Northeast Minneapolis (afternoon); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Cory Wong and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Peter Susag Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Paula Lammers at the Mason Jar with Linwood (formerly Pardon My French, Eagan)
Paula Lammers



Sunday, September 28. Tim Sparks, brunch at the Icehouse; Paula Lammers, faculty recital (3:30 pm) with David Martin at Buetow Auditorium (Concordia University); Zacc Harris Trio at Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, September 29. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza



Tuesday, September 30. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar



Wednesday, October 1. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Anthony Cox with Downrange Telemetrics at Jazz Central; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; "Jazz in the Lounge" with Connie Evingson, Benny Weinbeck and Dave Karr at the Minneapolis Woman's Club; Lila Ammons at The Tangiers



Thursday, October 2. Moonlight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves



Coming Soon!

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

. October 3, Chris and JT Bates at Sweet 317

. October 4, Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog

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

. October 7, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

. 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 11, Zacc Harris Group at the Black Dog

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

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

. October 16, Sweet Honey in the Rock at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

. 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 25, Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. November 1, What Would Monk Do at the Black Dog

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

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

. November 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at the Black Dog

. 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

The Illicit Sextet, October 4th at the Black Dog


                                                                                                                                                            






















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.

Denny Malmberg and Steve Pikal
And there's a new venue in the metro-- actually an old venue reborn. The former Pardon My French is now a double destination dubbed Cupcake/Mason Jar (Eagan), and they are booking music Thursdays and Saturdays. Check it out tonight as keyboardist/accordionist Denny Malmberg mixed it up with bassist Steve Pikal.






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