Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, July 3-9

Irv Williams - Mr Smooth at the "Pinnacle" (CD release July 6)

© Andrea Canter
Is it difficult to come down from a jazz festival high? I'll let you know when I come down. After three solid days of music at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, I am off to another three-day extravaganza, the Iowa City Jazz Festival  (July 2-4), where I expect to see a couple dozen Twin Citians  as well as two of my favorite MN bands-- the Atlantis Quartet and Dakota Combo. They perform in Iowa as part of the first Iowa-Minnesota jazz fest exchange. We heard their fabulous Laranja ensemble here on the 6th STreet Stage last Friday, along with the City Six of Iowa City on our youth showcase at Union Depot. Now Atlantis will appear on the Iowa City Main Stage, while the high schoolers of the Dakota Combo perform on the Youth Stage in Iowa City. 

But there is more music here in Minnesota this weekend and through next week!

Big Gigs!
Iowa City Jazz Festival
Thursday-Saturday, July 2-4. The Iowa City Jazz Festival always brings some Twin Cities jazz fans south (5-hour drive). See the festival website for the full schedule, including B-3 ace Brian Charette and vocalist Becca Stevens on Thursday; Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls, Dave Douglas' High Risk and Whirlpool with Ron Miles on Friday; and Julian Lage, Ben Allison, the Atlantis Quartet and Charles Lloyd Quartet on Saturday.

Ted Olsen
Friday, July 3. On the Friday Night Jazz at the Nicollet series,  celebrate the holiday weekend with the core rhythm team that performed with Ted Olsen's quintet on the Main Stage of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Ted's trio features Ted on bass, Javier Santiago on piano, and Miguel Hurtado on drums. These guys have been on Twin Cities stages since their early teens. Now all hold music degrees and are already significant contributors to the local jazz scene.

Tommy Bruce
At Parma 8200, hear the stirring vocals of Thomas Bruce, in the fine company of Rick Carlson and Gordy Johnson... and we hear that one can also watch the fireworks from Parma's patio. Fireworks inside, fireworks outside. And just in case you missed one of Debbie Duncan's three jazz festival performances last weekend, you can catch her tonight at Crooner's Lounge.

Described as an "under the radar gig", Sweet 16 (above the Black Dog) hosts Nathan Hanson, Doan Brian Roessler and Marc Anderson in "essentially a house concert." What a house.

Wolverines Big Band
Saturday, July 4. Tonight you have a rare opportunity to enjoy the swinging, Basie-inspired Wolverines Big Band, three top vocalists, and a lakeside display of fireworks-- all at Excelsior Commons on Lake Minnetonka. There's family fun all afternoon, leading up to the Big Band concert. The Wolverines have been around for more than 40 years, but in recent years the big band gigs have been few and far between, while the Wolverines Trio is a frequent booking at Hell's Kitchen. Tonight, drummer and leader Jendeen Forberg gathers the full flock, backing singers Maud Hixson, Judi Vinar (Donaghy) and Jason Richards.  Fireworks at sundown, of course!

Thomas Strommen
Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog features two bands with overlapping (and young!) personnel. Opening will be Dark Blue, featuring some young guns, all affiliated at one time or another with the University of Wisconsin River Falls--Thomas Strommen on tenor, Jason McLean on guitar, Dylan Nelson on bass and Alex Burgess on drums. Stick around for the Independence Day Quintet, featuring veterans Steve Kenny on Flumpet™ and Mikkel Romstad on piano, along with Strommen and Burgess.

Sunday, July 5. A special night of Brazilian song at the Dakota--Brazilian singer/guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria presents a program of Jobim. Cantuaria started out as drummer for Caetano Veloso in the late 70s, and has been based in New York for the past 20 years. Among his many collaborators are David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Jenny Scheinman, and more. The BBC refers to him as the "master of the sublimely sensual." This is simply beautiful music.

Billy Peterson & Irv Williams
Monday, July 6. With each new recording over the past decade, sax legend Irv Williams has suggested it would be his last. Pinnacle may or may not be his finale, but at nearly 96, Irv is more seriously talking "retirement." Whatever. This recording with guitarist Steve Blons and bassist Billy Peterson is a capstone, not only for Mr. Smooth's engaging horn but also for the inclusion of segments of an interview with Leigh Kamman, what turned out to be Leigh's final interview before his passing in October 2014. Kamman will be with us in spirit at the CD release party tonight at the Dakota.

Dean Magraw
Tuesday, July 7. It's First Tuesday at the Black Dog with Dean Magraw and Davu Seru, the monthly improv session with two of the most enchanting improvisers in the metro. Over at Jazz Central, the mighty Bill Simenson Orchestra fills half the performance space, still sizzling after their Twin Cities Jazz Festival performance at Como Park.  The Icehouse presents a new installment of Coloring Time, a jazz/fusion project with a revolving cast. Tonight's guests include young keyboard giant Ted Godbout.

Faye Washington, Capri Big Band
Wednesday, July 8.  Chris Bates hosts his monthly Magica Improvisado at Jazz Central, a night of new music and "magical improvisations." Tonight, original music and some seldom-heard covers from bassist Bates, pianist Peter Schimke and drummer Cory Healey.  Something more family-oriented, the Capri Big Band (led by Faye Washington) performs at Minnehaha Falls Park tonight. Enjoy swinging jazz and treats from Sea Salt Eatery or your own picnic basket.

james buckley
Thursday, July 9. Apparently curating two jazz series is not enough for Steve Kenny. He's got a new grant to support a second summer season of All-Originals at Studio Z -- the invited bands only perform original music. The kickoff show tonight features truly one of a kind--bassist James Buckley-- with two frequent partners, pianist Bryan Nichols and drummer JT Bates.

A new voice in the Twin Cities makes her Jazz Central debut tonight. Christine Hitt earned a Masters of Music degree at the University of Arizona, and has recorded with such luminaries as  Ugonna Okegwo, Hubert Laws, Slide Hampton, Steve Smith, and Curtis Fuller. Her band includes Eric Hitt, Dave Schmalenberger and Brian Handeland.

More Jazz!
Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities. The most comprehensive jazz calendar can be found at Jazz Police, but you will also find jazz listings at KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and Jazz Near You. Jazz Police also posts monthly metro jazz highlights. KBEM and KFAI radio host jazz programs regularly and provide daily notices of jazz gigs and concerts. Venues and artists are reminded to send information to online and print calendars (e.g.

Coming Soon!
. July 10, Dean Granro's Tall Tales at The Nicollet
. July 11, Jacob Teichroew Group with Adam Meckler at Jazz Central
. July 11, Laura Caviani Trio with Gordy Johnson and Jay Epstein at the Black Dog
. July 12, Edina Jazz Fest at Centennial Lakes Park
. July 13, Jacob Teichroew Group at the Icehouse
. July 15, Pete Whitman's X-Tet at Jazz Central
. July 16, Red Planet, All Originals at Studio Z
. July 17, Jay Young's Lyric Factory, Top 10 Hits at the Dakota
. July 17, Kjeer, Horst and Friends at The Nicollet
. July 17, Dean Magraw and Steven Hobert at Jazz Central
. July 17, Arne Fogel at Parma 8200
. July 18, Joe Mayo Quartet at the Black Dog
. July 19, Midtown Global Market Music Festival
. July 23, John Raymond Quartet at the Dakota
. July 23, Nichols/Bates/Bates, All Originals at Studio Z
. July 24, Jon Pemberton Tribute to Lee Morgan at The Nicollet
. July 24, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200
. July 25, Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band at the Black Dog
. July 28, Corner Jazz (Maryann Sullivan) at The Nicollet
. July 30, dā-kə-bro̵̅o̅-dā, All Originals at Studio Z
. August 6, George Brooks with Larry Coryell and Bombay Jazz at the Dakota
. August 8, PipJazz at The Bedlam
. August 13, Michael Janisch Paradigm Shift Quartet at Studio Z
. August 20, Adam Meckler Quintet Live Recording at Studio Z
. August 25, Cyrus Chestnut Trio at the Dakota
. August 31, Terence Blanchard and E-Collective at the Dakota
. September 7-8, Victor Wooten at the Dakota
. September 22-23, Lizz Wright at the Dakota

Laura Caviani brings her trio to the Black Dog, July 11

Friday, June 26, 2015

Twin Cities Jazz Festival: Scenes and Sounds, Thursday (June 25)

Pippi Ardennia and PipJazz Band, Music at Mears

© Andrea Canter

·         Incredibly fine weather for a jazz festival, big puffy clouds, cooling breeze, perfect low 80s temperatures and plenty of sunshine. No excuses!

Music at Mears special festival Thursday night presented one of the brightest entertainers in the Twin Cities, Pippi Ardennia and her cast of PipJazz Youth. Her house band is something quite special as well -- with Peter Schimke on piano, Richard Johnson on keyboards, Jay Young on bass, Glenn Swanson on drums.  That's a New York-ready ensemble! First set treat-- young violinist Zosha Warpeha, home briefly from studies in New York at the New School.

Tim Kliphuis
·         Swinging at Heartland: Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis joined forces with guitar ace Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club. There was some dancing in the aisles, probably a first at Heartland.

Dancing in Rice Park
Dancing in Rice Park was a given, with Salsa del Soul on stage and hundreds crowded on to the "dance floor" -- and you could hear the energy and the rhythms at least two blocks away.

Park Evans
With two regular members of Firebell fulfilling other obligations, guitarist Park Evans was the only member of the core band to play at the Black Dog, but the "subs" were up to the task-- Cody McKinney on bass and Greg Schutte on drums. This might be the start of a new band! Some of the region's finest modern jazz bands will be filling the schedule at the Black Dog all weekend. (And their iced chai is the most refreshing non-alcoholic drink in Lowertown.)

Francisco Mela
Next, a preview of the renovated space once occupied by the Artists Quarter in the Hamm Building, now run by the Dakota as Vieux Carré. Ready enough for some hot piano trio music hosted by Jon Weber, with Billy Peterson on bass and Francisco Mela on drums. That's as hot as any piano trio anywhere-- "Blue Moon," "Well You Needn't" and more.  Open jam session scheduled for later in the evening.

Sisters in song--Yolande, Patty and Debbie
Patty Peterson and Friends were cooking at the Amsterdam, and near the end of the last set, Yolande Bruce and Debbie Duncan were called to the stage. They had just finished a duet set at Arnellia's. Spontaneous combustion. Patty closed out the night with stellar "Shadow of Your Smile." Caught some of the live KBEM broadcast from The Bedlam as I drove away from downtown.

Maud, Arne and the Wolverines Trio
Personal tradition--end Jazz Night Out at Mancini's with Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson, with the Wolverines Trio (Rick Carlson, Steve Pikal, Jendeen Forberg). And what a way to end my night-- a spontaneous duet on "My Funny Valentine" in response to a request. Had never heard the verse but of course Maud knows it. The back and forth of the two voices was stunning.

 So much music, so little time. Missed a lot more than I heard. Good crowds everywhere I 
went. Looking forward to tough choices today and tonight with so much divese music.

Oops, gotta run, Nicholas Payton clinic at McNally Smith starts at 3!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, Festival Edition! June 19-27

The 17th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 25-27

 © Andrea Canter
 It's here! The 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival gets underway in phases, officially opening on June 25 but preliminary events began a few days ago with Jazz at the Library gigs in St. Paul and some "Music on the Move" sets this weekend. Format for the Lead Sheet will be a little different for this week, and this edition will run through the festival finale on June 27. Of course there's a lot of other music around town as well.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival: The Big (and Free) Gigs
Swinging with the TC7!
Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21. "Music on the Move" includes gigs along the Green Line Stops of University Avenue, some serving as festival previews. Episcopal Homes at Iris Park will host two bands on Saturday and two bands on Sunday. Kicking off Saturday at 1:30 pm will be the Adam Meckler Quintet. A prolific composer and performer, trumpeter Adam also leads the popular Adam Meckler Orchestra and Lulu's Playground. His cohorts include Nelson Devereaux, Zacc Harris, Chris Bates and Greg Schutte. Following at 6 pm will be Doug Haining and the Twin Cities 7, swinging through Basie, Ellington and more as they have done for the past 15 years.  Come Sunday, enjoy the St. Peter Street Stompers at 1:30 pm, performing traditional New Orleans jazz under the leadership of Chuck DeVore. The weekend winds up at 6 pm with the Southside Aces, a "true authentic" New Orleans dance hall-style band with Tony Balluff, Robert Bell and pals.

Francisco Mela
Sunday, June 21. The final Jazz at the Library concert takes place this afternoon at the Saint Paul Central Library, featuring Festival Artistic Director Francisco Mela . A charismatic drummer favored by luminaries from McCoy Tyner to Kenny Barron to Joe Lovano, Cuban native Mela has appeared locally at Jazz Fest, the Dakota, Hopkins Center for the Arts and MacPhail. For this Jazz at the Library finale, Mela will be joined by local favorites, Mary Louise Knutson on piano and Graydon Peterson on bass. (Catch Mela again Saturday night, June 27.)

Lila Ammons
Tuesday, June 23. The final "pre-fest" gig belongs to the Lila Ammons Quartet, performing in Highland on the Langford Chiropractic Outdoor Stage.  With a legacy like Uncle Gene Ammons and Grandfather Albert Ammons, vocalist Lila was destined for jazz stardom. She sings ballads, standards, blues and boogie woogie throughout Europe and the Twin Cities. Her talented cohorts include pianist Thom West, bassist Jay Young and drummer Jay Epstein.

Francisco Mela workshop
Also this evening at Walker West, Francisco Mela and perennial fest pianist Jon Weber hold a master class open to the public. This is a great opportunity for student musicians as well as fans of all ages to get some new insights and, very likely, a highly entertaining experience.

Pippi Ardennia
Thursday, June 25. Once again, Music at Mears, held on Thursday nights throughout the summer, sponsors the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's opening night (June 25), launching the annual Club Crawl. On the Mears Park stage again as music host will be singer/songwriter and PipJazz Foundation leader Pippi Ardennia. Along with the young artists who have served as PipJazz Youth, Pippi will present three hours of what she calls "pipjazz," or "music that makes you feel good." Most of the clubs and venues open during the festival will host music tonight, from salsa lessons and dance music from Salsa del Soul at Rice Park to the annual duo night with Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson at Mancini's, from Patty Peterson and Friends at the Amsterdam to Firebell and the Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog.

Among the more esoteric offerings on this first festival night, Tim Kliphuis joins Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club at Heartland.   Award-winning Dutch violinist Kliphuis blends classical, gypsy and folks styles. Add in Django Reinhardt devotee, guitarist Sam Miltich, and the swinging Clearwater Hot Club, featuring Gary Schulte (violin), Mike Miller (drums) and Matthew Miltich (bass), and you have something very swinging and very special. 

Cameron Kinghorn
Another stylistic mashup at The Bedlam finds two young trumpeters leading the BDP 5-Tet, Cameron Kinghorn and Jake Baldwin. With this ensemble, Kinghorn adds vocals while Baldwin adds some trombone, and with Ted Godbout (keys), Andrew Foreman (bass) and Andres Crovetti (drums), they cut across jazz, R&B and a little pop.

Jon Weber
Pianist and host Jon Weber starts his three-night run at the soon-to-open Vieux Carré in the old Artists Quarter space in the Hamm Building. Each night Weber performs with a trio for about an hour, followed by an open jam, usually featuring some of the night's headliners. Note start times of 8, 8:30 and 9 pm respectively on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Solomon Parham
Also starting a three-night run, trumpeter Solomon Parham will play a set with his "Group" followed by a "Smooth and Groove" Jam Session, at the Bedlam starting each night at 9 pm.

Laura Caviani
Friday, June 26. Start your festival afternoon with an open clinic at McNally Smith College and trumpet star Nicholas Payton, then move on to Mears Park where pianist Laura Caviani will be on the Main Stage (4 pm), making her first-ever festival appearance in a leading role. Laura has assembled a special trio, with Kansas City bassist Bob Bowman and McNally Smith professor of percussion, Dave Schmalenberger. Tunes from Bowman's new album as well as some Caviani originals will be on the set list.

Araya brothers (Araya Orta)
The "headline" sets this evening will draw big, so come early! At 6 pm, welcome the return festival engagement of the Araya-Orta Quartet with their special guest, steel pan artist Othello Molineaux. The two pairs of brothers (Araya and Orta) were here in 2012 and wowed the crowd with their exciting Latin rhythms. This time, with former Jaco Pastorius cohort Molineaux, they will pay tribute to Jaco. 

Chris Potter
And wrapping up an amazing Friday at Mears, the final set (8:30 pm) features a new collaborative quartet of Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. Each of these artists is a headliner in his own right. The night air will simply crackle with this quartet. Normally we don't have fireworks at this festival. This night, the display will be non-stop.

There's a lot more on Friday, from the Latin-tinged Iowa ensemble Laranja (Jefferson Lines 6th Street Stage) to the beloved JazzMn Orchestra with Patty Peterson (Rayette Lofts Stage at Union Depot North Plaza) to a Jazz Central Studios "all-star" night at The Bedlam with Joe Mayo and Adam Meckler and What Would Monk Do closing the night at the Black Dog. On the Green Line, an impressive line-up at Ngon Bistro (Green Line) includes a trio with Phil Aaron, Steve Pikal and Phil Hey, a vocal double set with Lee Engele and Vicky Mountain, and a new trio of Davu Seru, Dean Granros and Chris Bates.

Jazz Around Mpls ensemble (photo Kelle Green)
Saturday, June 27. Students and other learners have two choices (at the same time) for clinics this morning -- with Chris Potter at McNally Smith and with local drum hero Kevin Washington at The Bedlam. The latter is a master class format focusing on two high school ensembles, the local Dakota Combo and the visiting City Six from Iowa City. More student activity fills the North Plaza at Union Depot with the annual Youth Showcase sponsored by the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. The showcase, from noon to 5 pm, displays the talents of five bands, including middle school and high school jazz camp ensembles and the all-star Dakota Combo and City Six.

Jack Brass Band
The most highly publicized event of course is Dr. John and the Nite Trippers (3:30 pm) in the new CHS Field, with the New Orleans sounds of our Jack Brass Band opening (2:15 pm). With 4000 (free and VIP) tickets reserved in advance, anyone without a reserved ticket should arrive early to get in line for the remaining seats. This will be the first concert ever presented at CHS. And the largest ever presented at a Twin Cities Jazz Festival. But there's a lot more on Saturday. At Union Depot, enjoy the Atlantis Quartet before they head down to the Iowa City Jazz Festival (5:30 pm) and stay to hear the European elegance of the Cloudmakers Trio ( 7 pm), based in London and featuring Wisconsin-raised bassist Michael Janisch. Bands of young artists are celebrated on the AARP Main Stage at Mears Park with the Walker West Jazz Ensembles (2:30 pm),  recent University of Northern Colorado graduate Ted Olsen and his quintet (4 pm), and 2014 Monk Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill and his Blacktet (6 pm).

Davu Seru
Catch the best of modern chamber jazz at the Black Dog, starting at 7 pm with Davu Seru's Clicksong, followed by the six-month old Bottomless Pit (Joel Shapira, Pete Whitman, Tom Lewis, Eric Gravatt) and ending the night with Steve Kenny's Group 47, on hiatus this past year while young pianist Will Kjeer spent a year at Interlochen. Better catch the band tonight before Will heads off to Cal Arts!

Debbie Duncan
Vocalists are not as prevalent at this year's festival as in the past, but you'll find Yolande Bruce at Arnellia's (5 pm) and Debbie Duncan on the 6th Street Stage (7:15 pm).

Francisco Mela
And the grand finale? Francisco Mela brings in his new Crash Trio with special guest Nicholas Payton (8:30 pm, AARP Main Stage). It's not Mela's first time on our main stage--in the past five years he has appeared with Joe Lovano's Us Five, his own Cuban Safari, and --moved to the Amsterdam when Mears Park washed out--with Melissa Aldana's trio last year. Why does he call it Crash Trio? He's a drummer. You'll get it.

This is nowhere near a complete summary of the music and venues that make up the 17th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Full information including downloadable schedules, artist bios, sponsor lists and more can be found on the fest website at; see updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Big Gigs, Before and After
There actually is a lot of jazz in the coming week aside from the jazz festival. Or perhaps because of the jazz festival? Your ears should not want for any break in the action!

Bill Frisell
Friday, June 19. Once again, guitar legend Bill Frisell comes to town with a different configuration than the last, or the one before that.... This edition of the Bill Frisell Trio features long-time associate Tony Scherr on bass and recent cohort (Beautiful Dreamers, Big Sur) Rudy Royston on drums. They're at the Dakota for just one night, two sets at 7 and 9 pm, and it will surely be magical.

Jon Pemberton
Jazz Central offers an intriguing double header tonight, with veteran trumpeter/pianist Jon Pemberton on keys with bassist Matt Peterson and drummer Cory Healey on "The Bridge" series (7 pm). "Originals, bebop, hard bop, and standards, with tunes by yours truly, Tom Harrell, Sam Rivers, Bobby Peterson, Wayne Shorter, and Monk," promises Pemberton. The late set brings together "Two Steves Swinging Like Hell," Steven Hobert on piano and Steve Pikal on bass. And as Hobert says, it's going to be "mighty fun."

Dakota Combo
South of downtown Minneapolis sits one of the best kept jazz secrets in town -- Friday Night Jazz at the Nicollet. The weekly cast features some of the most inventive cats around, and sometimes a surprising new ensemble as well. Tonight is a rare double-header, starting out (7 pm) with the last club gig of the 2014-2015 edition of the Dakota Combo, the metro-wide high school ensemble directed by Adam Linz. Six just graduated from high school and are heading on to study jazz and/or other things in college programs. This is their warmup for final gigs at the Twin Cities Jazz Fest and Iowa City Jazz Fest. And they should heat up the stage to a warm sizzle for Dean Granros' Tall Tales (9 pm), riding high after their CD release at the Icehouse a few weeks ago. Dean and Zacc Harris make it a double guitar quartet with Chris Bates and Jay Epstein.

Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson
In the burbs, enjoy a nearly monthly show with Maud Hixson at Parma 8200, with Rick Carlson on piano and Gordy Johnson on bass. The only thing predictable about the set list is that it will feature Maud's intimate stylings and at least a song or two you didn't know were out there.

Lars-Erik Larson
Saturday, June 20. Lowertown is having a little festival of its own, between the Black Dog and Studio Z. Good thing the venues are a block apart. Zacc Harris' Jazz at Studio Z finishes its season with its second annual NextGen showcase, tonight featuring the Lars-Erik Larson Trio and Charlie Lincoln Group. Larson has only been in town a couple years and already is proving to be one of the most creative bandleaders, with Mancrush and Ramtrak. Tonight's trio features guitarist Thomas Nordlund and bassist Andrew Foreman. The Charlie Lincoln Group has been heard at the Black Dog and Jazz Central in the past year. Led by new South High grad Charlie on bass, the rest of the crew are equally precocious--Aidan Sponheim, Peter Goggin, Joey Hayes, Levi Schwartzberg and Sam Stroup.

Phil Hey
At the Black Dog, two bands of veterans play back-to-back. Up first, the John Penny/Jay Epstein Duo, with composer/guitarist John offering sublime harmonies offset by drummer Jay's playful rhythms. This is a reprise of their first collaboration at the 2014 festival. The second half of the evening features one of the longest-running quartets from the days of the Artists Quarter, the Phil Hey Quartet. A 21st century Modern Jazz Quartet with emphasis on "modern," the PHQ boasts local legends Phil Aaron, Tom Lewis, Dave Hagedorn and of course Phil Hey behind the trapset. They're saluting the late Ornette Coleman as well as other muses.

Patty Peterson
Sunday, June 21. It's Father's Day and wouldn't Dad enjoy hearing one or two of the top area vocalists? Take him to brunch at the Icehouse for a change of pace, not your usual Sunday restaurant but savvy food and savvy music. And brunch is served with the Patty Peterson Trio -- Patty with nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire and pal Billy Franze.

Back in 2009, Connie Evingson put together a program in tribute to Peggy Lee for her new Jazz at the Jungle series at the Jungle Theater. Six years and six seasons later, Connie continues Jazz at the Jungle, and now reprises Happy With the Blues, featuring her recent collaborator Jon Weber on piano, Dave Karr on sax and Gordy Johnson on bass.  Hear favorites like "Fever", "He's A Tramp", "Johnny Guitar" and more from the Peggy Lee Songbook. There's two shows, 4:00 and 7:30 pm.

Kurt Elling
Monday, June 22. Kurt Elling seems to get to the Dakota annually, and often it's with a new recording.  Now he's just released Passion World (Concord Jazz, 2015), a wide-reaching exploration of passion and desire interpreted through the lens of diverse world cultures. Since each of Elling's previous ten albums received a Grammy nomination, we can expect the same here. He's coming with Gary Verace on piano, John McLean on guitar, Clarke Sommers on bass, and Christian Euman on drums. One night, two sets at 7 and 9 pm. (See Pamela Espeland's review of Passion World in Minn Post)

JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse features a new quartet headed by acrobatic percussionist Davu Seru, with Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Park Evans (guitar) and Josh Granowski (bass). Inventive soundmasters, all around.

Cecile McLorin Salvant
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 23-24. Kurt Elling last night and now Cecile McLorin Salvant for two nights, at the Dakota? If this is an embarrassment of riches, we can stand the embarrassment just fine. Winner of the 2010 Monk Vocal Competition, Grammy nominee with her first commercial release (Woman Child), Downbeat New Artist and Top Female Vocalist in 2013, and recently on tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, seems there are no mountains Cecile can't climb.... and she's only 26. Imagine Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln melted together... Cecile seems to exude the entire history of vocal jazz. And really, she is just beginning.

Ted Olsen
Wednesday, June 24. Bassist Ted Olsen wasted no time lining up gigs after spring graduation from the University of Northern Colorado. The St Paul native warms up for his main stage gig at JazzFest with a performance tonight at Jazz Central. His usual cohorts include Jake Baldwin, Javi Santiago and Miguel Hurtado, making it a Young Lions blowout.

Thursday, June 25. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band returns to the Dakota, bringing with it a trail of New Orleans music and collaboration going back 40 years.

Linda Peterson
Friday, June 26. If you really can't get out of Minneapolis for Jazz Fest, there's Jay Young's Lyric Factory at the Icehouse tonight, doing a tribute to Herbie Hancock that will surely rock your socks.
Friday-Saturday, June 26-27. Back in the Cities for the summer, vocalist/pianist Linda Peterson entertains anyone in the burbs who is not at Jazz Fest! Friday night she's at Parma 8200 in Bloomington (7:30 pm); Saturday night catch her at Crooners in Fridley (7:30 pm).

More Jazz Near You!
Keep up with the live jazz scene in the Twin Cities. The most comprehensive jazz calendar can be found at Jazz Police, but you will also find jazz listings at KBEM, Rhythm and Grooves and Jazz Near You. Jazz Police also posts monthly calendars for jazz at The Dakota, The Nicollet, Jazz Central and the Black Dog, and these and other venues maintain calendars on their websites. KBEM and KFAI radio also host jazz programs regularly and provide daily notices of jazz gigs and concerts. (KBEM will broadcast live from the TC Jazz Festival each evening.) Venues and artists are reminded to send information to online and print calendars.

Coming Soon!
More listings on the online sites above. Among the great gigs coming your way:

. June 27-July 1, Twin Cities Bass Camp with Francois Rabbath and Cloudmakers Trio at Bethel University
. June 28, John Pizzarelli Quartet at the Dakota
. June 29, Becca Stevens at the Dakota
. June 30, Francois Rabbath at 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, Dakota Combo)
. July 5, Vinicius Cantauria at the Dakota
. July 9, James Buckley Trio, All Originals at Studio Z
. July 12, Edina Jazz Fest at Centennial Lakes Park
. July 16, Red Planet, All Originals at Studio Z
. July 18, PipJazz at The Bedlam
. July 19, Midtown Global Market Music Festival
. July 23, John Raymond Quartet at the Dakota
. July 23, Nichols/Bates/Bates, All Originals at Studio Z
. July 24, Jon Pemberton's Tribute to Lee Morgan at The Nicollet
. July 30, dā-kə-bro̵̅o̅-dā, All Originals at Studio Z
. August 6, George Brooks with Larry Coryell and Bombay Jazz at the Dakota
. August 8, PipJazz at The Bedlam
. August 31, Terence Blanchard and E-Collective at the Dakota
. September 7-8, Victor Wooten at the Dakota
. September 22-23, Lizz Wright at the Dakota

Charles Lloyd, coming to the Dakota June 30-July 1