Friday, January 23, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 23-29




Leigh Kamman, 1922-2014
© Andrea Canter
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is just getting underway. And it may seem like a winter jazz carnival in the Twin Cities this weekend, most notably with the celebration of the life of broadcaster/jazz wizard Leigh Kamman at the Saint Paul Hotel, just off the epicenter of the Carnival in Rice Park.  Also this weekend, the annual Winter Jazz Blast at McNally Smith  with special guest Ingrid Jensen and the Century College festival with special guest Steve Davis, who continues his Twin Cities run at the Icehouse on Monday. The Illicit Sextet returns to the Black Dog, Debbie Duncan and Gwen Matthews mix it up at the Dakota, and the Atlantis Quartet previews some new material at Jazz Central. And the heat continues well into the week as Dianne Reeves hits the Dakota and Maryann Sullivan celebrates a birthday at Jazz Central.

Big Gigs This Week
Atlantis Quartet
Friday, January 23. A busy Friday all around the metro. In Minneapolis, the Atlantis Quartet (Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates, Pete Hennig) is featured on Jazz Central's "Bridge" series, showcasing their always-intriguing improvisations and previewing new works that will appear on their upcoming CD, recorded live at the Icehouse. After debuting at Chicago's Jazz Showcase recently, the band has signed on to appear on the main stage of the Iowa City Jazz Festival in July.

Maryann Sullivan
In St Paul, Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz brings swing, standards and a dash of sass to the Black Dog. And you can't imagine a more swinging line-up-- Reynold Philipsek on guitar, Jim Chenoweth on bass, and the Haining guys-- Doug on sax and son Trevor on drums. And note her birthday gig at Jazz Central on Thursday.  (Note to Maud Hixson fans-- that gig at Parma tonight is a private event that somehow got sent out as a public show.)

Doug Little
At the Dakota, Seven Steps to Havana returns after a long break. This globally inspired septet lead by Doug Little includes Cuban pianist Viviana Pintado and a cast of the best interpreters of Latin rhythms.  And stay up late -- Late Night at the Dakota features trombone master Steve Davis (Chick Corea's Origin, Jackie McLean, etc.) with improvising hip hop group Coloring Time. Davis is also in town for the Century College Jazz Festival and JT's Jazz Implosion -- see below.

Ingrid Jensen
Saturday, January 24. It's the third annual Winter Jazz Blast at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. For most of the day, middle and high school jazz students participate in clinics and performances. The evening agenda includes a public concert featuring this year's guest artist, outstanding trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, along with McNally Smith ensembles (X-Tet, Hornheads Tribute and Fusion).

Nathan Norman, Illicit Sextet
Saturday Night at the Black Dog features the Illicit Sextet, popular in the 90s, dormant through most of the 00s, and reunited in 2009 at full tilt. Some of the most accomplished veterans in the Twin Cities, the band remains intact from its mid-90s edition, with Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lomheim, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman. Expect some tunes from their Chapter Eleven release (2013) as well as some new material which will be part of the next CD, to be recorded this year. Opening set will feature young musicians from River Falls, Dark Blue.

Debbie Duncan
At the Dakota, two of the region's finest voices and entertainers team up -- Debbie Duncan and Gwen Matthews present "My Favorite Things" with support from Adi Yeshaya, piano;Tome Lewis, bass; Joe Pulice, drums; and Rich Manik, sax.

Sunday, January 25.  The 26th annual Century College Jazz Festival welcomes guest artist, trombone master Steve Davis, with public performances with the Century Jazz Ensemble at 3 and 8 pm. (Arrive early as Jana Nyberg will perform at pre-concert receptions at 2 and 7 pm.) Davis will hang out a while, turning up at the Icehouse tomorrow night (see below). 

Leigh Kamman
The biggest event of the weekend will take place at the Saint Paul Hotel (Grand Ballroom) as the Twin Cities jazz community comes together to honor the life and work of Leigh Kamman, the voice of jazz radio for more than 60 years. Kamman, who passed away in October, will be remembered through performances by a long list of area musicians (including Dean Magraw, Patty Peterson, Kenny Horst, Irv Williams, Conning Evingson and Butch Thompson), appearing in familiar and unfamiliar configurations. It's officially 4-8 pm but closing with a jam session that could go on much later. And there is an "after-party" in the lower level of the Hamm Building - -a familiar space that will soon hold a new club, designated for now as Room With a Vieux. Bassist Gary Raynor will lead a trio and guests to continue the celebration of Leigh Kamman well into the wee hours.

Phil Hey
Monday, January 26. There's a new band in town and they kick-off with two gigs today! Led by U of M trombonist Tom Ashworth, the Fireside Five Jazz Quintet boasts heavyweights Brian Grivna, Phil Aaron, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey. They debut at 3:30 pm on campus at U of M Ultan Hall (West Bank), and then move across town to the Underground Music Cafe in St Paul for the evening.

At Jazz Central, the spotlight is on Dave Graf, resident trombone magician. We hear Dave often in larger ensembles like JazzMN and Salsa Del Soul, so this will be a much more intimate encounter with pianist Ted Godbout, bassist Graydon Peterson and drummer Mac Santiago.

Billed as the second annual Steve Davis Throwdown, the Icehouse hosts the masterful trombonist and Jackie McLean alum, who is making the most of his Twin Cities visit. Tonight he performs the first set with in a burning quintet with Bryan Nichols, piano; Jeff Bailey, bass; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and JT Bates, drums. The late set finds Davis co-leading the Steve and Jon Davis Bonkers Electrorchesta, promising a list of guest artists and no doubt, some electronic wizardry.

Dianne Reeves
Tuesday-Wednesday, January 27-28. When Dianne Reeves headlined the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, she demonstrated much more than her outstanding voice and creativity -- she showed us her flexibility and sense of humor as well. The band arrived without luggage (i.e., without wardrobe), and then had to made the quick move from Mears Park to the Amsterdam when rain washed out the festival stages. Unruffled, Reeves put on a memorable show for an overflowing audience. This week, she will hopefully have a much better travel experience and there is little chance of flooding at the Dakota. A multi-Grammy winner and nominee, Dianne's 2014 release, Beautiful Life, is up for another. The Dakota gig is an intimate one with just a trio-- Peter Martin on piano, Reginald Veal on bass and Terreon Gully on drums.

Jake Baldwin
Wednesday, January 28. Just a couple years out of the New England Conservatory, trumpeter Jake Baldwin brings a quintet to Jazz Central's weekly improvised music night. Jake came out of gate leading bands, writing new music, finding chairs in area big bands and just generally embedding himself in the Twin Cities jazz and improvised music scenes.

Thursday, January 29. The curator books herself tonight at Jazz Central! Join vocalist Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz for a swinging birthday party -- Maryann promises cake! (And two sets of foot-stomping music.)

More Jazz All Week!
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, January 23. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, happy hour at the Black Dog; Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Vic Volare at Hell's Kitchen; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Seven Cat Swing Band at Crooners Lounge

Saturday, January 24. Joel Shapira Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Katia Cardenas at Mattie's on Main; Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson  Trio alternating sets with the Twin Cities Hot Club at Patrick's Cabaret; Paula Lammers and Denny Malmberg at the Mason Jar; Gary LaRue Quartet at Crooners Lounge; Dean Brewington Trio at Loring Pasta Bar; Peter Ostroushko and Dean Magraw at Creek House; Jim Ten Bensel Trio at Ngon Bistro

Sunday, January 25. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom

Monday, January 26. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza;  BZ3 Organ Trio at The Narrows Saloon; Gary LaRue Quartet at Crooners Lounge

Tuesday, January 27. Firebell at Cafe Maude; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central; Jazz on the Prairie Big Band at Eden Prairie High School; Darren Saner Duo at Crooners Lounge

Wednesday, January 28. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Jake Hanson and James Buckley at Cafe Maude; JVP (Joey Van Phillips) Ensemble at The Cedar; Jazz at the Tangiers

Thursday, January 29. John Devine and Friends at Loring Pasta Bar; Viva Brazil at the Icehouse

Coming Soon!
. January 30, What Would Monk Do at Jazz Central
. January 31, Steve Cole with Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota
. January 31, Dave Brattain Quartet, Dean Granros Quartet at the Black Dog
. January 31, Butch Thompson, Jazz @St. Barneys
. January 31, Katia Cardenas at The Nicollet
. February 2, Jazz Implosion: Matt Otto with the Fantastic Merlins at the Icehouse
. February 2-3, Chris Potter Quartet at the Dakota
. February 3, Bill Simonsen Orchestra at Jazz Central
. February 3, Patrice Michaels, "Jazz Meets Classical" at Macalester College, Mairs Hall
. February 3, Dean Magraw and Davu Seru at the Black Dog
. February 4, Connie Evingson's Jazz in the Lounge with Benny Weinbeck, Gordy Johnson and Dave Karr
. February 7, Kenny Horst and Friends at the Black Dog (Opening - Jon Pemberton Trio)
. February 7-8, Bruce Henry, Legends series at the Capri
. February 9, Firebell at the Black Dog
. February 9, Solomon Parham at Jazz Central
. February 11, Mark Dresser, afternoon master class at Ferguson Hall, U of M, and evening concert at McNally Smith
. February 12, Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam
. February 13, The Assad Brothers with Romero Lubambo at the Dakota
. February 14, Paul Harper Quartet (Opening - Central Standard Time) at the Black Dog
. February 14, Maud Hixson, Rick Carlson "Bad for Each Other" at the Icehouse
. February 17-18, David Sanborn at the Dakota
. February 21, Studio Z Winter Jazz Festival (Adam Meckler Orchestra, Endeavors, Atlantis Quartet, Mancrush, Nichols/Bates/Bates, Graydon Peterson Quartet)
. February 21, Glen David Andrews at the Dakota
. February 21, Good Vibes Trio at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)
. February 25, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
. February 28, U of M Jazz Festival with guest Pat Mallinger (evening concert)
. February 28, Zacc Harris Group at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)
. February 28, Arne Fogel & Jennifer Eckes, “What The World Needs Now: The Songs of Burt Bacharach & Hal David” at the Bloomington Center for the Arts
. March 3, Rene Marie at the Dakota
. March 6, Eric Gravatt and Dean Magraw at The Nicollet
. March 6, "Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey" with Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
. March 7, DD7 at the Black Dog (Opening - Charles Lincoln Group)
. March 9, David Sanchez Quartet at the Dakota
. March 10-11, Cassandra Wilson at the Dakota
. March 12, Jack DeJohnette at Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater
. March 14, Chris Botti at Orchestra Hall
. March 15, Jazz Mn Orchestra with Pete Christlieb at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. March 23-24, Steve Tyrell at the Dakota
. March 25-26, Delfeayo Marsalis (Southern Gentleman) at the Dakota
. March 29, Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer at the Dakota
. April 16, Anthony Cox and Jeremy Walker, "Rage of Achilles" at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)
. April 16, Bettye LaVette at the Dakota
. April 17, Ann Hampton Callaway at Orchestra Hall
. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. April 25-26, Irv Williams, Legends concert at The Capri
. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker
. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond
. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Lage, Brian Charette, Atlantis Quartet, Becca Stevens, COLOSSUS)

Chris Potter returns to the Dakota on Feb 2-3


Friday, January 16, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 16-22




South High grad Jose' James comes back to the Dakota and Billie Holiday, January 20-21
© Andrea Canter

There seems to be a South/Southeast Minneapolis Jazz Vortex tonight with top musicians performing at the Icehouse, Jazz Central and The Nicollet, all within about a three-mile radius. And there's more music if you spread out just a little bit farther. That's just one night. Over the weekend and into the coming week, we have such options as Arne and Maud saluting the centennials for Billie and Frank; a rare duo gig with Joan Griffith and Reuben Ristrom; another "pop-up" preview at the not-yet-really-open Vieux Carré, hosted by Debbie Duncan; the annual Minnesota Guitar Summit; a homecoming/birthday visit from José James (also saluting Billie Holiday), and the next installment of Jazz in the Target Atrium with New York pianist David Berkman. And if that was all the jazz for the week, this column would be done.



Big Gigs This Week

JT Bates
Friday, January 16. When Ayn Rand wrote the play Night of January 16th, I doubt she was thinking of a long list of jazz gigs like the one facing us tonight. At Jazz Central, JT Bates brings in Far Cry, described as a group that "will dig around unhomogenized places to find other melodies and shattered rhythms." And what else would we expect from JT, Paul Metzger, Josh Granowski and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin?  Stick around, the late set features a band assembled by young vibraphonist/pianist Levi Schwartzberg, with drummer Ben Oni and the even younger, still-in-high-school team of Aidan Sponheim, Peter Goggin and Charlie Lincoln -- followed by an open jam.



Steve Kenny
Or you do a little back and forth, starting at the Icehouse for the first dinner set with Zacc Harris and James Buckley on guitar and bass, then head to Jazz Central for the first set, then back to Nicollet Avenue for the Steve Kenny Quartet at The Nicollet. The revived Nicollet (now with beer and wine) is hosting more and more jazz these days, and tonight's band is one of the hottest to hit their stage yet-- Kenny on trumpet, Brandon Wozniak on sax, Chris Bates on bass and Babatunde Lea on drums/percussion.




Joyce Lyons
A newer venue in the metro, the Underground Cafe in Falcon Heights has presented some impressive music already, and tonight will host a quintet of veteran musicians supporting one of the area's finest, if less familiar vocalists. Joyce Lyons spent much of her career in New York before relocating ("for love") to the Twin Cities about 5 years ago. Interpreting the music of Carmen McRae, Joyce is backed by a long-standing support system featuring Zack Lozier, Phil Aaron, Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein. The cover ($20) includes sandwich or pizza.



And the new epi-center of St Paul jazz, the Black Dog features the Donald Washington Trio tonight, with the veteran performer/educator on sax,  with fellow improvisers Doan Brian Roessler on bass and Davu Seru on drums.



Debbie Duncan
Friday-Saturday, January 16-17. In the second "pop-up" event of 2015, Vieux Carré (the forthcoming club in the old Artists Quarter space in the Hamm Building) features hostess Debbie Duncan and guest saxophonists (Pete Whitman Friday, Kenni Holmen Saturday) along with the cast from the adjacent Park Square Theater's The Color Purple. At some point the club will close for renovations, reopening later in the year, but in the meantime, enjoy live jazz again on Seventh Place.



Maud Hixson and Arne Fogel
Friday-Sunday, January 16-18. This show is nearly sold out--a few tickets remain for the Saturday night show only. And that seems to be the case whenever singers Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson share the stage. This weekend at the Bloomington Black Box Theater, it's Arne's production of "Holiday for Frank," a salute to the centennials of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, with music direction (and of course piano) from Rick Carlson.



Joan Griffith
Saturday, January 17. Guitarist Joan Griffith spends most of her time teaching and playing for shows at Orchestra Hall and the like, so it is a real treat when we have a chance to hear her in a small ensemble gig. Over in South Minneapolis (again!), the Hosmer Library hosts Joan in duo with the ever-stellar Reuben Ristrom, a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 


Bottomless Pit



There will be ample time to rest up before heading to St Paul for Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog. Headliner this week is Bottomless Pit, which must be the description of the talent in this new quartet led by Joel Shapira-- with Pete Whitman, Tom Lewis and Eric Kamau Gravatt. Come early for the opening band (Jazz Front) and a chance to snare a table and pizza.


Rondi Charleston
For folks in the Red Wing area as well as fans "commuting" from the Twin Cities and nearby, the Sheldon Theater presents New York vocalist/songwriter Rondi Charleston and her touring band.  An award-winning television journalist who followed her muse into vocal jazz, Rondi is a talented and original storyteller whose concerts will take you on unexpected journeys.



Dean Granros, guitar master
Sunday, January 18. The annual Minnesota Guitar Summit will be held at Jazz Central (4-8 pm) featuring a long list of Twin Cities' favorites-- Joan Griffith, Dave Singley, Dean Granros, Reuben Ristrom, Zacc Harris, Chris Olson, Geoff Lecrone, Jon Wood, David Feily and Ben Abrahamson, with backing from Chris Bates and Mac Santiago. One guitarist not on the festival roster but instead heading his own band, Paul Renz performs at the Aster Cafe -- a short distance from Jazz Central so easy to make the festival last well into the evening.



Doug Little
Monday, January 19. Yesterday it was guitars, tonight flutes dominate the scene at Jazz Central, with a return of Flute Feature with Mark Yannie, Stan Scott, and special guest Doug Little. Their set list will include Sam Rivers, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane and Kurt Weill. 

Dave King, a "Real Bull"
Shift your focus to drums for a later evening blowout at the Icehouse. First set features two of the world's most inventive drummers head to head-- JT Bates and Dave King are "Real Bulls." Second set brings back PRB Street Gang with Anthony Cox, Dean Granros, Brandon Wozniak and King.



Jose' James
Tuesday-Wednesday, January 20-21. The story of "hometown boy makes good" continues with vocalist José James' homecoming and birthday celebration gig at the Dakota. Heading back to his jazz roots, José delves into the music of muse Billie Holiday, soon to be released on Blue Note. The South High grad seems to hit gold every time out, be it the music of Coltrane or his own brand of R&B/hip hop. This is one of the most powerful and inventive male voices in modern music.



David Berkman
Thursday, January 22. There was a lot of enthusiasm to greet the early December kick-off concert in the new Jazz in the Target Atrium series at Orchestra Hall. Curated by Jeremy Walker, the second concert features acclaimed New York pianist David Berkman, along with the local Atrium Jazz Ensemble of Brandon Wozniak, Anthony Cox and JT Bates. Berkman was in the Twin Cities a couple years ago for a fundraiser to support Jeremy Walker's battle with Lyme Disease but it's been a long while since we heard him lead an ensemble. Expect original compositions and inventive takes on standards.  And you can warm up your jazz piano ears by stopping by the Dakota earlier in the evening to hear the very swinging Travis Anderson Trio with Steve Pikal and Nathan Norman.



Gary Schulte
In St Paul, the Black Dog presents the Talking Strings Duo, two-thirds of the original trio, with guitarist Pavel Jany and violinist Gary Schulte. These musicians are true virtuosos, and they let their strings do the talking.




More Jazz All Week!

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, January 16. Todd Harper, solo piano happy hour at the Black Dog; Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, St Paul Hotel; The Standards Quintet at Crooner's Lounge



Saturday, January 17. JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, St Paul Hotel; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Charmin Michelle at the Grand Kabaret (New Ulm); Talking Strings at Loring Pasta Bar (first set, Pavel Jany solo guitar); Minnesota Jazz Orchestra at the Phipps Center for the Arts (Hudson, WI); Travis Anderson Trio at the Normandy Kitchen



Sunday, January 18. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Charmin Michelle with the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra at Cinema Ballroom; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Martin Luther King Concert with The Steeles at the Dakota



Monday, January 19. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; BZ3 Organ Trio at The Narrows Saloon; Don Strong at Crooner's Lounge



Tuesday, January 20. Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude; Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central; Acme Jazz Company with Arne Fogel at Crooner's Lounge; River City Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe



Wednesday, January 21. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; McNally Smith College of Music Orchestra at Jazz Central; Jazz at the Tangiers; Don Strong at Crooners Lounge



Thursday, January 22. Jennifer Parker at Jazz Central; Swingbeat Big Band at Wabasha Street Caves



Coming Soon!

. January 23, Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz at the Black Dog

. January 23, Atlantis Quartet at Jazz Central

. January 23, Seven Steps to Havana (Doug Little) at the Dakota

. January 24, Winter Jazz Blast at McNally Smith, evening concert Ingrid Jensen at the History Theater

. January 24, Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog (opening--Dark Blue)

. January 24, Dean Brewington at Loring Pasta Bar

. January 25, Leigh Kamman Memorial Tribute at the Saint Paul Hotel (Grand Ballroom), 4-8 pm

. January 26, Steve Davis at the Icehouse

. January 27-28, Dianne Reeves at the Dakota

. January 29, Maryann Sullivan (birthday gig) at Jazz Central

. January 30, What Would Monk Do at Jazz Central

. January 31, Steve Cole with Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota

. January 31, Dave Brattain Quartet, Dean Granros Quartet at the Black Dog

. February 2, Jazz Implosion: Matt Otto with the Fantastic Merlins at the Icehouse

. February 2-3, Chris Potter Quartet at the Dakota

. February 3, Patrice Michaels, "Jazz Meets Classical" at Macalester College, Mairs Hall

. February 7, Kenny Horst and Friends at the Black Dog (Opening - Jon Pemberton Trio)

. February 7-8, Bruce Henry, Legends series at the Capri

. February 9, Firebell at the Black Dog

. February 9, Solomon Parham at Jazz Central

. February 13, The Assad Brothers with Romero Lubambo at the Dakota

. February 14, Paul Harper Quartet (Opening - Central Standard Time)
. February 14, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson at the Icehouse
. February 14, The Girls at the Hopkins Center for the Arts

. February 17-18, David Sanborn at the Dakota

. February 21, Studio Z Winter Jazz Festival

. February 21, Good Vibes Trio at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)

. February 28, U of M Jazz Festival with guest Pat Mallinger (evening concert)

. February 28, Zacc Harris Group at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)

. February 28, Arne Fogel & Jennifer Eckes, “What The World Needs Now: The Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David” at the Bloomington Center for the Arts

. March 3, Rene Marie at the Dakota

. March 7, DD7 at the Black Dog (Opening - Charles Lincoln Group)

. March 9, David Sanchez Quartet at the Dakota

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

. March 14, Chris Botti at Orchestra Hall

. March 15, Jazz Mn Orchestra with Pete Christlieb at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. March 23-24, Steve Tyrell at the Dakota

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

. March 29, Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer at the Dakota

. April 16, Anthony Cox and Jeremy Walker, "Rage of Achilles" at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)

. April 16, Bettye LaVette at the Dakota

. April 17, Ann Hampton Callaway at Orchestra Hall
. April 18, The Manhattan Transfer at the Hopkins Center for the Arts

. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. April 25-26, Irv Williams, Legends concert at The Capri

. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker

. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond

. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival (Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Lage, Brian Charette...)



Leigh Kamman (1922-2014) - Memorial Tribute at the Saint Paul Hotel, January 25















Friday, January 9, 2015

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities LIve Jazz, January 9-15



Dean Granros and Joel Shapira, CD release January 9th at the Black Dog

© Andrea Canter

Only one international headliner in town this week (and Bill Carrothers is one of our own!) but there's no dearth of talent from our local roster of artists, and it's a particularly busy weekend -- don't become a couch potato as the cold settles in. Jazz will keep your blood flowing, ears glowing -- we have great music to keep you warm.



Big Gigs This Week

Dean Granros
Friday, January 9. About a year ago, guitarist Joel Shapira needed another local guitarist to help celebrate a duo CD recorded with New York-based guitarist Jack DeSalvo. Fortunately, one of the gurus of the instrument, Dean Granros, was available. That first pairing at the Black Dog proved magical, and the two reprised that gig on the opening night of the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. This time Dave Kanuth was on hand to record their sets, yielding Jazz Guitar Duets: Live at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Joel and Dean recreate the magic tonight at the Black Dog.



Kevin Gastonguay
At Jazz Central, the Bridge Series introduces a new organ trio led by drummer nonpareil JT Bates, with one of the metro's finest B-3 masters, Kevin Gastonguay, and guitarist Zacc Harris. If Jack Frost has nipped your nose or toes, thaw out fast at Jazz Central tonight! And stick around for a late set with Twin Cities native Jerod Kaszynski (UW-Eau Claire) who joins forces with local author/vocalist Miri Francis in this musical interpretation of Miri's story of lost love and inspiration, featuring Jerod on sax, UW-EC grads Josh Huot-Gallus on trombone and Josh Gallagher on piano, UW-EC student Sam Olson on bass, and New York-based Adam Nussbaum on drums.



Arne Fogel
And for a more relaxed and songful evening, you can't beat a night at Parma 8200 with Arne Fogel, backed by Mary Louise Knutson and Steve Pikal. Singing Crosby, Sinatra and more, Arne brings authenticity to every tune he croons, not only in his musical approach but in the stories and tidbits he adds along the way.



Bill Carrothers
Saturday, January 10. It may seem to be an unfortunate conflict to have Jazz at Studio Z and Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog overlap. But remember, the two venues are just a block or so apart; Jazz at Studio Z will end around 9 pm, leaving you ample time to take in the late set, and probably part of the first set, at the Black Dog. And this is one of those nights you will want to do both!  At Studio Z, it's a rare local appearance by internationally renowned, Twin Cities native pianist Bill Carrothers -- who has not performed here since fall 2013. Tonight he brings in the Irishmen who have toured with him throughout Europe-- bassist David Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady.  Bill will kickoff the evening at 6 with an open master class, leading up to the 7 pm concert. 



Lars-Erik Larson
At the Black Dog, the main event (8:30 pm) features a relatively new ensemble headed by drummer Lars-Erik Larson, Mancrush. And it is a crush of talent, with Brandon Wozniak on sax, Zacc Harris on guitar and Bryan Nichols on keys. The band's repertoire comes mostly from Larson's original compositions and arrangements. You can ensure a table by arriving early, and catching the opening band, the Tommy Bentz Quartet. Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bentz is based in River Falls where he has performed regularly with the River Falls Cultural Project and runs Brickhouse Music.



Out in the west suburbs, Jazz @St Barneys (at St Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth) continues its long run of great mainstream jazz, tonight featuring vocalist Connie Evingson with the red hot Parisota Hot Club, covering music from Connie's recent release with the John Jorgenson Quartet, All the Cats Join In. Although as versatile a singer as you will find around here, Connie has established a significant niche as purveyor of the hot club tradition, appearing with the Twin Cities Hot Club, Clearwater Hot Club, Hot Club of Sweden, Pearl Django and more. And the new album just got a thumbs up from Geoffrey Himes in Downbeat (February 2015).



Adam Meckler
Monday, January 12. After a year of frequent performances and CD celebrations with his Adam Meckler Orchestra, as well as a fall tour in Europe with Youngblood Brass, trumpeter Adam Meckler spends a night in the more intimate context of a quintet. This week's "featured artist" at Jazz Central will remind us that he is one of the top brass players in the region, and in the fine company of Ted Godbout (piano), Chris Bates (bass) and Mac Santiago (drums). 



JT Bates

JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse presents a double-header at the Icehouse, starting out with Portland-based string specialist Ryan Francesconi, known for an obsession with Balkan folk music inspired by studies of Bartok. Ryan is regarded as a specialist on the Bulgarian Tambura  and kaval, one of the few artists  to play them at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Red Rocks, and Austin City Limit. Following Ryan's set, JT Bates and Mike Lewis play a duo set that is bound to melt the ice on Nicollet.



And a new band debuts tonight at the relatively new Falcon Heights venue, Underground Music Cafe. U of M trombonist Tom Ashworth has assembled a star-bright quintet dubbed the Fireside Five-- with Brian Brivna, Phil Aaron, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey. The professor gets an A+ in band recruiting!



Dakota Combo
Tuesday, January 13. The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (which is a separate entity from the Dakota Jazz Club) holds a low-key fundraiser tonight, at the Dakota, featuring music from the extraordinary youth ensemble, the Dakota Combo, and the Kevin Washington Quartet with Mary Louise Knutson, Solomon Parham and Jeffrey Bailey. Unlike most fundraisers, there is no cover or ticket! There will be plenty of opportunities to donate to the organization to support its mission to promote appreciation and knowledge of jazz as well as to provide clinics and workshops for young jazz musicians and increase performance opportunities. The DFJE in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music has supported nine editions of the Dakota Combo, sponsors the Youth Stage at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, sends a number of young artists to summer jazz camps, and hosts school-based clinics and metro-wide workshops. Tonight's event will also include an opportunity to donate via an auction of a set of Classic Prestige 10-inch LPs by Miles Davis (1951-54).



Chris Bates
Wednesday, January 14. For his monthly improvisers night at Jazz Central, bassist Chris Bates brings in piano vet Peter Schimke and young up-and-coming drummer Cory Healey. Notes Chris, "A reprise of one of my favorite interactions from last year. This trio has the ability to freely range all over the musical map."



Vinnie Rose
Earlier in the evening at Hell's Kitchen, enjoy the revival of Triosé, headed by guitarist Vincent Rose with pals Jeremy Boettcher on bass and Adrian Suarez on drums. We haven't heard from the trio in a while, and it's a very welcome return.



Larry McDonough
Thursday, January 15. Pianist/vocalist Larry McDonough is known for his eclectic tastes and quirky arrangements. Tonight it's a new show for vocal jazz night at Jazz Central-- "Chet - The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker." Larry's expanded ensemble includes Richard Terrill on saxes, Steve Kenny on trumpet, Greg Stinson on bass, Dean White on drums, and special guest Rosie McDonough on African drums.



Debbie Duncan
And perhaps the bargain of the week, Minnesota's First Lady of Song, Debbie Duncan, sings at Hell's Kitchen with no cover!



More Jazz All Week!

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, January 9. Todd Harper, solo piano happy hour at the Black Dog; Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Nachito Herrera Trio at the Dakota; Larry Dunsmore at Crooners Lounge; Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics at the Bloomington K of C.



Saturday, January 10. Charmin and Shapira at the Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm); Jack Brass Band at Webber Park Community Building (2 pm);  JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Joel Shapira Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Tim Sparks and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Will Schmid Trio at the 318 Cafe; Radio Joe and the Jazz Bos at Crooners Lounge; Kiss of Fire Cabaret at Mattie's on Main



Sunday, January 11. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Fuzzy Math at the Black Dog (4 pm);  Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cineam Ballroom



Monday, January 12. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; BZ3 Organ Trio at The Narrows Saloon (Wayzata)



Tuesday, January 13. Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz at The Nicolett; Chris Olson Project with Jay Epstein at the Black Dog; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Bill Evans New Orleans Band at Bennett's Chop and Railhouse; Jason Weisman Duo at Crooner's Lounge; Nova Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe



Wednesday, January 14. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Fred Montana at School II; Matra at the Black Dog; Orange Mighty Trio at Cafe Maude; Peter Shyu and Tom Lewis Duo with special guest at The Tangiers



Thursday, January 15. John Devine and Friends at Loring Pasta Bar; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's; Vinnie Rose at Adagio Pizza Factory



Coming Soon!

. January 16, Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200

. January 16, Joyce Lyons at Underground Music Cafe

. January 16, Steve Kenny Quartet at The Nicollet

. January 16, Far Cry followed by the Levi Schwartzberg Quintet at Jazz Central
. January 16-17, Debbie Duncan hosts "pop-up" nights at Vieux Carre' (408 St Peter St, St Paul) featuring Pete Whitman (1/16) and Kenni Holmen (1/17)

. January 16-18, "Holiday for Frank: Centennial Celebration for Frank Sinatra and Billie Holida" with Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson, Bloomington Center for the Arts Black Box Theater

. January 17, Joan Griffith and Reuben Ristrom at Hosmer Library

. January 17, Bottomless Pit at the Black Dog (opening: Jazz Front)

. January 18, Minnesota Guitar Summit at Jazz Central (4-8 pm)
. January 18, Paul Renz Quartet at the Aster Cafe'

. January 18, The Steeles' Martin Luther King Day Concert at the Dakota

. January 19, Flute Feature with Mark Yannie, Stan Scott and Doug Little at Jazz Central

. January 20, Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central

. January 20, Arne Fogel with the Acme Jazz Company at Crooners Lounge

. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota

. January 22, David Berkman at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)

. January 22, Jennifer Parker at Jazz Central

. January 22, Travis Anderson Trio at the Dakota

. January 23, Maryann Sullivan's Corner Jazz at the Black Dog

. January 23, Atlantis Quartet at Jazz Central
. January 24, McNally Smith Winter Jazz Blast at McNally Smith, featuring public concert by Ingrid Jensen in the History Theater

. January 24, Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog (opening--Dark Blue)

. January 24, Dean Brewington at Loring Pasta Bar

. January 25, Leigh Kamman Memorial Tribute at the Saint Paul Hotel (Grand Ballroom), 4-8 pm

. January 26, Chris Potter Quartet Postponed to Feb 2-3 at the Dakota

. January 26, Steve Davis at the Icehouse

. January 27-28, Dianne Reeves at the Dakota

. January 29, Maryann Sullivan at Jazz Central

. January 30, What Would Monk Do at Jazz Central

. January 31, Steve Cole with Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota

. January 31, Dave Brattain Quartet, Dean Granros Quartet at the Black Dog

. February 2-3, Chris Potter Quartet at the Dakota

. February 3, Patrice Michaels, "Jazz Meets Classical" at Macalester College, Mairs Hall

. February 7, Kenny Horst and Friends at the Black Dog (Opening - Jon Pemberton Trio)

. February 7-8, Bruce Henry, Legends series at the Capri

. February 13, The Assad Brothers with Romero Lubambo at the Dakota

. February 14, Paul Harper Quartet (Opening - Central Standard Time)

. February 21, Studio Z Winter Jazz Festival

. February 21, Good Vibes Trio at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)

. February 28, U of M Jazz Festival with guest Pat Mallinger

. February 28, Zacc Harris Group at the Black Dog (Opening - Central Standard Time)

. February 28, Arne Fogel & Jennifer Eckes, “What The World Needs Now: The Songs Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David” at the Bloomington Center for the Arts

. March 3, Rene Marie at the Dakota

. March 7, DD7 at the Black Dog (Opening - Charles Lincoln Group)

. March 9, David Sanchez Quartet at the Dakota

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

. March 14, Chris Botti at Orchestra Hall

. March 15, Jazz Mn Orchestra with Pete Christlieb at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. March 23-24, Steve Tyrell at the Dakota

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

. March 29, Tierney Sutton and Mark Summer at the Dakota

. April 16, Anthony Cox and Jeremy Walker, "Rage of Achilles" at Orchestra Hall (Target Atrium)

. April 16, Bettye LaVette at the Dakota

. April 17, Ann Hampton Callaway at Orchestra Hall

. April 25, JazzMN Orchestra with Bob Mintzer at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. April 25-26, Irv Williams, Legends concert at The Capri

. May 2, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper at the Walker

. June 25-27, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Mears Park and beyond

. July 2-4, Iowa City Jazz Festival



Jose' James, at the Dakota January 20-21