Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Jazz, August 29-September 4


Mike Doolin and David Martin: More CD release events at Jazz Central and Hell's Kitchen

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Jazz does not take a holiday - but music makes the holiday weekend a real celebration. Labor Day typically marks the end of summer, return to school and cooler nights, but no reason to expect a cool-down of jazz offerings in the Twin Cities. Some special shows this weekend lead up to one of Saint Paul's favorite festivals, the Lowertown Concrete and Grass Music Festival at Mears Park, Thursday through Saturday, including a couple jazz acts as well as music to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Detroit Jazz Festival
For those heading out of town, or looking for an excuse, keep in mind two of the world's largest free jazz festival (meaning no tickets!) are held in the Midwest this weekend: Chicago, August 28-31 and Detroit, August 29-September 1. Visit festival websites for schedules.

Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson
Big Gigs This Week
Friday, August 29. Parma 8200 in Bloomington offers a perfect way to end the work week -- or start the holiday weekend, with intimate jazz in the bar/lounge and a tasty and reasonable menu. Tonight, songbird Maud Hixson returns with Rick Carlson and Gordy Johnson -- surely one of the most elegant vocal trios around. And one of the most appealing things about a Maud Hixson gig--aside from her voice, she always finds something new to introduce to her audience, be it an obscure songwriter or an unfamiliar tune from one of the great composers.

Reynold Philipsek
One of the area's most prolific composers and performers, guitarist Reynold Philipsek is on stage at one of his favorite haunts, the 318 Cafe in Wayzata. Tonight is a little different as Reynold, bassist Matt Senjem and percussionist Michael Bissonnette are filming material for a documentary as well as introducing some new compositions. The $10 cover includes one of Reynold's CDs.

Jazz at the Fair -- tonight hear the Explosion Big Band (led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster) on the AFL-CIO stage at the fairgrounds.

Dave Martin and Chris Bates
Saturday, August 30. If you missed one of last week's CD release events for David Martin and Mike Doolin's new Tough Commute, you have more opportunities! This afternoon, Mike leads a guitar-making workshop at Jazz Central. Anyone interested in woodworking and instrument building will be fascinated by Mike's demonstration and discussion of the work of the luthier, and he brought along a small arsenal of guitars for demonstration. A few hours later, Mike and Dave, with Chris Bates and Peter Hennig, perform the music of the new recording and beyond in the Jazz Central Studio's intimate performance space. If it's anything like the music performed at the Icehouse and Black Dog last week, it will be one of the highlights of your week. Or month.

Cory Wong, Foreign Motion
At first this might seem like an odd combination-- the young hipsters of Foreign Motion (Cory Wong, Yohannes Tona, Kevin Gastonguay, Petar Janjic) with veteran, award-winning vocalist Patty Peterson, at the Icehouse. But Patty's tastes are broad and her own music spans jazz, R&B, pop and funk, so this could be one of the best match-ups of the summer. For sure it is going to be a lot of fun with a lot of energy.

Connie does Ella
Sunday, August 31. Back in June, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber teamed up to present their favorite tunes from the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks at Jungle Theater. The show was a big hit and Connie and Jon indicated some frustration in selecting just one show's worth of Ella tunes. Now they return, again with bassist Gordy Johnson, to present another selection of Ella favorites with a matinee and evening performance at the Jungle.

Monday, September 1. Celebrate the holiday with a jazz brunch at Hell's Kitchen! This also serves as yet another CD release for Dave Martin and Mike Doolin, in quartet format with Chris Bates and Peter Hennig.

Dean Magraw
Tuesday, September 2. First Tuesdays at the Black Dog mean a collaborative adventure with Dean Magraw and Davu Seru, and perhaps a guest. These two clever improvisers give modern music some new twists.

Wednesday, September 3. The Mobile Jazz Project comes to Uptown with a rare evening performance. Typically bringing live jazz into Minneapolis parks in afternoon hours, this night at Calhoun Square features Mississippi (Pete Whitman, Peter Schimke, Jeff Bailey and Kevin Washington), the Cory Wong Group, and long-running reggae band Les Exodus.

JT Bates
Thursday, September 4. Another installment of the All Originals Jazz Series, the brainchild of Steve Kenny with help from a state Arts Board grant: This week, three frequent co-conspirators and among the most inventive musicians (of any genre) in the region, come together at Studio Z for some exciting new works -- Bryan Nichols, Chris Bates and JT Bates. Each is a composer and bandleader in addition to consummate performer and improviser. Some of these new works are likely to be spontaneous executions.

Concrete and Grass at Mears Park
Thursday-Saturday, September 4-6. The 8th annual Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival takes over Mears Park for three nights of music for every taste, from rock and pop to classical to salsa and jazz. In addition to such acts as the SPCO Septet, Minnesota Resident Artists, and Joey Molland's Badfinger, you can hear Salsa del Soul revving up the salsa rhythms and the Adam Meckler Orchestra previewing their debut recording, both on Friday evening. Thursday -- hear the SPCO ensemble tackle Beethoven's Septet in E-Flat and singer-songwriter Martin Devany. The festival closes Saturday with acclaimed jazz saxophonist David Milne joining three other saxes in a more classical vein with the Ancia Saxphone Quartet and a young brash brass ensemble (Breaking Brass) from McNally Smith in addition to voices of the Minnesota Opera and Badfinger.

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 All About Jazz, as well as here on the blog.  More jazz to tickle your ears:

Friday, August 29. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, Happy Hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper and Larry Sims, happy hour at the Black Dog; Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Jazz Central; Kronick Quartet at the Black Dog; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse

Saturday, August 30. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200

Sunday, August 31. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; T-Collective at the Icehouse

Monday, September 1. Note that many of your favorite venues are closed for Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 2. Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; Annie Lawler Jazz on the Patio at Burger Mo's; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Three Loud Trio at Cafe Maude

Wednesday, September 3. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; new music night at Jazz Central (TBA); Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Patrick Harison at Cafe Maude; Charlie Christenson Standards Trio at the Black Dog

Joel Shapira
Thursday, September 4. Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Jack Brass Band at the Dakota; Moonlight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves; Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central (TBA)

Coming Soon!
. September 4-6, Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival at Mears Park
. September 8, Josh Smith Trio/DD7 at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)
. September 10, Evan Christopher at the Dakota
. September 10, Lila Ammons at The Tangiers
. September 11, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Studio Z
. September 11, Colleen Raye at Jazz Central
. September 12, Dean Granros Quartet at Jazz Central
. September 13, John Raymond Trio with Gilad Hekselman and Colin Stranahan, Jazz at Studio Z
. September 13, Selby Avenue Jazz Festival featuring Harvey Mason (Selby and Milton Av, Saint Paul)
. September 15, Jacob Hansen Trio/Real Bulls (Jazz Implosion)
. September 16, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota
. September 17, Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet at the Dakota
. September 18, JazzMN Orchestra Fundraiser at Famous Dave's (Uptown)
. 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 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 28, French 75 with Maud Hixson, Schneider Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts (2 pm)
. September 29, Framework with Pete Whitman at the Icehouse (Jazz Implosion)
. September 30-October 1, Larry Coryell/Victor Bailey/Lenny White at the Dakota
. October 11, JazzMN Orchestra with Dave Weckl at Hopkins High School Auditorium
. October 12, Laura Caviani and JazzAX at Carleton College (3 pm)
. October 18, Chris Lomheim Trio CD release at Studio Z
. October 18-20, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Dakota
. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota
. November 6, Terri Lynne Carrington's Mosaic Project (with Rachel Z and Lizz Wright) at O'Shaughnessy
. December 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
. 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

Evan Christopher at the Dakota, September 10

                                                                                                                                                             




Friday, August 22, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 22-28



Brian Courage plays his last sets as a MN resident Monday night at the Icehouse!

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This week we are in the midst of the State Fair, the start of the school year in most area districts, and the end of the vacation season for most Minnesotans. That means there's a boom in street repair, garden harvests, and trips to Target. The only way to manage all these "countdown to winter" activities is to set aside time for some live music. And there's plenty to choose from --even some jazz at the State Fair!  This week we say good-bye and good luck to one of our honorary Minnesotans who managed to either start up or become an essential part of numerous bands in his two years on the local scene (Brian Courage); we celebrate the release of a guitar duo CD featuring another transplant (David Martin) with multiple gigs; we have one more opportunity to hear an ensemble that keeps the Twin Cities on the international jazz map (Phil Hey Quartet); and there's a lot more to keep our ears well oiled as we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend. And if you are heading to the Chicago or Detroit Jazz Festivals next weekend, local music this week will help rev up your jazz motors.



Big Gigs This Week

Phil Hey
Friday, August 22. Did you hear the Phil Hey Quartet last Monday at the Icehouse? If so, you want an encore. Did you miss it? Then surely you don't want to miss this veteran band again! On the Bridge Series at Jazz Central tonight, you not only get a couple sets from one of the truly great quartets in modern jazz, you can also stick around for a one-of-a-kind late set with former resident tubist Stefan Kac. Currently based in Los Angeles, Kac gathers up some old pals to play some new music -- Geoff Senn, Shilad Sen, and Pete Hennig as "Band on the Run."



Maryann Sullivan
The Black Dog has seldom presented a jazz vocalist, but why not start with Maryann Sullivan? Maryann with guitarist Robert Bell, clarinetist Tony Balluff and bassist Jim Chenoweth bring a new slant to Friday night music at the Dog, featuring songs from the trad and swing eras as well as some of Maryann's favorites.



Lulu's Playground
Saturday, August 23. Big music in small places-- and for this Saturday afternoon, it's playful music in an even more playful setting as Lulu's Playground hits the patio at the Fun Art Gallery in Stillwater. Just the instrumentation makes you smile-- accordion, cello, trumpet and guitar, with Steven Hobert, Cory Grossman, Adam Meckler and Ben Abrahamson.  In case of rain, the music moves into Tim Nyberg's studio/gallery which resembles an oversize garage with wall to wall whimsical paintings -- seems like a perfect fit for Lulu's music!



Pavel Janey
Sunday, August 24.  Alexis Bailey Vineyards has hosted "Jazz in the Vineyard" on Sundays throughout the summer, and this afternoon you can enjoy guitarist Pavel Janey and the Talking Strings (violinist Gary Schulte and bassist Dan Weston). Almost any tune is fair game for their jazz/global music interpretations.



Jazz Central All-Stars
Monday, August 25. It's an all-star night on many levels. You can start your evening at Jazz Central where the Jazz Central All-Stars make their first appearance on their home turf. Organized with support from Jefferson Lines and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, this sextet of JC regulars (Dave Graf, Doug Haining, Zack Lozier, Tanner Taylor, Graydon Peterson and Mac Santiago) has toured throughout Greater Minnesota this summer and helped open the festival in June with a gig in Highland Park. Since Tanner moved to Iowa last month, this will be his first return visit to Jazz Central.



David Martin
JT's Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse will be a triple-header tonight, starting a little earlier than usual (9 pm) with the first of several CD release gigs from guitarists David Martin and Portland, Oregon guitarist Mike Doolin. The recording, Tough Commute, would help ease the frustration of any commute!  

Brian Courage
Up next is the two-part Brian Courage Farewell Party, with the first set featuring Brian with Mike Lewis and JT Bates, and the quartet Courageous Endeavors coming on for the late set, with Joe Strachan, Nelson Devereaux and Miguel Hurtado.  And speaking of "courageous endeavors," be sure to come hear Brian tonight on his last local gigs before heading to the Big Apple. We know he will do fine in New York -- we just hope he comes back now and then as he has made a significant impact on Twin Cities jazz in the two years he has spent with us.



Geoff Senn
Tuesday, August 26. Under the leadership of trumpeter Geoff Senn and drummer Mac Santiago, the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra launched early in 2014 and has been holding down a monthly slot on the Jazz Central Big Band night ever since. They also performed at this summer's Twin Cities Jazz Festival, showing off a corps of the best of local jazz artists. Not much room to dance at Jazz Central-- but plenty of up-close-and-personal opportunities to appreciate Latin jazz.



Davu Seru
Wednesday, August 27. Usually heard at the Black Dog, tonight percussion monster Davu Seru brings a quartet to the New Music night at Jazz Central, featuring Scott Fultz, Tom Reichard and Josh Granowski. Seru is both an aural and visual delight to witness as he flails at the drums and whatever else is in reach.



Arne Fogel
Thursday, August 28.  Two popular artists on both sides of the river tonight: Veteran crooner and vocal jazz encyclopedia Arne Fogel takes over Vocal Jazz Night at Jazz Central, bringing his interpretations of Bing, Frank and more. This is a great chance to hear him in an intimate space filled with folks who listen!!   

Atlantis Quartet at Studio Z
Over at Studio Z, the Atlantis Quartet (Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig) fills the slot for the All Originals concert series, performing original compositions, both new and some favorites from past recordings.



Dean Granros
It's a rather odd spot for music, perhaps, but the Khyber Pass Cafe near the Macalester campus is serving up more than korma and chai. Thursday nights, the dining room becomes a small jazz club with some of the most inventive performers in town. This week, guitar magician Dean Granros is featured-- a rare occurrence these days regardless of venue.



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, August 22. Todd Harper solo piano at the Black Dog; Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Bryan Nichols and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Andrew Walesch at Parma 8200; Vic Volare at Hell's Kitchen
Irv Williams and Steve Blons



Saturday, August 23. Charmin & Shapira at Midtown Global Market (12:30 pm); Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200



Sunday, August 24. Charmin Michelle, Denny Malmberg and Steve Pikal at the State Fair, Musician's Union Booth at the AFL-CIO Pavilion (4:30 pm); Zacc Harris, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig Trio at State Fair, Mn Wine Country Pavilion (6:30 pm); Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at Cinema Ballroom; Moonlight Serenaders at Como Park Pavilion; T-Collective at the Icehouse



Monday, August 25. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza



Tuesday, August 26. Annie Lawler, Jazz on the Patio at Burger Mo's; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Rick Carlson Trio at Cafe Maude; David Martin/Mike Doolin CD Release at the 318 Cafe



Wednesday, August 27. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Jazz Night at The Tangiers; John Devine and Friends at Loring Pasta Bar; Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD Release at the Black Dog; Lori Dokken at Cafe Maude



Thursday, August 28. Siama Matuzungidi with Scott Fultz at the Black Dog;



Coming Soon!

. August 29, Reynold Philipsek, live documentary taping at 318 Cafe

. August 29, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200

. August 29, Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Jazz Central

. August 30, Dave Martin and Mike Doolin, Guitar Repair Clinic, CD release at Jazz Central
. August 30, Foreign Motion with Patty Peterson at the Icehouse

. August 31, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, Best of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks at Jungle Theater (matinee and evening)

. September 1, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin, CD Release (brunch) at Hell's Kitchen
. September 2, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central
. September 4, Nichols/Bates/Bates at Studio Z
. September 4-6, Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival at Mears Park


. September 10, Evan Christopher at the Dakota

. September 10, Lila Ammons at The Tangiers
. September 10, Enormous Quartet at Jazz Central

. September 11, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Studio Z
. September 11, Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam 

. September 11, Colleen Raye at Jazz Central
. September 12, Dean Granros Quartet at Jazz Central

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

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

. September 16, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. December 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

. 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

Eric Gravatt and Source Code, coming to Jazz Central on August 29



                                                                                                                                                             








Friday, August 15, 2014

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 15-21



Irv Williams celebrates #95 at the Dakota, August 17

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When the Artists Quarter closed at the end of 2013, many area musicians had to scramble to find new venues for their music. Slowly, we're seeing more and more of our AQ favorites on the schedules of smaller clubs--the Black Dog, Studio Z, Jazz Central, The Nicollet, Cafe Maude, the Icehouse and more. One of the monthly delights at the old AQ was the Phil Hey Quartet, turning up twice within a week of August.  The Illicit Sextet was reborn at the AQ after a long hiatus, and will jam fans into the Black Dog this weekend. Another AQ "offspring," the far less frequently heard ensemble Mountain King (a three-bass trio),  comes to Jazz Central this week.  Once an annual AQ party (for birthdays or premature retirements), a night celebrating Irv Williams is on the Dakota calendar for Sunday night. Sooner or later, the music finds a home. Let's get out and hear it.



Big Gigs This Week

Illicit Sextet
Friday, August 15.  After earning high praise and popularity through the mid 90s, the Illicit Sextet took a break, for about 15 years. Revived in 2009 at the Artists Quarter and putting out their second recording, Chapter 11, last year, the IS has made the rounds since the AQ closed, and returns to the Black Dog tonight with their mid-90s line-up intact---Steve Kenny, Paul Harper, David Roos, Chris Lomheim, Tom Pieper and Nathan Norman.



Deviating from the Bridge Series for an extra big band treat, Jazz Central presents Alaska native Keith Karns and his Big Band. Trumpeter-arranger-composer Karns studied at UW-Eau Claire and currently teaches at the University of North Texas. Among the locals in the band tonight, note young piano phenom Joe Strachan.



George Cartwright
There's a new old venue in town presenting music and some jazz-- The Nicollet. An earlier incarnation presented weekly jazz in a coffeehouse setting and closed about a year ago. Under new management and with beer and wine license, The Nicollet has an eclectic line up, tonight featuring one of the most respected of the avant garde ensembles, George Cartwright's Merciless Ghost, with Josh Gronowski and Davu Seru. As they describe themselves, the band is dedicated to "the spirit of group improvisation and the sometimes agonizing struggle to speak using one’s own voice."



Arne Fogel
Parma 8200 continues to host a stellar schedule of vocalists on Fridays, and tonight it's our own Bing and Frank expert, Arne Fogel. Arne's been busy outside of the Twin Cities, with some work in Los Angeles, but he's back on home turf with swinging pals Rick Carlson and Keith Boyles.



South High students --part of the Jazz Crew
Saturday, August 16.  Over the past year, late sets on Fridays at Jazz Central typically have included the Jazz Crew, a core group of high school musicians hosting a jam for other young artists. Tonight is a special Jazz Crew, celebrating summer and the "crew" who are heading off to college programs in a few weeks. South High jazzers have been among the Jazz Crew leaders, and this is a good opportunity to hear them play before they start the next phase of their jazz education.



Irv Williams Trio
Sunday, August 17. He's still recording, he's still holding down the Dakota's Friday Happy Hour gig, and he's probably had three retirement parties in the last four years. So it seems a safer bet to wish Irv Williams a Happy Birthday rather than Happy Retirement this weekend as Mr. Smooth celebrates number 95 at the Dakota. Expect more than a few cast members beyond his usual trio of Steve Blons and Billy Peterson. His latest CD (Then Was Then, Now Is Now) is an elegant trio affair and should be available at the show.



Evan Montgomery
Monday, August 18. It's been a summer of return visits. Tonight, guitarist Evan Montgomery leads a quintet at Jazz Central, taking a break from graduate studies at CalArts. He's joined by former cohort Adam Meckler along with Brian Courage, Jay Epstein, and fellow guitarist Park Evans. He won't be here for long so get out and enjoy!



Phil Hey
Finally, the Phil Hey Quartet makes a club appearance -- tonight at the Icehouse as the guest artists for JT's Jazz Implosion. Hey, Dave Hagedorn, Phil Aaron and Tom Lewis have been reading each other's musical minds for nearly 20 years. (Catch them again next Friday night at Jazz Central!)



Tuesday, August 19. Warming up for the State Fair debut next week, the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster, fills their monthly slot at Jazz Central. Big band seems to be making a comeback in the metro, thanks in part to the creative and original charts from bands like Explosion, which features a who's who of local jazz.



Mountain King
Wednesday, August 20. Three young area bassists put their inventive minds together about two years ago and convinced Artist Quarter owner Kenny Horst to give them a try-- and Mountain King was born. Three acoustic bassists and nothing else! Not only are their arrangements clever and playful, audiences seem riveted by the interplay of Brian Courage, Jeremy Boettcher and Graydon Peterson. The band does not get together often, and now it might be less often with Courage heading to New York in a few weeks. Really, you do not want to miss this gig at Jazz Central. Three bassists, no amps, lots of mischief.



Steve Kenny
Thursday, August 21.  Steve Kenny curates the All Originals jazz concert series at Studio Z on Thursday nights through mid September. Tonight he brings is own band, Group 47, into the second floor studio space, still celebrating the recent release of their Straight to Vinyl LP. Kenny heads a band of young turks -- bassist Adam Tucker and three college/college bound masters, Thomas Strommen (tenor), Alex Burgess (drums) and the remarkable 17-year-old pianist, Will Kjeer, who leaves in a few weeks for a year of post secondary study at Interlochen. What this means for Group 47 is unclear-- Steve might form Group 48 or just plan around Will's vacation schedule. What it means for you is "go hear these guys tonight." Where else can you hear Thomas' "Sad Mud" or Will's "Saving Document?"



Mary Ann Sullivan and Doug Haining
Hard-working jazz curators like Maryann Sullivan sometimes have to break protocol and schedule a gig themselves! Tonight Maryann sings (and swings) on the Vocal Jazz Showcase at Jazz Central. Her trio features hubby Doug Haining on sax, son Trevor Haining on drums, and pal Dave Martin on guitar.



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, August 15. Irv Williams Trio, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper at the Black Dog;  Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Axis Mundi at Hell's Kitchen; Jerry O'Hagen Orchestra with Charmin Michelle at the Medina Ballroom; Three Loud at The Cellar at Scusi



Saturday, August 16. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200;  Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Debbie Duncan at Hell's Kitchen; Nachito Herrera at the Dakota
Debbie Duncan



Sunday, August 17. Tim Sparks, brunch at the Icehouse; Bill Duna Quartet with Charmin Michelle, Cool Summer Jazz at Church of St Albert the Great (Minneapolis); Jazz in the Vineyard, Barbara Meyer Trio at Alexis Bailey Vineyards (Hastings); Dave Koz at the Minnesota Zoo; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar; T Collective at the Icehouse



Monday, August 18. Denny Malmberg and guest at Fireside Pizza; Davell Crawford at the Dakota; Fantastic Merlins with George Cartwright at the Black Dog



Tuesday, August 19. Davell Crawford at the Dakota; Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; River City Jazz Band at Minnesota Music Cafe



Wednesday, August 20. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Moonlight Serenaders at Edinborough Park (Edina); Stew Frog (Scott Fultz, Dean Granros, Steven Goldstein) at the Black Dog



Thursday, August 21. Charmin Michelle and the Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra, Swing Dance at Wabsha Street Caves



Coming Soon!

. August 22, Phil Hey Quartet/Stefan Kac at Jazz Central

. August 23, Lulu's Playground, Fun Art Studio (Stillwater, 2-4 pm)

. August 25, Jazz Central All-Stars at Jazz Central 

. August 25, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD release at Icehouse followed by Brian Courage Farewell Party

. August 26, Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central

. August 27, Dave Martin/Mike Doolin CD release at the Black Dog

. August 27, Davu Seru Quartet at Jazz Central

. August 28, Atlantis Quartet at Studio Z

. August 28, Arne Fogel at Jazz Central

. August 29, Reynold Philipsek, live documentary taping at 318 Cafe

. August 29, Maud Hixson at Parma 8200

. August 29, Eric Gravatt and Source Code at Jazz Central

. August 30, Dave Martin and Mike Doolin, Guitar Repair Clinic, CD release at Jazz Central

. August 31, Connie Evingson and Jon Weber, Best of the Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks at Jungle Theater (matinee and evening)

. September 4, Nichols/Bates/Bates at Studio Z

. September 10, Evan Christopher at the Dakota

. September 11, Adam Meckler Orchestra at Studio Z

. September 11, Colleen Raye at Jazz Central

. September 13, John Raymond, Jazz at Studio Z

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

. September 16, Meshell Ndgeocello at the Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. 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

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

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


Brian Courage plays his final gigs as a MN resident --Farewell gig at the Icehouse on August 25th