Friday, October 17, 2014

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



Chris Lomheim Trio, celebrating CD Release on October 18th at Studio Z

 © Andrea Canter



I don't remember when we last had three CD releases from top area jazz artists on the same weekend! And that's just the beginning of a very hot week on the Twin Cities jazz scene. Some tough choices must be made! Fortunately, you can't go wrong.



Big Gigs This Week

Connie Evingson and the Jorgenson Quintet
Friday, October 17. Swinging hot club vocals or avant-fusion dazzle? Two CD release events tonight cover much of the history of jazz. At the Dakota, esteemed vocalist and gypsy jazz specialist Connie Evingson joins the John Jorgenson Quintet to celebrate All the Cats Join In, Connie's tenth recording and her third in the hot club genre.  These musicians were a big hit at the Dakota a year ago, when they warmed up for their studio date at Creation Audio. The result is a swinging delight (including a special appearance by the great Jon Hendricks on the title track).  Even without Hendricks, this live show will keep your toes tapping. In addition to Connie, enjoy the fleet-fingered guitar of John Jorgenson and the acrobatic violin of Jason Anick... and the whole band. Don't leave without a copy of the CD.



Magraw and Gravatt
For those who follow the freer end of the jazz spectrum, two of the area's most distinguished improvisers team up to release Fire on the Nile as Redhouse Records continues its concert series at Landmark Center. When drummer Eric Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner) first worked with guitar wizard Dean Magraw (Red Planet, Prairie Home Companion) in Gravatt's Source Code, they sensed a magical connection. And after a few duo performances, they were determined to put the magic on record, yielding Fire on the Nile, a collection of eleven tunes mostly created on the spot. You'll find blues, funk, fusionesque explorations and even a traditional Irish melody among the gemstones. And yes, it's another product of Creation Audio -- engineer Steve Wiese has a lot of ground to cover in celebrating tonight!



Babatunde Lea
But not everything tonight involves a CD release. Jazz Central's Bridge Series presents Babatunde Lea's quintet, tonight featuring young sax sensation Nelson Devereaux along with Zacc Harris, Phil Aaron and Graydon Peterson. Harris and percussionist Lea have been teaming up ever since Lea relocated to the Twin Cities, and always in the company of the metro's best.



Chris Lomheim Trio
Saturday, October 18. The one glaring omission from the Strib's "Big Gig" list is one of the most anticipated local jazz events of recent months-- the celebration of a new Chris Lomheim Trio recording, the pianist's first release in 12 years and his first collection of all-new originals since his debut 20 years ago. Armed with a state arts board grant, Chris wrote ten new tunes and gathered up his pals from that 1994 recording-- Gordy Johnson and Jay Epstein. Timeline is everything you would expect from this trio-- majestic, melodic, collaborative music in the spirit of the great piano trios. Which of course makes sense because this is one of the best. Celebrate at Studio Z tonight!



Peter Goggin
In its fourth season, PipJazz Live (formerly PipJazz Sundays) returns for three fall concerts, starting tonight at the Capri Theater. In addition to vocalist Pippi Ardennia and her house band, the concert will feature superb guest youth artist Peter Goggin on alto sax. Peter is into his third year with the Dakota Combo and is a senior at Mounds View High School.



Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (press photo)
Saturday October 18-Monday October 20. If you grew up in the 60s, you no doubt remember Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Trumpeter/vocaist/composer/educator Alpert has proved his longevity, and currently is touring with wife/vocalist Lani Hall in support of their album, In the Mood. The Dakota hosts the pair for three glorious nights.



Bob Bowman
Sunday, October 19. Pianist/composer Laura Caviani has been busy lately with diverse projects. This afternoon she joins Kansas City bassist Bob Bowman for a sublime duo outing at Jazz Central, a prelude to Bob's upcoming CD release in KC. 

Michael Attias
Sort of the opposite of sublime, local jazz's most avant couple, Pat Moriarty and Ellen Lease, join creative forces with Chris Bates and New York saxophonist Michael Attias for an evening of mayhem at the Black Dog (starting at 6 pm). Attias has most recently toured and recorded with the likes of John Hebert, Tom Rainey and Ralph Alessi. The evening will feature compositions by all members of the group and some free improvisation.



Monday, October 20. Hard to describe but easy to enjoy, the Fall of the House of Usher takes the stage at the Icehouse tonight for JT's Jazz Implosion offering. Led by guitarist Chris Cunningham, the Ushers usually include Chris Bates, Nelson Devereaux, Adam Larkin, Elliot Wachs, Jon Davis and Greg Schutte.



Steven Hobert
Tuesday, October 21. If you missed his CD release recently, tonight is a good opportunity to hear pianist/composer Steven Hobert, an outstanding improviser and writer with classical and folk influences. Solo at the Black Dog.



Wednesday, October 22. An interesting pairing for new music night at Jazz Central puts young veteran bassist Graydon Peterson together with younger pianist Joe Strachan. Creativity squared.
Joe Strachan



Thursday, October 23. Vocal jazz night at Jazz Central features Montreal-based soul jazz innovator Elizabeth Shepherd, whose music is described as equal parts "Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas." Known internationally as a "jazz virtuoso with a pop sensibility," Elizabeth has a new recording  (The Signal) to share with a new audience in the Twin Cities. There's touches of Parlato, touches of Esperanza.



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, October 17. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper solo piano, followed by the Donald Washington Quartet at the Black Dog; Maryann Sullivan, Wine Republic (Excelsior); Thomas Bruce at Parma 8200; Vic Volare at Hell's Kitchen; Patty Peterson and Friends at School II;



Saturday, October 18. Mill City Hot Club, brunch at Hell's Kitchen; Charmin and Shapira, 12:30 pm at Midtown Global Market; Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; Patrick Harison and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar, Saint Paul Hotel; Viva Brasil at Loring Pasta Bar; GST Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Tommy and the Liebermen at the Aster



Sunday, October 19. Emily Davis and Robert Bell, brunch at Mattie's on Main; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 20. Paula Lammers and David Martin at Fireside Pizza; Dave Brattain at Jazz Central; Twin Cities Hot Club at Barbette



Tuesday, October 21. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Explosion Big Band at Jazz Central; River City Jazz Orchestra at Minnesota Music Cafe; Patty and the Buttons at Cafe Maude



Wednesday, October 22. Charmin and Shapira and Friends at the Dakota



Pavel Jany
Thursday, October 23. Axis Mundi at Hell's Kitchen; Pavel Jany solo at the Black Dog



Coming Soon!
. October 24, Jeremy Walker Quartet followed by Aaron Keith Stewart at Jazz Central
. October 24, Kevin Washington Quartet at the Dakota (late night)

. October 25, Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. October 29, Miguel Hurtado at Jazz Central

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

. November 2, Soul Cafe at Hennepin Ave Methodist Church

. November 3, Mike Lewis/Gordy Johnson/JT Bates at the Icehouse

. November 5-6, Hiromi Trio Project at the Dakota
. November 6-9, Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret at Studio Z

. November 7, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at the Black Dog

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

. November 8, Rick Carlson and Steve Pikal, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)

. November 10, Jon Weber solo piano at the Dakota

. November 10, Tony Malaby with Anthony Cox and JT Bates at the Icehouse

. November 11, Maryann Sullivan Corner Jazz at The Nicollet

. November 13, Le Percheron at Khyber Pass

. November 14, Barbara Meyer and Phil Mattson, CD release at The Nicollet

. November 17, Firebell CD release at the Icehouse

. November 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at the Black Dog

. November 22, PipJazz Youth All-Stars at the Maplewood Community Center theater

. November 22, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. November 22, Phil Mattson Singers, Jazz @ St Barneys (St Barnabas Lutheran Church)

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cecile McLorin Salvant at Orchestra Hall

. December 6, Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog

. December 13, PipJazz Holiday Concert at Maplewood Community Center theater

. December 21-22, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota

. January 20-21, Jose James at the Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

 
Steve Kenny brings his quartet back to the Black Dog, October 25



Thursday, October 2, 2014



Roy Hargrove returns to the Dakota, October 13-14

 © Andrea Canter

 Our fall colors will be peaking over the next two weeks, and it seems as though jazz gigs are in sync with Mother Nature, providing a feast for the ears as autumn provides its display for the eyes. This two-week Lead Sheet hopefully will entice you to participate in as much of this "sound festival" as possible, with such diverse options as a collaboration between Todd Clouser and Foreign Motion, the Bates Brothers in a rare duo, the "Baldwin Sisters" return to Jazz Central, the Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog, Laura Caviani on the new Jazz at Studio Z season, the season opener for JazzMN Orchestra with special guest, Dave Weckl... and more.



Big Gigs

JT Bates
Friday, October 3. Chris and JT Bates are frequently on the bandstand together in a wide range of trio, quartet and larger ensemble formats, but tonight at Sweet 317 (above the Black Dog), the brothers find themselves alone together for an evening of bass and drum dueling. The space is intimate and the music will be imaginative and full of surprises. 

Charlie Lincoln
Speaking of surprises, there's at least one tonight at Jazz Central where the Bridge Series features Eric Kamau Gravatt and Friends. The long-time drummer for McCoy Tyner brings three generations of friends along-- Pete Whitman on sax, Zacc Harris on guitar, and South High senior Charlie Lincoln on bass. Think about the vast number of talented bassists in town and you can imagine how strong young Charlie must be to play in such company. Gravatt and Friends will be followed by the first monthly College Night, tonight featuring an ensemble from North Central University.



Todd Clouser
Another treat Friday night -- late enough that you can make the gig after another one--is a CD release celebration at the Icehouse from Todd Clouser's A Love Electric band from Mexico City (with Todd on guitar, Aaron Cruz on bass, Herman Hecht on drums). The band just returned from touring Germany, Morocco and New York City. "It's been good and wild times with music," says Todd. Also on the schedule for Friday -- a set with Foreign Motion (Cory Wong, Kevin Gastonguay, Yohannes Tona and Petar Janjic) and a closing set from the Russian vocal/bass duo, StoLyette.



Steve Kenny
Saturday, October 4. Once they reunited, the Illicit Sextet has found steady if not frequent gigs and an expanding fan base, particularly following the release of their second recording, Chapter 11. Maybe that 15-year break was just what the musicians needed to come back stronger than ever, and with a raft of original tunes. The IS hits on the Saturday Jazz at the Black Dog series and includes flumpeteer Steve Kenny, saxman Paul Harper, guitarist David Roos, pianist Chris Lomheim, bassist Tom Pieper and drummer Nathan Norman.




Nachito Herrera
Sunday, October 5. "A Night in Havana" comes to the Ordway, with Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera leading his Cuban Orchestra. Now in Minnesota for over a decade, Nachito has built a strong following of his infections rhythms  and ear-popping keyboard prowess. And tonight, Ordway becomes a tropical club with the addition of a dance floor! There's a pre-concert performance and post-concert reception.



Noah Ophoven-Baldwin
Monday, October 6. Once they performed as the Baldwin Sisters, but unrelated trumpet brothers Jake Baldwin and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin now come to the Jazz Central Featured Artist series to lock horns. Two of the youngest pros on the local scene, Jake and Noah are pushing their elders every chance they get. Later at the Icehouse, JT's Jazz Implosion features New York-based multi-reedist Ken Thomson's Slow/Fast with a CD release party. With trumpeter Russ Johnson, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Adam Armstrong and drummer Fred Kennedy, Thomson celebrates the band' second release, Settle. Thomson's other projects have included Gutbucket and Bang on a Can All-Stars. Slow/Fast melds improvisational chamber jazz and contemporary classical composition.



Dean Magraw
Tuesday, October 7.  A monthly collaboration with the "dean" of Minnesota guitar and an outstanding percussionist, this First Tuesday brings Dean Magraw and Davu Seru back to the Black Dog for some fun interactions.



Wednesday, October 8. There's a new trio on the Wednesday night "new music" series at Jazz Central -- Peter Schimke, Chris Bates and Corey Healy. With these guys, anything can happen. And Jazz Central provides the perfect environment for the unexpected.



Tommy Bruce
Thursday, October 9. The audience for the Thursday night Vocal Jazz series at Jazz Central keeps growing, presenting both talented newcomers and veteran songbirds. A bit of both, Tommy Bruce is featured tonight. Tommy only began singing professionally in the last ten years, but he's been immersed music for much of his life, and that experience comes through in a voice that at times suggests Chet Baker. 



Travis Anderson
Over at the Dakota, Travis Anderson brings his trio featuring Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. Some years back, a then very young Travis played a midweek happy hour. He's been getting out more lately, and in the company of such swingers as Pikal and Norman, the trio should pretty much make the floor sway.



Anthony Cox
Friday, October 10. Another new band at Jazz Central, playing its second gig, DD7 is led by renowned bassist/cellist Anthony Cox, with Brandon Wozniak and Mike Lewis on saxes, Steve Kenny on flumpet and JT Bates on drums. That's a lot of horns against the rhythm duo. DD7 plays extreme post-bop compositions from the band, as well as some free jazz and reconstructed standards. For fun and song, head down to Hell's Kitchen for a gig with sassy swing queen Nichola Miller.  And if you still have some jazz energy leftover -- Late Night at the Dakota presents the Dakota debut of young vocalist Katia Cardenas. Katia has one of those flexible voices that seems at home regardless of genre, and tonight she has one heckuva jazzy backing band, with Park Evans, Graydon Peterson and Mac Santiago. Definitely worth staying up late!



JazzMN horn section
Saturday, October 11. Another wild Saturday night in Jazzville! The JazzMN Orchestra opens its new season (at Hopkins High School Auditorium) with a bang -- special guest drummer Dave Weckl, whose 30-year career includes Chick Corea's Elektric Band and Acoustic Band, Buddy Rich and Mike Stern. 

Laura Caviani
At Studio Z, Zacc Harris' Jazz at Studio Z has another year of funding, and he starts off the new season with Laura Caviani, presenting a general workshop followed by a concert with the Laura Caviani Trio. And Saturday Night at the Black Dog features the Zacc Harris Group (Harris on guitar, Bryan Nichols on piano, Chris Bates on bass and JT Bates on drums).



Sunday, October 12. Hopefully it will be a nice Sunday afternoon for a drive down to Northfield, for a too-rare performance by the JazzAX saxophone quartet on the Carleton College campus. This free concert features the saxes-- Mike Walk, Greg Keel, Pete Whitman and David Milne.



Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson
Monday, October 13. You can enjoy great music from vocalist Connie Evingson and gypsy jazz band Patty and the Buttons while contributing to a good cause. The Jungle Theater hosts a benefit for Angel Flights Central, a nonprofit that provides air transportation for individuals in remote areas who need non-emergency medical care. Connie will preview some of the music from her upcoming CD release with the John Jorgenson Quintet (All the Cats Join In), to be celebrated at the Dakota on October 17.



Roy Hargrove
Monday-Tuesday, October 13-14. The Roy Hargrove Quintet makes its annual pilgrimage to the Dakota. Surely one of the finest trumpeters working today, Hargrove has maintained a consistent ensemble over the much of the past decade, with saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Ameen Saleem, and drummer Quincy Phillips.

Wednesday, October 15. Talk about a return engagement-- less than a week after filling the house at the Dakota, the Travis Anderson Trio returns for another round of swinging fun. Pianist Travis melds telepathically with pals Steve Pikal on bass and Nathan Norman on drums. 
Travis Anderson



Thursday, October 16. The very interesting vocalist/songwriter Kat Edmondson returns to the Dakota. Her resume covers a wide range of music, including jazz, and she has recorded with some modern jazz heavyweights like bassist Eric Reavis. And there are distinct touches of Billie Holiday in her voice.


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, October 3. Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper solo piano, followed by Siama Matuzundigi at the Black Dog; Steve Kenny Trio with visual artist Tim Nyberg at Three Sisters Gallery (St Paul); Tim Sparks, solo guitar, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Charmin Michelle Trio (Phil Mattson and Tom Lewis) at Parma 8200; Lee Ritenour (2 shows) at the Dakota; Tim Patrick and his Blue-Eyed Band at Minneapolis Eagles' Club



Saturday, October 4. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Zacc Harris and Chris Bates, dinner sets at the Icehouse; Joel Shapira Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Nachito Herrera and Friends at the Dakota; Pig's Eye Jass Band at Minneapolis Eagle's Club



Sunday, October 5. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Larry McDonough at The Nicollet; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 6. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Tommy and the Liebermen at the Dakota; Southside Aces at Famous Dave's (Uptown)



Tuesday, October 7. Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central; Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar; Beasley's Big Band at O'Gara's; U of M Jazz Ensemble, "Bob Dylan Big Band Project" at Ted Mann Concert Hall; Three Loud Trio at Cafe Maude



Wednesday, October 8. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Vincent Rose Band at Hell's Kitchen; Jazz at the Tangiers; Patrick Harison at Cafe Maude



Robert Everest
Thursday, October 9. Joel Shapira at Hell's Kitchen; Robert Everest at Teresa's Kitchen (Prior Lake); Minnesota Jazz Orchestra at Wabasha Street Caves; Connie and Herb at the Bean (Andover); Jack Brass Band at the Amsterdam



Friday, October 10. JT Bates, Noon at the Bedlam (St Paul); Irv Williams and Steve Blons, happy hour at the Dakota; Todd Harper, solo piano at the Black Dog; Arne Fogel Trio at Parma 8200; Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics Quartet at the KC Hall (Bloomington); Jake Hanson and James Buckley, dinner sets at the Icehouse



Saturday, October 11. Benny Weinbeck Trio at Parma 8200; JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in the Lobby Bar (Saint Paul Hotel); Jon Pemberton Trio at the Loring Pasta Bar; Patty Peterson and Friends at the Dakota



Sunday, October 12. Patty and the Buttons, brunch at the Aster Cafe; Robert Everest, brunch at Maria's; Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar



Monday, October 13. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Twin Cities Hot Club at Famous Dave's (Uptown); Joe Mayo at Jazz Central; double header at the Icehouse (1st set - JT Bates, Nelson Devereaux, Trent Baarspul; 2nd set - Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band - Erik Fratzke, Zacc Harris, Jake Baldwin, Brandon Wozniak)



Tuesday, October 14. Chris Olson Project at the Black Dog; Cedar Avenue Big Band at Jazz Central; Cafe Accordion Orchestra at Loring Pasta Bar; Nova Jazz Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Cafe



Wednesday, October 15. Charmin Michelle and Denny Malmberg at Fireside Pizza; Zacc Harris Trio at Cafe Maude; Pete Whitman Presents at Jazz Central; Wolverines Trio at Hell's Kitchen; Byron Johnson Blanchard Quartet at the Black Dog; Jazz at the Tangiers



Thursday, October 16. Robert Everest at Teresa's Kitchen (Maple Grove); Sweet Honey in the Rock at O'Shaughnessy; Connie Olson at Jazz Central; Joel Shapira (solo guitar) at Ingredients Cafe.



Coming Soon!

. October 17, Dean Magraw/Eric Gravatt CD Release at Landmark Center

. October 17, Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson Quartet, CD release at the Dakota

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

. October 18, PipJazz at Capri Theater

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

. October 22, Graydon Peterson and Joe Strachan at Jazz Central

. October 25, Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

. October 29, Miguel Hurtado at Jazz Central

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

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

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

. November 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at the Black Dog

. November 22, PipJazz Youth All-Stars at the Maplewood Community Center theater

. November 22, JazzMN Orchestra at Hopkins High School Auditorium

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cecile McLorin Salvant at Orchestra Hall

. December 6, Atlantis Quartet at the Black Dog

. December 13, PipJazz Holiday Concert at Maplewood Community Center theater

. December 21-22, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Lomheim Trio: CD Release on October 18 at Studio Z


                                                                                                                                                            










Friday, September 26, 2014



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


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


Big Gigs This Week

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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



More Jazz Every Night!

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



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



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



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



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



Tuesday, September 30. Cafe Accordion at Loring Pasta Bar



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



Thursday, October 2. Moonlight Serenaders at Wabasha Street Caves



Coming Soon!

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

. October 3, Chris and JT Bates at Sweet 317

. October 4, Illicit Sextet at the Black Dog

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

. October 7, Bill Simenson Orchestra at Jazz Central

. October 10, JT Bates Trio at the Bedlam Theater (noon)

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

. October 11, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson, Jazz @ St Barney's (St Barnabas Art Center)

. October 11, Zacc Harris Group at the Black Dog

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

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

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

. October 17, Dean Magraw/Eric Gravatt CD Release at Landmark Center

. October 17, Connie Evingson and John Jorgenson Quartet, CD release at the Dakota

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

. October 18, PipJazz at Capri Theater

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

. October 25, Steve Kenny Quartet at the Black Dog

. October 27, Charlie Hunter at the Dakota

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

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

. November 8, Bebel Gilberto at the Dakota

. November 22, Chris Lomheim Trio at the Black Dog

. December 1, Joey DeFrancesco at the Dakota

. December 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cecile McLorin Salvant at Orchestra Hall

. December 21-22, Karrin Allyson Holiday Show at the Dakota

. December 25-28, The Bad Plus at the Dakota

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

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

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

The Illicit Sextet, October 4th at the Black Dog