A Week Filled with Music: 6.20 – 6.26

June 20, 2018

Well this is a big week for jazz lovers as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival takes place this weekend. There are links to my guide and the Jazz Fest official schedule in today’s post. Blues and roots fans have plenty to be happy about as well, what with the Devon Allman Project coming to town, along with Jesse Colin Young, and the Verve Pipe. Enjoy yourself. Music Lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, June 20

Mateusz Smoczynski Solo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($15, $ w/Valid Student ID) Smoczynski has been touring the world with the Turtle Island Quartet, playing violin and baritone violin. He was named the best jazz violinist of 2017 by Jazz Forum, European Magazine, and is currently touring behind his album, Metamorphoses, which contains his original compositions inspired by classical music, jazz, and both Polish and American folk music.

Jim Rotondi/Eric Alexander & Dave Hazeltine Quintet @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($30) Shades of the old Artist’s Quarter! Trumpeter Rotondi, saxophonist Alexander, and pianist Hazeltine were all regulars at the AQ, and are reuniting with AQ owners Kenny Horst on drums and Billy Peterson on bass. Expect a bunch of hard bop staples along with a few originals. Here are Rotondi, Alexander, and Hazeltine in the group one For All.

Ghost-Note @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40) Robert Spot Starlight and Nate Werth have won multiple Grammys, and are known for their work with Snarky Puppy. For this project, they’ve enlisted some friends with vast experience in some funky groups to present music influenced by James Brown, J Dilla, and grooves from West Africa, Brazil, and Afro-Cuban sources.

Thursday, June 21

Sam Miltich  & Briand Morrison @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 Advance/$12 Door) Two guitar masters interweave lead and rhythm parts while swinging Traditional and Gypsy Jazz.

Thursday – Saturday, June 21-23

Twin Cities Jazz Festival @ Various Stages and Venues, Saint Paul. This year’s headliners are well-established mainstream acts: Saxophonist Houston Person w/The Emmett Cohen Trio on Friday (see my interview with Emmett Cohen at http://jazzpolice.com. Saturday’s headliners start with Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who has received accolades for her playing, composing, and teaching, and also happens to be Beyonce’s music director. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgwater closes out the Main Stage on Saturday, performing the music of Memphis, her home town. She’s won three Grammys and a Tony, and in 2017 was named a Jazz Master. You should’ve received my guide in Tuesday’s email, or you can check it out on-line here. Of special note is Javier Santiago, appearing on the Main Stage Friday at 4pm. This performance marks the release of his CD Phoenix. The official schedule, along with bios on the headliners and all other performers can be found here.

Friday, June 22

Jake Baldwin Trio @ The Lexington, Saint Paul. 7pm (No cover) Trumpeter Baldwin is a “young lion” of the area’s jazz community, though the music that he plays at the Lex is well-suited to an audience that’s just looking for background music, those who pay a little attention will be delighted.

Saturday, June 23

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 4pm It’s a whole day’s worth of Jazz at the Black Dog as part of the Jazz Fest. See the Fest’s schedulefor details.

Sunday, June 24

MN Hard Bop Collective @ 56 Brewing, Minneapolis. 4pm – 7pm (Tip Jar?) Drummer Jesse Simon rounds up some like-minded players to perform new interpretations of hard bop standards from the 50s and 60s.,

Connie Evingson: Ella Fitzgerald’s Johnny Mercer Songbook @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm ($20) This time Evingson uses her silken voice to interpret Johnny Mercer songs from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook.

Monday, June 25

Hoaxer @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) This collective quartet of young musicians includes Will Kjeer, piano; Peter Goggin, alto; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Edmund Caitlin, drums. Their 2017 debut album, Crash Test, shows a musical maturity beyond their years, withinfluences that range from jazz standards to rock, avant-garde, electronica and more. Here’s a short clip of Peter Goggin soloing with the band.

Tuesday, June 26

Will Kjeer Trio @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Though he’s only 20 years old, pianist Will Kjeer has been playing professionally since high school, building a solid reputation as an improvisor and composer. He’ll be accompanied by two other sterling young musicians; Charlie Lincoln bass; and Ben Erlich, drums.

Joey DeFrancesco @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25-$40) The best organ player on the planet returns to Crooners, this time in the enlarged lounge space. The Chicago Tribune said of DeFrancesco  “He has dominated the instrument and the field as no one of his generation has.”

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 20

Cooker John Band on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Folkie/Bluesman Cooker John plays solo, or occasionally in a duo setting nowadays, but back in the 90s he played in a band with Ben Kaplan, Dan Neale, and Bill Grenke, who are reuniting with John for this appearance.

Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders @ Como Park Observatory, Saint Paul. 6pm (Free) Picnic on the grass outside the Conservatory while Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders play adrenalin-fueled blues. Plenty for kids to do, as well.

Thursday, June 21

Steeling Dan @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) If you didn’t make it to Steely Dan at the Excel last Friday, you can catch this 13 piece band, which is what it takes to present the music.

Friday, June 22

The Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, & Carly Simon @ Crooners’ Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Three excellent singers – Deb Brown, Rachel Holder, and Jana Anderson – tackle some classic tunes by three outstanding female singer/songwriters.

The Verve Pipe Acoustic @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40) This Michigan-based, multi-platinum alt rock band scored a #1 hit with The Freshmen in 1996, and also charted with the radio hits, Photograph, HeroHappiness Is, and Never Let You Down. They’ve released 8 albums, including two family/kids records, as well as a couple of EPs and compilation albums. This acoustic performance is a rarity for a club.

Blue Book @ Nielsen’s Sports Bar & Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage. 9pm (No Cover) If you cross the Minnesota River and head to Savage tonight, you’ll get to see a new blues band put together by Steve Clarke, sax & vocals. It features John Della Selva, guitar; Maurice Jacox, sax and vocals; John Kozoil, piano; Dik Hedlund, bass; and Brad Steine, drums. Their repertoire includes classic blues and soul.

Saturday, June 23

The Devon Allman Project w/Duane Betts @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($40,$45, $55) So what we have here are the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts giving us the next generation of Southern Rock: two guitars, burbling percussion, and a heavy blues and soul influence. Our very own Nicholas David is part of this tour, which generally includes some Allman Brothers tunes in the encore.

Sunday, June 24

Gang of Mischief @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 4pm-8pm (Tip Jar) This all-acoustic aggregation consists of Papa John Kolstad, Doug Otto, Albert Perez, and Dan Schwalbe on guitars; Mike Caravale, upright bass; and Hurricane Harold, harmonica.

Phil Heywood & Tim Sparks @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 6:30pm – 9pm ($20 Suggested donation to the artists) Two Championship Fingerpickers get together, with stunning results.

Tuesday, June 26

Jesse Colin Young @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $55, $65) “Come on People Now, Smile on Your Brother, Everybody Get Together, Try to Love One Another Right Now.” Jesse Colin Young is known for more than that anthem from 1967 – he has prospered and received acclaim as a singer/songwriter – but for those who were active during the Summer of Love, Get Together, by the Youngbloods, with Young singing lead, will always be the song that comes to mind when his name is mentioned. The sentiment of the song is still relevant some 51 years later.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


A Guide to the 2018 Twin Cities Jazz Festival; 6.21-6.23

June 19, 2018

Fellow music fans,

Part of the crowd enjoying the 2017 Jazz Festival

I, like many of you, am faced with the daunting task of figuring out what acts to see this weekend at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, so I’ve created this guide. I’ve tried to organize acts in a way that will let you pick and choose with some confidence in the type of music you’ll hear.

If a band isn’t listed here, it’s not because they aren’t worth seeing. With so many acts to choose among I don’t want to reconfigure the whole schedule, which you can find here., along with bios on the headliners and descriptions of other acts.Many of the bands that identify as mainstream may play originals instead of standards, though the music they play often has the hallmarks of both jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. Don’t be afraid to check out bands that you don’t know, that’s how you make musical discoveries.

Blues, R&B, & Funky Jazz

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

6:15 pm – Liquid Vinyl and Hornucopia @ Mears Park Main Stage

8pm – La Dolce Vita @ The Green Lantern

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

8pm – No Limits B-Side Band @ The Hat Trick Lounge

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Apple Valley HS R&B Band @ Union Depot Youth Stage

New Orleans Jazz & R&B

Thursday, June 21

Outside of Downtown

7pm – McNasty Brass Band @ Langford & Karls Chiropractic in Highland Park

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

8:30pm – Camille Baudoin and Curt Obeda @ Big River Pizza

Outside of Downtown

St. Peter Street Stompers @ The Episcopal Homes Stage

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

Aura Nealand, reeds and vocals

6pm Nayo Jones @ The Mears Park Main Stage

8:30pm – Aurora Nealand & Tom McDermott @ The TPT Street Space

9:30pm – Southside Aces @ The Hat Trick Lounge

World Music, Americana, & Roots

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Adam Granger (Guitar) & Bob Douglas (Mandolin) @ Big River Pizza

6:20pm – Tune Jerks (Fiddle & string band) @ Big River Pizza

7pm – Hurst Family Experience (Contemporary Gospel) @ Java Express in Union Depot

9pm & 10:30pm – Expression Tropical Band @ Barrio

10pm – Tim Cheesbrow (Singer/Songwriter) @ Big River Pizza

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

7pm – Hurst Family Experience (Contemporary Gospel) @ Java Express in Union Depot

Outside of Downtown

2pm Orkestar Bez Ime @ Como Lakeside Pavillion

4pm Café Accordion Orchestra @ Como Lakeside Pavillion

Youth Jazz 

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm Bruce Acosta Quartet @ The Black Dog

6:15pm – Liquid Vinyl @ The Mears Park Main Stage

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Elevator Jazz @ The Black Dog

4pm – 8:30pm – The Youth Stage @ Union Depot

4pm – Jerome Treadwell Group; 5pm – Leila Z; 6pm – Vimbo; 7pm – HS for Recording Arts

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

2:30pm – Walker West Music academy @ Mears Park Main Stage

1pm – 8:30pm – The Youth Stage @ Union Depot

1pm – Joe’s Jazz Camp; 2pm – Lasse Corson Quartet; 3pm – Jazz Around Minneapolis; 4pm – Apple Valley R&B Band; 5pm -Experience Jazz; 6pm – Dakota Combo

Young Lions 

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

Nelson Déveraux

7:30pm – Nelson Deveraux Quartet @ Hygga Lowertown

8:30pm – Le Percheron @ The Black dog (A group of young artists led by veteran Adam Linz)

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Javier Santiago @ Mears Park Main Stage

5:30pm – Julian Manzara Quartet @ the Black Dog

9pm – Jazz Musketeers @ World of Beer

9pm & 10:30pm – Silverback Trio @ Biergarten Germania

10pm & 11pm – Hoaxer @ The Black Dog

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

5:30pm – Jake Baldwin Quintet @ The Black Dog

10pm & 11:30pm – Steve Kenny’s Group 47 @ The Black Dog (another group of young Lions led by a veteran)

Vocalists

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

7pm – Erin Livingston @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar

Maud Hixson and Arne Fogel

Outside of Downtown

8:30pm – Arne Fogel & Maud Hixson w/The Wolverines @ Mancini’s Char House

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

7pm – Erin Livingston @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar

Jazz Vocal Showcase @ TPT Street Space

6pm – Jana Nyberg 5; 7:30pm – Sarah M. Greer; 9pm – Nancy Harms; 10:30pm – Scat Off, with Maryann Sullivan, Jana Nyberg, Sarah Greer, and Mankwe Ndosi

Outside of Downtown

7pm –Lila Ammons @ Como Lakeside Pavillion

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Patty Peterson Presents The Jazz Women All-Stars

4pm & 5:30pm – Connie Evingson: Beatles, Bossas, and Blues @ The Loft at Farmers Market Stage on Wall Street

6pm Nayo Jones @ The Mears Park Main Stage

7pm – Erin Livingston @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar

8:30pm – Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony @ The Mears Park Main Stage

9pm – Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows @ Biergarten Germania

9pm – Lindsay Pedalty Quartet @ The Green Lantern

9pm – Lowertown Trio, feat. Emily Jane Davis @ The World of Beer

Jazz Vocal Showcase @ TPT Street Space

5:30pm – Debbie Duncan; 8:30pm – Aurora Nealand & Tom McDermott; 10pm – Pippi Ardennia

Mainstream Jazz

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

5:30pm – No Room for Squares @ The Black Dog

7pm – Chris Lomheim Trio @ The Black Dog

7:30pm – Jon Weber @Vieux Carré

Outside of Downtown

6pm – Phil Zino’s Jazz Standards @ The Naughty Greek

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

5pm – Joe Mayo Quartet @ Jazz on 5thStreet

6pm – Kronick Quintet @ The Green Lantern

6pm – Tia Fuller Quartet @ The Mears Park Main Stage

7:15pm –Dave Brattain @ Jazz on 5thStreet

7:30pm – Peter Schmike Trio @ Vieux Carré

8pm – Dean Sorenson @ Citizen

8:30pm – Houston Person w/ The Emmett Cohen Trio @ The Mears Park Main Stage

9pm Graydon Peterson @ Vieux Carré

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

2:45pm – The Capri All-Stars @ Lofts at Farmers Market Stage

Mary Louise Knutson

4pm – Ahmed & the Creators @ The Black Dog

6pm – Mary Louise Knutson @ Vieux Carré

7:15pm – Mac Santiago Quintet @ Jazz on 5thStreet

8pm – Jon Pemberton Trio @ Citizen

8pm – Jon Weber @ Vieus Carré


Too Much Fun? 6.13 – 6.19

June 13, 2018

Too much fun? No way!

This week seems to be a “get ready” week for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival – watch for a guide to the fest next week – as visiting jazz artists abound this week. In fact, we’re blessed with three nationally known acts on one night. Blues and Roots lovers will enjoy three stellar visiting artists as well as our own talented musicians, including some outdoor events. It’s almost too much fun. Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, June 13

Butch Thompson & Dean Magraw @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Classic jazz & a little blues from two of the finest musicians in town.

Wednesday – Saturday, June 13-16

Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesongs @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($75, $85, $95), 9pm ($55, $65, $75) Ten time Grammy winner McFerrin had the Song of the Year in the late 80s with Don’t Worry, Be Happy, which the stopped singing when GW Bush’s campaign appropriated it as their campaign song without his permission. He went on to spend some time in the area was he was appointed creative chair of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He’s appeared as a conductor/vocalist with numerous orchestras around the world and has written film scores. Circlesongs is an evening of choral pieces based on irresistible grooves spontaneously created each night by McFerrin’s 12-piece ensemble, which may contain some area singers, and sometimes by the whole crowd.

Thursday, June 14

Peter Kogan Quintet @ Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. 9:30am (Free) Even if you aren’t going to see Mahler’s 4th at the 11am Coffee Concert, it’ll be worth your while to drop in and catch this fine quintet, led by the former tympanist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Joining drummer Kogan will be Omar Abdul Karim, trumpet; Pete Whitman, sax; Phil Aaron, piano, and Chris Bates, drums.

Friday, June 15

Julian Manzara Trio @ Herbie’s on the Park, 317 Washington, Saint Paul. 6-9pm (Tip Jar?) The bar next door to the Ordway features music on the patio every Friday from 6-9pm. Tonight’s group is led by guitarist Manzana, who admits he is still developing his style, but now plays chords and lead lines reminiscent of Wes Montgomery. He’ll be joined by bassist Charlie Lincoln, home for the summer from Berklee College of Music; and  Tarek Abdelqader on drums.  Here’s Manzara with a quartet.

Ted Olsen Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm. Olsen, bass; Javi Santiago, piano; Aaron Hedenstrom, sax; and Miguel Hurtado, drums.  Arrive early to catch the 7pm performance of emerging musicians – The Sophia Kickhofel Quintet: Kickhofel, alto sax; Owen Finch, piano; Jackson Wheeler, guitar; Jon Butler bsss; Nick Adams, Drums.

Friday, Saturday, June 15, 16

Davu Seru: Two Nights of Improvised Music @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($5-$10 Suggested Donation) Drummer Seru performs with Charcoalon Friday night, featuring Milo Fine on piano, and Anthony Cox on bass. On Saturday Seru premieres a brand new ensemble featuring visiting pianist Thollen McDonas. McDonas has been visiting the area for several years for both solo performances and collaborations with area musicians. Elsewhere, he’s collaborated with William Parker, Nels Cline, Rob Mazurek, and other forward-thinking musicians. Others in the new ensemble include: multi-instrumentalist Elaine Evans, and tuba player Benjamin Mansavage-Klein.

Saturday, June 16

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) The Tommy Bentz Trio opens at 7pm: Bentz, guitar; Jason McLean, bass; Alex Burgess, drums. At 8:30pm, it’s Tall Tales, featuring the dual guitars of Zacc Harris and Dean Granros; along with Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. Here’s a tune from the Tall Tales album.

Sunday, June 17

Anderson, Goggin, & Lincoln @ 56 Brewing, 3055 NE Columbia Ave, Suite 102, Minneapolis. 4-6pm (Tip Jar?) Enjoy a brew while listening to this trio of young musicians who bonded in the Dakota Combo a few years back. Jordan Anderson, keys; Peter Goggin, sax; and Charlie Lincoln, bass.

Monday, June 18

Peter Goggin @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/valid student ID) Goggin is a fiery college-age alto saxophonist who has been playing with various groups around town. Monday nights at JC are set aside for artists to explore their own compositions and arrangements.

Broken Shadows @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($20) Tim Berne, alto; Chris Speed,tenor; Reid Anderson, double bass; Dave King, drums. Berne & Speed are NYC-based musicians who visit town fairly regularly to play with area musicians. Anderson & King are 2/3rds of the Bad PlusBroken Shadows is dedicated to reinterpreting the music of folks like Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Julius Hemphill, all of whom created avante-garde music from the folk-art influences of their Southern and Heartland beginnings.

Tuesday, June 19

Harold Mabern/Eric Alexander Quartet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6pm, 9pm ($30, $35) Intergenerational hard bop from pianist Mabern  who was present at the beginning, and saxophonist Alexander  who has had an incandescent career as sideman and leader, having played on or led more than 60 albums.

Kenny Garrett @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($20, $25, $30) Garrett started his career over 30 years ago with the Duke Ellington Orchestra led by Mercer Ellington. He moved on to play with Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey, and Mlies Davis before becoming a bandleader himself. About two years ago, the alto saxophonist was quoted in a Downbeat cover article saying, “Whether we’re performing live or in the studio, my goal is to conjure an emotion. If they can feel that, my goal is accomplished.”

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 19, 20

Jim Rotondi/David Hazeltine Quartet @ Crooners Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Trumpeter Rotondi has released 16 albums as a leader, and many more as a sideman, including 16 with pianist Hazeltine & Eric Alexander, and 7 on Alexander -led recordings. Hazeltine may be the most recorded contemporary jazz pianist of our time. They’ll be supported by Billy Peterson, bass; and Kenny Horst, drums.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 13

Machinery Hill on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Machinery Hill has been around a long time, having won the 1996 Minnesota Music Award for Best World Beat CD, so they know how to please an audience with their blend of folk, ska, klezmer and celtic tunes, and even a touch of rock n’ roll.

Jon Rodine & Friends @ The Hook and Ladder, Minneapolis. 6pm (Free) Rodine is an artist who deserves more exposure. He sings groove-driven rock n’ roll and country, often using sources like Dan Penn, Doug Sahm, & Dylan, though tonight he’ll concentrate on his own compositions, such as those in his latest album, Last Star.

The Dieselfitters @ Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) The Dieselfitters play roots, rock, honky-tonk, and “post-modern twang” with Clay Williams, guitar; Dan Peterson, bass; and Mike Sandell, drums.

Thursday, June 14

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ Mears Park, Saint Paul.6:30pm – 9:30pm (Free) This is the 15th year of Music in Mears, and the GCO make for fine listening on a summer night, what with their fusion of bluegrass, metal, and jazz. You can never tell where they’ll go from one tune to the next. Brianna Lane opens.

The Blasters @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($20 Advance, $25 Door) The Blasters burst on the scene in the early 80s with music that was appropriate to their name. Phil Alvin and his full-bore vocals still bring on the big beat of American Music and more.

Friday, June 15

Incredible Shrinking Men @ The Underground Music Cafe, 408 3rd Ave, N, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar?) Jack Thibault & Tim Gadban have been around since the 70s heyday of Minnesota music. They play obscure folk/blues with the occasional nod to rock n’ roll, from the likes of The Band, Frank Zappa, Mose Allison, Lou Reed, and Gram Parsons, while throwing in a few originals to boot. Note that this is a new outpost for the UMC.

Pat Donahue & the Prairie All Stars@ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Versatile guitarist Donahue has won the National Finger Picking Championship, was a 20-year member of the house band for Prairie Home Companion, played with Chet Atkins and has generally established himself at home in many genres. Tonight he’s joined by some of his former band members from PHC.

Saturday, June 16

RAMM Band @ Schooner’s, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Classic Motown, funk, and rock n’ roll from Paul Mayasich, guitar; John Iden, bass; and Donald “Hye Pockets” Robertson, drums.

Shannon Curfman @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Scorching guitar and hard-earned vocals from blues/rock guitarist Curfman, who grabbed everyone’s attention with her major label debut Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions back in 1999, when she was still a teenager. Since then she’s sold a quarter million records recorded with John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo and more, and has been a touring background singer and guitarist for Kid Rock since 2010.

Sunday, June 17

Katy Vernon Band @ The Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 5:30pm (Free) Pack a picnic and listen to the folk/pop stylings of ukelelist Vernon as planes pass overhead, the smell of grilled meat fills the air, sailboats cruise the lake, and children scamper about on a summer evening.

Sonny Landreth @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) This is a unique  opportunity to see a master of the slide guitar, whose acoustic and electric slide playing provide a primer on the style. The “King of Slydeco” cut his musical teeth with Clifton Chenier.  He’s collaborated with Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Derek Trucks, and has won a number of blues music awards as well as Grammy nominations.

Tuesday, June 19

Ens? Daiko @ Ecolab Plaza, Downtown Saint Paul. Noon (Free) Japanese Taiko Drumming to elevate your lunchtime.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 

 

 


Around the World, Around the Block: 6.6 – 6.12

June 6, 2018

We’ve plenty of great music coming at us during the coming week, so much so that I had a hard time winnowing the list to a manageable level. You can hear great jazz from visiting and resident artists, as well as music from around the world and around the block. As a bonus, there’s a classic rock n’ roll film at the Heights Theater. Music lifts the Spirit!

Larry


Jazz

Wednesday, June 6

Teri Roiger @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) This is the kind of music that the Dunsmore Room was made for. Roiger is a Hudson Valley-based vocalist who epitomizes jazz singing. Her phrasing is laid-back, and often just a tad behind the beat, sometimes evoking Abbey Lincoln, while maintaining Roiger’s own identity. But then, her 2012 tribute to Lincoln, Dear Abbey, was well received throughout jazz fandom, as was her 2017 tribute to Billie Holiday. She’ll be accompanied by husband John Menegon, bass; and area stalwarts with whom she’s played before: Phil Aaron, piano; and Phil Hey, drums.

Moriarty/Lease/Seru @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Saxophonist Pat Moriarty and pianist Ellen Lease have long been musical and marital partners, resulting in seamless musical communication during their improvising. They are able to incorporate other musicians, such as the highly talented drummer Davu Seru, easily into their spontaneous compositions.

Thursday, June 7

Sarah M Greer @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocalist Greer can be heard in a number of configurations, including teaching, community sings, and with other singers. Tonight she’s accompanied by uber guitarist Dean Magraw, which will make for some mesmerizing moments.

Friday, June 8

Jana Nyberg Group @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) She may be the mom of an infant and a tot, but this singer has been keeping her chops up and will charm you with her vibrant and charming interpretations of jazz and pop tunes. The icing on this cake is her crackerjack band, led by hubby/trumpeter Adam Meckler.

Ruckus @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Ruckus is a group led by the exciting young drummer Rodney Ruckus, who lived here in town a couple of years before heading out to Frisco, where he’s become well-established. Now he’s on a tour that will take him to NYC, Paris, and London. Tonight he’ll have Javi Santiago (who’s played quite a few gigs with Ruckus) on piano; Graydon Peterson on bass; and Jonathan Greenstein, from NY & Wisconsin, on sax. Opening at 7pm is the Carter Pearson Quartet.

Friday, Saturday, June 8, 9

Peterson Family @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20 -$30) They’re called Minnesota’s First family of Music for good reason. Among them they have over 100 Gold and Platinum records, and have played with Prince, Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, and countless other musical luminaries. You’ll hear Patty Peterson, vocals, St. Paul Peterson, bass, keys, guitar, and vocals; Billy Peterson, bass; Linda Peterson, keys and vocals; and Jason Peterson Delaire,. sax and keys. ,

Saturday, June 9

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) At 7pm The Lila Ammons Quartet opens, w/Ted Godbout, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Nathan Norman, drums. 8:30pm – It’s The Ruckus. See Friday’s entry for Jazz Central, and add Aaron Janik, trumpet, to the line-up.

Mary Louise Knutson Trio @ Jazz at St. Barney’s,15600 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth. 7pm – 8:15 ($10 adults, $5 students One of April’s big snowstorm’s shut down their original concert, so Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums; are appearing tonight. seating at tables, and free snacks, lemonade, and coffee.

 

Sunday, June 10

Capri Big Band @Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30 (Free) Enjoy this intergenerational band while sipping on beverages or eating victuals from the Spring Cafe.

Monday, June 11

Stevie Kenny’s Group 47 @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12)  Steve Kenny, trumpet; Thomas Strommen, sax; Will Kjeer, piano; Adam Tucker, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums. Now that some of the group’s members are home from school, mentor & bandleader Steve Kenny has them booked for a four-city tour through Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, including two national jazz festivals. Give them a send-off tonight.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

 

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 6

Ray Barnard  & Friends on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Guitarist Barnard led the well-received Copperheads, recording three albums with the group. He’s been a sideman for folks like Bill Geezy, Molly Maher, and Erik Koskinen. His friends for this gig include Mikkel Beckman on percussion, and Nick Salisbury on bass.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) In the early days of his career, slide guitar master would work the crowd into a frenzy and then jump into the crowd. Don’t know ifs he still does that, but there’s no doubt he’ll still work the crowd into a frenzy with his endless boogie. Ken Valdez opens at this fundraiser for the Lowertown Blues Festival later this summer.

Makoomba @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis.7:30pm ($18) Afro-fusion and traditional Tonga rhythms from Zimbabwe that will have the standing room audience dancing in wild abandon. Marimba Bullies open.

Thursday, June 7

Hard Day’s Night @ The Heights Theater, Columbia Heights. 7:30pm ($10) The ground-breaking film that was supposed to be a quickie thing turned out to be lots of fun and a big hit. All kinds of performances from the Fab Four, as well as many jokes about Paul’s grandpa, who is a “clean old man.”

Forro With Samba Meu @ Brazil Art Twin Cities, 110716th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. 7pm-8:30pm (Free, Though Donations Warmly Welcomed) Samba Meu is a trio that explores acoustic Brazilian roots and pop. They’re embarking on a Forro project. Forro is a genre that comes from NE Brazil and incorporates a number of rhythms, some of which are akin to the blues, as Harpist extraordinaire Charlie Musselwhite has pointed out. Tonight’s concert will include accordion, rabeca (fiddle), and lots of percussion.

Friday, June 8

The Changeups & Gambler’s Daughter @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($7) Gambler’s Daughter is a band as well as the musical persona of leader Jesse Roquet, whose parents were musicians during the exploding folk scene of the 60s. A background traipsing along with her parents from gig to gig has resulted in poetic songwriting that embraces soul, blues, folk, and rock n’ roll. They’ll open at 9pm, followed at 10pm by The Changeups, an Americana band formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Alicia Kay, soon joined by guitarist Jimmy Baker. Expect country and rock with some indie, pop, blues, and folk to make things interesting. Here’s a short clip of Gambler’s Daughter.

Saturday, June 9

The Committee @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($??) Old school R&B from Maurice Jacox, Aisha Baker, and Deb Brown, backed by a 7-piece horn band.

Sunday, June 10

Russian Fireworks: A Musical Celebration @ The Russian Museum of Art, Minneapolis. 6:15 Doors, 7pm Music. ($30, $25 TMORA Members) Shostkovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and more, from Olga Orlosvkaya, soprano; Ben Odhner, violin; Silver Ainomae, cello; and Denis Evstuhin, piano. Cash bar prior to and during intermission.

Ivan Lins @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $50) Pianist Lins is a Latin Grammy winner and one of Brazil’s most celebrated artists. His songs have been recorded hundreds of times, by such stellar artists as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, George Benson, and others.

Monday, June 11

Huntertones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $25) This horn-driven six-piece band creates smart, muti-genre music, pulling from sources as diverse as Stephen Foster, Brian Wilson, and George Benson. Individual members have collaborated with bands such as Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ed Sheehan, Snarky Puppy, Ricky Martin, Red Barat, and more.

Joe Fingers @ Dunn Brothers on Grand, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) A national champion finger-picker with a pleasant voice at a neighborhood coffeehouse. Really? Really!

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.


Air: Conditioned or Fresh- 5.30-6.5

May 30, 2018

With the unofficial start of Summer behind us, we can take advantage of air conditioned clubs or fresh air when going out, or we can enjoy the fact that it’s still light outside after early shows, and often pleasant when we get out of late shows. Music lifts the Spirit!

Thomasina Petrus as Lady Day

Larry

Jazz

Now through June 24

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill @ The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis. 7:30pm Tues – St, 2pm & 7:30pm Sundays ($37 – $47, depending on date) Thomasina Petrus does an uncanny job of giving voice to Billie Holiday as she sounded during the last months of her life. She portrays Holiday as vulnerable and frail, yet strong and defiant. The strong, emotional production is moved along with the help of ace musicians Thomas West on piano; Ron Evanuik, bass; and Kevin Washington, drums. For More Info, go here.

Wednesday, May 30

Bill Carrothers Solo Piano @ Crooners Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15 – $20) Carrothers is a highly regarded pianist who’s been praised in the New York Times. He grew up in Saint Paul and now lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, close enough to visit every few months. He normally plays with a number of the area’s fine musicians but tonight he plays solo in the listening room.

Nathan Hanson/Chris Bates Duets @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Chris on bass, and Nathan on sax have known each other for 25 years. Never having done an evening of duets before, they’re going to explore music of the moment.

Thursday, May 31

Deano & The Dinosaurs @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30 (Tip Jar) Six-string guitar master Dean Mikkelson takes over the green booth at this tiny joint to play some fine jazz and standards. He’ll be joined by Dean Harrington, another wizard on guitar, as well as bassist Tom Lewis, and drummer Diehl Gallagher.

Le Voyage @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Music composed in and of the moment, by Donald Washington, saxes and flutes; Matt Trice, alto sax; Dick Studer, bass; and Steve Hirsh, drums. Here’s Washington in a trio setting.

Thursday, May 31, Friday, June 1

Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole: Blind Spot @ The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($24-$30) The Walker, as usual, is staying ahead of the curve when it comes to jazz. For these two evenings they’ve got forward thinking pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, who is collaborating with acclaimed Nigerian-American writer/photographer Teju Cole in some interdisciplinary works.

Friday, June 1 

Zacc Harris Group and Skinny Kid Fridays @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) So tonight’s bill features a new band in the opening set – Skinny Kid Fridays: Eli Zukor-Zimmerman, sax; Carter Pearson, drums; Lasse Korson, keys; and Jorgen Linne, bass. Then at 8:30pm it’s the veterans of the Zacc Harris Group; Harris, guitar; Bryan Nichols, keys; Chris Bates, bass; and Pete Hennig, drums.

Franklin’s Revival Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Here’s a new group ready to provide a modern twist to some classic jazz, whether from the 19-teens, 20s, 30,s or 40s. It’s Adam Meckler, trumpet;Paul Fonfara, clarinet; Ted Godbout, piano; Even Clark, tuba; and Trevor Haining, drums.

Saturday, June 2

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Tonight’s 7pm slot will be Inventions & Dimensions, a group composed of Chris Bates, bass; Joe Strachan, keyboards; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. Larry McDonough Quartet takes over at 8:30pm to present: Alice in Stonehenge & Other Acoustic Adventures, with Richard Terrill, saxes, poetry;  Greg Stinson, bass; Nathan Norman, drums; and special guest Steve Kenny, Flumpet.

Jelloslave Open Eye Figure Theater, 506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Donation – $10 & Up) Jelloslave is premiering new music as the featured ensemble for the American Composers Foru/m Showcase. New works are by Larry McDonough, Robin Holcomb. of Seattle, and Harriet Steinke, of Detroit. They’ll also be performing a work composed for them by Mary Ellen Childs, as well as compositions by group members Michelle Kinney and Jaqueline Ultan, both of whom play cello. The other members of Jelloslave are Gary Waryan, tablas, and Greg Schutte, drums. Make reservations here.

Jelloslave

Monday, June 5

Maryann & The Money Makers @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Maryann Sullivan’s mellifluous voice was once heard on MPR, KBEM, and other jazz stations, and is still heard from time to time on voiceovers for commercials. That voice helps her shine as she and her band take a turn through numerous standards with a small aggregation that’s big on swing.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, May 30 

Rockin’Johnny Burgin on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Traditional Chicago Blues from the hard-touring Burgin, who started out with the Tail Draggers in the 90s and has since become a leading blues star around the world. He does 250 shows a year, and is also in demand as a session player. He’ll be accompanied by Jeremy Johnson and Joh Medek.

Al Jardine: A Postcard from California @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($65, $70, $75) Jardine appeared at the Dakota on the first night of this “story-telling” tour. It was a charming evening as the co-founder of the Beach Boys shared stories and music. Now that the show has been road-tested, he’s back, with more videos and presumably, more stories.

Thursday, May 31

Cash and Carry Band @ Underground Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) R&B, blues, jazz, and pop from a group of seasoned veterans, including Rodney Wilson on keys and vocals andJmes “Jimmyapolis” wallace on sax.

Viva Las Vegas & The Nashville Rebel @ The Heights Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm (Viva Las Vegas), 9:15 (Nashville Rebel) ($20 for both) Here’s an old fashioned double feature, with the King himself starring opposite the vivacious Ann Margret in Viva Las Vegas. As with most of Elvis’ movies, the plot is thin, but in this one in particular, the singing and dancing are hot. It’s followed by Nashville Rebel, featuring Waylon Jennings as a country singer trying to escape his contract with an evil lawyer. Performances by Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, and Tex Ritter.

Thursday – Sunday, June 1 – 3

Davina & the Vagabonds @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm, The-Sat, 6;30pm Sun  ($15 – $25) Davina and her mad mix of New Orleans R&B, classic blues, and fresh take on traditional jazz has filled the club so much in the past that their debut in the newly enlarged main room has been expanded to 4 nights!

Friday, June 1

Mr Ray, not Mr Ree

Jeff Ray & The Stakes @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Friday evenings at the Kitchen may be filled with TGIF revelers and diners, but it will be worth it to hear the way slide guitarist Jeff ray brings new arrangements to old bluesy Americana. He’ll be accompanied by Harold Tremblay on harmonica; Mikkel Beckmen; percussion, and an as-yet to be identified bass player.

 

Jaedyn James & The Hunger @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul.7pm (No Cover) Spring Cafe has now replaced the Como Dockside as a lakeside cafe in Como park, and they’ve upped the music game at the Pavillion by having Molly Maher do the booking.There are still community bands, but there’s also a fine mix of jazz, r&b, and Americana acts. Tonight it’s the funky, bad-ass attitude of Jaedyn James and her cohorts.

Saturday, June 2

Spider John Koerner Art Reception @ Palmer’s, Minneapolis. 3pm – 5pm (Free) This is simply described as a visual collection from the west bank’s most famous world traveler. (He’s also Palmer’s most famous regular)

Sweet Colleens and the Hounds of Finn @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($12 Advance/$18 Door) Two bands provide a full evening of Celtic-infused, fiddle & accordion driven Americana and folk rock.

Soul Tight Committee @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) This ten -piece band, featuring two horns and three vocalists plays lots of 70s era songs and others that will have you dancing in your seats, alongside the bar, and the dance floor.

Sunday, June 3

Grand Old Days @ Dixie’s on Grand, Saint Paul. Noon ton5pm (Free) The Annual gathering of beer lovers and others has a number of stages featuring music. The best of them all is Dixie’s, starting with Crankshaft, and continuing with Boom Boom Stevie V & The Knockouts, The Church of Cash, and Viva Kneivel.

101 Years of Finnish Music @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 2pm (Free) Whether you’re a Finn from the North Country, or discovered Finnish Music at the Cedar Cultural Center, you can hear popular Finnish songs from the last 101 years, performed by Pasi Lautala, Oren Tikkanen, Bob Niltunen, and Tim Havens, with special guests Erik Koskinen, Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, Diane Jarvi, and Ralph Tutilla.

 Monday, Tuesday, June 4,5

Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $40, $45) Asher is a multi-talented artist who has been involved in some pivotal moments in rock history – rooming with Paul McCartney, introducing John to Yoko, discovering James Taylor, producing a host of artists and serving as music director for a bunch of award shows, not to forget his partnership in Peter &* Gordon. He’s returning to the Dakota for the 4th or 5th time, and once again will change things up, this time by partnering with Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy, another British duo with some hits, such as the one in the video below. Always entertaining.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


Hot Music for Hot Times: 5.23 – 5.29

May 23, 2018

Apparently we have a heat wave coming, and though you’re not likely to hear the hit from Martha & the Vandellas being performed, there are plenty of opportunities to hear great music from both visiting and resident artists. Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, May 23

Andrew Walesch & Connie Evingson w/ Dave Karr @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 for Guaranteed Seat)  Three generations of musicians come together for you listening enjoyment. Pianist/vocalist Walesch would seem to make a great singing partner for Ms Evingson, while octogenarian saxophonist Karr has long been a favored accompanist for both.

Thursday, May 24

Fine/Metzger/Benjamin/Klein @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) With Milo Fine on keys; Paul Metzger on plucked instruments, with Benjamin Mansavage Klein on tuba, this should be a freewheeling evening of adventurous improvisation.

Friday, May 25

Dan Newton/Southside Aces @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. . 6:30pm (No Cover – Newton), 9pm ($10 – Aces) It’s a night to double your pleasure, double your fun, as Dan Newton brings his squeezebox to the Vieux’s dinner hour. Then the Southside Aces entertain you with New Orleans music from throughout the last 100 years.

Saturday, May 26

The Neighborhood Trio @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis.11am-2pm (No Cover) Steve Roehm, vibes; Nick Salisbury, bass; and Dan Schwartz, acoustic lap steel and vocals; provide an “ethereal and groovy” soundtrack for your Saturday Brunch, blending pop and soul influences with their jazz.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) At 7pm, The Bruce Acosta Quartet takes the stage as a featured young band in the JazzINK youth showcase. Members are: Bruce Acosta, guitar; Jon Butler, bass; August McKinney, piano; and Carter Pearson, drums. Healing at 8:30 is the Inatnas Orchestra, a 17-piece band featuring Asuka Kakitani and JC Sanford.

Sleepy Dah & Dylan Shamat Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Opening is the Dylan Shamat Trio, with Shamat, bass; Javier Santiago, piano; and Mac Santiago, drums. Javier Santiago returns with the headlining group: Sleepy Dah, with Dahi Divine, a veteran of NYC and Philadelphia music scenes on saxophones & vocals; and LA Buckner, drums. Here’s Devine with a quintet.

Sunday, May 27

Connie Evingson: The Peggy Lee Songbook @ The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis. 4pm ($30) Vocalist Evingson has long appreciated the music of Peggy Lee. What isn’t generally known is that Ms Lee wrote many songs, including Why don’t You do RightI Don’t Know Enough About YouMañanaFeverI’m Goin’ Fishin, and the score for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. Evingson will be accompanied by Dave Karr, sax; Mary Louise Knutson, piano; and Gordy Johnson, bass. Here’s a track from her tribute to Lee.

Flow @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm ($15, $20) Flow is the quartet of Alejandro Urzagaste, guitar; Bill Carrothers, piano; Dennis Carroll, bass; and George Fludas, drums. Urzagaste is an Iowa-born, Chicago-based player who studied at Fareed Haques guitar studio at Northern Illinois U. He’s performed with dozens of Chicago artists and recently released his debut recording Urban Intervals, featuring Carrol and Fludas, the rhythm section for the Bobby Broom Trio. Carrothers joins them for what promises to be an evening of great music. Here’s Urzagaste w/Carrol, Fludas, and pianist Ron Perillo.

Monday, May 28

Will Schmid Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Gearing up for an appearance at the 2018 Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Will Schmid Quartet returns to Jazz Central Studios this Memorial Day, featuring: Will Schmid – guitar; Patrick Adkins – piano; Charlie Lincoln – bass; and Jesse Thorson – drums. Here’sSchmid in a different configuration.

Tuesday, May 29

Bob Bowman Trio, feat Tanner Taylor @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12) Kansas City bassist Bowman returns to town, this time bringing along former Twin Citizen Tanner Taylor on piano, who developed a loyal following when he lived here. Also on hand is John Kizilarmut on drums, a veteran of gigs with such notables as Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinson, and Branford Marsalis, among others.

Red Planet w/Bill Carrothers @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul.  8pm ($10) It’s not often that a well established trio can find a musician that fits their esthetic as well as pianist Bill Carrothers fits with Red Planet, as demonstrated in the album they released together last year. Carrothers’ imaginative playing fits right in with the vast array of colors that Dean Magraw can squeeze from his guitar, and the inventive rhythm section of Chris Bates on bass and Jay Epstein on drums.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, May 23

The Dee Miller Band on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Listen in and go to the 331 to hear why Ms Miller and her band were chosen to represent Minnesota at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next year. You can catch the band in a completely different venue on Saturday, May 26, when they appear at Vieux Carré, in Saint Paul.

Thursday, May 24

Big Fat Love10th Annual John Prine Tribute @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm music ($7 Advance/$10 Door) It’s once again time for the annual John Prince tribute – this is there tenth! Featuring:Mother Banjo; Art Vandalay; Jon Rodine; Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newon;,Terry Walsh of the Belfast Cowboys; the Roe Family singers; John Louis; Ben Miller of the Federales; and Katy Bellville.

Vibronauts @ Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Early rock n’ roll & rockabilly, delivered with verve in a neighborhood bar.

The Girl Can’t Help It @ The Heights Theater, NE Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10) In the early days of rock n’ roll a number of independent studios put out quickie b/w R n’ R films with minimal plots. This, however, is a major studio effort, starring Tom Ewell as a down on his luck agent, Edmund O’Brien as a gangster who wants Ewell to make his tone-deaf girlfriend a star, and Jayne Mansfield as the girlfriend. It’s filmed in gorgeous technicolor and features performances from Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Platters, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Abbey Lincoln, Julie London, and more. Directed by Frank Tashlin, veteran director of many Loony Tunes cartoons.

Friday, May 25

Johnny Iguana & the Claudettes @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm($30, $35) This Chicago-based quartet plays raved-up piano blues, sometimes evoking 60s soul & pop, Cramps-like psychobilly, and long-gone piano pounders like Otis Spannand Professor Longhair, with Beth Ulseth’s vocals creating a surprising counterpoint to uptempo tunes, and a balm to ballads.

Paul Cebar @ the Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door) Get out yer dancing’ shoes, Cebar will once again fill the hook with enough rhythms to cause a seismic shift to the stage.

Friday, Saturday, May 25, 26

The Battle of the Man @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9:30pm ($15 Advance/$20 Door) Here’s an evening of the Music of the Isley Brothers and Frankie Beverly & Maze, featuring a plethora of Twin Cites talent, featuring Mario Dawson, with Adrian Davis, John McGhee, Anibal, Ben Howe, Jelly Bean Johnson, Kevin Jackson, Maurice Jacox, Ray Covington, Rhonda & Kathleen Johnson, and more…

Saturday, May 26

Annie Mack @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12) With her originals and new arrangements of familiar tunes, Ms Mack uses her smokey voice to turn the Dakota into a blues palace for the evening.

Willie Murphy @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10?) Multi-instrumentalist Murphy brings his rock n’ roll, blues, and R&B to what might be the best dance floor in town.

Monday, May 28, Wednesday, May 30

Al Jardine: A Postcard from California @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($65, $70, $75) Jardine appeared at the Dakota in January on the first night of this “story-telling” tour. It was a charming evening as the co-founder of the Beach Boys shared stories and music. Now that the show has been road-tested, he’s back, with more videos, a tighter show, and presumably, more stories. Here’s an example of the show from a couple of months ago.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.

 


Dancing in the Streets: 5.16 – 5.22

May 16, 2018

Baseball season is in full swing, trees have sprouted leaves, and lilacs are beginning to bloom. Welcome to a great season in the Twin Cities. Warm sunny weather is ideal for outdoor festivals and street dancing, and we have Art-A-Whirl in Minneapolis this weekend to help us enjoy music outdoors. See more information below. We’re also beginning to see young musicians return from college for the summer, and of course, some great visiting musicians to complement our own resident musicians. Get out and hear some music – it lifts the spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, May 16

Terrence Blanchard & The E-Collective @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) The last time trumpeter Blanchard & the E Collective was in town, they were recording songs in cities where conflicts have arisen over police shootings of African Americans. They chose the Twin Cities after the death of Philando Castille. Now they’re touring on the April release of Live!, which features seven powerful songs from that tour. They stress that the project condemns all gun violence, whether against profiled persons of color or law enforcement.

Pete Whitman Presents: New Boundaries @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Wednesdays at Jazz Central are a laboratory for new groups and new compositions. Tonight, saxophonist Pete Whitman brings a new group to the basement club, with: Omid Huttar, guitars; Javi Santiago, keys; Yonsathan Bekure, bass; and LA Buckner, drums.

Thursday, May 17

Katia Cardenas @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocalist Cardenas is doing  video tonight to capture her emotive voice singing There Will Never Be Another You, from her debut CD I’ll Be Seeing You. Here she is with an Etta James nugget.

Tyler Wagner Group @ The Underground Cafe, Saint Paul 7pm (Tip Jar) This is a group of talented, college-age musicians, featuring Tyler Wagner, bass; Will Schmid, guitar; Peter Goggin, alto; and Ed Caitlin, drums.

Friday, May 18

Triocracy @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Horn lovers will enjoy this show which features JC Sanford, trombone; along with Brandon Wozniak and Bruce Thornton on saxophones. Here is Sanford leading an Orchestra.

Saturday, May 19

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Things start off at 7pm with The Constellation Band: Ross Nixon, sax; Kelly Blau, guitar; Sid Gasner, bass; and Derrin Pinto, drums. At 8:30 it’s Davu Seru’s No Territory Band: Seru on drums; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; JC Sanford, trombone; Nathan Hanson, saxes; Pat O’Keefe, Bass Clarinet; and Scott Fultz, baritone sax. This is a CD Release Party for the No Territory Band, so they’re bound to be more energized than usual, if that’s possible.

Saturday, Sunday, May 19, 20

Freddy Cole @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm Sat, 7:30pm Sun ($45, $65) We’re talking jazz royalty here, as Cole is the younger brother of Nat King Cole, and though you may hear some similarities in the timbre of Cole’s voice, his style as a singer and pianist is all his own.

Sunday, May 20

Get Jazzed! @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 4pm-7pm ($50) This fundraiser for The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education will feature music from five young bands. They include three DFJE-sponsored combos of young people who are learning how to communicate and work together in musical groups, as well as the Dakota Combo, featuring some of the best young players n the area, and a group from the high School of Recording Arts. DFJE is raising money to send jazz artists into eight Saint Paul schools, where the artists will spend four sessions with school bands, introducing them to jazz and helping them improve their skills.

 

 

Jazz at Indeed Brewing, 711 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis. 1pm – 6pm (Free) The Chris Bates/Bryan Nichols Trio starts things off at 1pm at this Art-A-Whirl gig, while the adventurous Gang Font is on at 4pm and Happy Apple at 5pm. Dosh and Porcupine will also be performing during the afternoon. Here’s the Gang Font.

Monday, May 21

Wall Smashers Organ Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Steven Hobert’s organ trio in its 2nd show, with Hobert on organ, LA Buckner on drums, and Jax Ravel on bass.

Red Planet @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Jazz rock without the bombast from /dean Magraw, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums.

Tuesday, May 22

Maud Hixson: What Would Doris Do? @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) The music of Doris Day, presented by Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson on piano.

Midnight Love @ Como Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm (Free) Wow! Some cool jazz at the Pavilion, featuring the music of Lou Donaldson and various and sundry hard bop and R&B tunes with: Greg Schutte, drums; Peter Vircks, sax; Brian Ziemniak, keys; Matt Darling, trombones; and Patrick Nelson, bass.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

 

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, May 16

Rich Lewis Band on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Members of the Rich Lewis Band have been inspiring folks to dance for over four decades in bands like the Explodo Boys, Dave Ray bands, and GB Leighton, among others. They’ve an affinity for New Orleans music, as well as classic soul, Van Morrison, and others, which comes out in their originals as well as their choice off songs by other artists.

Big George Jackson @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 6pm (Free) Basso profound blues and boogie from the big man and his band.

Thursday, May 17

The Butanes @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Curt Obeda is a fine composer and interpreter off the blues, as well as an outstanding guitarist. The rest of th Butanes are equally talented, which is why they’re so often named the Best Blues Band in the Twin Cities. These Thursday night affairs are often filled with guests who drop into the club fro time to time. as

Thursday, Friday, May 17, 18

Marvin Gaye Tribute @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($29, $39) Vocalist Julius Collins is well-regarded in the Twin Cities music community forms work with Black Julius, Greasy Meal, and in a number of musicals. For this show, he’ll be joined by members of the New Power Generation to perform many of the songs that the late Marvin Gaye brought to us.

Friday, May 18

Ranky Tanky @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $37, $42) This quintet is based out of South Carolina, and performs the music of the Gullah culture of the Southeastern Sea Island region of the US. It’s not a straight recreation of the music, but rather includes elements of jazz, gospel, and R&B, while still repeating the music’s tradition. Pamela Espeland had a nice article about the band in Tuesday’s Star Tribune  Read it to learn how the band managed to reach #1 on then jazz charts within few months of its debut release.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 18, 19, 20

Art-A-Whirl @ Various Sites throughout NE Minneapolis. Various times (Free) It’s the annual art studio open house, where you’ll have hundreds of opportunities to buy art from the creative types with studios in old warehouses and other buildings throughout Minneapolis. You’ll hear some music in some of the studios, butAnchor Fish & Chips, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Grumpy’s Northeast, Indeed Brewing, and Pscho Suzie’s. Check out individual websites for schedules.

Sunday, May 20

Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute @ The Caboose, Minneapolis. 5pm ($15, $20) Here’s A whole host of players are gathering for this tribute, including Pau Mayasich, Brian Naughton, Renee Austin, Craig Clark, Ken Valdez, and many more.

An Evening of Songwriters @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) If you’re looking for something a bit more quiet than Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute, you can check out this evening of terrific songwriters, including the literate Dylan Hicks, and the Americana soulfulness of Molly Maher, as well as the prolific Mary Bue and the well-traveled-among-alt-rock groups Todd Beeson, aka Marvelty.

Jaedyn James & The Hunger @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis.8:30pm (Tip Jar) Funk n’ Roll, Rhythm & Soul from the always energizing 8-piece band. It takes about a minute on this video for music to start.

Monday, May 21

Steve Clarke & the Working Stiffs @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Arrive early for a lesson in the fundamentals os swing dancing, then use your new-sound skills to dance to the rip-roaring sounds of taxman Clarke and his aggregation.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.


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