Music for 10.31 – 11.6 – The Post-Hurricane, Pre-Election Edition

The river off Clason Point, the Bronx, just after the worst of Sandy had passed. Photo by Maribel Mercado/City Limits

Like many of you, I’ve been focusing on the superstorm and its devastation of the East Coast. The area where I grew up in the Bronx (about two short blocks from the East River) was one of those where folks were evacuated, though they escaped the destruction of Breezy Point, Brooklyn, and the power outages of lower Manhattan. It was during my teenage years in the Bronx that I became besotted with rock n’ roll and got my first deejay job at a Friday night church dance. Speaking of which, I’ll be inaugurating a deejay night Saturday at a new venue in town, The Third Floor. They have jazz on Thursday nights and are trying to see if a deejay night will work on Saturdays. I’m hoping that some of you will drop by. More details here.

But back to what’s happening in live music. One result of the storm was that the Maria Schneider shows at the Dakota have been postponed. Nevertheless, we’ve lots of music to enjoy, including a show by a few members of Maria’s orchestra tonight, and a number of vocalists performing jazz this week, as well as some great Americana and blues. Have a great week. And don’t forget to vote.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 31

Hurricane Relief @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm. (Donation to Hurricane Relief) Though Superstorm Sandy prevented most of Maria Schnieder’s 17 piece band from getting here, four did arrive, including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and drummer Clarence Penn. With the help of a couple of all-star Twin Citizens (Gordy Johnson on bass and Peter Schimke on piano), they are performing anyway. Sophia Shorai will also play a short set. Donations can be made at the door or on your check, and will be given to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. All proceeds from a Hurricane Relief cocktail will be included. Those who attended last night report that the music was first rate, as you might expect.

Thursday, November 1

Photo by Andrea Canter

Vicky Mountain @ The Third Floor, 579 Selby, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($5) Vocalist extraordinaire Vicky Mountain is joined by guitarist James Allen and a bassist in this new venue on the third floor of Dr. Chocolates’ Chocolate Chateu. Ten beers on tap, a few wine selections, and some fancy cocktails, as well as chocolate. Unfortunately, this unique space is not handicap-accessible, but it does have a parquet dance floor for those who want to dance to Vicky’s swingin’ tunes.

Arne Fogel @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm (donation) Jazz Central is starting to have vocalist nights on Thursdays and who better to kick things off than that vocalist-about-town Arne Fogel. Fogel and his fedora will be swinging classic tunes by Sinatra, Crosby, and other stalwarts from the 30s to the 60s.

Valve Meets Slide @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Brad Bellows (Valve) and Dave Graf (Slide) go mano-a-mano in trombone competition, accompanied by Chris Lomheim, piano; Matt Peterson, bass; and Mac Santiago, drums.

Friday, November 2

Their 1977 Album.

Pat Moriarty & Phil Hey @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm. Moriarty (sax) and Hey (drums) put out an outstanding album way back in 1977. Since then, they’ve played together so much that their communication can seem telepathic, as each adjusts to the twists and turns in the other’s playing. It’s free jazz, but that’s no reason to be afraid, since it’s free of pre-conceived composition, but not free of melody and rhythm.

 

Whitman, Schimke, Peterson & Horst @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) The AQ has put together another group of world-class musicians to explore the nuances of jazz. Though the way I have them listed makes them sound like a law firm, make no mistake, these musicians have played with the best. Expect some wit and fireworks.

Saturday, November 3

Charmin Michelle @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No cover) Charmin Michelle’s tender yet knowing voice will work well in the small bar that’s part of this D’Amico restaurant. Good cocktails, comfy chairs, and a bruschetta that will make you re-think your opinion of the ubiquitous appetizer.

Sunday, November 4

Connie Evingson sings Peggy Lee @ The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis. 4pm, 7pm ($25) Cool, yet often smoldering, that’s Peggy Lee, and an apt description of Connie Evingson, who’ll be joined by Tanner Taylor, piano; Dave Karr, sax; Gordy Johnson, bass; and Joe Pulice, drums. The smallish Jungle Theater is an intimate venue for Ms Evingson’s stylings. Here she is at one of last year’s Jungle Theater shows.

Monday, November 5

Vinnie Rose & Jeremy Boettcher @ Jazz Central, Minnapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Guitarist Rose and bassist Boettcher will be tearing things up at the little jazz club that could. It’s a jazz musician’s “hang,” so there’ll be some jammin’ after Rose and Boettcher play.

More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Roots, Blues, Other…

Wednesday, October 31

Radio Joe & the JazzBos @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm. ($5) In case you haven’t had enough of Halloween parties, here’s a chance to attend one that’s bound to be neighborly, not to mention having cash prizes for the top three costumes. Radio Joe Demko plays music that’s equal parts swing, boogie woogie, and jump blues, which is just fine with his swing-dancing fans. Always a treat, costumes or not.

Thursday, November 1

Jon Rodine & Mother Banjo @ the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 9pm (Free) A double dose of Americana. Mother Banjo often plays solo, bringing gospel, folk, and an alt-country mindset to her songs. Rodine is a soulful singer who can channel funky Americana and soulful country into a sound that’s all his own.

Jorma Kaukonen @ The Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40)  Kaukonen was a founding member of both Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, with whom he still tours. In the process he morphed from a electric guitar star to an acoustic blues/bluegrass fingerpicker of some reknown, appreciated as a teacher as much as a performer. A much anticipated show.

Friday, November 2

Pill Hill CD Release Party @ the Turf Club, Saint Paul. 9pm ($6) Dan Fowlds was active in the 90s with the post-grunge band, Bump. After taking a sabbatical from music, he’s returned with a new band, Pill Hill, and a new, self-titled CD with tunes that are alternately melancholy, declamatory, and rocking. Fowlds isn’t afraid to add a banjo, organ, or violin to the sound of his Les Paul.  Opening acts are Hello Blue and Wizards Are Real. Hear some examples of Pill Hill’s songs here.

Ian Thomas Alexy CD Release & Day of the Dead Party @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 10pm (Free) Alexy, of the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, was Born on the Day of the Dead, so it’s only natural that he calls his CD by that name, and celebrates his birthday with a CD Release party. He’s got a new band, the Deserters, and will be serving up Americana and Old Timey music.

Saturday, November 3

Baroque to Beatboxing @ MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20/$15 Youth & Seniors) Here’s a chance to check out a few different musical styles. Tonight’s performance is all about music and dance. Performers include Julie Johnson on electric flute, playing a new piece created with choreographer/dancer Tamara Ober. Other performers include Jeff Lambert on guitar, Bryan Nichols on piano, and Saltee (Jacqueline Ultan, cello; Mike Michel, guitar; & Carnage the Executioner, beatbox).  The Saltee set will also include break dancers!

Jeff Ray & the Stakes @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 8pm (No cover)  In which guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Ray is joined by Hurricane Harold, harp; Nick Salisbury, bass; and Mikkel Beckman, percussion.  Delta blues and more.

Sunday, November 4

Spider John Koerner and Charlie Parr @ Palmer’s Bar, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) Holy cow! Wonderful interpretations of classic folk songs from Koerner, and original stripped down blues from Parr. Plus, they’ll do a few songs together. Afterwards, another legend, Willie Murphy will take the stage. And it’s all at the West Bank’s favorite dive bar.

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

 

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