Moving the Spirit. Music: 10.30 – 11.5

October 30, 2013

Unknown-2It’s Halloween tomorrow, and if you’ve already done the costume thing, there are some fun shows to attend. Then too, there are fun shows all week long, of which I’m only noting a few. Jazz fans please take special note of the Lynne Arriale show on Sunday. Have a good week. Remember, music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 30

Mountain King @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Brian Courage, Jeremy Boettcher, Graydon Peterson. Three acoustic bassists take on jazz standards. Based on seeing a previous performance, I can say the results are surprisingly more varied than you would expect. But then, given the talent of each of these bassists, that shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me.

Rhonda Laurie @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) For some late night “cool” sounds, it’s hard to beat Ms Laurie’s singing and Robert Bell’s guitar accompaniment.

Thursday, October 31

Lulu’s Playground @ The Stillwater Library, Stillwater. 7pm (Free) Back from a tour of the East Coast, the guys in Lulu’s Playground have been busy writing 17 short compositions to accompany 17 pieces of artwork by Tim Nyberg. Tim’s whimsical paintings are of Circus sideshow characters, so the quirky makeup of Lulu’s Playground may just be a perfect fit: Adam Meckler, trumpet; Steve Hobert, accordion; Cory Grossman, cello, and Ben Abrahamson, guitar. Here’s an example of their sound.

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) A smallish big band or a largish combo. Doesn’t matter. They produce exciting music, whether performing originals or standards.

Friday, November 1

John Penny, Pippi Ardennia, & Ray Rivera @ Senor Wong’s, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10:30pm. (No Cover?) Though Wong’s may usually feature late night deejays, they’re taking a chance on an early show tonight featuring singer Pippi Ardennia, who has just released Love So Good2, a collection of jazz and jazz R&B that glows with good feeling. Tonight she’ll be accompanied by guitarist John Penny and percussionist Ray Rivera.

Steve KennySteve Kenny’s Group 47 @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) Steve Kenny brings his off-kilter wit, his blazing trumpet, and a trio of like-minded musicians to the Dakota for Late Night. Group 47 includes Will Kjeer, piano; Brian Courage, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums.

Friday, Saturday, November 1, 2 

Dave King Trucking Company @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Dave King, who drums for more bands than you can shake a stick at, recently authored a post on City Pages about the importance of the Artists’ Quarter, which you can read here. In the meantime, catch him at the club with Eric Fratzke, guitar, Adam Linz, bass, and Brandon Wozniak, sax. It’s 21st Century jazz.

Saturday, November 2

Mill City Hot Club @ The Red Stag Supper Club, Minneapolis. 10:30pm (Tip Jar) Late night gypsy jazz from guitarist Dean Harrington, a master of the form, and friends such as Gary Schulte on violin, Matt Peterson on bass; Patrick Harrison on accordion, and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Here’s an example of their work.

Sunday, November 3

Lynne Arriale @ The Dakota, MInneapolis. 7pm ($50) Arriale is an internationally acclaimed pianist with 12 albums as a leader to her credit. Whether she’s playing Monk, the Beatles, or a Mardis Gras Indian tune, Arriale always brings a fresh approach to her playing. Tonight she’ll be accompanied by Gordy Johnson, bass, and Dave Schmalenberger drums. This event is a benefit for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, so there will be an opening set by members of the Dakota Combo. I may be prejudiced, since I chair the foundation, but it will be a great evening of music.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, October 30

Bryan Lee @ Shaw’s NE, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover?) Holy cow! The place will be packed with blues fans. The “Braille Blues Daddy” was an institution in New Orleans, playing the Absinthe House five nights a week for 14 years. He’s released 13 albums, was a 2010 Grammy nominee and through it all plays nothin’ but pure blues.

Thursday, October 31

Skeleton Crew @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Tip Jar)  This New Music ensemble will be performing music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Radiohead and other spooky stuff.

Malamanya Halloween Show @ The Calhoun Building, 711 West Lake St, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10)  The wonderful music of Malamanya, featuring special guest, Viviana Pintado. If you’re looking for Cuban sons and other Latin Dance music as part of your Halloween celebration, then this is the place to be. Special guest vocalist/pianist Viviana Pintado is sure to raise the heat.

Kent Burnside & the New Generation Evening @ Hell’s Kitchen and the Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 6pm (Hell’s Kitchen – No Cover) 9 pm (Harriet Brewing – $7 after 8pm) Jon Manners opens. Burnside at 9pm. Burnside is the grandson of RL Burside and he’ll be bringing his no-hold-barred trance-blues to both Hell’s Kitchen and Harriet Brewing Tap Room tonight. Hell’s Kitchen is the noisier of the two, though that doesn’t mean much in this instance.

Friday, November 1

Del Vincents @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($?)  Old school rock n’ roll and rhythm n’ blues from rockabilly Dan Peterson, bass; ex-Boogiemen Chuck Edwards and Mike Sandell, on rhythm; and John Franken – MN Blues Society’s Sideman of the Year – on guitar. A good way to start your Friday evening.

A much younger troubadour

A much younger troubadour

Paul Metsa’s 75th Birthday Party @ Grumpy’s, 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis. 9pm – 11pm (Donation) Hard to believe this troubadour/author/storyteller/music impresario has been on the earth for 3/4 of a century. He’s celebrating in style, with Willie Walker, and all donations will be given to Contented Critters, a no-kill animal shelter where Paul adopted his dog.

Scottie Miller and Jack Klatt & the Swingers @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm (tip Jar) Miller opens at 7pm. Klatt at 9pm. Once again Jackson Buck brings a couple of talented acts to his Freewheelin’ First Friday series. Miller has been spending a lot of time traveling, both with his own band and with Ruthie Foster, for whom his pianistic combination of New Orleans, blues, and boogie woogie is a perfect match. Jack Klatt is a folk-picker/bluesman who knows how to swing, and uses his talents to good effect.

Saturday, November 2

Nikki Matteson & Rich Rue @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) Intimate blues and folk-rock from Ms Matteson, a talented singer and guitarist, and Mr Rue, a wizard of the slide guitar.

UnknownNew Orleans Suspects @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9pm ($25) It’s a tribute to Lowell George. With Paul Barriere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat joining the Suspects. Member of this well-oiled band include:  Mean Willie Green, drummer for Neville Bros for 30 years; Reggie Scanlan, bassist for the Radiators; John Eckert, guitarist for Dirty Dozen; Jeff Watkins, saxophonist with Jame Brown for a dozen years; and CR Gruver, keys, a disciple of James Booker and Art Neville.

Sunday, November 3

Lee Fields & The Expressions @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($15) With Sonny Knight & the Lakers opening. Talk about old-school soul! Here we have two artists who first recorded in the 60s. Fields has continued to record and perform, encompassing hard funk, low-down blues, and contemporary soul. His latest album came out of Brooklyn about a year ago, and has been gaining fans and praise ever since. As a fifteen year old in 1965, Knight recorded a 45 that went on to become a revered collectable. He sang with the legendary Haze in the 70s and has had a rebirth as an artists since the release of Twin Cities Funk & Soul on Secret Stash Records.  Here’s Fields:

Monday, Tuesday, November 4, 5

Rimagesickie Lee Jones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($60, $52, $45)  The two-time Grammy Winner is back at the Dakota for two evenings of stories and songs. Last time around Jones proved to be charming and surprising. Her latest album, The Devil You Know, is a take on classic rock covers, and has been well received, as was her previous album.

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.


Twin Cities Talent (Mostly). Music: 10.23 – 10.29

October 23, 2013
It's the time of the season

It’s the time of the season

As Autumn’s colors brighten and fade, we have the luxury of many venues offering the fine talents of Twin Cities Artists. There are a few visiting artists this week, but mostly in larger venues. By the way, you may notice I’ve been listing many events at the Artists’ Quarter. Their announcement that they may have to close at the end of the year has brought some sense of dismay to many jazz fans. I know the Mayor’s office is working to come up with a plan, and other jazz fans are as well. In the meantime, visit the club – it can only help –  especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, when very talented Twin City musicians are featured. So much for a soap box. Have a good week, and remember that music lifts the soul.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 23

UnknownGraydon Peterson Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) One of the first-call bassists in the Twin Cities, Peterson is also proving to be a fine composer and arranger. He’s put together this unique quartet to share his music: Vinnie Rose, guitar, Adam Meckler, trumpet, Adrian Suarez, drums.

Thursday, October 24

Pippi Ardennia CD Release Listening Party @ Faces, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 9:30pm (No cover) Pippi Ardennia is the joyful singer who puts her her signature on jazz and R&B tunes while being  backed by many of the Twin Cities best on her new CD, Love So Good 2. While the acoustics of the performance space in Faces leaves something to be desired, Pippi is having a listening party in a separate room. You can hear my October 19 interview with her on the KFAI archives at: http://kfai.org/rhythmandgrooves

Davu Seru & Friends @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm. Seru’s an imaginative time-keeper and percussionist, and he’s got some highly inventive friends: With Marc Anderson, percussion; Scott Fultz and Nathan Hanson, saxes; and Brian Roessler, bass.

Chris Lomheim Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Lomheim may be a devotee of pianist Bill Evans, but he’s his own man when it comes to creating melodic and sensitive solos, whether he’s accompanying a vocalist or leading his own trio, as he is tonight.

Friday, October 25

Gypsy Mania @ The 318 Club, Excelsior. 8pm ($10) Folks in the Western burbs can hear some great gypsy jazz while enjoying the beer, wine, and food offerings of the 40-seat 318 Club. You’d be hard pressed to find any Twin Cities artists who can swing the music of Django Rheinhart and others as well as Glen Helgeson, guitar; Gary Schulte, violin; Reynold Phillipsek, guitar; Jeff Brueske, bass.

Friday, Saturday, October 25, 26

Eric Kamau Gravatt & Source Code @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12) You’d be paying at least $25 and have a two-drink minimum to hear Gravatt in other clubs around the country. In stints with Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, and Joe Henderson, he’s shown himself to be a monster drummer, capable of nuance and thunder. Source Code includes a quartet of highly talented musicians: Dave Graf, trombone; Solomon Parham, trumpet; Dean Magraw, guitar; and Ron Evanuik, bass. Here’s an earlier version of the group.

Saturday, October 26

Unknown-1JoAnn Funk Trio @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar, Saint Paul 7pm – 11pm (No Cover) JoAnn and bassist Jeff Brueske are joined by Nathan Norman on drums for a special night of jazz. JoAnn’s winsome and airy voice does justice to songs by Nat King Cole, Dan Penn, Blossom Dearie, and others.

Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No Cover) Weinbeck on piano, Gordy Johnson on bass, and Phil Hey on drums provide classy, swingin’ jazz to the Italian restaurant lounge.

Monday, October 28

Trirose @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) A late night happy hour, and the jazz of Vinnie Rose, guitar; Jeremy Boettcher, bass; and Adrian Suarez, on drums. They’ll deliver classic jazz standards, contemporary pop, and originals, while you try the wine and appetizers of Barbette.

Tuesday, October 29

imagesRick Carlson @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover) With the taste and timing of Count Basie, and a hat full of musical ideas, Carlson in a pianist that’s in demand around the Twin Cities. I don’t know if he’ll be solo or have a bassist and drummer, but whatever he plays, you will enjoy.

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Modern big-band jazz, under the direction of trumpeter Meckler, who creates originals and arrangements that showcase the best of this band.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, October 23

Unknown-2HIlary Thavis & Jim Ouska on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapoils. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar).  Thavis is a Minnesota-born, Italy-based blues singer, who has previously appeared on Harold’s House Party with her husband and musical partner as Gaia Groove. Ouska is a talented guitarist who is equally at home in jazz, blues, and acoustic music. Check them out during the 5 o’clock hour at 90.3 or 106.7 FM and then head over to the 331 Club to hear them in person.

Thursday, October 24

And the Professors CD Release @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. ($12) 7:30pm You may have read about Adam Levy’s latest project, an organic band of both rockers and classical string players, in the Star Tribune. The project has been a three-year collaboration, with Levy and the group drawing inspiration from Charles Ives, Randy Newman, and Beck, among others. Joining Levy’s band tonight are: Joey Van Phillips, Aby Wolf, deVon Gray), Bethany Larson, and members of the MN Opera. Opening are Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton, and Farewell Continental. Here’s an example of how they fully integrate strings into their performance.

Fode Bangoura @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm (Donation) A rare turn from jazz to world music for Jazz Central, though jazz drummers will no doubt be in attendance.  Bangoura is one of the world’s  greatest djembe drummers – that’s the goblet shaped drum played with the hands. Although he tours internationally, Bangoura is relatively unknown in the Twin Cities, where he currently lives. He’ll be appearing with Guinean drummers FaraTolno and Mandjou Mara, and Fode’s teenage son Fara, who is already a virtuosic drummer.

Chic Gamine @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) A female quartet that uses three-part backing harmonies over 21st century melodies and lyrics, accompanied only accompanied by percussion, for the most part. Sometimes girl-group, sometimes gospel, often intoxicating. Here’s an example.

Friday, October 25

Unknown-3RAMM Band @ Manitou Station, White Bear Lake. 9pm (No Cover) Guitarist Paul Mayasich heads up this trio, with Paul Iden, bass; and Hye Pockets Robertson on drums. RAMM stands for Real American Made Music, as the band interprets Motown, R&B, funk, Americana, rock n’ roll, and blues.

Nikki & the Ruemates @ Dusty’s Bar, NE Minneapoils. 9:30pm (tip jar) This hole-in-the-wall provides a friendly setting for Nikki & her pals, as they play original blues, folk-rock, and the occasional psychedelic number. Jon Larson on bass, and Rich Rue on slide guitar, provide the perfect foundation for Nikki’s guitar and beautifully formed vocals. Check them out.

Hipshaker @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) This rare soul/funk 45rpm dance party is going strong. Get there early if you want to stake out a place to hang. Get there late if you want to watch scads of folk dancing themselves into a frenzy.

Saturday, October 26

Lowertown Boos Crawl and Costume Contest @ various Lowertown venues, Saint Paul. 7pm – Midnight. For $20 bucks you get a passport for a different drink at each of the participating Lowertown venues – Black Dog, Bulldog, Hat Trick, Senor Wong, Barrio, Golden’s Deli, and The Gopher Bar. There will be various costume contests and entertainment, including Gnarl’s chamber/jamband/jazz at The Black Dog, DJ Del Phinius at Senor Wong, and Scrapegoat’s folk-rock at the Hat Trick. Complete info at: http://blackdogstpaul.com/events/news-175.shtm

John Beach Trio @ Merlin’s Rest, Minneapolis. 8:30pm – Midnight. (Tip Jar) Beach has been a mainstay of the West Bank Blues and R&B scene for over fifty years. He’s played piano with Bonnie Raitt, Willie & the Bees, the Mill City Hearts, Three Bedroom Rambler, and Blackburn Beach and at numerous jams and private functions, including the wedding reception for Liz and I. Though this is a trio gig, John has lots of friends, and who knows who may drop by and sit in.

Mama Digdown’s Brass Band @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) It’s a brass band night headlined by the Madison octet. They’ll be joined by the Kidd Jordan Second Line, and the Sousaphonic Five. Oh, and they will be free barbecue from 612 ‘Cue. Here’s a video of Mama Digdown playing for an Obama rally.

Tuesday, October 29

Courtney McClean & the Dirty Curls @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) X-rated bluegrass comedy, with songs about young boyfriends and ladyparts, all delivered with a smile and a wink by potty-mouthed McClean. With the Beavers and Daphne Lee Martin.

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.


Back from the Brink. Music: 10.16 – 10.22

October 16, 2013

imagesIf you, like me, have had enough of the hyperventilating chattering class, going on and on about the machinations in DC, then you can relax by going out and listening to some music – always good for lifting the spirits. On a more positive fiscal note, many of you may have joined KBEM during it’s recent pledge drive. Well, KFAI is now up and asking for your support as well. In particular I’d be thrilled if some of you would make a pledge to my Saturday morning show: Rhythm and Grooves. You can do it on Saturday by phoning in during the show (612-375-9030) or you can go online and make a pledge here. Mention Rhythm and Grooves in the comments section. KFAI (Fresh Air Radio) is a community station that provides a refreshing alternative to commercial radio. All of the program hosts volunteer their time and efforts. Thank you. end of commercial.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 16

UnknownLucia Newell @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Lucia is one of the Twin Cities’ pure jazz singers. She can scat, compose, and sing with the best of them. And, if fact, she has some of the best of them to accompany her:Tanner Taylor, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Kenny Horst, drums. And oh yes, as regulars know, Vanessa shows up with $2 tacos and cake for late night noshing whilst listening.

Thursday, October 17

McNally X-Tet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (No Cover) Listen to some young players in a large-ish band, with no cover charge.

Dave Karr Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) The multi-reed octogenarian can still blow a mean sax, and throw in a wise quip as well. Bebop for these times, tempered with some beautiful melodies.  Here’s a hint of what he sounds like.

Friday, October 18

Sophia Shorai @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Her sweet, yet clarion voice will carry over the crowd at Hell’s Kitchen, but I’d still recommend sitting at the bar or closer to fully appreciate her way with a tune.

George Marich Jazz Quartet @ Zeke’s Unchained Animal, East Lake Street, Minneapoils. 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) Zeke’s seems to be finding under the radar groups to play its room. Tonight’s group is such a case. Though I’ve not seen Marich, I can tell you he’s a drummer who has studied with Dave King, and recorded and studied with Anthony Cox. Burgers, pizzas, a nice selection of beer, and some jazz. Sounds like a pretty good combination to me.

525828_419758354760810_495163577_nCafe Societe @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul. 9pm ($?) French Cafe music and bossa novas, along with some American pop and jazz, sung by Amelia Rivera with accompaniment by Mark Chergosky, keyboards; and Mike Chergosky,  mandolin and viola, all in the intimate confines of the Hat Trick’s music room.

Friday, Saturday, October 18, 19

Foreign Motion CD Release @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. ($15) Jazz funk/fusion from some of the bright lights of the Twin Cities jazz scene: Cory Washington, guitar; Yohannes Tona, bass; Kevin Gastonguay, piano; and Peter Janjic, drums. Together, they have a wealth of experience with various national artists in various and sundry jazz, funk, gospel, and pop outfits. Check out this video.

Saturday, October 19

Lila Ammons Jazz Quintet @ Honey, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm ($7). There’s some considerable talent at work here, from the lithe vocals of Ammons to Dean Brewington, sax; Tim Zhome, drums; Tom West, keyboards; and Ron Evaniuk, bass. Expect standards, bossas, and the occasional blues.

Kelly Rossum Quartet + Marimba @ Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25, $15 students/seniors)  It’s been a while since Rossum left the Twin Towns for other environs, so it’s great to have him, his trumpet, and his sly approach to music back. He’ll be accompanied by some of his former bandmates: JT Bates, drums; Chris Bates, bass; and Bryan Nichols, piano; as well as Annie Stevens, Marimba. Dr. Annie Stevens is Professor of Percussion at Virginia Tech. The concert will include all new music composed by Rossum to show off the unique sound and percussive properties of the marimba. Here’s a video of Rossum & Stevens.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

 

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, October 16

Charlie Parr on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI), 7pm – 9pm (331 – Tip jar) Minnesota’s favorite country blues troubadour shows up for the station’s pledge drive. Parr’s fans go way beyond the Midwest – He’s had songs featured in an Australian ad and a tv show. Whether he’s playing a 12 string guitar or a resonator, he’ll capture your imagination.

Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs @ The Eagles Club, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5-$10) Looking for the kind of music to which you can do the Lindy, West Coast Swing, and other fun dances? Well, saxman Clarke is just the guy to deliver. Add in the wooden dance floors at the Eagle, and your in jump jive heaven.

Friday, October 18

Courtney Yasminah CD Release Party @ Bunkers, Minneapoils. 9pm ($6) This alt pop/rocker uses clever lyrics, fire in her gut, and head-bopping, toe-tapping arrangements to showcase her imaginative writing.

Friday, Saturday, October 18, 19

Dave Mason @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($45) The Dakota continues it’s winning programming of bringing in artists that appeal to boomers, Gen X-ers and younger folk. Tonight it’s Dave Mason, originally of Traffic, whose songs like 40,000 Headmen, and Feelin’ Alright were background for many a stoner party in the early 70s. His solo hits included Only You Know and I Know, and his biggest, We Just Disagree. He played with all the heavies, and even did an album with Mama Cass.

Saturday, October 19

Food Truck Rally @ Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis. Noon – 10pm (free before 8pm) Body Omara, Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, Charlie Parr, Jeff Ray & the Stakes; After party at 8pm, featuring Big Tree Bonsai. ($5 for afterparty, unless you have a wristband from the day)

Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold @ Bayport BBQ, Bayport. ($10) The ace guitarist and his hot-blowin harmonic buddy are joined by special guest Hilary Thavis on vocals. And, if you choose, you get to have some mighty fine BBQ.

The Badinovs @ The Eagles Club, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($5)  Music inspired by Lennon & McCartney, not Boris & Natasha, or even Rocky & Bullwinkle. Always a treat. Fine for dancing. Opening set at 8:30 by troubadour and inspired tunesmith Mike Ryan, and a short set of music from the Brazilian hinterlands by Os Masters de Amazonia.

Sunday, Monday, October 20, 21

Unknown-1Aimee Mann @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60, $50, $40) It’s songwriter night at the Dakota, with a nod towards the 80s in the form of Ms Mann, who led Til Tuesday for three albums, before going solo in the mid 80s. She’s a talented songwriter, whose latest, Charmer, received favorable reviews and it’s videos show a sly humor. Ted Leo, another singer/songwriter, opens.

Tuesday, Wednesday, October 22, 23

Still Tuxedoed after all these years

Still Tuxedoed after all these years

Jack Jones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($65, $55, $45) Still singing after all these years, Jones is from the heyday of tuxedoed crooners in classy nightclubs and still sounds good. Though not as popular as Sinatra or Bennett, he nevertheless won a couple of grammys and sells out theaters around the world.

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.


Twin Cities Music: 10.9 – 10.15

October 9, 2013
Kenny Horst in a happier moment.

Kenny Horst in a happier moment.

As you may have heard, the Twin Cities jazz community was rocked by word that the Artists’ Quarter will be closing at the end of the year. Since a new owner took over the Hamm building, the rent has risen to an untenable level for the small club. Owner/musician Kenny Horst has been working without a salary for a couple of years now, while providing a place for resident and visiting musicians to play. There are comments and condolences all over FaceBook, including a Save the Artists’ Quarter page. The club, which Downbeat Magazine named as one of the best places to hear jazz in the world, is vital to downtown Saint Paul and to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Frankly, I can’t imagine what the building’s owners think they could put in the space, but then, I’m not a realtor. Anyway, if you’ve any interest in jazz, please make sure to visit the club, especially during the week.

As far as other music offerings this week, there’s jazz at Studio Z and the Landmark Center, Peruvian music at Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Tango at the Black Dog, and country pop on Nicollet Mall. Remember, music can lift the soul.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 9

Jake Baldwin Quintet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) The AQ may be closing at the end of the year, but it’s still showcasing some of the best talent around. Consider this group of musicians – none more than a few years out of college, yet they’re tearing it up. Baldwin on trumpet; Joe Strachan, piano; Nelson Devereaux, sax; Miguel Hurtado on drums. Don’t know who is on bass (or is he on third?), but the results will be some mighty fine jazz.

Thursday, October 10

A musical partnership

A musical partnership

Cocktails and Culture @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7pm. (Free)  The Schubert Club celebrates the renovation of a Wurlitzer piano built in 1935 with a performance by pianist Laura Caviani and saxophonist Pete Whitman. Expect songs from the 30s, plus a complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. A fine happy hour, taking place in the second floor galleria.

Hennig, Nichols, & Courage @ the Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) A trio of excellent musicians, perhaps a bit older than Wednesday’s group, but still young, vital, imaginative, and first rate. Pete Hennig, drums; Bryan Nichols, piano; and Brian Courage, bass.

Friday, October 11

Ellen Lease, Pat Moriarty, and Brian Courage @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11pm. (Tip Jar) Ellen Lease on piano and Pat Moriarty on sax have the kind of musical rapport and communication that comes from decades of playing together. You can read Pamela Espeland’s 2010 interview with them here. Brian Courage is a bassist who is relatively new in town, but is showing great versatility and an unerring sense of rhythm. Expect some surprises as they freely improvise.

Friday, Saturday, October 11, 12

Bill Carrothers Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) A Saint Paul native who live in Michigan’s UP, Carrothers is a pianist with a unique, yet thoroughly accessible style that manages to be both bold and sensitive. His resume includes stints with artists ranging from Matt “Guitar” Murphy, to hard bop trombonist Curtis Fuller, to Lee Konitz and Dewey Redman. Though he’s been through town a few times lately, every performance is a revelation.

Saturday, October 12

Frank Enanoza’s October Jazz Concert @ Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet Ave So, Mpls. 6:30pm – 8pm (Free)  Frank Enanoza, guitar; Larry Neumann, sax; and Aimee Petra on vocals will deliver an early evening set of jazz, Latin, and seasonal songs.

Dearie & O’Day @ Jazz at Saint Barney’s, 15600 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth. 7pm.  Maryann Sullivan sings Blossom Dearie, while Vicky Mountain sings Anita O’Day. Dearie had a waif-like voice and sly wit, while O’Day was a swingin’ scattin’ musician, whose instrument happened to be her voice. Sullivan and Mountain will likely share a story or two about them as well.

Unknown-1Optimum Trajectory @ Coffee Grounds, Saint Paul 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar)  Here’s a chance to hear a five-piece jazz band in a non-alchohol setting, though depending on the coffee you drink, you might still get wired. Ira Ademan, saxes; Steve Hilson, trumpet; Jeff Gurney, bass; Garth Anderson, drums; and Tim McNamara guitar.

Jesse Bryan Quartet @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 10:00pm (No Cover)   Jesse will be singing with Dave Hofgren, Guitar: Mike Derrick, Bass; and Eron Woods on Percussion. Nevertheless, you can expect to hear som acoustic swing, standards, gypsy jazz, and even a few originals during the Red Stag’s late night happy hour.

Monday, October 14

Fall of the House of Usher and Chris Bates’ Red5 @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8?) It’s a horn-heavy night as two bands take the stage for the Jazz Implosion tonight. First up is the Fall of the House of User: Chris Cunningham, guitar and compositions; Greg Schutte, drums; Chris Bates, bass; Chris Thompson, Adrian Larkin and Elliot Wachs, on saxes; and Jon Davis on bass clarinet. Then at 11pm, it’s the Red5, with Chris Bates, bass; JT Bates, drums; Zack Lozier, trumpet; and Chris Thomson,  and Nelson Devereaux on sax.

Tuesday, October 15

Explosion Big Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Donation) Tuesday nights at Jazz Central are big band nights. Doug Haining and Scott Agster have put together an appropriately titled group of musicians for your listening pleasure.

Tuesday, Wednesday, October 15, 16
Unknown-2Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Though many know Baker from back in the day as the drummer for the supergroup Cream, Baker considers himself a jazz drummer and has also immersed himself in African and world rhythms. He’ll likely have his trademark two bass drums as part of his drumset, and will be joined by Pee Wee Ellis, of James Brown’s JBs, among others. Both nights will likely sell out, so be forewarned.

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.

 

Blues, Roots, Other

Thursday, October 10

Katy Vernon Trio @ Piazza on the Mall, 1221 Nicollet, Minneapolis. 5pm – 7pm (Free) A London born, Minneapolis based singer of country-ish pop, Ms Vernon plays ukelele, and writes winning songs. Her trio provides just the right color to reinforce the country side of each tune. She and her trio appeared on Prairie Home Companion just a couple of weeks ago. The Piazza on the Mall is a patio in front of the Presbyterian Church at 12th and Nicollet. Given the warm fall days we’re having, this should be delightful. Here’s a video of her playing and singing solo.

Friday, October 11

Annie Mack Blues Band & Lady J Griot @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm (?)  A couple of “Hip Shaking Honeys” give us the female viewpoint of the Blues. Lady J opens at 6pm and two time MN Road to Memphis winner Mack comes onstage at 7pm.

Chico Chavez & Guayaba Tropical Band @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5)  Peruvian chichas, psychedelic cumbias, and other tropical sounds from the jungles of the Amazon. Not quite the usual Lee’s fare, but only in that the music comes from another country. Get a taste for their music here.

Saturday, October 12

Mezze: Mediterranean Music @ Thai Family Restaurant, 501 University Avenue West, Saint Paul. 7pm – 9pm (No cover)

Music from Spain, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans. The group consists of Miriam Gerberg, accordion, Arabic qanun zither; Rachel Milloy, vocals, percussion, Scott Mateo Davies, flamenco guitar & oud; David Stenshoel, violin; and Stephen Spaise, percussion. A special “Littel Mekong” buffet is available for $7.99

RJ Mischo @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) The harpmaster returns home for another visit, playing his blues harp with verve and imagination. This time you can see him in the unassuming, not quite divey, Schooner. Though the dance floor is small, the fun quotient will be high. BTW, this is outside the sphere of the Zombie Pub Crawl, so you can enjoy the evening without zombies about, if that’s your choice. Check him out in this video.

Doug Otto & the Getaways @ Dusty’s NE. Minneapolis. 9:30 (Tip Jars)  An evening of roots music with the mournful voice of Doug Otto and his band of pickers, playing in the tiny bar located on Main Street, close to the old brewery.

Sunday, October 12

UnknownBlues Harmonica Bash @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 3pm – 7pm ($10) KFAI’s Harold Tremblay has assembled a group of stellar players of the humble harmonica to display their skills during this fundraiser for KFAI Radio. The afternoon will feature Geoff Starin, known throughout the world as “The Guru,” Steve, “Boom Boom” Vanderharr, Curtis Blake, and Hurricane Harold himself, with special guest, award-winning RJ Mischo. The All-Star band that will provide the backing includes Jeremy Johnson and Dan Schwalbe on guitars; Billy Black, bass; Victor Spann, drums, and Bruce McCabe, piano.

La Vuature @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10 suggested donation)  This visiting group plays Argentine Tango. Founded by Manuel Garcia, who has been playing the Argentine bandoneon since the Golden Age of Tango in Buenos Aires. Garcia plays the the accordion-like instrument of great artists like Anibal Troilo and Astor Piazzolla. The group is now composed of his daughter Cecilia Garcia Gaul on the violin and Luis Castillo on the piano, as well as other musicians. There will undoubtedly be tango dancing.

Monday, October 14

Bella Ruse @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover)  Ethereal folk with pop sensibilities using a variety of instruments and singer Kay Gillette’s youthful voice. Some songs have danceable beats, though dancing may prove difficult at this uptown restaurant with the terrific late night happy hour.

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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