Halloween & Daylight Savings Music: 10.29 – 11.4

October 29, 2014

images-2What a weekend! We have Halloween on Friday and the end of Daylight Savings time on Sunday. I’ve included a few Halloween night gigs, as well as a couple that don’t require costumes. Whether you’re trying on an alter ego or living with your normal one, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy music. Have a good week.


Wednesday, October 29

Wolverines Trio w/Judy Donaghy Vinar @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm. (No Cover) Vocalist Donaghy Vinar teaches at MacNally Smith, has worked with The Girls, and the Wolverines Big Band, as well as with Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra. She’s appeared on over 30 CDs, and has also worked with YoYo Ma, Carole King, and Janis Siegal of the Manhattan Transfer. The Wolverines Trio are one of the finest trios in town, and are especially good at accompanying singers.

Endeavors, feat: Miguel Hurtado @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested donation)  Three young musicians who have been making a name for themselves: Joe Strachan, piano; Nelson Deveraux, sax; Miguel Hurtado, drums.

Thursday, October 30

Jason Weisman Trio @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Jason is a credible crooner and a valued saxophonist on the TC Jazz scene who also leads the Jazztronauts and other bands, and has played with Steeling Dan, Jack McDuff, Wynton Marsalis, and Lamont Cranston, among others.  Ask for a table in front of the stage, since the Kitchen can get quite noisy. Here’s Jason in a quartet setting.

Hanna Cesario @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Cesario sings the jazz standards from the 20s to the 50s, often accompanying herself on the ukelele.

Zach Lozier Three @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Steven Hobert, piano, Steve Pikal, bass. Trumpeter Lozier presents some exciting music in an easy-going manner, singing the occasional Louis Armstrong chestnut, re-inventing traditional songs, and displaying considerable power and panache on the trumpet. Here they are doing an older song.

TriOleo @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8:30pm – 10:00pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation)  Here’s an intriguing trio for a Thursday evening. Joel Shapira, guitar; Bruce Heine, bass; Dave Schmalenberger, drums. All of them are veterans of many bands and many performances. Each can be nuanced in their approach, and turn around and deliver a breath-taking solo.

Friday, October 31

B3 Organ Duo & The Atlantis Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Things start out with Mac Santiago, drums; and Kevin Gastonguay, B3; as a duo, and then proceed to the Atlantis Quartet reprising their version of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Costumes encouraged, and debauchery promised. Here is the Atlantis Quartet doing an original.

Skeleton Crew @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11pm  (Tip Jar) This group is described as a mixed chamber ensemble, which seem about right, considering that they’ll be performing works by Philip Glass, Wendy Carolos, Radiohead, and Rod Temperton, in addition to some Halloween-themed songs. Members are: Julie Sweet, keyboards; Sean O’Hea, percussion; Jake Fisher, bassoon; Scott Fultz, sax.

Patty Peterson & Friends: Halloween Party @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 9pm (No Cover) Well, given that it’s Halloween the folks at Parma 8200 are using the atrium of their building to hold this party. No word on whether there will be a costume contest, though the event is sure to be playful. Music and dancing will take place until Midnight. Patty’s friends will include Jason Peterson, piano, sax, vocals; Bobby Vandell, drums, vocals; Billy Franze, bass, vocals; and Cory J. Wong on guitar & vocals. If you’re planning on eating first, reservations are suggested.

Saturday, November 1

What Would Monk Do? @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The wonderful Saturday Night Jazz continues at the Black Dog. It features well established Twiin Cities groups, many of which played regularly at the Artists’ Quarter. Though original music usually is prevalent, tonight’s group draws it’s inspiration from Thelonious Monk, playing his compositions and interpreting others with his style in mind. The group features Kenny Horst, drums; Peter Schimke, piano; Billy Peterson, bass; and Steve Kenny, trumpet.

Pig’s Eye Jazz Band @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm ($6) Trad jazz for your post-Halloween evening. It’s danceable, too.

Monday, November 3

Pete Enblom @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) A veteran of 40 years as a professional trombone player, Enblom played lead trombone for Buddy Rich, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Arties Shaw Orchestra, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. He’s also played in bands for such legends as Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr, and Aretha Franklin. Here, he steps out from the big bands in an intimate setting.

Lews, Johnson, & Bates @ The Icehouse, MInneapolis. 10pm ($8) That’s Mike Lewis, sax; Gordon Johnson, bass; and JT Bates, on drums. Johnson has recorded as a sideman on over 150 recordings, ranging from blues and R&B, bluegrass, and folk to jazz, where he’s been featured with artists like Stacey Kent, Maynard Ferguson, and Paul Winter. While Bates and Lewis have played together quite a bit, especially in Fat Kid Wednesdays, I’m aware of only one other instance where they played as a trio with Johnson, and it was great fun.

Tuesday, November 4

Dean Magraw and Davu Seru @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. (Tip Jar) it’s the first Tuesday of the month, so guitarist Magraw and percussionist/drummer Seru will work their magic at the Black Dog once again.

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 29

Hula Peppers on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI-90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Dan Newton’s paen to the music of the 20s and 30s, not to forget Hawaii, is lots of fun, that’s for sure.  Beside Newton on accordion, the Peppers  nclude Gary Powell on Hawaiian guitar; Dave Furniss on resonator guitar, and Corey Mohan on ukes and musical saw. Extra spice is added when chanteuse Lauren Asheim joins in for a song.

Mystic Order of Reverb & Twang @ Schooner’s Pub, Minneapolis. 8pm. (Tip Jar) The Schooner is about as unpretentious as a bar can be, though it still has a decent beer selection, just right to quaff as you listen (or even dance) to these fine proponents of  Rockabilly, proto R&B, all things twangy, and even a bit of Western Swing. They take the stage at 8pm sharp, according to the bar clock, which, as you know, is always 10-15 minutes fast.

Osaka Monorail @ The Cedar Cutlural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20) The funkiest aggregation out of Japan, the Osaka Monorail has been going strong for 20 years now. Taking their sartorial cues from the funk bands of the early 60s, they not only lay down the funk, but do it with matching choreography and a frontman/vocalist who is clearly inspired by the early dance moves of James Brown. The 9-piece symphonic funk band Grolar Bears open. check them out.

Thursday, October 30

Big George Jackson, Ray Barnard, & Rena Haus @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 8:45pm ($5) It’s a triple release party by a trio of highly talented artists. Ray Barnard used to be in the Americana/rock band The Copperheads, though he’s become more of a blue-eyed soul singer since then, as evidenced on his new CD, Where Would I Be Without YouBig George Jackson has a bass voice that will rattle the plates in your cupboard, and writes songs that chug along with the power of a locomotive, as evidenced on Back At It, his new CD. Rena Haus creates songs with wit and wisdom, and comes into town from her farm to play some blues and celebrate her latest, Out of the Blues

Devlish Dances @ The Bedlam Theater, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($25) The Minnesota Music Company presents it’s inaugural production. They are using The Fiddler’s Tale, by Wynton Marsalis, along with prose by Stanley Crouch, and theater and dance by Live Action set. The music will be performed by musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra, The MacPhail Center for Music, and St. Olaf College. The devil seduces a female violinist and band leader with the promise of easy fame, untold, wealth and the glamor of the music industry.

Siama Matuzungidi w/Mikkel Beckmen and Dallas Johnson @ The Nicollet, Minneapolis. 8pm – 10pm (Tip jar) I realize I posted about this group last week, but since then I’ve had a chance to see them, and came away even more impressed than I thought I would. For a three-piece acoustic group, they do some fine jamming and getting folks onto the dance floor, which is quite nice at the Nicollet.

International Novelty Gamelan @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) The traditional gamelan ensemble uses percussive instruments, such as metallophones and hand played drums to create beautiful, yet moving music. This ensemble uses the instruments to explore new music. To hear some of their music, go here.

Friday, October 31

Davina & The Vagabonds @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($15) Though they don’t do goth, zombies, or vampires, but Davina and the Vagabonds are still a great party band for Halloween – their musical fun knows no bounds, whether Davina is singing an original or a Fats Domino tune. There’s a reason she regularly sells out the Dakota and fills many other venues around town – she’s that good at good time music – even when she’s singing threats to guys who’ve done her wrong.

The Nephews

The Nephews

Halloween Show: The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank w/Jillian Rae @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8/advance, $10/door) Ian and Teague Alexy grew up in New Jersey, studied music on different coasts, and settled in Northern Minnesota, where they formed the Hobo Nephews to play in the burgeoning roots/Americana scene along with Charlie Parr and Trampled by Turtles. They’ve released four albums and have toured the nation. Talented vocalist/fiddler Jillian Rae will be releasing a new song, Heart in a Jar, about a zombie in love with a living person. Dressing up is encouraged, with a prize for best costume.

Disco Ritual @ Bedlam Lowertown, Saint Paul. 9pm ($7) Get your Haloween dancing shoes on and join Worldwide Discoteque and DJ Don Cuco as they present Funky International Dance Music, a costume contest and a free photo booth for ghosts, goblins, zombies, and other dressed up folk.

Saturday, November 1

Captan Gravitone & the String Theory Orcestra @ The Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis. 8pm (Tip Jar) this Southern Minnesota trio mixes genres as deftly as a bartender mixing an old fashioned. They create tangos about Walmart, and songs about being a philosophy major, as well as music by Dave Brubeck, Willie Dixon, and the Zombies.

Badinovs @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5) Fans of Beatles-style pop rock will want to check out the Badinovs  who will be playing new material as a way to say goodbye to daylight savings time. Opening at 8pm are the Fuggs, a cover band from Dassel, MN, followed by a short set from Mike Nilles’ guitar students.

Sunday, November 2

Nikki & the Ruemates @ Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7pm (Tip Jar) Here’s an early Sunday evening show worth your while, especially if you’re a fan of late 60s folk/rock and a bit of blues. Nikki’s clarion vocals still thrill, while the Ruemates’ instrumental prowess still cooks.

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. Dancers might want to check out the U Wanna Dance Calendar.








More Visiting and Resident Artists. 10.22 – 10.28

October 22, 2014
Remember these jukeboxes?

Remember these jukeboxes?

It’s another week of music to pique your curiosity and raise your spirits. We have some interesting visiting artists (like Omaha Diner) and exciting resident artists providing all sorts of music for your listening (and dancing) pleasure. Have a good week.


Wednesday, October 22
images-2Charmin & Shapira @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Sublime singing from Charmin Michelle  along with some gorgeous guitar from Joel Shapira makes for a lovely evening. They’ll be accompanied by Tom Lewis, bass, Paul Harper, sax; and Nathan Norman, drums.

Steven Hobert Piano Improvisation @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30 – 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Hobert is a sensitive and imaginative piano player, who can take off on flights of fancy and anchor a swinging tune as well.

Thursday, October 23
Elizabeth Shepard @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Thursday’s vocal night at Jazz Central features a visiting artist, Elizabeth Shepard, whose 2006 album, Start to Move, was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year on the highly influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC. She’s a Canadian pianist/vocalist who has been called “a jazz virtuoso with a pop sensibility,” an apt description for her re-imagining of standards and her originals. Her most recent album, The Signal, received a positive write-up in the October issue of Jazz Times.

Pavel Jany @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) A rare solo performance from guitarist Jany, who is proficient, to say the least, in Latin rhythms as well as improvisation. With his knowledge of songs and rhythms, this is likely to be a musical trip around the world.

Friday, October 24
Jeremy Walker Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Walker is a talented pianist and prolific composer with a sensitive, lyrical bent to his compositions. Tonight he’s joined by Scott Fultz, sax; Jeff Brueske, bass; and Miguel Hurtado on drums.

Katie Gearty Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm (No Cover) Ms Gearty is a highly versatile singer, more than capable of singing jazz, rock, pop, and soul.  She’s performed with Hookers & Blow, Mick Sterling, Bruce Henry, Arne Fogel, SteveClarke, and Zacc Harris, and starred in the musical “Lot of Living To Do” at The Southern Theater. Here’s a chance to hear her in an intimate setting. (There’s pretty darn good bar food available as well.)

Aaron Keith Stewart’s Homecoming @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 10pm – 11:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Former Twin Cities resident Stewart returns to town to share his marvelous vocals. Here’s an example.

Kevin Washington Quintet @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) Drummer Washington is conversant in all kinds of rhythms, not to mention a panoply of musical styles, having played with Chico Freeman, James Carter, David “Fathead” Newman and a host of others. Expect some pretty swingin’ music tonight, as well as something Latin and something funky. Here they are about a year ago at the Dakota.

Saturday, October 25
Pippi Ardennia @ The Bedlam Lowertown, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10pm ($?) Pippi’s celebrating her birthday by singing “feel good” music from a repertoire that includes jazz, R&B, and even some blues. I’ll be spinning vinyl afterwards.

Steve Kenny Quartet @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) – The Saturday Night Jazz series continues at Lowertown’s informal community center. Kenny plays the flumpet, a combination trumpet and flugelhorn. He’ll be accompanied by Chris Bates, bass; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and JT Bates on drums. Here’s Kenny in a slightly different configuration.

Sunday, October 26
Zacc Harris Trio @ Riverview Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 7:30pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) Hear the talented guitarist in his most basic element – a trio – with Matt Peterson, bass; and Pete Hennig, drums. Of course, there’s an extensive wine list and food available.

Monday, October 27
Omaha Diner @ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35)  Here’s a group of stellar improvisers who play top 40 songs. In fact they guarantee that every song they play has hit #1 on Billboard’s pop chart. Now, given the lineup, with artists who have worked with folks ranging from Iggy Pop, Elton John, REM, and Linda Ronstadt, to Roswell Rudd, the Moscow Circus, and Sonny Sharrock, I’m not sure you’ll be able to recognize the songs, but I am sure you’ll be surprised. Charlie Hunter, seven-string electric guitar; Steve Bernstein, trumpets; Bobby Previte, drums; and Skerik, tenor sax. Here they are doing Love Train.

Doug Little @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Doug is a super talented reed player, with an affinity for Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms. He’s a key player in a number of groups, but tonight he’ll be working with bass and drums.

Rhonda Laurie Trio @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (Tip Jar) Laurie is a NYC-born chanteuse, with a sophisticated approach to phrasing that’s well suited to acoustic swing 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 22
Unknown-4Creole Choir @ The Ordway, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($20 – $45) The music of this Cuban group of ten vocalists draws on West African and Caribbean influences and is marked by passionate vocals and percussion. A must for any student of Cuban music and rhythms.

Ross Kleiner & the Thrill @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm. (Free) This is a band that does more than simply revive rockabilly and old R&B. They add their own accents to create music that’s uniquely their own. Show up early if you want to take advantage of Shannon’s free dance lessons. Then you can swing, Lindy, or what have you to this outfit.

Thursday, October 23
Siama Matuzungidi & Mikkel Beckmen @ The Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7pm (Tip Jar) Matuzungidi is a vocalist and guitarist from Republic of Congo/Zaire. Beckmen, host of this Thursday series, plays washboard and other percussion. They will be joined by Dallas Johnson on vocals and percussion to explore the intersections where American Traditional music and the Village music of Zaire coexist. While they are playing you can partake of the Dubliner’s array of pints, or not, as you prefer.

Rockin’ Pinecones @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($?) A little Cajun. A little Zydeco. A bunch of Swamp Pop. It all adds up to dancing nirvana when the Pinecones take the stage.

Friday, October 24
Unknown-3Ecuador Manta @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) Though they started in a small village in Ecuador 20 years ago, this group has gone beyond mere pan-pipe offerings (thought that distinctive instrument is still present) to incorporate a number of traditional and contemporary Latin rhythms in their music. Let’s hope there’s enough room for the dancers who will attend.

Tim Sparks & Marcus Wise @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30 – 8:30pm (No cover) Sparks is one of the master finger-pickers we have in this town. Wise plays tablas with more versatility than you would expect from the instrument. Get a table close to the stage for dinner, so you can really appreciate the musicianship of these two men.

Saturday, October 25
5 Bands @ Barely Brothers Records, Saint Paul. Noon – 5pm. Well, the guys at BBR are bringing back live music to accompany and possibly inspire your record browsing and buying. Noon – Country Mike; 1pm – Matt Hannah; 2pm – King of the Tramps; 3pm – Ringout!; 4pm – Monica LaPlante. Plus, it’s free, at least if you don’t buy any records.

Paula Cole @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35 – $45) Cole had a number of top ten hits in the 90s. She’s recorded six albums in 18 years, and sold about 3 million copies, winning a Grammy, and getting nominated for another seven along the way. Her songs have been covered by Herbie Hancock and Annie Lennox, among others.

Sunday, October 26
2014bluesallstarsposterLGMinnesota Blues All-Stars CD Release Party @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 1pm – 6pm ($10 includes CD) the Minnesota Blues Society is hosting this event. The CD is the second volume of tunes by MN Blues Artists. This one features performances Lisa Wenger; the Walking Wounded; Jimi Primetime Smith; Hurricane Harold w/Eric McCawley; the Mooseknuckle Brothers; and others, many of whom will be playing.

Lonesome Shack @ The Bayport BBQ, Bayport. 8pm ($10) Chris Johnson continues his bent for presenting Deep Blues with Lonesome Shack  a trio with a raw sound. Their latest album is called Primitive, an apt description for their highly charged music. Ticket price generally includes their BBQ buffet, though you might want to check with them to make sure: 651-955-6337.

Sunday, Monday, October 27, 28
Mambo’s Combo @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) Mambo’s Combo, Dr. Mambo’s Combo, or simply The Combo. Whatever the name, this group just keeps on playing (what is it – 20 years now?) and delivering a variety of dance-oriented old-school rock and R&B, with guests often sitting in for a tune or two. Here they are doing a Staple Singers classic.

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. Dancers might want to check out the U Wanna Dance Calendar.

Residents, Visitors, and Album Releases: 10.15 – 10.21

October 14, 2014

What a week! We have four CD releases (two each on Friday and Saturday), as well as a few visiting artists and interesting combinations of resident artists. I’m finishing this up while on vacation,  so please excuse the lack of photo. I’m publishing a bit early, and have tried to include links to videos where possible.


Wednesday, October 15

Whitman, Lomheim, Young & Hey @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Pete Whitman brings a trio of first call musicians to join him for tonight’s edition of the New Music Series. Pete Whitman, sax; Chris Lomheim, piano; Jay Young, bass; and Phil Hey, drums.

Thursday, October 16

Connie Olson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) It’s a Thursday, so it’s vocal night at Jazz Central, tonight featuring Ms Olson, who grew up here, but moved to Los Angeles during the 80s. Since then she’s worked with the Peter Duchin Big Band, as well as musicians from Manhattan Transfer, and the bands of Prince and Madonna. She has a particular interest in the music of Doris Day.

Friday, October 17 Babatunde Lea Quintet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Babatunde Lea is now a resident of Saint Paul, which hopefully means we’ll be seeing more of him in the clubs. For those of you who aren’t aware of Lea, he plays a combination of trap set and congas, and has played with Pharaoh Sanders, Leon Thomas, and Stan Getz, among others. For tonight, he’s gathers some of the area’s best musicians: Nelson Deveraux, sax; Zacc Harris, guitar; Phil Aaron, piano; and Graydon Peterson, bass. Here is an example of how he plays drums and congas at the same time.

Connie Evingson w/the John Jorgenson Gypsy Jazz Quintet Album Release @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35), 9pm ($30) A highly anticipated collaboration. The John Jorgenson Gypsy Jazz Quintet may be the best exponent of gypsy jazz in the United States. Jorgenson is an imaginative virtuoso guitarist who is equally at home backing Elton John, or playing country and bluegrass, but gypsy jazz is his love. Our own Evingson is a stellar vocalist who is equally versatile and highly conversant with the form, having recorded two excellent albums, Gypsy in My Soul, and Stockholm Sweetnin’ with four different hot club groups. Hear her from the Stockholm Sweetnin’ album here.

Dean Magraw & Eric Kamau Gravatt CD Release @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 8pm ($20) This drum/guitar duo is anything but boring, but then, both players are virtuosos on their instruments, and have the ability to musically communicate with each other in an almost telepathic way. Magraw is a versatile guitarist whose background includes playing with Greg Brown, Jack McDuff, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and numerous Irish bands. As recently as a few years ago, Gravatt toured with McCoy Tyner. He’s also played with Joe Henderson and Weather Report, and Natural Life, and can be seen around town leading his own Source Code. The album features originals ranging from an homage to the funky drummer for 60s soul group Dyke & the Blazers, to a lilting Irish air, and a sun-filled melody for cruising down a highway.

Saturday, October 18

Chris Lomheim Trio CD Release @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) Chris Lomhein, piano; Gordon Johnson, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums have gotten together to record a CD 20 years after their first CD together. The result, Timeless, covers a range of moods, from the sprightly To Feel or Not To Feel, to the stately Dedication. The playing of the trio is, at times, luminescent. To be sure, Timeless has many uplifting moments.

PipJazz Live: Pippi Ardennia’s Birthday Bash @ The Capri Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25 Adult/$5 Student) Pippi sings in the moment, changing lyrics, stretching a groove, and occasionally changing the rhythm to suit her mood, backed by an all-star band of Twin Cities artists. The PipJazz Live series features young guest artists, and for this occasion Pippi will have Peter Goggin, a Moundsview HS senior as her guest. Peter’s sax playing is very impressive, as he has demonstrated as a two-year member of the Dakota Combo.

Sunday, October 19

Michael Attias w/Pat Moriary, Ellen Lease, Chris Bates @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 6pm – 8pm ($10/$5 students Suggested Donation) Minnesota raised and NYC-based saxophonist/composer Michael Attias is visiting once again as part of a tour that includes performances in Chicago and at Edgefest in Ann Arbor. He’s taking this opportunity to play with his former teacher Moriarty, sax; Ellen Lease, piano; and Chris Bates, bass. You can expect compositions from each group member as well as some free improvisation, which in the hands of these musicians, can be quite wonderful. Here is an example of Attias and Moriarty playing together.

Monday, October 20

Dave Brattain @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 suggested Donation) Brattain is a melodic, expressive saxophonist who teaches at Wayzata HS and has played with the CedarAvenue Big Band for over 20 years. He’ll be using this opportunity to have fun playing songs outside of his usual repertoire, backed by the Jazz Central rhythm team. There’ll then be a jam session starting about 10pm.

Fall of the House of User @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) Bassist Chris Bates heads up this horn-heavy group, which experiments with improvisation of world music, including some elements of spoken word. Chris Cunningham, guitar; Nelson Deveraux, Adrian Larkin, Elliot Wachs, and Jon Davis; saxophone, and Greg Schutte, drums.

Twin Cities Hot Club Trio @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm. (No Cover) Seems like the Barbette is sticking its toe in the water of live music once again after an absence of a few months. So far it’s only Monday nights. Tonight the Twin Cities Hot Club Trio is performing. The TCHC calls on a number of musicians, depending on the gig, but it appears that Robert Bell and Stan Ponkin, guitars, and Matt Peterson, bass will be playing while you enjoy a fabulous happy hour.

Tuesday, October 21

Explosion Big Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) This is a good name for this 18 piece band led by Doug Haining, sax; and Scott Agster, trombone. Jazz Central provides a relaxed room in which to revel in their power.

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 15 Dan Israel on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Generally recognized as a rocker (albeit of the softer variety), Israel writes honest and personal songs that work well with his three-piece band, the Cultivators, as well as solo. He’s been playing around the Twin Cities for 20 years or so, and has released a dozen albums, including Danthology, a 2LP overview of his work. Tune in to listen, then head over to the 331 Club if you like what you hear.

Thursday, October 16

Papa John Kolstad @ Vine Arts Gallery, 2637 27th Ave So, Minneapolis. 6:30 – 8:30pm (Free) This event is part of KBEM’s Gallery Grooves series. Gather to look over the art exhibition, Get Behind the Work II, presented by the Members of the Vine Arts Gallery. There will be refreshments, and an artist talk, while Papa John and perhaps some Friends provide acoustic swing to accompany your art-filled, and artful conversations. Watch him at work.

Orkestar Bez Ime @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30 pm (Tip Jar) Move the tables, because there is going to be some some wild and raucous dancing to the highly energetic Balkan dance sounds of OBI.

Kat Edmonson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) With a light voice that’s part waif, part siren, and a little bit of Billie Holiday, Texas-born  Edmonson has toured with Lyle Lovett, and has appeared on Austin City Limits and Prairie Home Companion. Though her releases have shown up on the jazz charts, she incorporates rock n’ roll, country, and folk into her originals, and re-imagines both well-known pop songs as well as standards. check her out.

Friday, October 17

Sena Ehrhardt Band @ Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($?) Ehrhardt is making a name for herself as a major blues rockin’ talent, as evidenced by a very positive review in the latest issue of Downbeat magazine. This early show lets you go home early or gives you time to visit another club and make a two-fer of music for the evening.

The House Party @ Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm.   Harold Tremblay of KFAI’s House Party brings his partying friends to the Tap Room, starting at 7pm with the Zach Guaza Duo (you may know Zach from Sans Souci); Hurricane Harold himself takes the stage with compadre Doug Otto at 8:15, and one of the area’s best Americana/soul/rock n’ roll singers, Jon Rodine, who also pens great originals, closes out the night with Friends at 9:30pm.

Mauilotus: The Marilyn Allysum Group @ The 1st Unitarian society, 900 Mount Curve Ave, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20, $15 advance) This is music that seems to go beyond genres, with aspects of jazz, folk, and a number of world musics. Some of the tunes were written by Indian poet saints in the 15th and 16th centuries. Others are based on ancient yoga of sacred music. And still others are written by Marilyn Allysum, flute, piano, vocals and the Gu Zheng, a Chinese plucked zither with 21 strings. Additional musicians in the group include Charles Fletcher, bass guitars; Mike Hurley, drums and percussion; and David Wolfe on Persian harp. The resulting music can be contemplative and uplifting at the same time.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) The excitable and exciting slide guitar master will grab your body with his music and won’t let go until both you and he are spent. Here’s a fine example of his slide playing.

Saturday, October 18

Food Truck Rally with Music @ Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis. 12pm – 10pm (Free) Besides 18 food trucks (who has the kind of stomach to sample even half of them?), the rally features Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers (1pm), Doug Otto & the Getaways (2pm), Everett Smithson Band (5pm), Mary Cutrufello Band (7pm), and The Federales (9pm).

Singer/Songwriter Showcase @ Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Featuring Jack Klatt, Bernie King, Jake Rowan, and Emily Dantuma. There’s a FaceBook page with bios of all the performers.

Phil Heywood CD Release @ the Riverview Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 8pm ($13) Phil has a new CD out, Rollin’ On, in which the ace fingerpicker plays some blues, rags, Beatles, and Dylan, as well as some Bob Marley tunes where he effectively implies a reggae beat. Special guests Tim Sparks and Dakota Dave Hull will add to the fun.

Maurice Jacox @ The Normandy Kitchen, Minneapolis. 7pm?  (No cover) You’ll have to call the Normandy to find out the exact time, which is just as well, since this throwback bar has limited seating, and you’ll want a reservation if you want to hear Maurice’s acoustic interpretations of Holland-Dozier-Holland tunes, or his Nat King Cole songs, or any of the rest of his repertoire of pop and vocal standards.

Buzzirque and the Tom Robinson Band @ Zeke’s Unchained Animal, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm. This benefit for KFAI features some veterans of the Twin Cities Music Scene. I have spotlighted The Tom Robinson Band before, for its sensuous Brazilian rhythms, and Tom’s new translations of Brazilian lyrics, which give a different insight into Brazilian life than standard English translations. He’s joined by core group members Tony Moreno on drumns, and Tom Church on reeds, as well as a few other musicians. Buzzirque, which takes the stage at 8:30, is led by drummer John Hewitt, who played in the Urban Guerillas in the 80s, and a number of other bands since then.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, October 18, 19, 20

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall: In the Mood @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm Saturday, 7pm Sunday, Monday ($50, $60, $70) Alpert is one of perhaps a handful of artists that can make a three night stand at the Dakota work. Consider: Five albums on Billboard’s top 20 at the same time; 75 million records sold; 7 Grammys, and a National Medal of Arts, awarded by President Obama in 2013. His Wife, Lani Hall has a marvelous voice, which first came to our attention when she was in Sergio Mendes and Brazill 66 (recording for Alpert’s A&M Records). He’s certainly earned the right to retire, but is touring behind last year’s new record, Steppin’ Out, with a fun video for the single of the venerable Puttin’ on the Ritz, below.

Tuesday, October 21

Paul Metsa & Willie Walker @ The Richfield American Legion Post #435, Richfield. 5pm (Tip Jar) Here’s a fine way to spend a couple of post-work hours, listening to Walker sing while Metsa accompanies on guitar. Their song list ranges from Bob Dylan to Al Green, with many soulful songs in between. Food and drink are available. Here they are performing at Shaw’s.

Vinyl Voices @ Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Each week a couple of KFAI deejays share their record collections with beer drinkers in the brewers Tap Room. Tonight I’ll be spinning soul from the 60s and 70s, while Rudy Aguilar (Radio Pocho) will bring 80s synth pop, 90s dance, and disco.

Ruthie Foster @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40) Is there a performer as warm and insightful as guitarist/songwriter Foster? Though she is regularly nominated for a Grammy in the Blues category, her songs encompass much, much more. She’s touring behind her latest, Promise of a Brand New Day, produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. Its songs range from slow Memphis grooves to gospel shouts, sensitive ballads, and both acoustic and electric blues, including a song written with William Bell and a cover of Gene McDaniel’s radical (for its time) Outlaw. Listen to her perform It Might Not Be Right.

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. Dancers might want to check out the U Wanna Dance Calendar.

A Full Week of Music: 10.8 – 10.14

October 8, 2014

UnknownThere is plenty of action to satisfy both roots and jazz fans this coming week, what with David Bromberg, a Willie & the Bees Reunion, Roy Hargrove, Dave Weckl, and more coming to town. The weather is generally perfect for going out, whether you plan on raising a sweat dancing, or sitting back and enjoying creative musicians. Have fun. Music has the power to lift the body & soul.


Wednesday, October 8

Chris. He's really not so scary. Photo by John Whiting

Chris. He’s really not so scary. Photo by John Whiting

Chris Bates Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Chris brings along Peter Schimke, piano; and Cory Healy, drums, to explore new musical territory as a trio.

Thursday, October 9

Thomas Bruce @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) As a member of a musical family, Bruce developed a special affinity for the music of Ellington and Strayhorn. Pianist Jon de Vall will be joining him to perform some of those songs as well as jazz standards.

Friday, October 10

JT Bates @ The Bedlam Lowertown, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm (Free) This is part of the American Composer’s Forum Landmark to Lowertown series. Drummer JT Bates will be joined by Jeremy Ylvisaker, guitar; and Jim Anton, bass. The kitchen will be open, so you can have a lunch with live music.

Anthony Cox’s DD7 @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Friday nights at Jazz Central feature the Bridge Series, established to pick up where the late Artists Quarter left off in featuring Twin Cities talent. Tonight bassist Anthony Cox brings some cutting edge post bop music to the venue with a group that only debuted a month or so ago. Joining Cox, who will be playing cello as well as double bass is: JT Bates, drums & percussion; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and Steve Kenny on FLUMPET.

BZ3 Trio @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8:30pm – 10:30pm. Looking for some old school B3 trio music? Join Troy Norton, guitar; Kevin Washington, drums; and Brian Z on the B3 tonight.

Katia Cardenas @ The Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) Cardenas recently sang at Jazz Central, and is now taking the next step in establishing herself as a jazz singer in the area.

Saturday, October 11

Gypsy Mania Hot Club Quartet @ the Linwood ParkAnnual Family Bonfire, 860 St.Clair Ave, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 9pm (Free) Those of you living in Saint Paul might want to welcome Fall at this community event. It starts at 5pm and besides music, will offer free refreshments, as well as food and a bouncy castle for the kids.

Brazilian Workshop & Concert @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 5:30pm workshop (Free) 7pm – 9pm Concert ($10 – kids 12 & under, free) Pianist Laura Caviani  vocalist Lucia Newell  and guitarist Joan Griffith will be on hand to talk about Brazilian music and then perform it. These are imaginative musicians of the highest order, well versed in Brazilian music, well versed in jazz, and compatriots of many years. Here’s Lucia and Laura at the Artists’ Quarter.

Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson @ Jazz at St. Barney’s, Plymouth. ($10 Adults, $5 Students) This event is called: She Said/She Said: Class Female Songwriting of the Flapper, Swing, and Bebop Eras. Sounds like an old-fashioned commentary on the Battle of the Sexes.

JazzMN Orchestra w/David Weckl @ Hopkins High School, 2400 Lindbergh Drive, Hopkins. 7:30pm ($10 – $30) Weckl is an in-demand drummer who has been named one of the 25 best drummers of all time by Modern Drummer. Early on he worked with the Chick Corea Elektric Band for seven years, and has sense worked with folks ranging from George Benson and Mike Stern to Robert Plant and Madonna. The 17-piece JazzMN Orchestra is simply full of some of the best talent in Minnesota. Here’s a much younger Weckl playing with the Buddy Rich Big Band.

Monday, October 13

Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) Drummer Healey moved to the Twin Cities in 2013, after performing in Chicago for several years, including some time spent with Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble. He’s gathered some like-minded musicians for this band: Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Zacc Harris, guitar; and Erik Fratzke, bass.

Monday, Tuesday, October 13, 14

Kota 3Roy Hargrove Quintet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($30) Hargrove is a trumpet master who is always challenging himself by looking beyond mainstream jazz. He’s recorded a Grammy Winning Latin/Cuban album (Cristol), and another Grammy winning album with strings (Moment to Moment) and has also incorporated hip-hop into a couple of albums. He has one of the best bands in the world, and his shows are always filled with a variety of tempos, solos, and moods. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys jazz.

Tuesday, October 14

Chris Olson Project @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm – 10pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) Guitarist Olson will be joined by cellist Greg Byers for an evening of jazz, Latin, and popular duets.

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 8

10714386_10152357250155848_6678984019389826506_oCadillac Kolstad and “The Thing” Movie @ Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, Lake & Cedar, Minneapolis. 6-7pm (Cadillac), 7pm (Movie). Okay, here’s a pre-Halloween treat that will benefit the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis (first burial in 1853). Cadillac s highly energetic piano pounding may not wake the dead, but it sure is entertaining. Following his performance, “The “Thing From Another World,” featuring James Arness, will be shown. As a child, I went to see it, though my older sister covered my eyes when The Thing (Arness) appeared. I don’t know if there’s a cover, but the Friends of the Cemetery are trying to raise funds to repair the fence.

The Meteor Boys and Vernon Dixon @ Schooner Pub, Minneapolis. 8pm (tip Jar) A couple of very rootsy duos for your Wednesday evening. The Meteor Boys arken back to the days of vaudeville when two guys, a banjo and a ukelele croon old favorites and new compositions. Vernon Dixon, who open, play and sing classic honky-tonk and country blues.

Thursday, October 9

The Walking Wounded w/Gwen Matthews @ Holihan’s Pub, White Bear Lake. 8pm (Tip Jar) Chanteuse Matthews joins Bobby Schnitzer, guitar; Larry Weigand, bass; Jason Craft, keys; and Scott Sansby, drums, for an evening of R&B, rock n’ roll, and who knows what else.

Butanes @ Shaw’s, Minneapolis. 8pm. (Tip Jar) 8pm. Bandleader/guitarist Curt Obeda was just inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for his song, Crying To Do. In truth almost any one of his songs could qualify. The Butanes will be in full celebratory mode (as if they aren’t always) as they return to their weekly gig, which is always populated by drop-in guests. Always fun. Here’s a video of their instrumental prowess.

Friday, October 10

Willie & the Bees Reunion @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($15 Advance/$20 Door) Once Willie & the Bees take the stage at the venerable Cabooze, the place will undoubtedly erupt, as long time fans come out of the woodwork to revisit the R&B, rock n’ roll, and just plain exciting music of Murphy and company. Back in the 70s, this band was the bomb, fueling long nights of dancing wherever they went. Some of Murphy’s more political songs still resonate today, as do their rump-bumpin rhythms. Folks of a certain age not dance as long and hard as they used to, but my bet is if anyone can move, they’ll be on the dance floor for at least part of the night. Oh, and to add to the evening, Spider John Koerner will open. Check out this blast from the past.

Saturday, October 11

David Bromberg Quintet @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($30 Advance/$40 Door) Multi-instrumentalist Bromberg was an early exponent of genre-bending with his albums of the 70s and 80s including blues, bluegrass, folk, and Irish fiddle tunes alongside each other. Indeed, he was Americana, before the term was used to describe a style of music. Jerry Jeff Walker called him “The reason man created stringed instruments.” Add to his virtuosity a wry sense of humor, and you have a show that will entertain young and old alike. Tom Feldmann opens.

Sunday, October 12

Willie Walker Band @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 4pm (No Cover) Besides singing with the Butanes, Maurice Jacox, and Paul Metsa, original soul man Walker has his own band, which plays once a month at MMC for a delightful afternoon. He recently toured Brazil and will be going back in a few months. If you haven’t discovered what the Brazilians (as well as many Twin Citizens) know, this is a good chance to check him out. Here’s a video from his Brazilian trip.

Daddy Squeeze Polka Show @Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 4pm – 6pm (No Cover).  Here’s a way you can celebrate Octoberfest. Dan Newton and his pals will be providing the pomp pah pah, The Amsterdam has plenty of beer, as well as award winning french fries, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to strut your stuff as a polka dancer. 

Pat Donahue & the Prairie All-Stars @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7 pm ($15) Grammy winning guitarist Pat Donahue has been a regular on Prairie Home Comanion for many years. No less than Chet Atkins called Donahue one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. Donahue has also written songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Suzy Boguss, and others. He has an equally stellar band in Richard Kriehn, mandolin and violin; Gary Raynor, bass; and Peter Johnson, drums. Word is that Daddy Squeeze Newton will be dropping by as well. this video shows Pat’s way with a guitar.

Monday, October 13

Big Mama Lele @ The Black Dog Coffee & WineBar, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8pm (Tip Jar) Based in the Yukon Territory, Big Mama uses her size and her witty, double-entendre lyrics to sing about everyday, bittersweet moments, injecting her songs with honesty and humor.

Tuesday, October 14

Accordo: Chamber Music at the Amsterdam @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($20 advance, $25 door) Accordo is a six-year old chamber music ensemble, consisting of principal string players from both the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. This is part of an occasional series at the Amsterdam that includes a hosted Q&A presentation format.

Joey Ryan & LOTT @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 9:30pm (No Cover) Joey Ryan is fine singer/songwriter/guitarist who writes sunny pop songs that are sure to make you smile, what with their sly nods to the rock n’ roll of a simpler time and inviting lyrics. Tonight he take’s a break from his band, The Inks.  LOTT is the solo project of Leah Ottman, who has sung with We Are The Willows and Better Bones. She’s influenced by Patsy Cline, and has been called a torch singer of indie music. Adam Levy produced her first single, released this past August. check out this video for an example of Joey’s singing and songwriting.

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. Dancers might want to check out the U Wanna Dance Calendar.





Choices, Choices, Choices. Music: 10.1 – 10.7

October 1, 2014

DSC00159.JPGThe leaves are changing as are the number of opportunities to get out and listen to music, with visiting jazz artists, a number of opportunities to dance, new chamber music and some honky-tonkin in a jazz club. Have fun. Music is good for the body and soul.


Wednesday, October 1

Coryell, Bailey, & White @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30), 9pm ($25) I mentioned this group last week since they played on Tuesday night. Three of the pioneers of jazz rock are gathering to prove that blistering improvisation and rock rhythms are not mutually exclusive. Larry Coryell on guitar has been called the inventor of the genre, though he can play delicate soothing lines, as well as fiery electric work. Victor Bailey took over the bass spot in Weather Report when Jaco Pasorius left the group. Drummer Lenny White played in Return to Forever and on the Miles Davis Bitches Brew recordings. Here’s a version of a song they did last night.

Anthony Cox Presents Downrange Telemetrics @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) A bit more than jazz, this is a multimedia/poetry/musical presentation, featuring poet Becca Barniskis, visual artist Lori Brink, guitarist Nick Jaffe, and Cox. This may seem an odd pairing, but really, jazz musicians and poets have been sharing stages since the 1950s or earlier.

Thursday, October 2

Seru, Gillett, & Evans @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Another in the weekly series at Kyber Pass, this time featuring Davu Seru, percussion; Charles Gillett, lap guitar; and Elaine Evans, pocket trumpet.

Friday, October 3

Lee Ritenour @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($40) After a career spanning 50 years, guitarist Ritenour has earned a Grammy as well as 19 nominations, played on over 3,000 recording sessions, for artists ranging from the Mamas and Papas to Sonny Rollins and Frank Sinatra, and was a founding member of Fourplay, one of the most successful groups in jazz.

The siblings at play

The siblings at play

An Evening with Chris & JT @ Sweet 317, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10?/$20?) That’s brothers Chris & JT Bates, two of the finest musicians in town. Sweet 317 is an intimate space in Lowertown’s Northern Warehouse. They just received a Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Tonight, Chris on bass; and JT on drums, will be featured. For more information: info@sweet317.com

Eric Kamau Gravatt & Friends @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Kamau is the amazing drummer who has recorded and performed with Weather Report and McCoy Tyner, among others. Tonight his friends include: Pete Whitman, sax; Zacc Harris guitar; and young Charlie Lincoln, bass.

College Night @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. ($10 Suggested Donation) The debut of a new series featuring combos from area colleges and universities. Tonight starts with combos from North Central University from Minneapolis.

Foreign Motion, Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric CD Release, and Stolyette @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10:30pm ($10) Foreign Motion and ALE both feature formidable guitarists. A Love Electric is a Mexico City-based trio led by Todd Clouser, who is originally from the Twin Cities. Stolyette is a Minneapolis duo with Russian vocals, a bass, and tape loops, shifters and other electronic musicianship. The frets will be burning tonight. Here’s a video from Clouser and his group with a guest trombone player.

Saturday, October 4

The Illicit Sextet @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul 8pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Concert #2 in the Saturday Jazz at the Blackdog series. This time the Illicit Sextet will be garnering your attention. They play nothing but original compositions, with a line-up and sound that evokes the hard bop years and a freshness that’s true to the present.

Monday, October 6

Jake & Noah Baldwin @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Though they share the same last name and both play trumpet, these Baldwin’s are not brothers. They are, however, very good musicians, and when you add the drums and bass of Jazz Central, you have a hot quartet, indeed.

Ken Thomson’s Slow/Fast, w/Seru, Lewis, & Fratzke @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) It’s another evening of jazz on the edge at Icehouse. Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast are a NYC band touring around the very recent release of its second album, Settle. The group consists of Thomson, alto sax, bass clarinet, and compositions; Nir Felder, guitar; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Adam Armstrong, bass; and drummer Fred Kennedy. Their set will be followed by a performance from Daru Seru, percussion; Mike Lewis, sax; and Erik Fratzke, bass. Here’s an excerpt of a piece from Thomson.

Tuesday, October 7

davu-seru-dean-mcgrawMagraw & Seru @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm ($5-$20 Suggested Donation) Dean Magraw, guitar; and Davu Seru, percussion get together on the first Tuesday of every month to deepen their musical communication and share it with appreciative audiences.

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 1

Bingham & Thorne on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3, 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Bob Bingham and Gordon Thorne are extraordinary players on both six and twelve string guitars. Thorne also plays mandolin. When they play, they invite you into their lives with both stories and song. Both are seasoned veterans of many bands, and together, of many festivals. They’ll be joined by a special guest, fiddler Randy Sabien. Tune in, and if you like them, check them out in person.

Neo-American Primitive Guitar Showcase @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Tip)  Folks, Blues, & Beyond, from guitarists Kyle Fosburgh, Steve Palmer, Matt Helgeson, and Nic Garcia. More guitar music for a Wednesday night.

Erik Koskinen @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) This is the debut of a monthly residency for Koskinen  who writes wry songs with a keen viewpoint on American life. He’s a heckuva guitar player as well.

Thursday, October 2

The Swamp Poppas @The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5?) Get out your dancing shoes and enjoy the  Cajun, Swamp Pop, and Zydeco sound of the Poppas – an unassuming band with a mission to get you out on the dance floor. Always a treat.

Friday, October 3

Hurricane Harold’s All-Star Blues Revue @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($10?) Tonight, the All-Stars feature Jason Lockwood, Dan Schwalbe, Victor Span, Keith Boyles, and Tim Wick. Harpist Harold has brought together a stellar group of musicians, featuring Kentucky guitarist Jason Lockwood, who has played at the International Blues Competition 16 years in a row. It’s an early show, so you can catch a set or two and still be home in time to get a good night’s sleep or watch some late night TV.

Big George Jackson CD Release @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) His deep voice will shake the rafters, while bandmates Jeremy Johnson and Phil Schmid will lay down a blues groove you won’t easily forget. Here’s a video from a few years back.

The Erickson’s Album Release @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($18/$15 Advance) Sisters Bethany Balentini and Jenny Kapernick are releasing their fourth album, Bring Me Home. They use their sisterly harmonies to great effect, whether singing rootsy songs of sorrow, as in the past, or the playful and slightly electro/pop of My Love, the first single from the new album. Opening is BB Gun (Al Church, Neal Pervix, and Jeremy Hanson)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 3,4,5

Zeitgeist Plays New Discoveries and Old Favorites @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm Friday ($10), 7:30pm Saturday ($20, including post-concert reception), 2pm Sunday ($10)  The contemporary chamber music ensemble will feature the world premier of From Afar, the Dragon Calls, by Minnesota Composer Jeff Lambert, as well as other new works and a couple of favorites, not to forget the debut of the ensemble’s newest member, pianist Nicola Melville. For a complete rundown of the program, visit:  http://www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org/new-discoveries-old-favorites.php

Saturday, October 4

Soul Tight Committee @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) R&B and funk from a ten-piece band with a number of singers. This is a band to see when you want to dance to songs you know as well as a few new ones.

Sunday, October 5

Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 1pm – 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) – It’s the Blues Society’s annual event. Jimi “Prime time” Smith will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he’ll perform with The Groove Merchants, Also on hand will be the Jeremy Johnson Blues Band (Jeremy is an honoree), Big George Jackson, The Butanes, and the Don King Blues Band.

Nachito Herrera & His Cuban Orchestra @ The Ordway Theater, Saint Paul. 7:30 ($23 – $55) Since his arrival in Minnesota about 12 years ago, Cuban born pianist Nachito Herrera has been wowing audiences both here and around the world, whether playing Latin Jazz, traditional Cuban music, or with classical symphonies. Now, he’s put together a concert featuring members of the Youth Symphony, four singers from Cuba, and a host of others. Something like 70 or 80 musicians will be on stage. Plus, there will be a dance floor for folks inspired by Cuban son, cha cha chas, and other Latin rhythms. I interviewed Nachito on my show this past Saturday, which you can hear at: http://kfai.org/rhythmandgrooves. The interview starts soon after the show begins.

Junior Brown @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Guitarist Brown is an American original – a throwback to the days when country music burned with the energy of high octane gas running through a four barrel carburetor, especially when he sings songs like Highway Patrol, and Hang Up and Drive. He invented the guit-steel guitar, which he places on a small stand, letting him switch between lap steel and lead guitar with ease. Expect some honky-tonk and western swing, with a bit of blues, Tex-Mex, and surf rock thrown in for good measure. He won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year award in 1996 for his song, “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead.” Here’s a live version of that song.

Tuesday, October 7

Fat Chance Jug Band – Jug Band Jam @ The Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis. 6pm (Tip Jar) Here’s the ticket when you are longing for some simple music from mostly home-made instruments. Unpretentious music for an unpretentious bar.

Vinyl Voices @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) KFAI deejays Sara Oxton and Tarik Thonton will take turns spinning R&B, Soul, & Funk vinyl for your listening pleasure while sampling the beers of Harriet Brewing.

Tuesday, Wednesday, October 7,8

Al Stewart @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) In 1979, British folk rocker Stewart was all over the airwaves with the million selling Year of the Cat and Time Passages. Some 20 odd albums later, he’s touring with musical partner Dave Nachmanoff, rather than the full band of those years. He’ll be doing acoustic versions of many of his old songs as well as some newer numbers. Here they are.

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. Dancers might want to check out the U Wanna Dance Calendar.

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