Autumn’s Arrival. Music: 9.23 – 9.29

And so it begins...

And so it begins…

Welcome to Autumn and another week of music to lift your spirit, from new jazz bands, to visiting blues, folk, and Finnish musicians. Autumn also brings the Fall Pledge Drive for KFAI, the community radio station where I volunteer and produce a weekly jazz show (Saturday mornings, 10:30 – Noon). I would much appreciate your support, which you can show by pledging Saturday morning during my show. You can call 612-375-9030 between 10:30am and Noon. You can also go to and follow the instructions there. KFAI has always been a big supporter of area musicians, including about 99.9% of the musicians whose performances I list each week. Thank you for your support.


Wednesday, September 23

Rootie Tootie @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) An evening of music inspired by Monk, Ornette, and Hank, presented by Pete Whitman, sax; Nathan Hanson, sax; Steve Hobert, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums.

Thursday, September 24

Southside Aces @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Some traditional brass band dancehall music from New Orleans. Since they play all over the midwest, the Aces can rightfully be called a “territory band.”  Members are: Robert Bell, guitar; Tony Balluf, clarinet; Steve Sandberg, trombone; Zack Lozier, trumpet; Erik Jacobson, sousaphone; and Dave Michel drums.

Sheridan Zuther @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm – 9:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Vocalist Zuther spent seven years touring the U.S. andCanada as a member of Five By Design, and now the opera trained singer is concentrating on her solo career. Her approach to singing is always uplifting and inviting.

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10 cash only) Trumpeter Adam Meckler is fairly prolific, composing and arranging songs for various groups, student bands, and his own 17 piece Orchestra. This should be a great venue in which to hear these very talented musicians. Though the lighting isn’t particularly good on this video, the music is just fine.

Friday, September 25

Anthony Cox: Riotous N @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Another musical brainchild of the talented bassist, who is joined by deVon Gray, keys; Sarah M. Greer, vocals; John Penny, guitar; and Davu Seru, percussion.

Javi Santiago Sextet @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10 cash only) Santiago is a relatively young pianist who easily attracts other talent, both emerging and veteran, to play with him. Tonight he’s joined by Zacc Harris, guitar; Pete Whitman, sax; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Ted Olson, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums.

Saturday, September 26

Saturday Night Jazz CD Release @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. ($10 Suggested Donation) John Penny Trio opens at 7pm with Penny guitar; Charlie Riddle, bass; and Davu Seru, drums. Then the CD release of A Night Together, with original arrangements by Adam Meckler of songs by Ellinton, Bechet, Reinhardt, Hart, Desmond and others performed by a band of Twin Cities Jazz Stars – Petrer Schimke, piano; Kenny Horst, drums, Billy Peterson, bass; Steve Kenny, flumpet; and Brandon Wozniack saxophones.

Monday, September 28

Larry McDonough’s 60th Birthday @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) McDonough is a sensitive piano player with a voice that reminds many of Chet Baker. To celebrate his birthday, McDonough has been asking fans to send him requests from his repertoire of eight CD releases. Joining him will be his regular quartet with Richard Terrill, saxes; Greg Stinson, bass; and Dean White, drums; as well as special guest including Steve Kenny, trumpet/flumpet; Jeff King, saxes, and Phil Holm, trumpet.

Jazzland Wonderband @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley 7pm – 10pm (No Cover) This relatively new quintet features some young lions tackling music from the Traditional and Swing eras. Members are: Cameron Kinghorn, trumpet and vocals; Nelson Deveraux, reeds; Keith Hilson, trombone; Evan Clark, tuba; and Andres Crovetti, drums.

Gastonguay, Harris & Bates @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Soul jazz with a modern twist comes to the Icehouse stange with this classic B3 Organ band featuring Kevin Gastonguay, organ; Zacc Harris, guitar; and JT Bates, drums; performing deep cut classics and originals.

Tuesday, September 29

Dave Graf Quartet @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm (No Cover) Graf is one of the most versatile trombone players in the Twin Cities, leading his own band on CD, playing with folks like Slide Hampton, Jack McDuff, or the Woody Herman Orchestra, playing in pit bands for touring musicals, and backing folks like Natalie Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., and Juli Andrews. He’ll be joined tonight by Daniel Leahy, piano; Gary Raynor, bass; and Mac Santiago, drums. Here he is with a slightly different quartet.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz PoliceJazz Ink, and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, September 23

Patty & The Buttons on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Button accordion maestro Patrick “Patty” Harrison leads this quartet through an eclectic menu of trad jazz, Western Swing, blues, Jug band music, and 1930s pop songs. Other members include Keith Boyles, bass; Tony Balluff, clarinet; and Mark Kreitzer, guitar. Tune into Fresh Air Radio, where they’ll play live during the 5pm hour, and then head over to the 331 to catch them in person.

Thursday, September 24

Shemekia Copeland @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25 – $38) This blues-singing daughter of the late guitar ace Johnny Copeland has toured with the Rolling Stones, headlined the Chicago Blues Festival, and earned parade from Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, ZZ Tops, Billy Gibbons, and Maya Angelou.

A bunch of sharp dressed dudes

A bunch of sharp dressed dudes

Irie Sol @ The Commodore Hotel, Saint Paul. 8pm ($25 includes drink ticket and “tasty treats”) A reggae band at the one-time home of F. Scott Fitzgerald? Makes perfect sense when you realize Irie Sol is celebrating the release of Dred Scott Fitzgerald, with music themed around the life of Fitzgerald. This is part of a birthday celebration of the Saint Paul author, with proceeds going to support a non-profit called Fitzgerald in Saint Paul. 1920s attire is encouraged.


Thursday – Sunday, September 24 – 27

Barbershop harmony of a different kind

Barbershop harmony of a different kind

Always and Forever @ Illusion Theater, Cowles Center, Minneapolis. 8pm Thursday, Friday, 4:30pm Saturday, 7:30pm Sunday ($25 – $40) This popular musical is returning to the Illusion to celebrate the close of its 40th year of operation. It stars Julius C. Collins III, Dennis Spears, Gevonee Ford, and Isaiah Cummings who sing songs by Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Percy Sledge, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Earth, Wind, and Fire, as they reveal the ups and downs of their love lives. Set in a 1970s barbershop, the musical played to standing room only crowds for three months when it opened in 1996, and in later revivals in 2010 and 2011.

Friday, September 25

Tom Rush @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($50) Another survivor of the urban folk revival of the 60s comes to town. Singer/songwriter Rush has been an major influence on both James Taylor and Garth Brooks. Rush is a gifted writer and a fine interpreter of other people’s songs as well, first recording the work of folks like Jackson Brown and Joni Mitchell. He’s more recently introduced the world to the work of Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

SlovCzech @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Don’t know much about this group, but they sound intriguing – a six piece playing modernized folk music from Czech and Slovakia.

The Northerly Gales @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul. 9pm ($?) This folk quartet draws on Irish, Scottish, Canadian,  and American folk traditions, using fiddle, guitar, pipes, and whatever else is available.

Nikki & the RueMates w/Deano Mikkelson @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Nikki’s bell-like voice, Rich Rue’s stellar guitar work, and the tight rhythm section of Jon Olson on bass and Jimmy “T” Tollesfrud provide some intimate, 60s style folk-rock. Special guest, guitarist Deano Mikkelson, adds a jazzy vibe to the proceedings. Here they are in trio format.

Saturday, September 26

Rena Haus Trio @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 10am – 1pm. (No Cover) Line up for brunch at this popular weekend morning eatery and enjoy the folk blues of Ms Haus and her trio, singing songs about rural life, big business, and the little guy.

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ Washington Square, White Bear Lake. 9pm (Tip Jar?) This small room will fill with big music as the 4 piece GCO brings their fusion of bluegrass, metal, and jazz to the restaurant. Using guitar, fiddle, bass, and drums, they are just as likely to play an extreme Indian raga as a traditional bluegrass tune.

Tuesday, September 29

The Pluto Trio @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Original music encompassing post-rouck, soul, new wave, and synth pop.

Kardemimmit @ The Cedar Cultural Center, MInneapolis. 7:30pm ($18) Holy Alliteration! This is a Finnish four-piece female folk group. Besides singing, Kardemimmit plays the Finnish national instrument, a cantle, in obit its 15 string and 38 string forms. Their music covers folk traditions throughout Finland. Opening is the fine young vocalist Lynn O’Brien, who will be joined by cellist Jessica Cheadle.

Tuesday, Wednesday, September 29, 30

Jeffrey Osborne @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm each night ($65), 9pm (Wed only – $50) Ooh, some smooth, seductive, soul love power is happening at the Dakota. Vocalist Osbourne started out with the popular funk group L.T.D. back in the 70s, and then went solo in the 80s, becoming a fixture on the R&B charts. He’s received five gold and platinum albums, and recorded an album of duets with James Ingram. His 2013 album A Time For Love features a passel of standard love songs, accompanied by musicians like bassist Christian McBride, pianist George Duke, trumpeter Rick Braun, and saxophonist Kamasai Washington.

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

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