Music Not for Fools: 3.30 – 4.5

March 30, 2016

imagesFriday is April Fools Day, with a couple of appropriate shows, but for the most part there is nothing foolish about our music scene, which is so rich in talent over a variety of genres. We even have some outstanding visiting artists this week. With the weather approaching real Spring temps, it’s a good time to get out and hear some music, which will undoubtedly lift your spirits.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 30

Steve Kimmel, Gary Byers, & Gary Shulte @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10) Wednesdays are a bit more experimental than other nights at this basement studio/performance space. Tonight features Steve Kimmel, a long time veteran of the Twin Cities music community, on piano and percussion; versatile violinist Gary Shulte; and cellist Greg Byers. Here’s Kimmel having some fun on vibes.

Byron Johnson-Blanchard Trio @ Barbette, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) Johnson-Blanchard is a drummer with a number of funk/R&B bands in town, but for the past year or so he’s led this trio with the ever inventive Park Evans on guitar and Josh Granowski on bass. So you have some fine jazz to listen to during Barbette’s great lat night happy hour. You can hear songs by the trio here.

Thursday, March 31

McNally Smith Singer Showcase @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10) The best and brightest young vocal students from McNally Smith.

Potash Twins @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12) NPR called them the “Twin Horns of Joy.” The trombone/trumpet duo have caught the ears of such notables as Wynton Marsalis, and Jon Faddis, Chris Botti, and Gregory Porter, among others, and have played at Birdland, SXSW, and Warren Buffet’s Annual Shareholder meeting! As young as they are (early 20s), their music nods towards pop, but is at its heart, jazz, plain and simple. Here’s an example:

Friday, April 1

Paul Harper’s Chordless Quartet @ Public Kitchen, Saint Paul. 9pm (Tip Jar) Friday Night at the Reverie in Minneapolis is on hiatus as it moves to Thursday nights in May. In the meantime, bands that were scheduled are being moved to different venues, including the Public, across the street from Mears Park in Lowertown. Saxophonist Harper  along with Steve Kenny, Flumpet; Tom Lewis, bass; and Matt Buckner on drums will explore originals by Harper and Kenny, as well as music by Joe Henderson, Thelonious Monk, and more. Here are Harper and Kenny performing with the Illicit Sextet, which does have chorded instruments.

Friday, Saturday, April 1, 2

Dave King Trio @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) King is the genre-crossing drummer best known for stints with avant jazz, pop, and Americana groups. Tonight he takes the stage with Bill Carrothers  piano; and Billy Peterson  bass; to play jazz standards, though the combination of these three outstanding musicians may take the songs slightly beyond “standard.”  Here’s an extended clip from a performance in Italy a couple of years ago.

Saturday, April 2

Sophia Shorai @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) The Friday evening crowds at Crooners are looking for a good time. Ms Shorai, with her sweet voice, sharp emotive instincts, and talented band, should make it easy for the crowd to enjoy themselves.

Maud Hixon: What Would Doris Do? @ Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington. 7:30pm  ($27 Adults; $24 Seniors; $20 Students) Ms Hixson has impeccable phrasing and very good taste in the songs she presents. Tonight she examines the music of Doris Day, who started with big bands, and had a successful solo and movie career. With the ever swinging Wolverines Trio. Here she is with piano accompaniment by Rick Carlson, of the Wolverines.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Curator Steve Kenny often has a young group to start out this Saturday Night tradition, and tonight is no exception. Opening act is The Dark Blue Quartet, with Thomas Strommen, saxes; Dylan Nelson, guitar; Jason McLean, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums.  Both Burgess and Strommen have proven themselves in Kenny’s Group 47, so it will be interesting to catch them in another setting. Headliner at 8:30pm is Courageous Endeavors, a young-ish group that achieved some local popularity until leader/bassist Brian Courage left for NYC. He’s back visiting and will be perfuming with Nelson Devereaux, sax; Joe Strachan, Fender Rhodes; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. Listen to their music here.

Sunday, April 3

Jazz Lunch with the Century Jazz Ensemble @ Jethro’s Char House & Pub, 3140 Century Ave, Mahtomedi. 2-4pm (no cover) While away a Sunday afternoon having lunch while listening to some swinging music from the Ensemble.

Sunday, Monday, April 3,4

SF Jazz Collective: the Music of Michael Jackson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35 – $45), 9pm ($25 – $35)  This is an All-Star octet  in the best sense of the word, brought together each year to explore the music of a particular composer, from John Coltrane, to Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Stevie Wonder. This year’s group includes Miguel Zenon, alto; David Sanchez, tenor; Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Robin Eubanks, trombone; Warren Wolf, vibes; Edward Simon, piano; Matt Penmanm, bass; and Obed Calvaire, drums. Their interpretations have proven to be illuminating in the past, and I’m excited to hear what they’ll do with the music of Michael Jackson. Here’s an example.

Monday, April 4

Riley Helgeson @ Jazz Central, Minneapols. 8:30pm ($10) Trumpeter Riley Helgeson takes a night off from the McNasty Brass Band to stretch out. As usual, there’ll be a jam session after Helgeson’s set. Examples of his work can be found here.

For more listings, 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, March 30

Javier & The Way Back @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5) Javier Matos, guitar, vocals, harmonica; Michael Carvale, upright bass; Grant Wibben, drums. This trio explores all kinds of music from the cultures around this nation: blues, swing, Americana, and more. Here’s Javier with his more well known band – the Innocent Sons.

Wednesday, March 30 – Sunday, April 3

A Night With Janis Joplin @ The Ordway Theater, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($34 – $101), 2pm Saturday and Sunday ($34 – $110) Mary Bridget Davies does an excellent job of conveying the power and emotion of Janis Joplin’s singing in this jukebox musical. There’s no plot, just Davies as Joplin singing and talking a little bit about her early life and the power of the blues. She’s given outstanding help from the band as well as four exceptional female singers who portray some of her inspirations, including Bessie Smith, Odetta, Etta James, and the Chantels. Listen for yourself.

Thursday, March 31

Shannon Mac Band @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) The guys in the Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang were looking around for a new spark to their music and found it in Shannon Mac  She’s a firecracker of a singer, whether attacking Rockabilly, foot stomping R& B, or good ol’ Rock & Roll.

Doug MacLeod @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($20) This blues troubadour is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with great chops who writes about life experiences that relate to many of us. MacLeod has won both the 2014 Blues Music Awards as Acoustic Artist of the Year and for Acoustic Album of the year. He was nominated again in 2015, and his latest release “Exactly Like This” has received glowing reviews.

Friday, April 1

Local Hermits and Papa John Kolstad @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5?) Things get off to a rockin’ start with the garage rock of the Local Hermits: music by T Rex, The Stones, The Flaming Groovies and more. Then at 9pm, the wry, former mayoral candidate, Papa John Kolstad steps up to entertain with some blues, jazz, and occasional stories.

Momentary Lapse of Floyd @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12advance/$15 Door) It’s music for Sci-Fi Fans and others, as The Dark Side of the Moon meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. A live band will perform the Pink Floyd album in its entirety while syncing the music to a screening of the 1968 classic movie. There will be two sets of Dark Side material as well as other songs from Pink Floyd’s catalog. The band includes musicians from The Big Wu, Kung Fu Hippies, the Last Waltz; and Nicholas David. Here’s the band doing a Pink Floyd song from Wish You Were Here.

Dap Squad @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Here’s a funky variety band that can go from the Doobie Brothers to Daft Punk.  Each member of this ensemble has toured with or shared the stage with such artists as Prince, the Commodores, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Harry Connick Jr and Wynton Marsalis. Here’s a promo video

April Fools on April Fools @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) Rock, twangy country, pop, and blues from Brian Drake, lead vocals and guitar; Clay Williams, guitar; Ben Kaplan, drums; and Scott Hreha, bass.

Saturday, April 2

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7 – includes a free beverage) If you’re looking for a rompin’ stompin’ evening of take-no-prisoners blues, then Famous Dave’s is the place to be tonight. Lil’ Ed plays slide guitar with a ferocity that’s hard to match, no less beat.

Sunday, April 3

Taiko Lab @ Bedlam Theater Lowertown, Saint Paul. 2pm, 7pm ($10) Like the sound of big drums? You may want to explore the drumming and theater of the Taiko Lab, featuring the drummers Mu Daiko. They will present the evolution of ideas presented in last year’s lab, as well as a host of brand new pieces. Their work uses fue melodies, Japanese folk dance, tai-chi movement and heart pounding rhythms to stretch the melodic and choreographic elements of taiko.

Tuesday, April 5

Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koite, and Vusi Mahlasela @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($35) The Cedar continues to prove that when it comes to world musics, it’s unmatched. Tonight the rich traditions of African Voice and Song will be explored by two beloved singers: Habib Koite  and Vusi Mahlasela  Koite is a Malian guitarist and composer named by Rolling Stone was the biggest pop star of the region,selling over 250,000 albums worldwide.  Mahlasela, from South Africa, has appeared in town a couple of times, to the delight of his audiences. He played at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, and has served as an official ambassador to Mandela’s HIV/AIDS initiative. Mahlasela’s voice at times recalls Sam Cooke, but it’s his message of hope for his apartheid-scarred country that resonates around the world.

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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Lotsa Music: 3.23 – 3.29

March 23, 2016
We've all had this experience

We’ve all had this experience

This is the third of three blog entries that will be somewhat less informative than usual, as I am returning from out of town today, and prepared this a couple of weeks ago. You may want to check with venues to ensure that a) I have the right information; and b) the bookings haven’t change. Music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 23

Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot @ The Dunsmore Room, Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($35 Dinner Show Minimum) Two-time Grammy nominated pianist (and former member of the Ray Brown Trio) with an up and coming vocalist. Reservations recommended.

Thursday, March 24

Martha Alkins @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10). Vocalist Alkins will perform standards from the 20s to the 90s, accompanied by a quartet.

Joel Shapira; Corey Healy’s Beautiful Sunshine Band CD Release @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 6pm (Shapira: no cover) 9pm ( Healey: $10) Guitarist Shapira opens at 6pm. At 9pm it’s Healey, drums; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Zacc Harris, guitar; and Erik Fratzke, bass.

Friday, March 25

Jon Pemberton; Jeremy Walker’s Boot Camp @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 6pm (Pemberton: No Cover), 9pm (Boot Camp: $8) Pemberton on piano opens. Boot Camp includes: Walker, piano; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Chris Bates, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums.

Friday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar)Tonight, the Jazz Power Trio “King Fletcher Woods” graces the stage, with Jeff King, Saxophones; Charles Fletcher, Electric Bass; and Eron Woods, Drums.

Marcus Wise & Dean Magraw @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Tabla player Wise and genre-blending guitarist Magraw have been playing together for upwards of 30 years.

Saturday, March 26

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) The John Devine/Bill Lang Duo will open at 7pm, followed at 8:30pm by the Steve Kenny Quartet, featuring Matt Buckner, drums; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Ted Olsen, bass; and Kenny on Flumpet.

Sunday, March 27

Dan Chouinard & Maria Jette in The Dunsmore Room @ Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($25 Minimum) This time, pianist Choinard recruits classical singer Maria Jette for his Birthday Club.

Tuesday, March 29

Chris Lomheim; Paul Renz Trio @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 6pm (Lomheim: No Cover), 8pm (Renz: $5) Pianist Lomheim opens. Guitarist Renz is at home with various styles of jazz.

Billy Peterson w/ A Special Guest in the Dunsmore Room @ Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($20 Minimum) Don’t know the guest, but bassist Peterson has some pretty heavy musicians as friends.

Zacc Harris & Friends @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) The guitarist has many friends. Who know who will show up?

For more listings, 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, March 23

Urban Hillbilliy Quartet on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Rockin’ pop/bluegrass.

Makana & Paula Fuga @ The Dakota, Miknneapolis. 7pm ($27 – $32) Experience the music of Hawaii from this acclaimed slack key guitarist (Makana) and vocalist Paula Fuga.

InTandem @ Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Recently formed acoustic duo from Cannon Valley, performing all kinds of roots music.

Thursday, March 24

Tim Cheesebrow & the Nomads CD Release @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis.  7:30pm ($15) Seasoned songwriter is releasing his 3rd album backed by the Nomads, which includes banjoist Phil Nussbaum. Opening sets by Adam Levy, and No Grass Limit

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 24,25, 26

Shawn Colvin @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45 – $50) Solo sessions from one of the singer/songwriters who ushered in the “new folk” movement of the 80s.

Friday, March 25

The Trashmen @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) Not really, it’s Tony Adreason of the Trashmen with the Surf Dawgs, along with a Book signing for Everybody’s hHeard About the Bird, by Rick Shefchik

Friday, Saturday, March 25, 26

Rich Lewis Band @ Erte Restaurant, NE Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Soulful mix of R&B, New Orleans, and Motown.

Saturday, March 26

Siama’s Afrobilly Trio @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 10am – 1pm (No Cover) African Soukous and Rhumbas to accompany your brunch.

Jonathan Richman @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) Warm, often humorous songs from this 70s punkish icon.

Secret Stash Soul Revue @ The Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul. 8pm ($17) The cool record company brings out Sonny Knight; Cameron Kinghorn, of Nooky Jones; Jayanthi Kyle of Gospel Machine, PaviElle, and Molly Maher.

Sunday, March 27

Gang of Mischief @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 4pm (Tip Jar) Hurricane Harold, Papa John Kolstad, and friends provide an afternoon’s entertainment.

Robby Krieger: The Music of the Doors @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($55 – $75) Light My Fire.

Tuesday, March 29

Jeff Austin Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25 – $32) Founder of the Yonder Mountain String Band plays mandolin with his own project.

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.


Spring is Here: 3.16 – 3.22

March 16, 2016

 

This is one of the tasks I've been doing this week ⛏

This is one of the tasks I’ve been doing this week ⛏

This is the second weekly blog entry that will be somewhat less informative than usual as I prepared this a couple of weeks ago. There is plenty of music to see and hear, especially on Saint Patrick’s Day. You may want to check with venues to ensure that a) I have the right information; and b) the bookings haven’t change. Music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 16

Lila Ammons @ The Tangiers, Minneapolis. 6:30pm – 9:30pm (No Cover) Vocal jazz and blues, done up right by Ms Ammons.

Thursday, March 17

Adam Meckler Orchestra @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Trumpeter Meckler is a fairly prolific composer. Just about each time this big band plays, he is premiering a new piece. The Vieux is a good place to hear the band as well.

Jorrit Diykstra & Nathan Hanson @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Duo saxophones, from a Dutchman (Diykstra) and our own Nathan Hanson.

Friday, March 18

Jeremy Walker & Mancrush Double Bill @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. Jeremy Walker plays piano for the dinner set, then, about 9pm or so, Mancrush will hold a CD release party. Mancrush is: Lars-Erik Larson, drums; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Bryan Nichols, piano; and Zacc Harris, guitar.

Friday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) It’s a “Really Big Shoe” with Joe Mayo and Clay Pufahl, saxophones; Lars-Erik Larson, drums; and Ted Olsen, bass.

Saturday, March 19

Sophia Shorai @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) A voice as sweet as honey, but capable of tear-inducing heartbreak.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set by the Roseville High School Combo, directed by Pat Moriarty, who will take the stage at 8:30pm with his own Pat Moriarty Ensemble.

Sunday, March 20

Dan Chouinard & Prudence Johnson @ The Dunsmore Room, Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($20 Minimum) Longtime friends and musical cohorts celebrate composers with March birthdays.

Solomon’s Sessions @ Bedlam Theater Lowertown, Saint Paul. 7pm ($5) Trumpeter Solomonm Parham gathers young lions, veterans, and students to jam for a few hours.

Monday, March 21

Patty Peterson Tribute to Jeanne Arland Peterson @ the Dunsmore Room, Crooners, Fridley. 7pm  ($40 Minimum Dinner Show) Patty pays tribute to her mom. Don’t be surprised if other members of the musical clan show up as well.

Tuesday, March 22

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($7) An ideal room to hear this 10 piece band of some of Twin Cities’ finest musicians.

Heads Up for Wednesday, March 23

Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot @ The Dunsmore Room, Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($35 Dinner Show Minimum) Reservations recommended for this Grammy nominated pianist.

For more listings, 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, March 16

Papa John Kolstad on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) A dry wit, political acumen only add to the pleasure of listening to this acoustic blues/jazz guitarist and singer. Don’t know if he’ll have anybody with him, but if he does, they’ll be good.

The Hula Peppers @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Songs from the 30s, done in a light-hearted, yet fairly authentic manner.

Thursday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day @ The Dubliner, Saint Paul. 11AM (Tip Jar?)  Quintessential Irish Pub, with Quintessential Irish music: 11am (?) Ton Dahil & Ginny Johnson; 2pm Sistertree; 5pm Tiller Black; and at 8pm, The Irish Brigade

Lonseome Dan Case @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 6pm – 8pm (No Cover) The place to be for depression era blues as an antidote to the antics of paraders and parade-goers.

Boiled In Lead @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($12 Advance, $15 Door) It wouldn’t be Saint Patrick’s Day without Boiled in Lead at the Cedar.

Fattenin’ Frogs @ Dayblock Brewing, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar?) Rock n’ Roll and more, done with old timey instruments

SlovCzeck @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8:30pm (tip Jar) Another non-Irish gig for ya. SlovCzech is a six-piece band playing modernized versions of folk music from Czech and Slovakia. High energy dance music.

Friday, March 18

Scottie Miller @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Soulful rockin’ with New Orleans overtones.

Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) High energy bare bones blues.

Malamanya @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($10) Get out your dancing shoes and catch up on your Latin dance moves.

Saturday, March 19

Class Action @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) Dance music from a reunited band that was among the most popular in the area back in the late 70s and early 80s.

The Good, the Bad, & the Funky @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10?) A horn band delivering funky soul and R&B for your dancing pleasure.

Flamin Oh’s and April Fools @ the Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12/$15) Twin Cities new wave/punk favorites, and a new, countrified rockin’ band.

Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta @ Bedlam Theater Lowertown, Saint Paul. 10pm ($8 Advance, $12 Door) A dynamic band from Chicago, along with the Psicotropical DJs, vendors, painting, and of course, dancing.

Sunday, March 20

Janiva Magness @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) The award winning blues singer is celebrating the release of her latest album.

Quantic (Live) w/Xenia Rubinos @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($18 Advance, $20 Door) Soulful Afrobeat, Jazz, and Cumbias, all set to a dance beat by DJ Will Holland, aka Quantic, whose recordings are a favorite of DJs around the world.

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


Close to Spring: 3.9 – 3.15

March 9, 2016
A hint as to where I am

A hint as to where I am

This is the first of three weekly blog entries that will be somewhat less informative than usual, as I will be out of town for a couple of weeks, with sporadic access to the interweb. You may want to check with venues to ensure that a) I have the right information; and b) the bookings haven’t change. Music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 9

Dean Harrington @ The Tangiers, Minneapolis. 6:30 – 9:30 (No Cover) Superb guitar playing. Will probably have a trio.

Parisota Hot Club @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) A little acoustic jazz and swing, with some pop/Beatles thrown in for good measure.

Tuba Skinny @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 7:30 door, 8:00 show ($16) Old-time Brass Band from New Orleans playing Depression-era blues, ragtime, and traditional jazz..

Chris Bates Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm Bates, bass; Joe Strachan, piano; Matt Buckner, drums. A monthly meeting of this trio, preparing for a recording with new music.

Thursday, March 10

Vicky Mountain @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10) One of the masters of vocal singing in town, whether drawing from the 50s, 60s, or the Great American songbook.

Le Percheron @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Five-piece, including the young vibist Levi Swartzberg, led by bassist Adam Linz

Friday, March 11

Friday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar)  Featured artist: The Steve Hobert Dean Magraw Duo, with Hobert on keys, and Magraw on guitar. At 7:00, the JazzINK Youth Jazz Showcase will feature the  MacPhail  Student Jazz Ensemble, directed by Greg Keel

U of M Morris Jazz Ensemble with the Chris Bates Trio @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) I’m guessing the 18 piece band from Morris will do a set, and the Chris Bates, Bryan Nichols, and JT Bates take the stage.

Saturday, March 12

Tierney Sutton Master Class @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 10:30AM – 1:30PM ($50 Adults, $25 Students) Sutton has a gorgeous way with vocals. She’ll be appearing with the JazzMN orchestra on Sunday.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening is the Byron Johnson-Blanchard Trio, with Byron Johnson-Blanchard on drums; Park Evans, guitar; and Josh Granowski on bass; at 8:30pm it’s Bottomless Pit, with Eric Kamau Gravatt, drums; Joel Shapira, guitar; Pete Whitman, sax; and Tom Lewis, bass.

Sunday, March 13

Tierney Sutton with the JazzMN Orchestra @ Hopkins High School, Hopkins. 3pm ($18 – $33) Tierney has been nominated for a Grammy seven times as both a vocalist and arranger.

FuzzyMath @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 4pm – 6pm (Tip Jar) The quartet has a new CD, Pass the Guacamole. It’s another winner.

Dan Chouinard and Ann Reed @ The Dunsmore Room, Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($25 Minimum) Dan does his Birthday Club, performing songs by composers whose birthdays are this month, with folkie Ann Reed in the listening room at Crooners. Reservations always recommended.

Sunday, Monday, March 13, 14

Dee Dee Bridgewater & Irvin Mayfield @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. Vocalist Bridgewater’s latest album is an homage to New Orleans, recorded with trumpeter Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Monday, March 14

Rodney Ruckus @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10) This dynamic young drummer was well received when he played with the Steve Kenny Solomon Parham Quintet at the Winter Jazz Fest.

Tuesday, March 15

Laura Caviani @ The Dunsmore Room, Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($20 Minimum) Caviani is a pianist whose compositions and arrangements are graceful and swinging.

For more listings, 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, March 9

Maurice Jacox & Bobby E on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Soulful vocals with very tasty supporting guitar from Bobby E.

New Sound Underground Tour Kick-off @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($10) Funk Jazz outfit gets ready to tour, with supporting artists Mike Daum, Nimo The Hooligan, and DJ Elsewhere. Plus, you can play the “jamstick at the interactive guitar booth.

Thursday, March 10

Argent Blue @ the JJ Hill Center, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($10 Advance, $15 Door) Funk, Rock, Jazz, and Hmong classics from this 5-piece band.

Friday, March 11

John Nemeth @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7, includes a free beverage) Nemeth can sing soul, blues, and soul-bloues with verve and élan.

Del McCoury Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35 – $55), 9pm ($25 – $45) Grammy winning bluegrass legend.

Worldwide Discoteque Dance Party @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Afro-Latin-Caribbean all-vinyl dance party

Soul Tight Committee @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9:30pm ($?) This largish horn band is celebrating St Patrick’s Day a bit early, by playing R&%B, funk, and other highly danceable tunes.

Saturday, March 12

Ky Ngo Band, Charanga Tropical, Ryan Daniel Band @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) Drummer Ky Ngo is 9 years old, yet he’s already played the 7th Street Entry at 8, the Mall of America Rotunda at 4, and has backed South American, Latin, and Cuban musicians. He’ll be featured tonight with his own band, as well as with Charanga Tropical, the reggae/hip hop Ryan Daniel Band, Kevin Washington, and others.

R&B Cadets @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm Boy, I’m sorry I’m missing these guys. John Sieger, Paul Cebar, Robyn Pleur and friend used to fill dance floors throughout the Twin Cities. Nice to have them back after what, 20 years?

Willie Walker @ Crooner’s Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Twin Cities own soul legend, singing his heart out.

Sunday, March 13

Mary Dushane @ The Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7pm (Tip Jar) Spend a Sunday afternoon with this fine fiddler, who has been a vital part of the West Bank music scene since way before there was a West Bank Music Scene.

Katy Vernon @ The Icehouse, Minnapolis. 7pm ($10) The sweet folk pop of Ms Vernon will fill the Icehouse. Opening is Tim Houlihan

Joe Fingers @ Dunn Brothers on Grand, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) National finger picking champ, taking a busman’s vacation of sorts.

Monday, March 14

Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs @ Crooner’s Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm (No Cover) Jump blues, Swing, and more from the saxman and his cohorts.

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.


Goosebump Music: 3.2 – 3.8

March 2, 2016
Who can resist a baby enjoying music?

Who can resist a baby enjoying music?

It’s promising to be another great week of music here in the Twin Cites. In fact, a number of both resident and visiting artists are likely to give you goosebumps, and if they don’t to that, they’ll get you on the dance floor. You may have a hard time deciding who to see, and that, my friends, is a good problem to have. Music lifts your spirits, just ask the baby at right.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 2

The McNally Smith X-Tet and The Pete Whitman Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10)  Here we have two groups for the price of one, both of which are worth seeing. Saxman Pete Whitman directs the McNally Smith X-Tet, a group of students, including a couple of grad students and advanced seniors who are already playing professionally around town. The Pete Whitman Quarte includes Chris Olson, guitar; Gary Raynor, bass; and Dave Schmalenberger on drums.

Wednesday, Thursday, March 2,3

Brian Blade Fellowship @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($32), 9pm ($22) Drummer/composer Blade is a multi-talented performer who has drummed for folks like  Wayne Shorter, Seal, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Bill Frisell. He and bandmate John Cowherd on piano studied and played with many New Orleans greats, including Ellis Marsalis, John Vidacovich, Germaine Bazzle, Alvin “Red” Tyler, and Tony Dagradi, among others. They, along with bassist Chris Thomson have played together for over 20 years, while fellow bandmates Myron Walden and Melvin Butler have played with the Fellowship since 2000. This is a tight band, playing as a bunch of friends, and we’re lucky to be able to enjoy a small part of their world for an evening.

Thursday, March 3

Love Is Here to Stay: Songwriting Teams of the Great American Songbook @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10)  Vocalists Paula Lammers and Reeves Cary perform songs by composers and lyricists such as Rogers & Hart, the Gershwin Brothers, Arlen and Mercer, Cahn & Van Heusen and more.

Thursday, Friday, March 3,4

Katia Cardenas and Javi Santiago @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club Happy Hour, Fridley. 4:30pm – 6:30pm. (No Cover) Their dads met in Junior High School in Los Angeles and later ended up on the road together. Pianist Javi grew up in town, left for school and NYC, and returned to become a respected performer. Vocalist Cardenas grew up on the West Coast, and came to the Twin Cities in 2006 to attend college. This is their first time playing together and it should be great fun, what with Cardenas’ ability to deliver jazz and R&B, and Santiago’s ability to play many styles.

Friday, March 4

Todd Harper & Nathan Hanson @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 5:30 – 7:30 (Tip Jar) Pianist Todd Harper plays lots of original music,m most oa good portion of which are in 3/4 time. He notes that “listening to music in 3/4 time actually extends your life and brings a high joy factor.”  Whether or not you agree, you should still catch his Friday night gigs at the ‘Dog, especially tonight, since he’ll be joined by the outside/inside saxophonist Nathan Hanson.  to listen to an interview Harper did with KBEM’s Phil Nussbaum, go to https://beta.prx.org/stories/162000.

Eric Kamau Gravatt & Source Code @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Drummer Gravatt is an alum of Weather Report, and stints with McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and others, including the Twin Cities own Natural Life. Gravatt and bassist Ron Evaniuk form the foundation of Source Code which recently has also featured trumpeter Solomon Parham and guitarist Dean Magraw. Tonight they also had young sax player Lucia Sarmiento. Her he is with a different configuration.

Friday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Tonight’s show is Chet – The Beautiful Music and Tragic Life of Singing Trumpeter Chet Baker, with the Larry McDonough Quintet: Larry McDonough, piano, vocals and arrangements; Steve Kenny, trumpet; Richard Terill, saxes; Greg Stinson, bass; and Dean White, drums. Watch McDonough playing a  piano at Charles de Gaulle airport.

Saturday, March 5

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) It’s a Birthday Celebration for Davis Wilson, the genial hipster.jazz emcee, with a show that starts at 7pm and lasts until closing, generally around 11pm, featuring Dean magraw, guitar; Dave Brattain, saxes; Kenny Horst, drums; Ted Olsen, bass; Steve Kenny, Flumpet, and special guests.

Pete Whitman’s X-Tet, featuring Laura Caviani @ The Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. 8pm  ($26) Swagger, Swing, And Swoon, as ten swinging veterans play originals and jazz standards with original arrangements. David Milne, Pete Whitman,Dave Karr-saxophones; Adam Meckler, Adam Rossmiller-trumpets; Jeff Rinear-trombone; Dave Hagedorn-vibes; Laura Caviani-piano; Chris Bates-bass; Phil Hey-drums.

Carver & Clarke @ Mendoberri Cafe and Wine Bar, Mendota Heights. 7pm (No Cover) Jeff Carver, trumpet; and Steve Clarke, sax; play the music of Baker & Mulligan as well as selections from the Great American Songbook. Mendoberri has a nice selection of wines and eats, and reservations are recommended if you would like dinner.

Sunday, March 6

Jazz Brunch with the James Buckley Trio @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 10AM. (No Cover) Bassist James Buckley, who plays roots music as well as jazz brings jazz to the Turf Club, with pianist Bryan Nichols and drummer Cory Healey as his cohorts in the subversion of the Turf’s rock n’ roll reputation. Here is Buckley & Nichols playing with Jt Bates.

Monday, March 7

Vector Families @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Dean Granros, guitar; Anthony Cox, bass; Dave King, drums; and Brandon Wozniak, sax, deliver cutting edge modern jazz for late night jazz fans.

Tuesday, March 8

Butch Thompson & Pat Donahue @ The Dunsmore Room in Crooners, Fridley. 7pm ($20 Minimum) The last time pianist/clarinetist Thompson and guitarist Donahue played Crooners together they were in the lounge. This time they’re in the club’s acoustically sensitive listening room. Thompson will take full advantage of the sonority of the room’s 9 foot Bosendorffer piano, and Donahue’s finger picking will be more easily appreciated. Reservations recommended. Listen to a cut featuring Thompson on clarinet, from their excellent album, Vicksburg Blues.

For more listings, 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, March 2

Jack Klatt on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 and 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) An award-winning singer, guitarist, and troubadour, Klatt has traveled enough highways here, in Canada and in Europe, to create and collect songs and stories that inform and entertain. Listen during the 5pm hour and head over to the 331 when you hear what you like.

Thursday, March 3

Jeff Ray w/ Mikell Beckman @ The Dubliner, Saint Paul. 5pm (Tip Jar) Percussionist Beckman hosts a Thursday night event every week. Tonight he’s got guitarist/singer Jeff Ray as his guest. The two work together in Jeff Ray and the Stakes, so I imagine they will be tight, to say the least. Here’s the two of them, along with Hurricane Harold Tremblay

Friday, March 4

Dee Miller Band @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Roadhouse blues, delivered in a slighty tonier place. Miller packs em’ in, and since the dance floor is relatively small, there will be many folks vying for a spot as Dee and the band pump out some powerful blues. Listen to them here.

Mama Digdown’s Brass Band @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8 Advance/$10Door) They packed the Parkway Theater last time this Madison WI Band was in town. Here you’ll be able to show off your freestyle dance moves as the members of this band take on traditional brass band music, fortified with unique arrangements of contemporary tunes.

Purple Funk Metropolis @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 10pm – 11:30pm ($10) The Friday Late Night set at Jazz Central is always a student affair. This time it features an 9-piece funky jam band (including a vocalist) of students and recent grads that fuses hip hop and jazz into a danceable, modern sound.

Friday, Saturday, March 4,5

Aaron Neville @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($75 – $100) If you’ve an appreciation for the R&B of New Orleans, and you’ve never heard the angelic voice of Aaron Neville, it would be worthwhile to shell out the money for this intimate show. He has been successful within the context of his family group, The Neville Brothers, as well as at a solo artist. In fact, his first hit, 1967’s Tell It Like It Is, was a solo number that stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks. He’s recorded duets with Linda Ronstadt, for which he won Grammys, had four platinum selling hits, and reached the country charts in ’93. A sweeter voice you’ve never heard, whether he’s singing pop, R&B, or doo-wop.

Saturday, March 5

SEOP Dance Company @ The Ordway, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($23 – $45) SEOP is a South Korean dance company that fuses Butoh, a form of Japanese dance theatre, with contemporary and traditional Korean dance techniques. Their celebrated piece, A Man’s Requiem, tells the story of a sinner’s judgement day. See for yourself.

Willie Murphy & the Angel-Headed Hipsters @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. ($10 advance/$12 Door) The Saint Paul Hipster Club welcomes the Angel-Headed Hipsters, led by Murphy, a guy who has eschewed the hipster label for all of his 40 plus years of performing rock n’ roll, blues, and rhythm and blues. There’s a nice sized dance floor at the Turf, which will undoubtedly be filled by folks responding to Murphy’s arrangements of covers and originals.

Sunday, March 6

Songbirds

Songbirds

Nightingale Trio @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 5pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) Three women inspired by traditional music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. It’s earthy, sensual, and in the hands of these ladies, transformed.

Devil Music @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 7pm ($6Advance/$8Door) A CD Release party for “Devil Music” produced by the House of Mercy folks, and featuring a host of performers, including John Hermanson, the House of Mercy Band, the Blood Washed Band, Mother Banjo, Daddy Squeeze, the Roe Family Singers, and more. Don’t worry, it’s not music that extols the Devil, but rather warns of his influence.

Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35 – $45) Back in the mid 70s, Beausoleil was one of the defining forces that brought Cajun music to the masses of America. Since then, their insistent, irresistible rhythms and French lyrics have inspired thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, to take up Cajun dancing, while they’ve won Grammys along the way. The gentleman at Prairie Home Companion has dubbed them the “Best Cajun Band int he World,” though you’ll have to see them yourself to decide if that’s hyperbole.

Monday, March 7

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40 – $60), 9pm ($30 – $50) Last time Fischer was at the Dakota was when the Rolling Stones were in town, and Charlie Watts sat in on drums. Of course, Fischer has been singing backup and duetting with Jagger on Gimme Shelter for 26 years. She’s also sung backup for folks like Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, Grover Washington, Bobby McFerrin, and Patti Labelle. This isn’t necessarily a rock or soul show, however, though a couple of songs will undoubtedly be familiar. Fisher blends a number of genres to create unique takes on all kinds of songs, and, with an incredible range, has the ability to send chills up your spine.

Tuesday, Wednesday, March 8,9

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. ($40 – $60) Coming out of the Jersey Shore along with friend and contemporary Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny played R&B with the horns of the 11-piece Jukes backing him up. It didn’t hurt that his first three albums were produced by Steve Van Zandt (of the E Street Band), and included songs by both Springsteen and Van Zandt, as well as guest appearances by the Drifters and Ronnie Spector as well. It’s rowdy, passionate R&B, designed for dancing and sweating.

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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