Residents and Visitors: 6.27 – 7.3

June 27, 2018

Third World, visiting the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday

This week we’re being visited by artists from NYC, L.A., New Orleans, and Jamaica, as well as being treated to music from young musicians returning from college for the summer, and of course, a variety of talented Twin Cities artists. Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, June 27

Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Vocalist Jordan was in her early teens when she heard a Charlie Parker record and decided to sing jazz for the rest of her life. She’s now 89, and continues to sing, with a unique ability to improvise lyrics. See my article in the Star Tribune.

Elijah Michael @ the Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7:30pm – 10pm (Free) Young guitarist Elijah Michael is joined by Sean Turner, piano; Tony Axtell, bass; and Michael Pilhofer, drums.

Also: 

Violinist/Vocalist Zosha Warpeha @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/valid student ID)

Thursday, June 28

Aja Parham @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20, $5 w/valid student ID) Being both a mother and educator, vocalist Parham doesn’t get out to sing as much as she (or her fans) would like. She’s performed with the Minnesota Opera, Penumbra Theater, and the Ordway, as well as alongside saxophonists James Carter and Wessell Anderson, and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.

John Saint Pelvyn & Matt Rahaim @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Hindustani vocalist Matt Rahaim and guitarist & theraminist John Saint-Pelvyn will each perform a solo set before performing a duet.

Friday, June 29

King Cartwright Granowski @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set at 7pm by Improvisational Invitational: Steve Kenny, tpt; Scott Fultz, bari; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Chris Hepola, drums. KCG at 8:30pm is: Dave King  drums; George Cartwright, saxes; and Josh Granowski, bass. Sounds like an evening of adventurous music.

Saturday, June 30

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Fuzzy Math at 7pm: Mark Vandemyde, keys; Joe Mayo, sax; Curtis Lucky, trumpet; Eric Graham, bass; Harald Bondaris, drums. At 8:30pm it;’s The Pat Moriarty/Ellen Lease Quartet: Moriarty, saxes; lease, piano; Chris Bates, bass; Pete Hennig, drums.  Here are Moriartyand Lease with a different quartet.

Still Dreaming: Redman, Miles, Colley & Blade @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45), 9pm ($35, $40) Still Dreamingis a quartet of some of today’s best players: Joshua Redman sax; Ron Miles, trumpet; Scott Colley, bass; and Brian Blade, drums. These highly imaginative players will interpret the music of the Old and New Dreams Quartet of the 70s and 80s, a highly regarded quartet of Ornette Coleman alumni, including Joshua’s dad, Dewey Redman. In addition to Ornette Coleman compositions, the group will also play originals.

Sunday, July 1

Zosha Warpeha & Dean Magraw  @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 2pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Magraw is a musical chameleon who can play Irish music, jazz fusion, R&B, or duos with Claudia Schmidt (see Friday under Blues,Roots, below) and Warpeha, a young lioness on violin and vocals.

Monday, July 2

Nick Videen Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Nick Videen, alto sax, started in the Twin cites jazz scene of the 90s, and is now based in NYC, where he’s toured and/or recorded with Beyonce and other R&B stars. He’s the co-founder of the Grammy-winning horn section The Superpower Horns. Videen will be joined by Bryan Nichols, keys; Jeremy Boettcher, bass; and Pete James Johnson, drums.

Monday, Tuesday, July 2, 3

Thomasina Petrus: Lady Day @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30) Coming off weeks of an often-sold out performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Petrus reprises her uncanny ability to sound like Billie Holiday a la 1959’s Lady in Satin, singing songs from the show with the excellent backup of the show’s musicians; Thomas West, piano; Ron Evanuik, bass; and Kevin Washington, drums.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

 

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 27

JulyDa @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon- 1pm (Free) Have some music with your lunch, at least if you’re working in downtown Saint Paul. Julyda is the husband-wife duo of Julida Alter, voice and cello; and Sean Alter, guitar, bass, and percussion. Their pop-rock songs are stress-free, just the thing for a mid-day respite from work.

The 44s on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The 44s are a Los Angeles-based, award-winning blues band that plays muscular, tough blues. It’s no wonder they’re often referred to as Los Angeles’ best blues band. Our own Javier Matos has often played with them, so don’t be surprised if he shows up for a song or two.

Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Cantuaria will bring his subtle, soothing, “post-electronica acoustic” approach to Brazilian songs to downtown Minneapolis. Anyone who’s been seduced by Brazilian music will want to be there.

Also:

Continental Ballet Company @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 5:30-6:30pm (Free)

The April Fools: Groovin in the Garden  @ The Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul 6pm-8pm (Free)

Thursday, June 28

Maria Jette w/Sonja Thomson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) Soprano Maria Jette can sing opera, art songs, and songs from the Great American Songbook with equal ease. Her charm and quick wit only add to the pleasure of her singing. She’ll be accompanied by pianist Sonja Thomson in this benefit for the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Peter Himmelman @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) From his early days with Shangoya, where he contributed a couple of songs and rock guitar to island rhythms, through Sussman Lawrence and its over-the-top live shows, to a solo career that’s included film & TV scores, Himmelman has always written with honesty and true emotion.

Also:

New Primitives @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7-9pm (Free)

TC Jammers @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($5)

Friday, June 29 

From Bach to Beatbox @ Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. 7pm (Doors at 6pm), 9pm (Doors at 9pm) ($14 Advance/ $16 Door) Here’s an intriguing gig, dedicated to the 18th Century rock star of improvisation – JS Bach. Beat-boxing virtuoso Terrell Woods, classical folk duo The OK Factor, and keyboardist Samuel Rosenstone will examine the links between different genres and styles.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) With Big Sam’s Funky Nation,The Dakota continues its policy of booking lots of New Orleans’ fine musicians. Trombonist/vocalist Big Sam Williams leads this quintet through ”Noladelic Powerfunk,” a heady blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Their recently-released Songs in the Key of Funk, Vol. 1, has echoes of classic 80s funksters like The Dazz Band, Zapp, Parliament/Funkadelic, and others.

PaviElle @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $12) A powerful R&B singer, PaviElle was voted Best R&B Vocalist 0f 2015 by City Pages. She’s also won an Upper Midwest Emmy, as well as a Sage award. She performs soul music for the millennial generation, though those of us of a certain age will find much to like in her singing, songwriting, and arrangements of others’ songs.

Claudia Schmidt  & Dean Magraw @ Ginko Coffeehouse, Saint Paul. ($20) Schmidt & Magraw have been performing together in both duo and group settings for many years, making for easy communication between the two, whether performing folk or jazz tunes.

Also:

Malamanya @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door)

Dream on Nilsson: A Tribute to Harry Nilsson @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance/$18 Door)

Saturday, June 30

Johnny Rawls @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $12) This journeyman soul singer’s 2008 release, Red Cadillac, was #1 on the Living Blues chart. His 2009 release Ace of Spades, reached #4, and was in the top 20 for three months, earning him a Blues Foundation award for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year.  Rawls is a professional who may just have some folks dancing in the table-filled lounge.

Third World @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($28 Advance, $30 Door) Third Worldhas been around for 43 years, delivering crossover Reggae hits using a mix of elements from R&B, funk, pop, and rock, and getting 10 Grammy nominations in the process. Opening is our own ska champions, The Skruffians.

Also: 

Willie Murphy @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($?)

Tuesday, July 3

Ticket to Brazil @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($8 Advance/$10 Door) Bossa Novas and Brazilian Jazz from guitarist Pavel Jany and his cohorts, who have released four albums and played a number of national and international jazz events. Of special note is Brazilian vocalist Natania Kamin, who sings with the band and is currently living in Saint Paul.

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.

 


A Week Filled with Music: 6.20 – 6.26

June 20, 2018

Well this is a big week for jazz lovers as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival takes place this weekend. There are links to my guide and the Jazz Fest official schedule in today’s post. Blues and roots fans have plenty to be happy about as well, what with the Devon Allman Project coming to town, along with Jesse Colin Young, and the Verve Pipe. Enjoy yourself. Music Lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, June 20

Mateusz Smoczynski Solo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($15, $ w/Valid Student ID) Smoczynski has been touring the world with the Turtle Island Quartet, playing violin and baritone violin. He was named the best jazz violinist of 2017 by Jazz Forum, European Magazine, and is currently touring behind his album, Metamorphoses, which contains his original compositions inspired by classical music, jazz, and both Polish and American folk music.

Jim Rotondi/Eric Alexander & Dave Hazeltine Quintet @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($30) Shades of the old Artist’s Quarter! Trumpeter Rotondi, saxophonist Alexander, and pianist Hazeltine were all regulars at the AQ, and are reuniting with AQ owners Kenny Horst on drums and Billy Peterson on bass. Expect a bunch of hard bop staples along with a few originals. Here are Rotondi, Alexander, and Hazeltine in the group one For All.

Ghost-Note @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40) Robert Spot Starlight and Nate Werth have won multiple Grammys, and are known for their work with Snarky Puppy. For this project, they’ve enlisted some friends with vast experience in some funky groups to present music influenced by James Brown, J Dilla, and grooves from West Africa, Brazil, and Afro-Cuban sources.

Thursday, June 21

Sam Miltich  & Briand Morrison @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 Advance/$12 Door) Two guitar masters interweave lead and rhythm parts while swinging Traditional and Gypsy Jazz.

Thursday – Saturday, June 21-23

Twin Cities Jazz Festival @ Various Stages and Venues, Saint Paul. This year’s headliners are well-established mainstream acts: Saxophonist Houston Person w/The Emmett Cohen Trio on Friday (see my interview with Emmett Cohen at http://jazzpolice.com. Saturday’s headliners start with Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who has received accolades for her playing, composing, and teaching, and also happens to be Beyonce’s music director. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgwater closes out the Main Stage on Saturday, performing the music of Memphis, her home town. She’s won three Grammys and a Tony, and in 2017 was named a Jazz Master. You should’ve received my guide in Tuesday’s email, or you can check it out on-line here. Of special note is Javier Santiago, appearing on the Main Stage Friday at 4pm. This performance marks the release of his CD Phoenix. The official schedule, along with bios on the headliners and all other performers can be found here.

Friday, June 22

Jake Baldwin Trio @ The Lexington, Saint Paul. 7pm (No cover) Trumpeter Baldwin is a “young lion” of the area’s jazz community, though the music that he plays at the Lex is well-suited to an audience that’s just looking for background music, those who pay a little attention will be delighted.

Saturday, June 23

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 4pm It’s a whole day’s worth of Jazz at the Black Dog as part of the Jazz Fest. See the Fest’s schedulefor details.

Sunday, June 24

MN Hard Bop Collective @ 56 Brewing, Minneapolis. 4pm – 7pm (Tip Jar?) Drummer Jesse Simon rounds up some like-minded players to perform new interpretations of hard bop standards from the 50s and 60s.,

Connie Evingson: Ella Fitzgerald’s Johnny Mercer Songbook @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm ($20) This time Evingson uses her silken voice to interpret Johnny Mercer songs from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook.

Monday, June 25

Hoaxer @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) This collective quartet of young musicians includes Will Kjeer, piano; Peter Goggin, alto; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Edmund Caitlin, drums. Their 2017 debut album, Crash Test, shows a musical maturity beyond their years, withinfluences that range from jazz standards to rock, avant-garde, electronica and more. Here’s a short clip of Peter Goggin soloing with the band.

Tuesday, June 26

Will Kjeer Trio @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Though he’s only 20 years old, pianist Will Kjeer has been playing professionally since high school, building a solid reputation as an improvisor and composer. He’ll be accompanied by two other sterling young musicians; Charlie Lincoln bass; and Ben Erlich, drums.

Joey DeFrancesco @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25-$40) The best organ player on the planet returns to Crooners, this time in the enlarged lounge space. The Chicago Tribune said of DeFrancesco  “He has dominated the instrument and the field as no one of his generation has.”

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 20

Cooker John Band on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Folkie/Bluesman Cooker John plays solo, or occasionally in a duo setting nowadays, but back in the 90s he played in a band with Ben Kaplan, Dan Neale, and Bill Grenke, who are reuniting with John for this appearance.

Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders @ Como Park Observatory, Saint Paul. 6pm (Free) Picnic on the grass outside the Conservatory while Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders play adrenalin-fueled blues. Plenty for kids to do, as well.

Thursday, June 21

Steeling Dan @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) If you didn’t make it to Steely Dan at the Excel last Friday, you can catch this 13 piece band, which is what it takes to present the music.

Friday, June 22

The Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, & Carly Simon @ Crooners’ Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Three excellent singers – Deb Brown, Rachel Holder, and Jana Anderson – tackle some classic tunes by three outstanding female singer/songwriters.

The Verve Pipe Acoustic @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40) This Michigan-based, multi-platinum alt rock band scored a #1 hit with The Freshmen in 1996, and also charted with the radio hits, Photograph, HeroHappiness Is, and Never Let You Down. They’ve released 8 albums, including two family/kids records, as well as a couple of EPs and compilation albums. This acoustic performance is a rarity for a club.

Blue Book @ Nielsen’s Sports Bar & Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage. 9pm (No Cover) If you cross the Minnesota River and head to Savage tonight, you’ll get to see a new blues band put together by Steve Clarke, sax & vocals. It features John Della Selva, guitar; Maurice Jacox, sax and vocals; John Kozoil, piano; Dik Hedlund, bass; and Brad Steine, drums. Their repertoire includes classic blues and soul.

Saturday, June 23

The Devon Allman Project w/Duane Betts @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($40,$45, $55) So what we have here are the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts giving us the next generation of Southern Rock: two guitars, burbling percussion, and a heavy blues and soul influence. Our very own Nicholas David is part of this tour, which generally includes some Allman Brothers tunes in the encore.

Sunday, June 24

Gang of Mischief @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 4pm-8pm (Tip Jar) This all-acoustic aggregation consists of Papa John Kolstad, Doug Otto, Albert Perez, and Dan Schwalbe on guitars; Mike Caravale, upright bass; and Hurricane Harold, harmonica.

Phil Heywood & Tim Sparks @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 6:30pm – 9pm ($20 Suggested donation to the artists) Two Championship Fingerpickers get together, with stunning results.

Tuesday, June 26

Jesse Colin Young @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $55, $65) “Come on People Now, Smile on Your Brother, Everybody Get Together, Try to Love One Another Right Now.” Jesse Colin Young is known for more than that anthem from 1967 – he has prospered and received acclaim as a singer/songwriter – but for those who were active during the Summer of Love, Get Together, by the Youngbloods, with Young singing lead, will always be the song that comes to mind when his name is mentioned. The sentiment of the song is still relevant some 51 years later.

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.

 


A Guide to the 2018 Twin Cities Jazz Festival; 6.21-6.23

June 19, 2018

Fellow music fans,

Part of the crowd enjoying the 2017 Jazz Festival

I, like many of you, am faced with the daunting task of figuring out what acts to see this weekend at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, so I’ve created this guide. I’ve tried to organize acts in a way that will let you pick and choose with some confidence in the type of music you’ll hear.

If a band isn’t listed here, it’s not because they aren’t worth seeing. With so many acts to choose among I don’t want to reconfigure the whole schedule, which you can find here., along with bios on the headliners and descriptions of other acts.Many of the bands that identify as mainstream may play originals instead of standards, though the music they play often has the hallmarks of both jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. Don’t be afraid to check out bands that you don’t know, that’s how you make musical discoveries.

Blues, R&B, & Funky Jazz

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

6:15 pm – Liquid Vinyl and Hornucopia @ Mears Park Main Stage

8pm – La Dolce Vita @ The Green Lantern

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

8pm – No Limits B-Side Band @ The Hat Trick Lounge

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Apple Valley HS R&B Band @ Union Depot Youth Stage

New Orleans Jazz & R&B

Thursday, June 21

Outside of Downtown

7pm – McNasty Brass Band @ Langford & Karls Chiropractic in Highland Park

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

8:30pm – Camille Baudoin and Curt Obeda @ Big River Pizza

Outside of Downtown

St. Peter Street Stompers @ The Episcopal Homes Stage

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

Aura Nealand, reeds and vocals

6pm Nayo Jones @ The Mears Park Main Stage

8:30pm – Aurora Nealand & Tom McDermott @ The TPT Street Space

9:30pm – Southside Aces @ The Hat Trick Lounge

World Music, Americana, & Roots

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Adam Granger (Guitar) & Bob Douglas (Mandolin) @ Big River Pizza

6:20pm – Tune Jerks (Fiddle & string band) @ Big River Pizza

7pm – Hurst Family Experience (Contemporary Gospel) @ Java Express in Union Depot

9pm & 10:30pm – Expression Tropical Band @ Barrio

10pm – Tim Cheesbrow (Singer/Songwriter) @ Big River Pizza

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

7pm – Hurst Family Experience (Contemporary Gospel) @ Java Express in Union Depot

Outside of Downtown

2pm Orkestar Bez Ime @ Como Lakeside Pavillion

4pm Café Accordion Orchestra @ Como Lakeside Pavillion

Youth Jazz 

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm Bruce Acosta Quartet @ The Black Dog

6:15pm – Liquid Vinyl @ The Mears Park Main Stage

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Elevator Jazz @ The Black Dog

4pm – 8:30pm – The Youth Stage @ Union Depot

4pm – Jerome Treadwell Group; 5pm – Leila Z; 6pm – Vimbo; 7pm – HS for Recording Arts

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

2:30pm – Walker West Music academy @ Mears Park Main Stage

1pm – 8:30pm – The Youth Stage @ Union Depot

1pm – Joe’s Jazz Camp; 2pm – Lasse Corson Quartet; 3pm – Jazz Around Minneapolis; 4pm – Apple Valley R&B Band; 5pm -Experience Jazz; 6pm – Dakota Combo

Young Lions 

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

Nelson Déveraux

7:30pm – Nelson Deveraux Quartet @ Hygga Lowertown

8:30pm – Le Percheron @ The Black dog (A group of young artists led by veteran Adam Linz)

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Javier Santiago @ Mears Park Main Stage

5:30pm – Julian Manzara Quartet @ the Black Dog

9pm – Jazz Musketeers @ World of Beer

9pm & 10:30pm – Silverback Trio @ Biergarten Germania

10pm & 11pm – Hoaxer @ The Black Dog

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

5:30pm – Jake Baldwin Quintet @ The Black Dog

10pm & 11:30pm – Steve Kenny’s Group 47 @ The Black Dog (another group of young Lions led by a veteran)

Vocalists

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

7pm – Erin Livingston @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar

Maud Hixson and Arne Fogel

Outside of Downtown

8:30pm – Arne Fogel & Maud Hixson w/The Wolverines @ Mancini’s Char House

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

7pm – Erin Livingston @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar

Jazz Vocal Showcase @ TPT Street Space

6pm – Jana Nyberg 5; 7:30pm – Sarah M. Greer; 9pm – Nancy Harms; 10:30pm – Scat Off, with Maryann Sullivan, Jana Nyberg, Sarah Greer, and Mankwe Ndosi

Outside of Downtown

7pm –Lila Ammons @ Como Lakeside Pavillion

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

4pm – Patty Peterson Presents The Jazz Women All-Stars

4pm & 5:30pm – Connie Evingson: Beatles, Bossas, and Blues @ The Loft at Farmers Market Stage on Wall Street

6pm Nayo Jones @ The Mears Park Main Stage

7pm – Erin Livingston @ The Saint Paul Hotel Lobby Bar

8:30pm – Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony @ The Mears Park Main Stage

9pm – Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows @ Biergarten Germania

9pm – Lindsay Pedalty Quartet @ The Green Lantern

9pm – Lowertown Trio, feat. Emily Jane Davis @ The World of Beer

Jazz Vocal Showcase @ TPT Street Space

5:30pm – Debbie Duncan; 8:30pm – Aurora Nealand & Tom McDermott; 10pm – Pippi Ardennia

Mainstream Jazz

Thursday, June 21

Lowertown/Downtown

5:30pm – No Room for Squares @ The Black Dog

7pm – Chris Lomheim Trio @ The Black Dog

7:30pm – Jon Weber @Vieux Carré

Outside of Downtown

6pm – Phil Zino’s Jazz Standards @ The Naughty Greek

Friday, June 22

Lowertown/Downtown

5pm – Joe Mayo Quartet @ Jazz on 5thStreet

6pm – Kronick Quintet @ The Green Lantern

6pm – Tia Fuller Quartet @ The Mears Park Main Stage

7:15pm –Dave Brattain @ Jazz on 5thStreet

7:30pm – Peter Schmike Trio @ Vieux Carré

8pm – Dean Sorenson @ Citizen

8:30pm – Houston Person w/ The Emmett Cohen Trio @ The Mears Park Main Stage

9pm Graydon Peterson @ Vieux Carré

Saturday, June 23

Lowertown/Downtown

2:45pm – The Capri All-Stars @ Lofts at Farmers Market Stage

Mary Louise Knutson

4pm – Ahmed & the Creators @ The Black Dog

6pm – Mary Louise Knutson @ Vieux Carré

7:15pm – Mac Santiago Quintet @ Jazz on 5thStreet

8pm – Jon Pemberton Trio @ Citizen

8pm – Jon Weber @ Vieus Carré


Too Much Fun? 6.13 – 6.19

June 13, 2018

Too much fun? No way!

This week seems to be a “get ready” week for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival – watch for a guide to the fest next week – as visiting jazz artists abound this week. In fact, we’re blessed with three nationally known acts on one night. Blues and Roots lovers will enjoy three stellar visiting artists as well as our own talented musicians, including some outdoor events. It’s almost too much fun. Music lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, June 13

Butch Thompson & Dean Magraw @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Classic jazz & a little blues from two of the finest musicians in town.

Wednesday – Saturday, June 13-16

Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesongs @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($75, $85, $95), 9pm ($55, $65, $75) Ten time Grammy winner McFerrin had the Song of the Year in the late 80s with Don’t Worry, Be Happy, which the stopped singing when GW Bush’s campaign appropriated it as their campaign song without his permission. He went on to spend some time in the area was he was appointed creative chair of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He’s appeared as a conductor/vocalist with numerous orchestras around the world and has written film scores. Circlesongs is an evening of choral pieces based on irresistible grooves spontaneously created each night by McFerrin’s 12-piece ensemble, which may contain some area singers, and sometimes by the whole crowd.

Thursday, June 14

Peter Kogan Quintet @ Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. 9:30am (Free) Even if you aren’t going to see Mahler’s 4th at the 11am Coffee Concert, it’ll be worth your while to drop in and catch this fine quintet, led by the former tympanist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Joining drummer Kogan will be Omar Abdul Karim, trumpet; Pete Whitman, sax; Phil Aaron, piano, and Chris Bates, drums.

Friday, June 15

Julian Manzara Trio @ Herbie’s on the Park, 317 Washington, Saint Paul. 6-9pm (Tip Jar?) The bar next door to the Ordway features music on the patio every Friday from 6-9pm. Tonight’s group is led by guitarist Manzana, who admits he is still developing his style, but now plays chords and lead lines reminiscent of Wes Montgomery. He’ll be joined by bassist Charlie Lincoln, home for the summer from Berklee College of Music; and  Tarek Abdelqader on drums.  Here’s Manzara with a quartet.

Ted Olsen Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm. Olsen, bass; Javi Santiago, piano; Aaron Hedenstrom, sax; and Miguel Hurtado, drums.  Arrive early to catch the 7pm performance of emerging musicians – The Sophia Kickhofel Quintet: Kickhofel, alto sax; Owen Finch, piano; Jackson Wheeler, guitar; Jon Butler bsss; Nick Adams, Drums.

Friday, Saturday, June 15, 16

Davu Seru: Two Nights of Improvised Music @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($5-$10 Suggested Donation) Drummer Seru performs with Charcoalon Friday night, featuring Milo Fine on piano, and Anthony Cox on bass. On Saturday Seru premieres a brand new ensemble featuring visiting pianist Thollen McDonas. McDonas has been visiting the area for several years for both solo performances and collaborations with area musicians. Elsewhere, he’s collaborated with William Parker, Nels Cline, Rob Mazurek, and other forward-thinking musicians. Others in the new ensemble include: multi-instrumentalist Elaine Evans, and tuba player Benjamin Mansavage-Klein.

Saturday, June 16

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) The Tommy Bentz Trio opens at 7pm: Bentz, guitar; Jason McLean, bass; Alex Burgess, drums. At 8:30pm, it’s Tall Tales, featuring the dual guitars of Zacc Harris and Dean Granros; along with Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. Here’s a tune from the Tall Tales album.

Sunday, June 17

Anderson, Goggin, & Lincoln @ 56 Brewing, 3055 NE Columbia Ave, Suite 102, Minneapolis. 4-6pm (Tip Jar?) Enjoy a brew while listening to this trio of young musicians who bonded in the Dakota Combo a few years back. Jordan Anderson, keys; Peter Goggin, sax; and Charlie Lincoln, bass.

Monday, June 18

Peter Goggin @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/valid student ID) Goggin is a fiery college-age alto saxophonist who has been playing with various groups around town. Monday nights at JC are set aside for artists to explore their own compositions and arrangements.

Broken Shadows @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($20) Tim Berne, alto; Chris Speed,tenor; Reid Anderson, double bass; Dave King, drums. Berne & Speed are NYC-based musicians who visit town fairly regularly to play with area musicians. Anderson & King are 2/3rds of the Bad PlusBroken Shadows is dedicated to reinterpreting the music of folks like Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Julius Hemphill, all of whom created avante-garde music from the folk-art influences of their Southern and Heartland beginnings.

Tuesday, June 19

Harold Mabern/Eric Alexander Quartet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6pm, 9pm ($30, $35) Intergenerational hard bop from pianist Mabern  who was present at the beginning, and saxophonist Alexander  who has had an incandescent career as sideman and leader, having played on or led more than 60 albums.

Kenny Garrett @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($20, $25, $30) Garrett started his career over 30 years ago with the Duke Ellington Orchestra led by Mercer Ellington. He moved on to play with Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey, and Mlies Davis before becoming a bandleader himself. About two years ago, the alto saxophonist was quoted in a Downbeat cover article saying, “Whether we’re performing live or in the studio, my goal is to conjure an emotion. If they can feel that, my goal is accomplished.”

Tuesday, Wednesday, June 19, 20

Jim Rotondi/David Hazeltine Quartet @ Crooners Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Trumpeter Rotondi has released 16 albums as a leader, and many more as a sideman, including 16 with pianist Hazeltine & Eric Alexander, and 7 on Alexander -led recordings. Hazeltine may be the most recorded contemporary jazz pianist of our time. They’ll be supported by Billy Peterson, bass; and Kenny Horst, drums.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 13

Machinery Hill on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Machinery Hill has been around a long time, having won the 1996 Minnesota Music Award for Best World Beat CD, so they know how to please an audience with their blend of folk, ska, klezmer and celtic tunes, and even a touch of rock n’ roll.

Jon Rodine & Friends @ The Hook and Ladder, Minneapolis. 6pm (Free) Rodine is an artist who deserves more exposure. He sings groove-driven rock n’ roll and country, often using sources like Dan Penn, Doug Sahm, & Dylan, though tonight he’ll concentrate on his own compositions, such as those in his latest album, Last Star.

The Dieselfitters @ Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free) The Dieselfitters play roots, rock, honky-tonk, and “post-modern twang” with Clay Williams, guitar; Dan Peterson, bass; and Mike Sandell, drums.

Thursday, June 14

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ Mears Park, Saint Paul.6:30pm – 9:30pm (Free) This is the 15th year of Music in Mears, and the GCO make for fine listening on a summer night, what with their fusion of bluegrass, metal, and jazz. You can never tell where they’ll go from one tune to the next. Brianna Lane opens.

The Blasters @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($20 Advance, $25 Door) The Blasters burst on the scene in the early 80s with music that was appropriate to their name. Phil Alvin and his full-bore vocals still bring on the big beat of American Music and more.

Friday, June 15

Incredible Shrinking Men @ The Underground Music Cafe, 408 3rd Ave, N, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar?) Jack Thibault & Tim Gadban have been around since the 70s heyday of Minnesota music. They play obscure folk/blues with the occasional nod to rock n’ roll, from the likes of The Band, Frank Zappa, Mose Allison, Lou Reed, and Gram Parsons, while throwing in a few originals to boot. Note that this is a new outpost for the UMC.

Pat Donahue & the Prairie All Stars@ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Versatile guitarist Donahue has won the National Finger Picking Championship, was a 20-year member of the house band for Prairie Home Companion, played with Chet Atkins and has generally established himself at home in many genres. Tonight he’s joined by some of his former band members from PHC.

Saturday, June 16

RAMM Band @ Schooner’s, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Classic Motown, funk, and rock n’ roll from Paul Mayasich, guitar; John Iden, bass; and Donald “Hye Pockets” Robertson, drums.

Shannon Curfman @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) Scorching guitar and hard-earned vocals from blues/rock guitarist Curfman, who grabbed everyone’s attention with her major label debut Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions back in 1999, when she was still a teenager. Since then she’s sold a quarter million records recorded with John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo and more, and has been a touring background singer and guitarist for Kid Rock since 2010.

Sunday, June 17

Katy Vernon Band @ The Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 5:30pm (Free) Pack a picnic and listen to the folk/pop stylings of ukelelist Vernon as planes pass overhead, the smell of grilled meat fills the air, sailboats cruise the lake, and children scamper about on a summer evening.

Sonny Landreth @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) This is a unique  opportunity to see a master of the slide guitar, whose acoustic and electric slide playing provide a primer on the style. The “King of Slydeco” cut his musical teeth with Clifton Chenier.  He’s collaborated with Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Derek Trucks, and has won a number of blues music awards as well as Grammy nominations.

Tuesday, June 19

Ens? Daiko @ Ecolab Plaza, Downtown Saint Paul. Noon (Free) Japanese Taiko Drumming to elevate your lunchtime.

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.

 

 

 


Around the World, Around the Block: 6.6 – 6.12

June 6, 2018

We’ve plenty of great music coming at us during the coming week, so much so that I had a hard time winnowing the list to a manageable level. You can hear great jazz from visiting and resident artists, as well as music from around the world and around the block. As a bonus, there’s a classic rock n’ roll film at the Heights Theater. Music lifts the Spirit!

Larry


Jazz

Wednesday, June 6

Teri Roiger @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) This is the kind of music that the Dunsmore Room was made for. Roiger is a Hudson Valley-based vocalist who epitomizes jazz singing. Her phrasing is laid-back, and often just a tad behind the beat, sometimes evoking Abbey Lincoln, while maintaining Roiger’s own identity. But then, her 2012 tribute to Lincoln, Dear Abbey, was well received throughout jazz fandom, as was her 2017 tribute to Billie Holiday. She’ll be accompanied by husband John Menegon, bass; and area stalwarts with whom she’s played before: Phil Aaron, piano; and Phil Hey, drums.

Moriarty/Lease/Seru @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Saxophonist Pat Moriarty and pianist Ellen Lease have long been musical and marital partners, resulting in seamless musical communication during their improvising. They are able to incorporate other musicians, such as the highly talented drummer Davu Seru, easily into their spontaneous compositions.

Thursday, June 7

Sarah M Greer @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocalist Greer can be heard in a number of configurations, including teaching, community sings, and with other singers. Tonight she’s accompanied by uber guitarist Dean Magraw, which will make for some mesmerizing moments.

Friday, June 8

Jana Nyberg Group @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) She may be the mom of an infant and a tot, but this singer has been keeping her chops up and will charm you with her vibrant and charming interpretations of jazz and pop tunes. The icing on this cake is her crackerjack band, led by hubby/trumpeter Adam Meckler.

Ruckus @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Ruckus is a group led by the exciting young drummer Rodney Ruckus, who lived here in town a couple of years before heading out to Frisco, where he’s become well-established. Now he’s on a tour that will take him to NYC, Paris, and London. Tonight he’ll have Javi Santiago (who’s played quite a few gigs with Ruckus) on piano; Graydon Peterson on bass; and Jonathan Greenstein, from NY & Wisconsin, on sax. Opening at 7pm is the Carter Pearson Quartet.

Friday, Saturday, June 8, 9

Peterson Family @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20 -$30) They’re called Minnesota’s First family of Music for good reason. Among them they have over 100 Gold and Platinum records, and have played with Prince, Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, and countless other musical luminaries. You’ll hear Patty Peterson, vocals, St. Paul Peterson, bass, keys, guitar, and vocals; Billy Peterson, bass; Linda Peterson, keys and vocals; and Jason Peterson Delaire,. sax and keys. ,

Saturday, June 9

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) At 7pm The Lila Ammons Quartet opens, w/Ted Godbout, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Nathan Norman, drums. 8:30pm – It’s The Ruckus. See Friday’s entry for Jazz Central, and add Aaron Janik, trumpet, to the line-up.

Mary Louise Knutson Trio @ Jazz at St. Barney’s,15600 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth. 7pm – 8:15 ($10 adults, $5 students One of April’s big snowstorm’s shut down their original concert, so Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums; are appearing tonight. seating at tables, and free snacks, lemonade, and coffee.

 

Sunday, June 10

Capri Big Band @Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30 (Free) Enjoy this intergenerational band while sipping on beverages or eating victuals from the Spring Cafe.

Monday, June 11

Stevie Kenny’s Group 47 @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12)  Steve Kenny, trumpet; Thomas Strommen, sax; Will Kjeer, piano; Adam Tucker, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums. Now that some of the group’s members are home from school, mentor & bandleader Steve Kenny has them booked for a four-city tour through Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, including two national jazz festivals. Give them a send-off tonight.

For more listings, KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz Police and Bebopified.

 

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 6

Ray Barnard  & Friends on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Guitarist Barnard led the well-received Copperheads, recording three albums with the group. He’s been a sideman for folks like Bill Geezy, Molly Maher, and Erik Koskinen. His friends for this gig include Mikkel Beckman on percussion, and Nick Salisbury on bass.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) In the early days of his career, slide guitar master would work the crowd into a frenzy and then jump into the crowd. Don’t know ifs he still does that, but there’s no doubt he’ll still work the crowd into a frenzy with his endless boogie. Ken Valdez opens at this fundraiser for the Lowertown Blues Festival later this summer.

Makoomba @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis.7:30pm ($18) Afro-fusion and traditional Tonga rhythms from Zimbabwe that will have the standing room audience dancing in wild abandon. Marimba Bullies open.

Thursday, June 7

Hard Day’s Night @ The Heights Theater, Columbia Heights. 7:30pm ($10) The ground-breaking film that was supposed to be a quickie thing turned out to be lots of fun and a big hit. All kinds of performances from the Fab Four, as well as many jokes about Paul’s grandpa, who is a “clean old man.”

Forro With Samba Meu @ Brazil Art Twin Cities, 110716th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. 7pm-8:30pm (Free, Though Donations Warmly Welcomed) Samba Meu is a trio that explores acoustic Brazilian roots and pop. They’re embarking on a Forro project. Forro is a genre that comes from NE Brazil and incorporates a number of rhythms, some of which are akin to the blues, as Harpist extraordinaire Charlie Musselwhite has pointed out. Tonight’s concert will include accordion, rabeca (fiddle), and lots of percussion.

Friday, June 8

The Changeups & Gambler’s Daughter @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($7) Gambler’s Daughter is a band as well as the musical persona of leader Jesse Roquet, whose parents were musicians during the exploding folk scene of the 60s. A background traipsing along with her parents from gig to gig has resulted in poetic songwriting that embraces soul, blues, folk, and rock n’ roll. They’ll open at 9pm, followed at 10pm by The Changeups, an Americana band formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Alicia Kay, soon joined by guitarist Jimmy Baker. Expect country and rock with some indie, pop, blues, and folk to make things interesting. Here’s a short clip of Gambler’s Daughter.

Saturday, June 9

The Committee @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($??) Old school R&B from Maurice Jacox, Aisha Baker, and Deb Brown, backed by a 7-piece horn band.

Sunday, June 10

Russian Fireworks: A Musical Celebration @ The Russian Museum of Art, Minneapolis. 6:15 Doors, 7pm Music. ($30, $25 TMORA Members) Shostkovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and more, from Olga Orlosvkaya, soprano; Ben Odhner, violin; Silver Ainomae, cello; and Denis Evstuhin, piano. Cash bar prior to and during intermission.

Ivan Lins @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $50) Pianist Lins is a Latin Grammy winner and one of Brazil’s most celebrated artists. His songs have been recorded hundreds of times, by such stellar artists as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, George Benson, and others.

Monday, June 11

Huntertones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $25) This horn-driven six-piece band creates smart, muti-genre music, pulling from sources as diverse as Stephen Foster, Brian Wilson, and George Benson. Individual members have collaborated with bands such as Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ed Sheehan, Snarky Puppy, Ricky Martin, Red Barat, and more.

Joe Fingers @ Dunn Brothers on Grand, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) A national champion finger-picker with a pleasant voice at a neighborhood coffeehouse. Really? Really!

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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