Post NewYears: 1.2 – 1.8

We’ve made it past the holiday celebrations, to a week of relative quiet on the music scene as some venues are not featuring music until the weekend, if then. Frankly, health issues have kept me from doing much research, so this is a rather short, and descriptive-less newsletter. That said, there are a few noteworthy events taking place. Get out if you’ve the energy, because Music Lifts the Spirit!


Wednesday, Jan 2

Jon Weber’s History of the Piano @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm The music polymath is a font of knowledge and musical styles.

Thursday, Jan 3

Suzanne Paris @ Jazz Central Vocal Night, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID)

Friday, Jan 4

Dakota Combo Reunion and Tyler Wagner Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10) The 2017-2018 Dakota Combo reunites after a semester at school, then the Tyler Wagner Quartet plays: Tyler Wagner, bass; Will Schmid, guitar; Peter Goggin, alto; Edmund Caitlin, drums.

Lucia Newell: Brazilian Getaway @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6pm ($12, $15)

Saturday, Jan 5

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm – Julian Manzara Quartet, 8:30pm – Illicit Sextet

Maud Hixson: 1940s Songbook @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6pm ($15)

Sunday, Jan 5

TC All Star Tribute to Roy Hargrove Encore @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $25)

Ginger Commodore Tribute to Nancy Wilson @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm

Monday, Jan 6

Jerry Bergonzi @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm , 9pm ($25, $30) Tenor sax giant with more than 60 recordings to his credit.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Jan 8, 9

Nancy Harms @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20, $25) Minnesota native who is acclaimed throughout Europe. She’ll be playing Birdland in NYC next week.

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, Jan 2

Rena Haus on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Listen in. Go.

Wednesday, Thursday, Jan 2, 3

Nick Lowe @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($50, 65, $75) British Pop/Pub Rock pioneer shows how to age gracefully as a musician.

Thursday, Jan 3

Swamp Poppas @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. ($7) The music of Southern Louisiana.

Friday, Jan 4

Blue Book @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) Relatively new band featuring Maurice Jacox and Steve Clarke

Sunday, Jan 6

A Celebration of Sarah Papenheim @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 4pm doors, 5pm music ($10) The blues community and then some comes together to celebrate the life of the much-loved young drummer who was senselessly killed in The Netherlands.

Monday, Jan 7

Bad Companions @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Rockabilly for Swing Dancers

Tuesday, Jan 8

Dakh Daughters @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40) Ukranian Cabaret/Folk

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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