Twin Cities Music: 10.17 – 10.23

October 17, 2018

Once again we’ve a nice mix of visiting, resident, emerging, and veteran artists to inspire us, entertain us, and lift us up. Whether you’re interested in any of the many styles of jazz, and roots, or even a hip-hop musical, this week you are bound to find some music to lift your spirits!

Jazz

Wednesday, October 17

The Three “Ds” @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) Here’s a trio of female jazz musicians who were kicking’ it for years before the formation of The Girls. Tonight, Debbie Duncan and Judy Donaghy Vinar, vocals, team up with Lori Dokken  piano, to deliver some old favorites, such as Sweet Inspirationand Steam Heat, and perhaps some soon-to-befavorites. Here are Dokken & Vinar, with another group.

The Vote Nov 6th Ensemble @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) Vote for jazz tonight as Brandon Wozniak, saxes; Mike Wolter, guitar; and Pete Hennig, drums; play music to inspire you.

Thursday, October 18

Dan & Reuben Ristrom @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 5:30-8:30pm (Free) The Father/Son duo of Dan, bassist, vocalist, and leader of The Big Throwdown; and his father Reuben, a Twin Cities jazz guitarist about town for decades; makes for a fun and charming evening covering a variety of music styles.

Jiselle McCollam Jazz Cult @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5w/student ID) I believe this is a relatively new group, though McCollam has sung at Jazz Central with duo accompaniment before. Featuring McCollam, vocals; with Matt Calloipe, trumpet; Joe Twohy, piano; Shannon van der Reck, bass; and Robb Later, drums. They perform jazz standards, with the occasional contemporary tune.

Friday, October 19

Sinatra! @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Andrew Walesch brings his popular Sinatra show, complete with a big band, to the main stage at Crooners. Walesch croons in a way that evokes Sinatra without imitating him, aided and abetted by great charts from saxophonist Bob Parsons.

Ahmed & The Creators @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) Straight-ahead and hard bop jazz from Ahmed AbdulKarim, trumpet; Dale Alexander, piano; James “Jimmyapolis” Wallace, tenor; Ted Olson, bass; and Pete James Johnson, drums.

Friday, Saturday, October 19, 20

David Sanborn Quintet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $50, $60), 9pm ($30, $40, $50) Saxophonist Sanborn has led on 24 albums and played with countless musicians.  He was the host of the very hip TV show called Night Music, played with the Butterfield Blues Band, toured with Stevie Wonder and David Bowie, and has collaborated with Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Christian McBride, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton, among others. He’s garnered six Grammys, eight gold albums and one platinum. Along with an early influence, the late alto sax player Hank Crawford, Sanborn has won fans for both his jazz and R&B work. He’ll be accompanied by the cream of today’s players: Michael Deese, trombone; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; James Genus, bass; and Billy Killson, drums.

Saturday, October 20

Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Normandy Kitchen and Bar, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover) Its well over a year since Weinbeck  piano; Gordy Johnson, bass; and Phil Hey, drums; played as a trio with any regularity, so this is a welcome opportunity toner these outstanding artists.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7:00 Opening Set by The Sarah Greer QuartetSarah Greer  vocals; with Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Chris Bates, bass;  and Davu Seru, percussion. At 8:30pm it’s Tall Tales, with two of the more inventive and versatile guitarists in town backed by a crisp rhythm section:  ​Dean Granros &  Zacc Harris; Guitars; Jay Epstein, Drums; and Chris Bates, Bass.

Sunday, October 21

2018 Cabaret Fest @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm ($15), 7:30pm ($15) The intimate Dunsmore Room is a terrific setting for this festival, featuring over twenty vocalists from the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN) with experience on the Twin Cities’ jazz, pop, musical theatre and concert stages. The first set features Joey Babay, Sara Truesdale, and Rikki Gee, among others, while some of the performers in the second set include Les Block, Dorothy Doring, Jennifer Eckes, and Vicky Mountain. This will certainly be an eclectic mix of tales and tunes.

Monday, October 22

JazzMN & Stigers: Sinatra & Basie @ The Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Chanhassen. 5:30 Dinner, 7:30 Show ($35 – $50) It was about a year ago that vocalist and saxophonist Curtis Stigers had the JazzMN Orchestra back him up at the Dakota for an evening of songs by Sinatra and Basie. Tonight they’re taking the concept a bit farther, playing the music from the Sinatra/Basie classic, Live at the Sands.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, October 17

Pine Hearts on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3FM),7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Three part harmonies on top of guitar, mandolin, and bass from this Olympia WA trio that plays bluegrass and country classics.

Border CrosSing: 500 Years of Latin American Music @ the Landmark Center’s Weyerhauser Auditorium, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8pm ($10, $5 Students & children) Border CrosSing is a vocal ensemble that presents educational concerts in classrooms throughout Minnesota. This family concert (children under 5 are free) brings music and stories from the last 500 years of Latin American music into the 21st century.

Thursday, October 18

Rebecca Hass CD Release Party @ MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10) Pianist/composer Rebecca Hass has had a decades-long infatuation with Brazilian music. In fact, she joined the Brazilian percussion group Batucada do Norte in 2006, and her years as a percussionist have helped inform her compositions. She’s celebrating the release of her debut album, Florescer, which includes original compositions and arrangements in Brazilian styles such as sambas, choros, baiãos, and maracatus. Tonight’s show features guest musicians Tim O’Keefe, percussion; Jenny Klukken, marimba; and Laura Harada, violin.

Left Lane Cruiser, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations, Fret Rattles @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door) It’s a night of Deep Blues and raw rock n’ roll, with each band being recorded live for an album release. Left Lane Cruiser first caught the ears of area blues and punk fans during Deep Blues Festivals of yore. Dustin Arbuckle was half of Moreland and Arbuckle, but now has a full band to explorers interests in early blues, the Americana of The Band, and Stax-influenced soul. The Twin Cities’ Fret Rattles take a stripped-down approach to rock n’ roll.

Friday October 19

BeauSoleil @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 7pm ($30, $40), 9pm ($25, $35) BeauSoleil may have just been the spark that created interest in Cajun music 40 years ago. Driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s vision and extraordinary fiddle playing, not to forget his heartfelt vocals, BeauSoleil has always managed to bring staid Minnesota audiences to an exuberant frenzy, what with their ability to distill elements of blues, rock, Swamp Pop, Zydeco, and more into their sound. This is a rare opportunity to see them isn a small club, while having some Cajun and New Orleans food at the same time.

American Housewife @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 8pm ($20) Female harmonies, crunchy guitars, and hooks-a-plenty make for a 21st century take on 60s pop and it’s descendent, 80s power pop. American Housewife is: Stephanie Paquin, bass & lead vocals; Maureen Rudd, guitar & blacking vocals; Geoff Schodde, guitar; and Reese Kling, drums. Belfast-born, Minnesota-based guitarist/songwriter Leslie Rich opens, with a cocktail hour starting at 7pm.

Blue Yodel No. 9 @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) With a name that comes from the classic Jimmie Rogbers tune from 1930, this trio draws from artists like the Delmore Brothers, Jimmy Reed, Bob Willis, and Hank Williams. The Blue Yodelers are: John Whitehead, guitar, mandolin, banjo, & vocals; John, bass, vocals; and Ross Johnson, guitars, harmonica, and vocals.

Saturday, October 20

Rena Haus @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter/Farmer Rena Haus can roll off double entendres about fixing a car as well as protest songs, classic blues, and occasional rock classics, not to mention a surprise jazz tune or two. She’s ably abetted by brother Bob on bass, and unsung guitar hero Ed Petsche.

Bound for Glory Anniversary Celebration @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6pm ($25) It’s still the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Woody Guthrie’s book, Bound for Glory, and if you didn’t catch any of the previous sold-out show, hurry for tickets to hear veteran West bank stalwarts, Charlie MaguirePop Wagner, and Tony Glover.

Monday, October 22

Hooked on Hamilton @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40) Now that the mega-hit Hamilton has come and gone to our fair cities, here’s a chance to hear some of that musical’s biggest hits, performed by the inestimable T. Michael Rambo and a dozen or so of emerging and established vocal artists from the area. Here’s hoping they perform My Shot, Wait For It, You’ll Be Back, and Helpless.

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.


Grammys, Birthdays, and More: 8.15 – 8.21

August 15, 2018

The Rebirth Brass Band won a Grammy in 2012

This week we’ve got a few Grammy winners visiting us, and a slew of talented resident artists, as well as a guitar festival anda couple of fiery guitar players, including a five-time Grammy nominee. Whew! Music lifts the Spirit!


Jazz

Wednesday, August 15

Pete Whitman Presents New Boundaries @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis.8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Student ID) Pete Whitman, saxes; Chris Olson, guitars; Ted Olsen, bass; Dave Schmalenberger, drums.

Oscar Peterson’s Birthday, w/The Tanner Taylor Trio @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $15) Taylor, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; Mac Santiago, drums.

Friday, August 17

Javier Santiago; Eli Zukor Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 for both shows) Opening at 7pm are emerging artists, the Eli Zukor Quartet: Zukor, sax; Jackson Wheeler, guitar; Carter Pearson, drums; and Jorgen Linne, bass. At 8:30 it’s Javier Santiago and his group: Santiago, piano; Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Ted Olsen, bass; and James Johnson, drums.

Sinatra! The Andrew Walesch Big Band @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Though they’ve expanded the main room at Crooners, it might still be difficult to get in without a reservation – vocalist/pianist Walesch’sSinatra show is that popular.

Torch & Swing w/Tina Schlieske @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. ($30, $34, $38) Subtitled Sinatra to Simone, Ms Schlieske, of Tina and the B-Sides, for those of you old enough to remember the late 80s and early 90s, takes on grown-up songs.

Saturday, August 18

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm (TBA), 8:30pm Life-Force: Rich Manik, woodwinds; Dave Graf, trombone; Javier Santiago, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; Kenne Thomas, drums.

Peter Schimke Trio @ The Lexington’s Williamsburg Room, Saint Paul. (No Cover) Given the noise level of everybody talking, it’s best to sit close to pianist Schimke and his cohorts if you want to appreciate Schimke’s fine piano playing. Essentially, it’s music that does way more than provide ear candy for conversations.

Sunday, August 19

Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson @ St. Albert the Great, 2836 33rd Av S, Mpls.1pm ($20) Once again, Ms Hixson and Mr Carlson will be making a joyful noise in this south Mpls church. This time they’re performing Songs of the Silver Screen.

Monday, August 20

Eliane Elias @ The Dakota, Minneapolis.7pm ($30, $35, $40), 9pm ($20, $25, $30) Pianist/vocalist Eliane Eliascombines her Brazilian roots with fierce virtuosity at the piano, and a warm, alluring voice. Elias has won multiple Grammys, including 2017’s Best Latin Jazz album. She’s currently touring in support of her recent release, Man of La Mancha. Here’s a track from the album.

Hunter Delikowski Quartet @ The Amsterdam Bar, Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) Hunter Delikowski is a drummer that’s new to the area. He’s enlisted three talented young musicians for tonight’s performance: Jordan Anderson, piano; Peter Goggin, alto sax; and Tyler Wagner, bass. You can expect they’ll be pushing some boundaries, whether in genres or compositions.

Tuesday, August 21

Irv William’s 99th Birthday @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20 Reserved, Pay What You Can for General Admission) It’s Mr Smooth’s 99th Birthday. Don’t know if he’ll play but there will be a band helping him celebrate. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship for next year’s Dakota Combo.

Tuesday, Wednesday, August 21, 22

Ben Sidran’s 75th Birthday @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm ($25, $30) Pianist/vocalist Ben Sidranstarted playing boogie woogie as a child. He played with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs while in school at Madison, got a PhD in England, where he was a session player for Eric Clapton, The Rolling stones, and Peter Frampton, joined Miller’s band in California, appearing on four albums, and eventually recorded over 30 albums under his own name, bringing jazz to the masses. He hosted a number of jazz radio programs for NPR, a show for VH1, and has written four books, including one of interviews with musicians like Miles Davis and Art Blakey. He’s a renaissance man who’s comfortable living in Madison, and we’re lucky he does shows here with some regularity. Sidran will be accompanied by his son Leo on drums, Billy Peterson on bass, and Kenni Holmen on reeds. Here he is doing a Dylan song.

For more listings, KBEM has a calendar of jazz and some roots music. Jazz Police features commentary, reviews, and previews jazz in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, August 15

Ben Cook-Feitz on The House Party (KFAI), and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3fm), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Cook-Feitz is a singer, songwriter, drummer, and pianist whose observational lyrics and melodies can sometimes recall the music of the 60s and 70s.

Wednesday, Thursday, August 15, 16

Ana Popovic @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $35) Bruce Springsteen calls Serbian born, L.A. – based Popovic“One helluva guitar player.” She’s touring in support of Trilogy, her 2016 3-disc album of blues funk, and jazz, with production by Grammy award winners Warren Riker (Lauren Hill, Carlos Santana), and Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy), as well as Delfeayo Marsalis.

Thursday, August 16

Big Wu Family Reunion Pre-Party @ The Hook& Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Advance/$12 Door) Jam Band fans will want to prepare for the Family Reunionthis weekend with El Dub, Pat Ferguson, Space Junk, and more,  including a super jam.

Mark Healey @ The 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 8pm ($8) Bassist/guitarist Healeywas a key member of Badfinger during that band’s late 80s and early 90s reunion and touring. The Wisconsin native still occasionally tours with one of the competing Badfinger bands, but tonight you can see him in the intimate, 40-seat 318 Cafe.

Friday, August 17

Dee Miller Band @ The Mudd Room, Mendota. 8pm ($10 Guaranteed Seat) Ms Miller’sexplosive voice and danceable blues will likely pack the basement speakeasy. She and the band are winners of the 2018 Road to Memphis Challenge, and will be representing Minnesota at the next International Blues Challenge in Memphis

Saturday, August 18

Lowertown Guitar Festival @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. Noon – 9pm (Free) Siama Matuzungidi, Lonesome Dan Case, Jake Hanson & James Buckley, Paul Metzger, & more…. Performances will take place in a number of different areas, from the Hamm’s Waterfall, to a floating stage, a dockside stage, and the Pavillion’s Main Stage.

Jeff Ray & The Altered Stakes @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) This is a different version of The Stakes than usual – Jeff Rayguitar & vocals; Harold Tremblay, harp; Donald “Hye Pockets” Robertson, hand drums; and Josh Granowski, bass.

Sunday, August 19

Phil Heywood @ Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm (Tip Jar) Enjoy some stellar picking and Heywood’ssmooth baritone on a late Sunday afternoon in the comfy confines of the Dubliner.

Rebirth Brass Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis.7pm ($40), 9pm ($35) These Dakota regulars from New Orleans have been playing play modern day brass band music for the last 30 years. In 2012, Rebirthbecame the first Brass Band to win a Grammy.

Robben Ford @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($35, $45) Fordis a 5-time Grammy nominee who has lent his blues guitaristry to concerts and recordings by the likes of Miles Davis, George Harrison, Barbra Streisand, KISS, Greg Allman, Phil Lesh, and more.

For more blues (and some roots), the MN Blues Society has a comprehensive calendar. For all things Cajun and Zydeco, check out the calendar of the Krewe de Walleye


Enjoy Live Music! 2.21-2.27

February 21, 2018

My jazz picks for this week all feature resident artists, which is a testament to the breadth and depth of our jazz scene. We have a few visiting artists in blues, roots, and other, as well as a surfeit of resident artists bringing original arrangements and songs for our pleasure. The weather is beginning to let up a bit, so get out and let the music lift your spirit.

Larry

Jazz

Wednesday, Feb 21

Lila Ammons & Tom West @ Sociable Cider Works, 1500 Fillmore St, NE, Minneapolis. 6:30-7:30pm (No Cover) Enjoy some craft beers and listen to some bluesy jazz (or jazzy blues) from Ms Ammons and pianist Tom West.

Peter Schimke & Friends @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid Student ID) Pianist Schimke brings together some veterans and an up and coming trumpeter: Pete Whitman, sax; Omar Abdulkarim, trumpet; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums.

Debbie Duncan Celebrates Nina Simone @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10) The Twin Cities “First Lady of Song” celebrates the birthday of Nina Simone, the singer-pianist-songwriter who tackled folk, blues, jazz, Ellington, and Broadway tunes, in addition to writing a number of fiery songs of freedom.

Thursday, Feb 22

Beth and Adi Yeshaya @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Valid Student ID) This week vocalist Beth Yeshaya will be joined with her husband Adi for Thursday Vocal Night. Adi Yeshaya is a composer, arranger & pianist,whose credentials include creative collaborations with some of the world’s top artists, including three years as string arranger for Prince. Here’s an example of Beth’s singing. Adi on piano.

Friday, Feb 23

Cody Steinmann Sightless Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Valid Student ID) Guitarist Cody Steinmann recently moved here from Milwaukee, and he’s wasted no time putting a group together, with: Javier Santiago, piano; Ted Olsen, bass; and Pete Hennig on drums.

Dean Magraw & Eric Kamau Gravatt @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 9:00pm ($12) Magraw, guitar; and Gravatt, drums; are two of the finest musicians around. They have a natural communication, which only adds to the musical magic. Her’s an example of their playing, from their album, Fire on the Nile.

Friday, Saturday, Feb 23, 24

Playing It Close to Home @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm 10, $15) With winning songs from the Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer/percussionist Davu Seru, Zeitgeist’s annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes the world premiere of Seru’s new work Dead King Mother, which tells the story of a near-forgotten event in North Minneapolis and United States civil rights history that has been with Seru since early childhood. You may recall that I noted a read-through of the work a few weeks back.

Saturday, Feb 24

MN Hard Bop Collective’s Hope Sextet @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) Drummer/leader Jesse Simon once again brings a group of like-minded players together, this time to perform the music of pianist Elmo Hope. Featuring: Jake Baldwin, Trumpet; Clay Puhfal, sax; Jeff Rinear, trombone; Javier Santiago, piano; Ted Olsen, bass; and Jesse Simon, drums. Her’s a slightly different version of the group.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set is by Ahmed & the Creators: Ahmed AbdulKarim, Trumpet; Doug Little, Saxophones;  Batume, Drums; Matt McIntyre, Bass. Headlining tonight at 8:30 is Twilight Sentinel: Aaron Hedenstrom, saxophones; Steve Kenny, trumpet; Kameron Markworth, bass; and Lars-Erik Larson, drums.

Sunday, Feb 25

Andrew Walesch Big Band; Sinatra! @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 6:30pm (No Cover, $12 for Guaranteed Seat) Pianist/vocalist Andrew Walesch has a good thing going with this big band and their Sinatra show. Be forewarned. They perform only a few times a year, guaranteeing lines out the door to see them.

Tuesday, Feb 27

Bryan Nichols’ Two Trios @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) It’s a unique evening, as tonight’s show will feature an acoustic piano, all the better to highlight pianist Nichols’ modern approach to playing. Nichols will be part of two trios: The James Buckley Trio with Buckley on bass and JT Bates on drums, and The Bryan Nichols Trio with Chris and JT Bates on bass and 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 Ink, and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, Feb 21

Big Trees on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Big Trees is: Frank Boyle, Bill Smith, Doug Lohman, & Pat Lesney. They’ll be playing original songs and some of their favorites, including blues, jazz, country, western. They say their music is “whatever you want to call it.”

Thursday, Feb 22

Cate Fierro’s Tribute  To Sade @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15, $20) Vocalist Fierro has long been known as a powerful singer, thanks to her membership in a number of Mick Sterling’s horn-driven bands, leading her own band, and in others. Tonight she’ll be working with the sensual music of Sade.

SPCO @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20) Brooklyn-based composer Ljova goes back to his Klezmer roots as the opener to this chamber music performance at Icehouse. The program includes works by Zhurbin, Kodaly (Kodaly’s Serenade captures the folk music of Ljova’s native Hungary), and Beethoven.

Friday, Feb 23

Paul Barry & The Ace Tones @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm ($10?) This early evening gig is a bit different than usual, in that there is an opening act – Slim Willie & the Ride. Additionally, Harpmeister Barry and the Ace Tones will have a Special Guest: our very own Soul Man, Willie Walker.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ The Ordway, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($32 – $58) This nine person group from South Africa has been wowing audiences all over the world ever since Paul Simon used them on his Graceland album. Though some of the older members have retired since then, new, young members bring fresh energy to the group. The deep sonorities of their harmonies are simply thrilling.

Bernard Allison @ Famous Dave’s, Minnepolis. 9pm ($15) Guitarist Allison has certainly grown into his own man since the passing of his dad 20 years ago. Let It Go, his latest album, was released on Feb 2, and has already reached #2 on Billboard’s Blues chart. Reviews credit his songwriting as well as his playing, which looks to the future while acknowledging the past. His very tight band certainly helps.

Saturday, Feb 24

Joyann Parker: The Music of Patsy Cline @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm ($12, $20) Parker is a multi-talented performer, playing guitar, piano, and writing and singing her own songs, though she’s also capable of great interpretations of other’s songs. Tonight in the intimate Dunsmore Room, she leaves the blues and R&B that she’s noted for and heads in a slightly different, but often emotionally similar music – the classic country of Patsy Cline.

Roux & Rue/Willie Walker @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (Roux & Rue – No Cover), 9pm (Walker – $12) Catch Nikki Roux & Rich Rue (of Nikki & the Rue-Mates) at 6:30, and stick around for an original soul singer, Willie Walker, whose most recent album, After A While, with The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, was nominated for 5 Blues Awards, and received a four-star review in Downbeat, which was followed a month later in the same magazine with a laudatory story.

Sunday, February 25

Harrison’s Jukebox @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Saint Paul. 6pm Doors (Free) Music written and inspired by George Harrison and his jukebox featuring The Basement Band, Kyx, and Curtiss A, with special guests.

Anders Osbourne Acoustic @The Dakota, Minneapolis. 6pm ($30, $35, $40), 8pm ($25, $30,$35) Attention guitar lovers. You’ll want to see New Orleans guitarist Osborne, who has been honored numerous times by various and sundry periodicals and organizations in that music-savvy town. Tonight the electric bluesman is going acoustic. The New Orleans Times-Picayune said, “Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail. He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes.”

Delphia Cello Quartet @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 8pm ($6) This all-cello quartet was begun last year, to play original arrangements of popular tunes. Members are: Rachelle Smith, Amanda Burgdorf, Catherine Canon, andJulia Floberg.

Also: Cafe Accordion Orchestra @ Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul. 4:30pm – 6:30pm (Free)

Gang of Mischief @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 4pm

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.


It’s Snow! Music: 12.6 – 12.12

December 6, 2017

Photo of Tuesday’s traffic from the Star Tribune

Happy Snowfall everyone!

With the advent of this past Monday’s snowfall, we learned once again, that Minnesotans tend to forget how to drive in snow once it’s stopped in the Spring (see photo at right). Maybe it’s because many of us have come here from warmer climates. Or, to be as charitable as possible, maybe the slowest going among us have been in accidents before, or have recently experienced traumatic events and losses. My own theory is that weather forecasters and news directors are from out of town, and don’t have a history of dealing with snow, and consequently treat every snowstorm as a major event. To be sure, we have to be careful in bad road conditions, but we certainly don’t need to be discouraged from going out in the winter to enjoy music. After all, as Minnesotans we should scoff at snow. Enough ranting. Go out. Listen to music. Get your spirits lifted. Here are some ideas for the week.

Larry

Jazz

Wednesday, Dec 6

Joey DeFrancesco @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $40), 9pm ($20, $30) Hard bopping B3 player DeFrancesco may be the preeminent organist of the jazz world. He grew up in Philadelphia, where Don Patterson and Jimmy Smith were influences, and put out his debut album at 17, which resulted in working with Miles Davis and, a few years later, John McLaughlin. He’s been recording and touring for almost 30 years, and is at the top of his game, now touring with a quartet (including a vocalist) in supper of this recent release, Project Freedom.

Laura Caviani Trio CD Release @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) While recording her recent CD Mysterious Thelonious, Caviani’s bandmates, bassist Chris Bates and drummer Dave Schmalenberger noted that she had a lot of original material, so they decided to record that material as well. The CD, Confluences, includes a suite of five songs inspired by the work of Shakespeare. I had Laura on my show this past Saturday, to talk about the CD and play a couple of tracks. You can hear the interview and the songs at http://kfai.org/rhythmandgrooves. The interview starts about one hour into the show, after the Leigh Kammen 45 of the week.

Thursday, Dec 7

Jennifer Lund & Lori Bloomberg @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm – 10pm ($10, $5w/valid student ID) Here’s a chance to hear some newcomers on the jazz vocal scene as Lund & Bloomberg perform an evening of standards. To add to the evening’s merriment, they’ll be joined by Vicky Mountain for a few songs.

Music Formally Known As Jazz @ Khyber Pass, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) An evening of adventurous jazz, featuring some masters of the genre: Pat O’Keefe, woodwinds;  Douglas Ewart, wind instruments; & Steve Hirsh, drums. The event is subtitled A Continuing Coversation with J Otis Powell?! reflecting their past performances with the late poet, which leaves one to only guess what musical paths the group will travel.

Friday, Dec 8

Javier Santiago Trio @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 9pm ($10) Santiago is an imaginative pianist who has been on a bit of a roll, playing clubs in San Francisco lately. Tonight, he teams up with long-time friends and bandmates Ted Olsen on bass and Miguel Hurtado on drums for Friday Night Jazz in Crooners’ listening room.

Eric Kamau Gravatt & Source Code @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm – 10pm ($10, $5w/valid student ID) We’re so lucky to have drummer extraordinaire Gravatt living in the Twin Cities. He’s a veteran of Weather Report and numerous tours with McCoy Tyner, and deserving of our support any time he plays. Plus, it sounds like he’ll soon be moving East, so here’s a chance to see him before he leaves. Tonight Gravatt will be joined by long-time musical partner Ron Evanuik on stand up bass; as well as Aaron Kippola & Dean Brewington on alto saxophones, and Solomon Parham on trumpet, which will make for an exhilarating sonic experience. Here he is with some masterful jazz cats – McCoy Tyner, Bill Frisell, and Gary Bartz.

Saturday, Dec 9

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) This weekly series has begun to occasionally feature vocalists for the opening act at 7pm. Tonight it’s the Lila Ammons Quartet, featuring Ammons, who, in addition to being a fine jazz interpreter, is classically trained, and a singer of classic blues (think Bessie Smith and Alberta Hunter). Such an approach seems natural when you consider her family heritage, which includes saxophonist Gene Ammons as an uncle and boogie boogie pianist Albert Ammons as a grandfather. At 8:30 The Ruckus Touring Group will play. Talented drummer Rodney Ruckus lived in the Twin Cities for a couple of years and is now based out of San Francisco, where he’s regularly playing and backing visiting musicians. This group includes Javier Santiago on piano, who has been traveling to SF on a regular basis to play with Ruckus, along with Jonathan Greenstein, tenor sax; and Jax Ravel on bass.

Nachito Herrera & the Universals @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9:30pm ($35, $45) Cuban born, Twin Cities based Herrera is a force of nature on piano, with outstanding technique and an improvisational mind-set that incorporates the music of Cuba, as well as jazz, classical music, and world music. The Universals reflect those influences, with the outstanding Karen Briggs on violin; Raul Pineda, drums; Mile Phillips, sax; and Cheikh Ndoye, bass. Their resumes include work with Stanley Clarke, Diana Ross, Chucho Valdes, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Kazumi Watanabi, and Randy Brecker, among others.

Sunday, Monday, Dec 10, 11

Benny Green @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. Sunday: 5pm and 7:30pm ($30), Monday 7pm ($30), 9pm ($25)  This hard bopping pianist learned from the best, having played in the bands of Oscar Peterson, Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown. If you want to be conversant in the jazz of today, you need to be familiar with Green.

Tuesday, Dec 12

Andrew Walesch Big Band @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 8pm (No Cover, but $15 for Guaranteed Seat) Walesch is a fine singer and piano stylist who has a particularly good way with the Great American Songbook. He’ll be celebrating the 102nd anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth tonight, backed by a dynamite 10 piece band. His shows with the band often sell out, so get there early, or go to Crooner’s website to reserve your seat. Here he is with a more contemporary standard.

Also: Chris Lomheim/Tony Balluff Big Three Play Fats Waller @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6pm (Lomheim – No Cover), 8pm (Balluff – $?)

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

 

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, Dec 6

Javier Matos on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Matos is a guitar ace who can swing the blues, play searing slide guitar, and generally make you feel good as he performs. As Hurricane Harold says on The House Party, “You know the drill.” Tune in to hear him play live, and if you like what you hear, head over to the 331 to see him play in person.

No Tent w/Reina Del Cid @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7pm (Free, 21+) No Tent is a bluegrass band formed by Reina del Cid featuring guitarist extraordinaire Toni Lindgren, who plays in del Cid’s main band, as well as a rotating cast of characters from the Minneapolis-St. Paul folk scene. Together, they play a mix of old-time traditionals, bluegrassified covers, and a few roots inspired originals.

Also: Curtiss A & Dark Click @ The Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Blues from the “Dean of Scream

Thursday, Dec 7

Louisiana Rhythms Christmas Party & Benefit for Second Harvest Heartland @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm – 11pm (Donation of cash, check, or food ) Eric, Mo and Karl may no longer be on the air, but tonight they’re presenting all the fun of their late, well missed show, only this time they have a dance floor. They’ll be hosting an evening of seasonal music done Louisiana style, with The Swamp Poppas provide the backup for guest stars Rich Lewis, Lucinda Plaisance, Max Ray and others. A feature of the night will be French and English recitations of “Christmas Eve on the Big Bayou.”

Friday, Dec 8

Annie Mack & Joyann Parker @ Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) An evening of R&B and Blues from two singers that share a musical mindset. It appears that both are appearing without their respective bands, though they are strong singers, so the lack of a full band shouldn’t inhibit them. Parker opens at 9pm, and Mack takes the stage at 10pm.  Here’s Mack with her band.

Otis Redding Tribute w/David James Carlson @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5) Carlson is an actor, musician, and songwriter with over 500 songs and five albums to his credit. He’s put together a tribute/play about Otis Redding, the great soul singer whose life ended in a plane crash in Madison 50 years ago. Tonight he’ll feature some actors performing excerpts from the play, along with a full band to perform some of Redding’s music.

Saturday, Dec 9

Tom Hunter’s Blue Christmas @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 8pm (No cover, but $10 will guarantee a seat in front of the stage) Pianist Hunter can often be found at Willie Murphy jam sessions. He’s played or recorded with folks like Bernard Allison, Big John Dickereson, and Little Sammy Davis, and has toured with Mary Cutrufello as the opening act for the Allman Brothers. He can bring a soulful outlook to songs by Billy Joel and Tom Waits, and has released three albums. No doubt it will be a soulful, blue Christmas. Here he is doing an old R&B/Rock n’ Roll classic.

Trailer Trash: A Trashy Little Christmas @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($20 Advance/$25 Door) It’s about 24 years since Trailer Trash, those purveyors of honky-tonk, traditional country, and swinging rock n’ roll began this annual tradition of bringing their trashy view of the holidays into our lives. If you haven’t attended for a while, this might just be the time to dance, frolic, and take part in Candy Cane hi-jinks.

Also: Jaedyn James & The Hunger @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Horn-driven funk n’ soul with an attitude

Sarah Morris & Her Sometimes Elves Holiday Show @ The Vieux Carré,  Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) An authentic, powerful singer/songwriter takes on the holidays.

Sunday, Dec 10

Dan Rein CD Release @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12 Advance/$15 door) Dan Rein is the long time host of Century’s Song on KFAI, a world music show that truly lives up to the stations motto of Radio Without Boundaries. He’s releasing a CD, Just One Breath, singing the poetry of Omar Khyyam in Persian and English, accompanied by special guests Mikkel Beckmen, washboard; Liz Draper, upright bass; Adam Kiesling, banjo; and Andy McCormick, musical saw(?).

Stokely Williams Sonic Healer Tour @ The Ordway, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($37 – $67) As the lead singer and studio drummer of the highly popular Mint Condition, the Saint Paul native has played to sold out crowds both here and throughout the nation. Now, he’s released a solo album, Introducing Stokely, and has mounted this tour in support of the release. Though he’s already played successful shows in Chicago, NYC, and Washington DC, this is a homecoming for Williams, who has resisted the music industry’s siren call to relocate to either of the coasts.

Tuesday, Dec 12

Peter Asher @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) Asher has been touring with various versions of his story for about 4 years now. Though some parts are the same, he keeps things interesting enough to go back a second time to hear about Paul McCartney as his roommate, his ownership of the gallery where John met Yoko, his discovery of James Taylor, work with Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris and more. Plus, you get him singing his Peter and Gordon hits (with Gordon on video).

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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