All Hallows Music and More: 10.25 – 10.31

October 25, 2017

Greetings to one and all;

The Original Adams Family, by Charles Addams

What a week coming up. It starts with the Bob Dylan/Mavis Staples concert at the X, and ends with Halloween. In between there are a number of Halloween-themed events, from a musical about a haunted house, to a Masquerade Ball, and a classical music take on dark legends. There are also plenty of other great music events to attend, including a couple of Grammy-winning jazz artists, a Memphis R&B Revue with legendary soul artists, and a celebration of Frank Sinatra’s album September of My Years. And of course, we have plenty of resident artists ready and willing to entertain us and spread the power of music to unite and heal us. Music Lifts the Spirit.


Wednesday, Oct 25

Zacc Harris/ Butch Thompson & Dean Magraw @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6pm (Harris, no cover), 8pm (Thompson & Magraw, $5) Start the evening with the clean guitar sounds of Zacc Harris, and continue with the delightful duo of pianist/clarinetist Butch Thompson and guitarist Dean Magraw.

Thursday, Oct 26

Selby Avenue Brass Band @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($7) Tonight you not only can get a taste of New Orleans cuisine from the Vieux’s kitchen, but you get the New Orleans-inspired Selby Avenue Brass Band, a quintet that lays the second line down with spirit and élan.

Roessler, Hanson, & Kassup @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) As described by scribes at the Star Tribune, Khyber Pass is an unlikely place for forward thinking improvisational jazz, but thanks to owns Emel Sherzad, who hosts The International Jazz Conspiracy on KFAI, you (and a few other people) can hear French Clarinetist Sylvain Kassap playing with our bassist Doan Roessler and his long time musical foil, saxophonist Nathan Hanson. Here’s Kassap with a different trio.

Thursday, Friday, Oct 26, 27

Ramsey Lewis @ The Dakota, Minnapolis. 7pm ($40, $5, $50), 9pm ($30, $35, $40) Not much I can say about this three-time Grammy winning pianist that isn’t already known. He’s the rare jazz musician who has been able to achieve commercial success, having earned seven Gold Records and being named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, Oct 27

Illicit Sextet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/valid Student ID) This six-piece band is a vehicle for members to create, arrange, and produce their own tunes.

Zacc Harris Group @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley, 9pm ($15) The Dunsmore Listening Room at Crooners is now hosting jazz on Friday evenings. Guitarist Zacc Harris is bringing one of the many aggregations that he plays in to the room tonight. He’ll be joined by Bryan Nichols, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and JT Bates, drums.

Also: Jeremy Walker/Southside Aces @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6pm (Walker, No Cover), 9pm (Aces

Saturday, Oct 28

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Nathan Hansen Trio at 7:30pm: Hanson, saxophones; Sylvain Kassap, bass clarinet; Marc Anderson, percussion. At 8:30 its the Pat Moriarty/Ellen Lease Quintet: Moriarty, saxophones; Lease, piano; Chris Bates, bass; Davu Seru, drums.

Joe Mayo Quartet featuring Clay Puhfal @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) Saxophonists Joe Mayo and Clay Pufahl, along with bassist Matt Peterson and drummer Joey VanPhillips perform a repertoire of  “original jazz and neat arrangements of potentially familiar tunes.”

Arne Fogel: September of My Years @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm ($15) Arne Fogel is one of the few male jazz vocalists in our area. Today he presents the music of the Grammy-winning Frank Sinatra album. For this event, Fogel has Rick Carlson, piano & music director, Gary Schulte on violin, and Gordon Johnson on bass.

Saturday, Sunday, Oct 28, 29

David Sanborn @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($50, $60, $70), 9pm ($40, $50, $60) This saxophonist has won six Grammys, and has had eight gold album,s and one Platinum album. He was the host of the very hip TV show Night Music, played with the Butterfield Blues Band, toured with Stevie Wonder and David Bowie, and has collaborated with Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Christian McBride, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton. No wonder he’s a favorite of jazz and R&B fans alike.

Monday, Oct 30

Red Planet @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm – 9pm (Tip Jar) Dean Magraw, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums, perform jazz/rock fusion with taste, and importantly, without the bombast associated with much of that genre.

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, Oct 25

No Tent on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Folk/Blues musician Reina del Cid has a bluegrass band as a side project. It features the extraordinary guitarist Toni Lindgren, del Cid’s compadre in music, as well as a rotating cast of are players performing old time traditional songs, as well as bluegrass-ified covers and some originals.

Bumper Jacksons @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40) This brassy seven-piece band (with pedal steel) from the DC area takes the sounds from old 78s and creates their own playful style, while paying homage to tradition. Think Hot Jazz meets Western Swing. They’ve received multiple awards as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” and “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington DC Area Music Awards.

Also: Stevie V and the Knockouts @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Harmonica Blues!

Thursday, Oct 26

Rockin’ Pinecones @ Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5) After thirty years of delivering Swamp Pop, New Orleans R&B, Cajun, and Zydeco for delighted dancers, the Pinecones are calling it quits. This is the first of three remaining gigs at the Eagles Club, so if you like dancing to the music of Louisiana, make it to the Eagles Club tonight.

The Skruffians @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) This seven-piece band has been inspired by the the Skatalites and other Jamaican artists of the 60s and 70s. They perform a mix of ska, reggae, soul, and jazz, with the kind of energy that makes you move in your seat or on the dance floor. This is what they sound like.

Friday, Oct 27

Dylan Hicks Album Release @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door) Hicks is a literate singer/songwriter who achieved some success in the Twin Cities back in the 90s, after which he concentrated on writing, with his articles appearing in The Village Voice, The Guardian, The New England Review and The NY Times, among other publications. He’s also written two well-received novels. His last album, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Green, was released in 2012 as a companion piece to his debut novel, Boarded Windows. The album received an A Minus from Robert Christgau. His new album Ad Out, is filled with sharp observations and wry commentary on life in the 21st Century. It was produced by John Munson, of Semisonic and the New Standards and employs such stalwart musicians as Adam Levy, Doug Little, Ken Chastain, Dean Magraw, and Joe Savage. As an added bonus, Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers open. Here’s a cut from the new album.

Also:  Boogie Wonderland @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($?) Relive (or discover) the funky disco years

Saturday, Oct 28

All Hallow’s Eve at the Opera @ The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $25 TMORA Members) The museum has been upping its game lately, presenting some outstanding small classical concerts. Tonight they’re celebrating All Hallow’s Eve with music inspired by dark legends from Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Wagner, Verdi, and more. Featuring Russian soprano Mlada Khudoley, who the New York Times has praised for her “lush, sizable, and luminous voice. She’ll be accompanied by pianist Denis Evstuhin.

Krewe of Dad’s Masquerade Ball XXXII, Featuring John Papa Gros @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($25) For something completely different you can try this Masquerade Ball. John Papa Gros is one of the funky new generation (post 70s) of New Orleans that are not only keeping the flame of New Orleans R&B, but keeping it real for the 21st Century. The evening also features the Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League, and the People Brothers Band from Madison.

Also: Nikki Roux & Rich Rue/Erica West Band @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (Nikki & rich), 9pm (Erica West $10)

            The Good, The Bad, The Funky @ Famous Daves, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct 27, 28, 29

Crocus Hill Ghost Story @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Fri, Sat), 2pm (Sunday) ($15, $10 Students & Seniors) The folks at Studio Z are turning the space into a Victorian mansion for this show, which is a collaboration between Zeigeist, composer/flutist Julie Johnson, writer Cheri Johnson, and filmmaker/actor DJ Mendel. Their presentation is described as a macabre tale of a house possessed. Note that it has adult themes and language, and may not be suitable for children under 14.

Tuesday, Oct 31

The Butanes Halloween @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, but $10 will guarantee a seat in the stage area) I don’t know if the Butanes know any Halloween blues songs, but nevertheless, this will be a fun event, which will likely bring out many blues lovers. They bill themselves as a band with “35 years of making bad decisions with good friends.”

Hula Peppers & Myra & The Moonshiners @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. ($10) This double bill allows you to Immerse yourself in vintage Hot Jazz from the Moonshiners, as well as swing, blues and Hawaiian music of the 20s and 30s from the Hula Peppers.

Also: Rebirth Brass Band @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul.8pm ($25 Advance) Straight from New Orleans, With Brian “Hipshaker” Engel deejaying.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct 31, Nov 1

Memphis R&B Revue @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60, $80, $90) It’s an evening of Soul and R&B nirvana as the legendary  Hi Rhythm Section, together with a group of all-star Memphis musicians take the stage to back a trio of legendary performers. William Bell wrote and performed a number of his for Stax Records, and won a Grammy for his 2016 release, This Is Where I Live. Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and has won a number of Bluses Music Awards, in addition to a Grammy for his album with Ben Harper in 2012. The ageless Bobby Rush is always full of vim and vinegar, delivering the blues with a sly wink. There will also be a few collaborations with young Memphis performers, bringing the evening full circle.

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.

Basses, Young Lions, World Music, and the Blues. Music: 8.14 – 8.20

August 14, 2013
Well, we’ve quite a week of music here in the Twin Cities. Tonight, jazz fans have the difficult job of choosing between two bass-centric gigs. We also have some young jazz musicians popping up on the scene, as well as some veteran blues musicians, gigs that will attract free-style and learned dancers, and world music, especially if you’re up for a drive towards Taylor Falls. 
Wednesday, August 14
Back in the Day

Back in the Day at the Emporium

Butch Thompson’s History of Jazz in Mendota, Mendota VFW, 1323 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota. 7pm (Free – limited space). This is a show that was rescheduled when its outdoor performance was weather-cancelled. Butch will talk about jazz in Mendota, including the heyday of the Emporium of Jazz, performing music from the time with the help of Charlie DeVore, trumpet; Steve Pikal, bass; and Lee Engele on vocals. 

The basics of a bass

The basics of a bass

Chris Bates & Anthony Cox Bass Duo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Donation – $5 – $10) Jess Stacken, solo piano, at 8:30pm. A rather exciting evening, as NYC-via-Hopkins pianist Jesse Stacken does a solo performance of originals, improvisations, and a standard or two, followed by the two-bass duel between Bates and Cox. 

Mountain King @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Jeremy Boettcher, Graydon Peterson, Brian Courage. Over in Saint Paul, we’ve another bass showcase with this three-bass line-up. They’ll be performing new arrangements of some standards, original compositions, and tunes from the SuperBass songbook. 
Thursday, August 15
Ted Olsen Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Ted Olson, bass; Quentin Tschofen, piano; Jake Baldwin, trumpet, Emerson Hunton, drums. Young Lions seem to be gathering all over the Twin Cities this summer. This is but one group of many who are forming in various combinations. Tschofen, Baldwin, and Hunton are all alumni of the Dakota Combo, essentially a high-school all-star group, and already making the circuit, even if they aren’t done with college-level studies. Olson is a bit older, but only by a couple of years. They’ll be chomping at their instruments and spitting out their own arrangements of jazz standards and originals.
Friday, Saturday, August 16, 17
Unknown-2Chris Bates’ Red Five @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12) It’s been a while since this group played out, which is too bad, since each member of the group is so talented. Then again, that talent is the reason they are all in demand and playing in numerous other groups. Chris just came back from a tour in France with pianist Tony Hymas and brother JT Bates. Besides Chris on bass, there’s Zack Lozier, trumpet, Chris Thomson, tenor and soprano, (replaced by Nelson Deveroux on Friday); Brandon Wozniak, tenor and alto; and brother JT on drums. 
Saturday, August 17
Dean Brewington with Lila

Dean Brewington with Lila

Lila Ammons Quintet @ Honey, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm ($8)  Lila will be releasing a new CD in September. It’s a honey, with subtle interpretations of standards. With  Tom West, keys; Dean Brewington, sax; Ron Evaniuk, bass; Mac Santiago, drums.

Twin Cities Cabaret @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm – 10pm ($10 Donation) Les Block, Katia Cardenas, Nichole Carey, Connie Dussl, Jennifer Eckes, Barbara Meyer, Janet Skidmore, Heidi Ziman, and Sheridan Zuther.  Steven Hobert and Phil Mattson on piano! Storytelling, jazz, and more from nine vocalists. 
Monday, August 19
Unknown-4Jake Baldwin Quintet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. (No Cover) Baldwin, a trumpeter who was in the Dakota Combo before going off to the New England Conservatory, is back in town and beginning to appear in various venues. He recently graduated, and tonight he’s joined by Nelson Devereau, sax; Brian Courage, bass; Jo Strachan (another Dakota Combo alum) on piano; and Miguel Hurtado on drums. 
Tuesday, August 20
Explosion Big Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm  (donation) This 18 piece big band is the brainchild of Doug Haining, sax; and Scott Agster, trombone, who have brought together many of the area’s talented musicians for this band. They’ve been appearing at Jazz Central on a monthly basis and will be playing a State Fair Showcase. However, the State Fair gig doesn’t quite cover the costs, so this is billed as a fundraiser for the Showcase. It’s intimate. It’s explosive. It’s fun.  
Brittain, Kjeer, Courage, and Horst @ The Artists’ Quarter. 9pm ($5) Here’s four different generations of musicians, from 16 year old Will Kjeer on piano, to 70 year old Kenny Horst on drums. In between we have twenty-something Brian Courage on bass, and Dave Brittain, who has played sax with the Cedar Avenue Big Band for twenty years, among other projects. I suspect the music will be seamless, straight ahead jazz. 
More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.
Blues, Roots, Other
Thursday, August 15
Charlie Musselwhite @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35), 9pm ($25) This harpmaster is versatile enough to play Cuban, Americana, a bit of jazz and Brazilian Chorros along with the blues. His latest recording Get Up!, with Ben Harper, is a stripped down affair that showcases Musselwhites powerful harp playing. Here’s a clip of him singing and playing
Unknown-5Fareed Haque’s MathGames w/Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric @ Whiskey Junction, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12) Guitar lovers and jam band fans rejoice. Fareed Haque is considered one of the best guitarists in the world. His former band, Garag Mahal, has many Twin Cities fans. His current band is funkified, jazzified, electronified, and psychedelizied, blending genres as easily as a baker combing eggs, flour, and milk. Clouser is another guitarist who has figured out how to blend jazz, rock, and a bit of funk, thrilling audiences in Mexico, Europe, and throughout the US. Clouser opens at 9:30. 
Friday, Augutst 16
Eisner’s Klezmorin @ The Coffeegrounds, 1579 Hamilne Ave, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar?) This String Band – violins, mandolin, double bass, creates the sound of Klezmer music before clarinets and brass were added to the mix. 
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Most likely, long time fans (and they are legion) already know that Paul is bringing his rhythmic joyousness to town. Anyone who loves to dance and appreciates good songwriting inspired by old R&B and calypso (among other genres) should get to Lee’s and check him out. And don’t forget dancing shoes. Here’s an example of their music.
Saturday, August 17
World Music Festival @ Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia. Noon – 9pm (Free – $5 parking) Here’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Bring a picnic, or buy some food from vendors on site while you enjoy the Brazilian/jazz sounds of the duo Xibaba, the masterful drumming of Mu Daiko, and the danceable Cuban sounds of Viviana Pintando & Q-Band. The energy ramps up at 6pm with the punkabilly all-female, L’Assasins, and the all-female hip-hop crew The Chalice. All amongst the large outdoor sculptures of Franconia Sculpture Park, located about 3 miles west of Taylor Falls. Here’s an example of what you can expect from Mu Daiko.
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Daves, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Raucous blues from slide master Lil’ Ed, who learned his craft from his uncle, JB Hutto. It’s high octane, high energy, house rockin,’ butt shakin’ music.
Sunday, August 18
Mary Cutrufello @ Washington Square, White Bear Lake. 6pm (Free) Mary’s original country tunes are as soulful as you can get. Tonight is a duo gig, just right for the cozy Washington Square Bar & Grill. There are twenty taps so you have plenty to choose from if you want to cry in your beer. 
Tuesday, August 20
Orkestar Bez Ime @ Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul. 7pm (Free) Orkestar Bez Ime will be playing Balkan party music outside on the plaza of the MN History Center overlooking downtown Saint Paul. Bring a picnic, if you wish, or partake of the food and beverage offerings on site. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself trippin’ over your picnic in a mad rush to dance without abandon. Here’s an example of what you might expect.
Patty & The Buttons @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm. (No Cover) Pat plays button accordion, and the Buttons back him up on swing numbers and more. As usual, when making reservations for dinner, request a table near the band, so you don’t end up in the back room. If you just want a drink and appetizers, you may be able to score a seat at the bar. 
For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the Minnesota Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar

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