A Cornucopia of Music: 11.1 – 11.7

November 1, 2017

As we finally get into Fall, with Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday, we have a number of special shows from both visiting and resident artists. We’ve got great jazz, blues, and roots musicians performing in various venues, along with a couple of special events. Music lifts your spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, Nov 1

Joyce Lyons: The Music of Carmen McCrae @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm  ($12)  Vocalist Lyons has worked with the late Joe Beck, as well as Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart, and Lou Marini among others, appeared at jazz clubs and festivals around the nation. She can swing, and she can be sultry, which fits right in with the music of McCrae.

Thursday, Nov 2

Joel Shapira/Larry McDonough’s Saint Paul CD Release @ Vieux Carré,  Saint Paul. 8:00pm  ($10) Guitarist Shapira plays jazz and the occasional classical piece for the dinner hour. Then McDonough and his group take the stage for the East Metro CD release party for Alice in Stonehenge, a 2 CD album with one CD electric, and the second acoustic. The opening track on the second CD is a mashup of Spinal Tap’s Stonehenge and Bill Evan’s Alice in Wonderland, and gives the CD its title. Tonight he has his usual group: Richard Terrill, tenor & soprano sax; Greg Stinson, acoustic an electric bass; and Dean White, drums, with special guest Steve Kenny on Flumpet.

Friday, Nov 3

Django Festival All-Stars Featuring Dorado Schmitt @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45), 9pm ($35, $40) Guitarist/Violinist Dorado Schmitt seems to visit the Twin Cities every few years since what I believe was his first appearance at the Minnesota Sur Seine Festival in the aught. The outstanding French guitarist/violinist was born to gypsy parents and grew up surrounded by Roma music and Gypsy jazz. Schmitt and the All-Stars will celebrate the music of Django Rheinhardt, and play some of their own compositions in that style.

Dean Granros ’58 Belvedere @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) virtuosic guitarist Dean Granros leads this trio that includes Patrick Kuehn, bass; and Dave Power, drums.

Also: Cory Healy’s Beautiful Sunshine Band @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 9pm

Saturday, Nov 4

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm: Julian Manzara Quartet: Manzara, guitar; Drew Stinson, bass; Levi Schwartzberg, piano; Tarek Abdelqader, drums. 8:30pm Steve Kenny Quartet CD Preview. Steve Kenny, Flumpet; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Ted Olsen, bass, Miguel Hurtado, drums. Here are three members of the quartet.

Sunday, Nov 5

Lizz Wright @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $50, $60) Vocalist Wright has just released a new album, Grace, produce buh Joe Henry, who has done fine work with Allen Toussaint and Mavis Staples, among others. A Southern preacher’s kid, Wright’s warm voice gives depth to spare, lovely tunes with touches of gospel and R&B, including Stars Fell on Alabama and Southern Nights.

Phil Markowitz & Zach Brock: Brockowitz @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30 ($20) Pianist Phil Markowitz, whose resume includes stints with of Chet Baker and Toots Thiememans and Zach Brock, who has woken with Snarkey Puppy and Stanley Clarke, have teamed up to create a new repertoire for violin and piano. They draw on various jazz traditions. Markowitz’s roots in Eastern Europe and Brock in Appalachia influence their repertoire, which includes various jazz traditions and contemporary classical music

Also: Milo Fine Trio @ Studio Toile d’Angles (Season Finale), 910 Morgan Avenue North, Minneapolis

Rio Nido @ The Aster Cafe River Room, Minneapolis. 6pm ($30 Advance/$35 Door)

Tuesday, Nov 7

Sam Miltich & Dave Karr @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12) Ace guitarist Mitiich and veteran saxophonist Karr explore the music of Lester Young. Just right for a listening room.

Phil Aaron Trio Featuring Joyce Lyons @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($7) Pianist Phil Aaron composers film scores by day and plays jazz at night, as a vocal accompanist to some of the area’s best vocalist, as a sideman in various groups, and leading his own trio with Gary Raynor, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. Tonight he bring along special guest Joyce Lyons (See listing for Nov 1, above) for some vocals. Here’s Phil with a trio from a few years back. Don’t know who will be with him tonight.

Also: Dean Magraw & Eric Kamau Gravatt @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (tip Jar)

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, Nov 1

Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Guitarist/vocalist King and his band – John Kurtis, lead guitar mandolin, vocals; Julie King, washboard and Percussion; and Bradley Smith, string bass – perform original blues and Americana as composed by King. Tune in Harold’s House Party to hear them, and once you’ve decided you need more, head to the 331 Club

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 Blues 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 be a few collaborations with a young Memphis performers, bringing the evening full circle.

Also: Paul Metsa @ The Green Lantern, Saint Paul. 8 – 10:30pm (Tip Jar)

Curtiss A & Dark Click @ The Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar

Thursday, Nov 2

Kenny Latimore @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45, $50), 9pm ($35, $40, $45) Singer/Songwriter Latimore has been called a “modern soul man” by no less than the New York Times. His sweet harmonies and memorable melodies helped his song For You become an instant top ten hit. His mid-90s solo debut went gold and had two top ten hits, including the aforementioned For You. He’s also lent his vocals to recordings for artists such as Brian Culbertson, Nancy Wilson, Musiq Soulchild and Rachelle Ferrel. Additionally, Kanye West sampled Latimore’s Lately for a track. Here’s the video for For You.

Debbie Duncan & Margaret Cox @ Crooners’ Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, but $10 will get you a guaranteed seat at a table in front of the stage) When vocalists Duncan and Cox played the Dunsmore Room some months back the results were delightful. Cox sings with Mambo’s Combo, for about 30 years now, and before that was known as Ta Mara, in an 80s funk/pop band under the direction of Prince. She was also a backup singer for Doug Maynard. Duncan, of course, is known to many Twin Citizens for her ability to blend jazz & R&B.

Also: Harrison Street Band @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov 2, 3, 4

Crocus Hill Ghost Story @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm($15, $10 Students & Seniors) This is the second weekend of shows, where the folks at Studio Z have turned the space into a Victorian mansion for this 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. Members of he Twin Cities Paranormal Society will talk about their work after the Saturday performance.

Friday, Saturday, Nov 3, 4

Luther Vandross Tribute @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($12) A passel of Twin Cities artists celebrate the music of Luther Vandross. Performers include: Fred Steele, James “Jay Bee” Brown, Kennedy Barber, Erica West, Yohannes Tona, and Brian Kendrick plus Brian Ziemniak, Troy Norton, and many special guests

Saturday, Nov 4

Festival de Las Calaveras @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 6:30pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door, $8 Children 3-12) This multi-media show starts off with Aztec Dancers and life size puppets on stilts at the Cedar’s Plaza. There will also be performances by headliner Maria Issa, as well as Lady Midnight, Javier Trejo, See More Perspective, and Twin Cities newcomer Ahmed Anzaldua with Cardenche Community Sing. Food trucks will be on hand to offer Mexican and Argentinean favorites.

The Hillbenders play Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40) 9pm ($25, $30, $35) Now this is an interesting gig. The Who’s rock opera Tommy sold 20 million copies, is listed at number 96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, the Hillbenders perform the album with banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar. You’ll get rock vocals with virtuosic playing, for a new perspective on this rock opera.

Also: Willie Murphy & The Angel-Headed Hipsters @ Crooner’s Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 8pm No cover, but $10 for a guaranteed seat in front of the stage.

Tuesday, Nov 7

New Primitives @ Shaw’s Bar & Grill, NE Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($6) Get your reggae and jam band jones fulfilled with this quintet.

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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Not Quite a Guitarathon. Music: 11.14 – 11.20

November 14, 2012

You might say it’s a bit of a guitar-centered week, with some gypsy jazz players, as well as a couple of slide guitar wizards coming to town.  There’s also a terrific opportunity to hear a variety of music with a four-night New Music Cabaret, as well as some horn-centered bands. Another good week in the Twin Cities.

Jazz

Wednesday, November 14

Fuzzy Math @ The 318 Club, Excelsior. 8pm ($6) Original, contemporary jazz that swings quite nicely, with touches of Latin and world music just to make things a bit more interesting. The 318 is a small club, so reservations are recommended.

Caravan of Thieves @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) This group is known for playing Gypsy jazz, but they play much more: acoustic jump blues, and swing, wrapped in vocal harmonies & intriguing songs, including covers of artists such as the Talking Heads and Queen. The Gypsy Mania Quartet opens. Here’s a video:

Thursday, November 15

Phil Mattson Singers @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm (Donation)  Phil Mattson has gathered six very good singers and arranged a number of songs with six part, jazzy harmonies. Hear them tonight in the comfy confines of Jazz Central.

Friday, November 16

Jana Nyberg Group @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm. (No Cover) Jana and the guys have been keeping quite busy doing tours of the Midwest, from Wisconsin to Chicago, to Missouri and Omaha. They’re invited back to clubs in no small part because of Jana’s easy, yet knowing vocals, but don’t discount the solid backing she gets from band stalwarts hubby Adam Meckler on trumpet and Evan Montgomery on guitar.

Brad Bellows/Donald Washington Quartet @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) Washington is the guy that taught saxophonist James Carter.Bellows plays valve trombone around town. Together they create music that goes to the edge, but never falls off. Their ability to communicate with each other is the trick, as each follows and anticipates the other with ease.

B3 Organ Night, with Guest David Martin @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7-9pm (donation) Tanner and Mac are taking the organ out of the storeroom for a night of groovalicious jazz. Martin is a versatile guitarist, just as home with Brazilian rhythms as he is accompanying vocalists or trading licks with a B3.

Friday, Saturday, November 16, 17

How Birds Work @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Peter Schimke, piano; Dean Granros, guitar; Billy Peterson, bass; and Kenny Horst, drums. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from this exciting quartet, and it’s good to welcome them back. They play adventurous originals as well as compositions by folks such as Coltrane and Wayne Shorter with assurance and imagination, throwing hints of rock and funk into a post-bop mix.

Monday, November 19

Dorado Schmitt and the Gypsy Jazz All-Stars @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($27), 9pm ($20) Last time Schmitt was in town was a few years back for the Minnesota Sur Seine Festival, where he wowed the audience with his guitar wizardry. He’s a favorite of the annual Django Reinhardt Festival in NYC, and has played with folks like Oscar Peterson, Philip Catherine, Paquito D’Rivera, and James Carter.

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…

Wednesday, November 14

Sound System Sabotage @ the Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Live Reggae Dub. Haunting sounds that float above a righteous rhythm, all produced by a trio – keyboards, bass, drums, with an occasional trombone

Sonny Landreth with Charlie Parr @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30 pm ($30) Landreth came to prominence playing in Clifton Chenier’s band. He has since become well known among guitarists, if less known among those of us who simply listen (or dance) to music. He’s a master of the slide guitar, and has contributed to recordings and music by Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Government Mule and others. Bonus opening act: Charlie Parr, he of the stripped down blues. Here’s a video of Sonny talking and demonstrating his skills.

Thursday, November 15

Crankshaft @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm (Free) If anyone can crack the noise at Hell’s Kitchen, then Crankshaft can, with his raw, hyper energy, all in the cause of playing the blues. It’s more Hill Country than Chicago, or even the Delta. Hang on tight.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 15, 16, 17, 18

New Music Cabaret @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm (Thursday, Friday) 5:30pm (Saturday), 2:00pm Sunday ($10/night or $25 for all) The New Music Cabaret is now in it’s fourth year, and it continues to prove to be a great sampler of Twin Cities music. From Baroque to the 21st Century. From Big Band to world fusion. From new classical music, to new pop/fusion. From 21st Century jazz to free improvisation. See the Zeitgeist website for a complete rundown.

Friday, Saturday, November 16, 17

CJ Chenier @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25)  The only thing keeping the Dakota from being overrun during these shows is the lack of a dance floor. CJ carries on the zydeco tradition of his dad Clifton, with a modern touch or two, nothing however that will keep you from moving, even if you’re in a chair.

Saturday, November 17

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s Uptown, Minneapolis. 9pm ($6) Explosive Slide Guitar from Lil’ Ed. Chicago blues of the highest order. The Alligator Records veteran is  getting a bit older, so I don’t know if he still jumps off the stage and does splits during some of his solos, but never fear, the fire in his guitar will get you going.

Greazy Gravy & Swamp Kings @ Cherokee Tavern, Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) A two-fer of danceable blues and Louisiana rhythms up Smith Street from the High Bridge. Greazy Gravy is a blues aggregation headed up by Harmonica Curtis Blake, while Tom Harkness and his trio stir up the swamp sounds.

Willie Murphy & the Angel-Headed Hipsters @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5?) Willie is celebrating his birthday, so you know the dance floor will be filled with folks shufflin’ and scufflin, movin’ and groovin’ and bumpin’ some rumps, as Willie and the band blast R&B, Soul, and a little Rock n’ Roll your way. Here’s a clip from the Minnesota Original show.

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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