Dancing in the Streets: 5.16 – 5.22

May 16, 2018

Baseball season is in full swing, trees have sprouted leaves, and lilacs are beginning to bloom. Welcome to a great season in the Twin Cities. Warm sunny weather is ideal for outdoor festivals and street dancing, and we have Art-A-Whirl in Minneapolis this weekend to help us enjoy music outdoors. See more information below. We’re also beginning to see young musicians return from college for the summer, and of course, some great visiting musicians to complement our own resident musicians. Get out and hear some music – it lifts the spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, May 16

Terrence Blanchard & The E-Collective @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) The last time trumpeter Blanchard & the E Collective was in town, they were recording songs in cities where conflicts have arisen over police shootings of African Americans. They chose the Twin Cities after the death of Philando Castille. Now they’re touring on the April release of Live!, which features seven powerful songs from that tour. They stress that the project condemns all gun violence, whether against profiled persons of color or law enforcement.

Pete Whitman Presents: New Boundaries @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Wednesdays at Jazz Central are a laboratory for new groups and new compositions. Tonight, saxophonist Pete Whitman brings a new group to the basement club, with: Omid Huttar, guitars; Javi Santiago, keys; Yonsathan Bekure, bass; and LA Buckner, drums.

Thursday, May 17

Katia Cardenas @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocalist Cardenas is doing  video tonight to capture her emotive voice singing There Will Never Be Another You, from her debut CD I’ll Be Seeing You. Here she is with an Etta James nugget.

Tyler Wagner Group @ The Underground Cafe, Saint Paul 7pm (Tip Jar) This is a group of talented, college-age musicians, featuring Tyler Wagner, bass; Will Schmid, guitar; Peter Goggin, alto; and Ed Caitlin, drums.

Friday, May 18

Triocracy @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Horn lovers will enjoy this show which features JC Sanford, trombone; along with Brandon Wozniak and Bruce Thornton on saxophones. Here is Sanford leading an Orchestra.

Saturday, May 19

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Things start off at 7pm with The Constellation Band: Ross Nixon, sax; Kelly Blau, guitar; Sid Gasner, bass; and Derrin Pinto, drums. At 8:30 it’s Davu Seru’s No Territory Band: Seru on drums; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; JC Sanford, trombone; Nathan Hanson, saxes; Pat O’Keefe, Bass Clarinet; and Scott Fultz, baritone sax. This is a CD Release Party for the No Territory Band, so they’re bound to be more energized than usual, if that’s possible.

Saturday, Sunday, May 19, 20

Freddy Cole @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm Sat, 7:30pm Sun ($45, $65) We’re talking jazz royalty here, as Cole is the younger brother of Nat King Cole, and though you may hear some similarities in the timbre of Cole’s voice, his style as a singer and pianist is all his own.

Sunday, May 20

Get Jazzed! @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 4pm-7pm ($50) This fundraiser for The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education will feature music from five young bands. They include three DFJE-sponsored combos of young people who are learning how to communicate and work together in musical groups, as well as the Dakota Combo, featuring some of the best young players n the area, and a group from the high School of Recording Arts. DFJE is raising money to send jazz artists into eight Saint Paul schools, where the artists will spend four sessions with school bands, introducing them to jazz and helping them improve their skills.

 

 

Jazz at Indeed Brewing, 711 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis. 1pm – 6pm (Free) The Chris Bates/Bryan Nichols Trio starts things off at 1pm at this Art-A-Whirl gig, while the adventurous Gang Font is on at 4pm and Happy Apple at 5pm. Dosh and Porcupine will also be performing during the afternoon. Here’s the Gang Font.

Monday, May 21

Wall Smashers Organ Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Steven Hobert’s organ trio in its 2nd show, with Hobert on organ, LA Buckner on drums, and Jax Ravel on bass.

Red Planet @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Jazz rock without the bombast from /dean Magraw, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums.

Tuesday, May 22

Maud Hixson: What Would Doris Do? @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) The music of Doris Day, presented by Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson on piano.

Midnight Love @ Como Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm (Free) Wow! Some cool jazz at the Pavilion, featuring the music of Lou Donaldson and various and sundry hard bop and R&B tunes with: Greg Schutte, drums; Peter Vircks, sax; Brian Ziemniak, keys; Matt Darling, trombones; and Patrick Nelson, bass.

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, May 16

Rich Lewis Band on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Members of the Rich Lewis Band have been inspiring folks to dance for over four decades in bands like the Explodo Boys, Dave Ray bands, and GB Leighton, among others. They’ve an affinity for New Orleans music, as well as classic soul, Van Morrison, and others, which comes out in their originals as well as their choice off songs by other artists.

Big George Jackson @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 6pm (Free) Basso profound blues and boogie from the big man and his band.

Thursday, May 17

The Butanes @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Curt Obeda is a fine composer and interpreter off the blues, as well as an outstanding guitarist. The rest of th Butanes are equally talented, which is why they’re so often named the Best Blues Band in the Twin Cities. These Thursday night affairs are often filled with guests who drop into the club fro time to time. as

Thursday, Friday, May 17, 18

Marvin Gaye Tribute @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($29, $39) Vocalist Julius Collins is well-regarded in the Twin Cities music community forms work with Black Julius, Greasy Meal, and in a number of musicals. For this show, he’ll be joined by members of the New Power Generation to perform many of the songs that the late Marvin Gaye brought to us.

Friday, May 18

Ranky Tanky @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $37, $42) This quintet is based out of South Carolina, and performs the music of the Gullah culture of the Southeastern Sea Island region of the US. It’s not a straight recreation of the music, but rather includes elements of jazz, gospel, and R&B, while still repeating the music’s tradition. Pamela Espeland had a nice article about the band in Tuesday’s Star Tribune  Read it to learn how the band managed to reach #1 on then jazz charts within few months of its debut release.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 18, 19, 20

Art-A-Whirl @ Various Sites throughout NE Minneapolis. Various times (Free) It’s the annual art studio open house, where you’ll have hundreds of opportunities to buy art from the creative types with studios in old warehouses and other buildings throughout Minneapolis. You’ll hear some music in some of the studios, butAnchor Fish & Chips, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Grumpy’s Northeast, Indeed Brewing, and Pscho Suzie’s. Check out individual websites for schedules.

Sunday, May 20

Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute @ The Caboose, Minneapolis. 5pm ($15, $20) Here’s A whole host of players are gathering for this tribute, including Pau Mayasich, Brian Naughton, Renee Austin, Craig Clark, Ken Valdez, and many more.

An Evening of Songwriters @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) If you’re looking for something a bit more quiet than Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute, you can check out this evening of terrific songwriters, including the literate Dylan Hicks, and the Americana soulfulness of Molly Maher, as well as the prolific Mary Bue and the well-traveled-among-alt-rock groups Todd Beeson, aka Marvelty.

Jaedyn James & The Hunger @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis.8:30pm (Tip Jar) Funk n’ Roll, Rhythm & Soul from the always energizing 8-piece band. It takes about a minute on this video for music to start.

Monday, May 21

Steve Clarke & the Working Stiffs @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Arrive early for a lesson in the fundamentals os swing dancing, then use your new-sound skills to dance to the rip-roaring sounds of taxman Clarke and his aggregation.

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.


Spring in Your Step: 3.29 – 4.4

March 29, 2017

Greetings music lovers;

It’s another week with a wide variety of choices for those of us who like to go out and hear music. We have a number of visiting artists from NYC, Ukraine, and points in between, as well as a Brazilian dance night, a Latin music matinee, some chamber music, and more… Lots of opportunities to let music lift our spirits.

Jazz

Wednesday, March 29

Jeremy Walker Songtet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Pianist/composer/arranger Jeremy Walker has a penchant for creating interesting musical projects, whether it’s the nine-piece NowNet, the choral/jazz combo piece 7 Psalms, or his own compositions for small groups. Now he has The Songtet, dedicated to performing great songs, whether written by Ellingotn, Dylan, The Gershwins, Cole Porter, or walker himself. Tonight, Walker is adding vocalist Jason Harms to his  trio with Tim Zhorne, drums; and Chris Bates, bass. Harms, incidentally, took part in the performances of 7 Psalms.

Vanessa Trouble w/Charlie Caranicas @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm, 9pm ($20, $45 w/Dinner) NYC-based, Winona-raoised vocalist Vanessa Trouble is visiting, along with trumpeter Charlie Caranicas  another MN native now living in NYC. Trouble’s voice is airy and supple, just right for vintage swing and jazz, as she performs songs like I’m Beginning to See the Light, That Old Devil Moon, and Mambo Italiano. She and Caranicas, who plays with her regularly, will be joined by NYC guitarist Steve Salermo, and the Twin Cities’ own Graydon Peterson on bass.

Steven Hobert Solo Piano @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) Pianist Hobert has really been coming into his own lately, finding like-minded musicians that complement his ethereal, often beautiful, spontaneous, and searching style. Tonight that style comes into full play as he performs solo, drawing on works by Mingus, Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, and Eddie Harris in addition to his own work.

Thursday, March 30

Thursday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Tonights show features a number of well-traveled Twin Cities musicians performing as Collosus: Park Evans  guitar; Clay Pufahl, saxes; Chris Bates, bass; and Joey Van Phillips, drums.

Dorothy Doring @ The Mudd Room, 1352 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota Heights. 7pm (No Cover) The Mudd Room is a new venue for weekend music, located in the basement of Lucky 13. The soulful and engaging Ms Doring is there tonight.

Friday, March 31

Patty Peterson & Andrew Walesch @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 reserved table) The most visible member of the Peterson Family musical clan brings her mix of jazz and R&B to the big room at Crooners, where Patty and her band be joined by special guest Andrew Walesch on piano and vocals.

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Student ID) Bassist Peterson is an A-list player here in the Twin Cities, just as likely to be accompanying a vocalist as playing with a Latin Band, Big Band, or combo. Tonight he’ll be featuring his own compositions as he is joined by Adam Meckler, trumpet; Joe Strachan, piano; and Adrian Suarez, drums.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 31, April 1,2

Fogel, Eckes, & Hixson @ Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington. 7:30 (Fri, Sat), 2pm (Sun) The Show is called Teamwork: Great Songwriting Teams of Broadway and Hollywood. Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson  along with special guest Jennifer Eckes  explore the songs from Broadway and the movies, with an emphasis on legendary songwriting duos to guide them. Think Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cahn & Van Heusen, Sondheim and Styne, and more…

Saturday, April 1

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar)  7:00pm Opening Set : Common Space – Eric Graham Organ/keys, Dylan Nelson – Guitar, Thomas Strommen – Saxophone, Alex Burgess – Drums. 8:30pm ATLANTIS QUARTET – Zacc Harris – Guitar, Chris Bates – Bass, Brandon Wozniak – Saxophones, Pete Hennig – Drums

Monday, April 3

Acme Jazz Company @ Crooner’s Lounge & Restaurant, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 reserved tables) Though it has a somewhat generic name, this 19-piece big band is anything but generic, with a big repertoire of original arrangements and songs, and crack musicians, including vocalist Arne Fogel.

Greg Ward Quintet + ReichFest @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($12) When Steve Reich, the 80 year old minimalist, died last October, quite a few celebrations of his music were held around the world. Now it’s time for the Twin Cities to celebrate. Cody McKinney and JT Bates have put together a program of Steve Reich’s music featuring Twin Cities musicians for every Monday night in April. Things will start off tonight with the Greg Ward Quintet, then Pete Hennig and Cody McKinney will perform Clapping Music, from 1972, followed by Pat O’Keefe performing New York Counterpoint from 1985.

Tuesday, April 4

Rio Nido @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($25, $50w/Dinner) Prudence Johnson, Tim Sparks, and Tom Lieberman first formed Rio Nido in the 70s, put out a few albums, and then developed their own separate careers. They recently reunited and are doing a few shows a year. I believe this might be their first time in the Dunsmore Room, a perfect place to hear their harmonies.

Freddy Cole @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $40) Having Nat King Cole as an older brother can make it difficult to escape his shadow, especially when voices have the same timbre. Nevertheless, Freddy Cole has found his own voice: elegant, but deeper, and with a rasp that sets him apart. Cole is a master vocalist and fine piano player, and among the top tier of male jazz singers in this country.

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, March 29

Dan Israel, Mikkel Beckmen on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Singer/songwriter Dan Israel has been plying his craft for over two decades, using sharp, incisive writing to comment on his own foibles and insecurities, including the breakup of his 16 year marriage. His writing has wide appeal, with his albums gaining fans throughout the States and in Europe. Tonight he’s accompanied by that percussionist-about-town Mikkel Beckmen. Tune it at about 5pm and then head over to the 331 Club.

Loudon Wainwright III @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40) Younger readers may only know Wainwright as the father of acclaimed singer songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainright, but the older folk among us remember him as an early recipient of the title of “the next Bob Dylan.” He likely didn’t appreciate the title, which was somewhat misleading, as Wainwrights broad humor didn’t exactly fit that mold. His humor did win him a best selling song with Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road back in 1972. Since then he’s kept churning out well-received albums, and spread his wings to acting, with a recurring role in TVs Mash, and appearances in films and other TV shows. He’s also been writing for a number of film scores, including the hit movie Knocked Up.

Dieselfitters @ Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Get yer honky-tonk and rockabilly fix right here, with this group led by the imaginative and fleet fingered guitarist Clay Williams.

Thursday, March 30

Battle of the Blues Bands @ Famous Daves, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) This week’s battle pits Paul Barry & the Acetones; The Blues Driver Band; The Assumptions; and the Harrison Street Band against each other. Listeners win.

Superfriends of Soul @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 reserved table) Cate Fiero leads a varied cast of singers and musicians through the Great American Soulbook.

Nip n’ Tuck & the Sleepers @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10) Formed back in 1976, this trio was influenced by artists like Todd Rundgren and the Raspberries, gaining much love from area critics and fans. Gary Rue, guitar, vocals; Jeff Willkomm, bass, vocals; and Tilly, drums, vocals; have played with many original rock n’ rollers from the 50s and 60s from Gene Pitney and Lou Christy to the Coasters and Marvelettes. Nip n’ Tuck was among bands that were “this close” but didn’t close the deal for one music industry reason or another. Now they’ve dusted off old tunes and are back. The Sleepers play British Invasion music from the likes of the Animals, Zombies, and Yardbirds, as well as a few things from the Fab Four.

Claudettes @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10)  Pull Closer to Me: The Claudettes, Live in the Piano Room, is the first release documenting the band’s new lineup (pianist/founder Johnny Iguana, singer Berit Ulseth, drummer Matt Torre and bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn). You’ll hear material from the 7-song EP, as well as other tunes that reflect the bands absorption of piano based Chicago blues, burlesque, 60s pop-soul, and vaudeville.

Thursday – Sunday, March 30 – April 2

Merce Cunningham’s Common Time @ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Thursday: 5:30 and 8pm, Fri-Sun: 1:30 and 4pm (Free) Here’s a unique dance experience, as Walker’s Perlman Gallery is filled with movement and sound as dancers from the final Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform Events. Cunningham’s unique choreographic form is made for performances in unconventional spaces. These 30-minute sequences provide the audience with a rare opportunity to see Cunningham’s choreography exploring space, time, and movement. Arranged and staged by former MCDC dancer Andrea Weber, these 30-minute sequences drawn from four decades of Cunningham’s work offer a rare chance to experience firsthand his signature explorations of space, time, and movement. Dancers from the Final Merce Cunningham Company will perform to music by a fantastic line up of local artists including folks like Douglas Ewart, Michelle Kinney, Joe Strachan and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin will perform their own compositions to accompany this program, based on John Cage’s improvisational parameters for Cunningham Events. Capacity is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, March 31

Adam Levy’s Joga Bola & Friends @ the Hook & Ladder Theater & Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7 Advance/$10 Door) Joga Bola is a new Brazilian project led by Adam Levy, featuring musicians from the Afro-Cuban, jazz, Brazilian, and R&B scenes in town:  Mina Moore, Karen Quiroz, Lucia Sarmiento, Andrew Gillespie, Tim O’Keefe, Jeff Bailey, Charlie Peterson. Their sound is inspired by 1960’s & 1970’s samba, funk, soul, and psychedelia from Brazil.Their debut at Cedar Cultural Center some weeks back was great fun. The Guayaba All Stars Orchestra was created and founded by Master Peruvian Percussionist/Drummer Chico Chavez. They are the first local band to perform psychedelic Peruvian cumbia (a.k.a. chicha). Guayaba is a totally fresh dancing music experience featuring authentic Latino Dance flavors – psychedelic cumbia chicha, salsa, cumbia, bachata, merengue, and tropical grooves from all LatinAmerica. Angie Citlali is a passionate singer-songwriter, often writing social and political lyrics. Being from Chicago and Mexico, she often fuses these two worlds into her empowering music.

Coco Montoya @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30), 9:30pm ($20, $25) The reviews for shows by Coco Montoya inevitably include adjectives like “blistering,” “hot,” “fiery,” “passionate,” and similar terms. The man is a monster player on the blues-rock scene, having learned to play from his mentor Albert Collins. Like Albert King, the southpaw plays left-handed and upside down. Five years with Collins was followed by ten years with John Mayall, after which Montoya went solo in 1993. He’s been a road warrior ever since, with numerous Blues Award nominations, and a strong following around the world.

Saturday, April 1

Saturday Salon: April Foolery @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 3pm ($20) With an easygoing air and a quick wit, soprano Maria Jette hosts a different combination of performers and repertoire each Saturday afternoon in the Dunsmore Room, giving listeners a chance to hear chamber music in a delightful setting with only 80 seats. Today, to celebrate April 1st, she’s presenting James Ramlet, bass vocals; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano; performing Songs for the Cruelest Month.

April Fools @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) Of course, this band has to play on April 1st. This talented group plays a wide spectrum of music, from straight-up country to Brit-pop, blue-eyed soul, and more. Besides Drake, the band includes Clay Williams, guitar; Scott Hreha, bass; and Ben Kaplan, drums.

Sunday, April 2

Charanga Tropical @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 3pm – 5pm (No Cover) Charanga Tropical is one of the few U.S., groups working in the danzon style, though they incorporate salsa and their own compositions as well. They are the only U.S. group to play at the Danzon festival in Havana. This matinee performance is just right for folks who want to practice their salsa dancing and charangas, while being early enough to get sufficient rest for working on Monday morning.

Dakhabraka @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45) It is very difficult to describe the wonderful weirdness of this world music quartet from Ukraine. Yes, they sing in Ukrainian and Russian, but their songs at times sound like Frank Zappa, and at other times have hints of Smokey Robinson, using an accordion, cello, and variety of percussion instruments, not to forget their vocal harmonies, on-stage presence, and costumes,

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.


Youth Jazz, Art, Blues, and Worldbeats: 5.18 – 5.24

May 18, 2016

13048116_858343110943744_3629080614244096720_oPlease indulge me for a moment as I tell you about an event that means much to me. It’s Celebrate Youth Jazz!, a fundraiser for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) to be held this Sunday at Vieux Carré. DFJE is a non-profit organization that creates and supports quality jazz education for students and young musicians. Last year we served over 650 students by sending 24 area musicians into 14 public schools. We also sponsor the Dakota Combo, an open-audition group that studies with bassist Adam Linz throughout the school year and performs at public venues as well as public schools. This year marks the 10th edition of the Combo, and to celebrate, the current Combo, as well as a big band of Combo Alumni directed by Kelly Rossum, will perform. If you have any interest in jazz and/or music education, you can support DFJE by attending on Sunday. More information can be found below, as well as at dfje.org.

Now, onto this week’s music.

Jazz

Wednesday, May 18

Stephane Wrembel Band @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($30, $35) French guitarist/composer Wrembel learned his craft among Roma campfires in the French countryside, has performed during the Oscar telecast, and was recruited to score the theme to Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris. Now based in Brooklyn, Wrembel’s latest album, Origins, explores his roots, touching upon everything from the blues to flamenco.

Nathan Hanson Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10) Here’s a trio that is conversant in straight ahead jazz as well as more adventurous treatments of music. Besides Hanson, on sax, the group includes Michael O’Brien, bass; and Cory Healey, drums.

Thursday, May 19

Sundae + Mr. Goessl @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm (No Cover) This Seattle based duo of husband and wife perform vintage jazz from composers such as Ellington, Porter, and the Gershwins. Ms Sundae is the vocalist of the two, though she also plays a cheap, but pink melody, while Mr. Goessl accompanying on an Epiphone Swingster guitar.

Thursday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) With the return of jazz to the Reverie, we also get a return of the JazzINK Youth Showcase which tonight features Halcyon Daze at 7pm: George Adzick, alto & flute; Ivan Cunningham, alto & tenor; Yonci Jameson, bass clarinet; Nicholas Christenson, bass; and Sam Stroup, drums. The multi-generational Fall Of The House Of Usher headlines, with: Chris Cunningham, guitars; Ivan Cunningham, saxes; Chris Bates, bass; Greg Schutte, drums; Cole Pulice, saxes; Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, trumpet; Adam Svec, vocals. With special guest Michelle Kinney on cello.

Jeremy Ylvisaker & Michael Lewis @ The Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Ylvisaker (from Alpha Caonsume, and the Cloak Ox, among others), teams up with saxophonist and bassist Michael Lewis (of Happy Apple and Fat Kid Wednesdays, among others) for an evening of adventurous improvisation.

Friday, May 20

Michael O’Brien & the Latin Jazz Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5 w/student ID) Bassist Michael O’Brien has been quite busy since he relocated from the Twin Cities to New York City. He’s performed and/or composed with such notable performers as Harry Connick Jr, Ruben Blades, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Steve Wilson, Wayne Escoffery, Dave King, Matt Wilson, Sachal Vasandani, and Ted Nash, among others – phew! He is back in town and is busy with a number of gigs, including this one featuring Joe Strachan, piano; Geoff Senn, trumpet; Babatunde Lea, congas; and Mac Santiago, drums, all of whom are well versed in Latin Jazz. Here’s O’Brien showing that he has the chops for other worldbeats as well.

Saturday, May 21

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) The Black Dog is undergoing some construction as they prepare to add another room and kitchen while opening up the original room and adding a bar so more people can see musicians performing. Just walk past the construction into the new, though somewhat unfinished room where music is temporarily being presented. Opening at 7pm is The Convergence Trio: Joel Shapira guitar; Michael O’Brien,m bass; and Eric Kamau Gravatt, drums. Then it’s the Kelly Rossum Quartet: Michael O’Brien and Eric Kamau Gravatt return to the stage on bass and drums respectively; to join Dave Hagedorn, vibes; and Rossum on trumpet. Rossum, who is director of Jazz Studies at Christopher University in Virginia, will be directing the Dakota Combo Alumni Big Band tomorrow. Here’s a video from Rossum’s brand new album.

Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows @ the Uptown VFW, Lake & Lyndale, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Ms Lynch is a singer/bassist who mines pop & jazz from the 30s to the 50s to create dance-friendly tunes for fox trotters and swing dancers. The Uptown VFW has been remodeled and has a new, large dance floor. She will be joined by Chris Beaty guitar, Ken Chastaine drums, Greg Lewis trumpet, Peter VIrcks Sax, Pete Enblom, bone, each of whom does a fine job of bringing improvisation and swing to the dance floor.

Sunday, May 22

Celebrate Youth Jazz! @ The Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 4:30pm – 5:30: social hour, 5:30 – 8:30pm program ($45, $50  [$35 is tax deductible]) Kelly Rossum is returning to town to direct a Dakota Combo Alumni Big Band, which includes alumni working in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. There will be silent auction items including a double magnum of wine, a framed poster from the 1986 New Orleans Jazz Festival, a Meet and Greet (and tickets) with Chick Corea and Christian McBride, and more. We’ll also have a raffle with the first prize a “Wall of Wine, (two cases), and a second prize of a 9 CD set of Miles Davis Mono recordings. Tickets are available by calling the Dakota Box Office (612-332-5299) or going to their website  Tickets will also be available at the door. Thanks to the fine folks at the Vieux, your ticket will include a welcome drink from Prairie Distillery. Here is this year’s combo.

Dan Chouinard & Maud Hixson @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($10, $35 Dinner) It’s another edition of Chouinard’s Birthday Club, celebrating the music of composers born in May. This time around his partner is the cool yet warm vocalist Maud Hixson.

Monday, May 23

Freddy Cole @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30 – $45) Cole  the younger brother of Nat King Cole is a star in his own right, a masterful pianist and singer, with a vocal that’s slightly darker and rougher than his brother, but nevertheless shares the same tonal quality. He has his own elegant, sophisticated style. The NY Times noted his “impeccable sense of swing,” and called him “the most expressive jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.”   Here’s a sampling of his performance.

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Bassist Peterson is one of the first call players for singers around town. He also plays in a variety of other groups besides this one, which performs his original music. After spending time in Cuba last year with the Charanga Tropical, Peterson penned some new songs, for which he’ll add percussionist Andrew Gillespie to the proceedings. Regular members of the quartet include Adrian Suarez, drums; Adam Meckler, trumpet; and Joe Strachan, piano.  Peterson and band-mate Adam Meckler are featured in this video.

Tuesday, May 24

Mary Louise Knutson/Hot Jazz with Connie Evingson @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6pm (No Cover), 8pm ($8) It’s another jazz double at the Vieux, with Mary Louise Knutson playing piano during the dinner hour, followed at 8pm by Connie Evingson  who so effortlessly sings acoustic swing, aka Gypsy Jazz. Joining her will be Patrick Harrison, accordion; Dean Harrington, guitar; Mike Cramer, guitar; and Josh Granowski, bass. Here’s Connie working with the Hot Club of Sweden.

Bryan Nichols Album Release @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($7) Nichols is a pianist-about-town who leads a number of groups: a trio, a quartet, and a quintet, in addition to playing with any number of other musicians. He’s got a new CD, and will be celebrating its release at the Dakota. Tune in to my show Saturday morning (10:30am – Noon) to hear him talk about it and play a couple of tunes from it. Here he is in a trio setting.

Tuesday, Wednesday, May 24, 25

Bobby Lyle w/Billy Peterson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($25, $50 Dinner), 9pm ($20) The Minneapolis native started playing piano in clubs at the age of 15, and hit the road as a full time musician after two years at Macalester. In the more than three decades since then he’s acquired a well-deserved impressive resume , recording for Capitol, Atlantic, Three Keys, and Heads Up, and serving as musical director for Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, and Bette Midler. His 2005 album Straight and Smooth appeared on both the Smooth Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts for Billboard. He’ll be joined by bassist Billy Peterson, whose own musical career also knows few boundaries, having worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Les Paul, and Steve Miller, among others.

Early Notice!!

Sunday, June 5

Joe Lovano’s Tribute to Gunther Schuller @ Sundlin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul. 4pm ($25, $25 Senior [62+], $15 Student ID) Note: One K-12 Student is admitted free with each paid adult. With Anthony Cox, bass; Young-Nan Kim, violin; Timothy Lovelace, piano; and Fred Harris, drums. With guest composer Peter Child.

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

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, May 18

Chemistry Set on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) This three-piece band has been around for a number of years, playing power pop with alt-country leanings. I recall seeing them at the Hat Trick lounge at least six years ago, and they were impressive then. Members are Chris Thompson, guitar and lead vocals; Steve Smith, percussion and backing vocals, and Jackie Crosby, bass.

Corpse Reviver Album Release @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($15) This is the second release for Corpse Reviver  though the first Vinyl release. Volume Two: Dry Bones continues the Reviver bent for songs from Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. The trio of Adam Kiesling, Mikkel Beckmen, and Jillian Rae have been performing together for six years, putting their own spin on the music while maintaining respect for songs that were first compiled and released in 1952 by Smith. They’ll be joined by resident choir MPLS (impulse) during their set, and will have the legendary Spider John Koerner as an opening act. Wouldn’t be surprised if Koerner, who’s a font of knowledge about traditional folks songs, joins the trio for a song or two.

World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Well, Nye’s may be no more, but you can still enjoy the sounds of the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band at least once a month. The dance floor is a bit larger than Nye’s, so you don’t have an excuse for staying off it.

Thursday, May 19

Big George Jackson @ Hollihans’ Pub, White Bear Lake. 8pm (Tip Jar) The big voice of Big George can rumble so low you’ll expect the floor to move. You’ll find yourself moving, however, even if Hollihan’s is packed.

Orkestar Bez Ime @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. (Tip Jar) Raucous dance music from Eastern Europe. There’s a bit more room in the expanded, if not yet finished new room at the Black Dog. All the better for moving chairs and tables out of the way and joining the fun fray.

Friday, May 20

Charles Walker Band @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) This Milwaukee funk n’ soul quintet with gospel influences and a tight sound. They’ve been nominated for the Wisconsin Music Award (WAMI) as the best soul/r&b act four times, winning in 2013.

Friday, Saturday, May 20, 21

Vinyl Voices play Art-A-Whirl @ the Northrup King Building, Minneapolis. 5:30 – 10pm Friday, Noon – 8pm Saturday (No Cover) There’s lots going on throughout NE Mpls, what with gallery openings and music at bars, brew tap rooms and elsewhere. You can get a complete listing of music here. An artist directory and maps can be found at: https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl. Anyway, I and other KFAI deejays will be spinning in the Third Floor Art Gallery #332 at the Northrup King Building. I’ll be there from 7:45 – 10pm on Friday.

Saturday, May 21

 

Shannon Mac Band @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) the guys in the Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang (M.O.R.T) were looking to kickstart their sound when the met Shannon McDonough  a singer predisposed to 50s rockabilly, blues, and a bit of doowop. They clicked, and the Shannon Mac Band is the result. High energy music, delivered with verve and panache.

Michael Monroe @ The 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 8pm ($20) Monroe is a charming singer/songwriter who has been performing for forty years. He’s a self-taught musician who plays guitar, ukelele, and glass bamboo flutes who certainly knows how to connect with an audience.

Sunday, May 22

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($15 Advance, $20 Door) This Barcelona, Spain band actually got started in Chicago, but it wasn’t until founder Aaron Feder moved to Spain 10 years ago and met some Nigerian musicians that it began to gel and take off. This is actually their first proper American tour. Afropop Worldwide has called the band’s sound “as dark and intensely danceable as any African musical experience can be.” It has helped that the band has given some of their tracks to DJs to reimagine and take in a new direction. This is a standing show, but I expect there will be much dancing, freestyle and otherwise. Jaedyn James & the Hunger, the opening act, is a 10-piece funk n’ soul band out of South Minneapolis.

Monday, May 23

New Riverside Ramblers @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($8) High energy dance music, usually found around the bayous of South Louisiana. Thanks to the Ramblers and a few other bands around here, fans of the music can dance their hearts out in the dance halls of the Eagles Club. Members of the Ramblers include: Eric Mohring, fiddle; AJ Srubas, fiddle & Steel Guitar; John Terr, accordion; Doug Lohman, bass; Karen Kleinspehn, guitar; Paul Loughridge, drums.

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. .


Music, Music, Music: 6.10 – 6.16

June 10, 2015

imagesMusic, Music, Music. It’s a #1 song from 1949, sung by Teresa Brewer,  with the line, “All I want is loving you and music, music, music.” We are lucky enough to have plenty of music here in the Twin Cities. Here’s a sample of what’s in store for the coming week.

Jazz
Wednesday, June 10
Charmin & Shapira and Friends @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira have an ability to create intimate moments, thanks to Michelle’s supple and inviting voice, and Shapira’s liquid guitar lines. They also swing with élan. Their friends tonight include Paul Harper, sax; Tom Lewis, bass; and Nathan Norman on drums.


Thursday, June 11
Dorothy Doring & Donald Washington @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) VocalistDoring is adept at both blues and jazz, bringing verve to both. Drummer/vocalist Washington has a deep smooth tone to his voice, which is equally adept at blues and jazz.

Le Percheron + Levi Schwartzberg Quintet @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) The headliner for this intimate gig is Le Percheron: Bassist Adam Linz; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin, trumpet. Levi Scwartzbergs’ own quintet of fine young musicians will be opening: Peter Goggin, alto sax; Charlie Lincoln, bass; Benjamin Beyene, drums and Aidan Sponheim, keys.

Foreign Motion @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm (No Cover) A relatively young quartet creating 21st Century jazz. Leader/guitarist Cory Wong has been playing with Patty Peterson, Mambo’s Combo, Robert Robinson, and other bands around town, recently played the Dakota with Rolling Stones sidemen Tim Ries and Bernard Fowler. When RS Drummer Charlie Watts joined them, Wong’s solo on “Paint It Black” got a standing ovation. Joining Wong are long time bandmates Yohannes Tona, bass; Kevin Gastonguey, keys; and Peter Janjic, drums, each of whom has their own sterling credits.


Friday, June 12
Tommy Bruce Trio @ Parma 8200,Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No Cover) Bruce is one of the unheralded vocalists in town. His smooth baritone, so good for this venue, deserves wider recognition.

Tommy Bentz Quartet @ The Nicollet Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Bentz has studied violin, sax, oboe, and bass which allows him to integrate many musical ideas into his playing. He’ll be joined by Steve Kenny, trumpet; Alex Burgess, drums; and Jason McLean, bass.

Saturday, June 13
Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm – 10:30pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) The Will Schmid Group plays at 7 pm. Guitarist Will Schmid will be a HS senior in the coming year. His group includes Gerhardt Robinson, sax; Jesse Horson, drums; Tyler Wagner, bass. The Graydon Peterson Quartet comes on stage at 8:30 with Peterson bass; Adam Meckler, trumpet; Vinnie Rose, guitar; Adrian Suarez, drums.


Benny Weinbeck Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm (No Cover) High quality piano jazz, with Weinbeck on the keys, Gordy Johnson on bass; and Phil Hey on drums. Perfect for the small lounge at this Italian restaurant.

Hannibal Lokumbe @ Penumbra Theater, Saint Paul. 10pm ($35) With Kevin Washington, drums; Jeff Bailey, bass; Jason Butler, piano. Original works, including “And Their Voices Cry Freedom,” written to honor people who devoted lives to the liberation of humanity (Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, others).

Monday, June 15
Twin Cities Jazz Cats @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover) With four vocalists and an 8 piece band, these cats will likely have some of the diners at Crooners leaving their desserts to take a spin on the dance floor.

Bryan Nichols’ We Are Many! and Jonah Parzen-Johnson @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10)We Are Many! is a large ensemble. Some of the players include: Jeremy Ylvisaker, Brandon Wozniak, Nelson Devereaux, Dave Graf, Adam Linz, James Buckley, JT Bates…  Parzen-Johnson is a NYC based performer on baritone sax and synthesizer. As JT Bates describes him, “Jonah plays lofi experimental folk music for solo baritone saxophone and analog synthesizer. Imagine the raw energy of an Appalachian choir, balanced by a fearlessly exposed saxophone voice, resting on a strikingly unique combination of analog synthesizer components sitting on the floor in front of him.”   Here’s a video of Jonah Parzen-Johnson.


Tuesday, June 16
Freddy Cole @ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25 – $35) Though he is the younger brother of Nat King Cole (and the uncle of Natalie), Cole’svoice is darker, and a bit more raspy. Then too, Cole’s own abilities have caused comparisons to Nat to fade over the years. His comforting voice is mature, expressive, and supple, characteristics that make him an outstanding jazz vocalist.


Pete Whitman’s X-Tet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) I believe this is the original X-Tet, which hasn’t played much since the Artists’ Quarter closed down. Its members include Whitman, Clay Pufahl, and Dave Karr, saxes; Adam Meckler and Adam Rossmiller, trumpets and flugelhorns; Jeff Rinnear, trombone; Dave Hagedorn, Vibes; unknown bass;  and Phil Hey, drums. It’s a swinging aggregation.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. KBEM provides a calendar of jazz and roots music.   For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs, Jazz PoliceJazz Ink, and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other…
Wednesday, June 10
Javier & the Innocent Sons on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 and 106.7FM), and 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Between Javier’sbottleneck slide, and Dan Scwalbe’s searing guitar solos, backed by the solid foundation of Greg Wibben’s upright bass and Dave Larson’s drums, this band can rock the blues as well as swing them. Tune in and head to the 331 Club afterwards for more.

Thursday, June 11
Janiva Magness @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) Blues singerMagness has won the BB King Entertainer of the Year award as well as 22 other awards for her tough, soulful singing, which she earned from a chaotic early life. She sneaked into a Minneapolis club and heard Otis Rush and found her calling. Magness formed her first band in Phoenix in 1985, and has released ten albums since then, gaining fans around the world, including Bettye LaVette, who calls her the “real deal.”


Friday, June 12
John Nemeth @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7)  Nemeth is an up and coming bluesman from the Memphis area. He was up for six awards at this year’s Blues Awards, and walked away with the Best Soul Blues Album for Memphis Grease, his 2015 release. The singer/harmonica player takes well to soul blues, but he can also lay down the licks for straight blues with no problem. Here’s your chance to say, sometime in the future,  “I saw him when…”


Chess Records Tribute @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) This year marks the Centennial Anniversary of the birth of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. A bunch of resident blues artists are celebrating tonight, including The Fattenin’ Frogs, Javier & the Innocent Sons, Big George Jackson, Mari Harris & Robert Hillstrom, Loons in the Attic, and Tone House.

The Good, the Bad, and the Funky @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10?) This eleven-piece funky horn band will have dancers filling the floor at MMC.

Saturday, June 13
Mad Ripple Hootenany @ Moe’s, 2400 HIhgway 10, Mounds View. 12 Noon until ($?) This gathering of singers and players will  feature Dan Israel, Geno La Fond & Amy Grillo, Mary Cutrufello, Big George Jackson & Jeremy Johnosn, Dave Babb & Tony Paul, the Paul Metsa Trio, Papa John Kolstad & Friends and Charlie Parr.

Willie Walker and the We R Band @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No cover) Here’s a chance to hear the oh-so-soulful Mr Walker in a supper club. His latest CD, If Nothing Ever Changes, was produced by Rick Estrin, of the Nightcats, and it is very, very good.

Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta @ Bedlam Theater, Saint Paul. 10pm ($12) Bands continue to mine past styles of dance music, updating them with modern instruments and production. Case in point: Chicago’s Pan-Latin Cumbia band, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta, a quintet whose members have had careers in a wide range of styles, from Cuban son to salsa, blues, and jazz. They’ll be joined by the Twin Cities own Alma Andina and their unique take on Andean electro-Cumbia, as well as the Chicago DJ Collective Sonorama.


Sunday, June 14

Beebe-Q @ Barely Brothers Records,Saint Paul. 2pm (Free) The vinyl record store has taken to having live bands on occasional basis. Today it’s Beebe Gallini, an all-female garage band named for a pink-clad character that appeared in one episode of The Brady Bunch. The band is Miss Georgia Peach, guitar & vocals; Sally Sweet, organ, Lynn Zecca, bass; and Emily Ruiz, drums.

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Groove Merchants at the Roseville Blues Fest @ Roseville Central Park, 2540 No. Lexington Av, Roseville. 4:30 – 8pm (Free) the afternoon starts with Rick Rhythm Williams doing some spoken word and song. The Groove Merchants will headline, with Jimi Prime Time Smith and his guitar leading the party. Extra Special Guest Ms Dee Miller, recently won a multi-week Battle of the Blues Bands for the right to be at the Lowertown Blues Festival, will be on hand to raise the temperatures a bit.

Tuesday, June 16
Paul Mayasich and Big George Jackson @ The Station, White Bear Lake. 8pm (free) Though the name of the place has changed from Manitou Station to simply the Station, Tuesday nights remain the same with guitar slinger Paul Mayasich bringing in friends to play. Tonight’s guest is singer/harpist Big George Jackson, whose deep voice can shake your insides.

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. Dancers might want to check out the calendar for U Wanna Dance


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