A Week Filled with Music: 6.20 – 6.26

June 20, 2018

Well this is a big week for jazz lovers as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival takes place this weekend. There are links to my guide and the Jazz Fest official schedule in today’s post. Blues and roots fans have plenty to be happy about as well, what with the Devon Allman Project coming to town, along with Jesse Colin Young, and the Verve Pipe. Enjoy yourself. Music Lifts the Spirit!

Jazz

Wednesday, June 20

Mateusz Smoczynski Solo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($15, $ w/Valid Student ID) Smoczynski has been touring the world with the Turtle Island Quartet, playing violin and baritone violin. He was named the best jazz violinist of 2017 by Jazz Forum, European Magazine, and is currently touring behind his album, Metamorphoses, which contains his original compositions inspired by classical music, jazz, and both Polish and American folk music.

Jim Rotondi/Eric Alexander & Dave Hazeltine Quintet @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($30) Shades of the old Artist’s Quarter! Trumpeter Rotondi, saxophonist Alexander, and pianist Hazeltine were all regulars at the AQ, and are reuniting with AQ owners Kenny Horst on drums and Billy Peterson on bass. Expect a bunch of hard bop staples along with a few originals. Here are Rotondi, Alexander, and Hazeltine in the group one For All.

Ghost-Note @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35, $40) Robert Spot Starlight and Nate Werth have won multiple Grammys, and are known for their work with Snarky Puppy. For this project, they’ve enlisted some friends with vast experience in some funky groups to present music influenced by James Brown, J Dilla, and grooves from West Africa, Brazil, and Afro-Cuban sources.

Thursday, June 21

Sam Miltich  & Briand Morrison @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10 Advance/$12 Door) Two guitar masters interweave lead and rhythm parts while swinging Traditional and Gypsy Jazz.

Thursday – Saturday, June 21-23

Twin Cities Jazz Festival @ Various Stages and Venues, Saint Paul. This year’s headliners are well-established mainstream acts: Saxophonist Houston Person w/The Emmett Cohen Trio on Friday (see my interview with Emmett Cohen at http://jazzpolice.com. Saturday’s headliners start with Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who has received accolades for her playing, composing, and teaching, and also happens to be Beyonce’s music director. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgwater closes out the Main Stage on Saturday, performing the music of Memphis, her home town. She’s won three Grammys and a Tony, and in 2017 was named a Jazz Master. You should’ve received my guide in Tuesday’s email, or you can check it out on-line here. Of special note is Javier Santiago, appearing on the Main Stage Friday at 4pm. This performance marks the release of his CD Phoenix. The official schedule, along with bios on the headliners and all other performers can be found here.

Friday, June 22

Jake Baldwin Trio @ The Lexington, Saint Paul. 7pm (No cover) Trumpeter Baldwin is a “young lion” of the area’s jazz community, though the music that he plays at the Lex is well-suited to an audience that’s just looking for background music, those who pay a little attention will be delighted.

Saturday, June 23

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 4pm It’s a whole day’s worth of Jazz at the Black Dog as part of the Jazz Fest. See the Fest’s schedulefor details.

Sunday, June 24

MN Hard Bop Collective @ 56 Brewing, Minneapolis. 4pm – 7pm (Tip Jar?) Drummer Jesse Simon rounds up some like-minded players to perform new interpretations of hard bop standards from the 50s and 60s.,

Connie Evingson: Ella Fitzgerald’s Johnny Mercer Songbook @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 5pm ($20) This time Evingson uses her silken voice to interpret Johnny Mercer songs from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook.

Monday, June 25

Hoaxer @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) This collective quartet of young musicians includes Will Kjeer, piano; Peter Goggin, alto; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Edmund Caitlin, drums. Their 2017 debut album, Crash Test, shows a musical maturity beyond their years, withinfluences that range from jazz standards to rock, avant-garde, electronica and more. Here’s a short clip of Peter Goggin soloing with the band.

Tuesday, June 26

Will Kjeer Trio @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($6) Though he’s only 20 years old, pianist Will Kjeer has been playing professionally since high school, building a solid reputation as an improvisor and composer. He’ll be accompanied by two other sterling young musicians; Charlie Lincoln bass; and Ben Erlich, drums.

Joey DeFrancesco @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25-$40) The best organ player on the planet returns to Crooners, this time in the enlarged lounge space. The Chicago Tribune said of DeFrancesco  “He has dominated the instrument and the field as no one of his generation has.”

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, June 20

Cooker John Band on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Folkie/Bluesman Cooker John plays solo, or occasionally in a duo setting nowadays, but back in the 90s he played in a band with Ben Kaplan, Dan Neale, and Bill Grenke, who are reuniting with John for this appearance.

Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders @ Como Park Observatory, Saint Paul. 6pm (Free) Picnic on the grass outside the Conservatory while Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders play adrenalin-fueled blues. Plenty for kids to do, as well.

Thursday, June 21

Steeling Dan @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) If you didn’t make it to Steely Dan at the Excel last Friday, you can catch this 13 piece band, which is what it takes to present the music.

Friday, June 22

The Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, & Carly Simon @ Crooners’ Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Three excellent singers – Deb Brown, Rachel Holder, and Jana Anderson – tackle some classic tunes by three outstanding female singer/songwriters.

The Verve Pipe Acoustic @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40) This Michigan-based, multi-platinum alt rock band scored a #1 hit with The Freshmen in 1996, and also charted with the radio hits, Photograph, HeroHappiness Is, and Never Let You Down. They’ve released 8 albums, including two family/kids records, as well as a couple of EPs and compilation albums. This acoustic performance is a rarity for a club.

Blue Book @ Nielsen’s Sports Bar & Grill, 4851 West 123rd Street, Savage. 9pm (No Cover) If you cross the Minnesota River and head to Savage tonight, you’ll get to see a new blues band put together by Steve Clarke, sax & vocals. It features John Della Selva, guitar; Maurice Jacox, sax and vocals; John Kozoil, piano; Dik Hedlund, bass; and Brad Steine, drums. Their repertoire includes classic blues and soul.

Saturday, June 23

The Devon Allman Project w/Duane Betts @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($40,$45, $55) So what we have here are the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts giving us the next generation of Southern Rock: two guitars, burbling percussion, and a heavy blues and soul influence. Our very own Nicholas David is part of this tour, which generally includes some Allman Brothers tunes in the encore.

Sunday, June 24

Gang of Mischief @ Neumann’s, North Saint Paul. 4pm-8pm (Tip Jar) This all-acoustic aggregation consists of Papa John Kolstad, Doug Otto, Albert Perez, and Dan Schwalbe on guitars; Mike Caravale, upright bass; and Hurricane Harold, harmonica.

Phil Heywood & Tim Sparks @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 6:30pm – 9pm ($20 Suggested donation to the artists) Two Championship Fingerpickers get together, with stunning results.

Tuesday, June 26

Jesse Colin Young @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $55, $65) “Come on People Now, Smile on Your Brother, Everybody Get Together, Try to Love One Another Right Now.” Jesse Colin Young is known for more than that anthem from 1967 – he has prospered and received acclaim as a singer/songwriter – but for those who were active during the Summer of Love, Get Together, by the Youngbloods, with Young singing lead, will always be the song that comes to mind when his name is mentioned. The sentiment of the song is still relevant some 51 years later.

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.

 


Close to Home: 1.31-2.6

January 31, 2018

“Prince Night” on Nicollet Mall. Photo by Star Tribune.

Well the months of anticipation are behind us and we get to enjoy (or survive) the Super Bowl and its crowds, some of which can be seen in the photo from the Star Tribune on the right. While there are lots of music events featuring visiting and resident artists around town, which you can learn about here, the abundance of musical talent in our area can also be enjoyed in other, less crowded locations. Whether you’re a fan of the event, or to paraphrase former Mpls Mayor RT Rybeck, you feel like a bartender at the wedding of your ex who dumped you, you can still have your spirits lifted by enjoying live music from musicians who are performing close to home.

Larry

Jazz

Wednesday, Jan 31

Fake Accent @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Valid StudentI D) Erik Fratzke, guitar; Nathan Hanson, sax; Cooper Doten, bass; Cory Healey, drums. Given that Wednesdays at Jazz Central are given over to experimental music, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is a new group. Fratzke plays bass with Happy Apple, as well as guitar in a heavy metal band, and for other jazz projects. Hanson is known for playing “outside” but has also appeared ion the horn section of bigger bands. Healy has his Beautiful Sunshine Band, and can be found as a sideman in numerous gigs. Doten is an unknown for me. Should be an interesting evening.

Thursday, Feb 1

Arne Fogel & the Wolverines Trio @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 for Guaranteed Seat) Here’s a group and vocalist that swings with the ease of a kid on a swing set and is as dependable as Big Ben.

Also: Davu Seru, Mankwe Ndosi, & Douglas Ewart @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul.9pm ($5)

Friday, Feb 2

Jake Baldwin Quintet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Talented trumpeter Jake Baldwin seems to be playing everywhere these days, as a sideman and leading various groups, from a trio at the Lexington, to this quintet, which includes: Nelson Deveraux, sax; Joe Strachan, piano; Ted Olsen, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. Here’s Baldwin at the 2013 National Trumpet Competition, where he took 2nd place in the jazz solos division.

Bottomless Pit @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul.  8pm ($10) What do you get when you bring four excellent veteran musicians together? Well, if that quartet includes Joel Shapira, guitar; Pete Whitman, sax; Tom Lewis, base, and the amazing Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums, you get a group with a virtuosic level of improvisation, making for an inspired evening of music.

Framework @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 9:00pm ($10) Guitarist Chris Olsen, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Jay Epstein were favorites at the old Artist’s Quarter, and no wonder, considering the high level of their playing.

Saturday, Feb 3

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Another in a long line of double bills that surprise and delight, starting at 7pm with the Steve Kenny Quartet: Kenny, trumpet; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Ted Olsen, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. Then, at 8:30pm it’s the chamber jazz of Lulu’s Playground: Adam Meckler, trumpet; Steven Hobert, accordion; Cory Grossman, cello; and Ben Abrahamson, guitar. Here they arefron a few years ago.

Southside Aces, feat Butch Thompson @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $12 for Guaranteed Seat) Toe-tapping traditional New Orleans jazz of the Aces, augmented by the piano and clarinet of Butch Thompson.

Also: Pete Whitman Trio @ Boom Island Brewing, Minneapolis. 7pm (TipJar)

Monday, Feb 5

Chris Bates’ Red5  @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Bassist Bates gathers up some musical compatriots to play his original compositions. The include: JT Bates ,drums and cymbals; Thomas Nordlund, guitar; Brandon Wozniak, saxophone; Chris Thomson, saxophone; Jake Baldwin,  trumpet; and JC Sanford, trombone.

Tuesday, Feb 6

Fuzzy Math @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 9pm (Free) Check out the Amsterdam’s bar and Dutch-inspired food, while listening to accessible jazz, featuring original compositions and arrangements from: Mark Vandermyde (composer / keys), Andrew Schwandt (sax), Haralds Bondaris (drums), Matt Peterson / Eric Graham (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 Ink, and Bebopified.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, Jan 31

Boxstore Bird on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Americana, bluegrass, and storytelling from veteran Americana artist Drew Peterson, guitar and songs; and Mandy Fassett, fiddle, cello, and mandolin.

Willie Murphy’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/Rena Haus @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10) Multi-instrumentalist and composer/vocalist Willie Murphy has moved his Singer/Songwriter series to the initimate confines of the Dunsmore Room, bringing in Rena Haus for the series debut in the listening room. Haus is a singer/songwriter with a strong bent for the blues, who writes songs that are funny, political (sometimes both), sensitive, and earthy. Here’s Rena with her trio.

Thursday, Feb 1

Nooky Jones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9:30pm ($15, $20, $25) If you can make it through the crowds, the swat teams, and the armored Humvees, you will be rewarded for your efforts with some modern R&B (with jazz influences) by this band which is making a name for itself throughout the Midwest,.

Javier Matos @ The Basement Bar, Minneapolis. (No Cover) If you haven’t been to the Basement Bar yet, tonight is a good time, as you’ll get to hear guitarist/vocalist Matos, an outstanding guitar-slinger who can swing the blues and plays searing slide guitar.

Also: The Surfer Bowl w/The Surf Riders @ Dayblock Brewing, Minneapolis.9pm (No Cover) Get your fill of twang, reverb, and echo.

Friday, Feb 2

Pat Donahue & Richard Kriehn @ The 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 8pm ($20) Even if you don’t live in the western suburbs, it’s easily worth the drive to hear ace fingerpicker Donahue with his Prairie Home Companion band-mate, mandolinist Richard Kriehn in this very small, 40 seat venue.

The Butanes @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $10 for Guaranteed Seat) Stepping out from the dark stage of Shaw’s on Thursday nights, the Twin cities’ best blues band will light up the stage for the Friday night crowd in the lounge at Crooners.

Friday, Saturday, Feb 2, 3

26th Annual Songs of Freedom @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($18 Advance, $25 Door) The Songs of Bob Marley, with The International Reggae All Stars, with special guest Innocent. Here they are at the 2011 celebration.

Saturday, Feb 3

Maurice Jacox Trio @ The Normandy Kitchen, Minneapolis. (No Cover) Somewhat on the downton edge of Superbowl Madness, where there might, just might be some on-street parking, the Normandy Kitchen will provide respite in the form of Maurice Jacox, vocals, sax, & flute, Thomas West, keys; and in-demand drummer Rob Stupka. Unfortunately, free parking in the Normandale’s lot will not be available, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the soulful sounds of Jacox and his band-mates.

Bill Patten Trio @ Dusty’s, Minneapolis. 9:45pm (Tip Jar) Fuzzed-up rock’ roll versions of the Great American Songbook as well as originals.

Sunday, Feb 4

Corpse Reviver @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 3-5pm (Tip Jar) Before sitting down to see the big game, check out msongs from the Harry Smith Anthology of Music, as performed by Corpse Reviver: Mikkel Beckman, percussion, Jillian Rae, fiddle and vocals; and Adam Kiesling, guitar, banjo, and vocals.

Dan Chouinard w/Maria Jette @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm ($10, $15) Superbowl Sunday is often a good day for shopping if you aren’t a football fan, since Target and other big box stores are spookily empty during the game. If you don’t want to go shopping, however, you can catch pianist Dan Chouinard and vocalist Maria Jette as they perform songs written and/or performed by artists who have birthdays this month.

Also: The Combo @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) Stop by after the game to celebrate, commiserate, or to simply enjoy great dance music.

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.


A Semi-Thaw. Music: 1.28 – 2.3

January 28, 2015

Unknown-3Wow, can it really be January? Generally, the last weekend in January is bitterly cold, and here we are flirting with the thirties all week. We seem to be in the midst of a thaw, which everyone is happy about. Does that mean you don’t need a jacket? Of course not, at least if you’ll be out for a longer period than taking out the garbage. I guess I’m trying to say we need to stay comfortable, and a good way to do that is to hear music. It will inspire us, and lift us up, so, if you are in town, take advantage of the rich music tradition we have in these cities. Music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, January 28

Jake Baldwin Quintet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Here is a quintet of Twin Cities’ Young Lions playing often fierce, and occasionally beautiful jazz.  Baldwin, trumpet; Javier Santiago, piano; Nelson Devereux, sax; Ryan Hayes, bass; Miguel Hurtado, drums.

Thursday, January 30

Tim Kaiser @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Kaiser sits in the midst of hand-crafted electro-acoustic instruments that would seem at home in a steampunk movie, and creates sheets of reverb and unique sounds that range from toy ray-guns to theraminic tones, manufacturing hums, and marimba-like bleats, all of which bring into question the definition of music. It’s more experimental than the electronic music of dancers, or even classicists, and is definitely improvised, so I’m listing it under jazz. Perhaps this interview with him will help you understand what he does.

Friday, January 30

What Would Monk Do @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The music of Thelonious Monk and Monk-inspired originals from some bad cats: Kenny Horst, drums; Billy Peterson, bass; Peter Schimke, piano; and Steve Kenny, flumpet. Based on past performances, I believe it will be cooking’

Mississippi Hot Club @ Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. 10pm ($7) It’s more or less a light night acoustic swing party, with a good dose of Djano Rheinhardt, some Latin music, originals, and a touch of Americana from this Northern Minnesota quintet  They just released a self-titled debut CD, which you can listen to on their website (previous link). Members include:  Ian Stenlund and Luke Zupan, la pompe rhythm guitars; Joe Downing, upright bass; Josh Parlanti, lead guitar; Alissa Jacobsen, violin.

Saturday, January 31

Thompson, Balluf, & Pikal @ Jazz at St. Barney’s, Plymouth. 7pm – 9pm ($10, adults, $5 Students) Lovers of traditional jazz will be out in force to hear pianist Butch Thompson  Clarinetist Tony Balluf, and bassist Steve Pikal. What they play is anything but stodgy, and far from being stuck in the early 20th Century. They bring a joy and liveliness to the music to make it swing beyond its years.

Dean Granros Quartet @ Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm. I was surprised at a recent Anthony Cox show in which Granros played to learn that Granros is known among some listeners as a “noise” guitarist, which never occurred to me. From his work with groups such as How Birds Work and others, it’s obvious that he’s a stellar player with a rich imagination. Tonight he’s joined by Zacc Harris, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. They hit the stage at 8:30pm while the Dave Brattain Quartet opens at 7pm: Brattain, sax; Kevin Daley, Billy Peterson, bass; Mac Santiago, drums.  Here’s Granros doing a solo number.

Katia Cardenas w/Ted Godbout @ The Nicollet, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5) If you’re looking for an entertaining evening in a place that isn’t overly crowded, you may want to check out the Nicollet tonight. Katia Cardenas is a fine singer who is building an audience, while the Nicollet provides an intimate setting where she and pianist Ted Godbout can perform both R&B and jazz standards.

Monday, February 2

Zach Schmidt @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Zach has been drumming since he was four. When he got older he attended McNally Smith, where he studied with Dave Stanoch,Marv Dahlgren, Dave Schmalenberger and Gordy Knutson. He regularly plays with the Cory Wong Quartet, but has also performs with Zack Lozier, Chris Olson, Rachel Holder, Jana Nyberg, and more.

Matt Otto & the Fantastic Merlins @ the Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Otto is a Kansas City based saxophonist who has played with the likes of Ben Monder, Wadada Leo Smith, Willi Jones III, Tootie Heath, Charlie Haden Leroy Vinegar, Jimmy Smith, Bobby Watson, and Larry Goldings, to name just a few – whew! Tonight he is joined by the Fantastic Merlins for two exciting sets: Nathan Hanson, sax, Doan Roessler, bass; Pete Hennig, drums.

Monday, Tuesday, February 2,3

Chris Potter Quartet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25), 9pm ($15) Saxophonist Potter entered the NYC jazz scene as an 18 yr old playing with bebop icon Red Rodney. Since then he’s been a sideman on over 100 albums and a leader on fifteen. He’s performed with folks like Herb i.e. Hancock, Davi Holland, The Mingus Big Band, Rayt Brown, and was featured on Steely Dan’t Grammy winning album Two Against Nature. He regularly receives high praise from critics, magazines, and fellow musicians. His quartet includes Adam Rogers, guitar; Fima Ephron, bass; and Nate Smith, drums.  Listen to his take on Charlie Parker’s Anthropology.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday

Paul Mayasich w/ Big George Jackson and Jeremy Johnson @ Moe’s, Moundsview. 7:30pm (Tip Jar?) Guitarist Mayasich appears here on a weekly basis with different guests each week. Tonight he’s got big-voiced harmonica player Big George Jackson  and guitarist/drummer Jeremy Johnson, two unsung (or under appreciated) heroes of the Twin Cities blues scene.

Thursday, January 29

Viva Brazil @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7pm ($7) This octet is consist of four Brazilians and four musicians who are currently from the Twin Cities, though a few of them were born and raised elsewhere. Geography doesn’t matter as much as talent, however when they start playing sambas, bossa novas, Brazilian jazz, and funky derivations of all. Their sensuous rhythms may have you pushing tables out of the way to dance.

Friday, January 30

Kelley Hunt @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) Hunt is a barrelhouse piano pounder from Kansas City whose frequent forays into the Northland have earned her a devoted following for her blues/R&B/Americana. She’s steeped in Blues and Gospel and has earned praise from critics and fans alike for her originals. Her latest CD, Beautiful Bones, has been called inspirational and beautiful. Its up to you to figure out if you agree.

Paul Cebar & Tomorrow Sound @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door)  Cebar integrates the rhythms of New Orleans, the Caribbean, western Louisiana, and Africa with the classic rhythms of 60s soul and 70s funk, to create highly infectious dance music. Opening is Poverty Hash, from Connecticut, seen around here at the Deep Blues Festival of some years back and at the Bayport BBQ.

Big George Jackson @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) So maybe you didn’t want to go to Moundsview to hear George with Paul Mayasich on Wednesday. Check him out with his band at this modest, somewhat dicey bar. He’ll have you boogieing all through the night and onto home.

Friday, Saturday, January 30, 31

Monsieur Jeffrey Evans @ Bayport BBQ, Bayport. 8pm ($10) Evans is a singer/songwriter/producer who has recorded dozens of albums and singles with groups such as ’68 comeback, the Gibson Brothers, and the Memphis Roadmasters. The Memphis based musician cites RL Burnside, Charlie Feathers, Gene Vincent, and Doc Watson among his influences, while his music has been described as gutter blues, psychobilly, punk blues, and a half dozen other terms. He’s also the subject of a documentary entitled, the Man Who Loved Couch Dancing. (?!)

Saturday, January 31

Marshall Tucker Band & the Atlanta Rhythm Section @ The Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina. 7:30 Doors ($35 – $52) Fans of Southern rock will not want to miss this concert by two of the groups that founded the genre about 40 years ago. Each band contains at least one original member. The Marshall Tucker Band had 5 gold albums in the 70s, followed by Carolina Dreams, which went platinum, and still performs 150-200 shows a year. The Atlanta Rhythm Section didn’t quite hit those heights, but consistently charted and still has a strong following in the South.

Tim Sparks & James Buckley @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6:30 – 9:00pm (No Cover) Here you have a certified champion flat picker (Sparks) who is comfortable with Yiddish music, jazz, and even the Nutcracker Suite, along with a bassist (Buckley) who has performed with as many as seven different bands in one month, ranging from new wavers, to new folkies, to new jazz. Sparks will fly (no pun intended).

Wild Colonial Bhoys & The Beavers @ Lees Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($6) The Wild Colonial Bhoys are a Celtic band that has been rockin’ out for over eleven years, and five albums. They’ve a guitar-driven sound that gets it’s Irish lilt from a fiddle. Opening are The Beavers, an all-female band that delves into folk pop, with a touch of old timey music for leavening.

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 U Wanna Dance Calendar.


Indoors, Outdoors, Summer Celebrations. Music: 7.30 – 8.5

July 30, 2014

Unknown-4The outdoor (and often free) music events just keep on coming. That’s no reason to ignore events at the usual gaggle of indoor venues. It’s all good. Here in the Twin Cities we’re blessed to have such a wide variety of musical experiences available to us. Take advantage of them. Music lifts the spirit.

 Jazz

Wednesday, July 30

Kinghorn/Baldwin, Inc. @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Cameron Kinghorn, vocals; Jake Baldwin, trumpet & trombone; Ted Godbout, piano; Matt Peterson, bass; Andres Crovetti, drums. A mix of jazz standards, originals, and soul tunes.

Thursday, July 31

Unknown-6Judi Donaghy Vinar & Rick Carlson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Vocalist Vinar and Pianist Carlson are two treasures of the Twin Cities jazz scene. They rarely perform together, though Carlson’s Basie-fied approach to piano will match up quite will with Vinar’s strong voice.

Tierney Sutton & Mark Summer @The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($30) Six-time Grammy Nominee Sutton is one of the finest singers out there. Summer is a Grammy winning Cellist. They’ll be joined by Parisian guitarist Serge Merlaud to celebrate the music of Joni Mitchell, as well as songs from the Great American Songbook. Sutton’s latest album, After Blue, is a stunning performance of Mitchell songs. Here she is doing one of those songs.

Red Planet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) Dean Magraw, guitar; Chris Bates, acoustic bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. For my money, Red Planet is what jazz fusion should sound like – electrified, but not bombastic. Bates’ acoustic bass and Epstein’s tasteful drumming provide just the right rhythmic bed for Magraw’s sonic explorations. Part of the All Originals Jazz Series. I’ll post an interview with Steve Kenny, curator of the series, later today.  Here’s an example.

Friday, August 1

No Coast Quintet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) A group of young players who are building a reputation for creativity with both originals and jazz standards. Nelson Devereaux, sax; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Brian Courage, bass; Zacc Harris, guitar; and Lars-Erik Larson, drums. It might even be a quintet,

Saturday, August 2

Dennis Gonzalez Quintet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) Dallas trumpeter Gonzalez has composed hymns based on American, South African, and Norwegian religious melodies, using the hymns as a structure for ensemble improvisation. Joining him tonight are four of the area’s finest improvisors: Brandon Wozniak and Nathan Hanson, saxes; Chris Bates, bass; Pete Hennig, drums.

Jake Baldwin Quartet @ Dakota Late Night, MInneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) Baldwin is becoming a trumpet man about town, showing his versatility in a number of groups. I’m not sure who is in his quartet, but it will likely include Joe Strachan, piano; Brian Courage, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. It might even be a quintet, with the addition of Nelson Deveraux on sax. Here is Jake at the 2013 National Trumpet competition.

Monday, August 4

Tommy & The Liebermen @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Lighthearted pop and jazz from a guitarist/vocalist who was a member of the seminal jazz trio Rio Nido.

Geoff Senn & Brian Perez @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Trumpeter Senn and saxophonist Perez are the featured players for this Monday Night performance and jam.

Thomson, Bergmann, Bates & Bates @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) JT Bates has put together another interesting combination of area musicians for this late night hang. Chris Thomsom, sax: Bill Bergmann, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; & JT Bates, drums.

Tuesday, August 5

Tim Patrick & his Blue Eyes Band @ the Minnetonka Amphitheater, Minnetonka. 7pm – 8:30pm (Free) For some singing and swinging a la the Rat Pack, check out Tim Patrick in an outdoor setting. BTOPicnic.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, July 30

Joey Ryan @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm (Free) Ryan composes and sings sunny melodies, and isn’t averse to covering classic pop like the Everly Brothers.

Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) With Doug’s mournful voice and Harold’s biting harp play, you have a duo that can evoke the sound of Chicago’s Maxwell Street as well as the sounds of the Delta. As it is, Doug and Harold are celebrating the release of Blues at Barkin’ Jacks. Tune in to hear them at 5pm and then head over to the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis.

Groove Worldwide @ Union Depot Plaza, Saint Paul. 6pm – 9pm (Free) A world music event featuring Amit Singh, Estifanos, Viviana Pintado, and Alma Andina. BYOP (Bring your Own Picnic) Portando is a Cuban pianist who often plays with Doug Little, but is mighty exciting on her own. Alma Andina plays the music of Chile. I’m unfamiliar with the other two artists, though a brief internet search makes it appear that Amit Singh is an East Asian singer, and Estifanos is Eritrean. This looks like a very interesting show, no matter who plays. Check out the sound of Alma Andina.

Thursday, July 31

Wenger, Franken, Schnitzer, Wiegand, & Sansby @ Hollihan’s, White Bear Lake. 8pm (Tip Jar) This is part of a weekly performance anchored by Bobby Schnitzer, guitar; Larry Wiegand, bass; and Scott Sansby, drums. Tonight they’re joined by John Franken, guitar, and Lisa Wenger on vocals.

Friday, August 1

Everett Smithson Band @ The Washington County Fair, Lake Elmo. 1pm (Free for seniors until 1pm, $7) Smithson will bring a bit of Louisiana party music to Washington County. The band is anchored by Bill Black, standup bass and Jeremy Johnson, drums. Add in Phil Schmid, guitar, Kathy Smithson plays the button accordion and rub board, while Everett handles vocals and harp. He’ll be giving harp lessons to kids after the performance.

Javier & the Innocent Sons @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm. ($5?) It’s the first Friday of the month so Freewheelin’ Jackson Buck of KFAI has put together another great show to welcome the weekend. Cooker John opens at 7pm. The singer/guitarist learned fingerpicking from Artie Traum way back in the day. Javier & the Innocent Sons are on at 9pm with bluesy roots music by Javier, guitar, vocals, harmonica; and Grant Wibben, upright bass; Dan Schwalbe, guitar; Dave Larson, drums.

Bernard Allison @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10 – $15) Bluesman Allison is the guitar-slinging son of the late Luther Allison, and as they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Saturday, Sunday, Aug 2,3

Blues on the Chippewa @ Memorial Park, Durand, WI. (Free) If you’re willing to drive about 90 minutes SE of Minneapolis, you can catch this Free festival featuring bands like Armadillo Jump, Sue Orfield and Bernard Allison on Saturday (start time – Noon), and Annie Mack, Davina & the Vagabonds, and Kelley Hunt on Sunday (Start time – 1pm). Monetary donations or non-perishable food items are accepted for the local food pantry. Find out the full schedule here.

Sunday, August 3rd

Second Annual Phillips Music Festival @ Phillips Community Center, 23rd & 11th Ave South, Minneapolis. 11am – 10pm. Musical guests include Malamanya, Sol Flower Collective, Nelson Valdes, Manny Phesto, the Afro Brazilian Capoeira Association and much, much more.

Red Stag In Cahoots Party @ The Red Stag, Minneapolis. 2pm – 8pm (Free) Another outdoor summer celebration. This one features E.L.No, Shiro Dame, Frankie Lee, Alpha Consumer, Romantica, and Sonny Knight & the Lakers.

Who Nu @ McCarron’s Pub, 1986 Rice Street, Saint Paul. 3pm (No cover) It’s a funky afternoon at this place on the border of Saint   Paul and Maplewood. Today is extra special because Dee Miller, who regularly sings a few songs with the group, is celebrating her marriage to Mike DuBois. Dorothy Doring and Donald Thomas will also be sitting in for a few songs.

Tuesday, August 5

Unknown-5Vinyl Voices Kickoff @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm  (Free) So a group of vinyl fans at KFAI have formed a coalition to spin vinyl at KFAI events, including every Tuesday at the Tap Room from 6pm – 9pm. For this first event, six of them will take part, spinning music that will include Detroit Rock (Pattie Walsh);  Midwest Rock (Liberty Finch & Izzy), Detroit Soul (myself), funk n’ soul (Tarik Thornton),  funky worldbeats (Steely Dan), and Mod & Ska (Mr Gosh, aka Greg Carr).  As usual, a food truck will be on hand, along with fresh beer.

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.

 


A Full Weekend & More. Music: 6.25 – 7.1

June 25, 2014

Mears%20Park%20Crowd%20(Sean%20Jones)%209716Well, it’s Jazz Festival Weekend in the Twin Cities, or more specifically, Saint Paul. I won’t attempt to go into any detail, what with 300 acts over a couple of dozen stages, but will post a separate guide later today with some ideas. In the meantime, I’ve tried to include other jazz happenings as well as a normal amount of roots and blues. Have a good week.

Jazz

Wednesday, June 25

Linda Peterson @ School II Bistro, Chanhassen. 6pm (No Cover) A member of Minnesota’s royal musical family  Linda spent much time in California, but is now back playing piano and singing.

Doug Little’s Tres Mundos @ Arlington Hills Library, Greenbrier St., Saint Paul. 6:30pm – 7:30pm (Free) Okay, last week I had the time wrong and apologize to anyone who didn’t catch the jazz in the library event at Saint Anthony Public Library. The time for this event is correct. Tres Mundos features a blend of salsa, samba and jazz from  pianist/vocalist Viviana Pintado (Cuba), percussionist Eliezer Freites-Santos (Brazil), and saxophonist/flutist Douglas Little (United States). Dancing is encouraged!

Reid Kennedy Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Kennedy is a drummer/producer who, in addition to this trio, plays in the Jack Brass Band. Tonight he’s joined by Chris Lomheim on piano, and Graydon Peterson on bass. Pretty sublime music, if you ask me.

Thursday, June 26

Dancing in the Park

Dancing in the Park

Capri Big Band Street Dance @ Rice Park, Saint Paul. 7pm (Free) Swing Dancing! Lessons! A Big, Big Multi-generational Band. Outside. Fun. Inside at the Ordway (still fun) in case of rain. Lessons actually start at 6pm.

Barbara Bjork & Vicky Mountain @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) It’s a night for vocal jazz. Vicky is one of the area’s most popular educators and jazz singers. Barbara has a cool, accessible approach to jazz and bossa novas.

Friday, June 27

Pig’s Eye Jass Band @ Eagles #34, Minneapolis. 6-9pm ($6) This seven-piece trad jazz band is named after the area’s original bootlegger. Their lively music brings out swing dancers and folks who like to strut their stuff.

images-2Jake Baldwin Quintet @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) This young trumpeter is becoming a force to be reckoned with. His quintet is composed of a number of talented young musicians: Nelson Devereau, sax; Brian Courage, bass; Joe Strachan, piano; and Miguel Hurtado, drums.

Monday, June 30

Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith @ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm,. 9pm ($25) Handy is a saxophone player who was a featured soloist in the theme for the Cosby Show. He’s also portrayed Coleman Hawkins in the the film Kansas City, and has recorded and performed with the Mingus Dynasty Band, Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock, John Scofiled, and as a member of The Cookers. HIs current project, 2nd Line Smith, draws inspiration from the music of New Orleans and organist Jimmy Smith.

Jason Squinobal @ Jazz Central, MInneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Squinobal is a saxophone-playing ethnomusicologist who earned his PhD with a dissertation on West African music and it’s relationship to the music of Art Blakey, Yusef Lateef, and Randy Weston. He is a freelance musician who has toured throughout the US, Canada, and Jamaica.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 25

Lonesome Dan Case on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The swayback machine will take you back about 80 years when you hear Lonesome Dan  He plays the blues like an itinerant musician making his way through the Great Depression. Tune in during the 5 o’clock hour and head over to the 331 Club to see him in person.

Wednesday, Thursday, June 25, 26

Albert Lee featuring Cindy Cashdollar @ the Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35), 9pm ($25) Englishman Lee has been (and still is) an in-demand session guitarist for a host of artists, including Muddy Waters, BB King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris, receiving a number of awards in the process, including five consecutive awards as the Best Country Guitarist from Guitar Player magazine. Cindy Cashdollar plays Dobro and steel guitar, and has worked with many artists as well, including Bob Dylan, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, and Marcia Ball, among others. She’s won five Grammy Awards for her work with Asleep At The Wheel.

Thursday, June 26

Midwest Harmonica Workshop Show @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 8pm. ($?)  Featuring Hurricane Harold, Mike Fugazzi, and the Moses Oakland Jam. There’s a big harmonica workshop in town, and to kick things off there’s a performance by a couple of area harpmeisters. Hurricane Harold is known for his work with Cool Disposition and his All Star Blues Revue, while Mike Fugazzi is a hard-charging harp player who has gone through a number of bands.

Rockin’ Pinecones @ the Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30 – 10pm ($6) Music for Cajun dancing, and a little Zydeco too, along with some good ol’ Swamp Pop music for good measure.

Mother Banjo w/Ernie Hendrickson @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($6) Ellen Stanley, aka Mother Banjo, brings her banjo-fueled writing and singing to the Aster, along with Chicago songwriter Ernie Henderson, a roots/rock writer who’s influences include Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Willie Nelson.

Friday, June 27

Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5?) Another night for dancing at the Eagle’s Club, a saxophonist Clarke & crew brings Jump, Jive, and Swing to the wooden dance floor at the club.

Buffalo Killers @ Bayport BBQ, Bayport. 8pm ($10) Buffalo Killers hail from Ohio. The trio has recorded three albums, opened a string of dates with the Black Crowes and appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly. They play “heavy” rock n’ roll, encompassing garage psychedelia, boogie, and other trademarks of 70s rock. Corpse Reviver opens, with a much quieter sound.

Saturday, June 28

Jennifer Markey in formal attire

Jennifer Markey in formal attire

3rd Annual Honky Tonk Fest @ Grumpy’s NE Bar & Grill, Minneapolis. Muisc by Leo Rondeau, Trailer Trash, Jillian Rae, Jennifer Markey & Her 2nd Cousins, Doug Otto & the Getaways, and more. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma society of Minnesota.

Freewheelin’ KFAI Roots Music Benefit @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 2pm (Suggested Donation $5)  An all day event with about 20 different performers in various permutations, including The Roe Family Singers, Bernie King, Papa John Kolstad and Hurricane Harold, Nikki & the RueMates and more! All proceeds from the door and a percentage of beer sales to KFAI. Here’s a video of one of the bands – the Roe Family Singers.

Sunday, June 29

Run Westy Run, Dosh, & BNLX @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 5pm doors ($20) Formed in the 80s, Run Westy Run was a popular post-punk band in the Twin Cities. They recorded two albums for SST and another for Twin/Tone, and were famous for unpredictable shows, which they performed through the late nineties. Lately, they’ve more or less reunited and have been doing shows around town, including sold-out shows at First Avenue. Dosh uses analog instruments to create electronic soundscapes and collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. BNLX is a described as an experimental/noisepop/pot-punk band, whatever that means.

Chicha Libre @ the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30 pm. ($15 advance/$18 Door) It’s an evening of Andean and Latin American music.  Chicha Libre, a Brooklyn Collective of international musicians, draws upon Peruvian “chicha” music, which includes Latin rhythms (Cumbia, to be specific), as might be expected, as well as the sound of surf music and psychedelic pop. Chicha Libre also draws from a raft of other influences, including classical music by Satie and Wagner. Alma Andina, a Twin Cities group with members from Chile, opens.

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 Walley calendar.

Inside. Outside. Music: 6.11 – 6.17

June 12, 2014
The Green Line of the LRT begins running this weekend.

The Green Line of the LRT begins running this weekend. There will be music galore.

It’s a big weekend for festivals, what with the annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival, music events at many of the stations along the Green Line LRT, the Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival on Saturday, and a few nearby-but-out-of town events. Don’t forget those day-to-day events featuring some of the very talented individual artists and groups in our fair cities, as well as the occasional visitors.

Jazz

Thursday, June 12 Melody Mendis Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) It’s the vocal showcase at Jazz Central, tonight featuring Mendis, a Detroit vocalist who has been calling Minneapolis home for a few years now. She’s sung in a Parisian cabaret, and has toured England and throughout North America, bringing her own interpretation to originals, standards, and some pop/rock fare.

Kinghorn/Baldwin, Inc. @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) This should be especially interesting for those who appreciate the intersection of jazz and soul music. A quintet of some of the area’s busiest young musicians will be interpreting jazz and soul standards, as well as songbook tunes and the occasional original. Cameron Kinghorn, vocals; Jake Baldwin, trumpet & trombone; Ted Godbout, piano; Matt Peterson, bass; and Andres Crovetti, drums.

Adam Linz/Paul Metzger Duo @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Grand at Snelling, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Emil Sherzad is host of Radio Duende on KFAI, a show that features much freely improvised music. As the owner of the Khyber Pass Cafe, he’s now providing a new venue for adventurous improvised music every Thursday. The initial show features bassist Adam Linz and guitarist/banjoist Paul Metzger in and evening of improvised music based on a set of African field recordings. Wine, beer, and small plates will be available.

Friday, June 13

Rhonda Laurie Trio @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30 – 10:30pm (No Cover) This New York City native can sing gypsy jazz, as well as swing some standards and the occasional pop fare. The lounge at Parma 8200 has good cocktails and great bar fare. A fine combination.

Saturday, June 14

Jazz at Studio Z: NextGen Showcase @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) This is the last show of the season for this series, and they’re closing out with some bands featuring young players. At 7pm it’s the No Coast Quintet, with Nelson Devereaux, sax; Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Zacc Harris, guitar; Brian Courage, bass, and drummer Lars Larson. At 8pm The Kevin Gastonguay Trio takes to the stage, followed at 9pm by Steve Kenny and Group 47, celebrating the digital release of their new album. Led, more or less, by trumpeter Steve Kennyu, the band features saxophonist Thomas Strommen, bassist Adam Tucker, drummer Alex Burgess, and 17 year old piano phenom Will Kjeer.

Down in New Orleans

Down in New Orleans

Jack Brass Band @ Sibley House Lawn, Mendota. 7pm – 9pm. ($10/$7 for MNMHS members)This traditional/contemporary brass brand will be celebrating Mendota’s rich jazz history by playing the New Orleans jazz that filled the clubs in Mendota from the 60s through the 80s. Bring a blanket or chair and soak in the music. If the weather isn’t cooperating, it will be moved into the Mendota VFW, where seating is limited, so reservations are recommended at 651-3452-1596.

Sunday, June 15 Unknown-2Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson: Cole Slaw @ Saint Albert The Great, E. 29th & 32nd Av S, Minneapolis. 1pm – 2:30pm ($15) It’s 123 years since the birth of Cole Porter (June 9, 1891) and Ms Hixson and Mr Carlson are presenting a An Afternoon Picnic of Porter, celebrating his music.

Capri Big Band @ The Como Lakeside Pavillion, Como Park, Saint Paul. 3pm (Free) An inter-generational big band, 25 pieces strong, directed by Faye Washington. They bring a hefty dose of soulfulness and brio to the big band sound.

Billy Hart Quartet featuring Ethan Iverson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) Drummer Hart has played with Otis Redding, Jimmy Smith, The Montgomery Brothers, Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter Stan Getz, and Miles Davis, to name a few. He teaches at Oberlin Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and Western Michigan University. In short, he’s got the chops and he knows how to use them. His quartet includes pianist Ethan Iverson, known around here for his work with the Bad Plus, Mark Turner on sax; and Ben Street on bass. If you want to know jazz, this is the gig to attend.

Monday, June 16

Peter Enblom @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm – 11pm ($10 Suggested Donation) This should be fun for those fans of the sometimes maligned trombone, as Enblom has been playing the instrument, in all genres, for over 40 years. He’s played for such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Harry Connick, Jr., and is currently the lead trombonist with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. He performs as well with the JazzMN Orchestra, the Explosion Big Band, and the Bill Simonsen Orchestra, as well as with numerous other groups.

For a comprehensive listing of Jazz, go to the Twin Cities Live Jazz Calendar. For further commentary on Twin Cities jazz, check out the blogs Jazz PoliceBebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other…

Thursday, June 12

John Gorka and Michael Johnson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) A night of singer/songwriting without peer. Both Gorka and Johnson have been at it since the 70s. Gorka has recorded eleven albums, including a 2010 album with Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson which was one of the most played folk albums of the year. Johnson scored a top ten hit with Bluer Than Blue in 1978 and since then has had four tunes on the Hot 100 and nine on the country charts. He spent 20 years living here, doing annual Christmas shows at the Guthrie, though he now lives in Nashville, where he continues to write.

Friday, June 13

Booker T. Jones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($42), 9pm ($35) That’s Booker T as in Booker T and the MGs. The MGs may be no more, but Booker T plays on, recording his latest album, Sound the Alarm, with a number of contemporary R&B voices, and . Before that, his album Potato Hole, with the Drive-By Truckers received an Grammy for the Best Pop Instrumental album. I expect he’ll be playing some old favorites, like Green Onions and Time is Tight in addition to newer tunes.

New Sound Underground @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) Here’s a funk-laden group whose inspiration draws from genre-crossing jazz like RH Factor, Weather Report, and Soulive. Member include: Kevin Gastonguay, Keys; Trent Jacob Baarspul, Electric Guitar; Christopher Ray Hunnicutt, Electric Bass; Kenyari Steele-Jackson, Drums; Sten Johnson, tpt, Flugelhorn, & Trombone; and Nelson Devereaux on Saxophones.

Left Lane Cruiser w/Sex Rays @ Bayport BBQ & Nashville Hot Chicken, Bayport. 8pm ($12) Left Lane Cruiser has been a favorite of Bayport BBQ owner Chris Johnson since before Johnson started the Deep Blues Festivals some years ago. LLC is a duo that plays raw, bluesy rock, and is heavily influence by musicians from North Mississippi Hill Country. Sex Rays open, with a sound that combines the Sex Pistols and Link Ray. Get there early for some fine BBQ and maybe a few tastes of “white lightnin”.

images-4Friday, Saturday, June 13, 14

5th Annual Howlin’ Wolf Tribute @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 each night, $15 for both nights) Friday line-up: Chris Holm, Tonny Manno (Chicago), Rev. KM Williams (Dallas, TX), Black Diet, The Fattenin’ Frogs. Saturday line-up: Minke Munson, The Crooked Saws, The Flood Brothers, Ross Kleiner & the Thrill, Javier & the Innocent Sons

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 13, 14, 15

Stone Arch Bridge Festival @ St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis. 6pm-10pm Fri, 10am – 7pm Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun. This annual festival is an art show and music festival, along with a car show and motorcycle showcase (To attract Dads on Father’s Day), and of course, food. It’s held across the river from downtown Minneapolis and will feature many singer/songwriters in a variety of styles that encompass folk, indie rock, Americana, and roots music. You can go to the website to find out schedules.

Saturday, June 14

Lowertown’s End of the Line Block Party @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 2pm – 9pm (Free) The Green Line LRT opens for business today, and to celebrate, Lowertown businesses and artists are joining together to present art, food, henna painting, and more, including music by The Brass Messengers, Zacc Harris Group, The Person and The People, Orkestar Bez Ime, The Pete Hennig Group, and The Maurice Jacox Band. Hosted by Hot Date.

Monday, June 16

The Fairlanes @ Rice Park, Saint Paul. Noon (Free) An afternoon delight as four guys harmonize to songs from the 50s to the present. It’s acapella doo-wop, for want of a better term.

Monday, Tuesday, June 16, 17

Maceo Parker @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $55), 9pm ($35, $45) The embodiment of funk. Maceo was a sideman who was immortalized in 1965 when James Brown said “Maceo, I want you to blow” during the recording of I Got You (I Feel Good). Since then he’s been in and out of the JBs, had his own hit as Maceo and His Men with Soul Power, recorded with Parliament/Funkadelic, Keith Richards, 10,000 Maniacs, Ani DeFranco, Prince, and others, as well as recording his own albums of funk and jazz. You can read an interview I did with him a few years ago here.

Tuesday, June 17

Rich Lewis Band @ Mears Park, Saint Paul. Noon (Free) Some more noon-time fun in the summertime, this time from the New Orleans-ish, Motown-ish R&B band led by Mr. Lewis.

 

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.


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. 
 
Jazz
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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