April and Snow – Music: 3.28-4.3

March 28, 2018

Enough Already!

We’re heading into April, and just as the Prince song says, Sometimes It Snows in April, at least that’s what seems to be forecast for the next week. At any rate, it doesn’t appear to be enough snow to hinder our ability to get out and enjoy the visiting and resident musicians who are appearing around town. Remember, Music Lifts the Spirit.

Larry

Jazz

Wednesday, March 28

Patricia Barber @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $40) Artful jazz from pianist/vocalist/songwriter Barber, whose low voice and slow delivery could be heard as sultry, there is more thought than seduction in her songs. It’s been a while since she appeared here in the Twin Cities, where she has many fans who are sure to welcome her back.

Thursday, March 29

JC Sandford Quartet @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10) JC Sanford, trombone, compositions; Zacc Harris, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Pete Hennig, drums

Aja Parham Group @ Jazz Central, Minnreapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Nice to see such a fine vocalist performing after a while out of the spotlight. She’ll be supported by Kenneth Garner, bass; Steven Hobert, piano; Ben Boussieres, guitar; and Trenon Graham, drums.

ColLaboratory@ Khyber Pass, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Matt Rahaim (South Indian music); Scott Currie (saxophone, wind instruments); Maja Radovanlija (classical guitar); Jay Afrisando (indonesian instruments, electronics,etc.); Mike Duffy (electronics); Joey Crane (cello); Adam Zahler (multiintrumentalist); Noah OB (trumpet); Paul Metzger (banjo)

Thursday – Sunday, March 29-31

The Drowsy Chaperone @ The Lab Theater,  700 North 1st St, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10) Augsburg’s Music Theater Club is presenting this “loving send-up of the jazz age.” It won five Tonys for its show stopping songs and dance numbers, including Best Book, and Best Original score. For more information and tickets, go here. Here’s one of the songs from Sutton Foster.

Friday, March 30

Michelle Kinney’s What We Have Here @ Jazz Central, Minnreapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Michelle Kinney, cellist & composer; Pat O’Keefe, clarinet and sax; Laura Harada, violin; Noah Ophoven Baldwin, Cornet; Greg Schutte, drums; Adam Zahller, voice. (With special guests Ivan & Chris Cunningham). Original compositions and an arrangement of Bon Iver’s Flume.

Friday, Saturday, March 30, 31

Debbie Duncan Album Release @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) If you’ve been around the Twin Cities jazz scene for any time, you know what a treasure we have in vocalist Debbie Duncan. She’s got a new album and is celebrating its release with this two-night stand. Roane Shepperly, writing for Mid-West Jazz, describes her thusly: “Her voice, like the garments she often wears, is full of shimmering gold threads, intricately woven around rich dark textures and warm honey tones.”

Saturday, March 31

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Cafe, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar)  7:00pm: It’s a two-fer of Joel Shapira music, featuring the Charmin & Shapira Quartet at 7pm: Charmin Michelle, Vocals; Joel Shapira, Guitar; Tom Lewis, Bass; and Nathan Norman, Drums. At 8:30pm it’s The Joel Shapira Quartet: ​Joel Shapira, Guitar; Pete Whitman, Saxophones; Tom Lewis, Bass, and Phil Hey, Drums, along with some special guests

Monday, April 2

Jon Weber @ Dual Citizen Brewing, 725 Raymond Avenue, Saint Paul. 7pm ($25 suggested donation) This benefit for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is being held at a new brewery, just South of University on Raymond Avenue. Weber is a Jazz Fest regular who skill at playing any kind of piano style is matched by his command of musical trivia. Always a delight.

Le Voyage @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Two sets of music freely composed on the spot from Le Voyage: Donald Washington, reeds; Matt Trice, alto sax; Dick Studer, bass; and Steve Hirsh, drums.

 

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

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, March 28

Switched at Birth on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Formed in 1998, Switched at Birth is a five-piece acoustic group that plays bluegrass, folk, blues country, Cajun, Irish, and rock n’ roll music. Whew!

The Beavers @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 6-8pm (Free) This quintet of women will charm you with their quick wit and humor as they play bluegrass and old-timey music.

Thursday, March 29

Koch-Marshall Trio/with guest David Grissom @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($15 Advance/$20 Door) The Koch-Marshall trio is a blues-based organ trio that delivers echoes of funk, jazz, rock, and country over heavy grooves. Guitarist David Grissom is a heavy hitter who’s played with Joe Ely, John Mellencamp, Buddy Guy, the Allmans, Dixie Chicks, Ringo Starr and more.

Shemekia Copeland and Carolyn Wonderland@ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45) It’s a twosome of strong blueswomen. Copeland is a two-time Grammy nominee, whose big voice and her way with the blues seems to come naturally. After all, she’s the daughter of the late Johnny Copeland. Though Wonderland is a bit of a multi-instrumentalist, she’s best known for her soulful vocals and her ability to plumb the Texas blues tradition with her fierce, original guitar playing. Here’s Wonderland in Des Moines a few days ago.

Los Amigos Invisibles @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20 Advance/$25 Door) Originally from Venezuela, Los Amigos create a dance-til-you-drop mix of Latin and funk rhythms. At their last appearance at the Cedar, they packed the place with smiling, twirling, and dancing fans.

Friday, March 30

Big George Jackson @ Schooner’s, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Big George is a big-voiced bluesman who can sing low down as well as boogie with the best.

The Committee @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10?)   The Committee is composed of vocalists Maurice Jacox, Deb Brown, and Aisha Baker, who performed together in the Soul Tight Committee. They’ll be backed by a seven-piece horn band to perform “Old School R&B” from the likes King Floyd, Freda Payne, Taste of Honey, The Spinners, Al Green, Jackson 5, and Aretha Franklin, among others.

Sunday, April1

Natania & Ticket To Brasil @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 6pm ($8 Advance/$10 Door) Hot Sambas, cool jazz, and sensuous bossa novas from this septet, with the extra added attraction of vocalist Natania, a Brazilian native now living in Saint Paul.

Tuesday, April 3

Curt Obeda & Camille Baudoin @ Schooner’s, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Left-handed guitarist Obeda might just be the most awarded bluesman in Minnesota, while Camille Baudoin, formerly of New Orleans’ Radiators, provides perfect counterpoint in this meeting of musical talents. Here thy are with Peter Ostrousko and Newport Slim.

Lush Country @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover, $15 for Guaranteed Seat) Classic country from the 50s and 60s, as performed by vocalist Prudence Johnson, Dan Chouinard, piano; Gary Rue, guitar; Gary Raynor, bass; Richard Kriehn, mandolin; Joe Savage, pedal steel; and Peter Johnson, 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.

 


Lotsa Resident and Two Visiting Musicians: 1/10 – 1.16

January 10, 2018

If they can make it to a gig, so can you

Well, it’s another January week with few visiting artists, but that’s no problem for music lovers, as we have a deep pool of talent in the Twin Cities, no matter what the genre. We do have two visiting musicians in the Blues, Roots, and Other category, including a singer from Hawaii, and a bluesman from Texas. Whatever your taste, bundle up and get out to hear some wonderful music, whether it’s home-grown or from afar. Music lifts your Spirit.

Larry
Jazz
Wednesday, January 10
BZ3 Organ Trio @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 6pm – 9pm  (No Cover, $10 for Guaranteed Seat) If you’re looking for greasy soul jazz that keeps your feet tapping while improvising on jazz and soul tunes, this early evening show is the place to be as Brian Zimniak, Hammond B3; Troy Norton, guitar; and Kevin Washington, drums will deliver the goods.
Framework @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) It’s the 20th Anniversary for this band: Chris Olsen, guitar; Chris Bates, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums. Expect tight, interactive, and explosive musical conversations with originals and some surprising covers.

Thursday, January 11
Mary Louise Knutson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15, $20) I probably mention Ms Knutson quite a bit, but she’s such a great pianist, with national airplay, and I feel more folks should know about her. After all, she’s the first call pianist for Doc Severensen when he tours the Midwest, and often accompanies Connie Evingson, among other side(wo)man gigs. She’ll be joined by what might be the Midwest’s premier rhythm section: Gordy Johnson, bass, and Phil Hey, drums. 

Aja Parham Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) Vocalist Aja Parham is a Twin Cities native who’s performed with the Minnesota Opera, Penumbra Theater, and the Ordway, and is equally adept at jazz R&B and Motown. She’ll be joined by Ben Boussieres, guitar; Steven Hobart, piano; and Kenneth Garner, bass.
Andrew Walesch Group @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) Walesch has been steadily increasing both his fan base and his reputation as pianist, vocalist and band leader. Tonight he leads a band of highly respected band talented musicians from a slightly older musical generation: Brandon Wozniak, sax; James Buckley, bass; & Dave King, drums. This is a show worthy of staying up late.
Friday, January 12
Joel Shapira Quartet @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) Guitarist Shapira is joined by Pete Whitman, sax; Tom Lewis, bass; and Dave Smalenberger, drums – all talented veterans who are sure to bring excitement and imagination to the basement room. Here’s a track from the group’s album.

Saturday, January 13
Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) 7pm: No Room for Squares, with James “Jimmyapolis” Wallace, sax;; Mikkel Romstad, piano; Adam Tucker, bass; and Bill Stieger, drums. 8:30pm: King-Cartwright-Granowski, with Dave King, drums; George Cartwright, saxophones; Josh Granowski, bass.
Saturday, Sunday, January 13, 14
Bryan Nichols & Brandon Wozniak Live Recording @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 6:30pm Saturday, 7:30pmn Sunday ($10, $12) Two of the Twin Cities adventurous and imaginative musicians – Bryan Nichols, piano; and Brian Wozniak, sax – come together to record an album, and you can be part of the recording. Her is Nichols in a trio setting.

Monday, January 15
Charlie Lincoln @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid StudentID) Another concert from talented college students home on vacation. This is the last appearance for  bassist Lincoln, who has been busy as a member and leader of a number of groups during this holiday season. Tonight he leads a completely new aggregation, with Zosha Warpeha, violin/vocals; Patrick Adkins, piano; and Lincoln’s Berklee School of Music classmates from out of town, Dan Elbert, alto; and Aksel Coe, drums.
Also: The Atlantis Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10)
Tuesday, January 16
Silverback Trio @ Palmer’s, Minneapolis. 9pm (Free) Palmer’s is having Tuesday night jazz featuring young bands. The Silverback Tio is David Hirsch, keyboards, electronics, & sax; Brent Wallace, bass; and Byron Johnson-Blanchard, drums. Their original songs fuse atmospheric electronics with high energy melodies to create 21st Century jazz.

Tuesday, Wednesday, January 16, 17
Pat Donahue Trio @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15, $20) the Grammy-winning champion finger-picker and alum of Prairie Home Companion brings Gary Raynor, another alum of PHC on bass, and Peter Johnson who toured with Manhattan Transfer for four years on drums, and is a percussionist for the Minnesota Sinfonia, to the Dunsmore Room for two nights. Here’s Donahue in a solo setting.

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, January 10
Mother Banjo on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Award-winning Bluegrassy and old-timey takes on gospel music, from Ellen Stanley & band. Listen in, and head over to th 331 if you like what you hear.

Eric Clapton: Life in Twelve Bars @ The Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12) The film traces his career through The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and his solo years, telling the stories behind his hits  through archival footage and interviews with his grandmother, former wife Patti Boyd, George Harrison, and others. Since this is a small venue, its’ recommended to make reservations ahead of time.
Also: Wee Willie Walker @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) DownBeat just published a great profile of Walker in its latest issue.
Hula Peppers w/Ukelelezaza @ Schooners Tavern, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) See last weeks entries for Ukelelezaza with the Cafe Accordion Orchestra.
Thursday, January 11
Craig Clark Band @ Holihan’s Pub, White Bear Lake. 7pm (Tip Jar) Clark has added his searing guitar to performances with Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Mississippi Mass Choir, James Van Zandt, Big John Dickerson, and more recently, the Dee Miller Band.

Also: The Butanes @ Shaw’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar)
 Joyann Parker Duo @ The Green Lantern, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar)
Friday, January 12
Hamilton Loomis CD Release @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) At sixteen, guitar slinger Loomis met Bo Diddley, who invited him on stage a became his mentor. Loomis learned much from Diddley, and has developed a fine reputation as a blues guitarist. Tonight the Texas native is appearing as part of his tour celebrating his latest, stripped-down CD, Basics, which is his most personal and emotional album to date.

Happy Birthday Janis @ First Avenue, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($20) A celebration of the music of Janis Joplin, featuring full, front-to-back performances of the albums I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and Pearl, plus other Janis gems. With guests Kind Country.
Also: Boom Boom Stevie B & The Knockouts @ Shaws, NE Minneapolis. (9pm (Tip Jar)
Saturday, January 13
Astronomique @ Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul. 4:30pm – 6:30pm (Free?) This is part of the Conservatory’s Music Under Glass series, taking part in the humid oasis of the conservatory. Astronomique is described as a quartet producing infectious electronic dance beats using psychedelic synths, fuzzed out guitars, and hypnotic vocals.
Larry Long’s American Roots Revue @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) Singer/Songwriter/Troubador Larry Long once again brings a group of artists together to share a stage and each other’s songs. Tonight he has HALEY (Haley Bonar), amazing guitarist Cory Wong, who has been playing and touring nationally and internationally with Vulpeck, as well as his bandmate, bassist/vocalist Antewan Stanley, the Hornheads of Prince fame, and a backing band consisting of Petar Janic, drums; Kevin Gastonguay, keys; and Kevin Macintire, bass – members of Wong’s Green Screen band, and the perennial sideman for the Revue, Joe Savage.
The Badinovs CD Release Party @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($8 Advance/$10 Door) It’s a bit of a throwback night celebrating the rock n’ roll of the 80s, and bringing it into this century. The Badinovs were known as Smart Alex in a previous incarnation, producing one 45 that sells for ridiculous amounts of money on the internet, but now are celebrating a new round of rock n’ roll in their new CD The Big Picture. They’re proud rock n’ rollers who wear their pop rock influences with pride, and will perform a short set as Smart Alex. They are joined by Johnny Rey & the Reaction and Loons in the Attic. Here’s a cut from the new album.

Also: St. Dominic’s Trio @ The Schooner Tavern, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (Tip Jar) Original songs from a subset of the Belfast Cowboys.
Monday, January 15
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole W/Shawn Pimental @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) With five Hawaiian Grammys to her name, Kanaka’ole creates songs that are inspired by Hawaiian chant traditions. She has been called the voice of Hawaii’s new generation. Jon Pareles, of the NY Times, wrote, “[She] vaulted through various registers and timbres, from bass to witchy contralto rasp to sweet soprano ([her] “skinny girl’ voice,”[she] said) a traditionalist tour de force.” She’ll be backed by guitarist Shawn Pimental.

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.

Back in the Saddle: 6.14 – 6.20

June 14, 2017

Taken on a different vacation by Andrea Hjelm. The first time on horseback in 30 years.

Well, I’m back in the saddle again, so to speak, after a brief interruption in posting when my vacation was involuntarily extended. All is good, and I’m looking forward to a week of great music from both visiting and resident artists. This Sunday is Father’s Day and that means that the Stone Arch Festival will be taking place all weekend. Besides booths of art, crafts, and food, there are plenty of artists performing, in genres ranging from classic rock and punk, to Americana and C&W, to even a bit of jazz, but I have to admit I know only a few. A schedule of performers can be found here. Have a great week. Remember music lifts the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, June 14

Candy Dulfer @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35, $40, $45), 9pm ($30, $35, $40) This Dutch saxophonist has played with Maceo Parker, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, mavis Staples, Beyonce, Van Morrison and more, and has been name-checked by Prince. She’s had several number 1 hits in the US, and is a big draw at festivals around the world.

Gary LaRue & the Rat Pack Band @ Mancini’s, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (No Cover) If ever there was a great spot to hear the music of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, and other swinging cats from the 50s, it’s the lounge at Mancini’s.

Thursday, June 15

Thursday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Tonight it’s the Wayne Horvitz Group: Horvitz, keys; Josh Granowski, bass; Davu Seru, drums, a combination of musicians who celebrate adventurous music making.

Lucia Newell & The Wolverines Trio @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm (No Cover) Newell is a wonderful singer who is conversant in all manner of jazz and Brazilian music (she spent two years singing there). She only plays selected dates each year, so this is a perfect opportunity to hear her, especially since she’ll be backed by the swinging Wolverines Trio. Here she is in her Brazilian mode.

Friday, June 16

Adam Booker @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($10, $5 w/Student ID) Bassist Booker put out a fine recording, Unraveled Rival, on Shifting Paradigm records in 2015.  He has an extensive history with Duluth groups such as The New Orleans Hot Club, the Jazz Pharaohs, the Asylum Street Spankers, and others. This is his last Twin Cities appearance. After teaching at UMN- Duluth for many years, he heading to Appalachian State University where he’ll be Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the Hayes School of Music. Joining him are Levi Schwarzberg, vibes; and Ben Baldwin, drums.

Kevin Washington Quintet @ Rice Park, Saint Paul. 6pm (Free) Drummer Washington is a master of rhythms, whether playing with Nachito Herrera, Viva Brazil or any of a number of jazz luminaries, such as Anthony Cox, Roscoe Mitchell, James Carter, Fred Wesley or the David Murray Big Band. He’ll undoubtedly have some Twin Cities luminaries in his quintet. Pippi Ardennia and the PipJazz All Stars open this summertime outdoor event.

Saturday, June 17

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) As is often the case, the evening starts with a young group. Drummer Simon Petrick, who is a member of this year’s Dakota Combo will be leading a group at 7pm. Then at 8:30pm it’s How Birds Work, a quartet started during the heyday of the Artists’ Quarter and featuring Dean Granros, guitar; Peter Schimke, keyboards, Chris Bates, bass, and Kenny Horst, drums. They play high-quality, demanding jazz from the likes of Coltrane, Shorter, Hancock, and more.

Joel Shapira CD Release @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (No Cover) Guitarist Shapira has had an every other week solo early gig at the Vieux for almost two years now, and has developed a bit of a following there, members of whom have asked for a solo CD. Well, he’s delivered. The CD, In Essence, contains some gems from the Great American Songbook as well as modern jazz classics by Coltrane, Miles, and Monk, including his third recording of Bemsha Swing. In a recent interview with Tom Surowicz for the Highland Villager, Shapira said, “It’s a challenge, reducing piano music to the guitar.” Shapira is more than up to it.

Sunday, June 18

Nancy Harms @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($20, 425; $40, $50 Dinner Show) Though not exposed to jazz until she attended college, Ms Harms, a Clara City, MN native performs as if born to the role of jazz singer. She has an innate sense of time and phrasing and an ability to imbue songs with just the right amount of humanity to fully tell each song’s story. She is a uniquely gifted performer who has established herself in NYC and Europe. Her shows here in town are always well-attended, if not sold out, so be forewarned that the Dunsmore Room only seats 80.

Regina Marie Williams @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm )$17 – $22) You may have seen Williams in any number of roles at the Guthrie, Penumbra, Park Square, and Mixed Blood theaters. She’s a fine actress – she’s won an Ivey Award, was named City Pages Best Actress of 2016, and received the McKnight Theater Artist Award. She is also a great songstress, who can whisper as well as soar, as attested by roles where she’s played Dinah Washington and Nina Simone.

Monday, June 19

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett has been nominated twice for a Grammy and received a number of Canada’s music awards. She went to Cuba back in 1982 and fell in love with the sensual, yet intricate rhythms of the island. She’d often use them with her contemporary jazz performances, and recently assembled an all-star cast of female Cuban musicians to form Maqueque. Their second album, Odara, was released last fall.

Adam Astrup @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm (!0, $5 w/Student ID)Though newly graduated from high school, guitarist Astrup as been impressing audiences in various groups for a couple of years now, including the Dakota Combo and two or three groups of his own. Tonight he and members of his quintet will be playing originals. Members include: Nick Benish, bass; Andrew Tomten, Sax; Patrick Adkins, keys; and Simon Petrick, drums. Here he is in a trio setting.

JT’s Jazz Implosion @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm. ($8) This long running weekly event, curated by drummer JT Bates, always features forward thinking artists, whether from the Twin Cities or beyond. Tonight features The Jon Davis Quartet for set one: Davis, bass & woodwinds; Chuck Love trumpet, flute, melodica, & percussion, Bryan Nichols, keys; and Greg Schutte, drums. Performing set two is The George Marich Trio; Marich, drums, George Cartwright, saxes; and Josh Granowski, bass.

Tuesday, June 20

Jordan Anderson Group @ Walker West, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (free) This dazzling young pianist was a member of the Dakota Combo prior to attending the University of Michigan, where he was recruited by, and studies with, none other than Benny Green. I believe he’ll have talented contemporaries with him: Peter Goggin, saxophone; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Edmund Catlin, drums. Here he is while still a HS student, with a different group

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, June 14

Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders @ Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul. 6pm (Free) Pack up a picnic and head out the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory to  boogie down to the amped up blues, country, and roots music from the guitarist/songwriter who’s the pride of Anoka  Plus there’s a climbing wall, bouncy tent and other distractions for the wee ones.

The Dollys on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The Dollys are Joanna Jahn, Kari Shaw, and Megan Shaw, or are all enamored of the three-part harmonies of EmmyLou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt. They also perform songs by other female country artists as well as their own versions of folk and Americana hits. Tune in to Harold’s House Party at 5pm, and if you like what you hear, head over to the 331 Club to see them in person.

Butch Thompson & Pat Donahue @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($15; $40 for Dinner Show) A creative pairing of legendary, excellent musicians. Pianist Thompson and Fingerstyle Guitarist Donahue mine classic blues and jazz, that is from the 20s and 30s, with an occasional original that fits the style. The Dunsmore Room provides a quiet, intimate space to fully appreciate their musicianship, craftsmanship, and easy-going banter. Here’s a track from the album the duo made, featuring Thompson on clarinet.

Robert Earl Keen @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($40 Advance, $45 Door) Regular listeners of Jackson Buck’s Freewheelin’ show know that every Christmas he plays Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Family, a description of a blended family at Christmas time. No matter what your background, this tale of a family gathering will include something that’s funny and familiar. It’s a perfect example of his wit and powers of observation, as his his take on modern life called Wireless in Heaven. He’s been writing songs for over three decades and continues to sharpen his wit and entertain folk, and was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, while a couple of years ago he became the first recipient of BMI’s Troubadour Award. Keen takes a few minutes to introduce the band before singing on this video.

Thursday, June 15

Doug Little’s Seven Steps to Havana @ Arlington Hills Library, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30pm (Free) This septet led by flutist/saxophonist Doug Little features musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Ethiopia, and the US. Their hip-swaying music uses the fiery rhythms of salsa and the rich harmonies of jazz.

Mikkel Beckmen w/Martin Devaney @ The Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5pm – 7pm (Tip Jar) Percussionist Mikkel Beckmen’s weekly residency is always a great place to stop after work and down a pint in a friendly setting while Beckmen invites guests to share the stage. This week he has Martin Devaney, hard working guitarist and prolific songwriter working on his seventh full length album. Here’s Devaney.

Steve Clarke Quartet w/Patty Peterson @ Seven Steak House, Minneapolis. 7pm (No cover?) It seems that Seven Steak House at 7th & Hennepin has new management, and has decided to bring in music on Thursdays. Tonight Steve Clarke brings his swinging saxophone to the venue, along with guest vocalist Patty Peterson, who is equally at home in jazz and R&B. Not sure if you have to order a meal or can hang at the bar, so you may want to call to get particulars.

Friday, June 16

Garland Jeffreys @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) Brooklyn native Jeffreys has been creating urban rock since the 60s, first hitting with Wild in the Streets back in the 70s. His songs have been covered by punkers and neo-folkies, and he’s worked with folks ranging from John Cale, Lou Reed, U2,  and Dr. John to Stan Getz and Sonmny Rollins. Jeffrey’s latest two albums, The King of In Between from 2011, and Truth Serum in 2013 received great reviews and his latest, the newly-released 14 Steps to Harlem, is sure to bring him new fans, at least based on the three songs I’ve heard.

Celtic Rock Night @ Celtic Junction, Saint Paul. 8pm ($12 Advance, $15 Door) These days Celtic music is more than fiddles and whistles, and tonight in an event sponsored by the MN Music Coalition, will certainly prove that out. Performing are The Sweet Colleens, a quintet of multi-instrumentalists playing high-energy fiddle and accordion-driven Celtic Americana who just released their 5th album; Belfast-born Leslie Rich a guitarist singer who has played with The Hounds of Finn and Leslie Rich & the Rocket Soul Choir since emigrating to the US, and The Tim Malloys, who fuse traditional Irish music with pub rock and the sensibility (and sound) of Minneapolis punk rock.

Lowland Lakers @ The Hook & Ladder Theater & Lounge, Minneapolis. 8pm ($7 Advance, $10 Door) It’s a seated show of Americana as this trio, with roots in Duluth, play their last gig with Dr. Matt Donoghue on bass – he’s taking a position as Emergency Medicine Resident. Opening is the talented Rachel Hanson, who’s a north country artist herself. Then the Last Jackson will close out the evening.

Paul Cebar @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12) Milwaukee native Paul Cebar has been at this songwriting/singing/playing thing for decades, always finding ways to incorporate irresistible rhythms into his songs that provide a modern touch to old R&B ideas. For instance, you’ll be dancing along to something funky, when all of a sudden there’s a calypso break. No wonder legions of dancers come out for every performance.

Malamanya @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($10 advance, $15 Door) Late night salsa dancing to this Twin Cities band that with the bona fides to perform classic Cuban music.

Saturday, June 17

Class Action @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($25) For three years in the late 70s and early 80s, Class Action was just about the most popular dance band in the Twin Cities. No wonder – look at their talented members: Rockie Robbins, who later had seven charting singles as a solo artist; Patty Peterson, who continues to sparkle as a jazz/R&B singer here in town; Ricky Perterson, the wizard keyboard player who played with David Sanborn for 20 years and countless other artiits; Candy Anderson Cretoekos, who started singing in church, and worked with Wayne Cochran & the CC Riders throughout the nation. She moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis and returned to her church roots, performing throughout California; Stephen Faison, performer for hundreds of jingles and soundtracks and staff writer for recording studios, who worked withThe Coasters, Drifters, Walter Trout and Aretha Franklin and teaches here in town; Rick Cornish, who performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and who had one of his compositions premiered by the LA Philharmonic, and winner of numerous national and international awards; Rick Houle, who played in Passage and the Doug Maynard Band before moving to Seattle in 1984. Since then he’s worked with Ernestine Anderson, and is currently a member of a 12 piece group that plays the music of Steely Dan; finally there Glenn Swanson, who was a staff drummer at Creation Audio, who after Class Action went on to work with Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray), including serving as emcee for a Japanese tour, and more recently produced vocalist Pippi Ardennia. Wow!

International Reggae All Stars @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($??) Here’s a chance for east-siders to hear the reggae sound of the All Stars outside of their weekly gig at Bunkers.

Rena Haus Trio @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Dusty’s is tiny, though a more upscale description would say intimate. Nevertheless it provides a great setting as guitarist/songwriter Rena Haus, her bassist brother Bob, and under-appreciated guitarist Ed Petsche will regale you with Rena’s original song stories and great covers of blues songs. Here she is solo.

Monday, June 19

Frankie Lee & Friends @ The Turf Club’s Clown Lounge, Saint Paul. 7pm ($12 Advance, $15 Door) Lee has the June residency for Monday nights at the rec room inspired Clown Lounge. He’s a country/folk singer whose debut album American Dreamer, was released in 2015 on London’s Loose Records. It promptly became well played on Europe’s radio stations, making many “best of” lists from the continent. It was released in America in the summer of 2016, earning him more praise from NPR, among others. Don’t know which friends will show up, but they include Michael Lewis bass, sax; Jeremy Ylvisaker, guitar; and JT Bates, drums, who appeared on his first EP.

For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the MN Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar.


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