All Hallows Music and More: 10.25 – 10.31

October 25, 2017

Greetings to one and all;

The Original Adams Family, by Charles Addams

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

Jazz

Wednesday, Oct 25

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

Thursday, Oct 26

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

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

Thursday, Friday, Oct 26, 27

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

Friday, Oct 27

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

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

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

Saturday, Oct 28

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

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

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

Saturday, Sunday, Oct 28, 29

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

Monday, Oct 30

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

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

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, Oct 25

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

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

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

Thursday, Oct 26

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

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

Friday, Oct 27

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

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

Saturday, Oct 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Oct 31

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

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

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

Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct 31, Nov 1

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

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

Advertisements

Cold Weather. Hot Music; 1.7 – 1.13

January 7, 2015
These people know how to party - the Ice Music Festival of Norway

The Ice Music Festival of Norway

A cold, wintry greetings and salutations;

The wind chill may be cold enough to close schools, but hey, we’re Minnesotans, so we’ll go out to hear music and dance, even when it’s cold. Of course some of us are lucky enough to go somewhere warm for at least a few days each winter, but wherever it is, I’ll bet they don’t have as good a music scene as we do here in the Twin Cities.

If I may, I’d like to draw your attention to a special event occurring Tuesday evening, January 13th. It’s a benefit, with no cover charge, for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, an organization that brings working musicians into schools to encourage and support jazz as part of a young persons education. More information is found below. Now, put on your layers of clothing, just like the folks in the above picture, and enjoy the talent found in our cities. Music is good for the spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, January 7

Chomsky and Thomas Nordlund @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) It’s a double-bill, double bass night at Jazz Central. Bassist Andrew Foreman will start out the evening with his new group Chomsky, which includes Jake Baldwin, trumpet; Thomas Nordlund, guitar; and Zach Schmidt on drums. Then, with a bit of reconfiguration, Thomas Nordland and group will play new music from his forthcoming EP of baritone guitar music: Nordlund, baritone guitar; Andrew Foreman, bass; Lars-Erik Larson, drums; and Kevin Gastonguay, keyboards.

Wednesday, Thursday, January 7, 8

Ramsey Lewis Electic Band w/Philip Bailey @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45 – $70), 9pm ($35 – $60) Back in 1974 Ramsey Lewis was a bit tired of his acoustic approach to jazz and wanted to liven things up a bit. He reunited with Maurice White, who had been in his band and was now leading Earth, Wind, and Fire, and created an up to date sound featuring members of that group. the resulting album and its singles shot up the charts, hitting number 1 on both the Black charts and Jazz charts of the time. Philip Bailey  also of EWF, contributed vocals, and he’s back with Lewis for this tour, which I suspect will feature soaring vocals, and some funky funky jazz.

Thursday, January 8

Radio Joe Demko @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Radio Joe brings his swing-centric band, together with their tangos, ballads, and other groovy music, to the basement club.

Le Percheron @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Bassist Adam Linz has put together this band, which has only played a handful of gigs to date, but what a band! Brandon Wozniak on sax; Cory Healey on drums; and the young, but very talented Levi Schwartzberg on vibes. The first set will consist of duets, and the second set will feature the full band. Wine, beer, and small plates are available.

Friday, January 9

Joel Shapira/Dean Granros CD Release @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) Last June guitarists Shapira and Granros performed at the Black Dog as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and recorded the results, now being released as Jazz Guitar Duets. It’s a delightful compendium of songs plucked on steel and nylon strings, with tunes ranging form Ornette Coleman compositions to standards.

JT Bates Organ Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) I’ll admit I’m a sucker for B3 groups. If the soulful, greasy sound of guitar, organ and drums gets your fingers snapping, your toes tapping, and your head bobbing, head over to Jazz Central to catch JT Bates, drums; Kevin Gastonguay, organ, and Zacc Harris on guitar.

Jerod Kaszynski

Jerod Kaszynski

Jerod Kaszynski Group @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 10pm ($10 Suggested Donation) It’s a double header at JC tonight with saxophonist Kaszynski, a native of the Twin Cities currently living and teaching in Eau Claire taking the second spotlight. Tonight’s show has a literary bent. Author Miri Francis haas written (and will read) a love story, with accompaniment by Kaszynski and his band, including: Josh Huot-Gallus, trombone; Josh Gallagherm, piano; Sam Olson, bass, and Adam Nussbaum, drums.

Saturday, January 10

Bill Carrothers Trio @ Jazz at Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) I know of many Twin Cities jazz fans who are salivating over this date. In a rare appearance with his own trio, pianist Carrothers returns to his home town of Saint Paul. He’s recorded 17 albums as a leader, and has worked with artists ranging from Buddy DeFranco and Curtis Fuller to Lee Konitz, Dewey Redman, and Gary Peacock. He’s bringing a couple of Irish musicians with him: drummer Kevin Brady, and bassist David Redmond. There will be a short master class at 6pm, included in the admission price.

Mancrush @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8:30pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Donation) Mancrush is Lars-Erik Larson, drums; Zacc Harris, guitar; Brandon Wozniak, sax; and Bryan Nichols, piano. Opening set by Tommy Bentz Quartet at 7pm.

Connie Evingson w/The Parisota Hot Club @ Jazz at St. Barney’s, Plymouth. 7pm ($10) Vocalist Evingson recently received a positive  review in Downbeat for her album “All the Cats Join In.” Tonight, she’s performing songs from the album, with the Parisota Hot Club and special guest, the ever-youthful octogenarian saxophonist Dave Karr. Here’s a selection from the album.

Monday, January 12

Adam Meckler @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Trumpeter Meckler leads his own 17 piece band, is a key member of the Jana Nyberg Group, leads a quintet, and is a member of a few other groups as well. Tonight he gets to step out on his own, playing originals and original arrangements of other songs.

Ryan Franesconi and JT Bates & Michael Lewis @ the Icehouse, Minnepolis. 9;30pm )$10) Guitarist Franesconi, 1st set. Bates (drums) & Lewis (sax), 2nd set. Franesconi is a Portland based guitarist and composer whose way with stringed instruments from Eastern Europe qualifies him as a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with Balkan Folk Music. Bates and Lewis are 2/3 of Fat Kid Wednesdays, with enough imagination between the two of them to grab your attention and hold it tight.

Tuesday, January 13

This year's Dakota Combo

This year’s Dakota Combo

Dakota Combo & Kevin Washington Group @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Though there is no cover, this is a fundraising benefit for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, which brings working jazz musicians into area schools to work with student musicians, provides free-metro wide workshops for young musicians, and gives out scholarships to summer jazz camps and members of the Dakota Combo. This year’s edition of the Dakota Combo will perform, as well as a group comprising Kevin Washington  drums; Jeff Bailey, bass; Mary Louise Knutson, piano; and Solomon Parham, trumpet.

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, January 7

Reina Del Cid on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM) 7pm (331 club – Tip Jar) Reina Del Cid is coming into her own as a folk-rock singer/songwriter with a great back up band. She recently performed well-recieved sets at CMJ – New York, Summerfest in Milwaukee and The Underground Music Showcase in Denver. Part of the band’s appeal is flat-picking guitarist Toni Lindgren, who always surprises with her choice of licks.

Lisa Wenger & Her Mean, Mean Men @ Shaws, NE Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Wenger’s direct approach to singing the blues appeals to hard-core blues fans as well as more casual fans, say those who may be just going out with their spouse or date. She’s got an excellent band as well.

Friday, January 9

Malamanya @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12) It’s Latin night at the Cedar, as Malamanya brings their hip-swaying, toe-tapping, salsa dancing melodies and traditional Cuban rhythms to the concert/dance hall. Opening act Alma Andina goes further South for their inspiration, performing music of the Andes and Latin America.

Ronnie Baker Brooks @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($20) The son of the late Lonnie Brooks, guitarist  Ronnie  is proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, yet he is moving beyond what his father did by occasionally incorporating funk rhythms and a bit of hip hop into his musical mix. As he put it, “It’s a hip hop world right now, but I want to bring a little blues to the party.”  His latest CD, The Torch, was produced by Minneapolis producer/guitarist Jellybean Johnson.

Saturday, January 10

Daisy Dillman CD Release @ The Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins. 7pm ($24) Thirty-four years after their last album, these Minnesota country rockers from the 70s and 80s are back with a new CD, Radio. the current lineup features four of the original five members, who charted in the Billboard Hot 100 and toured with bands like Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers and many others. They

The Groove Merchants w/Jimi “Prime time” Smith @ Holihan’s Pub, White Bear Lake. 8pm (No Cover) The Groove Merchants are aptly named, as the late Big Walter Smith built them into a funky blues group that easily inspires dancers. Since his death, they’ve recruited talented guitarist Jimi Prime Time Smith as a front man, a good decision on their part.

Sunday, January 11

Road to Memphis Fundraiser @ Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, Saint Paul. 2pm – 6pm ($10?) Okay, this is the last fundraiser to help this year’s Minnesota representatives to the International Blues Challenge pay their way to Memphis. Today’s performers include  Jimmi & the Band of Souls, and Brother Sun, Sister Moon, both of which are this year’s representatives, as well as  the Annie Mack Band, Tampa Spatz, The Black Water Band, and the IBC All-Stars, made of of past participants.

Mikkel Beckmen & Charlie Parr @ The Dubliner Pub, Saint Paul. 5:30 pm. Mikkel is celebrating a birthday, and he’s got Charlie Parr to help him out. An irish Bar. Minnesota’s nationally recognized bluesman. Mikkel’s always fun percussion. Sounds like a heck of a party.

Dobet Gnahoré @ The Ordway, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($20 – $45) Gnahoré is one of Africa’s premier contemporary vocalists and talents. She stunned at her appearance at the Dakota in November of 2011, for which I wrote a brief review which you can find here. Prior to the show, at 6:30, there will be a discussion on Afro-pop with Janis Lane-Ewart, drummer Sowah Mensah, and Doug Cain, of KFAI’s Global Beat.

Monday, January 12

Marshall Crenshaw Solo @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) Back in the 80s, Crenshaw was all over the place, performing in the off Broadway production of Beatlemania, playing Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic, and hitting the charts with songs long Something’s Gonna Happen, and Someday, Someway, which became a hit for Robert Gordon. With 13 albums and hundreds of songs recorded over three decades, Crenshaw has proven to be a master of melody and songwriting. His songs have been recorded by folks like Bette Midler, Rlonnie Sp;ector, Kelly Willis, and the Gin Blossoms. Tonight it’s just Crenshaw and his guitar. Opening is Kevin Bowe, the Twin Cities own prolific songwriter.

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.


Music for Long Summer Nights: 6.19 – 6.25

June 19, 2013

UnknownWith summer finally heating up and the Solstice upon us, festivals, outdoor gigs, and other opportunities for live music are popping up like fly balls at a batting contest. Enjoy the weather, enjoy the music.

Jazz

Wednesday, June 19

George Maurer @ Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul. 6:30pm (Free) Maurer is a pianist/composer/arranger who has collaborated with folks ranging from the Chiffons and Eric Clapton to the Saint Paul City Ballet and the Minnesota Orchestra. and has written compositions for orchestras, big bands, and Bobby Vee. He’s equally talented whether leading a biggish band or as in today’s gig, a trio.

Doug McDonald Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) McDonald is a bop-based guitarist out of L.A. In addition to his own recording projects, which includes a nonet, McDonald has played with such luminaries as Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughn, Buddy Rich, Hank Jones, and the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra. A rare appearance, and well worth checking out, as you can hear on this video.

Wednesday, Thursday, June 19, 20

imagesRamsey Lewis & Dee Dee Bridgewater @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($60, $50, $40) Ramsey Lewis has three Grammy, Seven Gold Records, two syndicated radio shows, and is an NEA Jazz Master. Dee Dee Bridgewater has two Grammys, a Tony Award, and her own syndicated radio show, Jazz Set, which can be heard Monday nights on KBEM. Last time through the Dakota she was celebrating African music using master musicians from Mali. A long time resident of Paris, she can sing in French, as per her CD J’ai Deux Amours, which is a regular on my CD player, and is a terrific entertainer, no matter what she tackles.

Friday, June 21

Brad Bellows/Donald Washington Quartet @ The Black Dog Wine & Coffee Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jay) This is a fairly regular gig for Bellows (valve trombone) and Washington (saxes). This time they’ve enlisted Matt Peterson (bass) and Alden Ikeda (drums) to fill out the group, which should provide for some exciting dynamics.

Friday, Saturday, June 21, 22

Mississippi Jazz Connection @ the Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) As if teaching at McNally Smith, leading the X-Tet, and regularly appearing around town in various groups wasn’t enough, saxophonist Pete Whitman has a new project featuring a group of formidable musicians. The Mississippi Jazz Connection features Pete on sax, Peter Schimke on piano, Jeff Bailey on bass, and Kevin Washington on drums.

Saturday, June 22

The Sibley House

The Sibley House

Butch Thompson: Jazz in June @ Sibley House Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota. 5:30pm – 8:30pm ($10/$7MHS members) With Charlie DeVore, trumpet; Tom Andrews, drums; Steve Pikal, bass; and Lee Engele on vocals. It’a an evening of jazz and stories about Mendota’s jazz history. Mendota used to be home to the  Jazz Emporium, located across the street from Sibley House. It was a hot spot for jazz during the 70s and early 80s, featuring first generation players from New Orleans and Chicago playing traditional jazz of the highest order. It was the kind of place you don’t see anymore, where you could bring your own bottle and buy “set-ups” of mixers and glasses. While you won’t be able to bring your own bottle, you can bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a picnic, and there will be a cash bar available.

Linda Peterson & Jason Delaire @ Porter & Frye, Minneapolis. 9pm – Midnight (No Cover) Two members of the talented Peterson Family will hold forth tonight. Linda is a delightful singer and pianist whose original song, Too Late To Leave Early, has gained worldwide recognition, has four CDs to her credit, and is in the midst of recording another. Delaire is a saxophonist and keyboard player who has worked with a variety of artists, ranging from Donny Osmond and Michael Bolton, to Prince, Oleta Adams, and Bobby Brown. He’s equally at home playing jazz or R&B. The intimate confines of the lower lounge in the restaurant at Hotel Ivy will provide a cozy listening experience.

Sunday, Monday, June 23, 24

David Murray Quartet & Macy Gray @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($55, $45), 9pm ($50, $40) At first glance, this is a surprising pairing. Murray is a sax player well versed in free improvisation and the expressive stylings of Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp and John Coltrane, yet he also is a link to Ellington, and Ben Webster. He’s released over 150 albums as a leader since the 60s, and has been a member of the World Saxophone Quartet. His 2011 recordings of Nat King Cole’s “Espanol” songs was a delight. Now he’s back with a new recording, Be My Monster Love, featuring Gregory Porter and Macy Gray on vocals.  The raspy-voiced Gray has sold 14 million records world wide and won a Grammy for her R&B hit I Try, back at the turn of the millenium. Though known mostly as a neo-soul singer, the raspy-voiced Gray got her start singing jazz and standards. Here’s a video of Gray singing with Murray’s big band.

More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.

Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 19

Maurice Jacox @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon – 1pm. (Free) Younger folks may know him from his work with the Twin Cites Funk n’ Soul Revue. Older folk know him from Willie & the Bees, The Butanes Soul Revue, and the Lights Out Committe, among other R&B projects. However, Maurice is more than an R&B/Soul singer. He recently returned from a 10 day trip to Havana, where he sang (in Spanish) with Nachito Herrera, and he regularly sings Nat King Cole songs, jazz standards, and jazzy acoustic versions of Motown. Hear him today, with Tom West on keys in the sunlit atrium of the Landmark Center. By the Way, if you can’t make it there, see him tonight at 10pm at the Red Stag in Minneapolis.

Thursday, June 20

Bill Kirchen & Crankshaft @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9pm ($15) Kirchen is the “Titan of the Telecaster,” a well deserved name ever since he cranked up the energy in Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen’s hit Hot Rod Lincoln. Since then the man who plays at the nexus of country western and rock n’ roll has lent his talented guitar work to folks like Emmy Lou Harris, Nick Lowe, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and a host of others. Opener Crankshaft is also known for his high-energy approach to music, albeit in a bluesier vein. An inspired pairing. Kirchen demonstrates why he earned his nickname on this video.

Friday, June 21

Porch Builder @ The Hat Trick Lounge, Saint Paul. 9pm (No Cover) Loosey goosey country-ish rock with raspy vocals and smart guitar licks from some fun-lovin’ rural hippies out of Iowa City. As one reviewer put it, “Maybe these guys would be more famous if they’d leave the bottle alone and tried to pass a urine test now and then.”  Under the Radar Gig of the week.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 21, 22, 23

Deep Blues Festival @ The Bayport BBQ, Bayport. 4pm – 10pm each day. ($70/day, $175 for all three) Three days of the downest, funkiest, punkiest tranciest blues you’ll ever hear. From Friday’s opener, Charlie Parr, to Sunday’s closer, Reverend Deadeye, you’ll hear six bands a day, playing blues that goes way beyond Chicago, way beyond Mississippi, on out into the stratosphere. Plus… Plus, you get all you can eat of the Bayport BBQs ribs, chicken, and fixin’s. It’s a small place, and since fans come from around the nation and across the seas, you may want to call them at 651-955-6337 before heading out.

Saturday, June 22

Roots of the West Bank @ the Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 6pm ($10 Advance/$15 door) Past and present performers that have made the West Bank a center of music. The list includes: Adam Granger, Ana  the Bel-tones, Becky Thompso; Butch Thompson, Dakota Dve Hull, the Howling Goats, Jack Klatt, Spider John Koerner, Judy Larson, the Liquor Pigs, Phil Heywood, Pop Wagner, Papa John Kolstad, Roy “Catfish: Alstad, Sabyre Rae & the Midnight Sons, Tony Glover, & Willie Murphy. Whew!

Sunday, June 23

images-2Ticket to Brasil @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 5:30 – 7:30 (Free) Ah, summer in the Cities. Pack a picnic and stake out a grill, or get some mighty fine vittles from the concession stand and enjoy the lilting sound of bossa novas and sambas as performed by this six piece band and their special guest on sax – Doug Little.

James Hunter Six and Shemkia Copeland @ The Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley. 7:30pm ($33) Though he was long considered was of Britain’s Best Kept Secrets in R&B and Soul, Hunter has come into his own in the last half dozen years or so,since Hunter’s approach to R&B and Soul pays homage to the music of the 60s without feeling retro. He gets it. Hunter’s first two US releases, People Gonna Talk, and The Hard Way, earned great reviews and topped the Billboard charts. He and his band are now touring in support of their latest, Minute by Minute. Shemekia Copeland is the daughter of the late, highly regarded bluesman Johnny Copeland, and as they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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.


A Whirlwind of Music and More: 5.16 – 5.22

May 16, 2012

This weekend you can explore the art studios, bars, and restaurants of NE Minneapolis.

This week we have a couple of sidemen stepping out as leaders of their own groups, and a number of outstanding visiting artists in jazz, blues, and roots, not to mention an art crawl that’s crawling with music, and a play with music.

Jazz

Wednesday, May 16

Babatunde Lea w/Zacc Harris @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm (No cover) Lea is an Afr0-Cuban and World percussionist of many instruments who has played with Harris in the past to great success. As usual at this neighborhood restaurant, reservations are recommended for dinner.

Graydon Peterson Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Peterson provides a steady bass for a variety of groups and singers around town, though lately he’s been coming up with his own compositions, many of which have odd time signatures and beautiful melodies. Consequently, to play his songs he’s put together a quartet which includes Adam Meckler on trumpet, Vinnie Rose on guitar, and Adam Suarez on drums.

Thursday, May 17

Snowblind @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Snowblind is a musical collective that works so well because they’re committed to rehearsing and common musical goals. Members include Scott Agster, trombone; Shihad Sen, sax; Adam Rosmiller, trumpet, Graydon Peterson, bass; and Reid Kennedy, drums. Expect standards from Ellington, Monk, and Blakey, as well as Afro-Cuban and groove-oriented material.

Friday, May 18

Fratzke, Hanson, Roessler, Hennig, & Leggett @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) Though it’s not a law firm, expect this group to steadfastly defend the principles of improvisation and the use of imagination in music. Erik Fratzke plays bass with Happy Apple and guitar with Zebulon Pike. Hanson on sax and Roessler on bass are members of the Fantastic Merlins and curate the biweekly jazz series at the Black Dog. Peter Hennig is a Black Dog regular who also plays drums with the Atlantis Quartet and other bands around town, not to mention playing banjo with his own group. Peter Leggett drums with Heiruspecs and other bands about town.

Saturday, May 19

Rhonda Laurie @ Jazz at St. Barney’s, Plymouth. 7pm ($10, $7 – TCJS Members, $5 – Students) This is the last concert of this year’s series at St. Barnabas Church, 15600 Old Rockford Road in Plymouth. Rhonda will be accompanied by pianist Phil Mattson in a program called Uncommon Standards, featuring songs by Ellington, Gershwin, Arlen, Monk, Mandel, Mercer, Gillespie, Bart, LeGrand, Wilder, Ivan Lins and Blossom Dearie and others

Reynold Phillipsek “Last Summer” CD Release @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm – 11pm ($10 – includes a copy of the CD) Phillipsek continues his exploration of jazz and gypsy jazz styles. He can be subtle, as when accompanying vocalists, or he can be dazzling, though he doesn’t overdo it. Phillipsek will be accompanied by Matt Senjem on bass, and the outstanding violinist, Gary Schulte. Plus, you get a great view of downtown Minneapolis.

On a recent tour with Doc Severinson

Zack Lozier Quintet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) Whether trumpeter Lozier is playing with the Jack Brass Band, the Southside Aces, Havana Hi-Fi, Doc Severinson, Deodatos or any other band, you can expect stellar playing that’s exciting and imaginative. He’s the leader tonight, exploring the music of Lee Morgan, among others, with Brandon Wozniak on sax; Bryan Nichols on piano; Billy Peterson on bass; and Kenny Horst on drums, all of whom are worthy of leading their own groups.

Sunday, Monday, May 20, 21

Ramsey Lewis Electric Band @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($65 – $40) The 77 year old NEA Jazz Master had his first hits with funky, hand clappin’ versions of the pop hits, “The In Crowd’ and “Hang on Sloopy” back in the mid-sixties. He’s received three Grammys and seven gold records since then, and had a monster hit with the album “Sun Goddess” in 1974. Lewis revisits some of the Sun Goddess tunes on his newest CD, and will be bringing a quintet to the Dakota to show us where he’s at these days.

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.

Roots, Blues, Other

Wednesday, May 16

Paul Geremia on KFAI’s House Party (5pm) and @ The 331 Club, Minnneapolis.  331 Club – 7pm – 9pm. (tip jar). You probably know the drill by now. Tune in to 90.3 or 106.7 FM to hear the artist, then head over to the 331 Club for a 7pm performance. Geremia plays acoustic, mostly pre-war, blues, with the occasional well-crafted original. He’s been playing this stuff for so long, that he completely inhabits it. Geremia is and internationally acclaimed musician, with his most recent album out on Saint Paul’s Red House Records.  If you like the blues at all, or if you simply like honest performances, you will want to check him out. Here’s a video.

Friday, May 18

Scottie Miller Band @ School II Bistro, Chanhanssen. 8pm ($7) Scottie’s piano playing has jump-started many a party and night out. With his Professor Longhair licks and triplett pounding rock n’ roll, Scottie will have you moving and groovin’ as they say.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues, Minneapolis. 9pm ($6) Lil’ Ed comes by his high-energy slide guitar playing almost naturally – his uncle and mentor was JB Hutto, one of the first-generation slide players out of Chicago. Ed and his band of 20 years deliver full tilt, raucous bues. His playing is contagious, and his moves – from deep back bends to toe-walks, are hugely entertaining. Check out this video.

Saturday, May 19

Hurricane Harold’s All-Star Blues Revue @ The Blue Fox Bar & Grill, Arden Hills. 9pm (No cover) This a Minnesota Blues Society gig celebrating the Fox as a new society sponsor. Hurricane Harold got his nickname for his ferocious attack on harp. He’s joined by guitarists Dave “Cool Breeze” Brown and Mark “Good Time Willy” Williams, as well as the rhythm section of Alan Kirk, and Chris Johnson.

Hotpants 45rpm Dance Parties @ Art-A-Whirl and The Nomad, Minneapolis. 5-8pm (Art-A-Whirl: Free), 9pm – 2am (Nomad: $5) The Hotpants crew will be spinning rare soul & funk during Art-A-Whirl at the Hill Valley Boutique, 33rd & Central Ave NE, then move to their normal monthly throw-down at the Nomad.

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

Northeast Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl. Art-A-Whirl  has nothing to do with Spin Art, and everything to do with actual artists who have studios throughout NE Minneapolis. The three day shopping/meandering spree also has many bands playing at the outdoor stages of The 331 Club, Psycho Suzi’s, Grumpy’s NE, Anchor Fish & Chips, the Sample room, and Stanley’s during the weekend. Expect a few food trucks and even a trolly for those who are using adult beverages to cool off. More information is available at: http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl and at the websites for the individual music venues.

John Sayles’ Honeydripper @ Old Arizona Theatre, 2821 Nicollet Ave, Mpls. 7:30pm ($10/$15 suggested donation)  Twin Cities playwright Judy Cooper Lyle has adapted the John Sayles film to the stage for this theater presentation. While I haven’t seen it, the story of a failing blues club in the 50s pinning it’s hope on a young impersonator of a big star is intriguing, to say the least. And the premise rings true. Back then, it wasn’t unusual for two or three versions of Guitar Slim, for instance, to be playing at the same time in different parts of the South.

Sunday, May 20

Curtis Blake & Greazy Gravy @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 7pm. Harmonica Curtis Blake blows a mean harp in front of this down n’ dirty danceable blues band.

Spider John Koerner @ Palmer’s Bar, Minneapolis. 8pm. Catch a legend in his natural habitat – the last vestige of the legendary West Bank of old. Koerner’s disarming way with traditional folk tunes, together with his originals and groan-inducing jokes, are the perfect accompaniment to the bar’s strong drinks.

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.


%d bloggers like this: