Around the World, Around the Block: 6.6 – 6.12

June 6, 2018

We’ve plenty of great music coming at us during the coming week, so much so that I had a hard time winnowing the list to a manageable level. You can hear great jazz from visiting and resident artists, as well as music from around the world and around the block. As a bonus, there’s a classic rock n’ roll film at the Heights Theater. Music lifts the Spirit!



Wednesday, June 6

Teri Roiger @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) This is the kind of music that the Dunsmore Room was made for. Roiger is a Hudson Valley-based vocalist who epitomizes jazz singing. Her phrasing is laid-back, and often just a tad behind the beat, sometimes evoking Abbey Lincoln, while maintaining Roiger’s own identity. But then, her 2012 tribute to Lincoln, Dear Abbey, was well received throughout jazz fandom, as was her 2017 tribute to Billie Holiday. She’ll be accompanied by husband John Menegon, bass; and area stalwarts with whom she’s played before: Phil Aaron, piano; and Phil Hey, drums.

Moriarty/Lease/Seru @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Saxophonist Pat Moriarty and pianist Ellen Lease have long been musical and marital partners, resulting in seamless musical communication during their improvising. They are able to incorporate other musicians, such as the highly talented drummer Davu Seru, easily into their spontaneous compositions.

Thursday, June 7

Sarah M Greer @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:00pm ($10, $5 w/Valid Student ID) Vocalist Greer can be heard in a number of configurations, including teaching, community sings, and with other singers. Tonight she’s accompanied by uber guitarist Dean Magraw, which will make for some mesmerizing moments.

Friday, June 8

Jana Nyberg Group @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10) She may be the mom of an infant and a tot, but this singer has been keeping her chops up and will charm you with her vibrant and charming interpretations of jazz and pop tunes. The icing on this cake is her crackerjack band, led by hubby/trumpeter Adam Meckler.

Ruckus @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm ($10, $5w/Valid student ID) Ruckus is a group led by the exciting young drummer Rodney Ruckus, who lived here in town a couple of years before heading out to Frisco, where he’s become well-established. Now he’s on a tour that will take him to NYC, Paris, and London. Tonight he’ll have Javi Santiago (who’s played quite a few gigs with Ruckus) on piano; Graydon Peterson on bass; and Jonathan Greenstein, from NY & Wisconsin, on sax. Opening at 7pm is the Carter Pearson Quartet.

Friday, Saturday, June 8, 9

Peterson Family @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($20 -$30) They’re called Minnesota’s First family of Music for good reason. Among them they have over 100 Gold and Platinum records, and have played with Prince, Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, and countless other musical luminaries. You’ll hear Patty Peterson, vocals, St. Paul Peterson, bass, keys, guitar, and vocals; Billy Peterson, bass; Linda Peterson, keys and vocals; and Jason Peterson Delaire,. sax and keys. ,

Saturday, June 9

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) At 7pm The Lila Ammons Quartet opens, w/Ted Godbout, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Nathan Norman, drums. 8:30pm – It’s The Ruckus. See Friday’s entry for Jazz Central, and add Aaron Janik, trumpet, to the line-up.

Mary Louise Knutson Trio @ Jazz at St. Barney’s,15600 Old Rockford Rd, Plymouth. 7pm – 8:15 ($10 adults, $5 students One of April’s big snowstorm’s shut down their original concert, so Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums; are appearing tonight. seating at tables, and free snacks, lemonade, and coffee.


Sunday, June 10

Capri Big Band @Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7pm – 8:30 (Free) Enjoy this intergenerational band while sipping on beverages or eating victuals from the Spring Cafe.

Monday, June 11

Stevie Kenny’s Group 47 @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($12)  Steve Kenny, trumpet; Thomas Strommen, sax; Will Kjeer, piano; Adam Tucker, bass; and Alex Burgess, drums. Now that some of the group’s members are home from school, mentor & bandleader Steve Kenny has them booked for a four-city tour through Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, including two national jazz festivals. Give them a send-off tonight.

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 6

Ray Barnard  & Friends on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Guitarist Barnard led the well-received Copperheads, recording three albums with the group. He’s been a sideman for folks like Bill Geezy, Molly Maher, and Erik Koskinen. His friends for this gig include Mikkel Beckman on percussion, and Nick Salisbury on bass.

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 7pm ($15) In the early days of his career, slide guitar master would work the crowd into a frenzy and then jump into the crowd. Don’t know ifs he still does that, but there’s no doubt he’ll still work the crowd into a frenzy with his endless boogie. Ken Valdez opens at this fundraiser for the Lowertown Blues Festival later this summer.

Makoomba @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis.7:30pm ($18) Afro-fusion and traditional Tonga rhythms from Zimbabwe that will have the standing room audience dancing in wild abandon. Marimba Bullies open.

Thursday, June 7

Hard Day’s Night @ The Heights Theater, Columbia Heights. 7:30pm ($10) The ground-breaking film that was supposed to be a quickie thing turned out to be lots of fun and a big hit. All kinds of performances from the Fab Four, as well as many jokes about Paul’s grandpa, who is a “clean old man.”

Forro With Samba Meu @ Brazil Art Twin Cities, 110716th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. 7pm-8:30pm (Free, Though Donations Warmly Welcomed) Samba Meu is a trio that explores acoustic Brazilian roots and pop. They’re embarking on a Forro project. Forro is a genre that comes from NE Brazil and incorporates a number of rhythms, some of which are akin to the blues, as Harpist extraordinaire Charlie Musselwhite has pointed out. Tonight’s concert will include accordion, rabeca (fiddle), and lots of percussion.

Friday, June 8

The Changeups & Gambler’s Daughter @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($7) Gambler’s Daughter is a band as well as the musical persona of leader Jesse Roquet, whose parents were musicians during the exploding folk scene of the 60s. A background traipsing along with her parents from gig to gig has resulted in poetic songwriting that embraces soul, blues, folk, and rock n’ roll. They’ll open at 9pm, followed at 10pm by The Changeups, an Americana band formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Alicia Kay, soon joined by guitarist Jimmy Baker. Expect country and rock with some indie, pop, blues, and folk to make things interesting. Here’s a short clip of Gambler’s Daughter.

Saturday, June 9

The Committee @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($??) Old school R&B from Maurice Jacox, Aisha Baker, and Deb Brown, backed by a 7-piece horn band.

Sunday, June 10

Russian Fireworks: A Musical Celebration @ The Russian Museum of Art, Minneapolis. 6:15 Doors, 7pm Music. ($30, $25 TMORA Members) Shostkovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and more, from Olga Orlosvkaya, soprano; Ben Odhner, violin; Silver Ainomae, cello; and Denis Evstuhin, piano. Cash bar prior to and during intermission.

Ivan Lins @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45, $50) Pianist Lins is a Latin Grammy winner and one of Brazil’s most celebrated artists. His songs have been recorded hundreds of times, by such stellar artists as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, George Benson, and others.

Monday, June 11

Huntertones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20, $25) This horn-driven six-piece band creates smart, muti-genre music, pulling from sources as diverse as Stephen Foster, Brian Wilson, and George Benson. Individual members have collaborated with bands such as Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ed Sheehan, Snarky Puppy, Ricky Martin, Red Barat, and more.

Joe Fingers @ Dunn Brothers on Grand, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) A national champion finger-picker with a pleasant voice at a neighborhood coffeehouse. Really? Really!

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.

Rhythm – Groovy & Global: 5.11 – 5.17

May 11, 2016
Plenty of opportunities to dance this week, including the Worldwide Discoteque, with Deejay Steely Dan (above), and Deejay Brian Engel

Plenty of opportunities to dance this week, including the Worldwide Discoteque, with Deejay Steely Dan (above), and Deejay Brian Engel

Despite the clouds during this May week, we’ve got plenty of music to lift our spirits. I’m always pleasantly surprised at the variety of jazz, blues, and roots music here in the Twin Cities. Tonight we have an outstanding visiting jazz pianist, while the rest of the week brings us intriguing music from resident jazz artists. This weekend seems to be a big one for ska lovers with both The English Beat in town, and a festival of ska music, film, and even Jamaican food at the Parkway Theater. We’ve got some visiting artists from New Orleans and Great Britain as well, and two dance parties celebrating music from other nations. Need I say more? Get out and enjoy the richness of Twin Cities music.


Wednesday, May 11

Bill Charlap Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($27 – $35), 9pm ($20 – $25) Wow! When it comes to piano trios, it’s hard to top pianist Charlap and his band mates, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, and no, they aren’t related. Charlap’s latest album, The Songs of Jerome Kern, has him playing while Tony Bennett sings, and the results have been lauded throughout the jazz community.

Magica Improvisada @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5 w/Student ID) Bassist Chris Bates started this monthly concept with the idea of creating several new bands over the course of the year. However, the chemistry with Joe Strachan on piano and Matt Buckner on drums was so good, that they’ve jelled as a group and are committed to playing together as much as they can, performing originals from each member.

Thursday, May 12

Authentic Violet: Melody & Jon Duo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10, $5 Student ID) That’s Melody as in vocalist Melody Mendis and Jon as in pianist Jon De Vaal. The two have lots of fun performing together

Zacc Harris Quartet @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) The Vieux continues to do a good job of booking resident talent from our jazz and roots scene. Tonight, it’s jazz, with a quartet of Twin Cities modern jazzers: Zacc Harris, guitar; Bryan Nichols, piano; Chris Bates, bass; and and JT Bates, drums.

Friday, May 13

Nathan Hanson/Doan Brian Roessler @ the Walker West Music Academy, 760 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul. 8pm  ($15) Hanson and Roessler have been playing together for over twenty years, developing a rapport that helps to move music along with no seeming effort, even when completely improvising. Tonight, they’ll be previewing their soon-to-be-released album that takes a more orchestral approach to their music. Joining saxophonist Hanson and bassist Roessler are: Laura Harada, violin; Cole Pulice, tenor and baritone; and Christopher McGuire, drums. Here are Hanson & Roessler.

Todd Harper & Possibilities @ SW Craft Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm – 11pm (No Cover) Pianist Harper runs up the street to the SW Craft Bar (formerly Señor Wongs) after his Friday happy hour gig at the Black Dog to lead a quintet with Eric Coursen, drums; Bill Grenke, bass; Chris Hagedorn, tenor; and a special guest. Here he is with some of his other friends.

Saturday, May 14

Duke n’ Donuts @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 4pm ($20 Suggested Donation) A fundraiser for Hopewell Music Cooperative  f North Minneapolis, the only music school in North Minneapolis. The event will include performance and presentations on Duke Ellington and the importance of music education, including performances from theHopewell Student Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Trio. Also, there will be donuts.

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Steve Kenny Quartet, featuring the veteran horn man and a trio of young lions, opens at 7pm with: Kenny, Flumpet; Levi Schwartzberg, vibes; Ted Olsen, bass; and Rodney Ruckus, drums. At 8:30 it’s the Dave King/George Cartwright Duo, with King on drums and percussion and Cartwright on sax. Here’s a long video of them at Radio K.

Sunday, May 15

Maurice Jacox Sings Nat King Cole @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm ($15, $40 Dinner) The R&B/jazz vocalist has sporadically performed his Nat King Cole show for a number of years. He’ll be accompanied by Reuben Ristrom, guitar; and Ron Seaman on piano. Here’s a chance to see and hear this show in a listening venue other than a theater. Here’s a promo piece for the more involved tribute that Jacox has done in the past.

Monday, May 16

Jazz Implosion @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Tonight trumpeter Bill Simenson will lead a quintet featuring: Nathan Hanson, sax; Chris Bates, bass; Dave Martin, guitar; and JT Bates on drums. Simenson leads his own 17-piece big band, so it will be interesting to see what he does with this quintet.

Tuesday, May 17

Mary Louise Knutson Trio @ Crooner’s Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7pm – 9pm ($10, $35 Dinner) Ms Knutson returns to the quiet of the Dunsmore Room to enchant us with her piano playing. She’ll be joined by Gordon Johnson, bass; and Greg Schutte, drums. Here’s a recording of the title tune from her last album.

Michael O’Brien’s Triage @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5) NYC based bassist Michael O’Brien left the Twin Cities for the Big Apples some years ago, and has since toured the world with various groups and gigged around Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is back in town for a few performances, including tonight’s which features Chris Lomheim on piano and Jay Epstein on drums. Here’s O’Brien with the Kyoko Oyobe Quartet at the Kitano in NYC>

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


Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, May 11

Don Scott & Curtis Blake on KFAI and @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM0, 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) It’s a pleasure to have Don “Scotty” Scott  ack in the state, as he spends his winters in warmer climes. The guitarist has found a great collaborator in harmonic wiz Curtis Blake  and together they deliver fine set of acoustic blues, with Rosanne Licciardi on percussion and a few surprising covers thrown in to keep your interest high. As usual, tune in to Harold’s House Party to hear them play, then head over to the 331 Club.

Sonny & Ray & the Rotations @ Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8) A collaboration between a couple of resident soul heavyweights: Sonny Knight and Ray Barnard. In the last few years, Sonny and his band the Lakers have headlined festivals both here and in Europe. “Course before then he was Little Sonny Knight back in 1965, and then sang with the legendary Haze. Ray led the roots/rock Copperheads for 12 years before striking out on his own, and recording two well-recieved albums. The duo will be performing soul & roots tunes, with a bit of influence from country, most of which were written by Graham Bramblett, who will joining them on a few. Here’s Sonny in an acoustic environment.

Thursday, May 12

Samba Meu @ the Reverie Cafe, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5) Samba Meu  brings roots music and social dance from various regions of Brazil to the cafe and bart at Nicollet & Franklin. If you only think of bossa novas when thinking of Brazilian music, here’s a chance to hear many regional styles, including sambas, chorus, batucadas, maracatu, and more. Here’s an example of a batucada.

Friday, May 13

Tom Hunter Band @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) You can often catch Hunter performing at Willie Murphy’s Monday night jams, but his resume is far bigger than that: playing with Big John Dickerson, touring with Mary Cutrufello as the opening act for the Allman Brothers 30th Anniversary tour, playing and recording with Bernard Allison, and putting out three of his own albums. Catch him performing with his own group in the big room at this Fridley lounge.

Radio Joe & The Jazzbos @ The 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 8pm ($10) Radio Joe Demko brings his romantic swing to the Western suburbs. This 40 seat cafe, with a varied wine and beer list, is the perfect intimate setting for hearing Joe do his Nat King Cole tribute during the first set. The second set will undoubtedly feature some of Joe’s fine originals as well as swing inspired by the Benny Goodman Quintet.

Worldwide Discoteque 4th Anniversary @ Nomad World Pub, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) The tropical dance party celebrates four years of bringing together the music of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean in a trans-generational, trans-ethnic celebration that has even been cited in the NY Times. Since that mention a couple of years ago they’ve moved to the larger confines of the Nomad, so let the dancing begin!

Friday, Saturday, May 13, 14

The English Beat @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($40 – $45) The English Beat were one of the most popular and influential bands of the Two-Tone Ska Movement in England in the late 70s and early 80s. They released three acclaimed albums and toured with folks like David Bowie, the Clash, and the Talking Heads, among others. After calling it quits as a band, members went on to form General Public, Fine Young Cannibals, and others. They reunited in 2003 and have been enjoying a renaissance since then by continuing to play their energizing mix of ska, soul, reggae, and rock.

Cariba Fest @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 5pm – 1am Friday, 11am – 1am Saturday ($10/event or $20 all day). Six different films about Jamaica, six different bands playing ska, reggae, and steel pan, and a dozen roots deejays will be appearing, with Ska Legends Stranger Cole and Patsy Todd performing with our own Prizefighters   Jerksican food will be available all weekend in Pepito’s, attached to the theater. As an added attraction there will be Brunch with Stranger Cole and Patsy Todd on Sunday, from 1am – 2pm.

Saturday, May 14

Yolande Bruce’s Birthday Concert @ Crooners, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Bruce is an original member of Moore by Four, and has appeared in productions at the Guthrie, Penumbra Theater, and other stages around town. Tonight the R&B/jazz singer celebrates her birthday with a few friends, including: Gary Gratz. piano; Jay Young, bass; Steve Faison, drums; and others that will undoubtedly be known to her fans.

Nikki Roux & Rich Rue/Hurricane Harold’s All-Star Revue @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 6pm (Nikki & Rich – No Cover) 9pm ( Hurricane – $8) Here’s another two-fer of roots from the Vieux. Nikki & Rich form the heart of Nikki & the Rue-mates, and together, play the blues and folk-rock. Hurricane Harold Trembley is host of the House Party on KFAI, where he brings in roots artists to play every week. As a result, he has a large rolodex of musicians to choose for various incarnations of the All-Stars. Whoever he has, they will likely be A-list roots musicians, and include a couple of vocalists.

New Orleans Suspects @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10 Advance, $15 Door) Some of the finest R&B musicians to come out of New Orleans, the Suspects are: Mean Willie Green, who has drummed for the Neville Brothers since the 80s; Reggie Scanlan, who played bass with James Booker, Professor Longhair, and for 33 years, the Radiators; guitarist Jake Eckert cut his teeth with Derek Trucks before joining the Dirty Dozen; CR Gruver, on piano, is classically trained, and played with many of the city’s well known musicians as well as leading his own band, Funkifry’d; while tenor saxist Kevin Harris is a founding member of the Dirty Dozen who has also played with folks ranging from Elvis Costello, to Norah Jones. Our own Butanes open at 9:30 and the Suspects perform from 10:30 – 1am. As an added bonus, for an additional $15 you can attend a Crawfish Boil on the Joint patio next door.

All Asian Nation Dance Party @ The Bedlam Lowertown, Saint Paul. 9:30pm ($7, $10 after 11pm) Here’s a chance to experience and dance to an evening of Asian Hits, from K-Pop (Korea) to Bollywood (India), as well as several Asian musical genres you may not have heard. If the music moves you, get on the dance floor. Though there will be appearances by Drag Queen Sunny Kiriyama and Drag King Sum Yung Wang, along with multi-musician/artist/producer Miggy Smalls Slice, there is no dress code. For an example of K-pop, here’s a video that’s gotten over 100 million views on YouTube.

Sunday, Monday, May 15, 16

James Hunter Six @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35 – $45) Hunter is a fine proponent of updated soul and R&B. In fact, Mojo Music Magazine of England, declared him “UKs’ best soul singer.” In person he’s a delightful performer, backed by a great band. His latest album, “Hold On” has been released on Brooklyn’s hipster/funk label Daptone, which only adds to his pedigree. Highly recommended if you have any interest in soul music, whether its contemporary or classic.


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

Music for Autumn… 10.17 – 10.23

October 17, 2012

It’s a busy week coming up, with some outstanding jazz from visiting and resident artists, a couple of drummer-led groups, a new jazz venue, two chances to hear Brazilian music, a couple of 45rpm dance parties, and choice roots music. Pick and choose, it’s hard to lose.


Wednesday, Thursday, October 17, 18

Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($65 – $50), 9pm ($50 – $40) Fleck turned the jazz world on its ear when he and his group The Flecktones started tackling all manner of jazz compositions. He has been called the best banjo player in the world by folks who should no. Marcus Roberts played piano with Wynton Marsalis before going out on his own. His trio includes Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass. This is an event. But more than an event, it’s a chance to see and hear some strikingly original voices in jazz.

Thursday, October 18

Jazz on the Line @ Mai Village, Saint Paul. 6:30 – 10:00pm. Mira and Tom Kehoe & Friends perform jazz, Brazilian, and World music. Mira and Tom are part of the Brazilian music group, Xibaba. This is part of a series to bring people to various restaurants and businesses along the Central Corridor during construction. Mai Village has been hit particularly hard and faces eviction at the end of the month. Buy dinner and/or drinks as you enjoy the music.

Maryann Sullivan @ The Third Floor, Dr. Chocolate’s Chateu, 579 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. ($3) An early start makes this new place for jazz just right for a little chocolate dessert along with wine or beer while you enjoy the swinging vocals of Ms Sullivan, accompanied by guitarist Joel Shapira and Saxophonist Doug Haining.

Friday, October 19

Patty Peterson/Bobby Lyle Dual CD Release Party @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25) Both Peterson and Lyle have new CDs, and since Lyle is a guest on Patty’s CD, they are both featured this evening. Lyle’s CD is an organ trio affair, while Peterson’s reflects her pop/jazz/R&B repertoire. Both groups will play during each of the two sets tonight.

Friday, Saturday, October 19, 20

Dave King, Bill Carrothers, and Billy Peterson @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul ($15) The month of drummer-led combos continues at the AQ. This time Bill Carrothers on piano, who was magnificent last weekend with Ari Hoenig, is playing with local tubmaster Dave King, and veteran bassist Billy Peterson. An inspired grouping.

Babatunde Lea, Adam Linz, & Zacc Harris @ Cafe Maude at Loring Park, 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis. 9pm (no cover) This group has played a number of times at the original Cafe Maude, where they were well received in spite of the fact that most folks were there for food. Don’t know if the same vibe will be at the new place, but I can say that multi-percussionist Lea was simply amazing at the AQ a couple of weeks ago.

Tuesday, October 23

Kurt Elling @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) Elling is perhaps the best male vocalist in jazz. Heck the best male vocalist, period. He’s touring behind his latest CD, 1619 Broadway, an homage to the last of the professional songwriters, most of whom carried out their craft in the Brill Building at that address. Expect songs from Lieber & Stoller, Goffen & King, and Bacharach & David, among others. Here’s one of the songs from the new album.

Rebirth of the Cool @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($7 suggested donation) The Birth of the Cool album, performed live, from the beginning to end, featuring: Adam Rossmiller, trumpet; Doug Haining, Alto sax; Tara Hochstatter, French Horn; Scott Agster, trombone; Greg Keel, bari sax; John Tranter, tuba; Tanner Taylor, piano; Matt Peterson, bass; Mac Santiago, drums.

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.

Roots, Blues, Other…

Wednesday, October 17

Ditch Lilies on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm hour (KFAI – 90.3 & 106.7), 7pm (331 Club – tip jar) Ace picking and two part harmonies from Lisa Schultz and Kari Larson. Pulling from old timey, bluegrass, western swing and other old genres, Lisa and Kari deliver the goods on what’s become known as Americana. They don’t get up here too often (they live in Maiden Rock), so this is a good time to catch em.

Thursday, October 18

Orkestar Bez Ime @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Tip Jar)  Wild Balkan party music. Push back the tables and chairs and dance as if no one is watching.

Sambo Makti @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10:35pm. ($5) They say they’re a funk band, but I’ll be darned if most of the players are usually found in jazz groups. I’m betting they’ll definitely be putting some funk in your rump. Scott Fultz, alto sax; Clay Pufal, tenor & bari; Matt Darling, trombone; Tom Reichert, guitar; Nick Salisbury, bass; and Joey Van Phillips, drums.

Friday, October 19

Hipshaker @ The Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis. 9pm. ($5) The move to Friday nights has not hurt the Hipshaker dance party at all. In fact, more folks are coming out to dance to the rare funk, soul, and R&B that Greg and Brian spin. Special guest is DJ Father Time (Mike Elias).

Mill City Hot Club @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 9pm Guitarist Deano Mikkelson is celebrating a big birthday by playing with Dean Harrington, Bill Grenke, and Joe Steinger. Extra added attraction is Nikki Matteson on guest vocals. Gypsy jazz and swing.

Saturday, October 20

Samba Meu & Friends @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 2pm – 4pm (tip jar) An afternoon of Brazilian music that goes way beyond bossa novas. Enjoy contemporary and roots music from the land of sambas and batucadas, as done by Karen Quiroz, vocals; Tim O’Keefe, percussion; and James Allen and David Martin, guitars. Special guests will add to the mix. You can hear Karen singing here.

Commander Cody @ Famous Dave’s, Uptown Minneapolis. 9pm ($15) Those of a certain age and predilection will remember the faux country weeper from the early 70s, (Down to) Seed and Stems Again, as well as the rushing rockabilly of Hot Rod Lincoln and others. It’s country music that rocks.

Hot Pants 45 rpm Dance Party @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) If you didn’t get enough rare funk n’ soul last night, or perhaps didn’t get out, you’ve got a rare second chance in one weekend.

Phil Heywood @ Riveriew Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm ($13) Another evening of ace fingerpicking from Heywood, winner of two National Fingerpicking Championships.

Sunday, October 21

Acoustic Africa: Afropean Women featuring Dobet Gnahore @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($30) I’m excited about the return of Dobet Gnahore, who put on an enthralling show at the Dakota the last time she was here. See my review of that performance here. She’ll be joined by Manou Gallo, bassist for Zap Mama, and Karece Fotso, a Cameroonian singer.

Monday, October 22

Viva Power Trio @ The Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) Viva DeConcini was featured in Guitar Player magazine in 2009. She’s produced burlesque and variety shows at Joe’s Pub in NYC, played in a Brazilian group, as well as with drag queens and strippers, and has even played at Bonaroo and the Monterrey Jazz Festival. Her songs are full of energy and commentary, whether singing about love or shopping. Should be a rockin’ house at the Driftwood.

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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