Summer’s End: 8.31 – 9.6

August 31, 2016

STATE_FAIR_MUSICWell, as we approach the Labor Day weekend, I’ve learned that the AFL-CIO booth at the Fair seems to have lots of jazz. You can find out the schedule, as well as what’s on other stages, here. .The Minnesota Blues Society has kindly put together a list of blues and some roots performances on a daily basis, which you can find here. If you aren’t heading to the Fair, there is plenty of other music around to help you bring the summer to an end, whether you’re looking for visiting artists or some of our own resident artists. Thanks to Tim Nyberg for his reworking of a photo of mine from a past fair. Have fun, music lifts your spirit.

Jazz

Wednesday, August 31

Jane Monheit and Nicholas Payton @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7-m ($35, $45), 9pm ($25, $35) Vocalist Monheit and trumpeter Payton are calling this show Ella and Louis revisited. Since her beautiful voice vaulted her to stardom in 1998’s Thelonious Monk competition, Monheit has released nine albums and has guested on a number of others. The 39 year old still has a terrific voice, as exemplified in her latest release, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. It was produced by New Orleans native and fantastic trumpeter Nicholas Payton, so I guess it seemed natural that they collaborate on this project. If they can have half as much fun as Ella and Louis Armstrong, it will be a great show.

Patrick Adkins @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/student ID) This Edina HS grad is currently studying piano at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. The former member of the Dakota Combo will play a solo set and then be joined by Thomas Strommen, sax; and Aidan Sponheim, trumpet, for the second set.

Steve Kenny Quartet @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 8pm ($5) Veteran Steve Kenny once again surrounds himself with some outstanding 20-ish musicians: Jabari Powell, saxophones; Ted Olsen, bass; and Rodney Ruckus, drums. Kenny will be playing his signature Flumpet, and combination fluegelhorn/trumpet.

Thursday, September 1

Thursday Night Jazz @ The Reverie, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) It’s a guitar-lovers evening at the Reverie as Tall Tales, which includes two of the Twin Cities most adventurous guitarists takes the stage. Zacc Harris & Dean Granros, guitars; with the outstanding support of Chris Bates, bass; Jay Epstein, drums. Here’s an example of what they sound like.

Thursday, Friday, September 1,2

Barbara Morrison w/Houston Person @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30 – $40) No one else can perform jazz and blues with the verve and innate talent of Morrison, who has recorded with the Crusaders, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Ray Charles, Johnny Otis, Kenny Burrell and Doc Severinson. She’s recorded 20 of her own albums and has been nominated for Grammys. Back in 2004 she appeared at the Dakota and recorded a fine album with Houston Person, that big-toned, soulful sax player who can caress a ballad or put grit on a blues. The two of them are back, for a show that will surely be enjoyable.  Here’s Person.

Friday, September 2

Jon Pemberton/Peter Kogan Quintet @ Vieux Carre, Saint Paul. 6pm (Pemberton – no cover), 9pm (Kogan – $10) Enjoy the music of pianist/trumpeter Jon Pemberton, who may have a musical partner, from 6 to 8pm, then stick around for Kogan’s quintet, playing his original music: Kogan, drums; Pete Whitman, just back from China, sax; Phil Aaron, piano; Anthony Cox, bass.

Jason and the Q @ Hells Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) Jason Weismann is a saxophonist and crooner whose vocals and sound harken back to the 50s, though his playing is certainly modern. Bonus: he always has stellar musicians in the Q.

Saturday, September 3

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) After two years of shows, this series has settled into a groove. The opening act is generally a young, or newer band, to give the audience a chance to discover new talent, while the headlining band is generally, but not always, a well established group of veterans who play two sets. Tonight’s opener at 7pm Lars-Erik Larson Trio: Larson, drums; Kam Markworth, bass; Aaron Hedenstrom sax; with special guest Steve Kenny, flumpet. Headlining at 8:30pm is the Paul Harper Bardo Band: Harper, saxes; Phil Aaron, piano; Tom Lewis bass; Nathan Norman, drums.

Sunday, September 4

Jazz Brunch w/James Buckley Trio @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 10am (No Cover) It’s Sunday brunch. It’s jazz. What else do you need to know? Oh yes, Buckley, bass; Nelson Devereaux, sax; JT Bates, drums

Sunday Jam Session w/Cole Mahlum @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 2pm – 4pm (Tip Jar??) Spontaneous collaboration is the essence of jazz. Todays session is hosted by guitarist Cole Mahlum, and focuses on the soul jazz sound of the Hammond B3, played by Abebi Stafford, with drumming by Jesse Simon, leader of the MN Hard Bop Collective.

Davell Crawford @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30 – $40) Pianist Crawford is often called the Prince of New Orleans. He certainly comes from a royal musical background, as his grandfather was guitarist Sugarboy Crawford, the first artist to record Jock-A-Mo (Iko Iko), and is the godson of Roberta Flack. At ten years old, he was accompanying gospel choirs in New Orleans, giving him a foundation for everything he currently plays, which can range from classic R&B to B3 Soul Jazz to jazz and ballads.

Monday, September 5

LaValle Jazz Cats Little Big Band @ Como Dockside, Saint Paul. 7pm (Free) This ten-piece little big band does music by Basie, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Miles, Sonny Rollins, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and some contemporary artists like Michael Buble, Chick Corea, and Harry Connick Jr.

Tuesday, September 6

Todd Clouser’s Future Dance @ Crooners’ Lounge and Supper Club, Fridley. 7pm – 10pm (No Cover) Guitarist Clouser has earned rave reviews in the national press for his guitar playing, which is heavily based in jazz but, as a relatively young musician, also includes influences from funk and rock. With this new trio, Clouser; Greg Schutte, drums; and from Paris, Warren Walker, sax; form a groove heavy trio performing a collection of original music and de-arrangements of artists from the Motown era to create danceable jazz. After all, jazz was originally played for dancing. Here’s Clouser with his other project, A Love Electric, showing his funk influence.

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, August 31

House Party’s 10 Year Anniversary, with the RAMM Band on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Can it really be ten years since Harold Tremblay began the House Party? The Blues and Roots show features live artists every week, followed by an appearance at the 331 Club. To Celebrate, Harold is bringing in the RAMM Band. It’s Real American Made Music, filled with classic Motown, funk, and rock n’ roll, performed by three very fine musicians: Paul Mayasich, guitar; John Iden, bass; and Donald “Hye Pockets” Robertson.

Maurice Jacox Band @ The Mill City Museum, Minneapolis. 6pm – 8pm ($5, free for museum members) Is this a cool gig or what? The courtyard of the Mill City Museum lets you be outdoors, yet surrounded by some very old stone walls. Plus, vocalist Jacox has a quartet to back him, rather than a duo, or even trio, which will make for some fine ballads, blues, jazz, and R&B. They are: Thomas West, keys; John Della Selva, guitar; Charles Fletcher, bass; and Rob Stupka on drums. Plus, your $5 ticket gets you into the museum between 4pm and 9pm.

Kari Arnett & Laney Jones and the Spirits @ The Aster Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm ($10) An evening of Americana at the Aster. Arnett is a guitarist and singer/songwriter who, much like Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, or Emilylou Harris, draws her inspiration from older forms of country and folk music. Her 2105 EP Midwestern Skyline has drawn praise from around the country. She’ll be accompanied by a four-piece band. Laney Jones is a 24 year old multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter who was raised in rural Florida, and began songwriting while in college. She then went to Berklee, where she majored in Songwriting. Since then, she’s been featured on PBS, and named as one of Ten Country Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone. In March she released a self-titiled album which leans a bit more towards pop, with the dance-happy Allson as her first single, and has been touring the nation since then backed by her band The Spirits.

Thursday, September 1

Nikki Roux & Rich Rue @ Golden’s Lowertown, 275 East 4th Street, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar?) Golden’s, the little restaurant with the walk-up window across from Saint Paul’s Farmer’s Market, has a stage and small room dedicated to music, much of which covers folk/Americana, though the occasional jazz group turns up. Tonight they have the folk-rock/blues of Nikki Roux and Rich Rue, who’ve been gathering Saint Paul fans with regular appearances at the Vieux Carre.

Swamp Poppas @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm – 11pm ($5??) The dance floor at the Eagles Club will be filled as the Poppas perform their blend of Southern Louisiana music: R&B, Swamp Pop, and a bit of Cajun/Zydeco.

Paul Barry & The Ace Tones w/Lila Ammons @ Famous Daves, Minneapolis. 7pm – 10pm (No cover) Some west coast and jump blues from harpist Paul Barry, along with Jon Pederson, guitar; Vince Hyman, piano & vibes; Scott Soule, bass; and Doug Hill, drums. They’ll be joined by special guest Lila Ammons, who can sing the blues with verve and style.

Friday, September 2

The Pluto Trio @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) The Pluto Trio is bassist Paul Kammeyer, percussionist Josh Smith, and keyboardist John Kammeyer. They describe their music as mostly original compositions, is in the vein of Booker T and the MGs, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, or Tortoise, with a dash of new wave and electronica for good measure.

An Evening with Charlie Parr, w/Lianne Smith Opening @ the Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 9pm ($8 Advance, $10 Door) Freewheelin’ First Fridays moves to the new Hook & Ladder Lounge in the space formerly occupied by Patrick’s Cabaret. Doors open at 8pm and Lianne Smith opens. Some may remember Smith from the late 80s band Safety Last, which featured Gary Louris and Rusty Jones, among others. Nowadays she lives in Brooklyn and writes about making decisions, adventurous bicycle riding, and saying goodbye to Summer, for which this gig is highly appropriate. Duluth bluesman Charlie Parr is the star, and will undoubtedly pack the place, as he plays his stripped down Delta style blues with the conviction (and experience) of a man who can do nothing but be on the road and sing songs.

Willie Walker & the We R Band @ Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($10?) Just returned from Brazil, our own original soul man and his band take over the MMC stage on a Friday night for your dancing pleasure. A good way to kick off the Labor Day Weekend.

Saturday, September 3

Dee Miller Band @ Schooner’s Tavern, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Ms Miller and her band will be belting out the blues in this south side neighborhood joint. The small dance floor will undoubtedly be filled, thanks to Ms Miller’s choice of material and vibrant voice.

Joe Cruz & Jennifer Grimm @ Washington Square, White Bear Lake. 9pm (Tip jar?) Vocalist/songwriter Grimm had Manitou Station hopping on Sunday nights for years, until the Station, as it’s now called, decided to stop featuring music. You can catch her tonight in a slightly more intimate duo set with well-respected guitarist Joe Cruz.

Willie Murphy & the Angel Headed Hipsters @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm (No Cover) Murphy is one of three charter members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, along with Dylan and Prince, and he delivers rousing rock n’ roll and R&B. Though the dance floor is much smaller than many places Murphy has played, the energy is still full-on fun.

Sunday, September 4

Porktoberfest II @ Dayblock Brewing, Minneapolis. Noon – 2am ($5 advance/$10door) Music and pork products galore, including Pork Shanks, Beer Brats, Pork Belly sliders, and bacon, bacon, bacon! Music starts at 2pm, and includes Private Oates, Rolling Stoners, Marah in the Mainsail, Brass and Bodyworks, and the School of Rock. Pretzels, veggie sandwiches, and corn on the cob will also be available at this family-friendly, but no pets allowed, event.

Katy Vernon Band @ Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. 5:30pm – 7pm (Free)  The London-raised, Minnesota-based Vernon is a singer/songwriter who creates charming folk-pop. Though her lyrics may speak of sad and melancholy topics, she surrounds them with light-hearted music, thanks in part to her use of the ukelele, as well as her ace band. Bring a picnic and a blanket, or stake out a space on the benches in front of the bandshell and get some food from the The Bread and Pickle restaurant next to the bandshell, and listen while kids frolic at the nearby beach, sailboats cross the lake, and airplanes fly overhead. A glorious way to spend part of the Labor Day Weekend.

Monday, September 5

Jose Feliciano @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40 – $55), 9pm ($35 – $45) Eight Grammys, over forty-five gold and platinum records, Feliciano is a virtuosic guitarist with a musical imagination that can rework  all kinds of songs into a blend of Latin, jazz, pop, rock, and even a nod or two to classical music. His last appearance at the Dakota a few years back was a delightful evening of mixed media, storytelling, and great music.

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


Choices, Choices, Choices. Music: 10.1 – 10.7

October 1, 2014

DSC00159.JPGThe leaves are changing as are the number of opportunities to get out and listen to music, with visiting jazz artists, a number of opportunities to dance, new chamber music and some honky-tonkin in a jazz club. Have fun. Music is good for the body and soul.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 1

Coryell, Bailey, & White @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30), 9pm ($25) I mentioned this group last week since they played on Tuesday night. Three of the pioneers of jazz rock are gathering to prove that blistering improvisation and rock rhythms are not mutually exclusive. Larry Coryell on guitar has been called the inventor of the genre, though he can play delicate soothing lines, as well as fiery electric work. Victor Bailey took over the bass spot in Weather Report when Jaco Pasorius left the group. Drummer Lenny White played in Return to Forever and on the Miles Davis Bitches Brew recordings. Here’s a version of a song they did last night.

Anthony Cox Presents Downrange Telemetrics @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) A bit more than jazz, this is a multimedia/poetry/musical presentation, featuring poet Becca Barniskis, visual artist Lori Brink, guitarist Nick Jaffe, and Cox. This may seem an odd pairing, but really, jazz musicians and poets have been sharing stages since the 1950s or earlier.

Thursday, October 2

Seru, Gillett, & Evans @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Another in the weekly series at Kyber Pass, this time featuring Davu Seru, percussion; Charles Gillett, lap guitar; and Elaine Evans, pocket trumpet.

Friday, October 3

Lee Ritenour @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($40) After a career spanning 50 years, guitarist Ritenour has earned a Grammy as well as 19 nominations, played on over 3,000 recording sessions, for artists ranging from the Mamas and Papas to Sonny Rollins and Frank Sinatra, and was a founding member of Fourplay, one of the most successful groups in jazz.

The siblings at play

The siblings at play

An Evening with Chris & JT @ Sweet 317, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10?/$20?) That’s brothers Chris & JT Bates, two of the finest musicians in town. Sweet 317 is an intimate space in Lowertown’s Northern Warehouse. They just received a Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Tonight, Chris on bass; and JT on drums, will be featured. For more information: info@sweet317.com

Eric Kamau Gravatt & Friends @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Kamau is the amazing drummer who has recorded and performed with Weather Report and McCoy Tyner, among others. Tonight his friends include: Pete Whitman, sax; Zacc Harris guitar; and young Charlie Lincoln, bass.

College Night @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. ($10 Suggested Donation) The debut of a new series featuring combos from area colleges and universities. Tonight starts with combos from North Central University from Minneapolis.

Foreign Motion, Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric CD Release, and Stolyette @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10:30pm ($10) Foreign Motion and ALE both feature formidable guitarists. A Love Electric is a Mexico City-based trio led by Todd Clouser, who is originally from the Twin Cities. Stolyette is a Minneapolis duo with Russian vocals, a bass, and tape loops, shifters and other electronic musicianship. The frets will be burning tonight. Here’s a video from Clouser and his group with a guest trombone player.

Saturday, October 4

The Illicit Sextet @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul 8pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Concert #2 in the Saturday Jazz at the Blackdog series. This time the Illicit Sextet will be garnering your attention. They play nothing but original compositions, with a line-up and sound that evokes the hard bop years and a freshness that’s true to the present.

Monday, October 6

Jake & Noah Baldwin @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Though they share the same last name and both play trumpet, these Baldwin’s are not brothers. They are, however, very good musicians, and when you add the drums and bass of Jazz Central, you have a hot quartet, indeed.

Ken Thomson’s Slow/Fast, w/Seru, Lewis, & Fratzke @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) It’s another evening of jazz on the edge at Icehouse. Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast are a NYC band touring around the very recent release of its second album, Settle. The group consists of Thomson, alto sax, bass clarinet, and compositions; Nir Felder, guitar; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Adam Armstrong, bass; and drummer Fred Kennedy. Their set will be followed by a performance from Daru Seru, percussion; Mike Lewis, sax; and Erik Fratzke, bass. Here’s an excerpt of a piece from Thomson.

Tuesday, October 7

davu-seru-dean-mcgrawMagraw & Seru @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm ($5-$20 Suggested Donation) Dean Magraw, guitar; and Davu Seru, percussion get together on the first Tuesday of every month to deepen their musical communication and share it with appreciative audiences.

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, October 1

Bingham & Thorne on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3, 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Bob Bingham and Gordon Thorne are extraordinary players on both six and twelve string guitars. Thorne also plays mandolin. When they play, they invite you into their lives with both stories and song. Both are seasoned veterans of many bands, and together, of many festivals. They’ll be joined by a special guest, fiddler Randy Sabien. Tune in, and if you like them, check them out in person.

Neo-American Primitive Guitar Showcase @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm ($5 – $20 Suggested Tip)  Folks, Blues, & Beyond, from guitarists Kyle Fosburgh, Steve Palmer, Matt Helgeson, and Nic Garcia. More guitar music for a Wednesday night.

Erik Koskinen @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 10pm ($8) This is the debut of a monthly residency for Koskinen  who writes wry songs with a keen viewpoint on American life. He’s a heckuva guitar player as well.

Thursday, October 2

The Swamp Poppas @The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($5?) Get out your dancing shoes and enjoy the  Cajun, Swamp Pop, and Zydeco sound of the Poppas – an unassuming band with a mission to get you out on the dance floor. Always a treat.

Friday, October 3

Hurricane Harold’s All-Star Blues Revue @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm – 10pm ($10?) Tonight, the All-Stars feature Jason Lockwood, Dan Schwalbe, Victor Span, Keith Boyles, and Tim Wick. Harpist Harold has brought together a stellar group of musicians, featuring Kentucky guitarist Jason Lockwood, who has played at the International Blues Competition 16 years in a row. It’s an early show, so you can catch a set or two and still be home in time to get a good night’s sleep or watch some late night TV.

Big George Jackson CD Release @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($5) His deep voice will shake the rafters, while bandmates Jeremy Johnson and Phil Schmid will lay down a blues groove you won’t easily forget. Here’s a video from a few years back.

The Erickson’s Album Release @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($18/$15 Advance) Sisters Bethany Balentini and Jenny Kapernick are releasing their fourth album, Bring Me Home. They use their sisterly harmonies to great effect, whether singing rootsy songs of sorrow, as in the past, or the playful and slightly electro/pop of My Love, the first single from the new album. Opening is BB Gun (Al Church, Neal Pervix, and Jeremy Hanson)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 3,4,5

Zeitgeist Plays New Discoveries and Old Favorites @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7:30pm Friday ($10), 7:30pm Saturday ($20, including post-concert reception), 2pm Sunday ($10)  The contemporary chamber music ensemble will feature the world premier of From Afar, the Dragon Calls, by Minnesota Composer Jeff Lambert, as well as other new works and a couple of favorites, not to forget the debut of the ensemble’s newest member, pianist Nicola Melville. For a complete rundown of the program, visit:  http://www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org/new-discoveries-old-favorites.php

Saturday, October 4

Soul Tight Committee @ Bunker’s, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($7) R&B and funk from a ten-piece band with a number of singers. This is a band to see when you want to dance to songs you know as well as a few new ones.

Sunday, October 5

Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 1pm – 7pm ($10 Suggested Donation) – It’s the Blues Society’s annual event. Jimi “Prime time” Smith will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he’ll perform with The Groove Merchants, Also on hand will be the Jeremy Johnson Blues Band (Jeremy is an honoree), Big George Jackson, The Butanes, and the Don King Blues Band.

Nachito Herrera & His Cuban Orchestra @ The Ordway Theater, Saint Paul. 7:30 ($23 – $55) Since his arrival in Minnesota about 12 years ago, Cuban born pianist Nachito Herrera has been wowing audiences both here and around the world, whether playing Latin Jazz, traditional Cuban music, or with classical symphonies. Now, he’s put together a concert featuring members of the Youth Symphony, four singers from Cuba, and a host of others. Something like 70 or 80 musicians will be on stage. Plus, there will be a dance floor for folks inspired by Cuban son, cha cha chas, and other Latin rhythms. I interviewed Nachito on my show this past Saturday, which you can hear at: http://kfai.org/rhythmandgrooves. The interview starts soon after the show begins.

Junior Brown @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45) Guitarist Brown is an American original – a throwback to the days when country music burned with the energy of high octane gas running through a four barrel carburetor, especially when he sings songs like Highway Patrol, and Hang Up and Drive. He invented the guit-steel guitar, which he places on a small stand, letting him switch between lap steel and lead guitar with ease. Expect some honky-tonk and western swing, with a bit of blues, Tex-Mex, and surf rock thrown in for good measure. He won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year award in 1996 for his song, “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead.” Here’s a live version of that song.

Tuesday, October 7

Fat Chance Jug Band – Jug Band Jam @ The Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis. 6pm (Tip Jar) Here’s the ticket when you are longing for some simple music from mostly home-made instruments. Unpretentious music for an unpretentious bar.

Vinyl Voices @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No Cover) KFAI deejays Sara Oxton and Tarik Thonton will take turns spinning R&B, Soul, & Funk vinyl for your listening pleasure while sampling the beers of Harriet Brewing.

Tuesday, Wednesday, October 7,8

Al Stewart @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) In 1979, British folk rocker Stewart was all over the airwaves with the million selling Year of the Cat and Time Passages. Some 20 odd albums later, he’s touring with musical partner Dave Nachmanoff, rather than the full band of those years. He’ll be doing acoustic versions of many of his old songs as well as some newer numbers. Here they are.

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.


Dancing in the Streets, Parks, and Clubs. Music: 6.4 – 6.10

June 4, 2014
The Lyn-Lake Street Festival a couple of years ago.

The Lyn-Lake Street Festival a couple of years ago.

Music lifts your spirit, especially when dancing. Outdoor festivals will surely break out in dancing, whether to rock n’ roll, funk, or big bands. However, those of you who prefer the indoors, or simply listening, will have plenty of opportunities to indulge yourselves.

Jazz

Wednesday, June 4

Happy Spirits @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Anthony Cox curates first Wednesdays at JC, and tonight he’s bringing in one of his own bands. Happy Spirits will be playing contemporary jazz inspired by electric Miles, Primetime Ornette, and David Holland’s Prism. The band will include Soloman Parham, trumpet; Peter Schimke, keys; Kevin Washington, drums; and Anthony Cox on bass and cello.

Thursday, June 5

Joyce Lyons @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) Lyons, who moved to the Twin Cities a few years ago, has sung all over the country, and even for the Supreme Court.  Her singing seems straightforward, yet her interpretation of classic standards shows nuance, as well as an understanding of the words and the emotions behind them.

Friday, June 6

JT Bates Organ Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10 Suggested Donation) The versatile drummer Bates, gets together with Kevin Gasonguey on B3, and Zacc Harris on guitar, who is no stranger to B3 trios himself.

Unknown-3Vicky Mountain @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm – 10:30pm  (No Cover) Vicky is a well-known and well-appreciated singer and educator who is equally comfortable scatting bebop, singing the Great American Songbook, or providing a new interpretation to the lyrics of rock n’ roll chestnuts. Well worth hanging out at the lounge of this D’Amico restaurant.

 

What Would Monk Do @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (Tip Jar) This is the fifth year of performing for this quartet, featuring Peter Schimke, piano; Billy Peterson, bass; Steve Kenny, trumpet; and Kenny Horst, drums. It’s the first public performance for Horst since the closing of the Artists’ Quarter. As usual, this high-powered quartet will present both well-known and obscure tunes by Thelonious Monk as well as Monk-inspired compositions by Steve Kenny and Kenny Horst.

Fall of the House of Usher @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 11:30pm ($5) A octet of jazz musicians playing groove music: Afrobeats; 70s Psychedelic Miles, New Orleans funk, and 80s No Wave, among others. Christopher Cunningham, guitar; Chis Bates, bass; Greg Schutte, drums; Jon Davis, clarinets; Nelson Deveraux, saxes; Adrian Larkin, alto; Elliott Wachs, baritone sax; and Ivan Cunningham, alto.

Friday, Saturday, June 6, 7

Dave King Trucking Company @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($10 advance/$12 door) I could probably highlight a different Dave King group each month for a year if the groups in which he’s a founder and/or major player performed enough. As it is, for two nights, King and Co. will be turning up the heat at the Icehouse with ferocious, sonically dense music from Chris Speed & Brandon Wozniak, saxes; Eric Fratzke, guitar; Adam Linz, bass; and King on drums and cymbals.

Sunday, June 8

24th Annual Jazz on the Prairie Festival @ Staring Lake Amphitheater, Eden Prairie, 2pm – 8pm. (Free) Here’s a chance to fully sate your need to hear big bands. Starting at 2pm, the Bend in the River Big Band takes the stage, followed hourly by the Just Friends Big Band, The Good News Big Band, The River City Jazz Orchestra, The ACME Jazz Company, and host Jazz on the Prairie Big Band. Ribs will be available to ease your hunger pangs. More information on location and parking can be found at: http://www.jazzontheprairie.com/jazzfestival.aspx

Firebell @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 4pm – 6pm (Tip Jar) Park Evans, guitar; Graydon Peterson, bass; and Jay Epstein, drums, perform Park’s originals as well as jazz standards for a Sunday afternoon.

Emily Bear @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($20) Quincy Jones is producing this 12-year old, whose talent as a piano player far outstrips her years – she’s already written over 350 songs, and has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the White House, Carnegie Hall, and on numerous TV shows. She’s also showing promise as a singer. Here she is at Montreaux.

Monday, June 9

Mary Louise Knutson Trio w/Debbie Duncan @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Regency Room, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth. 7pm – 8:15pm. (Free) This performance is part of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Convention, but is open to the public and free. Joining pianist Knutson will be bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Greg Schutte. Debbie Duncan will join the Trio mid-way through the set.

Adam Rossmiller @ Jazz Central, Minnepolis. 8:30pm ($10 suggested Donation) Trumpeter Rossmiller plays with the Jack Brass Band, Mambo’s Combo, Snowblind, and several other groups, including the occasional tour with Doc Severinson. He’s played with the JC trio before, so I expect this will be a relaxed, swingin’ set.

Tuesday, June 10

A Chris Olson Project @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Olson is on the faculty at McNally Smith, and also teaches at MacPhail and the Shell Lake Jazz Camp during summer months. He may be best known for his work in the trio Framework, with Chris Bates and Jay Epstein, where his clean lines shine through. Each month at the  Black Dog he’s joined by a special guest.

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

Blues, Roots, Other…

Wednesday, June 4

7632Joe & Vicki Price on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3FM & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) These Delta-inspired blues artists make their home in Northern Iowa, and lucky for us, make regular trips to the Twin Cities to appear in a number of venues over the course of the week. Joe & Vicki kick off this month’s semi-residency with an appearance on Harold’s House Party during the 5pm hour, then head over to the 331 Club to perform from 7pm – 9pm.

Thursday, June 5

Todd Clouser @ The 318 Club, Wayzata. 8pm ($10) Minnesota born, educated in NYC, and living in Mexico City, guitarist/composer Clouser plays jazz with a number of artists, and leads his own A Love Electric, yet doesn’t fit into a neat jazz category, since his playing and writing reveal rock and other influences as well. Tonight he’ll be playing solo at this intimate west metro coffeehouse with wine & beer.

Jacox, Mosher, Wells, & Bobby E @ Dusty’s, NE Minneapolis. 8:30pm – 1pm (Tip Jar) Maurice Jacox, vocalist extraordinaire, has been doing a few gigs with guitarist Bobby E and Tom Wells on tuba. As might be expected with musicians of this calibre, the results have been entertaining and enlightening. Now they’re adding Cathy Mosher, a long-time singing partner of Bobby E to the mix. Add in the cozy, low-key confines of Dusty’s and you have an intimate evening of music.

Friday, June 6

Willie Murphy & the Angel-Headed Hipsters and Chris Holm @ the Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm ($6) Jackson Buck of KFAI presents another Freewheelin’ Friday. This one features the legendary Willie Murphy and his band, playing their unique blend of blues, R&B and rock n’ roll. Chris Holm, of 4 on the Floor and the Fattenin’ Frogs, will play some blues to open. There’ll be a food truck, of course, and the weather should allow for opening the warehouse doors and spreading the music outside. Here’s Murphy:

Playing for Change @ O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, Saint Paul. 7pm ($35, $40, $60) This is a very successful high-concept band, brought together with the idea of inspiring and bringing peace to the world through music. Its ten musicians come from New Orleans, The Netherlands, South Africa, Congo, Japan, Zimbabwe, Los Angeles, Cuba, and Israel. They’ve played major festivals on four continents and opened for Robert Plant throughout Australia.

Saturday, June 7

Figuring out consensually agreed-upon areas

Figuring out consensually agreed-upon areas

Dirty Curls CD Release, w/The Beavers @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 9pm. Courtney McClean’s “Naughtybilly” band puts the blue in bluegrass. They play fast and loose with double and triple entendres, even winkingly using a single entendre or two to sing about lust and love. The all-female Beavers (that’s the name they chose) start things out with more blue/newgrass at 10pm, but attendees are encouraged to show up early to chat and, to quote Ms McClean, “give the Curls a squeeze in a consensually-agreed upon area of our bodies.” Definitely 21+.

Sunday, June 8

Chastity Brown, The Ericksons, & Molly Maher w/Eric Koskinen @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11am (No Cover) An Americana brunch with the folk blues of Chastity Brown; the close, sisterly harmonies of the Ericksons; and the country-rock of Molly Maher, w/guitarist/soinger/composer Eric Koskinen.

Lyn-Lake Street Fest @ Lyndale & Lake, Minneapolis. noon – 7pm. (Free) The outdoor festival season is well upon us, and today we have a chance to experience a variety of music starting with the children’s music of Adam Levy’s Bunny Clogs at noon, followed at 1pm by Ashley Gold; Ginko at 2pm; Toki Wright & Big Cats at 3; Dosh at 4; Rogue Valley at 5; and concluding with the Secret Stash Soul Revue at 6pm.

Sambanova @ Saint Paul Central Library, Saint Paul. 2pm (Free) Brazil has given us a number of highly rhythmic, often sensual music styles. Two terrific guitarists, Joan Griffith, and Sam Militch, will explore explore them.

Ladies Sing the Blues @ Roseville Central Park, 2540 N. Lexington, Roseville. 4pm (free) Here’s an afternoon of blues from Lady J. Griot & her Root Doctors, and the Groove Merchants, featuring Jimi Prime Time Smith, and the “Duchess of the Blues,” Dee Miller. The C-Notes will make a special appearance as well.

Monday, June 9

The Secret Someones @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($12) This NYC includes three singer/songwriters and a drummer/multi-instrumentalist. The singers, Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard, and Hannah Winkler, create sunny harmonies reminiscent of the Bangles & Bananarama, and with the solid support of drummer Zach Jones, the group’s catchy music is, to borrow a phrase, pure pop for now people. See for yourself.

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


Basses, Young Lions, World Music, and the Blues. Music: 8.14 – 8.20

August 14, 2013
Well, we’ve quite a week of music here in the Twin Cities. Tonight, jazz fans have the difficult job of choosing between two bass-centric gigs. We also have some young jazz musicians popping up on the scene, as well as some veteran blues musicians, gigs that will attract free-style and learned dancers, and world music, especially if you’re up for a drive towards Taylor Falls. 
 
Jazz
Wednesday, August 14
Back in the Day

Back in the Day at the Emporium

Butch Thompson’s History of Jazz in Mendota, Mendota VFW, 1323 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota. 7pm (Free – limited space). This is a show that was rescheduled when its outdoor performance was weather-cancelled. Butch will talk about jazz in Mendota, including the heyday of the Emporium of Jazz, performing music from the time with the help of Charlie DeVore, trumpet; Steve Pikal, bass; and Lee Engele on vocals. 

 
The basics of a bass

The basics of a bass

Chris Bates & Anthony Cox Bass Duo @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 9:30pm (Donation – $5 – $10) Jess Stacken, solo piano, at 8:30pm. A rather exciting evening, as NYC-via-Hopkins pianist Jesse Stacken does a solo performance of originals, improvisations, and a standard or two, followed by the two-bass duel between Bates and Cox. 

 
Mountain King @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Jeremy Boettcher, Graydon Peterson, Brian Courage. Over in Saint Paul, we’ve another bass showcase with this three-bass line-up. They’ll be performing new arrangements of some standards, original compositions, and tunes from the SuperBass songbook. 
 
Thursday, August 15
Ted Olsen Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Ted Olson, bass; Quentin Tschofen, piano; Jake Baldwin, trumpet, Emerson Hunton, drums. Young Lions seem to be gathering all over the Twin Cities this summer. This is but one group of many who are forming in various combinations. Tschofen, Baldwin, and Hunton are all alumni of the Dakota Combo, essentially a high-school all-star group, and already making the circuit, even if they aren’t done with college-level studies. Olson is a bit older, but only by a couple of years. They’ll be chomping at their instruments and spitting out their own arrangements of jazz standards and originals.
 
Friday, Saturday, August 16, 17
Unknown-2Chris Bates’ Red Five @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($12) It’s been a while since this group played out, which is too bad, since each member of the group is so talented. Then again, that talent is the reason they are all in demand and playing in numerous other groups. Chris just came back from a tour in France with pianist Tony Hymas and brother JT Bates. Besides Chris on bass, there’s Zack Lozier, trumpet, Chris Thomson, tenor and soprano, (replaced by Nelson Deveroux on Friday); Brandon Wozniak, tenor and alto; and brother JT on drums. 
 
Saturday, August 17
Dean Brewington with Lila

Dean Brewington with Lila

Lila Ammons Quintet @ Honey, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm ($8)  Lila will be releasing a new CD in September. It’s a honey, with subtle interpretations of standards. With  Tom West, keys; Dean Brewington, sax; Ron Evaniuk, bass; Mac Santiago, drums.

 
Twin Cities Cabaret @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm – 10pm ($10 Donation) Les Block, Katia Cardenas, Nichole Carey, Connie Dussl, Jennifer Eckes, Barbara Meyer, Janet Skidmore, Heidi Ziman, and Sheridan Zuther.  Steven Hobert and Phil Mattson on piano! Storytelling, jazz, and more from nine vocalists. 
 
Monday, August 19
Unknown-4Jake Baldwin Quintet @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. (No Cover) Baldwin, a trumpeter who was in the Dakota Combo before going off to the New England Conservatory, is back in town and beginning to appear in various venues. He recently graduated, and tonight he’s joined by Nelson Devereau, sax; Brian Courage, bass; Jo Strachan (another Dakota Combo alum) on piano; and Miguel Hurtado on drums. 
 
Tuesday, August 20
Explosion Big Band @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm  (donation) This 18 piece big band is the brainchild of Doug Haining, sax; and Scott Agster, trombone, who have brought together many of the area’s talented musicians for this band. They’ve been appearing at Jazz Central on a monthly basis and will be playing a State Fair Showcase. However, the State Fair gig doesn’t quite cover the costs, so this is billed as a fundraiser for the Showcase. It’s intimate. It’s explosive. It’s fun.  
 
Brittain, Kjeer, Courage, and Horst @ The Artists’ Quarter. 9pm ($5) Here’s four different generations of musicians, from 16 year old Will Kjeer on piano, to 70 year old Kenny Horst on drums. In between we have twenty-something Brian Courage on bass, and Dave Brittain, who has played sax with the Cedar Avenue Big Band for twenty years, among other projects. I suspect the music will be seamless, straight ahead jazz. 
 
More listings for Twin Cities jazz can be found at KBEM and at Jazz Police. Jazz Police also features jazz commentary as well, as do Bebopified, and Jazz Ink.
 
Blues, Roots, Other
Thursday, August 15
Charlie Musselwhite @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35), 9pm ($25) This harpmaster is versatile enough to play Cuban, Americana, a bit of jazz and Brazilian Chorros along with the blues. His latest recording Get Up!, with Ben Harper, is a stripped down affair that showcases Musselwhites powerful harp playing. Here’s a clip of him singing and playing
 
Unknown-5Fareed Haque’s MathGames w/Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric @ Whiskey Junction, Minneapolis. 9pm ($12) Guitar lovers and jam band fans rejoice. Fareed Haque is considered one of the best guitarists in the world. His former band, Garag Mahal, has many Twin Cities fans. His current band is funkified, jazzified, electronified, and psychedelizied, blending genres as easily as a baker combing eggs, flour, and milk. Clouser is another guitarist who has figured out how to blend jazz, rock, and a bit of funk, thrilling audiences in Mexico, Europe, and throughout the US. Clouser opens at 9:30. 
 
Friday, Augutst 16
Eisner’s Klezmorin @ The Coffeegrounds, 1579 Hamilne Ave, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar?) This String Band – violins, mandolin, double bass, creates the sound of Klezmer music before clarinets and brass were added to the mix. 
 
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($10) Most likely, long time fans (and they are legion) already know that Paul is bringing his rhythmic joyousness to town. Anyone who loves to dance and appreciates good songwriting inspired by old R&B and calypso (among other genres) should get to Lee’s and check him out. And don’t forget dancing shoes. Here’s an example of their music.
 
Saturday, August 17
World Music Festival @ Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia. Noon – 9pm (Free – $5 parking) Here’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Bring a picnic, or buy some food from vendors on site while you enjoy the Brazilian/jazz sounds of the duo Xibaba, the masterful drumming of Mu Daiko, and the danceable Cuban sounds of Viviana Pintando & Q-Band. The energy ramps up at 6pm with the punkabilly all-female, L’Assasins, and the all-female hip-hop crew The Chalice. All amongst the large outdoor sculptures of Franconia Sculpture Park, located about 3 miles west of Taylor Falls. Here’s an example of what you can expect from Mu Daiko.
 
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials @ Famous Daves, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Raucous blues from slide master Lil’ Ed, who learned his craft from his uncle, JB Hutto. It’s high octane, high energy, house rockin,’ butt shakin’ music.
 
Sunday, August 18
Mary Cutrufello @ Washington Square, White Bear Lake. 6pm (Free) Mary’s original country tunes are as soulful as you can get. Tonight is a duo gig, just right for the cozy Washington Square Bar & Grill. There are twenty taps so you have plenty to choose from if you want to cry in your beer. 
 
Tuesday, August 20
Orkestar Bez Ime @ Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul. 7pm (Free) Orkestar Bez Ime will be playing Balkan party music outside on the plaza of the MN History Center overlooking downtown Saint Paul. Bring a picnic, if you wish, or partake of the food and beverage offerings on site. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself trippin’ over your picnic in a mad rush to dance without abandon. Here’s an example of what you might expect.
 
Patty & The Buttons @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm. (No Cover) Pat plays button accordion, and the Buttons back him up on swing numbers and more. As usual, when making reservations for dinner, request a table near the band, so you don’t end up in the back room. If you just want a drink and appetizers, you may be able to score a seat at the bar. 
 
For a more comprehensive listing of blues (and some roots) events, see the Minnesota Blues Society calendar. For a comprehensive listing of Cajun and Zydeco events, see the Krewe de Walleye calendar
 

May 8, 2013

imagesWe’ve got Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, and two celebrations of women in music – the rockin’ Girls Got Rhythm Fest, and Women in Jazz. Whether your Mom is a rocker, a balladeer, an improviser, or  all of those things at once, honor her. Lots of other good music as well. Have a good week!

Jazz

Wednesday, May 8

Todd Clouser & Park Evans @ Cafe Maude, Minnepolis. 7pm (no cover) Two exciting guitarists get together. Expect some single note runs and imaginative solos with Hendrix-ian asides.

Good Vibes Trio @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30 pm (donation) Wednesday night at Jazz Central often features searching, experimental groups. Bassist Chris Bates, drummer Phil Hey, and vibist Dave Hagedorn are the Good Vibes Trio. They’ve been preparing a recording for release. You can expect original tunes as well as re-imagined standards.  Here they are doing Jump Monk.

Thursday, May 9

Raynor, Aaron, & Epstein @ The Icehouse, Minnapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No cover) Veterans all, Gary Raynor, bass; Phil Aaron, piano; and Jay Epstein, drums; each have a predilection for getting inside a melody, as well as taste and chops.

Friday May 10

Vicky Mountain @ Parma 8200, Bloomington. 7:30pm – 10:30pm (No cover)  Vicky will be joined by Chris Lomheim, piano and Brian Courage, bass. Classic jazz singing in a relaxed atmosphere.

Friday Saturday, May 10,11

Robyn's singing is even more wonderful than her hats.

Robyn’s singing is even more wonderful than her hats.

Robb Henry Trio w/Robyn Pluer @ Shanghai Bistro, Stillwater (Friday) and Loring Pasta Bar (6-9pm Saturday)  Guitarist Robb Henry no longer plays rock n’ roll, but hasn’t forgotten the Beatles and other melodic rockers of the 60s and 70s. These days he plays jazz standards, Django Rheinhardt songs, Mancini, and more. He’ll be joined by vocalist Robyn Pluer, the thrush who sang with the R&B Cadets and Paul Cebar’s Milwaukeeans so many years ago.

Jerry Weldon Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($20) Saxophinist Weldon toured the world with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, then toured and recorded with Jack McDuff and his Heatin’ System, before joining Harry Connick Jr.’s big band. He swings and then some.  Here’s a video of him with an organ trio.

 

Saturday, May 11

Zacc Harris Group Tribute to Wes Montgomery @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 7pm ($10) Guitarist Harris will present a free workshop on Wes Montgomery at 5pm, followed by a performance at 7pm with Bryan Nichols, piano; Brandon Wozniak, sax; Jeremy Boettcher, bazz; and JT Bates, drums. Those who attend the workshop get a discount for the performance.

Nathan Hanson’s Birthday Jam @ The Blackdog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7:30 – 10:30.  It’s a big one for the saxophonist, and he’s throwing a party with all the delights of the ‘Dog has to offer. He’s got some awesome friends coming by to help celebrate, including Brian Roessler, bass; Pete Hennig, drums, banjo; Erik Fratzke, guitar, bass; Peter Leggett, drums; Marc Anderson and Davu Seru; percussion; and George Cartwright, sax. As an added attraction there will be an art performance by Ta-Coumba Aiken and Lara Hanson.

DownloadedFile-1Laura Caviani: From Bach to Bop @ Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins. 8pm ($24)  Before she became a stellar jazz pianist Laura Caviani was classically trained. She has taken a number of classical pieces and arranged them for a jazz ensemble that includes Dave Hagedorn, vibes; Adam Meckler, trumpet & fluegelhorn; Dave Milne, sax; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey, drums. Included are works by Schumann, Chopin, Bach, Stravinsky and a couple of others. Should be a rewarding evening, full of surprises.

Sunday, May 12

WIJ-pipjazz-sundaysPipJazz Celebrates Women in Jazz @ The Landmark Center, Saint Paul. 4pm.  ($20, $5/Students) This kind of celebration is a natural for Pippi Ardennia, the warm, inviting singer who produces a monthly show at the Landmark. Today, she is bringing some of the finest female artists in the Twin Cities to the stage, including Patty Peterson, Debbie Duncan, and 13-year old Emily Albert-Stauning on vocals, Mary Louise Knutson, piano; Joan Griffith, bass; Sheila Earley, drums; Kari Musi, sax; and Zosha Warpeha, the high school senior who has been a regular part of the PipJazz band for the last year, on violin. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Sunday, Monday, May 12, 13

Fourplay @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($45), 9pm ($35) Billed as a supergroup when they first got together in 1990, Bob James, keys; Nathan East, bass; vocals; Harvey Mason, drums; and Lee Ritenour guitar, went platinum with their first album and gold with the next two. They continue to churn out head bobbin’ pop jazz albums with regularity, and with Chuck Loeb now in the guitarists’ seat, show no signs of letting up.

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, May 8

Jimmi & the Band of Souls @ the 331 Club, Minneapolis. 7pm – 9pm. (Tip jar) Tune in to KFAI (90.3 & 106.7) at 5pm to hear Jimmi & the guys live, then head over to the 331 Club to hear their blues, soul, and R&B.

Thursday, May 9

Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures @ The Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 8pm (tip jar) Americana, that is rootsy country, blues, and rock n’ roll from a band that includes Bernie King, guitar & vocals; John Kurtis, lead guitar, mandolin, & vocals; Julie King, washboard & percussion and Matt Smith, bass.

Friday, May 10

Paul Cebar @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm ($10) Paul’s been at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, no doubt getting more inspiration for songs. In actuality, he’s been able to write memorable, danceable songs for years now, with the result that he often brings out hundreds of followers. The commodious dance floor at Wilebski’s is just right for an early evening of shakin’ it to Paul and his cohorts.

Funk Night @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7:30pm (No cover) A couple of newer bands that delve into funky stuff. Nature of Waves is a quartet of Twin Citizen veteran musicians from backgrounds as diverse as Johnny Holm and Cloud Cult. The Premiums continue at 9:30. The quartet moved to the Twin Cities from Wisconsin in 2011 and have been delivering deep funk, with spacey, dub-inflected echoes.

Cherie Currie. Chainsaw-wielding women can surely rock.

Cherie Currie. Women with chainsaws rock!

Friday, Saturday, May 10, 11

Girls Got Rhythm Fest @ The Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul. 8pm doors Friday, 7pm doors Saturday. ($20/day or $35 weekend pass) Downtown Saint Paul will be rockin’ with the sounds of female-driven raucous rock n’ roll, be it power pop, punk, or beyond a label. Headliners are The Avengers on Friday, and Cherrie Currie, an original member of the famed Runaways, on Saturday.

Saturday, May 11

Al Haug Memorial @ Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 2pm. (Free) Haug was a well-loved West Bank community activist, former KFAI Radio Host, musician, and jug band aficionado who also booked the Coffeehouse Extempore and the New Riverside Cafe for over 20 years. His dry sense of humor, and lifetime of building community on the West Band will be celebrated by a plethora of musicians and friends, including Pop Wagner, Cooker John, Phil Heywood, Willie Murphy, Dakota Dave Hull, the Awkward Sorrows, Spider John Koerner, and Al’s band – the Fat Chance Jug Band. Bring some tissues as stories are told and songs are sung.

Taylor Robert CD Release Party @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 7pm. (No Cover) Taylor Robert has changed his stage name from Tayor Baggott. He’s also changed his approach a bit, returning to the highly soulful, positive, and somewhat funky music that brought him attention. He’s got a new EP with memorable melodies and a danceable, yet soulful “single” called The Sound of Your Voice.  Speaking of which, listen to it.

http://soundcloud.com/taylorrobertmusic/sound-of-your-voice/

The Pines @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($25) With highly positive reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, AllMusic, CBS, and Vintage Guitar magazine, the Pines are rising stars in the folk/country/blues/roots firmament.

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Ana & The Beltones @ Sea Salt Eatery, Minneapolis. 5pm – 8pm (Free) Here’s a way to ease the shock of starting a work week. After work, weather permitting, head over to Minnehaha Falls Park, order some food & drink, and take an outside table to hear the sprightly Cajun music of Ana on accordion and the rest of her group.

Tuesday, May 14

Still mischievous after all these years.

Still mischievous after all these years.

David Lindley @ The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 7:20pm ($20 advance/$25 at door) Even in an industry that often celebrates eccentrics, the word zany keeps popping up in discussions of Lindley, along with string wizardry and various ways of saying global music explorer. He’s been making music for decades, and first came to the public’s attention as a sideman on Jackson Browne’s For Everyman album, and since has recorded with scores of artists, including Warren Zevon, Ry Cooder, and Bob Dylan. Tom Feldmann will play country blues and gospel to open. The Cedar has videos here.

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.


Romance and Dance. Music: 2.13 – 2.19

February 13, 2013
Ten Cents a Dance is a song from the Jazz Ballet. See the listing.

Ten Cents a Dance is a song from the Jazz Ballet. See the listing.

Well, Easter is now forty days away, so we’ve reason to take a breath and appreciate the relative mildness of our winter to date. We can also get out to enjoy resident and visiting artists, as well as a jazz ballet and one more Carnaval celebration. Not to forget Valentine’s Day, for which I’ve listed a couple of low-key shows. There’s lots more than I’ve listed, of course, but you know that.

Jazz

Wednesday, February 13

James Buckley & Bryan Nichols @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Buckley on bass & Nichols on piano will provide the perfect background for dining at the original Cafe Maude. These stellar musicians are highly creative improvisers who keep things interesting and sensitive. Reservations are recommended. Ask for a table near the music.

DownloadedFile-1Boot Camp @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Composer/pianist Jeremy Walker, aka Boot, is joined by Brandon Wozniak, sax; Chris Bates, bass; and Miguel Hurtado, drums. Walker’s beautiful compositions are in good hands with this group.

Wednesday, Thursday, February 13, 14

Stacey Kent @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40), 9pm ($25) Wednesday, 6pm (+ $65 – Valentines Dinner Show), 9:30pm ($25) The New York vocalist from England is really quite a good choice for Valentine’s Day. Her winsome persona belies sophisticated phrasing and a romantic bent that can melt hearts. If you want to see her at the early show on Thursday, you’ll have to buy a six-course dinner, but then what is Valentine’s Day, if not a day to splurge. Here’s a video of Stacey singing in French.

Thursday, February 14

Valentine’s Treat with Lila Ammons & Phil Mattson @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm – 10pm ($10) Light food available. BYOB. As  I may have mentioned, Phil has been partnering with many singers lately, to good effect. Tonight, it’s Lila Ammons, the classically trained vocalist who has moved to jazz and blues. And no wonder, given that Albert Ammons was her grandfather, and Gene Ammons was her uncle.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 14, 15, 16, 17

living2-682x1024Jazz Ballet: Lot of Living to Do @ The Southern Theater, Minneapolis. 7:30pm, Thurs – Sat,  2pm Sunday ($25 – $15 for Thursday’s preview) There are many reasons to attend to this production of Collide Theatrical, which follows the lives of 3 women in a brothel in the 30s. For jazz fans, the music will be performed live by three talented musicians: Dan Musselman, piano; Graydon Peterson, bass, and Pete Hennig on drums. Additionally, soulful songstress Katie Gearty will sing the songs used to propel the story forward, including such gems as Ten Cents a Dance, and I Put a Spell on you. A CD of her songs will be available at the show. She’ll be joined as well by vocalist Jared Oxborough. For Dance fans, the chance to see 12 dancers bringing life to a difficult subject is compelling. Finally, this production seeks to raise awareness for “Women are Not for Sale,” a project of the Women’s Foundation that seeks to end trafficking of Minnesota girls. There will be a talkback after the Sunday matinee performance. I had a chance to interview the Director/Choreographer Regina Peluso and Katie Gearty on my show this past Saturday. You can hear the interview here. It starts about 15 minutes into the show.

Friday, Saturday, February 15, 16

Bill Carrothers’ After Hours Trio @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Carrothers returns to his home town for this annual tribute to his friend, the late pianist Bobby Peterson. This is a show that Twin Cities jazz fans eagerly anticipate. Carrothers has been receiving glowing reviews for his sensitive and beautiful piano work on recent CDs. He’ll be joined by Billy Peterson on bass, and Kenny Horst on drums. Here is Carrothers playing solo at the AQ a few years ago.

Saturday, February 16

Pat Moriarty/Ellen Lease Quintet @ Studio Z, Saint Paul. 8pm ($10/$5 sutdents) Ellen Lease, piano; Pat Moriarty, alto sax; Phil Hey, drums; Chris Thomsen, tenor and soprano saxes; Jeff Bailey, bass.  2nd floor of the Northwestern Bldg., next to the Farmer’s Market. Pat and Ellen being the optimistic folks they are, recognize that the sun is shining more each day, and that Spring is not too far away, so this is their Farewell to Winter Concert.

DownloadedFileTodd Clouser’s A Love Electric CD Release @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($8) Genre-fusing guitarist Clouser is full of ideas, and he has to get them out. Even with a touring schedule that takes him to the East Coast, Mexico, and Europe, the adventurous guitarist has recorded his third CD in as many years. This time he’s added his vocals to the mix, with results that are a bit more rock than usual, but nevertheless exciting, and intriguing.

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, February 13

Phil Heywood on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (KFAI – 90.3 & 106.7 FM) 7pm (331 Club – tip jar) As Harold say, “You know the drill.” Tune in to KFAI at about 5pm to hear Phil Heywood do some amazing fingerpickin’ and then head over the 331 to hear him in person.

Thursday, February 14

Music for Lovers by Lovers @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15 single/$25 per couple) A darkened room, and loving couples performing for you. Plus you get a glass of wine and chocolate tasting. The couples are: Andrew Pierzina & Audra Suchy, Joe Cruz & Jennifer Grimm; Billy Larson  & Lisa Wenger, Estibaliz and Tony Price, and Tamara and Phil Barnett. From blues to pop to jazz.

Friday, February 15

Mingo Fishtrap @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm ($7) Lots of buzz among the blues fans in town over this gig. Mingo Fishtrap is an 8 piece band from Austin, Texas, that draws upon Chess, Motown, Stax, and Muscle Shoals for its inspiration. Those who have already seen them rave. Here’s a number from them.

Friday, Saturday, February 15, 16

Kelly Hunt @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20) The piano pounder from Kansas City is back with her sass, sensuous voice, and grit. She loves the Dakota, and now has a five-piece touring band, which should be smokin’.

Let the samba dancing begin

Let the samba dancing begin

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 15, 16, 17

Carnaval Brasileiro @ Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis. 9pm Fri, Sat, (21+ $20/door, $15 advance), 2pm Sun ($15/door/$10 advance) Okay, Mardis Gras and Carnaval have passed, but it’s not too late to enjoy the sounds of a 10-piece Brazilian Carnaval Band, Batucada do Norte, Samba Dancers, and Brazilian food and drinks.

Saturday, February 16

Nikki & the Rue-Mates and Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold @ Harriet Brewing Tap Room, Minneapolis. 7pm (No Cover) Here’s a two-fer that I find especially appealing. Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold start at 7pm, bringing stomping Hill Country blues with a touch Dylan and the Dead. Nikki & the Rue-Mates take the stage at 9pm with a mix of folk-rock and blues, driven by Nikki’s buoyant voice and Rich Rue’s expressive guitar.

They've got ants in their pants and they need to dance.

They’ve got ants in their pants and they need to dance. The Hotpants Crowd

Hotpants Dance Party @ The Nomad, Minneapolis. 9pm – 2am ($5) Rare funk n’ soul. People dancing their hearts out. Generous list of tap beers. Need I say more?

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.


Bossas, Blues, Bebop, and More. 10.24 – 10.30

October 24, 2012

Photo by Pat Cameron

It may be a gray day outside as this is being written, but the opportunities for listening to music provide a sunny outlook. I know that figure of speech is a stretch, but work with me here. Halloween celebrations will be in full force this weekend, and I’ll let others give you the lowdown on where to see the most outrageous/sexiest/goriest/funniest costumes. Anyway, ffrom large orchestras to duos; from Desert Blues to elegant bossas, you have many choices when it comes to stimulating your brains with music. Have a good week.

Jazz

Wednesday, October 24

Phil Hey Quartet @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Here’s a mid-week pick-me-up for jazz fans; just the thing to get you over “hump day.” Drummer Hey leads a group of highly accomplished musicians, whose long-term relationship allows them to communicate almost telepathically to the twists and turns of songs by Bobby Hutcherson, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and more. Besides Phil Hey on drums, there is Phil Aaron on piano, Dave Hagedorn on vibes, and Tom Lewis on bass.

Friday, October 26

Lila Ammons Quartet @ Hell’s Kitchen, Minneapolis. 6pm – 9pm (No cover) Ammons is a vocalist with a strong pedigree – her uncle was Gene Ammons, and her grandfather was pianist Albert Ammons. Lila Ammons, however studied and performed classical music before turning to jazz. Read an interview I did with her earlier this year here. She’ll be joined by saxman Dean Brewington, among others.

Connie Evingson @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12) There’s a reason she’s one of the area’s favorite vocalists. Whether she’s singing standards, the Beatles, Peggy Lee, or the music of Norman Gimbel, Evingson swings. Tonight she’s backed by a terrific group of musicians: Tanner Taylor, piano; Dave Karr; sax & flute; Terry Burns, bass; and Mac Santiago, drums.

Friday, Saturday, October 26,27

Eric Kamau Gravatt & Source Code @ The Artists’ Quarter, Saint Paul. 9pm ($15) Drummer Gravatt turned down Miles Davis to play with Weather Report. He’s also played with Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, and other illustrious jazz folk. Lucky for us he lives in the area, though that doesn’t mean he’s a ubiquitous presence on our jazz scene. He’s joined by Dave Hagedorn, vibes; Ron Evanuik, bass; and Gene Rush on piano.

Saturday, October 27

Maurice Jacox @ Eat Street Social, Minneapolis. 1:30 – 3:30pm (free) Take a break this afternoon to hear Jacox apply his considerable vocal skills to soul standards and the Great American Songbook. It’s an intimate affair, and if you’re not going to have a cocktail, you may want to try an egg cream. Just ask that they don’t use ice, in order to get the true flavor.

Benny Weinbeck Trio @ D’Amico Kitchen at Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis. 7:30 – 11:30pm (free) Well, it would be good if you ordered a drink or food, which are bound to be well-crafted. Of course the music is well-crafted as well, as Weinbeck, piano; Gordy Johnson, bass; and Phil Hey, drums; provide music that goes way-beyond the cocktail lounge.

Sunday, October 28

Donald Thomas Birthday Bash & Benefit @ Baystreet Grill and Pub, 731 Randolph, Saint Paul. 3:00pm – 7:00pm ($10 Donation)  The donation includes a free drink and a free taco bar. Lincoln Berry on organ will be leading a trio. Thomas had open heart surgery this summer, so this is the perfect time to celebrate the singer and drummer and help raise some funds to help him through his recovery.

Monday, October 29

Chris Bates Red5 @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($5) It’s the Jazz Implosion at Icehouse, tonight featuring the music of Chris Bates, notably from the group’s CD, New Hope. The group features Zack Lozier, trumpet; Chris Thomson tenor and soprano sax; Brandon Wozniak, tenor and alto sax. Brother JT on drums rounds out the group.

Tuesday, Wednesday, October 30, 31

Maria Schneider Orchestra @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($60 – $40) Nineteen musicians on the Dakota stage, with two Grammys and nine nominations. Whatever I can say about Schneider, who is originally from Windom, would pale in comparison to the raves she has received for her compositions.

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 27

Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric Does Brian Eno @ Cafe Maude, Minneapolis 7pm – 10pm. (No cover) Wow! Clouser’s electric guitar playing has enthralled audiences from Prague to New York to our own Twin Cities. Tonight he’s interpreting the music of Brian Eno, from ambient scores to the Talking Heads and way beyond. Good food and cocktails as well. Just be sure to ask for a table near the music.

Friday, October 26

Trio Bossa Nova @ 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 8pm ($10) For those of you in the Western suburbs, the tiny 318 Cafe offers a chance to hear music up close and personal. Guitarist Pavel Jany leads this subset of Ticket to Brasil in a program of sultry bossa novas and originals. You may want to get a reservation.

Mother Banjo @ Dakota Late Night, Minneapolis. 11pm ($5) Charmingly dark songs, along with some bluegrass gospel, make up the repertoire of Mother Banjo, aka Ellen Stanley of KFAI’s Womenfolk.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 26, 27, 28

Barebones Puppet Extravaganza @ Hidden Falls Park, Saint Paul 7pm. (donation) Spectacle. Larger-than-Life Puppets. Stilting, Fire, Song & Dance. The annual extravaganza is equal parts entertaining and thoughtful, including a public naming ceremony, where the audience is invited to honor the memories of those who have passed by saying their names out loud. The Brass Messengers will be playing afterward on Friday and Sunday. A Ukranian band will play on Saturday.

Saturday, October 27

Everett Smithson Band @ Wilebski’s, Saint Paul. 6pm. ($?) Everett & Kathy Smithson and their band play the kind of party music you might hear in Southern Louisiana: a bit of swamp, zydeco, blues, and rockabilly. Backing them up is a team of veteran Twin Citizens: Phil Schmid on guitar, Jeremy Johnson on drums, and Bill Black on upright bass. Early birds may want to take advantage of Wilebski’s free buffet from 5pm – 7pm.

Tinariwen @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm, 9pm ($35) Formed in the Southern Sahara Touareg rebel camps about 30 years ago, this Grammy-winning group uses electric guitars to create trance-like, blues-laden sounds to back their poetic lyrics about he lives of Touareg refugees. Tinariwen has earned praise from Elvis Costello and Carlos Santana, among others. Call it Desert Blues or Desert Rock, their hypnotic sounds will draw you in and have you clapping along. Here’s a video of them.

Sunday, October 28

Malone Brothers @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($35) Dave Malone (of the Subdudes) and Russell Malone (of the Radiators) are touring together after the Radiators have broken up and while the Subdudes are on hiatus. This is New Orleans rock at it’s best – a mixture of blues, zydeco, and country roots.

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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