Residents and Visitors: 6.27 – 7.3

June 27, 2018

Third World, visiting the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday

This week we’re being visited by artists from NYC, L.A., New Orleans, and Jamaica, as well as being treated to music from young musicians returning from college for the summer, and of course, a variety of talented Twin Cities artists. Music lifts the Spirit!


Wednesday, June 27

Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($25, $30) Vocalist Jordan was in her early teens when she heard a Charlie Parker record and decided to sing jazz for the rest of her life. She’s now 89, and continues to sing, with a unique ability to improvise lyrics. See my article in the Star Tribune.

Elijah Michael @ the Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7:30pm – 10pm (Free) Young guitarist Elijah Michael is joined by Sean Turner, piano; Tony Axtell, bass; and Michael Pilhofer, drums.


Violinist/Vocalist Zosha Warpeha @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($10, $5w/valid student ID)

Thursday, June 28

Aja Parham @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 8pm ($20, $5 w/valid student ID) Being both a mother and educator, vocalist Parham doesn’t get out to sing as much as she (or her fans) would like. She’s performed with the Minnesota Opera, Penumbra Theater, and the Ordway, as well as alongside saxophonists James Carter and Wessell Anderson, and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.

John Saint Pelvyn & Matt Rahaim @ Khyber Pass Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Hindustani vocalist Matt Rahaim and guitarist & theraminist John Saint-Pelvyn will each perform a solo set before performing a duet.

Friday, June 29

King Cartwright Granowski @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7pm (Tip Jar) Opening set at 7pm by Improvisational Invitational: Steve Kenny, tpt; Scott Fultz, bari; Charlie Lincoln, bass; and Chris Hepola, drums. KCG at 8:30pm is: Dave King  drums; George Cartwright, saxes; and Josh Granowski, bass. Sounds like an evening of adventurous music.

Saturday, June 30

Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Fuzzy Math at 7pm: Mark Vandemyde, keys; Joe Mayo, sax; Curtis Lucky, trumpet; Eric Graham, bass; Harald Bondaris, drums. At 8:30pm it;’s The Pat Moriarty/Ellen Lease Quartet: Moriarty, saxes; lease, piano; Chris Bates, bass; Pete Hennig, drums.  Here are Moriartyand Lease with a different quartet.

Still Dreaming: Redman, Miles, Colley & Blade @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45), 9pm ($35, $40) Still Dreamingis a quartet of some of today’s best players: Joshua Redman sax; Ron Miles, trumpet; Scott Colley, bass; and Brian Blade, drums. These highly imaginative players will interpret the music of the Old and New Dreams Quartet of the 70s and 80s, a highly regarded quartet of Ornette Coleman alumni, including Joshua’s dad, Dewey Redman. In addition to Ornette Coleman compositions, the group will also play originals.

Sunday, July 1

Zosha Warpeha & Dean Magraw  @ The Black Dog, Saint Paul. 2pm (Tip Jar) Guitarist Magraw is a musical chameleon who can play Irish music, jazz fusion, R&B, or duos with Claudia Schmidt (see Friday under Blues,Roots, below) and Warpeha, a young lioness on violin and vocals.

Monday, July 2

Nick Videen Quartet @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 9:30pm ($8) Nick Videen, alto sax, started in the Twin cites jazz scene of the 90s, and is now based in NYC, where he’s toured and/or recorded with Beyonce and other R&B stars. He’s the co-founder of the Grammy-winning horn section The Superpower Horns. Videen will be joined by Bryan Nichols, keys; Jeremy Boettcher, bass; and Pete James Johnson, drums.

Monday, Tuesday, July 2, 3

Thomasina Petrus: Lady Day @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($25, $30) Coming off weeks of an often-sold out performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Petrus reprises her uncanny ability to sound like Billie Holiday a la 1959’s Lady in Satin, singing songs from the show with the excellent backup of the show’s musicians; Thomas West, piano; Ron Evanuik, bass; and Kevin Washington, drums.

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


Blues, Roots, Other

Wednesday, June 27

JulyDa @ Landmark Center, Saint Paul. Noon- 1pm (Free) Have some music with your lunch, at least if you’re working in downtown Saint Paul. Julyda is the husband-wife duo of Julida Alter, voice and cello; and Sean Alter, guitar, bass, and percussion. Their pop-rock songs are stress-free, just the thing for a mid-day respite from work.

The 44s on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 & 106.7FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) The 44s are a Los Angeles-based, award-winning blues band that plays muscular, tough blues. It’s no wonder they’re often referred to as Los Angeles’ best blues band. Our own Javier Matos has often played with them, so don’t be surprised if he shows up for a song or two.

Vinicius Cantuaria @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Cantuaria will bring his subtle, soothing, “post-electronica acoustic” approach to Brazilian songs to downtown Minneapolis. Anyone who’s been seduced by Brazilian music will want to be there.


Continental Ballet Company @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 5:30-6:30pm (Free)

The April Fools: Groovin in the Garden  @ The Como Park Conservatory, Saint Paul 6pm-8pm (Free)

Thursday, June 28

Maria Jette w/Sonja Thomson @ Crooners’ Dunsmore Room, Fridley. 7:30pm ($15) Soprano Maria Jette can sing opera, art songs, and songs from the Great American Songbook with equal ease. Her charm and quick wit only add to the pleasure of her singing. She’ll be accompanied by pianist Sonja Thomson in this benefit for the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Peter Himmelman @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) From his early days with Shangoya, where he contributed a couple of songs and rock guitar to island rhythms, through Sussman Lawrence and its over-the-top live shows, to a solo career that’s included film & TV scores, Himmelman has always written with honesty and true emotion.


New Primitives @ Como Lakeside Pavillion, Saint Paul. 7-9pm (Free)

TC Jammers @ Bunkers, Minneapolis. 8:30pm ($5)

Friday, June 29 

From Bach to Beatbox @ Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. 7pm (Doors at 6pm), 9pm (Doors at 9pm) ($14 Advance/ $16 Door) Here’s an intriguing gig, dedicated to the 18th Century rock star of improvisation – JS Bach. Beat-boxing virtuoso Terrell Woods, classical folk duo The OK Factor, and keyboardist Samuel Rosenstone will examine the links between different genres and styles.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($30, $35) With Big Sam’s Funky Nation,The Dakota continues its policy of booking lots of New Orleans’ fine musicians. Trombonist/vocalist Big Sam Williams leads this quintet through ”Noladelic Powerfunk,” a heady blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. Their recently-released Songs in the Key of Funk, Vol. 1, has echoes of classic 80s funksters like The Dazz Band, Zapp, Parliament/Funkadelic, and others.

PaviElle @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $12) A powerful R&B singer, PaviElle was voted Best R&B Vocalist 0f 2015 by City Pages. She’s also won an Upper Midwest Emmy, as well as a Sage award. She performs soul music for the millennial generation, though those of us of a certain age will find much to like in her singing, songwriting, and arrangements of others’ songs.

Claudia Schmidt  & Dean Magraw @ Ginko Coffeehouse, Saint Paul. ($20) Schmidt & Magraw have been performing together in both duo and group settings for many years, making for easy communication between the two, whether performing folk or jazz tunes.


Malamanya @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 11pm ($12 Advance/$15 Door)

Dream on Nilsson: A Tribute to Harry Nilsson @ The Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis. 8pm ($12 Advance/$18 Door)

Saturday, June 30

Johnny Rawls @ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, Fridley. 7:30pm ($10, $12) This journeyman soul singer’s 2008 release, Red Cadillac, was #1 on the Living Blues chart. His 2009 release Ace of Spades, reached #4, and was in the top 20 for three months, earning him a Blues Foundation award for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year.  Rawls is a professional who may just have some folks dancing in the table-filled lounge.

Third World @ Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. 8pm ($28 Advance, $30 Door) Third Worldhas been around for 43 years, delivering crossover Reggae hits using a mix of elements from R&B, funk, pop, and rock, and getting 10 Grammy nominations in the process. Opening is our own ska champions, The Skruffians.


Willie Murphy @ The Eagles Club #34, Minneapolis. 8pm ($?)

Tuesday, July 3

Ticket to Brazil @ The Icehouse, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($8 Advance/$10 Door) Bossa Novas and Brazilian Jazz from guitarist Pavel Jany and his cohorts, who have released four albums and played a number of national and international jazz events. Of special note is Brazilian vocalist Natania Kamin, who sings with the band and is currently living in Saint Paul.

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.


The 4th and More: 6.29 – 7.5

June 29, 2016

Unknown-1We’ve got the 4th of July coming up and a great line-up of music to choose from in the days leading up to it, including visits from outstanding jazz and blues artists, not to forget the talented musicians of our area. Have a good week. As for the 4th, well there are celebrations that include live music, though you’ll have to check you local paper to find them, since their main attraction will undoubtedly be fireworks. Music lifts the spirit.

Wednesday, June 29
Zosha Warpeha & Dean Magraw @ the Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, Saint Paul. (Tip Jar) Zosha Warpeha is a young violinist and vocalist who has been studying at the New School in NYC for the past couple of years. She was already very, very good when she played with the Dakota Combo a few years back, and has played with guitarist Dean Magraw in Pippi Ardennia’s band, where their compatibility is evident.

Thursday, June 30
Marquis Hill & The Blacktet @ The Dakota, Minnenapolis. 7pm ($25) Hill  as a performer at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival a few years back, before he won the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He uses a warm tone on both trumpet and fluegelhorn to create melodic tunes that synthesize jazz and elements of hip-hop. After seeing the band perform, Jazz critic Nate Chinen wrote in Jazz Times that he “came away marveling at the intuitive coordination between the players, the rare level of on-th-spot composure that only a serious working band can attempt.”

Sara Greer & BLU 7 @ Jazz Central, Minneapolis. 7:30pm ($10, $5 w/studentID) Greer is a remarkable singer, whose ability to improvise and scat has earned her many admirers among the very talented singers of the Twin Cities.

Headspace @ Dayblock Brewing, Minneapolis. 8pm (No Cover) Rob Dewey, keys, Aaron Rupar, drums; and Matt Senjem, bass, have been playing together for years. This is a monthly gig for them, and often features specialty cocktails.

Parisota Hot Club @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 8pm ($7) Guitarist Robb Henry leads this group  which brings the sound of Django Rheinhardt and Stephane Grapelli into the 21st Century with music from those masters, as well as more modern composers like Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. Henry, guitar; Jim Plattes, violin, Jim Chenoweth, bass; Jay Epstein, drums, and Erin Livingston, vocals.

Chris Bates’ Good Vibes Trio @ The Reverie Coffee & Wine Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm (Tip Jar) Chris Bates  bass; Dave Hagedorn, vibes; and Phil Hey, drums, recently released an outstanding CD, The Good Vibes Trio. Of course, this is an outstanding band, with three of the best players in town tackling originals and standards with style, aplomb, and excitement.

Friday, July 1
Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz @ Public Kitchen and Bar, Saint Paul. 9pm (Tip Jar) A bit of swing music in the grotto-like basement of Public, with Ms Sullivan on vocals, Ted Godbout on piano, and Jim Chenoweth on bass.

Black Violin @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40, $45), 9pm ($35, $40) Classical music meets R&B as this classically trained violin duo meld jazz, R&B, pop, roots, and rap into a sound all their own.

Jazzland Wonderband @ Vieux Carré, Saint Paul. 9pm ($8) Here’s a relatively young jazz band that can start an audience dancing with their blend of traditional New Orleans jazz and second line music with R&B of a more recent vintage. Cameron Kinghorn, trumpet and vocals; Nelson Deveraux, reeds; Keith Holson, trombone; Andres Crovetti, drums; and Evan Clark, tuba.

Saturday, July 2
Saturday Night Jazz @ The Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, Saint Paul. 7pm (Tip Jar) Curator Steve Kenny continues to give exposure to young groups with this series. The evening begins at 7pm with fusion from theDark Blue Quartet: Thomas Strommen, sax; Alex Burgess drums; Dylan Nelson, guitar; and Jason McLean, bass. The Junior Ranger Expanded Ensemble goes on at 8:30, featuring Joe Suihkonen, trumpet; Nathan Hanson, saxes; Eric Krouse, Fender Rhodes; Noah Gershwin guitar; Ted Olsen, bass; and Emerson Hunton, drums.

Sunday, July 3
Jazz Brunch w/the James Buckley Trio @ The Turf Club, Saint Paul. 11am – 2pm (No Cover) This may be a jazz brunch, but James Buckley, bass; Michael Lewis, sax; and Miguel Hurtado, drums; will deliver anything but “wallpaper music.”

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($40 – $60), 9pm ($30 – $50) Ms Fischer and her band are becoming regulars at the Dakota, having appeared at least three times in the last year. After forty years of singing background vocals, Ms Fischer has broken out into a club act that leaves you awe-struck.

Monday, July 4 
Happy 4th!

Tuesday, July 5
Chick Corea Trilogy @ The Dakota, Minneapolis. 7pm ($75 – $110), 9pm ($60 – $95) Well, the price is a little steep, but the only other place you will hear this trio is a concert hall. Tonight you get a chance to hear three of the most gifted jazzers of this century: NEA Jazz Master, Downbeat Hall of Famer, and 22-time Grammy winner Chick Corea playing piano, along with the highly talented Christian McBride on bass; and Brian Blade, who has drummed with Bob Dylan, Bill Frisell, and Emmylou Harris, among others.  Here’s what they sound like.

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, June 29
Adam Kiesling and Mikkel Beckmen on KFAI and @ The 331 Club, Minneapolis. 5pm (90.3 and 106.7 FM), 7pm (331 Club – Tip Jar) Duo Roots, from Kiesling, the bass player for Pert Near Sandstone and Corpse Reviver, and Beckmen, who has recorded and toured with Charlie Parr, the Brass Kings, Jeff Ray & the Stakes, and Corpse Reviver.

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue @ The Parkway Theater, Minneapolis. 8pm. ($25) Towering blues from Texas and California, featuring harpmeisterMark Hummel, swingin’ guitarists Anson Funderberg and Charlie Baty, and a rhythm section of Wes Starr on drums and RW Grigsby on bass. Their appearance at the Dakota last year was highly entertaining. The Midwest Record Review rightly called them “a total modern blues super group.”

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones w/Dennis Gruening @ The Minnesota Music Cafe, Saint Paul. 9pm ($5) Members of The Minnesota Blues Society have teamed up with the Minnesota Music Cafe to bring a fabulous night of jump blues. They’re keeping the price low to introduce the blues to as many people as possible.Deming is a vocalist and guitarist who has played with Kim Wilson, Lazy Lester, and AC Reed, among others. Harp player Gruening incorporates the style and tradition of swingin’ saxophones into his harmonica playing.

Thursday, June 30
MMC Fiscal New Year’s Eve Party @ Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Circle, Saint Paul. 5pm – 9pm (Free) The Minnesota Music Coalition is about to end it’s fiscal year and is celebrating with this party featuring the bluegrass of the Sawtooth Brothers, acoustic pop songwriter Katy Vernon, and the genre-bending Channeling Grey trio. And if you want to support MMC, you can bid on silent auction items. Even better, you can support them when you buy some beer, since 50% of all beer sales will benefit the MMC>

Big George Jackson @ The Viking Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) A pleasure to once again have the big voice of Big George booming the blues in the re-opened Viking.

Friday, July 1
Paul Mayasich & The Benderheads @ Rice Park, Saint Paul. 6pm (Free) Mayasich brings his four-piece band to the park across from the Landmark Center for outside dancing. Celestial Blue opens

Joe Cruz & Jennifer Grimm @ The 318 Cafe, Excelsior. 8pm ($10) It’s a bit of a trek from White Bear Lake to Excelsior for Cruz & Grimm, but folks from the west suburbs will surely enjoy WBL stalwarts Cruz on guitar and Grimm on vocals.

Trailer Trash @ The Viking Bar, Minneapolis. 9pm ($5) Let’s go Honky-Tonkin’ at the Viking with this six piece band that’s been entertaining Twin Citizens with retro-country and swing dance music for 22 years. Here they are doing a song from one of their annual Christmas shows.

Saturday, July 2
The Butanes @ Famous Dave’s, Minneapolis. 9pm (No Cover) Here’s a chance to have a bigger dance floor than the one found at the Butanes’Thursday night gigs at Shaws in NE Mpls. Curt Obeda, guitar, John Lundberg, bass; Virgil Nelson, keys; and Robb Stupka, drums deliver the blues like no one else in town, it’s that simple.

Javier & The Innocent Sons @ Washington Square Bar & Grill, White Bear Lake. 9pm (No Cover) Between Javier’s bottleneck slide, and Dan Schwalbe’s searing guitar solos, backed by the solid foundation of Greg Wibben’s upright bass and Dave Larson’s drums, this band can rock the blues as well as swing them.

Sunday, July 3
Molly Maher & Her Assorted Malcontents @ The Viking Bar, Minneapolis. 8pm ($5) Maher may well be the Queen of the Twin Cities roots scene. the guitar tech is a singer and songwriter with depth and soul. This is the start of a Sunday night residency for the month. Given her wide circle of musical friends, its’ hard to say just who the assorted malcontents will be, but they will undoubtedly be talented. Here’s an example of her songwriting, as she sings with her regular band, the Disbelievers.

Monday, July 4
Happy 4th!

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

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