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ďItís the group sound thatís important, even when youíre playing a solo. You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. Thatís jazz.Ē - Oscar Peterson
 Tuesday, 01 September 2015
Dave King Trucking Company at the Icehouse, September 7 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Dave King with Eric Fratzke © Andrea Canter

Peel any page from Dave King’s touring calendar and you’ll likely see gigs with The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, the Dave King Trio and Halloween, Alaska. Or the Dave King Trucking Company. The DKTC was launched in 2010 during a two-night King extravaganza at the Walker Art Center. On Labor Day, September 7, King and his full Minnesota-New York hybrid company hold a meltdown at the Icehouse in Minneapolis, at 8 pm, part of the weekly Jazz Implosion series curated by JT Bates. Joining the drummer will be New York reedman Chris Speed and Minnesota native, New York-based bassist Chris Morrissey, along with Minnesotans Brandon Wozniak on saxes and Erik Fratzke on guitar.

Tribute to Ray Brown Trio at Sunset Jazz at Newport E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Ray Brown Tribute Trio © Art Pazornik

Although legendary bassist Ray Brown has been gone over a decade, his tremendous jazz music is still very much alive.  The Tribute to Ray Brown Trio Brown performed Wednesday, August 19, as part of the Sunset Jazz at Newport Summer Series at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel.  The trio included three of Brown’s closest colleagues, Larry Fuller (piano), Jeff Hamilton (drums) and John Clayton (bass).  Both Fuller and Hamilton worked a number of years in Ray Brown’s trio.  Fuller had the honor of being Ray Brown’s last pianist.  Clayton was a protégé of Brown’s and studied extensively with him.  They played several musical duos projects together and also recorded together. When Brown passed away in 2002, he had put in his will that his bass was to go to John Clayton.   Clayton played this gorgeous bass at this evening’s concert.

What Would Monk Do? Play at the Black Dog, September 5 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Steve Kenny © Andrea Canter

What would have happened if eccentric genius Thelonious Monk had encountered four of the best Twin Cities jazzmen? Trumpeter Steve Kenny, pianist Peter Schimke, bassist Billy Peterson and drummer Kenny Horst first asked that question in 2010 at the Artists Quarter, and the quartet has gathered together more often over the past six months. On September 5th, the Black Dog welcomes back the original What Would Monk Do to the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series, with an exciting opening band dubbed "VVG" (very very groovy) featuring a brood of young lion college students-- Josh Johnson, Levi Schwartzberg, DeCarlo Jackson and Ben Beyene.

The Phil Aaron/Zacc Harris Quartet: New Band, Veteran Musicians at The Nicollet, September 4 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Phil Aaron © Andrea Canter

There are a number of cross-generational ensembles on the Twin Cities Jazz scene, bringing their combinations of experience and modern energy to the bandstand. Such is the Phil Aaron/Zacc Harris Quartet, although the "young" half of the band--guitarist Harris and bassist Matt Peterson--have already established their credentials over the past decade and are among the area's busiest and best. Joining Harris, Peterson and pianist Phil Aaron will be another well-respected veteran, drummer Jay Epstein. They make their maiden voyage Friday night, September 4, on the Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet series, at 9 pm.

"Ellington at Night" With Nancy Harms at the Metropolitan Room -- September 1, 6, 9 & 19 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   


Nightlife is cut out of a very luxurious, royal-blue bolt of velvet. It sparkles with jewels, and it sparkles in tingling and tinkling tones.” -- Duke Ellington

Both jazz- and cabaret-land could learn a lot from the elegant, understated, but beautifully expressive tribute to Duke Ellington.... this show, and Nancy’s featherweight, postcoital sound, made even Ellington warhorses sound new to my ears.." - James Gavin

Last February at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room, vocalist Nancy Harms presented a stunning hour of the immortal Duke’s melodies, specially selected to illustrate that “luxurious royal blue” quality. Now Nancy returns to the Metropolitan Room for four more "Ellington at Night" dates throughout September, starting September 1 and again on September 6, 9 and 19.
Jon Weber, Connie Evingson in the Lounge and the Jungle! E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Jon Weber © Andrea Canter

The holiday weekend gets off to an early start for New York-based pianist Jon Weber and Twin Cities-based vocalist Connie Evingson. Forming a musical partnership a few years ago, the two have since paired up for several productions at the Jungle Theater. This week, Jon joins Connie for her monthly Jazz in the Lounge at the Minneapolis Woman's Club (September 2) and again on Sunday (September 6) for two shows at the Jungle Theater celebrating the music of David Frishberg ("Fresh Frish"). In-between, Jon journeys "From Joplin to Jarrett" at the Dakota Jazz Club (September 4).

Ira Sullivan Quartet at the Jazz Showcase 9/2-6 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Ira Sullivan

Ira Sullivan is one the true jazz greats of our time, master of trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, and flute.  Now residing in Florida, Sullivan was a vital part of the Chicago jazz scene of the 1950s and, in 1956, was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Ira Sullivand and friends  will be performing at the Jazz Showcase on Wednesday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 6th. One of his friends is Stu Katz with a 57-year history of performing together, going back to their 1954 meeting in their hometown of Chicago. Ron Perello, Larry Gray and Greg Artry will round out the ensemble.   After fest jams continue through the weekend.
Tanner Taylor Launches New Instrumental Series at Crooners Lounge, September 1 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tanner Taylor © Andrea Canter

One of the most popular and active musicians in the Twin Cities over the past decade, pianist Tanner Taylor had accompanied a long list of vocalists as well as collaborating with an even longer list of instrumentalists, including top-shelf touring artists, when he relocated to Iowa last summer. But a new address hasn't diminished his local reputation or demands for his talents. The former co-director of Jazz Central Studios returns to the Twin Cities to help launch a new Tuesday Night instrumental jazz series at Crooners Lounge in Fridley on September 1 (7 pm). His trio will include Graydon Peterson and Jay Epstein.

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