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“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” - Charlie Parker
 Saturday, 29 August 2015
Terence Blanchard's E-Collective at the Dakota, August 31 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

"A trumpeter of expressive urgency and a composer of expansive vision. " — The New York Times

Few jazz musicians have received Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Trumpeter/ composer and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard’s resume also includes tenure with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, scoring films for Spike Lee, and a long list of acclaimed recordings, including his Grammy-winning requiem for Hurricane Katrina, A Tale of God’s Will. DownBeat Artist of the Year in 2000, former Artistic Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute in New Orleans, and now Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami, Blanchard returns to the Dakota with a new electronic project, his E-Collective, on August 31 (7 and 9 pm).

Colors of His Soul -- Dean Sorenson and Sextet Celebrate Debut Recording at the Black Dog, August 29 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Dean Sorenson Sextet © Andrea Canter

Long-time jazz educator, head of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota, renowned arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and more, Dean Sorenson is also an accomplished trombonist and bandleader who is not heard on the bandstand often enough. Dean recently came out of the classroom with a newly assembled sextet of local heavyweights, played a gig at Jazz Central Studios and soon after brought the band into the studio at Creation Audio, yielding the soaring tracks of Colors of the Soul. The Dean Sorenson Sextet (with Steve Kenny, David Milne, Chris Lomheim, Tom Lewis and Phil Hey) celebrates the CD release on Saturday, August 29, on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series. The party begins at 8:30 pm in St. Paul's Lowertown arts district, following an opening set from current and former U of M student jazzers,  Ryan Christianson, Joe Strachan, Matt McIntyre and Andres Crovetti.

Tootie Heath Trio With Ethan Iverson and Ben Street in Chicago and Minneapolis E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tootie Heath with Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

The youngest of the famed Heath Brothers, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath has performed with a wide range of jazz artists, from John Coltrane to Cedar Walton to Herbie Hancock to Anthony Braxton, and most recently, with much younger stars Ethan Iverson and Ben Street. With Iverson and Street, Heath has recorded three albums, including the just-released Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside). The trio is touring in support of the new release, landing at Constellation in Chicago (August 28-29) and at the Dakota in Minneapolis (August 30).

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 28-September 3 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Maud Hixson Trio (Parma 8200, August 28) © Andrea Canter

[Ed. note: We're giving up monthly columns about coming jazz gigs. There are now too many venues and too many gigs to do a monthly set of highlights! Instead we are posting Andrea's weekly "Lead Sheet" which has been running on her blog for many years, and which is the basis for her 9-minute Thursday afternoon (4:40 pm) broadcast on KBEM radio. This online edition of the Lead Sheet highlights Twin Cities jazz across venues each week as a supplement to the live jazz calendar on this site.]

San Jose' Jazz Festival: Near-Perfect Afternoon of Jazz and Fusion E-mail
Written by Ken Vermes   

Going to any kind of music festival is sometimes a risk. Beside the hassles of parking, staying fed, and getting around, there is the sometimes-terrible feeling that you are missing something, even while enjoying what is right in front of your eyes. Such has often been the case at the San José Jazz Festival, founded in 1986. As the festival has grown and matured, it has expanded to the point that quick decisions by participants are a requirement. The festival program illustrated the problem: Should I see Sylvia Cuenca or John Pizzarelli? Shall I check out Etienne Charles playing the “San José Suite” or see newcomer Natalie Cressman? And this was just one day, Saturday, August 8.

"No Room for Squares" at The Nicollet, August 28 E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
No Room for Squares © Andrea Canter

A hit on the Sixth Street Stage of the 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, No Room For Squares quintet returns to the stage on August 28 as part of the Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet series curated by Steve Kenny. Led by drummer Bill Stieger, NRFS features some of the area's top veterans, including Jimmie Wallace (sax), Jon Pemberton (trumpet), Mikkel Romstad (piano) and Adam Tucker (bass).

Javon Jackson's We Four featuring Jimmy Cobb Celebrates the Music of John Coltrane at Smoke 8/28-30 E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Javon Jackson, Jeremy Manasia, John Webber and Jimmy Cobb

We Four
, Javon Jackson’s project focusing on Coltrane-associated compositions. Jackson first gained attention with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the early ‘80s and had memorable stints with molten drummer Elvin Jones, a member of Coltrane’s “classic” quartet. Since emerging from these apprenticeships, Jackson has transcended his “young lion” status to become a noted composer and bandleader, heading up a dozen acclaimed sessions for Blue Note, Criss Cross and Palmetto.  We Four it features an impressive lineup. In addition to pianist Jeremy Manasia and bassist John Webber, this quartet also includes the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb who worked with Coltrane when both were with Miles Davis 65 years ago but who sounds as good now as he did then. Hear them at Smoke on Friday, August 28th through Sunday, August 30th.
Walker West Announces 8 O'Clock Jump Jazz Series Featuring Ron Carter E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   

Ron Carter © Andrea Canter

Walker West Music Academy has announced its new 13-show 8 O’Clock Jump Jazz Series, with tickets on sale August 15th. Headlining the fall season is jazz legend Ron Carter, internationally renowned bassist who rose to stardom for his seminal work with Miles Davis in the 1960s. He appears with his trio on September 11 in Walker West's performance center in the school's new home on Selby Avenue. Other fall concerts include flautist Nichole Mitchell, Afoutayi Dance, vocalist Yolande Bruce, Eric Gravatt & Source Code, and pianist Anthony Walker. Show dates for the 2nd half of the series will be announced in October, and include appearances from the Bryan Nichols Trio,  Atlantis Quartet, the Hanson/Roessler Collective, and New York-based alto saxophonist David Binney, among others.


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