The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 20-26

Twin Cities
Chris Bates' Red 5 at the Black Dog (January 21) © Andrea Canter
Chris Bates’ Red 5 at the Black Dog (January 21) © Andrea Canter

© Andrea Canter

Just a week ago it was way below zero; now it’s all melting. I think some of the credit goes to the hot jazz in the Twin Cities! And it will be hot enough to keep things above freezing as we head into another week filled with great jazz from one end of the metro to the other, from local heroes to visiting artists. And it’s all a warm-up for the Twin Cities Winter Jazz Festival at the end of the month.

 

Big Gigs This Week

Friday, January 20. They’re half of the unique band Lulu’s Playground, but a trumpet/cello duo is unique in its own right, and especially if the musicians are Adam Meckler and Cory Grossman –on stage at Jazz Central. And if you need to either celebrate or commiserate in response to today’s inauguration, the band Headspace will hold an Inauguration Blowout at St. Paul’s World of Beer. At the Icehouse, Bryan Nichols and James Buckley provide some pretty sophisticated piano/bass duo music during the dinner hours, while Amethyst Three (Park Evans, Josh Granowski and leader Byron Johnson-Blanchard) add to the spicy menu at Bistro LaRoux.  Read More!