The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 2018
© Andrea Canter
[The Lead Sheet is published monthly and updated weekly. Updated 1/15/2018]
Jazz fans hopefully have some relevant New Year’s resolutions– to get out and hear more live jazz, to attend more diverse jazz events in the area, to contribute to our stellar non-profit jazz organizations and venues. Artists, club owners, and curators are wasting no time getting a new year of music underway — already the January calendar boasts such international talents as Jon Weber, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and Roberta Gambarini, with the third annual Winter Jazz Festival welcoming headliners Regina Carter and Butch Miles. And local talents start the new year right, including gigs from Framework, Travis Anderson Trio with Connie Evingson, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson’s “He Said, She Said,” Steve Kenny’s Group 47, a live recording session from Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak, and an already-sold out performance from Fat Kid Wednesdays, among other offerings.
Big Gigs This Month
Monday, January 15. Bassist Charlie Lincoln has enjoyed a long winter break from studies at Berklee College of Music, and he has made the most of opportunities to perform around town. Tonight he leads a group at Jazz Central featuring two more bright lights among our local collegians– violinist/vocalist Zosha Warpeha, on break from the New School for Contemporary Music in New York, and Patrick Adkins, home from Lawrence Conservatory. They’re joined by two of Charlie’s cohorts from Berklee, Dan Elbert (alto sax) and Aksel Coe (drums).
JT’s Jazz Implosion tonight features the incendiary Atlantis Quartet–Zacc Harris, Brandon Wozniak, Chris Bates and Pete Hennig. And another institution of local jazz, Red Planet returns for their monthly gig at the Black Dog.
Tuesday, January 16. Big Band Night at Jazz Central features the Explosion Big Band, led by Doug Haining and Scott Agster. And continuing his month-long residency, JT Bates brings his Grain Trio (with Kevin Gastonguay on B-3 and Zacc Harris on guitar) to Vieux Carre’.
Tuesday-Wednesday, January 16-17. It’s pretty much an annual event: The Roy Hargrove Quintet performs at the Dakota, featuring one of the genre’s top trumpeters in the company of one of modern jazz’s top ensembles. Long-time associates Justin Robinson (sax), Ameen Saleem (bass), and Quincy Phillps (drums) will be with Roy at the Dakota, along with newer addition, Tadataka Unno on piano.