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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 2018

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 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 ...

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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 2017

Our spring-like weather will probably fade into winter— after all, it is winter in Minnesota! But falling temperatures (and perhaps the white stuff too) will be countered by rising heat from both local and visiting jazz artists as we count down 2017. This month we welcome such touring talents as Earl Klugh, Brad Mehldau, Benny Green, ...

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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 2017

November is not starting out in a gentle fashion, but perhaps that merely means there will be plenty of musical heat. A number of guest artists will add fuel to the fires— Lizz Wright, Phil Markowitz and Zach Brock, Ann Hampton Callway, Catherine Russell, Pat Mallinger and more; ongoing local talent showcases at the Black Dog, ...

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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 2017

September promises to be one of the hottest jazz months of the year in the Twin Cities, with visits from Eliane Elias, Mike Stern, John Raymond, the Yellow Jackets, Curtis Stiegers, Jay Clayton, Evan Christopher, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Bad Plus with Bill Frisell and more, as well as performances ...

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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 2017

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, August 2017

Call August the Month of the Vocalist, with some heady talent visiting (Kendra Shank, Cyrille Aimee, Kevin Mahogany) as well as one of our veterans—Debbie Duncan— recording a long-overdue live outing. Or call August the Month of Legends, with several visitors who deserve such status, including long-awaited returns of Lee Konitz and Dr, Lonnie Smith, and ...

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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 23-29

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 23-29

It's the jazziest weekend of the year in the Twin Cities as we move into the final two days of the annual jazz festival, a couple post-fest gigs, and the screening of a documentary about the amazing musical life of one of our local veterans. And of course jazz never ends — there's always another gig. Big ...

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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 16-22

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 16-22

After a relaxing week in San Francisco and the North Bay (including an evening concert from Joe Lovano and his new “Classic Quartet"), I am happy to be back in the Jazz Cities as we heat up to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Young lions and seasoned veterans, locals and visitors, combine to give us a ...

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 9-15

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, June 9-15

We have another fine summer week of jazz as we build momentum toward the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, including pre-fest performances, the opening of a new Jazz in the Jungle season, continuing celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Icehouse, another visit from Wayne Horvitz, and a lot more. Big Gigs This Week Friday, June 9. The weekend ...

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 26- June 1

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 26- June 1

We start off the weekend with our first “summer" holiday, and there's plenty of music to fit in around any barbecues, picnics, or gardening activities. In addition to a good range of local artists, we welcome the return of Chris Potter to the Dakota, with a new quartet celebrating a new release. Big Gigs This Week Friday, May ...

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 19-26

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 19-26

It seems that we're getting a break from our perfect weather, but music around the Twin Cities continues nonstop. Rain or shine, we get the best here in the metro. Big Gigs This Week Friday, May 19. Jazz Central hosts a long-overdue gig with the Phil Hey Quartet, one of the seminal jazz bands in the region, and ...