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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, October 2017

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Arturo Sandoval returns to the Dakota on October 19 © Andrea Canter

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[The Lead Sheet is updated weekly during the month]

October typically brings some of the year’s best weather, and often, some of the year’s best jazz as well. The month starts out on a high note (pun intended), with visitors Tony Malaby, Bill Carrothers and Pat Mallinger, the Dave King Trio, Savion Glover and Marcus Gilmore, Katie Thiroux, Chick Corea, Karrin Allyson, and Joey Alexander all here in the first two weeks. And the parade continues as Wycliffe Gordon, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis and David Sanborn arrive toward the end of the month. And that’s just the visiting artist roster– we can look forward to another gig with the Jazz Women All-Stars, two new jazz series to beef up Friday nights (at Jazz Central and at the Dunsmore Room), a 10th anniversary for the Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar, a CD release from Larry McDonough, a Monk tribute from Laura Caviani… and much more.


Big Gigs This Month

[Updated 10/13/2017. ]

Friday, October 13. Jeremy Walker’s Jazz in the Target Atrium is back for another season at Orchestra Hall. Tonight “Drum and Trumpet” features flugelhorn specialist John Raymond and local drum star Kevin Washington.  Over at Jazz Central, the Illicit Jazz Workshop features Davu Seru’s No Territory Band with Omar AbdulKarim on trumpet, Nathan Hanson on saxes, Scott Fultz on bari, and Levi Schwartzberg on vibes.

Saturday, October 14. Pianist Laura Caviani has been long known as an interpreter of Thelonious Monk. At the Hopkins Center for the Arts, her trio (Chris Bates and Dave Schmalenberger) offers a new set of Monk arrangements in honor of his centennial birthday with special guest, vocalist Karrin Allyson. It’s also a CD Release for the trio’s Mysterious Thelonious.

At the Black Dog, vocalist Sophia Shorai and her trio open the evening, followed by the powerhouse trio Firebell–Graydon Peterson, Jay Epstein and Park Evans. And at Boom Island Brewing, the Saturday night series continues with the Ron Evaniuk Trio. The Source Code bassist makes a rare appearance as leader, enlisting frequent cohort Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums.