Friday, December 31, 2010

Last-minute picks for a jazzy New Year’s Eve

If you have waited this long to make plans for New Year’s Eve, here’s help in the form of the very latest news about where and when to find jazz tonight. See the live jazz calendar at your right for even more options.

5 p.m. Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, St. Paul. “Fantastic Fogie New Year’s Eve,” a.k.a. “New Year’s Eve for early birds and old buzzards.” A little live music, a little champagne, and home by 10 p.m.—or you could go somewhere else after. Music by Todd Harper, Nathan Hanson, Brian Roessler, and Pete Hennig. Don’t take “old buzzards” too literally; the Black Dog welcomes an all-ages crowd, including kids. No cover. Corner of 4th and Broadway in Lowertown, St. Paul. 651-228-9274.

6 p.m. Honey Lounge, Minneapolis. A New Year’s Eve dinner show with singer Maud Hixson and pianist Rick Carlson will feature “classic female songwriters of the flapper, swing and bebop eras.” You can never, ever go wrong in the company of Maud and Rick. 205 E. Hennepin, Minneapolis. $10 cover, plus whatever you spend on dinner. For reservations, call 612-746-0306.

7:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. A big shebang of a show with Patty Peterson on vocals, Peter Schimke on piano, Billy Peterson bass and vocals, Bobby Vandell on drums and vocals, Jason Weisman on sax and vocals, and special guest Ricky Peterson on keyboards and vocals. Until yesterday (Thursday), this event was available only as a dinner show ($200/couple) or dinner-plus-room deal ($269) but a show-only option was just added at $25/person, which includes both the 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. sets. Call 612-596-4663.

9 p.m. Artists’ Quarter, St. Paul. An AQ tradition since 1995, this is a warm and wonderful evening, complete with quirky hors d’oeuvres (usually including Swedish meatballs and Junior Mints), a champagne toast, and party favors. With Gary Berg on saxophone, Phil Aaron on piano, Dean Magraw on guitar, Jay Young on bass, Kenny Horst on drums, and the ever young and luminous Carole Martin at the mic, who will sing (I learned last night) despite an injured hip. The crowd will clamor for Dawn Horst to join her mom, Carole, onstage for “Evil Woman.” $45. 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul. Call 651-292-1359 this minute if you’re interested.

9 p.m. Café Maude, Minneapolis. Patty and the Buttons (with the phenomenal Patrick Harison on accordion) bring in 2001 in relaxed, leisurely style. Maude’s usual late-night leisure hour cocktail prices apply, and there will be a dance floor. $40/person for a lovely dinner of champagne, beer, or wine, smoked salmon tartar, wood grilled pork tenderloin, and shortbread cookies with pomegranate port cream. 5411 Penn Ave. S.. Call 612-822-5411.

10 p.m. Red Stag Supper Club, Minneapolis. The third annual Secrets of the City New Year’s Eve bash features indie/folk/pop man Brad Senne from 11 until midnight and sultry jazzer Sophia Shorai from midnight on. Truffled popcorn, champagne at the turn of the year. No cover. 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis. The restaurant will be open for dinner; call 612-767-7766 for table reservations.

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