Are you in your car or near a radio at 8:30 CST on Friday mornings? Tune to KBEM to hear me and Mr. Jones—Jazz 88 "Morning Show" host Ed Jones—talk about these events and more. 88.5 FM in the Twin Cities, streaming live on the Web.
Soon after the 501 Club and the Turf Club closed (the Turf being the upstairs neighbor of the Clown Lounge, former home of Fat Kid Wednesdays), MPR’s Chris Roberts speculated on whether there are just too many music venues in the Twin Cities.
I try to keep current on venues where jazz is featured often or occasionally. Whenever I update the live jazz calendar, I’m surprised by how many places we can go to hear jazz, from clubs to coffee houses, festivals, art centers, churches, parks, and private homes. This week’s picks take you all around town. Are there too many jazz venues? Not if people show up.
Friday–Sunday: The Ends of Love at the Southern Theater
|The Ends of Love|
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11–12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Southern Theater ($24/$22). 612-340-1725.
Omer Klein, Omer Avital, Gilad Hekselman, Anat Cohen, Avi Lebovich, Yuval Lion, Shai Maestro, and two Avishai Cohens, the bass player and the trumpeter.) This year it’s guitarist/composer/educator Roni Ben-Hur. Since arriving in New York in the 1980s, Ben-Hur has studied, performed, and recorded with jazz greats including Barry Harris, Mulgrew Miller, Rufus Reid, and Lewis Nash. I’ve been listening to his two latest CDs, Keepin’ It Open (2007) and Fortuna (2009), both on Motema, both beautiful, swinging, melodic sides. He’ll be here with pianist Ryan Cohen, bassist Santi DiBriano, and drummer Steve Williams, who spent 25 years with Shirley Horne. I wish the JCC could do this more than once a year. (If you want to know more about Israeli jazz musicians, here’s an article from JazzTimes.)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, St. Paul JCC ($15 JCC members/$20 community; students free). 651-698-0751.
Saturday and Sunday: The Sultry Divas of Jazz at the Capri Theater
|Connie Evingson, Ginger Commodore|
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Capri Theater ($25). 866-821-4111.
Monday: Music for Valentine’s Day
Check the live jazz calendar here or at the right for details about the Nichola Miller Trio at Hell’s Kitchen, Cookie Coleman and Dan Newton at the Loring Pasta Bar, Maud Hixson and Jim Chenowith at Honey, Karen Quiroz and James Allen at First Course Bistro, and other options for this romantic holiday. I'll be updating it through Monday afternoon.
Wednesday: John Devine CD Release at the Varsity Theater
|John Devine by Nick Lethert|
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, Varsity Theater ($5). 612-604-0222.