I've been away from my desk for several days, off the radio and the blog, so there are no official picks this week. Though I strongly recommend pianist Rick Germanson at the Artists' Quarter tonight. Rick returns tomorrow for the sold-out or nearly sold-out New Year's Eve party at the AQ with Carole Martin and friends (Dave Karr, Graydon Peterson, Kenny Horst), plus the famously casual once-a-year buffet complete with meatballs and Junior Mints.
If you're looking for live jazz on New Year's Eve, you can find it in many places around the Twin Cities, including the Black Dog, the Red Stag, Honey, the Chambers Bar, the Lobby Bar at the St. Paul Hotel, the Dakota, the AQ, and Jazz Central. Check the live jazz calendar on KBEM's website or at the right for details.
MinnPost has published my list of 11 Memorable Twin Cities Concerts in 2011; thanks to Secrets of the City for the nod. The Strib's Chris Riemenschneider invited me to participate in this year's Twin Cities Critics Tally. I sent him a list of my favorite local jazz CDs of the year and expanded on it here.
For many of us in the Twin Cities jazz community--performers, presenters, chroniclers, fans--this New Year's Eve will be tempered by grief. Earlier this week, on Wednesday, jazz vocalist Christine Rosholt died suddenly and unexpectedly. Everyone knew her, and she knew everyone. Obituaries/tributes here (JazzPolice.com), here (the Strib), here (MPR), and here (City Pages). I've been asked to write something for MinnPost when it returns from its holiday publishing schedule next week. (Christine was much loved by MinnPost.) A tribute is being planned for January 10 at the Dakota. Meanwhile, let's love the people we love.