This week, it’s all about local artists—and by that I mean artists who happen to live here. As Jeremy Walker said at his final NOWnet performance earlier this month, “Everyone is a local jazz musician and everyone is a national jazz musician.”
Friday and Saturday: Connie Evingson at the Artists’ Quarter
Can this really be Connie’s first-ever AQ weekend? We’re talking Connie Evingson, jazz vocalist extraordinaire, Moore by Four member, “Jazz at the Jungle” star, maker of several fine CDs including Let it Be Jazz (Beatles songs), Little Did I Dream (Dave Frishberg songs), and Gypsy in My Soul (gypsy jazz).
Apparently, yes. To digress: As the Dakota has broadened its programming to include folk, rock, pop, world music, and blues, the AQ (still a straight-ahead jazz club) has opened its door to more singers. Lucia Newell and Debbie Duncan have long been welcome there, but this has not traditionally been a singers’ room. That seems to be changing. Last week, Charmin Michelle had her CD release there (for Dawning and Daylight with Joel Shapira). The night was a smashing success, with a big turnout.
More singers are scheduled: Vicky Mountain (see below), Paula Lammers in May, and I’m hearing about other possibilities as well.
Connie will be joined by Tanner Taylor on piano, Graydon Peterson on bass, Mac Santiago on drums, and Dave Karr on saxophone for two swinging, stylish evenings.
Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m., Artists’ Quarter in the basement of the Hamm Building, St. Paul. $12.