It already looks as if 2009 will be a good year for jazz in the Twin Cities. The Google calendar on which I post every jazz event I hear about (and which I might make public — is anyone interested?) has entries as far ahead as August. Here’s what to see in the next few days.
Tonight, Jan. 2: Framework on TV
Still recovering from New Year’s Eve? You can stay in your jammies for this one. The jazz trio Framework (drummer Jay Epstein, guitarist Chris Olson, bassist Chris Bates) will appear on TPT’s “Almanac” at 7 tonight. Framework plays music by John Scofield, Dave Holland, Chick Corea and its own compositions. The trio’s CD will be released sometime in February or March. Later this month you can see them live at the Dakota (Jan. 9, 11:30 p.m.) and/or the Artists’ Quarter (Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m.). Listen on MySpace.
Tonight, Jan. 2: Fat Kid Wednesdays
The Fat Kids recently returned from yet another tour of France and Switzerland. Writing for the New Yorker’s blog last May, Richard Broder called saxophonist Michael Lewis “one of the most intriguing and exhilarating young jazz musicians around.” Ditto for bassist Adam Linz and drummer JT Bates. I hope they play something by the Shaggs. Listen on MySpace. Watch on YouTube (a clip from one of their regular Monday-night gigs at the Clown Lounge in the basement of the Turf Club). 9 p.m., Artists’ Quarter ($10).
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 5-6: Barbara Morrison
A Dakota favorite (her CD “Barbara Morrison Live at the Dakota” was released in 2004), Morrison is swinging, soulful, sophisticated, sassy and sometimes naughty; in one of her signature tunes, “They Call Me Sundown,” she sings “I do my best work after dark.” Between songs, she tells stories, and afterward she’ll hang out so you can meet her in person. Later this month she’ll star as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton at the Stella Adler Theater in Los Angeles. Maybe she’ll bring us some Big Mama. See her on You Tube. 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., the Dakota, ($28/$20).