Many clubs and restaurants are closed for all or part of the holiday weekend, but if live jazz is on your wish list, you won’t be disappointed.
Iowa City Jazz Festival. It’s not too late to make last-minute plans. A five-hour drive will take you to a weekend of exceptional music: David Sanchez, guitarist Lionel Loueke, Chris Potter’s Underground, the Bill Frisell Quartet, the Dave Holland Quintet. The hotels are not full. Add some extra time to the way down and stop in Quasqueton for a tour of Cedar Rock, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Staying in town? It’s a perfect weekend to show some love to local jazz artists.
Two picks for Friday, July 3:
Debbie Duncan at the Dakota. Last Friday she and Bruce Henry knocked the walls down at the club on Nicollet Mall. She can whisper a ballad or belt out a blues. Out-of-town guests? Bring them along. 8 p.m., Dakota, ($10).
Chris Thomson Quartet at Maude. This is saxophonist Thomson’s latest group, with Patrick Harison on button accordion, Bryan Nichols on piano, and Sean Carey on drums. An interesting combination of sounds and deeply musical. 9 p.m., Café Maude, no cover.
One for Saturday, July 4:
Larry McDonough at Sage Wine Bar. Pianist, singer, arranger, and bandleader McDonough has been compared to Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and Dave Brubeck. His 2005 recording, “Simple Gifts,” won critical praise and radio play; “Tuscarora: Short Stories for Jazz Piano” (2003) was dedicated to the memory of Paul and Sheila Wellstone and those who died with them in October 2002. Hear selections from both at cdbaby.com. With Richard Terrill on saxophones. 7 p.m., Sage Wine Bar (Mendota Heights), no cover.
Two for Sunday, July 5:
Christine Rosholt at the Como Park Pavilion. Rosholt will sing, Beasley’s Big Band will play, people will dance, and breezes will blow through the beautiful pavilion on North Lexington Parkway. 7 p.m., Como Lakeside Pavilion, no cover.
Zacc Harris Trio at the Riverview Wine Bar. The fine young guitarist (and member of Atlantis Quartet, Monk in Motian, and Counterclockwise, to name a few) plays the Riverview every Sunday. Nice space, good wine, good food, kitty-corner from the 1950s-style Riverview Theater in a quiet neighborhood. With Matt Peterson on bass. 7:30 p.m., Riverview Wine Bar, no cover.