Jazz picks: from Maud Hixson to Delfeayo Marsalis

Dear jazz fans: I’m working on a story about drummer Matt Wilson’s Carl Sandburg Project, to be presented at the Minnesota Opera Center next Friday. Wilson tells me about his affinity for the poet and their personal ties. Look for my story to appear early next week on MinnPost’s home page.

Chet Baker

Meanwhile, here are my upcoming picks:

“Let’s Get Lost”: Bruce Weber’s film about Chet Baker, the dreamboat trumpeter (at right) who became a craggy junkie, hasn’t been seen in 20 years. The shiny new 35mm print of a recent restoration by Weber himself will air at the Oak Street Cinema. Nightly at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., matinees Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ($6 general admission; $5 seniors and students; $4 Minnesota Film Arts members).

Maud Hixson/Rick Carlson CD release: A rich and lovely voice, a tasteful and tuneful piano, and an ample supply of standards. What else could you want? Every time I hear Maud Hixson sing, I like her more. The Artists’ Quarter, Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 p.m. ($10).

The Dakota Combo with special guest Delfeayo Marsalis: Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, which is co-sponsoring this event with the MacPhail Center for Music. But even if I weren’t, I’d jump at the chance to see the trombone-playing Marsalis brother play with a group of Minnesota high-school kids who’ve been studying with the excellent Kelly Rossum. This might already be sold out, but you could take a chance and call. The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. ($12).

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