The Illicit Sextet


Twin Cities Jazz Sampler Release Party

Dec. 10
7 p.m.

This triple-header at the Black Dog will celebrate the release of Twin Cities Jazz Sampler Vol. 2, a compilation of 14 tunes pulled from the artistically thriving local jazz community. Assembled by local trumpeter, bandleader, impresario, and all-around jazz dynamo Steve Kenny, the disc is a fair summation of the state of the broad, deep, and notably multi-generational Twin Cities jazz scene. Kicking things off will be Kenny’s own Illicit Sextet, whose Sampler track “Early Ely” is a hard-driving bop original by bassist Tom Pieper. Kenny, on “flumpet,” and tenor saxophonist Paul Harper impressively lead the charge. Next up will be drummer Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, which typically tackles a mix of bop to free jazz mingled with lashings of metallic rock. Rounding out the evening will be post-bop dynamos Mississippi, an ensemble including Peruvian guitarist Andrés Prado — an erstwhile Twin Citian who’s now a frequent visitor — plus blazing saxophonist Pete Whitman and pianist David Schimke. The remainder of the new Sampler runs the gamut from the idiosyncratic Atlantis Quartet to the funk-infused trio King Fletcher Woods and beyond.