Art Hounds: Sid Kaplan, Xavier Marquis, and more saxophonists than you can shake a stick at

"#38" by Sid Kaplan (Couresty of Icebox Gallery)

This week's hounds uncover a photographer who captures the images that linger in a motorist's mind, a ensemble of six supreme Minnesota saxophonists, and a local rapper who straddles hip hop and pop.

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MinnPost arts writer and jazz blogger Pamela Espeland has had St. Paul jazz saxophonist Nathan Hanson's 416 Club Commission concert on her calendar for a while now. That's because Hanson has assembled a stellar, six-member saxophone choir featuring some of the best sax players anywhere, playing compositions he wrote especially for them. The show is this Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7:30pm.

Yes, Nina Clark sings with the Swedish folk group Flikorna Fem, but she likes all kinds of music, especially when it's live and done very well. Nina saw Minneapolis rapper and producer Xavier Marquis perform and his polished, pop-friendly, palpably energetic performance melted all the icicles in her brain. Xavier Marquis will be performing Saturday, January 12 at Cause Spirits and Soundbar as part of Ceewhy's CD release show.

Minneapolis painter Joseph Giannetti has been following New York photographer Sid Kaplan for many decades. Joseph says Kaplan's latest exhibition of photos at the Icebox Gallery in Minneapolis was shot exclusively from a moving car, while he was driving or a passenger. The strictly black and white images capture forgotten scenes from the road that still reside in our brains. The show is called "Drive-by Shooting" and it runs through Feb. 2. For more Art Hounds' recommendations, check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Art Hounds is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Art Hounds is powered by the Public Insight Network.

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