Saxophonist Chris Vadala is coming to St. Louis to perform with student jazz groups from Western Illinois University and Webster Groves High School at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 7 at Jazz at the Bistro.
Vadala, who teaches at the University of Maryland and also is a clinician for Selmer saxophones, still is perhaps best known among jazz fans for his long association with trumpeter Chuck Mangione, during which he toured all over the USA and the world and performed on five gold and two platinum albums.
He also has played live or on recording sessions with many other well-known musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen and Joe Lovano.
Vadala (pictured) will perform as a guest soloist with the Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra, directed by John Cooper, and the Webster Groves High School Jazz I ensemble, directed by Kevin Cole. Both bands will perform short sets, separated by a brief intermission. Tickets for the performance, which is presented by Jazz St. Louis, are just $5 and on sale now via Metrotix.