It's finally spring in St. Louis, and it's Jazz Appreciation Month all over the world, so it's a good week to get out and hear some live jazz and creative music. Here's a look at what's going on around town over the next few days...
Tonight, singer Marlena Shaw (pictured)
returns to Jazz at the Bistro
for the first evening of a four-night engagement. Known for signature songs such as Go Away Little Boy" and California Soul," Shaw performed in St. Louis most recently in 2010, and had been scheduled to appear at the Bistro last spring but had to cancel.
Given those circumstances, it seems likely that there's some pent-up demand among Shaw's local fan base, and so advance reservations are recommended. For more about Shaw and some video of her performing, check out this post
that ran before her last set of shows here at the Bistro.
Also tonight, singer Joe Mancuso
leads a quartet at Frontenac Grill
, and trumpeter Jim Manley
plays at Sasha's Wine Bar
Tomorrow night, the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University wraps up for the spring semester with a free concert from Four In One, featuring guitarist Steve Schenkel
, saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, bassist Ric Vice and drummer Kevin Gianino engaging in electrified explorations of the compositions of Thelonious Monk.
Also on Thursday night, Good 4 The Soul will be back serving up jazz, funk and R&B during their monthly gig at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups
On Friday, guitarist Tom Byrne
will perform at the Tavern of Fine Arts
; the St. Louis Big Band
plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will bring swing and jump blues to Voce,
and guitarist Dave Black
will lead a trio at Cigar Inn
On Saturday, singer Wendy Gordon
and her band will perform for a jazz brunch at Ace's Bar & Grill, 9600 Natural Bridge Rd (inside the Comfort Inn). That evening, Miss Jubilee
will endeavor to get the joint jumping at Schlafly Bottleworks
, while guitarists Brian Vaccaro
and Randy Bahr team up to play at Wolf Public House
On Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Jazz Club
presents a matinee performance of traditional jazz and swing from Cornet Chop Suey
at Bel Air Bowl, 200 South Belt West in Belleville.
Also on Sunday, just as Cornet Chop Suey is wrapping up, the Oikos Ensemble
will be starting a late afternoon performance at Kirkwood United Church of Christ, 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd. With the group's leader, saxophonist Rev. Cliff Aerie, now based in St. Louis, this is the first of what's projected as a series of Inner Jazz" concerts sponsored by the church's Ministry of Imagination, Creativity and the Arts. Aerie will be joined for this concert by pianist Carolbeth True
, bassist Dave Troncoso
, trumpeter Danny Campbell, and drummer Kevin Gianino.