Jazz This Week: Legacy Jazz Quintet, Lnac's 9th Annual Noisefest, TKT Scholarship Concert, St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, and More
Although this weekend's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis doesn't include any major touring headliners, there's plenty of activity from local and regional performers in a variety of styles from big band to free improv. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, saxophonist Ron Goff plays a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University, and the Tavern of Fine Arts presents its monthly Avant-Garde Arts Night" featuring live improvised music.
On Friday, the Legacy Jazz Quintet will settle in for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro. Led by Jazz St. Louis education director Phil Dunlap on piano, the group offers interpretations of classic jazz compositions, concentrating on the material from the hard-bop and post-bop eras.
Friday also is the first night of Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center's ninth annual Noisefest/Festival of Mid-Western Contemporary Experimental Music." The event continues on Saturday and Sunday and will include a performance of Cage's Imaginary Landscapes No. 4", sets from Jason Zeh, Kevin Harris, NNN Cook, Tony Renner and others; a modular synthesis workshop, and more.
Also on Friday, trumpeter Jim Manley will take the stage at Robbie's House of Jazz; saxophonist Tim Cunningham is at Jazz on Broadway in Alton; and the Willie Akins/Montez Coleman group plays at Cigar Inn in Belleville. If you're more in the mood for vocals on Friday, Joe Mancuso will be performing in concert at City Music & Education Center, while Al Fischer will open a two-night run of his cabaret show Breaking The Rules" at the Kranzberg Arts Center under the auspices of the Presenters Dolan.
On Saturday, the Bosman Twins (pictured) will team with pianist Don Carson (Atlanta), bassist J. Michael Kearsey (Portland), and drummer Mike Scavatto for one of their semi-annual Reunion Jazz Band" performances at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups. Also on Saturday, guitarist Dave Black does an early evening solo set at the Broadway Oyster Bar, and fellow plectrist Bryan Vaccaro leads a trio at the Wine Press.
On Sunday, there are big bands on both sides of the river, starting with the Tommy Money Orchestra playing a matinee concert at the Olin Theater on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey. Then that evening, the Dave Dickey Big Band plays their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company. Also on Sunday evening, guitarist Eric Slaughter leads a trio with singer Erika Johnson at Herbie's Vintage in the Central West End.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday the annual TKT Scholarship Concert will take place at Wesbter University. The concert raises money for music scholarships in the names of Terry Jackson, Tony Saputo and Kirk Cappello, three Webster alumni who in 1991 were killed in a plane crash while touring with singer Reba McEntire. This year's theme is A Centennial Celebration: Jazz Interpretations of the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen," with Van Heusen's compositions to be performed by the Webster jazz faculty and special guests including singer Erin Bode and bassist and St. Louis native Steve Kirby, who now heads the jazz program at the University of Manitoba in Winnepeg.
On Tuesday the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra under the direction of bassist Jim Widner will present A Night of Duke Ellington" at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Also Tuesday, Steve Kirby will stay in town for a gig at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups, teaming with saxophonist Willie Akins, guitarist Tom Byrne and drummer Montez Coleman as the St. Louis Legends Jazz Quartet."