Though it's not officially summer for another week or so, the steamy weather associated with that season in St. Louis is already here. Fortunately, there's a variety of jazz and creative music events on tap over the next few days, both indoors and out, to help you cool out and beat the heat.
Tonight, trumpeter, composer and New Orleans native Terence Blanchard
continues his time in the local spotlight, as he and his quintet will play their second free outdoor concert of the week, taking the stage at St. Louis Place Park
as part of the Whitaker Urban Evenings series. (Blanchard's opera Champion
gets its world premiere this week at Opera Theatre St. Louis - more about that below - and you can see some videos of him and the quintet in action in this post
Also tonight, Good 4 The Soul plays at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
, and singer Joe Mancuso
's quartet will be at Cafe Eau in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
On Friday, the Willie Akins/Montez Coleman Group will perform for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro
, where the veteran saxophonist (pictured)
and his percussionist partner likely will be drawing on at least some of the hard-bop-influenced material from their recent CD St. Louis Connection
Also on Friday, Herman Semidey
and his Orquestra Son Montuno bring their Latin sound to Robbie's House of Jazz
; trumpeter Delano Redmond
leads a quartet at Cigar Inn
; and saxophonist Paul Taylor
will be taking part in a workshop and meet-and greet at Mozingo Music
Taylor will be in town to perform as one of the headliners at the Chesterfield Jazz Festival
on Saturday. The day-long event takes place at Chesterfield Amphitheatre, just off Highway 40 near Chesterfield Mall, and also will include music from keyboardist David Benoit
; singer Jeanne Trevor; saxophonist Freddie Washington, leading a tribute to John Coltrane; and Bach to the Future
, the band fronted by keyboardist and festival organizer Mike Silverman.
Also on Saturday afternoon, Tim Zavadil
, clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra, will present a free clinic and master class at Saxquest
Then on Saturday evening, Blanchard's Champion
, described as an opera in jazz," will get the first of its six performances this month at Opera Theatre St. Louis
. The work, created especially for OTSL with Jazz St. Louis as co-producers, has been the subject of extensive media coverage both in and outside St. Louis, much of which which you can see by reading this post
and following the links therein. Most OTSL performances sell out, but you can find out the latest on ticket availability by calling their box office.
Also on Saturday evening, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will be at Venice Cafe
, singer Feyza Eren
performs at the south side house concert venue KindaBlue; Silk Pajamas
play at The Wine Press
, and singer Tony Viviano
will entertain diners and drinkers at Talayna's
Then on Sunday, Dizzy Atmosphere
plays gypsy jazz and swing at the Schlafly St. Louis Brewery and Tap Room
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday trumpeter Keith Moyer
brings his band to BB's. Then on Tuesday, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
will present a concert of free improv music headlined by Voicehandler
, which features musicians Jacob Felix Heule and Danishta Rivero performing on voice, percussion, electronics, and the Hydrophonium (an electroacoustic percussion instrument created by Rivero).
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