This week's menu of jazz and creative music in St. Louis features visits from two very different touring trombonists, plus a traveling extravaganza featuring Wynton Marsalis fronting a cast of 85 musicians and singers, and as usual, plenty of homegrown talent, too.
Let's go the highlights...
Tonight, trombonist Bill Watrous
will be at Mineral Area College
in Park Hills for a concert at the college's Fine Arts Theater, backed by the MAC Kicks Band. Watrous performed early in his career with the likes of Woody Herman, Roy Eldridge and Count Basie, later going on to be a featured guest soloist on recordings by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval and many others. He was voted best trombonist seven times in the DownBeat
reader's poll, and his Manhattan Wildlife Refuge big band was a touchstone of the 1970s, showing off Watrous' virtuoso technique in a way analogous to how Maynard Ferguson's band displayed its leader's skills as a high-note specialist.
And speaking of Maynard Ferguson, his friend and fellow trumpeter Jim Manley
also is playing tonight, at Joyia Tapas
in the Grove neighborhood; while further downtown, Miss Jubilee
will play jump blues and swing at the Thaxton Speakeasy
Tomorrow night, Jazz St. Louis
presents the touring production of Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration" at the Touhill Performing Arts Center
. The extended work by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
was created in 2008 for the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and now is getting a touring production (pictured)
featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
and the 70-voice Chorale de Chateau.
For much more about Abyssinian," including interviews with Marsalis and choir director Damien Sneed and some video footage shot during the current tour, see this post
from last Saturday.
Also on Friday night, trombonist William Cepeda
, who combines Latin jazz with traditional music from his home territory of Puerto Rico, will be in town to play at the Sheldon Concert Hall
. Cepeda's colorful show includes folk dancers as well as musicians, so you can bet they'll be using every square inch of the Sheldon's stage, and maybe a bit more besides.
Elsewhere around town on Friday, singer Joe Mancuso
and guitarist Dave Black
will duet at Chaser's Lounge in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
; singer/pianist Anita Rosamond
and her band will be at Robbie's House of Jazz
; singer Feyza Eren
performs at the the Wine Press
; and guitarist Tom Byrne
will lead a trio at Thurman Grill
On Saturday night, pianist Dave Venn
will be featured in a one-nighter at Jazz at the Bistro
; singer Tony Viviano
performs at Talayna's
in Chesterfield; and the Dixie Dudes will play traditional New Orleans style and swing at Jazz on Broadway
. Also on Saturday, pianist Tim Garcia
leads a quartet at Robbie's; and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
perform at Venice Cafe
On Sunday, singer Wendy Gordon
will present the latest show in her Jazz Heaven" series
at the Ethical Society
, featuring a dozen musicians and singers performing songs made famous by various legends of jazz and blues. Also on Sunday, singer/guitarist Elliott Ranney
will support the release of his new CD Bellevue Shuffle
with a performance at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday the SIUE Concert Jazz Band performs at Dunham Hall
on the SIUE campus; and trumpeter Keith Moyer
brings his quartet back to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
Then on Tuesday, the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
will play a Notes From Home" concert at the Sheldon, while keyboardist Jim Hegarty
will lead a trio in some experimental sounds at the Tavern of Fine Arts
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