With a slight warmup in the weather coinciding with Valentine's Day, it should be a good weekend in St. Louis to get out and celebrate your love of live jazz and creative music. Let's see what's happening around town over the next few days...
Tonight, pianist Kara Baldus will play solo in a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University; and songwriter Al Hammerman
will joined by singers Alan Ox
, Kim Fuller and Arvell Keithley plus other special guests for I Got A Song - The Words and Music of Al Hammerman," a benefit for the charity Kids Rock Cancer
at the Sheldon Concert Hall
Tomorrow night, singer Erin Bode
returns to Jazz at the Bistro
for the first of two evenings. The Valentine's Day weekend shows, established by Mardra and Reggie Thomas and then taken over by Bode after the Thomases moved to Michigan, usually have been strong sellers at the Bistro, so advance reservations are a must. Update - 2:30 p.m. 2/13/14
: Jazz St. Louis is reporting via social media that the only tickets remaining are standing room for the 9:30 p.m. shows.
Also on Friday, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
continues their Quiet Concert Series
with a performance of Mark Sarich’s new work “Book of Songs” plus more new music from Greg Farough.
Elsewhere around town, Miss Jubilee
will be swinging it at the Schlafly Bottleworks
; trumpeter and singer Dawn Weber
will play two shows at Nathalie's
in the Central West End; singer Feyza Eren
brings a quartet Tavern of Fine Arts
; Herman Semidey
plays Latin jazz at Robbie's House of Jazz
; and the St. Louis Big Band
plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
On Saturday, trumpeter Terence Blanchard
returns to the Sheldon Concert Hall, filling in for pianist Chuco Valdes, who had to cancel his tour due to a knee injury. You can see some videos of recent performances and interviews featuring Blanchard here
, and the trumpeter also was interviewed by Terry Perkins of St. Louis Public Radio for an article you can find online here
Also on Saturday, singer Danita Mumphard
performs at Jazz On Broadway
; singer Tony Viviano
will headline a Valentine's dinner/dance at Four Seasons Winery
in Chesterfield; singer Ann Dueren
's trio returns to Il Bel Lago;
trumpeter Keith Moyer
leads a trio at Thurman Grill;
and way out west, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
return to John G's Tap Room
in Washington, MO.
On Sunday night, The People's Key
will take the stage at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.
And looking beyond the weekend, on Monday singer Joe Mancuso
and guitarist Dave Black
will be at BB's, while guitarist John Farrar
's Park Avenue Jazz trio continues their weekly Monday night gig at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House
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