Fat Tuesday has come and gone, but the musical spirit of Mardi Gras is lingering just a bit in St. Louis, as we've got three significant New Orleans acts performing in town over the weekend, plus several other events of interest to jazz fans.
Let's go to the highlights, starting tonight when singer and pianist Freddy Cole
returns to St. Louis to open a four night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro
. The brother of legendary singer-pianist Nat King" Cole, Freddy Cole is an accomplished performer in his own right and has proved to be a popular favorite here in St. Louis, so if you're thinking about attending, call ahead for a reservation. For more about Cole, see this video post
from last Saturday, and this audio interview
from the Jazz St. Louis podcast series.
On Thursday, it's a double-dose of jam-band funk as the New Orleans quintet Galactic
and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
play at The Pageant
. For some video of both bands in action, see this post
from a couple of Saturdays ago. Also on Thursday, singer Erin Bode
returns to Brandt's
, and pianist and singer Curt Landes
leads his quartet in a free concert for Washington University's Jazz at Holmes
On Friday, you can check out even more of the New Orleans sound as the Touhill Performing Arts Center
presents Mardi Gras Mambo" with singer/pianist Dr. John
(pictured) and his band, the Lower 911, plus the Neville Brothers
. You can read a brief preview of the concert here
. Also on Friday, pianist Carolbeth True
plays at Robbie's House of Jazz
On Saturday afternoon, the Nu-Art Series
continues its current slate of shows at the Metropolitan Gallery featuring St. Louis musicians paying tribute to great jazz composers
. This week's performance will feature pianist Ptah Williams
' trio doing the music of bop pianist Bud Powell.
Also on Saturday afternoon, there's a jam session at the Grand Slam Sports Bar and Grill
in Fenton to benefit singer Mae Wheeler
, who has been battling cancer. Performers will include Ralph Butler, John King, Eddie Randle, Tony Viviano, Jerome Scrooge" Harris, Pauline Starks, Tony Simmons, Carole Eder, Tom Papa" Ray, Jeanne Trevor, Silvercloud, Rob Dryden and more.
On Sunday, there will be a brunch and concert at the Bistro at Grand Center to benefit Community Women Against Hardship
, featuring music from Jerome Scrooge" Harris, Luqman Hamza, Anita Jackson, and Jeff Anderson. Also on Sunday, singer Deborah Sharn and saxophonist Ray Vollmer will perform a free concert at Second Baptist Church
in Clayton as part of the St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers Series
For more jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar
, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here
. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes
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