As seems to be the case every year, the Labor Day weekend means that the jazz and creative music calendar in St. Louis is a bit sparse for the next few days. However, there still are a few noteworthy events happening, so let's go the highlights:
Tonight, guitarist and St. Louis native Daryl Darden
is back home from the West Coast for a visit, and is playing at Robbie's House of Jazz
with a group that will include pianist Nick Schlueter, drummer Leon King and bassist Willem von Hombracht.
Also tonight, drummer Bensid Thigpen opens the fall 2011 Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University, leading his trio and special guest vocalist Marsha Evans in a free outdoor concert on the Quadrangle at Wash U's main campus. For more on the fall 2011 Jazz at Holmes series schedule, see this post
On Friday and Saturday, singer Danita Mumphard
(pictured) will perform for the grand opening of the Halls Ferry Inn Jazz Cafe
. For more about this new jazz venue in Florissant, see this post
Also on Friday, guitarist Eric Slaughter's trio is back at the Cigar Inn
in Belleville, and pianist Roley Overmeyer will play at Jazz on Broadway in Alton.
On Sunday, there's a benefit and jam session
for the veteran saxophonist Willie Akins at the Ambassador Events Center
's Klub Klymaxx. Akins has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and although his prognosis is said to be good, the medical bills are piling up. No word on who the players at this benefit will be, but given Akins' reputation and long career in St. Louis, one would imagine there'll be a good turnout.
Also on Sunday, there's the monthly jam session at Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge
in Alton, led by saxophonist Jason Swagler
and Eric Slaughter's trio; and Good 4 The Soul
plays an early evening show at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday night guitarist Tom Byrne
's Pat Metheny-inspired project Have You Heard? will perform at BB's.