Once again this week, the schedule of touring jazz musicians visiting St. Louis is light to non-existent. And once again, local musicians are more than filling the gap with a variety of events, including some free outdoor shows plus gigs showcasing several of our town's fine female vocalists. Here's what's going on over the next few days...
Tonight, the multi-instrumentalist Bosman Twins
kick off a four-week series of free outdoor concerts at O'Fallon Park
, located on the north side at W. Florissant & Adelaide.
Also tonight, bassist Willem von Hombrecht and his New St. Louis Jazz X-Tet play at Cafe Eau in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
Tomorrow night, the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University presents the first of three free concerts they're doing this summer, featuring a group co-led by singer Feyza Eren
and drummer Steve Davis
Also on Thursday, the Funky Butt Brass Band
will play a free concert at Bluebird Park in Ellisville
On Friday, singer Anita Jackson takes the stage for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro.
For more about Jackson, read this profile
written by Terry Perkins and published Monday by the St. Louis Beacon.
Also Friday, the Old Orchard Gazebo Music and Movie Series
in Webster Groves wraps up its schedule of free concerts for the year with a set by singer Erin Bode
, followed by a screening of the 2011 high-school-football documentary Undefeated
That same evening, guitarist Brian Vaccaro
bring his organ-trio-plays-The-Beatles show to Pop's Blue Moon
; singer Charlie B. and trumpeter Jim Manley
play at Thurman Grill
; and alto saxophonist Carlos Brown, Jr. will lead a trio with pianist Corey Fuller and drummer Montez Coleman
at Cigar Inn
On Saturday, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes (pictured)
will host an evening of music on the rooftop of the Deco Fortress
, a restored vintage building that doubles as singer Sarah Ulrich's not-so-secret HQ. (See also: the Fantastic Four and the Baxter Building, the Avengers and Avengers Mansion, etc. The event also apparently will serve as a release party for the group's new CD, though we can't tell you any more than that, because our request for more details yielded no response.)Update, 2:25 p.m. 7/10/13:
Seemingly within seconds after pushing the publish" button on this post, yr. humble editor received a missive from the aforementioned Ms. Ulrich. The CD is titled simply Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
, and includes seven tracks featuring their interpretations of vintage tunes including Them There Eyes," Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You" and Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen." The album was recorded by Ulrich and a six-piece band, then mixed and mastered, all in the home studio of Sam Olhausen.
Also on Saturday, the jazz/electronic/new music ensemble Koplant No
will deploy their various devices at Tavern of Fine Arts
; and singer Ann Dueren
's trio is at Il Bel Lago.
On Sunday, Miss Jubliee
will perform for a jazz brunch at the Rustic Goat
, even as guitarist Tom Byrne
and saxophonist/clarinetist Sam Hargadine are playing for the brunch crowd at Bar Italia
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show
's summer event also takes place on Sunday in the usual location - the American Czech Hall at 4690 Lansdowne on the south side - and the St. Louis Jazz Club
will present the cryptically named Time and Place in a matinee performance at Bel-Air Bowl
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday trumpeter Keith Moyer
brings his group back to BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.