It's a busy week for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with several headliners of interest passing through the metro area for performances that, alas, may be a bit off the beaten track- unless you know just where to look.
Let's go to the highlights...
Wednesday, March 9
The Lindenwood University Jazz Band performs at Jazz at the Bistro, and multi-intrumentalist Chris Smentkowski and friends play at the Tavern of Fine Arts.
Thursday, March 10
Keyboardist Cory Henry of the fast-rising jazz/funk band Snarky Puppy will lead his own group, Revival, in a show at the Old Rock House, while local favorites The Bosman Twins return to Jazz at the Bistro for the first evening of a three-night stand continuing through Saturday.
Also on Thursday, trumpeter Sean Jones will be back in eastern Missouri, albeit a bit south of St. Louis proper, to perform with his band (pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis, and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr.) at the Jefferson College Spring Jazz Showcase.
That same evening, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University presents a free concert spotlighting the talents of the university's oldest acapella group, Mosaic Whispers, along with the jazz vocal ensemble Java Jived.
Friday, March 11
The Gaslight Cabaret Festival's spring series continues with singers KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar presenting the first of two performances of their show Another Hundred People: A Sondheim Montage" at the Gaslight Theater.
Also on Friday, singer Wendy L. Gordon and and pianist Carolbeth True team up to play at the Tavern of Fine Arts, and the St. Louis Big Band plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom.
Saturday, March 12
Local trumpet fans can head south again, this time to St. Francois County, to catch former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen, still going strong at age 88.
Severinsen will be performing with the Mineral Area College Kicks Band for the Mineral Area College Jazz Festival at the Centene Center in Farmington.
Also on Saturday, California-based pianist Carl Sonny Leyland will be in town to play boogie-woogie, stride, ragtime, and more in a solo show at Yaqui's; singer Eve Seltzer celebrates the release of her first CD with a performance at Tavern of Fine Arts; and Miss Jubilee plays for dancers at Casa Loma Ballroom.
Sunday, March 13
The St. Louis Jazz Club presents the St. Louis Stompers playing traditional jazz and swing in a matinee performance at the Moolah Temple in West County, while the Jim Widner Big Band will play music associated with several famous big bands in a matinee concert at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Also on Sunday afternoon, trombonist Fred Wesley, famed as a progenitor of funk for his work with James Brown and George Clinton, will present a master class sponsored by the St. Louis Low Brass Collective. The class will be followed that evening by a concert featuring Wesley and the StLLBC, with both events taking place at Kirkwood High School's Keating Center.
Monday, March 14
Speaking of master classes, pianist and former St. Louisan Linda Presgrave will be back in town on Monday to lead a jazz master class at the Community Music School of Webster University in the afternoon. Presgrave and her band then will headline the university's annual Suzy Shepard and Donald O. Davis Scholarships Concert" that evening at Winifred Moore Auditorium.
This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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