With a bit of spring in the air this week in St. Louis, there's also plenty of live jazz and creative music happening around town to get out and enjoy over the next few days. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, singer-guitarist Dan Hicks
returns to the St. Louis area for a performance at the Wildey Theatre
in Edwardsville. Hicks' mix of Gyspy jazz, swing, country, blues and folk has been entertaining audiences for nearly fifty years now, and continue to draw appreciative crowds even when he doesn't have a new recording to promote. For more on his colorful career and some video samples of him and the the current edition of his band, the Hot Licks, in action, see this post
from last Saturday.
Also tonight, the father-son team of bassist John Clayton
and pianist Gerald Clayton (pictured, with drummer Jeff Hamilton)
returns to open a four-night stand of duo gigs at Jazz at the Bistro.
The two last appeared here in October 2011 as part of Clayton Brothers Quintet, which also includes John's sax-playing sibling Jeff Clayton. Since then, Gerald Clayton's star has continued to rise. He's now signed to Concord Records, and the label will release his debut for them, Life Forum
, next month. The younger Clayton also can be heard on Cover Art
, Concord's recently released album by the Next Collective, which is an eclectic group of 20-something musicians assembled by label exec Chris Dunn.
Tomorrow night, New Music Circle
presents Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker
in a concert at 560 Music Center.
Teamed for this show with keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Anker is known here in the USA mostly as an improvisor, but also has a compositional sensibility that helps provide a sense of structure to many of her improvised flights. For more about Anker, and some video samples of her performing, check out this post
from a couple of weeks ago.
Also tomorrow night, singer Erin Bode
and band return to Crave
coffeehouse on the south side.
On Friday, saxophonist Tim Cunningham
will settle in for what's projected as a recurring weekly gig at Troy's Jazz Gallery
, saxophonist Jay Hutson is at Robbie's House of Jazz
; singer Joe Mancuso
performs for the first of two nights at Chaser's Lounge in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
; and saxophonist Austin Cebulski's quartet is at the Cigar Inn.
Then on Saturday, the trio of NYC-based pianist Danny Fox
will be in town for a performance at Robbie's. Fox, a Harvard grad, has toured with drummer Max Weinberg's big band and the Tommy Dorsey ghost band," among others. The trio's debut album The One Constant
was released in 2011, and you can hear samples on Fox' website.
Also on Saturday, Two Times True with pianist Carolbeth True
will perform at the south side house-concert venue Kinda Blue, 6101 1/2 Idaho; and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
bring their swing and jump blues sound back to Venice Cafe
On Sunday, a group billed as the SIUE Jazz Faculty Ensemble, led by guitarist Rick Haydon
and saxophonist Jason Swagler
, will play a free concert presented by St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers
series at Second Baptist Church.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday pianist Kim Portnoy
's ensemble will perform at Webster University
's Winifred Moore Auditorium; and on Tuesday, the weekly swing dance presented by Lindy Hop St. Louis
at the Grandel Theatre in Grand Center will feature live music from The Sidemen.