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Jazz this week: Ellington's "Nutcracker, "A Very Manley Christmas," and more


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Although most touring jazz and creative music performers now are off the road until the holiday season is over, there's still some noteworthy music- holiday and otherwise- to be heard this week, thanks to our local St. Louis musicians and singers.

Let's go to the highlights...

Thursday, December 21

Guitarist Stuart Johnson plays for diners at The Shaved Duck; Cabaret Project St. Louis presents a holiday edition of their “Broadway Open Mic" at the Curtain Call Lounge; and bassist Chano Cruz leads a trio at The Dark Room

Friday, December 22

Trumpeter Jim Manley convenes his Mad Brass & Rhythm septet for the first of two nights of “A Very Manley Christmas" at Jazz at the Bistro.

Also on Friday, the Big Little Big Band with vocalist Steve Shininger will present a “Frank Sinatra Christmas" at The Abbey Espresso Bar & Cafe in Belleville.

Saturday, December 23

If you haven't had your fill of holiday music yet, there's one last chance, as Webster Groves Christian Church presents “A Jazz and Choral Christmas” with Two Times True and the church's Chancel Choir, and the Yule Vibe Trio, with guitarist Tom Byrne, percussionist Joe Pastor, and bassist Bob DeBoo, plays at the KindaBlue Club.

Also on Saturday, multi-intrumentalist Joe Bozzi and his band return to Evangeline's, and drummer Chuck Kennedy has put together a “Christmas Eve Eve Jam Session" at Mike Duffy's in downtown Kirkwood.

Sunday, December 24

Miss Jubilee performs for jazz brunch at Evangeline's, while drummer Montez Coleman and friends play at The Dark Room.

Tuesday, December 26

Saxophonist “Blind" Willie Dineen and the Broadway Collective play their last gig of the year at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soup.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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