This week's jazz and creative music visitors to St. Louis include a gypsy jazz band from Chicago and an experimental cello player from New York.
Add in a busy lineup of gigs from local musicians, and the calendar for the next few days includes plenty of options for the discerning listener. Let's go to the highlights:
Today, if you're downtown during the lunch hour, you can catch a free performance of funky soul-jazz from the Jim Stevens Group
as they play outside the Old Post Office and 8th & Olive.
Then tonight, Dizzy Atmosphere
plays gypsy jazz and swing at The Shaved Duck
, and singer Feyza Eren
performs at Joe's Cafe, the house concert" venue at 6010 Kingsbury Ave in the Central West End.
Tomorrow night, Wack-A-Doo
will swing the Boathouse in Forest Park,
while the Jazz Co-Laboratory, with trombonist John Covelli, bassist Ben Wheeler and drummer Joe Pastor, will be playing the music of Wayne Shorter at the Tavern of Fine Arts.
Also on Friday, drummer Kaleb Kirby brings a quartet to Robbie's House of Jazz
; Second Generation Swing plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
; Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will perform at Thurman Grill
; and saxophonist Austin Cebulski leads a trio with Matt Villinger on organ and Micah Walker on drums at Cigar Inn
On Saturday, the Fumee Gypsy Project (pictured)
, a young Chicago-based group fronted by singer Christy Bennett, will make their St. Louis debut at Robbie's House of Jazz. Also on Saturday, Miss Jubilee
performs at Grappa Grill
in St. Charles, and singer Danita Mumphard
returns to Jazz on Broadway
If you can't catch them on Saturday night, the Fumee Gypsy Project also will be playing for Sunday brunch at the Rustic Goat
. Also on Sunday, saxophonist Readus Miller
has begun a recurring brunch gig at Patrick's
at Westport Plaza (now back to its original name after several years as the namesake restaurant of departed St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols).
Then on Sunday evening, Tim Cunningham
will be at Troy's Jazz Gallery
, while the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
will present a program of experimental music headlined by cellist T. J. Borden
, plus Pitiful Statement" feat John Beabout, NNN Cook, and John Cage: One.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday trumpeter Keith Moyer
brings his group back to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
, and on Tuesday, Lindy Hop St. Louis
presents their monthly Tuesday Night Swing Dance, this time featuring music from Coco Rico
, at the Grandel Theatre