It's another busy weekend for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with a number of touring musicians in town for the ninth annual Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival
and an extensive menu of shows featuring St. Louis musicians, too. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian
will present an early evening performance and master class at Saxquest
. Sevian is in town to serve as a clinician/adjudicator for the daytime, educational portion of the GSLJF, which involves a competition for student jazz big bands and combos from around the area. She'll also be a guest with the UMSL Big Band during their festival performances, opening the show for Friday and Saturday's headliners.
Right around the time Sevian is wrapping up, vibraphonist Stefon Harris
and trumpeter Sean Jones
will be teaming up for the first of two sets at Jazz at the Bistro
. Harris and Jones also have been serving as clinician/adjudicators for the student combo portion of the GSLJF, and from what I can tell, it sounds like they're using Harris' band as the rhythm section for their gig at the Bistro. (You can read a review of Harris' show last week in Kansas City here
For more about the GSLJF, check out this video preview post from last Saturday
, and this post
over at St. Louis magazine's Look/Listen blog based on an interview with Jim Widner
, director of the UMSL jazz program and the GSLJF.
Also on Thursday night, saxophonist Freddie Washington will play a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University. Washington's gig is the final Jazz at Holmes show of the semester, and the email announcement for it also stated that, unlike the past couple of years, there will be no summer Jazz at Holmes series this year. So, looks like this week's JaH concert will be the last one until September, which seems like a long time away.
On Friday, the GSLJF continues with percussionist Poncho Sanchez
and his band with guest trumpeter Terence Blanchard
(pictured) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center
. They'll be playing music from Chano y Dizzy!, their 2011 CD paying tribute to conga drummer/composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. The UMSL Big Band will open the show.
Also on Friday, guitarist Matthew Von Doran
will be the featured performer in the second installment of the new Friday night series at City Music
; Three Central
will bring their smooth jazz sound to Robbie's House of Jazz
; the St. Louis Big Band
plays a concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
, 4029 Blow St
.; and guitarist Eric Slaughter and his trio are playing at the Cigar Inn
On Saturday, there are a couple of notable daytime events, as trad jazz and swing band Cornet Chop Suey
plays a mid-day show at the Sheldon Concert Hall
, and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Diana Haskell
presents a workshop and performance at Saxquest.
Then on Saturday night, the GSLJF concludes with the St. Louis debut of bassist Christian McBride's
big band at the Touhill. Again, the UMSL Big Band is scheduled to open the show.
Also on Saturday night, the Funky Butt Brass Band
will perform at the newish Midtown venue Plush
; and saxophonist Matt McKeever
's trio plays at Robbie's.
On Sunday afternoon, the Oikos Ensemble,
featuring saxophonist Clifford Aerie, will present a performance at First Congregational Church
in Webster Groves to benefit the Sunshine Cultural Arts Center
in East St. Louis.
Also on Sunday afternoon, Cornet Chop Suey will play a matinee concert at Lewis & Clark Community College
; and a bit later on, the Dave Dickey Big Band
will take the stage for their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
, with Metrobones
as the intermission act.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday the Webster University Jazz Singers will give their final performance of the semester at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the main Webster campus.