This week's lineup of jazz and creative music in St. Louis features visits from two different drummers leading quartets playing original music, plus the return of a well-known touring act with a revised lineup of players, several shows by local big bands, and more. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
returns to Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
; Cabaret Project St. Louis
presents their monthly Open Stage" at the Tavern of Fine Arts
; and the Sidney Street Shakers
begin a new monthly series of dance parties called Cherokee Shake" at 2720 Cherokee
Tomorrow night, drummer Marcello Benetti
's Shuffled Quartet will play at Robbie's House of Jazz
. Born in Italy and now residing in New Orleans, Benetti mixes sounds and styles from traditional to avant-garde, aided and abetted by trombonist Jeff Albert, saxophonist Rex Gregory, and cellist Helen Gillet.
Also on Thursday, guitarist Dave Black
and singer Joe Mancuso
perform at Nathalie’s.
On Friday, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will play swing and jump blues at the Highway 61 Roadhouse
in Webster Groves, while multi-instrumentalists Jeff Anderson and Chad Evans will team up for a performance at Robbie's.
Also on Friday, trumpeter Jim Manley
and pianist Arthur Toney will be back at One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar
; and the Ambassadors of Swing
play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
On Saturday afternoon, Saxquest
will present a free performance and workshop by clarinetists Diana Haskell of the St. Louis Symphony and Tim Zavadil, the former Minnesota Orchestra clarinetist who recently joined SLSO.
A bit later on Saturday, saxophonist Jim Stevens
and band will perform by the Mississippi River at The Loading Dock
Then on Saturday evening, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (pictured)
will be back in town to perfrom at The Blind Tiger at Sutton Place
, 7376 Manchester Rd in Maplewood. Opening acts will be Yojimbo, which includes several members of the Mike Dillon Band, and Bum and Possum Combination.
Now a trio with keyboardist Brian Haas, drummer Josh Raymer, and lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, JFJO's latest album is Millions: Live in Denver
, which was released on Record Store Day 2014. For more of their back story and some performance videos (albeit featuring previous lineups), see these two
Saturday video posts from their previous appearances here.
Also on Saturday evening, drummer Matt Kane
will be promoting the re-issue of his CD Streamliner
with a show at Robbie's House of Jazz. A native of Hannibal, MO and graduate of UMKC's conservatory, Kane is based now in NYC, and his previous release Suit Up
was named as one of 2013's 50 best jazz albums by Jazz Times
Elsewhere around town on Saturday, singer Erin Bode
performs at Nathalie's; and guitarist Tom Byrne
and reedman Sam Hargadine will play duets at the Mahogany Grille (the former site of Just Jazz" at the Omni Majestic Hotel
On Sunday, you can catch free outdoor music from Wack-A-Doo
at Benton Park and Red Lehr's Powerhouse 5
at Carondelet Park. Also on Sunday evening, the Dave Dickey Big Band
will play their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday The 442s
will give their last performance before a summer hiatus at the Sheldon Concert Hall
; and the Sessions Big Band will be back at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups