While not every week here in St. Louis can be as packed with touring jazz and creative music talent as was the end of Jazz Appreciation Month last week, our local and regional musicians nevertheless are serving up plenty of noteworthy performances over the next few days. So, let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, the funky organ trio Downstereo
will be doing their regular weekly performance at Atomic Cowboy
; Miss Jubilee
will sing at Thaxton Speakeasy
, and saxophonist Jim Stevens
is playing a solo-with-tracks gig at Stanley's Cigar Lounge
, 1000 Washington Ave. downtown.
On Friday, saxophonist Dan Thomas (pictured)
, who comes originally from Canada by way of Kansas City, brings his quartet Voyage to St. Louis for the first of two evenings at Robbie's House of Jazz
. Thomas co-chairs the jazz program at UMKC alongside former Jazz Messenger Bobby Watson, and released his first CD with Voyage last fall. It's an enjoyable, crisply executed collection of modern jazz grooves that range from straight-ahead swing to Latin, and you can access audio samples from it and Thomas' other recordings via his website.
That same evening, Jazz St. Louis will present the first of two evenings at Jazz at the Bistro featuring student musicians from the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars
programs, with trumpeter Sean Jones
sitting in as a special guest star. The weekend giving the top high-school-age players from Jazz St. Louis' education programs the chance to show off what they've learned has become a spring tradition at the Bistro, enlivened in recent years by the presence of guest musicians such as Jones.
Also on Friday, trumpeter Delano Redmond
leads a quartet with drummer Marty Morrison, pianist Matt Villinger and bassist LaRon Stover at Cigar Inn
; and guitarist-singer Tommy Halloran
and violinist Alyssa Avery play for diners at Big Sky Cafe
On Saturday, trumpeter and vibraphonist Joe Bozzi
will do a lunchtime matinee at Frontenac Grill
, and later that day, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will perform for a Kentucky Derby Day themed event at Thurman Grill and Provisions
Also getting started in the late afternoon Saturday is the Alton Museum of History and Art
's annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival
, held this year at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton. The lineup of performers includes saxophonist Fred Walker
, the Marty Morrison Quartet, and guitarist Henry Taylor's revue featuring vocalist Saman Swanson.
Also on Saturday evening, the University of Missouri's Mizzou New Music Ensemble
will be in town to perform a free concert
at the World Chess Hall of Fame
in the Central West End; and saxophonist Tim Cunningham
and singer Angela Sutherlin will play for a spring fund-raiser at Harris Stowe State University
. For more about that, see this story
from KPLR's Christine Buck.
On Sunday, the spring edition of the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show
will take place at the American Czech Center on S. Kingshighway, with a roomful of dealers selling music in a variety of physical formats, plus related ephemera and collectables.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday guitarist Tom Byrne
's trio will play at BB's Jazz Blues & Soups
. Then on Tuesday morning, Cornet Chop Suey
will play traditional jazz and swing for the first of two Coffee Concerts at the Sheldon Concert Hall
, with the same program repeating on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday night, guitarist Dave Black
brings his group to BB's for an early evening set.