Jazz This Week: Joey Defrancesco, Peter Martin and Jeremy Davenport, J.D. Parran, Craig Hultgren, and More


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Warmer weather is in the forecast for St. Louis, but before you make plans to spend the whole weekend outdoors, you also may want to check out what's coming coming up in jazz and creative music over the next few days.

Tonight, organist Joey DeFrancesco begins a four-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro. There's always been an enthusiastic audience for bluesy, organ-driven jazz in St. Louis, and in the past DeFrancesco has proven to be a good draw here, so advance reservations are recommended. For some video samples of DeFrancesco in action, see this post from last Saturday.

On Thursday, guitarist Vince Varvel will play a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes series on Washington University campus, and the Black Rep's production of the Louis Jordan musical Five Guys Named Moe resumes at the Grandel Theatre, where it will continue through April 25.

On Friday afternoon, guitarist Steve Schenkel and singer Ashley Mason are doing a short Good Friday matinee concert at Webster University's Thompson Music Building.

Then on Friday evening, pianist Peter Martin resumes his eponymous series at the Sheldon Concert Hall with a show featuring two fellow University City natives - trumpet player and singer Jeremy Davenport and bassist Chris Thomas - plus drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. At this writing, word from Martin's Twitter feed is that the concert is approaching a sell-out, but if you can't get tickets, you still can check out the live, streaming webcast of the show.

Also on Friday evening, singer Jeanne Trevor will perform at Robbie's House of Jazz.

On Saturday afternoon, another St. Louis expat returns home, as multi-instrumentalist J.D. Parran (pictured) brings his saxophones, flutes, clarinets and assorted other woodwinds to the Metropolitan Gallery to play original compositions and the music of John Coltrane for this week's Nu-Art Series jazz composers concert.

On Saturday evening, New Music Circle is presenting cellist Craig Hultgren in concert at the Kranzberg Arts Center. Hultgren, who lives in Birmingham, AL, plays both improvised and composed music, including many pieces commissioned especially for him, and often employs extended techniques, amplification and electronic effects to expand his sonic pallette.

For more jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes or by becoming a “fan" of the StLJN Facebook page.

(If you have calendar items, band schedule information, news tips, links, or anything else you think may be of interest to StLJN's readers, please email the information to stljazznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you have photos, MP3s or other digital files, please send links, not attachments.)

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