It's shaping up to be another fairly busy week for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, particularly for the good folks at Jazz St. Louis, who are presenting touring headliners at two different venues, but there's lots going on elsewhere, too. Let's go to the highlights:
Tonight, guitarist John Scofield
opens a four-night stand at Jazz at the Bistro
. For this visit, Scofield is downplaying his usual tendencies toward funk, and bringing a quartet playing relatively straightforward swing and featuring pianist Michael Eckroth, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Greg Hutchinson, who was here most recently back in March to do a Ray Brown tribute at the Bistro with Christian McBride and Benny Green. Scofield's new CD A Moment's Peace is just out, so expect to hear some selections from that recording. For more about that project and some videos of Scofield and the quartet in action, check out this post
from last Saturday.
On Thursday, singer and St. Louis native Jan Shapiro
comes home from Boston, where she heads the vocal department at Berklee College of Music, to perform a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University. Shapiro's accompanists will include guitarist William Lenihan
and pianist Ptah Williams
Also on Thursday, singer Billy Valentine
will be in town to join Denise Thimes
in her annual performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall
to raise money for the Mildred Thimes Foundation for pancreatic cancer research. That same evening, the funk/jazz/rock/fusion band Kung Fu
, which features musicians associated with Jazz is Dead, RAQ, The Breakfast, and Deep Banana Blackout, will play at 2720 Cherokee
On Friday, percussionist Herman Semidey
leads his Orquesta Nitro Son Montuno for a night of Latin jazz and dancing at Robbie's House of Jazz
; traditional jazz group the Dixie Dudes play at Jazz on Broadway in Alton; and guitarist Mason Baran leads a quartet with bassist Ryan Chamberlain, drummer Jerry Mazzuca and saxophonist Austin Cebulske at the Cigar Inn
On Saturday morning, bass players and aspiring bassists may want to head down to the Ultimate Bass Clinic" at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups
, featuring instruction from electric bassists Alvin Clark, Philip Burton, John King, Vince Clark and Jahmal Nichols.
That afternoon, the Nu-Art Series
presents the up-and-coming young alto saxophonist Kendrick Smith and his group at Metropolitan Gallery. Then on Saturday evening, singer Joe Mancuso performs at Robbie's, and saxophonist Rod Tate
plays at the Halls Ferry Inn Jazz Cafe
On Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show
will present its fourth and final event of the year at the American Czech Center. Also on Sunday afternoon, the Classical Jazz Quartet
performs in a benefit for Five Acres Animal Shelter
at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club in Chesterfield.
Then on Sunday evening, Jazz St. Louis
continues their Legends of Jazz" series with a double bill at the Touhill Performing Arts Center
featuring singer Dianne Reeves
(pictured), whose band includes St. Louis' own Peter Martin on piano, and the veteran pianist Ahmad Jamal
. Reeves and Jamal are scheduled to do separate sets, though one supposes a spontaneous collaboration cannot be completely ruled out. Either way, it's a chance to see two well-known headliners for one price.