Jazz This Week: Joshua Redman Trio, Tierney Sutton, Rebirth Brass Band, Nicole Johanntgen, Bee vs. Moth, and More


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It's another busy week for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with several touring acts in town offering a variety of musical styles. Let's go to the highlights...

Tonight, saxophonist Joshua Redman begins a four-night stand with his trio, featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, at Jazz at the Bistro. For more about Redman and some video samples of the trio in action, see this post from last Saturday.

Thursday night offers several interesting choices, with the Rebirth Brass Band at the The Gramophone; saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen performing a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University; and the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, directed by bassist Jim Widner, doing what's being billed as their first concert at their new home, the Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Also on Thursday, bassist David Certain will play a solo set at the The Vine to help kick off the south side cafe's “Felafel Fest," then return on Friday and Saturday with his CertainBeat WorldBop group.

On Friday, Robbie's House of Jazz has the Kaleb Kirby Trio with Charles Clements on bass and Jo-el Williams on saxophone; and on Saturday, singer and actor Roland “Bob" Harris takes the Robbie's stage. Also on Friday, the eclectic instrumental rock band Bee vs. Moth will play at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center.

Saturday will bring saxophonist Dick Oatts, a veteran of the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, doing a mid-day performance and master class at Saxquest, and singer Tierney Sutton (pictured) returning to the Sheldon Concert Hall. (Sutton superfans take note: After her St. Louis date, the singer heads to Columbia, MO on Sunday to perform for the We Always Swing series at Murry's.)

On Sunday, guitarist Tom Byrne's trio does the early set at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups. Then on Monday, singer Debby Lennon and friends will perform at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium, while the Next Generation Jazz Band plays at BB's.

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 clicking the “Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

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