This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features one of the godfathers of funk saxophone, cabaret interpretations of the music of the Beatles, the return of a popular free concert series, and more.
Let's go to the highlights...
Wednesday, January 24
Saxophonist Maceo Parker opens a four-night engagement continuing through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro.
Parker made his reputation in the 1970s and '80s as a member of James Brown's band, the JBs. He went on to play with George Clinton's P-Funk organization and numerous others, and over the last 20 years has developed a busy solo career extending and adding his own flavor to Brown's funk legacy.
Listeners at the Bistro can expect to hear interpretations of material like Cold Sweat" and Pass The Peas" from Brown's catalog as well as originals featuring Parker's tart, angular alto solos.
Also on Wednesday, the Ambassadors of Swing provide the music for Shake And Shout Wednesdays," the first of what's projected as a monthly series of swing dance events at Tin Roof St. Louis; and Miss Jubilee and The Gaslight Squares perform on a double bill at The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy as part of the venue's week of shows with free admission.
Thursday, January 25
Saxophonist Richard Deja leads a quartet in the first free concert of the semester from the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University, and singer Feyza Eren returns to Evangeline's.
Friday, January 26
Saxophonist Harvey Lockhart and The Collective play a late show at The Dark Room.
Saturday. January 27
Singer Barb Jungr and singer, pianist and Kirkwood native John McDaniel will present two performances of their cabaret show based on the music of The Beatles at the Kranzberg Arts Center.
Sunday, January 28
Trombonist Ryan Keberle and his band Catharsis will perform at The Dark Room.
The NYC-based Keberle and band are in the Midwest for a week of one-nighters in support of their fourth album Find the Common, Shine the Light, which the Los Angeles Times called “a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies.”
Monday, January 29
Members of Webster University's jazz faculty will present a program called As If It Were the Seasons" at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the Webster campus. Singer Debby Lennon, saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, pianist Nick Schlueter, bassist Ben Wheeler and drummer Nick Savage will perform a repertoire that reflects on the distinct character of each of the four seasons," drawing on songs including You Must Believe in Spring," Summer in Central Park," Autumn Nocturne" and more.
Tuesday, January 30
Blind" Willie Dineen and the Broadway Collective play their monthly gig at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.
This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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