There's lots going on in jazz and creative music this week in St. Louis, and so you don't miss out, here's a special early edition of our weekly highlights post...
Tuesday, June 16
Tonight, bassist Marcus Miller
and his band return to St. Louis to begin a three-night stand continuing through Thursday at Jazz at the Bistro.
Miller, also known for his production work on behalf of musicians including Miles Davis and David Sanborn, is on tour promoting a new album, Afrodeezia
. As the title suggests, the recording adds some African and world music" flavors to Miller's usual stew of funk and jazz elements.
For more about that, plus videos of performances of music from Afrodeezia
, see this post from a week ago Saturday
. And for even more, Miller (pictured, top left)
talked with Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch
for a brief preview story about the gig
Also tonight, baritone saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson
will be in town to perform at Foam
, 3359 Jefferson Ave. You can find out more about him and see some examples of his electronically augmented solo performances in this post from last Saturday
Wednesday, June 17
Singer Joe Mancuso
will be this week's featured performer for the Whitaker Music Festival
at the Missouri Botanical Garden; Cabaret Project St. Louis
presents their monthly Open Mic Night" at Tavern of Fine Arts
; and guitarist and singer Tommy Halloran
plays at Nathalie's
Thursday, June 18
Guitarist Dave Black
and friends, including featured vocalist Feyza Eren
, will perform at Nathalie’s; and pianist Brad Ellebrecht and singer Diane Vaughn will play a duo show at Tavern of Fine Arts.
Friday, June 19
The trio of bassist Bob DeBoo
, saxophonist Dave Stone
, and drummer Montez Coleman
will perform for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro; and the Jazz Edge Big Band
presents A Tribute to St. Louis Saxophonists" at the Touhill Performing Arts Center
, with guest performances from Eric Person (pictured, center left)
as well as the Bosman Twins
, Willie Akins and Paul DeMarinis.
Also on Friday, the St. Louis Big Band
will present Tap + Jazz," featuring tap dancer Tommy Wasiuta performing with the band, at Casa Loma Ballroom
; and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
return to the Backstreet Jazz & Blues Club in Westport.
Saturday, June 20
The Old Rock House
presents their second annual Summer Gras," an all-day event with music from New Orleans' Dumpstaphunk
, with Ivan Neville on keyboards, plus Austin, TX funk band Mingo Fishtrap
, singer-songwriter Marc Broussard
, the Funky Butt Brass Band
, and more.
Elsewhere around town, trumpeter Jim Manley
and friends - singer Charlie B, keyboardist Arthur Toney, guitarist Randy Bahr and drummer Joe Weber - return to Nathalie's; guitarist Todd Mosby
and cellist Traci Andreotti will greet the summer solstice with a duo performance at Seedz Café
; and Gypsy jazz band Franglais
hosts a late-night jam session at Evangeline's.
Sunday, June 21
San Francisco-based singer Pamela Rose (pictured, lower left)
makes her St. Louis debut with a benefit performance of her show Wild Women of Song”
at the Ferring Jazz Bistro.
Monday, June 22
Rose presents a free performance of The Life and Music of Etta James" at the Emerson Performance Center on the campus of Harris Stowe State University; and singer Dean Christopher
reprises his Rat Pack & More" show at One 19 Tapas and Wine Bar.