St. Louis may be without a major jazz festival this June, but fortunately there's enough other activity this weekend that many fans of jazz and creative music can probably find something to their liking.
It looks like the busiest night of the next few is Friday; that's when singer Michael Buble
(pictured), who's arguably a jazz-influenced pop singer
rather than a jazz singer per se, brings his current tour to the Scottrade Center
, and singer Kim Massie
opens a two-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro
That same evening, pianist Carolbeth True
performs at the Foundry Arts Centre
in St Charles, and the Funky Butt Brass Band
will be at the St. Louis Art Museum for a free Art After 5" concert. (You can see some video of the FBBB in action here
Also of interest on Friday is the return to St. Louis of perennial favorites Brave Combo
, who will be playing at The Gramophone
. While they're not really a jazz group either, the band's eclectic mix of salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more" usually makes for interesting listening as well as providing fun, danceable beats.
Elsewhere this weekend Robbie's House of Jazz
will feature house band the Robert Edwards Ensemble on Friday, with the Christopher Braig
Caribbean Trio taking the stage on Saturday.
Also on Saturday: the Presenters Dolan
will feature singer Christy Simmons
performing her cabaret show 'Cause I'm A Woman" at the Kranzberg Arts Center, backed by pianist Joe Dreyer, bassist Dave Troncoso and drummer Clancy Newell; and, for the more cacophonously inclined, Open Lot
offers an invasion of synths, violins, and incredible noise from the north" with Stare Case, Dog Lady
, Steve Kenney
and Maths Balance Volumes.BB's Jazz Blues and Soups
also has a couple of jazz-related acts coming up, with Good 4 The Soul
playing the early set on Sunday, and bassist David Certain's CertainBeat WorldBop
, featuring saxophonists James Warfield Jr. and Willie Dineen and drummer Stan Hale, on Monday.
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
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