Jazz this week: "Music at the Intersection," Tammy McCann, Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival, Koplant No, and more


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While this weekend's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis offers a number of noteworthy events, yr. StLJN editor's efforts remain hampered by my recent hand injury, which means today's post once again will be rather short and to the point.

Let's go to the highlights....

Thursday, September 15

Guitarist Todd Mosby plays a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University, and the Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis host their first event of the season, “The Jazz Age," at Jazz at the Bistro, featuring music from the Phil Dunlap Quintet and one of the JazzU student ensembles

Also on Thursday, trumpeter Alan Hood presents a master class at Fazio's Music in Ellisville, and guitarist Dave Black, singer Feyza Eren and friends perform at Nathalie’s.

Friday, September 16

Grand Center will present the final installment of this year's “Music at the Intersection" series, featuring local jazz and blues acts performing in various venues located near the intersection of Grand and Washington. The Funky Butt Brass Band gets thing started with a happy-hour set at Strauss Park, with more music from Montez Coleman, Anita Jackson, Bob DeBoo Trio, Miss Jubilee, Cafe Danza with Farshid Etniko, Jesse Gannon and the Dark Room All-Stars at venues including Jazz at the Bistro, Kranzberg Arts Center, Lucha, Curtain Call Lounge, Vito's, and The Dark Room.

Also on Friday, singer Tony Viviano returns to serenade diners at Fortel's, and saxophonist Tim Cunningham plays at Troy's Jazz Gallery.

Saturday, September 17

The Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival will feature nearly 12 hours of music on two outdoor stages in the Old Webster Business District, centered at the intersection of Lockwood & Gore.

This year's lineup for the free, “family friendly" event leans heavily toward the jazz side, with “Old Webster’s Got Talent" contest winner Liberation Organ Trio kicking things off at mid-day, followed by sets from Scott A.F.B's Shades Of Blue, Anita Rosamond, the Webster University Jazz Ensemble's “Tribute To Verve Records,” Bach To The Future, Hipjaz Quintet, Matthew Von Doran Trio, the Webster Groves High School Jazz Band, Feyza Eren, Alan Oxenhandler, and Tracer, plus the Green McDonough Band and guitarist and singer Marquise Knox leading a “Blues Revue".

Also on Saturday, Chicago-based singer Tammy McCann is back with a show called “Ella Loves Gershwin" at The Emerald Room at The Monocle; jazz/fusion band Koplant No will make their debut at Jazz at the Bistro; and new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound will present a full staging of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's “The Hunger" at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, September 18

Trumpeter Jim Manley plays for brunch at Nathalie's, while Miss Jubilee returns to Evangeline's.

Monday, September 19

Saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, singer Debby Lennon and keyboardist Nick Schlueter will perform at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium, and the St. Louis Legacy Ensemble plays at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soup.

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