Events have conspired to make this week's preview of jazz and creative music shows in and around St. Louis both rather terse and somewhat behind schedule. so let's go straight to the highlights....
Tonight, multi-instrumentalist Mwata Bowden
of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, performs a free concert with bassist Paul Steinbeck and drummer Gary Sykes for the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University. For more about Bowden and some video samples of him performing, see this post
from a couple of Saturdays ago.
Also tonight, the Tavern of Fine Arts
presents their monthly Experimental Arts Open Improv Night" with live improvised music; and The Freedom
plays smooth jazz and fusion at The Engine Room
Tomorrow night, saxophonist Jim Stevens
teams up with jazz/funk/R&B quartet Good 4 the Soul for the first of two nights in which they Play the Music of David Sanborn" at Jazz at the Bistro
Also on Friday, singer Erin Bode
provides the musical entertainment for Heart 2 Heart,"
a benefit for the organization Education 4 All, Inc, at Gallery 400 on Washington Ave; saxophonist Michael Fitzgerald
returns to Jazz on Broadway
; Miss Jubilee
plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
; and the Lindenwood University Jazz Band, with special guest soloist Marshall Gilkes
on trombone, will wrap up the first-ever Lindenwood University Jazz Festival
with a performance at the Scheidegger Center for the Arts on campus.
On Saturday, singer Joe Mancuso
and pianist Adam Maness will duet at Chaser's Lounge in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
; the Coleman Hughes Project performs at The Rustic Goat
; and husband-and-wife cabaret performers Joe Dreyer and Rosemary Watts will reprise their show Swing Into Spring" for the Gaslight Cabaret Festival
at the Gaslight Theater.
On Sunday, the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show
, having been postponed due to bad weather twice already this year, will present their first show of 2014 at the usual location, the American Czech Hall, 4690 Lansdowne at Kingshighway. Also on Sunday afternoon, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
return to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.
Then on Sunday evening, the all-star Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60"
tribute show, which has been touring for the past two months, arrives at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The ensemble (pictured)
features St. Louis' own Peter Martin
on piano, along with clarinetist/saxophonist and music director Anat Cohen
, singer Karrin Allyson
, trumpeter Randy Brecker
, guitarist Mark Whitfield
, drummer Clarence Penn
and bassist Larry Grenadier
Also on Sunday evening, singer Steve Lippia
will join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
to perform his tribute show Simply Sinatra" at Powell Symphony Hall.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday Webster University
's student jazz combos will give a free performance at the Community Music School
building on campus; and Blind" Willie Dineen
and the Broadway Collective return to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.
Then on Tuesday, the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound
resumes their St. Louis season at a new venue, performing music from Aphex Twin, Tyondai Braxton, and Steve Reich at The Pageant
. For more details, check out this preview story
written by Terry Perkins for St. Louis Public Radio.