While it's not a very busy week for touring jazz musicians visiting St. Louis, as usual our local musicians and bands stand ready with a plethora of performances of their own. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, alumni of the music programs at Parkway West High School will present a big band jazz concert in tribute to former band director John Baker
at Sky Music Lounge
Also tonight, singer Joe Mancuso
leads a quartet at Cafe Eau in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
; pianist Ptah Williams and his trio are at Troy's Jazz Gallery
; and it's the monthly Avant-Garde Arts Night featuring live improvised music at Tavern of Fine Arts
Tomorrow night, the Brooklyn, NY based group Red Baraat
will be in town to play at The Gramophone
. Led by dhol
player Sunny Jain - the dhol
is a double-headed drum used with variations throughout the Indian subcontinent - Red Baraat come across as sort of a South Asian-flavored variant on the New Orleans brass band concept, with a sound influenced by jazz, funk, go-go and Latin delivered by drum set, percussion, sousaphone and five horns. Shruggy Ji
, the group's second full-length studio record, was released in January, and a follow-up album of remixes and concurrently recorded jams, Big Talk
, is set to drop next month.You can see and hear Red Baraat in this video of the Tiny Desk Concert
they did recently for NPR.
Also on Friday, Two Times True (pictured)
plays the first of two nights kicking off the summer season at Jazz at the Bistro. Taking their name from the versatile pianist Carolbeth True
and her son, drummer David True, the band also includes bassist Glen Smith and saxophonist Larry Johnson
, and plays a mix of modern jazz, standards and original material.
Other noteworthy gigs on Friday include trumpeter Charlie Rose's Jazz Creations, featuring saxophonist Robb Cunningham, bassist Darrell Mixon and drummer Jerome Scrooge" Harris, at Robbie's House of Jazz
; and guitarist Tom Byrne
's trio at Cigar Inn
On Saturday afternoon, singer Wendy Gordon
will perform for a jazz brunch at Ace Bar's and Grill, 9600 Natural Bridge Rd., while trumpeter Joe Bozzi
plays a matinee at Frontenac Grill
. Then on Saturday evening, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will do an early set at Thurman Grill
for the neighborhood's Loop Festival"; the Ann Dueren Trio
is at Il Bel Lago
; and singer-guitarist Tommy Halloran
plays the Tavern of Fine Arts.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Tuesday the St. Louis Big Band
will return the Sheldon Concert Hall
for a Tribute to the Greatest Generation," featuring music from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, plus vocal numbers originally made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James.