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Jazz This Week: Rich McDonnell Memorial Concert, Glendale Jazz Festival, Bluesweek, Adam Larson, and More


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Memorial Day is traditionally a time of remembrance, so it seems fitting somehow that this weekend in St. Louis marks the final shows at the current version of Jazz at the Bistro, including a tribute to the late Richard “Rich" McDonnell.

Before that, though, there's lots of other jazz and creative music on tap all weekend around town, so let's go to the highlights...

Tonight, guitarist Tom Byrne plays solo at Evangeline's, and trumpeter Jim Manley returns for his weekly gig at Joyia Tapas in the Grove neighborhood.

On Friday, while The 442s' album release event mentioned here last week is sold out, there's plenty more on the musical menu to kick off the weekend, starting with two annual events that are free and open to the public. The Glendale Jazz Festival, held on the grounds of Glendale City Hall, will feature music from the Bosman Twins, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, and rockbilly/swing trio Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats .

Meanwhile, over on the east side, the Eugene B. Redmond Writer's Club will present  “Da-Dum-Dun,” their yearly tribute to noted East St. Louisans Miles Davis, Henry Dumas and Katherine Dunham, featuring spoken word performance, jazz, drumming and dance, drama, mixed media exhibits, and more. The event takes place in the Multipurpose Room of Building D at the East St. Louis/SIUE Higher Education Center, 601 J.R. Thompson Dr.

Also on Friday, trumpeter Terell Stafford will be back in town, serving as the special guest with students from Jazz St. Louis' JazzU program as they present the first of two nights of season-ending performances at Jazz at the Bistro

Elsewhere around town,  the Midwest Jazz-tette bring the sounds of West Coast cool jazz to Cigar Inn; singer Mary Dyson and the Brock Walker Trio return to Voce; singer Joe Mancuso performs at Nathalie's; and Miss Jubilee plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom.

On Saturday afternoon, the annual Bluesweek festival kicks off the first of two days at its new home, the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Saturday's schedule features the fest's only real jazz-oriented set - from Good 4 The Soul, with guests Denise Thimes and Jim Stevens - plus a variety of local blues talent and headlining turns from Ronnie Baker Brooks and Royal Southern Brotherhood. Sunday offers more local and regional blues acts, plus singer Otis Clay topping the bill. 

On Saturday night, saxophonist Adam Larson will lead a quartet at Robbie's House of Jazz; saxophonist Rod Tate plays at DeLeo's Cafe & Deli; and singer Feyza Eren and guitarist Randy Bahr will duet in the lounge at the Omni Majestic Hotel downtown.

Then on Sunday, Jazz St. Louis will present a day-long concert paying tribute to Richard McDonnell, the late founder of the MAXJAZZ record label, at Jazz at the Bistro.

Performers will include (in announced order) Dave Venn, Two Times True, Dave Dickey, Brilliant Corners, Tom Byrne Trio, Good 4 the Soul, Cheryl Brown, Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience, Phil Dunlap Quintet, Second Line with the Funky Butt Brass Band, Jesse Gannon with Bob DeBoo and DeMarius Hicks, and a jam featuring Willie Akins, the Bosman Twins, Eric Slaughter, Nathan Pence, Hicks, Bob Bennett and more.

The concert will close with a set featuring musicians who have recorded for MAXJAZZ, including Terell Stafford, saxophonist Tim Warfield, singer Carla Cook and pianist Bruce Barth

Also on Sunday, the Dave Dickey Big Band plays their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company, this month featuring trumpeter Jeff Helgesen as special guest, plus an intermission performance from the St. Joseph School Jazz Ensemble. 

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