While the music news in St. Louis
this weekend may be dominated by the annual LouFest
in Forest Park, and the tribute to the late singer-songwriter Bob Reuter
on Sunday at the Casa Loma Ballroom, there's will be plenty for local fans of jazz and creative music to do over the next few days, too. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, trumpeter and singer Dawn Weber
plays at Herbie's Vintage 72
; fusion band The Freedom
performs at the Rustic Goat
; and Miss Jubilee
is at Thaxton Speakeasy
Tomorrow night, there are a couple of noteworthy events for swing dancers, as Lindy Hop St. Louis
presents their monthly West End Stomp" dance with music from the Sidemen at Mahler Ballroom
, while the Ambassadors of Swing
purvey their version of the big-band sound to the terpsichorean habitues of the Casa Loma Ballroom
Elsewhere around town on Friday, singer Wendy Gordon
takes the stage at the Tavern of Fine Arts
; singer Joe Mancuso
will perform at Robbie's House of Jazz
; and trumpeter Anthony Wiggins fronts a trio at Cigar Inn
On Saturday, the annual St. Louis Art Fair
will feature sets from several musicians of interest. Performers will include guitarist Rex Bauer
's trio, the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars
student ensemble, and the Sheldon Jazz Quintet with pianist Carolbeth True, all on the Forsyth stage at the corner of Forsyth and Central; and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
, on the Fair's main stage.
Also on Saturday, the U City Jazz Festival
takes place in Heman Park, 1028 Midland Blvd (at Olive). The free all-day event will feature sets from local bands including the Willie Akins/Montez Coleman group, Bach to the Future
, Tom Byrne
and Have You Heard?, the Joe Mancuso Quintet, and Clave Sol
, plus a tribute to Wes Montgomery featuring guitarist Chris Burchett.
On Saturday night, singer Roseanna Vitro
comes to town to perform with pianist Kim Portnoy's trio at Robbie's House of Jazz. Vitro, who's originally from Arkansas, broke in to the music business singing with tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb in Houston. Her career took off after a move to NYC in the late 1970s, as she toured with Lionel Hampton, pianist Kenny Werner and others, and began to establish herself as a solo act. Since then, Vitro has recorded 12 albums as a leader, the most recent of which, 2011's The Music of Randy Newman
, was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award as Best Vocal Jazz Album.
Elsewhere on Saturday night, keyboardist Matt Villinger and his trio will play at Thurman Grill
; the Galaxy Jazz Quintet with singer Kim Fuller performs at Bar Italia
; and pianist and singer Curt Landes
is at the Tavern of Fine Arts.
Sunday's another busy day, as guitarist Brian Vaccaro
's trio and Brazilian music group Samba Bom will play at the Art Fair on the Forsyth Stage, and the fall edition of the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show
takes place at the American Czech Hall, 4690 Lansdowne.
Also on Sunday afternoon, relatives and friends of the late DJ Ross Gentile
are staging a tribute concert at the Meridian Ballroom in the Morris University Center at SIUE. The free show will feature another performance by Roseanna Vitro, plus music from Denise Thimes, the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra, guitarist Rick Haydon, trumpeter/vibraphonist Joe Bozzi, the Gary Dammer Big Band, and more.
Those seeking a more contemplative experience on Sunday may want to check out the latest Inner Jazz" multi-faith meditation at Kirkwood United Church of Christ
, 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd, with music from the Oikos Ensemble
, led by saxophonist Rev. Cliff Aerie.
Lastly, Sunday also is the date for the Sheldon Concert Hall
's September 11th Interfaith Memorial in Music: An Appreciation of Religious Diversity
with performances by pianist Peter Martin
, classical soprano Christine Brewer and more.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday the jazz faculty at Webster University
kicks off their fall concert series with A Tribute to Cannonball Adderley" featuring saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, trumpeter Keith Moyer
, guitarist Steve Schenkel
, pianist Kim Portnoy
, bassist Willem von Hombracht, drummer Kevin Gianino and singer Debby Lennon
at Winifred Moore Auditorium.Submit your St. Louis Jazz events today