This week brings both the official start of spring and an assortment of jazz and creative music music performances in and around St. Louis, including the local debut of a fast-rising saxophone star; a couple of big band concerts; a benefit to raise money for a statue honoring Miles Davis, and much more. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa (pictured)
makes his St. Louis debut, opening a four-night stand with his band Gamak at Jazz at the Bistro.
A prolific collaborator who keeps at least a couple of different projects going at any one time, Mahanthappa has gotten a good amount of media attention - by jazz standards, anyway - for his blend of jazz and Indian classical music, including features in the major jazz magazines, appearances on NPR, and so on.
Gamak is one of his more extroverted ensembles, incorporating electric guitar and near-rock dynamics into a sound that should appeal to fans of fusion, funk and world music. You can find out more about Mahanthappa and check out some video samples of Gamak in this post
from a couple of Saturdays ago.
Also tonight, Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes
trio will do their monthly gig at The Feasting Fox
, and trumpeter Jim Manley
will be on tap at Sasha's Wine Bar
On Thursday night, the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University will present The Colors of Chloe," a free concert featuring an ensemble led by drummer Steve Davis
and guitarist William Lenihan
playing music inspired by the ECM
label. Also on Thursday, Common Time
plays jazz-fusion at The Engine Room
, and Wack-A-Doo
will perform swing and vintage pop at the Schlafly Tap Room
On Friday, violinist David McNair will lead a quartet at Robbie's House of Jazz
; guitarist Dave Black
plays solo at the Tavern of Fine Arts
; and the Darrell Mixon Trio performs at Cigar Inn
Saturday evening is a big night for the Miles Davis Memorial Project
, as the organization will present its Kind of Blue" Fundraising Dinner
at The Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL. Proceeds from the event will go toward putting up a statue of Davis in downtown Alton.
Elsewhere on Saturday evening, singer Tandra Williams will be backed by guitarist Tom Byrne
's trio at Robbie's House of Jazz; Miss Jubilee
plays at Nathalie’s; singer Danita Mumphard
and friends return to Jazz On Broadway
; and, for those in the mood for some Rat Pack nostalgia, the Viviano Brothers - comprised of singer Tony Viviano
and his siblings Jerry and Frank - will open for singer Deana Martin
's Reflections of Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra" show at Lindenwood University's Scheidegger Center for the Arts
On Sunday, the Dave Dickey Big Band
will return for their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
, with the Bishop DuBourg High School Jazz Band performing a set during intermission.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday Dizzy Atmosphere
will return to The Shaved Duck
, and trumpeter Keith Moyer
's quartet will play at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
Then on Tuesday, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, directed by bassist Jim Widner
, will perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall
; and singer Erin Bode
will be back at Cyrano's