This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music performances in and around St. Louis features the return of a famed trumpeter with a brand-new band and sound, plus a varied assortment of gigs from local favorites.
Let's go to the highlights...
Wednesday, June 10
Tonight, trumpeter Terence Blanchard
opens a four-night engagement with his new band, the E-Collective, at Jazz at the Bistro.
The New Orleans native released a new album, Breathless
, just a couple of weeks ago, featuring that new group, with an electrified. groove-oriented sound and a socially conscious message. You can find out more and see videos of live performances of some of the music from Breathless
in this post from a couple of weeks ago
Also tonight, the swinging Gypsy jazz quartet Franglais
, fronted by singer Eve Seltzer
, returns to Nathalie's.
Thursday, June 11
Singer Erin Bode
will perform at Nathalie's, while trumpeter Jim Manley
and keyboardist Chris Luppy" Swan do their duo thing at Evangeline's
Friday, June 12
Singer Wendy Gordon
and pianist Carolbeth True
return to Tavern of Fine Arts
with saxophonist Kendrick Smith sitting in as a special guest; saxophonist Jay Hutson
and Da Wolvez will offer R&B-flavored jams at Evangeline's; guitarists Tom Byrne
and Adam Hansbrough will play duets at Thurman Grill
; and Miss Jubilee
will play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
Saturday, June 13
Trumpeter and singer Dawn Weber
will play at Nathalie's; singer Erika Johnson and Tom Byrne perform at Jimmy's on the Park
; and Jim Manley and guitarist Randy Bahr will duet at Thurman Grill.
Sunday, June 14
The St. Louis Jazz Club
presents the Funky Butt Brass Band
in a matinee performance at the Doubletree Hotel
, 1973 Craigshire Rd..
The show will be the FBBB's first performance with new saxophonist Austin Cebulske as an official member. Cebulske replaces founding member Ben Reece, who left the band to focus on other projects and spend more time with his family.
Also on Sunday, percussionist Joe Pastor
and his band return to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.
Monday, June 15
Trumpeter Keith Moyer
's quartet plays at BB's.