It looks to be a full weekend of jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with one of the top trios in jazz making a return visit to our fair city; an up-and-coming saxophonist making his local debut; an intriguing program of electronic music and video; a couple of local concert series presenting their first offerings of 2013; plus, as the saying goes, much more. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, The Bad Plus
return to St. Louis for their annual January engagement, continuing through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro
. Fans can expect to hear some selections from the trio's latest album Made Possible
, which came out in September, as well as older material and perhaps some new compositions as well. For more about Made Possible
and The Bad Plus' other recent activities, check out this post
from last Saturday.
On Thursday night, New Music Circle
presents a free event teaming artist/musician Robert Beatty
with bassist Darin Gray
for a show at Apop Records
. NMC also will be serving free refreshments and selling discount tickets for Friday night's performance by the electronic music duo Caboladies (pictured)
at White Flag Projects
Beatty is in town to provide visuals for Caboladies, and he and Gray have performed together before in Beatty's hometown of Lexington, KY, so the event, announced last week, seemed like a natural adjunct to the previously announced Caboladies gig. As for the Caboladies themselves, their uniquely fractured sonic sensibilities" will be on display on Friday at White Flag Projects in the form of separate opening sets by the two members of the group, Eric Lanham and Chris Bush, followed by a collaborative set with live video accompaniment by Beatty.
Also on Friday, Boston-based saxophonist Brett Walberg
, a 20-something who's played in styles ranging from straight-ahead to funk to avant-garde, will be making his St. Louis debut, leading a trio at Robbie's House of Jazz
On Saturday afternoon, singer Wendy Gordon
and her band will perform for jazz brunch at Frontenac Grill
. Then that evening, singer Feyza Eren
is at Robbie's; guitarist Tom Byrne
leads a trio at the Wine Press
; and you can choose from among three different gigs fronted by local bassists, with John Covelli playing solo at the Tavern of Fine Arts
; Darrell Mixon leading a trio at Troy's Jazz Gallery
; and Eric Foreman's trio holding forth at the south side neighborhood spot Thurman Grill
Then on Sunday, the St. Louis Jazz Club
kicks off their 2013 schedule of monthly events with a double bill including Clarinet Summit, featuring clarinetist Scott Alberici
, plus the Gerry Mulligan/Bob Brookmeyer-inspired quartet Utter Chaos
. This show will take place at Frontenac Grill, which is a new venue for the Jazz Club this year, although they'll also be presenting some shows at other locations as well.
Also on Sunday, pianist Ptah Williams will perform a free concert for the St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers
series at Second Baptist Church
, 9030 Clayton Road in Richmond Heights.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday what's being billed as the 1st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Benefit Jazz Concert"
will be presented at Chaminade Preparatory School, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The event will feature singer Denise Thimes
and saxophonist Tim Cunningham
fronting a rhythm section of pianist Joe Cartwright, bassist Eric Warren and drummer Montez Coleman, along with performances from the student jazz bands of Chaminade and University City High School.
Also on Monday, the Latin jazz band Clave Sol
will play at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups