As St. Louis continues to dig out from the big storm, it looks like this week's jazz and creative music performances around town should go on as scheduled.
Should the weather turns nasty again, however, we encourage you to call ahead before heading out to your venue of choice, and this site will be updated with any cancellation info received at StLJN HQ. Hoping for warmer temperatures soon, let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, The Bad Plus
returns to St. Louis for the eighth consecutive year in January to open a four-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro
. At this point, most StLJN readers likely will be familiar with the critically acclaimed trio, but if you're not, you can check out our extensive previous coverage, including a couple of compilations of live performance video clips, here
Since The Bad Plus have signed a new record deal with Sony, with their first album back on the label scheduled for release later this year, it seems likely the crowd at the Bistro will get a taste of some of that new material as well as selections from their back catalog. Given the possibility of new sounds in the offing, plus the group's extensive existing fan base here, advance reservations are strongly suggested.
Also tonight, percussionist Henry Claude and cellist Tracy Andreotti will bring their alternate identities The Steve and Jennifer Project to the Tavern of Fine Arts
for an evening of improvised music.
Tomorrow night, Good 4 The Soul will make their monthly appearance at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups
; saxophonist Blind" Willie Dineen
will perform at the new south side venue The Engine Room
; and Miss Jubilee
plays swing, jump blues and more at Thaxton Speakeasy
On Friday, the Knights of Swing
will play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
; Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
trio will perform at Thurman Grill
; and bassist Darrell Mixon will lead a trio at Cigar Inn
Then on Saturday, percussionist Nathaniel Bartlett
, who also was here in St. Louis last weekend, will be coming back through town after playing several other shows in the interim for another performance at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
. This time, Bartlett will perform two works from Stockhausen and an original piece by LNAC's Mark Sarich.
Elsewhere around town on Saturday night, singer Lina Koutrakos
presents her cabaret show Shades of Blue"
at the Kranzberg Arts Center; singer Joe Mancuso
and guitarist Dave Black
return to Chaser's Lounge at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
; singer Chuck Flowers
fronts a trio at Robbie's House of Jazz
; and guitarist Brian Vaccaro
and his trio will play at the house concert venue KindaBlue, 6101 1/2 Idaho.
On Sunday, the Inner Jazz" series at Kirkwood United Church of Christ
continues with a free concert by trumpeter/pianist Tim Osiek and his quartet.