Though this week in St. Louis brings unusually frigid temperatures along with the usual temporary post-holiday lull in touring activity, there still are some jazz and creative music performances happening around town that will reward those determined to brave the cold.
Let's go to the highlights...
Wednesday, January 7
Tonight, The Bad Plus (pictured)
begin a four-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro
, marking the ninth consecutive year the trio has performed at the Bistro in early January.
Since their last St. Louis appearance, TBP have released two albums: their version of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring," which they performed here in 2013; and Inevitable Western
, another collection of original material. Expect to hear at least a few selections from the latter this weekend at the Bistro, though given The Bad Plus' popularity, tickets for the 7:30 shows are likely to be sold out, and advance reservations are a must.
Also, just yesterday Jazz St. Louis announced that in addition to the usual two sets each evening through Saturday, The Bad Plus also will play a free show at noon on Friday at the Bistro, with open seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fact that it's billed as part of JSL's school performance program explains the free" part, though why the show is taking place at the Bistro (instead of at a school, as is the usual custom) is open to speculation.
Elsewhere around town, guitarist John Farrar
and the Park Avenue Trio, having recently concluded a 16-year run of mid-week gigs at Hammerstone's, are playing Wednesdays this month at Evangeline's.
Thursday, January 8
Guitarists Tom Byrne
and William Lenihan
will be playing duets at Remy's Kitchen & Wine Ba.
Friday, January 9
As mentioned above, The Bad Plus are playing a free noontime show on Friday at Jazz at the Bistro, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. In the evening, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will perform at Nathalie's
; Miss Jubilee
plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
; keyboardists Ptah Williams
and Matt Villinger will join forces at Thurman Grill
and bassist Darrell Mixon leads a trio at Cigar Inn
Saturday, January 10
Singer Joe Mancuso
and guitarist Dave Black
are on tap at Element
, 1419 Carroll St in Soulard; vocal group Java Jived
takes the stage at Tavern of Fine Arts
plays swing and Americana at Thurman Grill; the Charlie B Trio with trumpeter Jim Manley
returns to Jimmy's On The Park
; and the Kranzberg Arts Center
will present a Cabaret Showcase
, directed by Cabaret Project St. Louis' Tim Schall and featuring performances from eight different singers.
Sunday, January 11BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
has a double-header of jazz, with drummer Montez Coleman
leading a band in a late-afternoon matinee set, plus a late-night jam session led by flautist/singer Margaret Bianchetta and bassist Willem von Hombracht.
Monday, January 12
Singer Dean Christopher
and his Rat Pack & More" return to One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar
Tuesday, January 13
Guitarist and singer Tommy Halloran
plays at Evangeline's.