With tensions easing somewhat even as protest demonstrations continue in Ferguson, and hot, steamy weather settling in for a few days, it's starting to seem a bit more like a typical late August in St. Louis. And while the weather forecast has prompted cancellations of a couple of outdoor shows, there's still jazz happening around town during these dog days." Let's go to the highlights...
On Friday, singer Anita Rosamond
will be performing a free outdoor concert at Ferguson CityWalk
, which is located in the old downtown area of Ferguson. Though the concert was scheduled long ago as part of a series of monthly shows promoting the downtown district, it should provide a welcome opportunity for people in the community to come together and, we hope, peacefully enjoy some of Rosamond's pop, R&B and jazz stylings.
Also on Friday, singer Joe Mancuso
leads a quartet at Nathalie's; Miss Jubilee
plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom
; jazz/fusion group Boisiac performs at Cigar Inn
, singer Ann Dueren
's trio will be back at Il Bel Lago
; and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
return to C.J. Muggs in Webster Groves.
On Saturday, while the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
has scrubbed their show at Kirkwood Park Amphitheater in anticipation of a heat index of more than 100 degrees, performances taking place in air-conditioned comfort that evening will include singer Wendy Gordon
at Choice Restaurant
, saxophonist Rod Tate
at DeLeo's Cafe & Deli
, and saxophonist Jim Stevens
with keyboardist Rocky Mantia at the River City Casino's 1904 Steakhouse
Outdoors on Sunday, Dizzy Atmosphere
will play a set of string-band swing and Gypsy jazz at the Festival of Nations
in Tower Grove Park, an event that also features many other musical performances; and Cornet Chop Suey
will be playing traditional New Orleans style jazz and swing in a free concert at Carondelet Park
Indoors that afternoon, ragtime pianists and enthusiasts from all over will gather for an event paying tribute
to the late pianist, historian and St. Louis native Trebor Tichenor (pictured)
at the Sheldon Concert Hall
. Performers will include pianists David Thomas Roberts, Terry Parrish, Rich Egan, Brian Keenan, Dave Majchrzak and John Hancock; Tichenor's long-running band, the St. Louis Ragtimers; his son Andy, a trumpeter, and daughters Virginia, a pianist, and Anna, a violist; and more.
Also on Sunday, the Dave Dickey Big Band
plays their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
, with an intermission set from the Columbia Jazz Orchestra.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday singer Dean Christopher
will be bringing his Rat Pack & More" show back to One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar
, while saxophonist Blind" Willie Dineen
and the Broadway Collective will return to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
On Tuesday, singer/pianist Jesse Gannon
continues his weekly residency at the Engine Room
, and jazz-fusion band Common Time
will be at BB's.