This week, it's part three of StLJN's fall jazz preview, with video clips featuring some of the bands and musicians who will be coming to St. Louis to perform between now and the end of the year. (You can see part one of the preview here, and part two here.)
Down below, it's organist Joey DeFrancesco, offering his interpretation of James Ingram's pop/R&B hit One Hundred Ways" at this year's Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. DeFrancesco will be back in St. Louis to perform with his trio from Wednesday, November 14 through Saturday, November 17 at Jazz at the Bistro.
Next, it's U. City native Jeremy Davenport, caught on video at Louisiana Music Factory during the 2010 JazzFest performing Almost Never," an original tune from his 2009 album We'll Dance Til Dawn, plus a bit of Sweet Georgia Brown." Davenport will take a weekend off from his house-band gig at New Orleans' Ritz-Carlton to come home for performances on Friday, November 23 and Saturday November 24 at Jazz at the Bistro.
Today's fourth video features singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli, seen here playing Oh Lady Be Good" at the 2012 Tbilisi Jazz Festival in Georgia (the country that formerly was part of the Soviet Union, not the state in the southeastern part of U.S.). Pizzarelli will return to St. Louis to play Wednesday, November 28 through Saturday, December 1 at Jazz at the Bistro.
After that, it's pianist Marcus Roberts playing his composition Country By Choice" at the 2009 Jazz in Marciac festival in France, accompanied by Roland Guerin on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums. Roberts is coming to St. Louis on Saturday, December 1 to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
The following week, on Sunday, December 9, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring their Creole Christmas" show to the Sheldon. While there don't seem to be any good quality videos online of PHJB playing holiday material, the clip of Tailgate Ramble," recorded at Preservation Hall in 2009, offers a taste of their sound.
Saxophonist Chris Potter is featured in the next video, an excerpt from a performance of Thelonious Monk's Ask Me Now" recorded last December at the NYC club Smoke. Potter, who played St. Louis last year with his electric group Underground, this year will bring his acoustic trio to town to play Wednesday, December 12 through Saturday, December 15 at Jazz at the Bistro.
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.