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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six bands reviving (and re-imagining) vintage jazz


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St. Louis has a long and storied history with jazz and blues music, and in the last decade, a number of performers on the local scene have had success reviving vintage jazz from the 1920s and '30s and, in some cases, making new music of their own that evokes those older styles.

Today, let's take a look at six of those bands and musicians, all of whom currently can be heard with some regularity at various venues around town.

First up are Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, seen at the top of this post performing the classic “St. Louis Blues" in a music video filmed at singer Sarah Ulrich's south side “secret headquarters," The Deco Fortress.

After the jump, it's the Sidney Street Shakers playing “Yaas Yaas Yaas" at the Blues City Deli in November, 2015.

Next, it's Miss Jubilee (aka Valerie Kirchoff), performing “Throw Me In The Alley" during a promotional appearance last year on the morning newscast at KTVI in St. Louis.

That's followed by The Gaslight Squares, led by trumpeter and vocalist TJ Muller (who also plays with the Sidney Street Shakers), with an energetic version of “A Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia," recorded in a performance last year at The Stage at KDHX.

The fifth clip features Wack-A-Doo playing their original song “They Call Me Hairy" in 2014 at KDHX.

Last but not least, it's guitarist and singer Tommy Halloran doing his tune “Gardenias For Rita" from his 2016 album Moan and Shout, with some help from bassist Andy Hainz and violinist Abbie Steiling.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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