Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jazz this week: L.A. Swing Barons, John Wiese, Chesterfield Jazz Festival, and more

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes something for almost every taste, with shows on tap featuring traditional jazz; big band swing; contemporary jazz-fusion; the music of John Coltrane; original works by local composers; and more. Let's go to the highlights...

Wednesday, June 20
This week's "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" features guitarist and singer Tommy Halloran at The Stage at KDHX, the jam session led by bassist  Bob Deboo at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor's band at The Dark Room.

Also on Wednesday, Cabaret Project St. Louis presents their monthly "Cabaret Open Mic" at its new location, Sophie's Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club in the .ZACK Building at 3224 Locust in Grand Center.

Thursday, June 21
Thursday is "Make Music Day," an international holiday celebrating music, and several local venues are taking part with extended or day-long programming. For example, Evangeline's will present a different band or performer every hour starting at lunch time, with a lineup including Jim Manley and Chris Swan, Eric Slaughter and Glen Smith, Valerie "Miss Jubilee" Kirchhoff and Ethan Leinwand, Tommy Halloran, and more.

Meanwhile, the National Blues Museum downtown will supplement their roster of blues bands with sets from bossa nova trio The Bonbon Plot and the STL Free Jazz Collective. 

Thursday evening, the L.A. Swing Barons (pictured, bottom left), a 14-piece big band from Los Angeles heavily influenced by Count Basie and Duke Ellington, will perform for a swing dance at the Intersect Arts Center.

You can find out more about them and see some videos of the band in action in this post from last Saturday.

Elsewhere around town, saxophonist Paul DeMarinis and pianist Kim Portnoy will team up with poet and author David Clewell for "Cocktails + Conversation: No Hard Feelings - A Night of Poetry + Jazz" at Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Friday, June 22
Veteran saxophonist Freddie Washington will be backed by pianist Adam Maness' trio as they "Celebrate Coltrane" at Jazz St. Louis.

Saturday, June 23
The Chesterfield Jazz Festival will present a lineup including drummer Simon Phillips' band Protocol (pictured, top left) as headliner, plus sets from St. Louis' own Bach to the Future with violinist Tracy Silverman, Trace, Two Times True, and Maurice Carnes.

Also on Saturday, electronic musician, filmmaker and St. Louis native John Wiese, who did an ambitious show here last year for New Music Circle, will headline a bill of experimental musicians in a free show at El Lenador; The 442s will perform at Jazz St. Louis; and the Funky Butt Brass Band returns to the Broadway Oyster Bar.

Sunday, June 24
The St. Louis Record Collector & CD Show will hold their summer event at the American Czech Educational Center, and the St. Louis Jazz Club presents Cornet Chop Suey playing traditional jazz and swing at the Moolah Shrine Center.

Monday, June 25
Dizzy Atmosphere plays for diners at The Shaved Duck.

Tuesday, June 26
Singer Joe Mancuso has organized "Voices of St. Louis,"  a benefit concert raising money to fight MS, with performers including former American Idol contestant Ashley Lusk, Richie G. Kihlken, Erika Johnson, and more at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

For more jazz-related events in and around St. Louis, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

(If you have calendar items, band schedule information, news tips, links, or anything else you think may be of interest to StLJN's readers, please email the information to stljazznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you have photos, MP3s or other digital files, please send links, not attachments.)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall to perform
Sunday, August 19 at Grandel Theatre

Trumpeter Herb Alpert and his wife, singer Lani Hall (pictured), are coming to St. Louis to perform at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 19 at the Grandel Theatre.

Alpert has been a significant force in the music business for more than 50 years, leading the 1960s pop instrumental group Tijuana Brass, founding A&M Records, and enjoying a long career as a solo artist and producer. Hall first come to public attention as the lead singer for Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, and has enjoyed success as soloist and with her husband.

Their current live show includes "an eclectic mix of American standards, Brazilian jazz, some Beatles, some classic Tijuana Brass & Brazil '66 songs and a number of other surprises." A selection of Alpert’s sculptures & paintings, curated by Chip Tom of the Heather James Gallery, will be on display before and after the concert in the Grandel's Grand Hall.

Tickets for the concert are priced from $28 to $35 and are on sale now via Metrotix.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Session: June 17, 2018

Alice Coltrane
Here's a roundup of various music-related items of interest that have shown up in one of StLJN's various inboxes or feeds over the past week:

* A Toast to Lorraine Gordon, the Formidable Engine Behind the World's Greatest Jazz Club (WBGO)
* How Spotify Discovers the Genres of Tomorrow (Spotify.com)
* The pioneers commissioning their own classical music masterpieces (Financial Times)
* So, When Will YOU Hit Your Musical ‘Peak and Paralysis Age’? (DigitalMusicNews.com)
* Ginger Baker's Son: 'My Dad Has Been Dead to Me for a Long Time' (Rolling Stone)
* Angélique Kidjo on the Myth of Cultural Appropriation and Covering Remain in Light (Pitchfork.com)
* NEWS: Jon Hiseman (1944-2018) R.I.P. (London Jazz News)
* Buddy Guy Is The Last Bastion Of The Blues (Forbes)
* Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes keeping blues alive in Bentonia (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
* Yes, U2 Really Did Perform With Sun Ra's Arkestra (ClashMusic.com)
* Playboy Fest Highlights New Talent, Genre Titans (DownBeat)
* Chicago Blues Fest Honors Delmark Anniversary (DownBeat)
* The Smaller the Theater, the Faster the Music (Nautil.us)
* Invisible Hits: Alice Coltrane’s Journey (Pitchfork.com)
* Cartoonist Blutch Explores the Genre in ‘Total Jazz’ (DownBeat)
* Women Set the Agenda, and a New Precedent, at the Jazz Journalists Association Awards (WBGO)
* Classical music 'should learn from hip hop' (BBC)
* The End of Owning Music: How CDs and Downloads Died (Rolling Stone)
* Tracing Coltrane’s Footsteps in Jersey (DownBeat)
* All That Jazz - A new documentary explores the Jewish origins of Blue Note Records, but evades some tough questions (Tablet)
* Artifacts Investigates AACM at Spoleto (DownBeat)
* 21 exhilarating records from the contemporary UK jazz scene (RedBull.com)
* Top jazz pianists chosen for Ellis Marsalis International Piano Competition (HuntingtonNews.net)
* U.S. to Review 1940s-Era Music Rules, With Billions at Stake (Bloomberg.com)
* Erik Friedlander and Throw a Glass See Green (Jazz Times)
* East Meets West - Indian Classical Music and Jazz (SFJAZZ.org)
* R.I.P. Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Blues Brothers guitarist has died (ConsequenceOfSound.net)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Spotlight on the L.A. Swing Barons



This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring the L.A. Swing Barons, who are coming to St. Louis for a performance presented by the St. Louis Jitterbugs this coming Thursday, June 21 at the Intersect Arts Center.

The event is part of an ongoing Thursday night swing dance series sponsored by the Jitterbugs. So far the series has featured mostly recorded music spun by DJs, said co-owner Christian Frommelt, but plans are to present a live band at least once a month, plus jam sessions led by local musicians.

As the name implies, the L.A. Swing Barons are based in Los Angeles, and describe themselves as a "14-piece big band inspired by the vibrant dance halls of the 1930s swing era...We aim to play the energetic music of bands like the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, and others that shaped the golden age of swing."

They released their first studio album, Kansas City Stride, late last year, and their performance here next week, part of a two-week tour through the Midwest, will be their St. Louis debut.

The Barons' Basie repertoire is featured prominently on their YouTube page, and you can see and hear several examples of it here today, starting up above with Basie's "Hollywood Jump" as performed live last July at a gig in Orange, CA.

After the jump, you can see the band and vocalist Terrence Taylor do a version of "Every Day I Have the Blues" recorded in March 2018 at the Pasadena Ballroom.

That's followed by performances of three more Basie charts - "Splanky," "Shiny Stockings," and "Lester Leaps In" - from 2015, the latter featuring Albert Alva on tenor sax.

The final video finds the band going from Kansas City to outer space, as they perform their version of the "Cantina Band" theme Star Wars at a gig in December 2015.

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

Friday, June 15, 2018

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's StLJN's latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:

* Just in time for the Riverfront Times' "Showcase STL" this weekend, trumpeter Adam Hucke of the Funky Butt Brass Band was profiled as another of the RFT's "STL 77."

* Trumpeter Keyon Harrold's July tour dates in the UK are previewed in a post on the website Jazz in Europe.

* The sartorial style of Miles Davis inspired an article from Vanity Fair magazine about "what we imagine he might have in his (online) shopping bag now."

* Saxophonist, clarinetist and U City native Marty Ehrlich (pictured) has a new release, Trio Exaltation, which was reviewed by AllAboutJazz.com's Troy Dostert.

* Trumpeter Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra backs singer Dionne Farris on a new remake of her hit "Hopeless." The track is featured on the Orkestra's debut album Get It How You Live, which is set for release on Friday, July 13 from Ropeadope Records.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Jazz this week: Diana Krall, Norman Brown, Charlie Halloran, Bosman Twins, and more

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features the first appearance here by a major crossover star after a long absence; a benefit featuring star of smooth jazz guitar; some homecoming shows from an expat-made-good; plus noteworthy gigs from a number of local performers. Let's go to the highlights... 

Wednesday, June 13
Trombonist Charlie Halloran, back home from New Orleans for a visit, will be the featured performer at this week's free Whitaker Music Festival concert at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Also on Wednesday, the "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" will include drummer Alberto Patiño at The Stage at KDHX, the jam session led by bassist Bob Deboo at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor's quartet at The Dark Room.

Thursday, June 14
If you missed Charlie Halloran on Wednesday, there's another chance to catch him Thursday night at Joe's Cafe & Gallery.

Also on Thursday, pianist Adam Maness' trio is at Thurman's in Shaw; guitarist Dave Black will be joined by singer Kittie Moeller and keyboardist Vince Golomski of the group Fanfare at The Pat Connolly Tavern; and saxophonist Ben Reece's Unity Quartet is back at The Dark Room

Friday, June 15
Singer and pianist Diana Krall returns to St. Louis for the first time in nearly five years for a concert Peabody Opera House.

Krall (pictured, top left) currently is on the third North American leg of an extended tour promoting her 2017 album Turn Up The Quiet. For more about that, and some videos of live performances of material from the album, see this post from last Saturday.

Also on Friday, The Bosman Twins (pictured, bottom left) begin a six-show run at Jazz St. Louis, with two sets on Friday and Saturday nights, plus a matinee and an early-evening show for Father's Day on Sunday; and guitarist and singer Norman Brown performs at the Sheldon Concert Hall in a benefit for the Eta Boule Foundation, with support from St. Louis' own Denise Thimes and Tim Cunningham.

Elsewhere around town, trumpeter Jim Manley and band will perform at Evangeline's, and Second Generation Swing plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom.

Saturday, June 16
Singer Danita Mumphard performs at the Webster Groves Concert Hall (aka Ozark Theatre); and guitarist and singer Tommy Halloran returns to Das Bevo

Sunday, June 17
Troy's Jazz Gallery presents "Mo' Better & Beyond," a Father's Day show featuring saxophonist Kendrick Smith and trumpeter Danny Campbell.

Monday, June 18
Jim Manley continues his residency at Momo's Greek Restaurant.

Tuesday, June 19
Bassist and singer Tonina Saputo and her quartet will host "The Tuesday Night Hit" at The Dark Room.

For more jazz-related events in and around St. Louis, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

(If you have calendar items, band schedule information, news tips, links, or anything else you think may be of interest to StLJN's readers, please email the information to stljazznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you have photos, MP3s or other digital files, please send links, not attachments.)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Session: June 10, 2018

John Coltrane
Here's a roundup of various music-related items of interest that have shown up in one of StLJN's various inboxes or feeds over the past week:

* The 21 Best Concert Films of All Time (Paste)
* REVIEW: Art Ensemble of Chicago at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona (London Jazz News)
* Kurt Elling: Living the Questions (Jazz Times)
* 'Still A Lot Of Love': Arturo O'Farrill On Cuba-U.S. Artistic Relations (NPR)
* This legendary Utah saxophonist just turned 99 and you can hear him play tonight (Deseret News)
* Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project Recasts Classics at Jazz Standard (DownBeat)
* The chords of the universe (Aeon.co)
* Discover Weakly (TheBaffler.com)
* “Sun Ra Radio” Premieres Online (Jazz Times)
* Vision Festival Offers Bracing Sounds and a Space for Creativity (DownBeat)
* Q&A with Ambrose Akinmusire: Geographies of Influence (Jazziz)
* The club night making classical music dance to a new beat (The Telegraph)
* 20 essential fusion records that have never been more influential (TheVinylFactory.com)
* Bobby Bradford: Musician, Educator, Survivor (AllAboutJazz.com)
* What Was the Point of Elevator Music? (AtlasObscura.com)
* There’s an “Inverse Piano” in Your Head (Scientific American)
* What was the loudest rock band ever? And how loud was that? This infographic explains everything (AJournalOfMusicalThings.com)
* Shemekia Copeland: A Humble 'Queen Of The Blues' (WGLT)
* Motéma Music Fosters Intense Creativity (DownBeat)
* Byrds Co-Founders Plan 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' 50th Anniversary Tour (Rolling Stone)
* Coltrane’s ‘Lost’ Studio Album Found (DownBeat)
* Hear Woody Shaw and Dexter Gordon On Tour, and On Fire, In Newly Discovered Recordings (WBGO)
* Jalal Mansur Nuriddin: Bidding Farewell To The Schoolyard Bard (NPR)
* Ticketfly Confirms Hack Exposed Personal Information of 27 Million Accounts (Gizmodo)
* Jazz in the Age of Trump: A Roundtable Discussion (Jazziz)
* Spotify Offers Managers, Artists Advances to License Music Directly to Its Streaming Service: Exclusive (Billboard)
* Happy Birthday Prince: A Look At His Legacy, Progressiveness And Royal Badness (Vibe)
* Eddie Henderson’s Cool Collective (DownBeat)
* On 10 Years of the New New-Music Scene, and 30 Years of My Own (Vulture.com)
* Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path (SFJAZZ.org)
* BBC to Close Iconic Maida Vale Studios (Pro Sound News)
* The Aural Magic of Stanford's Laptop Orchestra (Wired)
* Why repeating words sound like music to your brain (TheVerge.com)
* ‘We Out Here’ Documentary on London Jazz Scene Now Streaming (DownBeat)
* Lorraine Gordon, Guardian Of Legendary Jazz Club, Dies At 95 (NPR)

Saturday, June 09, 2018

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Diana Krall "turns up the quiet"



This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on pianist and singer Diana Krall, who will be in St. Louis to perform next Friday, June 15 at the Peabody Opera House.

Krall currently is on the third North American leg of a year-long tour in support of her 2017 album Turn Up the Quiet. She'll be performing in St. Louis for the first time since her 2013 concert at the Fox Theatre, at which time she was supporting her then-new release Glad Rag Doll.

There's been one album and tour in the interim, as Krall skipped St. Louis during the 18-month-long string of live dates following up the 2015 release of Wallflower, which featured her interpretations of rock and pop songs from the 1960s and '70s such as "California Dreamin'," "Desperado," and "I'm Not In Love."

Turn Up The Quiet finds Krall back on more familiar turf, offering her distinctive takes on jazz standards and material from the "Great American Songbook."
 
You can see her playing songs from the album starting with the first video up above, in which Krall performs "L-O-V-E," and after the jump in the clip of "Night And Day," both recorded during an appearance last summer on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Next, there's a clip of Krall in the studio playing "Isn’t It Romantic," issued to help promote the album's release last years. That's followed by two videos shot by an audience member last November in Toronto, in which Krall does "Sway" and Bob Dylan's "This Dream Of You."

The final video is a 24-minute interview Krall did last year with the CBC TV program Q, in which she talks about some of her influences and how she approaches standards and other well-known material.

For more about Turn Up The Quiet, see Krall's interview from last June with the New York Times.

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...