There are no major touring jazz musicians visiting St. Louis this week, but there's still plenty of worthwhile musical activity involving local performers, including several free outdoor concerts. Let's go to the highlights:
Tonight, keyboardist Tony Simmons will play a free concert at Missouri Botanical Garden as part of the Whitaker Music Festival.
On Thursday, the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, a student ensemble made up of the most accomplished young musicians participating in the organization's education programs, will open the show for pop-soul singer Ralph Butler, who's performing a free concert at St. Louis Place Park as part of the Whitaker "Urban Evenings" series. Also on Thursday, multi-instrumentalist Sandy Weltman will bring his group Hot Club Caravan to Brandt's.
Then on Friday and Saturday nights, Latin jazz group Musica Slesa returns to Jazz at the Bistro. (Sorry, no link, as apparently Musica Slesa have not yet gotten around to putting up a Web site or even a MySpace page.) Also on Friday, guitarist Dave Black and his trio will play at Brandt's. And on Saturday, singer Debby Lennon (pictured) will perform at the Cabaret at Savor.
On Sunday, singer Anita Rosamond will do a free concert at Carondelet Park, and on Monday, pianist Michael Lacey bring his traditional jazz band to St. Louis Square Park for yet another free show.
For more St. Louis jazz-related events this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar.
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