It may be midsummer, but even during vacation season there's still a nicely varied menu of jazz and creative music on St. Louis stages. The biggest name in town this week is saxophonist Boney James (pictured), who tonight will bring his popular mix of smooth jazz, funk, and instrumental R&B to the stage at the Bottleneck Blues Bar of the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles.
There's also a free concert tonight in the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University, as drummer Bensid Thigpen, bassist Darrrell Mixon and painist Ptah Williams will perform a program devoted to the music of Wayne Shorter. And not far from the Wash U. campus, you can catch the world-Latin-jazz of Farshid Etniko at Brandt's.
On Friday and Saturday, the band Orange will perform at Jazz at the Bistro. Orange features keyboardist Adam Maness and bassist Syd Rodway of the Erin Bode Group teamed with Miles Vandiver on drums and Peter Schlamb on vibes, performing "original music by Maness and fresh takes on modern songs by such artists as Joni Mitchell and the Flaming Lips."
Other noteworthy shows on Friday include Latin jazz from Banda Caribe at Riddle's, the big band sounds of the Original Knights of Swing at Casa Loma Ballroom, and singer Kim Massie at Cookie's Jazz and More.
On Saturday, the Todd Mosby Group and students of master Indian musicians Imrat Khan will perform a benefit concert for Nature Conservancy at Lucas School House, Check out the embedded video window below to see Mosby, bassist Carl Casperson and drummer Ron Carr performing "Country Song," one of the original compositions the Mosby Group will be doing at the benefit. Also on Saturday, the versatile drummer Joe Pastor, always worth a listen, is fronting a band called Jazz Trinity at Brandt's.
On Sunday, there's another benefit show, this one featuring singer Erin Bode and group performing for St. Vincent DePaul Parish and its social ministries to the poor, which provide meals, clothing, food, personal grooming kits, sewing and other services. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1408 South 10th St at Park Avenue. Cabaret seating is $35 per person, VIP seating is $75 per person. For reservations, call 314-231-9328 or 314-776-3152.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday the Sessions Big Band continues their ongoing gig at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups, and on Tuesday, the Chicago-based group Algernon performs at The Gramophone. For more on Algernon, see last Saturday's video post.
And for more St. Louis jazz-related events this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar.
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