The St. Louis Jazz Club has announced its schedule of events for 2009, with a lineup of Sunday matinee concerts featuring local and regional talent, including multiple performances by some of St. Louis' favorite traditional jazz and swing ensembles.
The SLJC will kick off 2009 with a show next Sunday, January 18 by Cornet Chop Suey (pictured) at the Moolah Shrine Center, 12545 Fee Fee Rd in Maryland Heights. The Farmington High School Jazz Band will open the show at 1:00 p.m., followed by the headliners at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, February 8, it's pianist Pat Joyce and his All-Stars at the Moolah. Then on Sunday, March 8, the St. Louis Stompers will perform at the same venue, with Irish tenor Jeffrey Gonder doing an opening set at 1:15 p.m.
Next up, it's the Dixie Daredevils from central Illinois, who will play on Sunday, April 19 in the Panorama Banquet Room of Bel-Air Bowl, 200 South Belt West in Belleville, IL. Then on Sunday, May 31, it's an encore performance for Cornet Chop Suey back at the Moolah, followed by Michael Lacey's New Orleans Swing on Sunday, June 14 at Bel Air Bowl.
On Sunday, July 12, the SLJC has tentatively scheduled what's being billed as a "piano battle of the best ragtime players in the country" featuring the St. Louis Ragtimers with special guest Dr. Dave Majchrzak performing at the Moolah. Cornet Chop Suey will be back at the the Moolah on Sunday, August 9, and then on Sunday, September 6 the Club will have its annual picnic at the Concord Farmers Club, with musical entertainment TBA.
On Sunday, September 20, the St. Louis Rivermen will perform at Bel-Air Bowl, and on Sunday, October 11, it's Bud Shultz and the You Can't Beat Experience Jazz Band at the Moolah, with an opening set from the Lewis & Clark College Jazz Band at 1:00 p.m. The year wraps up with the St. Louis Stompers on Sunday, November 8 at the Moolah and the club's annual Christmas Party on December 13, also at the Moolah and featuring music from Cornet Chop Suey.
The doors for all events open at 1:15 p.m., with music from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. except as noted otherwise. Tickets for all St. Louis Jazz Club events are $10 for members and $15 for non-members, and students get in free. For more information, see the Club's Web site or call 636-305-0285 or 618-235-0478.
In the embedded video window below, you can see and hear Dave Majchrzak playing "St Louis Rag" at the 2008 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO.
(Edited 2/8/09 to fix an incorrect date for the August concert.)