Thursday, March 26, 2009

Jazz this week: Chris Botti, Legacy Jazz Quintet, Oikos Ensemble, and more

With spring definitely in the air here in St. Louis, it's looking like another good weekend to get out and hear some live sounds. Here's what's going on around town over the next few days with jazz and creative music:

Tonight, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University will present a free concert from guitarist Chris Burchett and his quartet.

Also tonight, the new St. Louis Jazz Cafe, open for its first full week of operations, features the Usual Suspects, fronted by keyboard player Charles Brown and singer/saxophonist Jessica Butler (daughter of well-known local pop crooner Ralph Butler).

On Friday and Saturday, the Legacy Jazz Quintet performs at Jazz at the Bistro. The group is conceived "in the mold of the classic quintets of Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Horace Silver" and features Jazz St. Louis director of education Phil Dunlap on piano, Anthony Wiggins on trumpet, Jason Swagler on saxophones, Nick Jost on bass and Marty Morrison on drums.

On Saturday, trumpeter Chris Botti (pictured) will be in town to give a special benefit performance for St. Louis Children's Hospital at J. Buck's restaurant downtown. I don't know if there are any of the $175 tickets for the event still available as of this writing, but if you'd like to go, call Children's Hospital at 314-286-0974 to check.

Also on Saturday, longtime local favorites Trio Tres Bien perform at the St. Louis Jazz Cafe, while singer Kim Massie holds forth at Brandt's.

On Sunday morning, the Oikos Ensemble, which mixes jazz and world music with Christian spirituality, will give a free performance at Mount Tabor UCC in south St. Louis. Then on Sunday afternoon, Bud Shultz and the You Can't Beat Experience Jazz Band will present their monthly session of traditional New Orleans style jazz and swing at the VFW hall in Alton.

Of course, this is just a taste of what's happening around St. Louis over the next few days, so to see listings for more jazz-related events this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar.

(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.)

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