Friday, April 03, 2009

Coming attractions include FLOW,
BoxDeserter Trio, Skeletonbreath

The last couple of days have brought announcements of upcoming St. Louis shows by three touring trios that may be of interest to fans of jazz and creative music:

* The New York-based organ trio FLOW will perform on Friday, April 17 at The Gramophone. Formed in 2006, FLOW includes saxophonist Kim Bock (pictured), organ player Soren Moller and drummer Peter Retzlaff, whose collective experience include performances and recordings with artists such as Kenny Werner, Greg Osby, Maynard Ferguson, Dick Oatts, Antonio Sanchez and Jason Marsalis.

According to their press kit, FLOW's music includes "straight grooves, lyrical modernism, free explorations and hard core swing." Tickets are $10, the show is 21-and-older only, and the music starts at 10:00 p.m. FLOW is being co-presented by Saxquest, where Bock will do a saxophone clinic earlier that day.

* The BoxDeserter Trio, featuring pianist Thollem McDonas, saxophonist Skeeter Shelton, and multi-instrumentalist Joel Peterson, will play free shows in two different rooms at the Schlafly St. Louis Brewery and Tap Room on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24. On Thursday, they'll be part of three-band bill starting at 9:00 p.m. in the Eliot Room along with St. Louis bands Holy!Holy!Holy! and Allgorithms. Then on Friday, they'll play in the Club Room, with poet K. Curtis Lyle and bassist Zimbabwe Nkenya opening the show at 8:00 p.m.

The BoxDeserter Trio "encompasses a whole world of music-making that is part erudite composition, part virtuosic improvisation, part populist affability...melodic modernism, classical economy and elemental Free Jazz all inform (their) direction." McDonas is from the Bay Area and has toured almost non-stop for the past several years, previously performing in St. Louis both as a solo artist and as a member of the Bloom Project. Shelton and Peterson (whose primary instrument is bass) are both from Detroit, and have wide-ranging experience encompassing jazz, free improv, world music and more.

* Lastly, the online touring information service Pollstar has just added a listing showing a performance by the Brooklyn, NY-based instrumental trio Skeletonbreath at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center on Thursday, May 7. Skeletonbreath is comprised of Andrew Platt (electric bass), Bob Pycior (electric violin), and Tris Palazzolo (drums), and their Wikipedia page says they "play dark, technical, melodic music that has been self-described as "Transylvanian Surf Rock" and "Halloween party music.""

As is always the case with Pollstar listings, this show should not be considered confirmed until officially announced by the venue or presenter. StLJN will have more on the ticket price and show time if/when such an announcement is made.

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