The Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis has announced its schedule of performances for the 2009-10 season, and while only a handful of the coming attractions are of interest to jazz fans, the TouPAC has succeeded in securing some well-known musicians to fill the slots allotted to jazz..
In addition to the previously announced concert by Sonny Rollins on Saturday, September 19, which is being presented by Jazz St. Louis as a rental at the TouPAC, the venue will host saxophonist Branford Marsalis (pictured) on Friday, February 12; a double-bill of the Neville Brothers and Dr. John on Friday, February 19; and a solo guitar performance by Pat Metheny on Saturday, May 8.
Also, although the lineup of guest musicians won't be revealed for some months, it was announced that the TouPAC once again will host the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, which is set for Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.
(Regular StLJN readers may recall that Branford Marsalis' date, February 12, is the same day for which the online touring information Pollstar had, as reported here, added a listing showing drummer Brian Blade playing at the TouPAC.
Occam's Razor, coupled with the knowledge that the two have worked together in the past, would suggest that this means Blade will be backing Marsalis, but yr. humble editor has yet to confirm that particular detail. The news also suggests that Marsalis might be bringing an ensemble other than his primary quartet, which has featured Jeff "Tain" Watts behind the drum kit for ten years. More on this as we get it...)
The Touhill Performing Arts Center's season also includes pop, country and classical music, plus comedy, theater, dance and more; you can see the complete schedule on their Web site. Season tickets for 2009-10 are on sale starting today, with single tickets available beginning August 3. For subscription information and single ticket prices, visit the Web site or call 314-516-4949 or 866-516-4949.
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