Though we're still in what's generally the slow season of the year for jazz in St. Louis, there are a couple of noteworthy events coming up this week featuring nationally known musicians with ties to the St. Louis area.
On Friday, the highly acclaimed baritone saxophonist Hamiett Bluiett, who was born and still lives in Brooklyn, IL, opens the new venue Robbie's House of Jazz (in the former Cookie's Jazz and More location at 20 Allen Ave. in Webster Groves), accompanied by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar (pictured) and bassist Curtis Lundy.
The Bluiett-El'Zabar-Lundy ensemble also will perform at the club again on Saturday night, and both evenings should be nice opportunities to hear three world-class musicians adept at playing both inside and outside the changes up close in an intimate setting. For a bit more about Robbie's House of Jazz and its owners Dorothy and Robert Edwards, see this post from last week.
Also notable is the show next Tuesday at The Gramophone, when guitarists Matthew Von Doran, who moved to St. Louis a couple of years ago, and Corey Christiansen, a former St. Louisan, will team up for a duo performance, backed by bassist Bob Deboo and drummer Kyle Honeycutt. As mentioned in this post announcing the show, Von Doran and Christiansen are good friends, and the combination of their personal rapport and contrasting styles - the former leaning toward fusion, the latter tending more traditional - should make for some entertaining listening.
For more jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar.
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