Thursday, November 12, 2009

Jazz this week: Shaun Robinson, a tribute to Miles Davis, student big bands, and more

While there are no major touring jazz musicians visiting St. Louis this weekend, and a relatively light schedule overall, there are some noteworthy events featuring local musicians coming up over the next few days. Let's go to the highlights:

Tonight, guitarist William Lenihan will lead a tribute to the electric music of Miles Davis, drawing on compositions from In A Silent Way and Filles de Kilimanjaro in a free concert for Washington University's Jazz at Holmes series

On Friday and Saturday, guitarist Shaun Robinson (pictured), best known as a member of Good 4 The Soul, will bring his own band to Jazz at the Bistro for the weekend. I've not heard Robinson's own group yet, and they've released no recordings; however, the advertised ingredients - a mix of jazz, funk, rock and R&B - are similar to those employed by G4TS, and presumably the guitarist has his own personal recipe for combining them.

Also on Friday and Saturday, trombonist Robert Edwards and his ensemble will take the stage at Robbie's House of Jazz, offering a mix of hard bop, soul/jazz and more.

Looking beyond the weekend, there are two free concerts early next week featuring up-and-coming talent from local jazz studies programs. On Monday, the Webster University Big Band will perform at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the Webster campus, and on Tuesday, the SIUE Big Band will play at Dunham Hall on campus in Edwardsville.

For information on more jazz and creative music events this weekend and beyond, check out the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, available for viewing on the left sidebar, or by clicking here. Also, you can follow St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at and become a "fan" by signing up on the StLJN Facebook page.

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