Saturday, December 26, 2009

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Sampling the St. Louis scene

For the last Saturday video post of 2009, let's take a look at a grab-bag of clips featuring musicians and singers currently active on the St. Louis jazz and creative music scene. From the top, we've got:

* Singer Erin Bode and her band - bassist (and husband) Syd Rodway, keyboardist/guitarist Adam Maness, and drummer Derek Phillips - performing their original songs "Sydney Come Down" and "Chasing After You" in a show last January 31 at the Old Settlers' Inn in Moundridge, Kansas.

* The Bosman Twins, playing a multi-tempo take on Charlie Parker's "Dewey Square." Be sure to check out pianist Ptah Williams' solo starting at around 6:00 into the clip.

* Trumpeter Jim Manley with guitarist Travis Mattison doing "Take The A Train." This has a nice, relaxed just-a-couple-of-guys-sittin'-around-playin' quality that I found enjoyable.

* Hot Club Caravan, featuring the great Sandy Weltman on harmonica, with their version of "In A Sentimental Mood" from a show last summer in Kirkwood Park.

* Traditional jazz festival circuit favorites Cornet Chop Suey, completing a serendipitous Ellington trilogy with a version of "Caravan" (with a drum solo) recorded at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

* The Urban Groove Project (a.k.a. UG Project) featuring Lamar Harris and Mo Egeston laying down a "Fela Groove" at the St. Louis Art Museum.

In addition to the customary previews of touring artists coming to town and historic clips from greats of the past, in 2010 I'd like to feature more videos from working St. Louis musicians and bands in this space. So if you're in St. Louis; you're doing jazz, creative music, improvisation or something related; and you've got a clip or clips on YouTube, let StLJN know about it by sending an email to stljaznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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