The Nu-Art Series has announced a new series of weekend matinees presenting St. Louis musicians performing their own work and the music of a famous jazz composer.
"The Jazz Composers Series: Re-Arrangements & Nu-Compositions" will begin Saturday, February 6 with a concert featuring bassist Darrell Mixon's quartet and the music of Charles Mingus and continue each weekend until April 17. Each concert will feature one set of the musician's own compositions and one set highlighting the work of a jazz great.
Notable dates include a concert on Saturday, February 13 featuring the music of Eric Dolphy as interpreted by drummer Charles "Bobo" Shaw, a key member of the Black Artists Group and improvised music veteran whose local gigs have been comparatively rare in recent years; and the return of multi-instrumentalist and St. Louis expat J. D. Parran (pictured), who will perform the music of John Coltrane on Saturday, April 3. Here's the complete schedule:
Saturday, February 6:
Darrell Mixon Quartet/Charles Mingus
Saturday, February 13:
Charles "Bobo" Shaw Art Ensemble/Eric Dolphy
Saturday, February 20:
Ptah Williams Trio/Bud Powell
Saturday, February 27:
Chad Evans Ensemble/Charlie Parker
Saturday, March 6:
Chris Burchett Quartet/Thelonious Monk
Saturday. March 13:
Anthony Wiggins Quintet/Freddie Hubbard
Sunday, March 21:
Willie Akins Quartet/Sonny Rollins
Saturday, March 27:
Jerome "Scrooge" Harris Ensemble/Miles Davis & Wayne Shorter
Saturday, April 3:
J.D. Parran/John Coltrane
Saturday, April 17:
Stan Coleman Youth Jazz Band/Duke Ellington
Aadmission is $10 at the door, and all performances are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust St. For more information, call 314-535-6500, send email to email@example.com, or visit the Nu-Art Series website.