It's going to be a jam-packed weekend of jazz and creative music in St. Louis, so, without further preamble, let's go straight to the highlights:
Tonight, the Meramec Jazz Lab Band from St. Louis Community College-Meramec performs at the Black Cat Theatre in Maplewood. This evening also marks the beginning of the closing weekend for Vanessa Rubin in the Black Rep's production of Yesterdays: An Evening With Billie Holiday. The show runs through Sunday at the Grandel Theatre.
On Thursday, guitarist Matthew Von Doran returns to the Broadway Bean Coffeehouse, while Jazz St. Louis presents its first-ever "High School Invitational," featuring the East St. Louis Senior High School Jazz Band and the Webster Groves High School Jazz Band, at Jazz at the Bistro. (There's no Jazz at Holmes concert this week, as Washington University is on spring break.)
On Friday, the Funky Butt Brass Band returns to Jazz at the Bistro for the first of two nights, and saxophonist Ron Carter and the Northern Illinois University Jazztet begin a weekend stand at Robbie's House of Jazz.
On Saturday afternoon, guitarist Chris Burchett will do the music of Freddie Hubbard for the Nu-Art Series at the Metropolitan Gallery. (Burchett will be subbing for trumpeter Anthony Wiggins, who's recovering from a brain aneurysm; however, despite the previous announcement here, the show will not be a benefit for the Wiggins family.)
Saturday night presents several intriguing options, starting with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (pictured) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who will be performing at the Sheldon Concert Hall for the Sheldon's annual benefit gala. To see some video of Wynton and the JaLCO in action, check out this post.
That same evening, New Music Circle will present composer John Tamm-Buckle's "Droning Maud Land" at the Kranzberg Arts Center, while the world premiere of a Meredith Monk work by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, with the composer on hand, takes place just up the street at Powell Hall.
On Sunday, singer and pianist Jamie Cullum will play at the Roberts Orpheum Theatre. For more about Cullum and some performance videos, see this post from last Saturday. Also on Sunday, guitarist and St. Louis native Marvin Horne returns home for a gig with NYC drummer Greg Bandy and St. Louis bassist David Certain at BB's, Jazz Blues and Soups.
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