Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Jazz this week: Harry Connick, Jr., Belleville's Wine, Dine and Jazz Festival, Denise Thimes, Patrick Terbreck, and more

Harry Connick, Jr.It's shaping up to be a fine early summer weekend here in St. Louis, with a variety of live jazz on tap around the area. Let's take a quick look at some highlights:

Tonight, longtime local favorites Trio Tres Bien perform at the Missouri Botanical Garden in a free concert for the Whitaker Music Festival.

On Friday, singer and pianist Harry Connick Jr. (pictured) comes to the Fox Theatre in support of his most recent CD Your Songs. For some videos of Connick, check out this post from last Saturday.

Also on Friday, singer Dean Christopher will do his "Rat Pack and More" show for the new Encore series at the Jewish Community Center.

It's also the weekend of the annual Wine, Dine and Jazz Festival in and around the square in downtown Belleville, Illinois. The free event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. Friday with sets from saxophonist Jim Stevens, Two Times True with Carolbeth True, and singer/keyboardist Anita Rosamond and band. The music resumes at noon on Saturday with the US Air Force Band of Mid-America Hot Brass, Dawn Weber's Electrofunk Assembly, Kansas City's Boulevard Big Band, pianist Phil Gomez' Latin/jazz group Clave Sol, and the Voodoo Blues Band with singer Roland Johnson.

Over on the Missouri side of the river, singer Denise Thimes will hold forth Friday and Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro, while Robbie's House of Jazz has Chicago saxophonist Patrick Terbreck on Friday and smooth jazz keyboardist Marvin Cockrell and his band Focus on Saturday.

Looking beyond the weekend, pianist Peter Martin will headline next Wednesday's free concert for the Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

For more jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

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(Edited after posting to fix some typos.)

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