Drummer Max Weinberg (pictured), known for his work with Bruce Springsteen and as leader of late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien's band, will get a chance to show off his jazz chops when he brings his big band to the St. Louis area for a performance at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 21 at the Argosy Alton Casino.
The 15-piece aggregation, which "continues the traditions established by Max’s musical heroes including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Doc Severinsen, and Maynard Ferguson," has been a pet project of Weinberg's in recent years when not on duty with Springsteen or O'Brien. The group made its debut at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach during Christmas Week of 2009, and has since performed at the Count Basie Theater in New Jersey, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, the Ottawa Music Festival and the Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series.
Now, they're out on an extended tour that will run for most of October and November. The Max Weinberg Big Band's repertoire includes original arrangements and tunes made famous by Basie, Rich, and others, plus some vintage TV themes and a segment called "Boss Time" in which they "take a couple of Bruce (Springsteen's) songs and have re-worked them in a big band swing style," according to Weinberg. For more, check out this blog post, which has comments about and a set list from their show this past June at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.
Tickets for the Max Weinberg Big Band at the Argosy Alton Casino are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP seating, and can be purchased online here. For more information, call 618-709-6426, or visit the Facebook page of show promoters Spectrum Entertainment Group.