Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jazz this week: Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Jon Cleary, St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, the Bosman Twins, and more

This week's jazz and creative music menu in St. Louis features all sorts of sounds, from big band to cabaret to New Orleans roots music to several different flavors of modern jazz. Let's go right to the highlights...

On Thursday evening, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, directed by bassist Jim Widner, performs at the Touhill Performing Arts Center; and pianist Ptah Williams and guitarist William Lenihan team up to do a free duo concert for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University.

On Friday, the multi-instrumentalist Bosman Twins return to Jazz at the Bistro for the first night of a two-night stand; singer and pianist Carol Schmidt will do the first of her two cabaret shows this weekend at the Kranzberg Arts Center for the Presenters Dolan; and Ptah Williams will lead his group at Robbie's House of Jazz.

On Saturday, New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be back in town, with singer/pianist Jon Cleary opening, for a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall. For a preview, you can see the DDBB in several performance videos included in this post from last Saturday.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday bassist Stanley Clarke and pianist Hiromi will be back in town for one more night at the Bistro, making up the sets canceled earlier this month due to travel delays caused by the inclement weather. Also on Monday, the SIUE student jazz combos directed by Rick Haydon and Reggie Thomas and the SIUE Guitar Ensemble will perform in the theater at Dunham Hall on the SIUE campus; and pianist Dave Becherer's trio plays at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.

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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