Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jazz this week: Good 4 The Soul, Lowdown Brass Band, Bonerama, All That Tap XX, and more

While the summer weather here in St. Louis continues to define the word "sweltering," this week also brings a variety of jazz and creative music suitable for beating the heat. Let's see what's coming up...

Tonight, the summer edition of the Jazz at Holmes Series at Washington University wraps up with a free concert from The Poor People of Paris. (The series will be on hiatus for the month of August and then, presumably, will resume again in September.)

On Friday, Good 4 The Soul (pictured) begins a two-night stand at Jazz at the Bistro, offering an instrumental brew of jazz, funk, fusion, gospel and R&B.

Also on Friday, Chicago's Lowdown Brass Band will perform at Robbie's House of Jazz. If you like St. Louis' Funky Butt Brass Band, or are looking for a fix of New Orleans-style brass band music after last week's show from Rebirth Brass Band, you may want to check out LBD, as they're known in their hometown.

That same evening, drummer Paul Shaw leads a trio with pianist Ptah Williams and bassist Bob DeBoo at the Cigar Inn in Belleville, and the Original Knights of Swing will play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom.

Also on Saturday, the young pianist Samson Mengsteab, once a member of the jazz St. Louis All-Stars student ensemble and now studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, will front a trio at Robbie's; bassist/DJ Josh Weinstein and poet Brett Underwood team up to present a free performance at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts playing off the current exhibit "Dreamscapes"; and the annual tap dance extravaganza All That Tap XX takes place at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.

The event is the finale of the week-long St. Louis Tap Festival, and will feature music from the Carolbeth True Trio behind dance performances from Robert L. Reed, Arthur Duncan, Harold Cromer and many others.

On Sunday, the Sheldon Concert Hall and The Gramophone are joining forces to present the New Orleans band Bonerama in the Sheldon's upstairs ballroom. Founded by veterans of Harry Connick, Jr's band, Bonerama features a front line of four trombones and combines traditional New Orleans jazz and brass band sounds with rock, funk, free improv and more. You can see some videos of Bonerama in action in this post.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday guitarist Tom Byrne bring his Pat Metheny-inspired project Have You Heard? to BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.

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(Edited after posting.)

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