Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jazz this week: Kapsalis & Ivanovic, St. Louis Stompers, and more

We're now officially in the "dog days" of August, and though the start of the fall season for most of the local not-for-profit jazz presenters is a few weeks away, there still are some noteworthy performances in the next several days that may be of interest to St. Louis area jazz fans. While some temporary time constraints here at StLJN HQ may prevent any extended explications of impending events, here's a brief look at what's coming up...

Tonight , guitarists Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic are in town from Chicago for a last-minute performance at Pop's Blue Moon. Ivanovic has played St. Louis a number of times before, both solo and with the group Eastern Blok, and he and Kapsalis play a mix of styles including jazz, flamenco, classical and more.

On Friday, saxophonist Harvey Lockhart, who's studying at Northern Illinois University with the noted jazz educator Ronald Carter, will bring his band to Robbie's House of Jazz. That same evening, guitarist Eric Slaughter's trio with bassist Nick Jost and drummer Marty Morrison will return to the Cigar Inn in Belleville, and the Original Knights of Swing will play big band swing the Casa Loma Ballroom.

On Saturday, Robbie's has Latin jazz from percussionist Herman Semidey Jr. and his Orquestra Nitro Son Montuno Salsa.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Jazz Club presents a matinee concert of traditional jazz by the St. Louis Stompers (pictured) at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville.

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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