Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jazz this week: Tim Cunningham, Rodney Lancaster's St. Louis Trombone Ensemble, "DreamScapes" at the Pulitzer, and more

With various summer concert series wrapping up and the fall presenting season yet to begin, the middle of August usually is a relatively slow time with regard to touring jazz and creative music performers visiting St. Louis.

However, that doesn't mean the scene is entirely devoid of activity, as there still are some noteworthy shows over the next few days featuring local and regional musicians. Let's see what's happening...

On Friday, guitarist Eric Slaughter will bring his trio with Nick Jost and Marty Morrison to Robbie's House Of Jazz, while across the river in Belleville, guitarist Dave Black will perform with his trio, including drummer Kevin Gianino and bassist Willem von Hombracht, at the Cigar Inn. That same evening, the Ambassadors of Swing will play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom

Also on Friday, saxophonist Tim Cunningham (pictured) will open a two-night stand at Jazz on Broadway, a new club that's just opened in Alton, IL. The club doesn't yet have a website, and several calls by yr. humble StLJN editor to their phone number have gone unanswered, but the Alton Telegraph's Jill Moon has a few more details about the place in this article. Look for a followup post here as soon as I can make contact with someone who can speak for the new venue....

On Saturday, trombonist and former St. Louisan Rodney Lancaster will present his St. Louis Trombone Ensemble with Doug Bert at Robbie's; and DJ/bassist Josh Weinstein and poet Brett Underwood will give one more DreamScapes performance at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts before the associated exhibit there closes.

On Sunday, saxophonist Jeff Riley's trio will play for brunch at Rue Lafayette, and that evening, Latin jazz band Clave Sol will perform at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.

Also on Sunday evening, the St. Louis Cabaret Conference 2011 will present its final showcase at the Bistro at Grand Center. The performance will feature 24 singers directed by Andrea Marcovicci and Jason Graae, with music direction by Rick Jensen and Shelly Markham. Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance via

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday, the Sessions Big Band is at BB's, and on Tuesday, the club has Dave Black's four-piece group.

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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