The Dan White Sextet, an up-and-coming jazz group based in Columbus, OH, will make their St. Louis debut with a gig at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Robbie's House of Jazz.
Comprised of five current or former Ohio State students, plus one member who's still matriculating at Juilliard, the group put out their first album, New York Sessions, earlier this year. It features an eclectic mix of originals and covers, ranging from Dave Matthews and Radiohead tunes to “Man Out Of You” from the Disney movie Mulan, and was released first as a series of YouTube videos, then as an audio album via iTunes.
In addition to White (pictured), a saxophonist and clarinetist, the personnel on the recording includes trombonist Chris Ott, bassist Adam DeAscentis, drummer John Hubbell, keyboard player Chris Ziemba, and Jon Lampley, who doubles on trumpet and sousaphone. Lampley also is part of the touring horn section for the rock band O.A.R., who will be performing in St. Louis the next night at the Fox Theatre, a bit of tour routing that in turn made possible the gig at Robbie's.
Admission for the Dan White Sextet at Robbie's will be $10 at the door, $5 for students with ID. You can see and hear them perform one of the tunes from New York Sessions in the embedded video window below. "Sweatin'" was written by Lampley, and it has a sort of Jazz-Crusaders-go-to-New Orleans vibe. You can check out the rest of the tracks from the album here.