This just in: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson has reported that plans are underway for a new jazz festival in St. Louis. The event would bear the name of, and be headlined by, saxophonist and St. Louis native David Sanborn (pictured) and would take place in September 2013 in the Grand Center neighborhood.
The story reports that the proposed David Sanborn Jazz Festival could run from one to three days, including both free outdoor shows and ticketed indoor concerts. The Bistro at Grand Center, home of Jazz St. Louis' Jazz at the Bistro series, likely would be one venue, with others in the Grand Center area including Powell Symphony Hall also under consideration. Along with Sanborn, the festival's bookings would emphasize musicians with a St. Louis connection.
Johnson's report is based on "a private meeting Thursday attended by organizers and potential investors of the festival." One of the reported investors is Entertainment Cruise Productions, formerly Jazz Cruises LLC, the company sponsoring Sanborn's concert with Brian Culbertson here next month at The Pageant.
StLJN will have more on this story as further details are revealed.