Drummer Ronnie Burrage, who grew up in University City and has performed with many jazz greats, is coming back home to lead his own band in performances at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 at Robbie's House of Jazz.
Burrage (pictured) has worked with musicians such as McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul and Archie Shepp, and also has appeared on gigs and recordings with other St. Louisans including Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Kelvyn Bell, and Joseph Bowie's band Defunkt. In addition to drumming and composing, he also plays keyboards and mallet percussion, and currently teaches music at Penn State University.
For his performances at Robbie's, Burrage will bring along saxophonist Rick Tate, who's from Philadelphia. They'll be joined by two St. Louis musicians, bassist Bob DeBoo and guitarist Eric Slaughter. Burrage told StLJN he also hopes to have a guest vocalist each night, and had talked with (though at this writing, had not confirmed) singers Cherise Swann and Lynne Fiddmont.
You can read more about Ronnie Burrage and see some video clips of him performing in this Saturday video post from last year. The ticket price for his shows at Robbie's has not been announced.