Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jazz this week: David Sanborn & Brian Culbertson, Steve Davis, Dave Dickey Big Band, and more

With the return of one of the best known jazz musicians ever to come out of St. Louis, plus a nice variety of local gigs on tap, this week's jazz and creative music calendar is relatively busy for the end of August, which usually is a fairly slow time of year. So without further ado, let's go to the highlights...

The local-boy-made-good is saxophonist and Kirkwood native David Sanborn (pictured), who last performed here a year ago with Marcus Miller and George Duke at the Touhill. Sanborn's touring partner this year is multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson, and they'll be in town on Thursday night at The Pageant.

The two have been touring together all summer, and rather than an opening act/headliner arrangement, they're co-fronting the same band and alternating feature tunes during the set. For interviews and some sample performances recorded earlier in the tour, see this post from last Saturday.

Elsewhere around town, on Friday saxophonist Jay Hutson will be at Robbie's House of Jazz; guitarist Eric Slaughter leads a trio at Cigar Inn; and saxophonist Corey Allen will play at Jazz on Broadway. Also on Friday, singer Christy Simmons will perform her cabaret show "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" at the Gaslight Theater in the Central West End.

On Saturday, drummer Steve Davis will lead a band featuring guitarist Matthew Van Doran at Robbie's; singer Feyza Eren and guitarist Tom Byrne will play at Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar; saxophonist Jerry Greene and singer Sarah Jane Ulrich of Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes will offer a tribute to Billie Holiday at the Wine Press; and Good 4 The Soul will perform at Jazz on Broadway.

Then on Sunday, the Dave Dickey Big Band will play their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday saxophonist "Blind" Willie Dineen and his Broadway Collective will perform their monthly show at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups; and on Tuesday, guitarist Dave Black will take the stage for an early show at BB's.

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