The Jazz at Holmes series of free concerts at Washington University will kick off its Fall 2012 series at 8:00 p.m. this coming Thursday, September 13, with a performance by the Freddie Washington Quartet.
Washington, a local favorite from the late 1960s through the early 1990s, recently reemerged on the St. Louis scene after a hiatus from performing and some time spent out of town. Though his concert will basically be just a straight-up showcase Washington's hard-bop influenced work on tenor and soprano, most of the other Jazz at Holmes concerts this semester seem to have at least a nominal theme, with several including collaborations with other artistic disciplines or University departments.
Here's the complete Jazz at Holmes schedule for Fall 2012:
Thursday, September 13: Freddie Washington Quartet
Thursday, September 27: "Intimacy in Improvisation" with guitarist Vince Varvel and bassist Eric Stiller;
Thursday, October 4: "Stories: The New Beat Generation" featuring poet Eileen Gsell reading with music from guitarist William Lenihan (pictured) and his trio;
Thursday, October 11: "Tin Pan Alley and the Music of Jerome Kern" with trumpeter Bob Ceccarini's group and an introduction by Todd Decker, assistant professor and head of musicology at Wash U;
Thursday, October 25: "New Jazz" featuring saxophonist Ron Goff's quartet;
Thursday, November 1: "Music of Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson" featuring saxophonist Rob Nugent and vocalist Kim Fuller with Kara Vandiver (piano), Zeb Briskovich (bass) and Miles Vandiver (drums);
Thursday, November 8: "Turning Point: Electric Miles and Hendrix Confluence," a celebration of the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix, featuring "an all-star lineup" led by William Lenihan;
Thursday, November 15: "Freedom Jazz Dance" featuring dancer/choreographer Ashley Tate with the St. Louis Creative Artists Jazz Ensemble;
Thursday, November 29: "Songs of Love and Other Difficulties: Work and Protest Songs" featuring the Kim Fuller Quartet, with an introduction by Patrick Burke, associate professor of ethnomusicaology; and
Thursday, December 6: Washington University jazz studies student groups, directed by William Lenihan.
Presented most Thursday evenings when school is in session, the Jazz at Holmes concerts are free and open to the public. Concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. in Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall, located on Washington University’s campus at the west end of the Brookings Quadrangle, near the intersection of Brookings and Hoyt drives.