While there are no major touring jazz or creative music headliners scheduled to be here for the next few days, St. Louis musicians will be filling a variety of local venues with all sorts of sounds. And so, as a way of demonstrating the wide variety of activity on our local scene, this week's picks consists of fifteen different bands and musicians playing at fifteen different locations over the next five days. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, guitarist Brian Vaccaro leads his trio in a free concert kicking off the winter/spring semester for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University. The group will perform their interpretations of music from the Beatles, with an emphasis on the Fab Four's later post-Revolver material.
Also tonight, up-and-coming Chicago saxophonist Christopher McBride is back in the area to play at the Cigar Inn; cellist Tracy Andreotti, percussionist Henry Claude and keyboardist Jim Hegarty will offer free improv and more at the Tavern of Fine Arts; and trombonist Doug Bert leads a quintet at the house-concert venue Joe's Cafe, 6014 Kingsbury Ave in the Central West End..
Tomorrow night, multi-instrumentalist Lamar Harris(pictured) and trumpeter/singer Dawn Weber will join forces for the first of two evenings at Jazz at the Bistro. Although this is the first time the two have headlined together at the Bistro (or anywhere else), making it somewhat difficult to know exactly what their collaboration will sound like, both Harris and Weber have an affinity for danceable beats and electronic sounds that should make for a compatible pairing.
Update, 1 p.m. 1/24/13: Via the magic of Facebook, StLJN has just learned that Harris and Weber will be backed by the aforementioned Christopher McBride and his band, consisting of pianist Andrew Lawrence, bassist Bob Deboo and drummer Marcus Evans. While this could mean they're taking a more straightahead musical direction, rather than emphasizing the electronic elements that both Harris and Weber often deploy, there's really no way to know until the deal goes down on the bandstand.
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