Once again this week, the schedule of touring jazz musicians visiting St. Louis is light to non-existent. And once again, local musicians are more than filling the gap with a variety of events, including some free outdoor shows plus gigs showcasing several of our town's fine female vocalists. Here's what's going on over the next few days...
Tonight, the multi-instrumentalist Bosman Twins kick off a four-week series of free outdoor concerts at O'Fallon Park, located on the north side at W. Florissant & Adelaide.
Tomorrow night, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University presents the first of three free concerts they're doing this summer, featuring a group co-led by singer Feyza Eren and drummer Steve Davis.
On Friday, singer Anita Jackson takes the stage for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro. For more about Jackson, read this profile written by Terry Perkins and published Monday by the St. Louis Beacon.
On Saturday, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes(pictured) will host an evening of music on the rooftop of the Deco Fortress, a restored vintage building that doubles as singer Sarah Ulrich's not-so-secret HQ. (See also: the Fantastic Four and the Baxter Building, the Avengers and Avengers Mansion, etc. The event also apparently will serve as a release party for the group's new CD, though we can't tell you any more than that, because our request for more details yielded no response.)
Update, 2:25 p.m. 7/10/13: Seemingly within seconds after pushing the "publish" button on this post, yr. humble editor received a missive from the aforementioned Ms. Ulrich. The CD is titled simply Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, and includes seven tracks featuring their interpretations of vintage tunes including "Them There Eyes," "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen." The album was recorded by Ulrich and a six-piece band, then mixed and mastered, all in the home studio of Sam Olhausen.
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