Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Ronnie Burrage plans homecoming weekend of performances (and more) for September

Drummer, bandleader and composer Ronnie Burrage (pictured) is returning to St. Louis in September for a series of gigs and a ceremony to mark his induction into the University City High School Hall of Fame.

Burrage, who now lives in Pennsylvania and teaches at Penn State University, also will be celebrating the release of Heal, a new album from his group Band Burrage, and will be bringing some of his East Coast musicians with him to St. Louis.

A multi-instrumentalist who also plays keyboards and mallet percussion, Burrage has drummed with an impressive number of jazz greats, including McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, and many more. He performed here in his hometown most recently last summer, doing several gigs and a drum workshop and serving as the subject of a feature story written by yr. humble StLJN editor for the Riverfront Times.

The band for Burrage's new album includes singer Shenel Johns, bassist Nimrod Speaks and saxophonist Rick Tate, as well as St. Louis guitarist Eric Slaughter, though we can't yet confirm that all will be present for the gigs here in the fall.

What we can tell you so far is that the schedule for Burrage's 2013 homecoming weekend will include performances on Thursday, September 26 at Robbie's House of Jazz; and Friday, September 27 and Saturday, Sepember 28 at the Kranzberg Arts Center.

Ticket prices, show times and on-sale dates also are TBA. For more details on all of that, as well as Burrage's hall of fame induction and his new album, stay tuned...

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