Along with the return of something resembling more typical St. Louis weather for this time of year, this late-summer weekend offers an eclectic selection of live jazz and creative music in and around St. Louis. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, the Denver based pianist Jon Wirtz and his trio Nuskool will be in town to perform at Robbie's House of Jazz. Wirtz (pictured) is doing some Midwest dates in support of his recently released album Tourist, which covers territory ranging from funk to Methenyesque fusion to more straight-ahead trio pieces. After years performing mostly as a sideman, he was nominated in 2013 as one of the best Denver artists for the "Best of the Westword Showcase" in the jazz category. You can hear samples of Wirtz's music on his SoundCloud page.
Tomorrow night, St. Louis bassist Darin Gray will join forces with saxophonist Mars Williams and drummer Tyler Damon for a concert of improvised music presented by New Music Circle on Art Hill, outside the St. Louis Art Museum. For more on Williams, his involvement in Chicago's busy improv and free jazz scene, and some videos of him in action, check out this post from last week.
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