Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jazz this week: Martin & Bernstein play Blue Note, the Bosman Twins, Noisefest turns 10, Oleta Adams, and more

As if what happened to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series this week wasn't scary enough, it's also Halloween - but fortunately, there will be plenty of spirited jazz and creative music on local stages over the next few days to chase away any lingering bad vibes. Let's go to the highlights...

Tonight, Miss Jubilee will be doing double duty, swinging an early evening gig at the Blues City Deli, then heading down to Thaxton Speakeasy for the late shift.

Tomorrow night, longtime local favorites the Bosman Twins (pictured) open a two-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro. For more about the saxophone-playing brothers, check out Terry Perkins' preview story for the St. Louis Beacon. Word is that the early shows are near sellouts, so if you're planning on attending, it'd be best to call ahead for reservations.

Also on Friday, Noisefest, the annual celebration of things that go skronk, boom, hum, and bleep, kicks off its tenth anniversary with the first of three nights of concerts at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. In addition to the evening concerts, this year's event also includes a program on Sunday afternoon devoted to experimental video. For more on the schedule and the extensive roster of performers, see this post from earlier in the week.

Elsewhere around town on Friday, members of Dizzy Atmosphere, Hot Club Caravan and Swing Set will convene for a "Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Summit" at the Kranzberg Arts Center; and Lindy Hop St. Louis presents their monthly "West End Stomp" swing dance at the Mahler Ballroom with live music from Coco Rico.

On Saturday, pianist Peter Martin resumes his eponymous series at the Sheldon Concert Hall, this time presenting a "Blue Note Records Celebration" featuring guitarist Peter Bernstein. Bernstein has played with Diana Krall, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Rollins and many others, and, appropriately, toured with the all-star ensemble Blue Note 7 a few years back to promote the label's 70th anniversary. For more about Bernstein and some video samples of his playing, consult this post from last Saturday.

Also on Saturday, trombonist and singer Doug Burns and band will perform at Robbie's House of Jazz; Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes play at Thurman Grill; singer Feyza Eren fronts a quartet at the house concert venue KindaBlue; and the Funky Butt Brass Band, depraved sugar fiends all*, will be eagerly soliciting leftover Halloween candy at the Broadway Oyster Bar

On Sunday, the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show has their last event of the year at the American Czech Hall, 4690 Lansdowne; and singer Joe Mancuso teams up with pianist Carolbeth True and Two Times True for a concert at First Presbyterian Church, 100 E Adams Ave in Kirkwood.

Also on Sunday, the Community Women Against Hardship will hold a gala event at the Sheldon celebrating their 25th Anniversary, featuring a performance by singer Oleta Adams. Any remaining tickets will be available online until Friday, and then at the Fox Theatre box office until Sunday afternoon.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday Webster University's student jazz combos will present a free performance at the Community Music School, 535 Garden Ave; and guitarist Tom Byrne plays at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.

Then on Tuesday, guitarist Dave Black will be at BB's, and vocal group Java Jived and the Midwest Jazz-tette perform in a "Notes From Home" show at the Sheldon.

For more jazz-related events in and around St. Louis, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

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*This writer has no actual knowledge of specific amounts of sugar, measured either by weight or volume, consumed by members of the Funky Butt Brass Band.

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