It's potentially another very busy weekend for fans for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with so many performances, workshops and film screenings going on that yr. humble StLJN editor got a bit behind schedule and worn out just assembling the basic info for all the events of interest. So, assuming you're willing to forgive this week's relative lack of description and/or commentary, let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University presents "Freedom Jazz Dance," a free concert featuring dancers from choreographer Ashley Tate's Ashleyliane Dance Company performing with live music.
Also on Friday, trumpeter Jim Manley(pictured) opens a two-night engagement with his Mad Brass and Rhythm ensemble at Jazz at the Bistro. For more about Manley's latest CD release, and why you won't be hearing any of the tunes from it this weekend, check out this post from last week. And for still more about about the CD and this weekend's shows, see Terry Perkins' article about Manley for the St. Louis Beacon.
On Saturday afternoon, the fine Chicago saxophonist Frank Catalano will be in town to present a free clinic and performance at Saxquest.
Then on Saturday evening, SLIFF will present a screening of Bayou Maharaja: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, a biography of the New Orleans pianist, at Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University. The screening will be accompanied by a Booker-inspired piano performance by former St. Louisan Tom McDermott.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday members of the Webster University jazz faculty, performing as the Webster Jazz Collective, will play a concert at Winifred Moore Auditorium; and trumpeter Keith Moyer's quartet returns to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.
On Tuesday morning, the St. Louis Ragtimers will play the first of two "Coffee Concerts" this week at the Sheldon Concert Hall, with a repeat performance on Wednesday morning.
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