Though the holiday means fewer touring jazz and creative musicians than usual will be passing through town over the next few days, this weekend will bring at least one significant musical visitor to St. Louis, as well as some noteworthy performances from local jazz players and a public meeting about an important jazz-related project. Let's go the the highlights...
If you're in the mood for some jazz today along with your Thanksgiving Day meal, singer Joe Mancuso and guitarist Randy Bahr will be spending a good part of the day serenading diners at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel's Starlight Roof. (As for other bars and/or restaurants featuring live music, some may be open today or tonight, but as always on major holidays, we suggest you call ahead first before venturing out.)
Tomorrow night, trumpeter, singer and University City native Jeremy Davenport returns home for his annual post-Thanksgiving weekend at Jazz at the Bistro. Davenport (pictured), who now lives in New Orleans and leads the house band at the Ritz Carlton hotel there, has been coming home to play the Bistro at this time of year for nearly a decade now, and remains a popular attraction in his hometown.
Given that continued popularity, and the "homecoming" aspect of the gig, reservations would be a must if you're planning to go to the Bistro this weekend. For more about Davenport, and some video samples of his playing, check out these twoposts presented in conjunction with a couple of his previous appearances here.
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