Jazz Edge Big Band will enlist expat trumpeters Russell Gunn and Keyon Harrold and veteran NYC pianist and organist Danny Mixon in a "Tribute to St. Louis Trumpeters" at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 30 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
"Miles Davis, Clark Terry, George Hudson, Lester Bowie and W.C. Handy are among the revered horn legends who will be remembered," according to the news release.
While both Gunn and Harrold have developed successful solo careers and have performed in St. Louis numerous times since moving away, this show seems to be the first ever to team them up as headliners. Gunn, who grew up in East St. Louis, attended Lincoln HS and now lives in Atlanta, has been recording and playing recently with singer Dionne Farris, while Harrold, an alumni of McCluer HS in Florissant, has continued to work steadily as part of the band for Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" tribute show.
Local audiences may not be as familiar with Mixon, but he's an in-demand player in NYC and surroundings who's been on the scene long enough to have played with jazz luminaries including Betty Carter, Charles Mingus, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, and Frank Foster, as well as a long list of currently active performers.
The Jazz Edge Big Band (pictured) is directed by Thomas Moore, who co-founded the group with George Davis and Robert Edwards.
Tickets for the Jazz Edge Big Band's "Tributes to St. Louis Trumpeters" with Russell Gunn, Keyon Harrold and Danny Mixon are $28 each and can be purchased at the Touhill box office, by phone at 314-516-4949, or online at the Touhill website.
(Edited after posting.)