Though it's the last day of Jazz Appreciation Month and some local not-for-profit presenters already have wound down their seasons, there's still some interesting jazz and creative music to be heard in St. Louis this week, including the long-awaited return of one of the top tenor saxophonists working today.
That would be Joe Lovano, who will be back in St. Louis for the first time since the year 2000 with his band Us Five for a four-night stand opening this evening at Jazz at the Bistro.
While Lovano may not have quite the level of name recognition accorded elder statesmen like Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter or heavily touted younger saxophonists like Ravi Coltrane, Branford Marsalis and Josh Redman, he's a powerful and inventive player on tenor and soprano saxes and a resourceful composer and bandleader who definitely deserves to be considered part of the saxophone elite.
You can check out some examples of Lovano in action and see Us Five's distinctive two-drummer lineup in this video post from last week. Lovano also talked with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson for a preview story about this week's gigs, which you can read here.
On Saturday, there are a couple more Derby-themed events with live jazz, as the Sidney Street Shakers will headline a three-band bill at The Royale, and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes play at Thurman Grill.
Also on Saturday, the Coleman Hughes Project with singer Adrienne Felton will perform at Troy's Jazz Gallery; and pianist Curt Landes, multi-instrumentalist Alan Ox and guitarist Vince Martin will team up for a show at Robbie's House of Jazz.
On Sunday, the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show will hold their second event of the year at the American Czech Hall, 4690 Lansdowne at Kingshighway in south St. Louis; and guitarist Dave Black starts a weekly Sunday brunch gig at Corvid's Cafe, also on the south side.
Then on Sunday night, multi-instrumentalists Jeff Anderson and Chad Evans will join forces to stage a "Sax Attack" at the Bistro at Grand Center, assisted by drummer Montez Coleman, bassist Bob DeBoo, keyboardist Matt Villinger and trumpeter Danny Campbell.
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