Though this week in St. Louis brings unusually frigid temperatures along with the usual temporary post-holiday lull in touring activity, there still are some jazz and creative music performances happening around town that will reward those determined to brave the cold.
Let's go to the highlights...
Wednesday, January 7
Tonight, The Bad Plus(pictured) begin a four-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro, marking the ninth consecutive year the trio has performed at the Bistro in early January.
Since their last St. Louis appearance, TBP have released two albums: their version of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," which they performed here in 2013; and Inevitable Western, another collection of original material. Expect to hear at least a few selections from the latter this weekend at the Bistro, though given The Bad Plus' popularity, tickets for the 7:30 shows are likely to be sold out, and advance reservations are a must.
Also, just yesterday Jazz St. Louis announced that in addition to the usual two sets each evening through Saturday, The Bad Plus also will play a free show at noon on Friday at the Bistro, with open seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fact that it's billed as part of JSL's school performance program explains the "free" part, though why the show is taking place at the Bistro (instead of at a school, as is the usual custom) is open to speculation.
Elsewhere around town, guitarist John Farrar and the Park Avenue Trio, having recently concluded a 16-year run of mid-week gigs at Hammerstone's, are playing Wednesdays this month at Evangeline's.
Sunday, January 11 BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups has a double-header of jazz, with drummer Montez Coleman leading a band in a late-afternoon matinee set, plus a late-night jam session led by flute player/singer Margaret Bianchetta and bassist Willem von Hombracht.
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