Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jazz this week: Stooges Brass Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Group, Bonerama, Johanna Ballou, and more

For the middle of January, it's a comparatively busy week for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with tastes of NYC and New Orleans on the musical menu along with plenty of home-cooked favorites. Let's go to the highlights...

Wednesday, January 14
Saxophonist/clarinetist Victor Goines, one of the group of Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians doing an educational residency this week for Jazz St. Louis, will present a free performance and clinic at Saxquest.

Also tonight, singer Eve Seltzer (pictured, top left), a St. Louis native who with her husband, guitarist Ben Wood, recently moved back home after nearly twenty years living and working in New York, will perform at Nathalie's in the first instance of what's projected as a recurring monthly show for her.

Thursday, January 15
New Orleans' Stooges Brass Band, known for infusing the city's venerable brass-band tradition with a serious dose of hip-hop, will play at the Broadway Oyster Bar; and guitarist Dave Black and friends, including singer Feyza Eren, will be at Nathalie's.

Friday, January 16
Billed as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Group for their two nights this weekend at Jazz at the Bistro, Victor Goines, trumpeter Terell Stafford (pictured, center left), trombonist Chris Crenshaw, and drummer Alvin Atkinson all are veterans of the JALC Orchestra who are in town leading workshops and master classes with local students as part of Jazz St. Louis' education program.

As is customary, the clinicians are finishing their week by joining forces to perform, and while the ad hoc nature of the ensemble makes their precise repertoire difficult to predict, expect feature numbers for each member drawn from their own personal song catalogs, with perhaps some additional standards in the mix, too. Regardless, the standard of musicianship no doubt will be high, and you can at least get a sense of what each of the front-line players can do via this video showcase post from a few Saturdays ago.

Also on Friday, the Broadway Oyster Bar presents another slice of New Orleans, courtesy of the trombone-centric funk-rockers Bonerama; singer Nnenna Freelon appears in the multi-media performance “The Clothesline Muse” at Washington University's Edison Theatre; and the Ambassadors of Swing play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom.

Saturday, January 17
New Music Circle presents St. Louis pianist Johanna Ballou (pictured, below left) playing a program of music from contemporary composers at the 560 Music Center. One of the selections, Frederic Rzewski's "Les Mountons de Panurge," involves some audience participation, which will be facilitated by an open rehearsal of it at noon Saturday at the Tavern of Fine Arts.

Also on Saturday, guitarist Brian Vaccaro's trio will be joined by singer Feyza Eren for a performance at the south side house concert venue KindaBlue, 6101 1/2 Idaho.

Sunday, January 18
The St. Louis Jazz Club presents Miss Jubilee in a matinee performance at the Doubletree Hotel St. Louis at Westport; and jazz/funk/R&B quartet Good 4 The Soul plays an early evening gig at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.

Monday, January 19
Guitarists Eric Slaughter and Tom Byrne will co-lead a quartet at BB's.

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