This week's schedule of live jazz and creative music in and around St. Louis avoids the late-summer doldrums with tributes to two jazz greats, plus a variety of shows in genres and styles ranging from pre-war swing to contemporary to free improvisation. Let's go to the highlights...
Saturday, August 22
Speaking of jazz legends, there will be a tribute to another jazz great - who also crossed paths with Basie morethanonce - as Robbie's House of Jazz presents Danita Mumphard (pictured, center left) and Trio Tres Bien interpreting songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald at the Ozark Theatre.
Sunday, August 23 Cornet Chop Suey plays a free concert of traditional jazz and swing at Carondelet Park; and
saxophonist Christopher McBride (pictured, lower left), who's been splitting time between Chicago and NYC, will return to offer up contemporary sounds at the Kranzberg Arts Center.
McBride's band for the late-afternoon performance will include trumpeter Quinten Coaxum and pianist Willem Delisfort as well as St. Louis' own Bob Deboo on bass and Montez Coleman on drums.
Monday, August 24
The eclectic acoustic band The 442s will play a free outdoor concert at the Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St in Grand Center.
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