Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jazz this week: New Year's Eve
jazz in St. Louis, and more

This week's list of jazz and creative music performances in and around St. Louis is relatively short, in part because some presenters are still on holiday, and in part because several local venues that regularly present jazz have yet to publish their schedules for the new month beginning on Friday.

So, while the StLJN calendar will be updated with new information as soon as it comes in, there still are some noteworthy performances to talk about, including a list of jazz-related options for New Year's Eve. Let's go to the highlights...

Wednesday, December 30
Bassist Bob Deboo and friends will perform and host the weekly jam session at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and then just down the street, trumpeter Kasimu Taylor plays his regular weekly gig at The Dark Room.

A short distance away in the Central West End, guitarist Eric Slaughter and bassist Glen Smith will play duets at Evangeline's, and Danbury Street performs at Nathalie's.

Thursday, December 31
Looking at new Year's Eve offering by geogrpahy, starting with downtown, the Funky Butt Brass Band will perform at the Broadway Oyster Bar, and the Coleman Hughes Project with singer Adrienne Felton will be the featured New Year's Eve entertainment at Voce.

In Grand Center, The Dark Room will present a jazz jam involving musicians featured in regular weekly gigs there, including guitarist Slaughter, bassist Darrell Mixon, pianist Adam Maness, and more.

In the CWE, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes will play for the "1930s Speakeasy Soiree New Years Eve Dinner and Dance" at Evangeline's; and saxophonist Tim Cunningham (pictured, lower left) and singer Trunessia Combs will perform at Troy's Jazz Gallery.

On the south side, guitarist Brian Vaccaro and keyboardist Ryan Marquez will play music for diners at Grapeseed. In Webster Groves, Erin Bode will perform for two seatings at Cyrano's, and out at Westport Plaza, Tony Viviano will provide the music for NYE celebrants at Patrick's.

Friday January 1
Drummer Marty Morrison starts the New Year leading a trio at the Cigar Inn.

Saturday, January 2
Jazz at the Bistro will host a one-night-only reunion of former members of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars student ensemble, featuring saxophonist Carlos Brown, Jr., trumpeter Brady Lewis, drummer Everette Benton, pianist Eliot Courtois, and bassist Nathan Pence.

Sunday, January 3
The St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show kicks off 2016 with their first event of the year at the American Czech Educational Center.

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