Saturday, January 16, 2016
This week, let's wrap up StLJN's winter/spring 2016 jazz preview, with the fifth and final post featuring videos of bands and musicians who will be performing here in the next few months. (If you came in late, or just want revisit the previous installments, here are links to part one, part two, part three, and part four.)
Picking up roughly when part four concluded, today's edition begins with saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who will be making her St. Louis debut with a four-night gig starting Wednesday, April 27 and continuing through Saturday, April 30 at Jazz at the Bistro.
Aldana, who's originally from Chile and now is based in NYC, is a 2009 graduate of Berklee College of Music whose career got a big boost when she won the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. In the first video up above, you can see Aldana, bassist Pablo Menares, and drummer Francisco Mela performing a full set in 2013 at Berklee.
After the jump, there's a full set from pianist Cyrus Chestnut, who should be familiar to local jazz fans from his numerous previous appearances here over the past decade. Chestnut will be returning to perform on Saturday, May 7 at the Sheldon Concert Hall, and today's video shows him with his trio at a concert in 2014 at Bowdoin College in Maine.
Next, it's guitarist Pat Martino, who will be back in St. Louis to play starting Wednesday, May 11 through Saturday, May 14 at the Bistro. Like Chestnut, Martino has been a fairly regular visitor here in recent years, performing most recently at the Bistro in December 2013. In the third video, you can see and hear his set from February 2014 at the Lotos Jazz Festival in Poland, accompanied by organist Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre.
The final two videos feature pianist and singer Freddy Cole and saxophonist Harry Allen, who will revisit their team-up from 2013 and 2015 for a week of performances starting Wednesday, May 25 through Saturday, May 28 at the Bistro.
You can see Cole and his band performing a full set in 2014 at the Jazz San Javier festival in Spain and then, in the final video, Allen's first set from a gig in July 2015 at Dizzy's in Jazz at Lincoln Center, accompanied by pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott, drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, and percussionist Little Johnny Rivero.
In the coming weeks and months, some of the bands and musicians featured in this preview series will get a more extensive look, and of course, as additional jazz and creative music bookings for this year in St. Louis are announced, StLJN will have the news for you right here. In the meantime, you can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...