This week's calendar of jazz and creative music performances in St. Louis includes an event celebrating the release of a popular singer's latest album, two free outdoor festivals taking place at opposite ends of the metro area, and more.
If you're determined to hear them but don't already have tickets, you can check with the Jazz St. Louis box office for last-minute cancellations or returns, or get down to the Bistro early enough to stake out a spot in the first-floor lounge opposite the performance space, where you can watch a live video feed of the show.
Thursday, June 23
Saxophonist Dave Stone and his trio will make a rare appearance outside their usual South Grand stomping grounds, heading to the Central West End for a performance at Evangeline's.
Friday, June 24
Singer Erin Bode(pictured, top left) will celebrate the release of her latest CD, Here And Now, with the first of two nights of performances at Jazz at the Bistro. The album features Bode's interpretations of songs from an eclectic selection of writers including Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser, Rickie Lee Jones and Gerry Rafferty.
Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, the Stan Coleman/Darrell Mixon Quartet will give the final jazz performance ever at the Tavern of Fine Arts, which is closing for good after service on Saturday evening.
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