Saturday, September 10, 2016
Today, it's part three of StLJN's Fall 2016 jazz preview, featuring videos of the jazz and creative music performers who will be coming here to play in the next few months. (You can see part one here, and part two here.)
Continuing in chronological order from where last week's installment ended, today's first group of videos features saxophonist Sharel Cassity, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and bassist Ben Wolfe. They'll be performing together on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at Jazz at the Bistro after a week-long educational residency for Jazz St. Louis.
You can see Cassity in the first video up above, doing a full set with her quintet (trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer E.J. Strickland) in 2015 at Dizzy's Club in NYC's Jazz at Lincoln Center.
After the jump, you can see Jensen and her quintet playing "Opening Part 1-2" and "Travel Fever" in 2015 at Berklee College of Music. The band includes Gary Versace on piano, Lage Lund on guitar, Matt Clohsey on bass, and Jon Wikan on drums.
Wolfe, who's played with Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, and the Jazz at Linocln Center Orchestra and recorded as a leader for the St. Louis-based label MAXJAZZ, is featured in the next clip, which is an interview he did in 2014 with the online jazz program The Pace Report that also includes some brief musical excerpts.
The same night that Cassity, Jensen and Wolfe open at the Bistro, actress and singer Tovah Feldshuh will perform the Gaslight Cabaret Festival for the first of two nights at Gaslight Theater. Feldshuh will be presenting her show "Aging Is Optional," and you can see a promotional trailer for that show in today's fourth clip.
Also on Friday, October 28, vocal groups Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will bring their joint tour "The Summit" to the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The fifth clip is an excerpt from their concert at the 2016 Berks Jazz Festival, and shows the portion of the evening in which the groups perform excerpts of each others' best-known songs. It's an audience-shot clip, and so the quality is not great, but it does a good job of conveying what it's like to see all ten singers on stage simultaneously.
The next video features saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who will making his St. Louis debut as a leader performing with his quartet from Wednesday, November 2 through Saturday, November 5 at Jazz at the Bistro. Greene is seen here in the sixth video, which is an excerpt from his set at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Maryland.
That same weekend, singer Karen Irwin will bring her Janis Joplin tribute to the Gaslight Cabaret Festival, performing on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at the Gaslight Theater.You can check out Irwin's version of "Ball and Chain" in today's seventh video clip.
The Gaslight Cabaret Festival continues the next week with a one-nighter from pianist Judy Carmichael on Friday, November 11 at the Gaslight Theater. Carmichael, who plays mostly in the stride style associated with Fats Waller and James P. Johnson, is shown in the eighth video playing Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose" at a 2009 gig in Louisville, KY.
Also on Friday, November 11, New Music Circle will present Jen Shyu at the Kranzberg Arts Center. You can see Shyu, who composes, sings, and plays several instruments, in the ninth video, performing her "Song for Naldo" in 2014 in the studios of WNYC in New York City.
Today's last two videos feature pianist Chucho Valdés and saxophonist Joe Lovano, who are teaming up this fall to co-lead a quintet for a tour that includes a show on Saturday, November 12 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Since there doesn't seem to be any video online of the two of them together, in the final two clips you can see Valdés playing "Lorena’s Tango" in 2015 at the Jazz in Marciac festival in France, and a good portion of Lovano's set with his quartet at the 2015 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in NYC.
Look for part four of StLJN's Fall 2016 jazz preview next week in this space. You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...