Saturday, September 17, 2016

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Fall 2016 jazz preview, part 4

This week, it's part four of StLJN's Fall 2016 jazz preview, featuring videos of the jazz and creative music performers who will be playing here at various venues over the next several months. (You can see part one here, part two here, and part three here.)

Continuing in chronological order from where we left off last time, today's first video features singer Catherine Russell, who's set to perform Wednesday, November 16 through Saturday, November 19 at Jazz at the Bistro. Russell, who is known particularly for her takes on vintage material from the 1920s and '30s, can be seen in the clip up above singing "Aged and Mellow" back in July 2016 in the studios of KPLU radio in Tacoma, WA.

After the jump, you can see singer Dianne Reeves, who will be in town for a concert on Friday, December 2 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The video shows Reeves' set at the 2014 Lotos Jazz Festival in Poland, backed by a band featuring two St. Louisans - her longtime pianist and music director Peter Martin, who's from U. City, and drummer Terreon Gully, from East St. Louis - along with guitarist Peter Sprague and bassist James Genus.

The second clip after the jump features cellist Tomeka Reid, who's coming here from Chicago for a performance presented by New Music Circle on Saturday, December 3 at Joe's Cafe. Reid will lead a trio featuring two other notable Chicago musicians, drummer Mike Reed and flute player Nicole Mitchell, both composers and bandleaders in their own right. Although they released an collaborative album called Artifacts in 2015, there doesn't seem to be any video footage of them together available online, so instead, you can check out clips of each of them on their own.

Reid can be seen presenting a performance for cello and electronics in October 2013 as part of a gallery exhibition called "Unfurling: Five Explorations in Art, Activism, and Archiving," followed by Mitchell's solo flute concert in November 2014 for the New York Flute Club, and "Wilbur's Tune" from Reed's band People, Places & Things, recorded in 2010 in Paris with Greg Ward (alto sax), Tim Haldeman (tenor sax), and Jason Roebke (bass).

Next up is drummer Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O, who will be returning to spread a bit of holiday cheer in shows on Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8 at Jazz at the Bistro. The version of
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" seen here was recorded in the studios of KDHX during the Tree-O's last visit to St. Louis in December 2015.

The final group of videos features the musicians who will be involved in saxophonist Tim Warfield's "All-Star Jazzy Christmas," which will be the featured attraction from Wednesday, December 14 through Saturday, December 17 at the Bistro. In addition to Warfield, the band will feature pianist Cyrus Chestnut, trumpeter Terell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Clarence Penn and singer Joanna Pascale.

Chestnut can be seen doing a brief solo set recorded earlier this year in the studios of Kansas Public Radio, followed a set from Whitaker's quartet with Warfield, Penn and pianist Bruce Barth recorded in 2015 at Dizzy's in NYC's Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Next up is Stafford, playing "I'll Remember April" in the studios of KPLU (which recently changed its call letters to KNKX), and Harris and pianist Alex Brown playing “I Fall in Love Too Easily” in a 2015 concert in Ridgewood, NJ. Last but not least is Pascale, a staple of the Philadelphia jazz scene who will be making her St. Louis debut with this gig, singing "Them There Eyes" in 2010 at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philly.

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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