Sidney Street Shakers will celebrate the release of their debut CD Laugh My Weary Blues Away with a performance at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 2 at The Stage at KDHX.
Recorded this past winter at Native Sound Studios in St. Louis, the album features renditions of 15 jazz and blues songs from the 1920s that originally were recorded by St. Louis performers such as trumpeter Dewey Jackson, the Mound City Blue Blowers, the Missourians, the St. Louis Levee Band, and more.
Formed in 2013, the Sidney Street Shakers (pictured) include TJ Muller (trumpet), Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet, C melody sax), Kellie Everett (bass sax, tenor sax), Jacob Alspach (trombone, tenor banjo), Joe Park (guitar, plectrum banjo), Mary Ann Schulte (piano), Ryan Koenig (washboard, percussion), and Matt Meyer (drums). Laugh My Weary Blues Away also features guest performances by Mike Davis (cornet), Kyle Butz (trombone), and Joey Glynn (bass).
The CD includes an eight-page booklet with artwork and liner notes by St. Louis author, illustrator and historian Kevin Belford, whose 2009 book Devil at the Confluence remains the definitive work on pre-WWII blues in St. Louis.
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