This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes the return of a popular singer, the local debut of a challenging trio of improvisors, a tribute to a beloved big band trumpeter and bandleader, and more.
Callaway (pictured, top left) was here most recently last summer to do a one-nighter for the St. Louis Cabaret Festival. As a bonus for local fans, her engagement this time will feature former St. Louisan Reggie Thomas, now head of the jazz program at Northern Illinois University, accompanying her on piano.
In addition to her evening performances, she'll also be doing a coffee concert on Thursday morning, and a free, informal lunchtime "conversation" at noon on Friday at the Bistro.
Also on Wednesday, the weekly jam session at @Nesby's in South County hosted by pianist Curt Landes, bassist Glen Smith and drummer Chuck Kennedy, gets a new, later starting time (7:00 p.m.); and Cabaret St. Louis will present their final "Open Mic Night" at the current location, The Emerald Room at The Monocle. The group hopes to continue the monthly series at a new venue yet to be determined.
Monday, March 20
Jazz St. Louis doesn't often book touring headliners early in the week, but next week will be an exception, as percussionist Poncho Sanchez(pictured, bottom left) will check in on Monday for the first of two nights at the Bistro.
The popular Latin jazz performer, who last played here in November 2015, was a late addition to the previously announced spring schedule at the Bistro, so tickets still may be available for all shows, but in any case, advance reservations are suggested.
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