Also on Thursday, Jazz St. Louis in cooperation with COCA presents a "Rent Party Concert" at Jazz at the Bistro, a free event featuring unspecified performers who will "celebrate the music of the Harlem Renaissance" with songs made famous by Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, James P. Johnson, and more.
Thursday, March 9
Drummer Jeff Hamilton(pictured, top left) will perform with his trio, featuring bassist Christoph Luty and pianist Tamir Hendelman, at Jazz at the Bistro. Hamilton, who co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and has served as a sideman for jazz luminaries from Oscar Peterson to Diana Krall, also will perform on Saturday at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO (see below).
Mixing jazz with Caribbean popular musical styles like reggae, calypso and soca, Charles has developed a distinctive, crowd-pleasing sound that seems to resonate with a variety of music fans. For more about him, and some video samples of his "Creole Soul" ensemble, check out last Saturday's post.
Also on Saturday, Big Sam's Funky Nation will be back from New Orleans for another visit to serve as featured performers for the second night of the Schlafly Tap Room's Stout and Oyster Festival.
A bit farther afield, if you can't catch Jeff Hamilton on Thursday at the Bistro and don't mind a bit of a drive, you can head down to Park Hills, MO to see him and his trio headlining Mineral Area College's Carol Moore Memorial Jazz Festival. Hamilton will present a master class at noon and perform in the fest's evening concert, with the Mineral Area College Jazz Ensemble and the Mineral Area College Kicks Band opening.
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