Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Jazz this week: TAUK, Jeff Hamilton, Etienne Charles, Big Sam's Funky Nation, and more

This week's jazz and creative music calendar in St. Louis is all about the one-nighters, with an eclectic handful of headlining acts in town for single-serve appearances.

Let's go to the highlights...

Wednesday, March 8
NYC-based funk/fusion band TAUK plays at the Old Rock House, and pianist Carolbeth True and Two Times True with saxophonist Larry Johnson will perform at Evangeline's.

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).

Also on Thursday, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University presents a free concert by pianist Adam Maness and bassist Bob Deboo; and guitarist Dave Black and saxophonist Freddie Washington will play duets at The Pat Connolly Tavern.

Friday, March 10
The jazz-fusion tribute project Weather Forever returns for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro; the Funky Butt Brass Band will headline the musical entertainment for the first night of the Schlafly Tap Room's Stout and Oyster Festival; and Wright's Project plays at Thurman's in Shaw.

Saturday, March 11
Trumpeter Etienne Charles (pictured, bottom left) makes his St. Louis debut as a bandleader with a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall

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.

Sunday, March 12
The St. Louis Jazz Club presents boogie-woogie and stride pianist Carl "Sonny" Leyland in a matinee concert at the Moolah Shrine Center; trumpeter Keith Moyer returns for a matinee performance at BB's Jazz. Blues & Soups; and the Ambassadors of Swing will be back to play at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.

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