Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jazz St. Louis announces summer
schedule for Jazz at the Bistro

Jazz St. Louis has announced the schedule of performances for this summer at Jazz at the Bistro.

The newly revealed slate of shows kicks off Father's Day weekend with four of St. Louis' busiest working musicians - keyboardist Adaron "Pops" Jackson, guitarist Eric Slaughter, saxophonist Ben Reece, and drummer Montez Coleman - joining forces for performances on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10.

With Jackson on organ, the quartet's repertoire will draw inspiration from classic soul-jazz organ/sax pairings such as Jimmy Smith and Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford, and "Brother" Jack McDuff and Red Holloway

Next up, on Wednesday, June 14 the Bistro will host the fourth annual Richard McDonnell Scholarship Concert, raising money for music scholarships for local students in memory of McDonnell, the late founder of the St. Louis-based indie label MAXJAZZ and a former Jazz St. Louis board member.

The full lineup of musicians is TBA, with drummer Matt Wilson the only confirmed participant announced so far, but presumably it will include a representative cross-section of St. Louis players, and perhaps another visiting guest star or two as well.

The complete schedule for the summer is:

Friday, June 9 & Saturday, June 10: Jackson, Slaughter, Reece & Coleman
Wednesday, June 14: Richard McDonnell Scholarship Concert
Friday, June 16: Farshid Etniko Soltanshahi
Saturday, June 17: Jesse Gannon & The Truth
Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24: Lamar Harris (pictured) plays music of the Isley Brothers
Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1: Anita Jackson

Friday, July 7 & Saturday, July 8: Good 4 the Soul plays the music of Prince
Friday, July 14 & Saturday, July 15: Erika Johnson
Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22: Montez Coleman Group
Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29: Emily Wallace with the Funky Butt Horns

Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5: The People's Key

Tickets for all shows except the Richard McDonnell Scholarship Concert are on sale now via the Jazz St. Louis website. Tickets for the McDonnell concert will go on sale May 3.

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