Saturday, December 30, 2017

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/spring 2018 jazz preview, part 3

Today, it's part three of StLJN's winter/spring 2018 jazz preview, featuring videos of the jazz and creative music performers who will be visiting St. Louis in the first few months of the new year.  (The series features these coming attractions in chronological order; you can see part one here, and part two here.)

Picking up where we left off last week, the first video features trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold, who's set to perform on Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 8 at Jazz at the Bistro.

These shows will be Harrold's first in his hometown since releasing his second album as a leader, The Mugician, in September, and no doubt he'll be including material from that recording in his sets at the Bistro. You can hear live versions of some of that same music in the video up above, an episode of BRIC TV's program B-Side devoted to Harrold that was recorded in October 2017 in New York City.

After the jump, there's a clip of another St. Louis native who's now a rising star on the international jazz scene: singer Alicia Olatuja, who was known as Alicia Miles while growing up in St. Louis and attending the University of Missouri.

Now married to bassist Michael Olatuja, who also leads her band, she made her Bistro debut last April as a guest star with harmonica player Gregoire Maret, and is set to headline her own shows at the venue starting Wednesday, February 14 through Saturday, February 17. She's seen here performing "Love Me Still," first made famous by R&B diva Chaka Khan, in August 2015 at Dizzy's in NYC.

The third video features pianist Benny Green, who will perform with his trio from Wednesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 23 at the Bistro. Green spent nearly a decade as part of bassist Ray Brown's latter-day trio, emphasizing the mainstream swing and bop that's continued to be foundational to his playing, and in this clip, recorded in 2016 at the University of Michigan, you can hear those roots as Green plays a solo version of Bud Powell's "Hallucinations." 

That same week, electronic musician and multi-media artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe will be in town for a performance presented by New Music Circle on Saturday, February 23 at Urb Arts in the Old North neighborhood. Today's fourth video shows a full set of Lowe performing live as part of the 2017 Brighton Modular Meet at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

Next, it's trumpeter Sean Jones, who will be back with his quartet to perform Wednesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 3 at the Bistro. Jones has been a frequent visitor to the Bistro in recent years, even recording his most recent album there. The penultimate clip shows Jones in an episode of the web series "The Pace Report" from June 2017, discussing that recording, his long-running quartet, influences, and his role as an educator at Berklee.

The final video features trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, who will be in St. Louis to perform on Saturday, March 3 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Son of Ellis Marsalis, younger brother to Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and older brother to Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo leads a big band stocked with musicians from New Orleans, often including baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and multi-reedman Victor Goines. Both Lewis and Goines are on hand for this video, a full set recorded in February 2017 at Dizzy's Club in NYC's Lincoln Center.

Look for part four of StLJN's winter/spring 2018 jazz preview next week in this space. You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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