Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Jazz this week: Kenny Barron Trio, Brandon Seabrook Trio, Anthony Braxton, and more

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features the much-anticipated local debut of the iconic saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and conceptualist Anthony Braxton, plus some superlative mainstream jazz piano from an NEA Jazz Master, new music from an adventurous, genre-busting guitarist, and more.

Let's go to the highlights...

Wednesday, October 3
Pianist Kenny Barron (pictured, top left) and his trio will perform for the first of five nights at Jazz St. Louis.

Barron, named an NEA Jazz Master in 2010, has played with many jazz greats over the last 50+ years, and also is known as a premiere interpreter of the music of Thelonious Monk, thanks in large part to his membership in the group Sphere in the 1980s and 90s. You can see some samples of more recent performances by Barron, with his trio and playing solo, in this post from last Saturday.

Also on Wednesday, the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra performs at the Ozark Theatre.

Thursday, October 4
The Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University will present a free concert of "Early Jazz & Blues - Music of the St. Louis Riverboats" as performed by an ensemble including trumpeter Randy Holmes, guitarist William Lenihan, trombonist Wayne Coniglio, saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, drummer Steve Davis, pianist Ken Kehner, and bassist Paul Steinbeck.

Also on Thursday, saxophonist Vince Sala leads a trio at The Pat Connolly Tavern.

Friday, October 5
Saxophonist Tim Cunningham returns to Troy's Jazz Gallery, and pianist and singer Jesse Gannon will play the late show at The Dark Room.

Saturday, October 6
The Funky Butt Brass Band will play a matinee at the Blues City Deli.

Then on Saturday night, guitarist Brandon Seabrook brings his new trio to the Schlafly Tap Room, with locals Pat Sajak Assassins and Apathist opening the show.

Seabrook (pictured, center left) explicitly incorporates metal and punk influences into his improvisations, sounding quite unlike most traditional conceptions of "jazz guitar."

His latest album Convulsionaries features an all-strings lineup, but with no drums, as detailed in a recent feature in Rolling Stone magazine and as seen and heard on this tour.

Also on Saturday, pianist Greg Mills, cellist Tracy Andreotti and clarinetist Eric Mandat will present a free convert of improvised music in the recital studio of St. Louis University's Xavier Hall.

Sunday, October 7
Singer Anita Jackson performs for brunch at The Dark Room, and the Friends of Scott Joplin will present their monthly "Ragtime Rendezvous" at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site's Rosebud Cafe.

Later on Sunday, drummer Montez Coleman's "Jazz All-Stars" will team up with the Coleman Hughes Project for two performances of the "Music of Grover Washington & Phyllis Hyman" at .ZACK in Grand Center.

Monday, October 8
New Music Circle presents the St. Louis debut of multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton, who will be performing with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod at St. Louis University's Xavier Hall.

It's a little hard to believe that Braxton (pictured, bottom left), who's traveled around the world playing music many times over the last 50 years, has never done a gig here before, even in the late-1960s heyday of the Black Artists Group. But according to NMC, StLJN's own research, and a consultation with St. Louis jazz historian Dennis Owsley, that seems to be the case.

Still, better late than never, and on Monday, the St. Louis audience finally will get a chance to hear in person one of the most talked-about (and often, argued-about) composers, improvisors and thinkers in contemporary music. StLJN will have more on Braxton in this week's Saturday video post...

Also on Monday, saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, singer Debby Lennon, and pianist Nick Schlueter will perform at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium.

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