Saturday, December 15, 2018

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/spring 2019 jazz preview, part one

This week, it's time for the first installment of StLJN's winter/spring 2019 preview, presenting videos of the most noteworthy jazz and creative music performers who will be visiting St. Louis in the next few months.

First up are The Bad Plus who, in what has become an annual tradition, will start the new year with a week of performances beginning Wednesday, January 2 and continuing through Sunday, January 6 at Jazz St. Louis.

You can see them in the embedded video up above, which was recorded April 28, 2018 at the Tbilisi Jazz Festival in Georgia (the country, not the US state) and includes performances of "Seams," "Commitment," and "Anthem For The Earnest."

After the jump, the first clip features percussionist Mike Dillon, who will be here with his band for a show on Friday, January 4 in the cozy confines of Pop's Blue Moon. The video show Dillon and company performing "Robo Tripping Vikings" as recorded for the web series "Jam in the Van" in 2017 in Los Angeles.

Next, it's saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who will return with his quartet to play Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, January 20 at Jazz St. Louis. The video shows the McCaslin group's entire set from the 2018 JazzBaltica festival in Germany.

That same week, New Music Circle will begin the second half of their 60th season with a concert featuring electronic musician and composer Sarah Davachi and saxophonist and composer Lea Bertucci each playing a solo set on Saturday, January 19 at a new venue for the organization, Link Auction Galleries in the Central West End.

Davachi can be seen in the third clip after the jump, which documents a solo performance in February 2018 at The Echo in Los Angeles, California, while Bertucci is featured in the fourth clip, in which she plays "Patterns for Alto" in the studio for Blue Room, a video series from Brooklyn-based production company ThrdCoast.

Also that same week, brothers Michael Silverman and Rob Silverman of Silverman Productions will present their second "Winter Jazz Festival" on Saturday, January 19 at the Grandel Theatre. The concert will feature bassist John Patitucci and drummers Brian Blade and Lucrezio de Seta, along with the Silvermans' group Back to the Future, keyboardists Jay Oliver, Mo Egeston, and Ptah Williams, and more.

The next video features Patitucci, along with guitarists Steve Cardenas and Adam Rogers and drummer Nate Smith, in a full set recorded in January 2018 at the "Bass Bash" staged as part of the annual NAMM trade show in Anaheim, CA. 

After that, you can see Patitucci, Blade and pianist Danilo Perez, who released a trio album last year called Children of The Light, playing a full set last July at the Jazz à Junas festival in France.

The final clip shows de Seta and his trio playing the John Coltrane composition "Lonnie's Lament" during a gig in January, 2018 at Casa del Jazz in Rome.

Look for part two of StLJN's winter/spring 2019 preview next week in this space. You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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