Saturday, December 29, 2018

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

This week, it's time for part three of StLJN's winter/spring 2019 preview, featuring videos of noteworthy jazz and creative music performers who will be coming to St. Louis in the next several months. You can see part one here, and part two here.

Picking up chronologically where last week's installment ended, today's first group of videos features saxophonist Melissa Aldana, pianist Emmet Cohen and trumpeter Marquis Hill, who will join forces for a week-long educational residency culminating in public performances on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 at Jazz St. Louis.

Aldana can be seen in the first clip up above, performing the Fran Landesman/Tommy Wolf song "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" (which was premiered here in St. Louis as part of the original staging of the play The Nervous Set back in the Gaslight Square era). The clip was recorded on April 30, 2018, aka International Jazz Day, in Hong Kong, with pianist John Escreet, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Jimmy Macbride backing Aldana.

After the jump, you can see Cohen's trio playing "Braggin' In Brass," as recorded in November of this year at the studios of KNKX public radio in Tacoma, WA, followed by Hill and his quintet playing "Her Story," also from November, at the venue musig im pflegidach in Muri, Switzerland.

Next up, it's singer Dianne Reeves, who's returning to perform on Saturday, February 9 at The Sheldon. The video shows her entire set at the 2017 Jazz à la Villette in France, and the band has a definite St. Louis flavor, thanks to Reeves' pianist and music director Peter Martin and drummer Terreon Gully.

After that, you can see saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly, who's set to perform Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, February 17 at Jazz St. Louis. The video documents Kelly's set in August 2017 at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival in Massachusetts.

The following week, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and his trio will be in town to play on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 at Jazz St. Louis. He's seen here in a full set from August 2017 at the Montclair Jazz Festival in New Jersey.

The penultimate clip features clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, who will be performing with her quartet starting Wednesday, February 27 through Sunday, March 3 at Jazz St. Louis. Cohen is shown with pianist Dan Nimmer and drummer Marion Felder in a gig from January, 2018 playing "China Boy," originally made famous by Benny Goodman.

Last but not least, it's pianist and singer Eliane Elias, who will be playing in concert on Saturday, March 2 at The Sheldon. The video features Elias doing the standard "I Thought About You," as recorded a couple of years ago at the Jazz à Vienne festival in Vienna, Austria.

Look for part four 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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