Saturday, January 12, 2019

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

This week, it's time for part five of StLJN's winter/spring 2019 jazz 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 of the series here, part two here, part three here, and part four here.

Picking up where last week's installment left off, today's first video features drummer Mark Guiliana's quartet, who will be performing Wednesday, March 27 through Sunday, March 31 at Jazz St. Louis.

They can be seen in the first clip up above playing "From You" last March at the Blue Note Milano in Italy. Along with Guiliana, the band includes Chris Morissey on bass, Fabian Almazan on piano, and  Jason Rigby on tenor and soprano saxes.

After the jump, you can see pianist Ahmad Jamal, who will be here to perform on Saturday, March 30 for the annual benefit gala at the Sheldon Concert Hall. He's seen here playing "Autumn Leaves," as recorded in 2017 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris with bassist James Cammack, drummer Herlin Riley, and percussionist Manolo Badrena.

The following week, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet will return for shows starting Tuesday, April 2 and continuing through Thursday, April 4 at Jazz St. Louis.

Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner will be supporting the release of their first quartet album in nearly seven years, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul,  which is due out March 1 on OKeh Records. They're all seen in the second clip after the jump, playing "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" in November 2018 at the Teatro Coliseo de Buenos Aires.

After Marsalis and company complete their run, drummer Matt Wilson, trumpeter Ron Miles and saxophonist Jeff Coffin will conclude a week-long educational residency by joining forces for shows on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at Jazz St. Louis.

Wilson can be seen in the next clip, playing with a group called Perfect Pitch Project and demonstrating some deft brush work on "Cute." That's followed by a video of Miles with Joshua Redman, Scott Colley and Brian Blade, aka the Old and New Dreams tribute band Still Dreaming, performing "Unanimity" in 2017 at Jazz in Marciac; and a clip of Coffin playing Horace Silver's "The Preacher" in March 2016 at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

That same week, guitarist Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will present a concert on Saturday, April 6 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Foyeh, the British-born son of Nigerian parents, mixes Afrobeat with jazz, rock and more, as you can see in the next-to-last video, which documents a good chunk of a set at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

Today's final video features the Brad Mehldau Trio, who are set to perform Wednesday, April 10 through Sunday, April 14 at Jazz St. Louis. The clip of them playing "Highway Rider" was recorded by an an audience member last July at a festival called PianOstuni in Ostuni, Italy/

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

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