* After eight years as director of marketing and communications for Jazz St. Louis, Devin Rodino has left the the organization, effective yesterday. An email from Rodino said he's moving to Columbia, MO for "personal reasons," and StLJN wishes him all the the best in his future endeavors.
With Rodino's departure, Jazz St. Louis is seeking a new marketing and communications director. They've posted a job description online in PDF format here, and you can find about more about the position, as well as other current job openings at JSL - for a development associate and a part-time box office associate - here.
It's mid-summer in St. Louis, and though as usual for this time year, it's mostly another slow week with regard to touring musicians visiting St. Louis, the fine pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal (pictured) will be in town for a benefit show on Sunday.
And of course, St. Louis' hometown musicians keep on keepin' on no matter what, with a variety of jazz and creative music performances happening around town over the next few days.
Thursday, July 28
Singer Erin Bode will perform in a free outdoor concert at Kirkwood Station Plaza in downtown Kirkwood, and bassist Glen Smith will lead a trio in a concert at Tisch Commons in the Danforth University Center at Washington University, wrapping up this year's free "Jazz in July" concerts from Wash U's Jazz at Holmes series.
Also on Thursday, singer/guitarist Tommy Halloran and his Guerrilla Strings will be recording in public view at the Gaslight Lounge; and this month's edition of the Bruxism experimental music series, with Blank Thomas, Alberto Patino, Schievvf, will be presented at the Schlafly Tap Room.
The Detroit native, now based in NYC after many years living in Alabama, has been compared to Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. Now 59 years old, O'Neal worked early in his career with Clark Terry and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, but geography, bad health, and bad luck mostly kept him from gaining wider recognition until this decade, when he re-established his presence on the NYC scene with weekly gigs in Manhattan.
For this show, O'Neal will be accompanied by a contingent of St. Louisans including singer Anita Jackson, guitarist Eric Slaughter, bassist Jeff Anderson, and drummer Jerome “Scrooge” Harris.
Monday, August 1
Singer and impresisonist Dean Christopher will present his "Rat Pack & More" show at One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar.
Tuesday, August 2
The Jazz Troubadours, featuring vibraphonist Tom Rickard, bassist Guy Cantonwine, and drummer Steve Helfand, have begun a weekly Tuesday late-night gig and jam session at Evangeline's, continuing until further notice.
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* The video release of the movie also has prompted a few additional reviews from websites and publications that didn't get it to is during its theatrical run, like the ones published last week by TheFilmStage.com and Spacial-Anomaly.com.
Saxophonist James Carter and his organ trio are returning to St. Louis to headline the Sheldon Art Galleries' annual "ArtSounds" benefit at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Carter (pictured) and his trio, which includes organist Gerald Gibbs and drummer Leonard King, last performed here in March of this year at Jazz at the Bistro.
As part of his Sheldon concert, Carter will improvise a solo piece inspired by the "Paint for Peace" murals created by St. Louis artists following the death in 2014 of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson.
The murals will be featured in "Outside/In: Paint for Peace," an exhibit opening on Friday, October 7 at the Sheldon Art Galleries. (Additional works from the exhibit will be shown at the Ferguson Youth Initiative, UMSL's Gallery 210, Missouri History Museum, and Vaughn Cultural Center.)
Proceeds from the "ArtSounds" event benefit the exhibits and educational programs of the Sheldon Art Galleries. Patron tickets, which include a pre-concert reception, complimentary parking, preferred seating and a tax deduction, are priced at $500, $300 and $150, and can be purchased now by calling The Sheldon at 314-533-9900.
Remaining tickets for the concert only will cost $35 for orchestra seating, $30 and $25 for the balcony, and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 16 via MetroTix outlets and the Sheldon box office.
This week for Music Education Monday, you can check out a couple of master classes with the veteran bassist Abraham Laboriel.
Since graduating from Berklee and beginning his career in the early 1970s, the 69-year-old Laboriel (pictured) has played thousands of sessions, working on TV and film soundtracks and with top names in jazz, rock, pop, and contemporary Christian music including Al Jarreau, George Benson, Andy Summers, Barbra Streisand, Billy Cobham, Dave Grusin, Dolly Parton, Donald Fagen, Elton John, Freddie Hubbard, Herb Alpert, Herbie Hancock, Lalo Schifrin, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and many others.
The first video, titled "Beginning Funk Bass," was recorded in 1994 and is pretty much what you'd expect from the title, with Laboriel demonstrating various funk grooves and licks and discussing the concepts and techniques used in them.
The second video is from 2014 and captures a relatively informal session, in which Laboriel plays, talks a bit, and takes questions. Although this class was presented originally for an audience made up primarily of church musicians and does feature some discussion specific to that context, many of the bassist's insights nevertheless can be applied to any genre.
Since this feature is still employing a non-topical, summer-vacation protocol, today's post is simply a sort of video jazz festival, for which yr. editor has selected full sets from six of the all-time giants of jazz, recorded at various locations around the world in the middle of the last century.
* New Music Circle will promote their upcoming 58th season with "an evening of drinks and DJs" from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 at the Tick Tock Tavern, 3459 Magnolia in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. The free event will feature Josh Weinstein and Jeremy Kannapell spinning records, plus raffles for various prizes including CDs, LPs, and tickets to upcoming NMC concerts. Proceeds from drinks purchased during the event will go to support NMC's various programs.
* Pianist Peter Martin's
company Open Studio Network has started a new podcast, "The Process,"
which will feature "interviews with the best players in jazz and
beyond." The first episode, with Martin and drummer Gregory Hutchinson(pictured), is online now.