Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jazz this week: Peter Martin, Jim Manley, Tim Cunningham, and more

While there are no major touring jazz headliners passing through St. Louis this week, there are several noteworthy shows from locally based musicians coming up over the next few days.

Tonight, trombonist/bassist Wayne Coniglio will do a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University, while guitarist Tom Byrne's trio performs at the St. Louis Jazz Cafe.

Tomorrow, pianist Peter Martin, a St. Louis native who has worked with jazz luminaries such as Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti and Christian McBride, will play a free solo piano concert in the Grigg Gallery of the Saint Louis Art Museum as part of SLAM's "Art After Five" series. For more on Martin and a couple of video samples, see this post from last Saturday

Also on Friday, the hard-swinging trumpeter Jim Manley (pictured) returns to Jazz at the Bistro to open a two-night stand. I quite enjoyed Manley's latest CD, Eight, and though he gigs around town frequently in a duo setting and with various other ensembles, this weekend should give him a good chance to stretch out a bit playing straight-ahead jazz with a full rhythm section.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Jazz Cafe this weekend will emphasize smooth jazz, with the band 3 Central on Friday night and two shows from the popular saxophonist Tim Cunningham on Saturday.

As always, these are just some of the notable performances coming up around town; for more listings of jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar.

(If you have calendar items, band schedule information, news tips, links, or anything else you think may be of interest to StLJN's readers, please email the information to stljazznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you have photos, MP3s or other digital files, please send links, not attachments.)

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