Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jazz this week: Glenn Miller Orchestra, Stanton Moore Trio, Funky Butt Brass Band, Eric Mandat, and more

This week's schedule of jazz, creative music and related genres in St. Louis offers a grab bag of different styles, from traditional jazz, big band swing, and smooth jazz to cabaret, New Orleans-style brass band music, and jam-band funk. Let's go straight to the highlights...

Cabaret producers The Presenters Dolan return to action this weekend at the Kranzberg Arts Center, with pianist Joe Dreyer and singer Rosemary Watts doing their show "Everything Old Is New Again" on Thursday and Friday, and Barbara Parker Helmer singing about "Me and Miss Peggy Lee" for Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances.

Elsewhere in the Grand Center neighborhood, the Funky Butt Brass Band (pictured) will perform on Friday and Saturday to Jazz at the Bistro. Word is that they'll be premiering some new material at these gigs, but details are scarce beyond that. To see and hear video samples of some past FBBB performances, check out this post.

Meanwhile, over in Webster Groves, Robbie's House of Jazz will present guitarist Eric Slaughter's trio on Friday, and singer, pianist and saxophonist Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum on Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, clarinet player Eric Mandat, an expert in extended techniques who specializes on contemporary repertoire, will present a free recital and master class at Saxquest. For more about Mandat and other upcoming master classes at Saxquest, see this post.

Also on Saturday, the Glenn Miller Orchestra will do matinee and evening performances of their familiar Swing Era classics at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, and the Stanton Moore Trio brings their instrumental funk to 2720 Cherokee. For some video of Moore and the trio in action, see this post.

Sunday is a busy day too, as the St. Louis Jazz Club presents pianist Pat Joyce in a concert of traditional jazz and swing at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Chesterfield; saxophonists Michael Anthony Fitzgerald and Readus Miller, keyboardist Jeremiah Allen and singer Anita Jackson team up for a "Jazz Cabaret on Broadway" at the Starlight Room; and the SIUE Friends of Music will host a Mississippi River cruise raising money for music scholarships for students in the SIUE jazz program.

For more jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

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