Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jazz this week: Ronald Carter and OGD, Peter Martin, Craig Rubano, Funky Butt Brass Band, and more

Assuming you've recovered sufficiently from this past week's Mardi Gras revelry and haven't given up live music for Lent, there are a number of jazz and creative music gigs in St. Louis this week that you may want to check out. Let's go to the highlights...

Tonight, drummer Ben Thigpen leads his group in a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University. The series then will be hiatus for two weeks as the campus goes on spring break, but will resume on March 30 with a performance by pianist Carolbeth True and Two Times True.

Also tonight, St. Louis native Craig Rubano returns home to open a three-night run of his cabaret show "We Can Be Kind" at the Kranzberg Arts Center under the auspices of the Presenters Dolan. Rubano will perform songs from composers such as Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, with musical direction from pianist Beth Ertz.

On Friday night, saxophonist Ronald Carter (pictured) will team up once again with the organ-jazz trio OGD, featuring Reggie Thomas at the keyboard and Rick Haydon on guitar, for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro.

The former band director at East St. Louis High School, Carter performed last weekend at Jazz St. Louis' benefit gala and still is a frequent visitor to our area from his current home base at Northern Illinois University. Look for a mix of hard bop, soul jazz and more as Carter reunites with OGD, with whom he's worked numerous time.

Also on Friday, vibraphonist Peter Schlamb will front his quartet at Robbie's House of Jazz, and on Saturday, pianist Peter Martin will play at 560 Music Center in a benefit performance for Kids Place. If you're in the mood for a road trip Saturday evening, saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen is performing down I-79 at the Blue Note in Columbia for the We Always Swing jazz series.

On Sunday afternoon, the spirit of Mardi Gras will linger for just at bit longer, as the Funky Butt Brass Band undoubtedly will be reprising some New Orleans carnival-time favorites when they perform at the Doubletree Hotel at Westport under the auspices of the St. Louis Jazz Club.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday the Sessions Big Band is back at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups , and on Tuesday, Robbie's House of Jazz continues their series of weekly jam sessions.

Then on Wednesday evening, Robbie's will begin "Golden Voices," a new weekly open mic night intended to showcase jazz vocalists, who are invited to sit in with accompanist Becky Alexander.

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(Edited 3/10/11 to correct the location of the Funky Butt Brass Band/St. Louis Jazz Club show.)

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