Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Laurence Hobgood to perform Thursday, April 5 at Jazz at the Bistro

The Chicago-based pianist Laurence Hobgood (pictured), best known as the long-time accompanist to singer Kurt Elling, is coming to St. Louis with his own quartet to perform at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at Jazz at the Bistro.

Hobgood has served as musical director for Elling since 1995 and "has played on, composed/arranged for and co-produced all of Elling’s CDs, each Grammy-nominated." Their 2009 release Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane and Hartman won the 2010 Grammy Award for "Best Vocal Jazz Record."

Hobgood’s quartet will include bassist Matthew Rybicki; drummer Jared Schonig, who was just here this past weekend with The Wee Trio; and a saxophonist yet to be announced. Their appearance comes as part of a piano-centric weekend at the Bistro that also will include sets by veteran St. Louis pianist Dave Venn on Friday and the duo of pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the Laurence Hobgood Quartet at Jazz at the Bistro are $25 for the general public, $10 for students with ID, and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. next Tuesday, February 7 via Metrotix.

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