Monday, January 21, 2013

Ronnie Burrage coming to St. Louis next month for performances, workshop

Drummer and U City native Ronnie Burrage is coming back home to St. Louis at the end of next month for a busy weekend of activities that will include three performances and a workshop:

* On Thursday, February 28, Burrage will perform a free concert for the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University, leading a trio with pianist Ptah Williams and bassist Darrell Mixon.

The show will get underway at 8:00 p.m. in Holmes Lounge on the Wash U campus, and will feature some of Burrage's more experimental and fusion-flavored original compositions. The trio also will be holding open rehearsals on campus for a couple of days before the show; more on that when details are available.

* The next two evenings, Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, Burrage (pictured) will play at The Office, 5917 Delmar Blvd, with an expanded group including Williams, Mixon, saxophonist Freddie Washington, and, for at least one of the evenings, guitarist Eric Slaughter. He tells StLJN that the repertoire for these two gigs will feature some of his more mainstream original works, as well as a few familiar standards and covers. Times are TBA, but Burrage expects to play two sets, perhaps starting at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m..

Advance tickets for the 21-and-up venue, which formerly was the site of Binion's restaurant and lounge, will be priced at $30 per person for a package that includes a buffet and first drink; $20 for regular admission, which also includes a drink; and $15 per person for groups of two or more students with ID. Prices at the door will be $5 more across the board; we'll update this post with info on how to purchase advance tickets as soon as it becomes available.

* At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, Burrage will present a drum workshop sponsored by Mozingo Music at the Wolf Public House, 15480 Clayton Rd in Ballwin. He says the workshop will focus on independence, as he plans to demonstrate and explain his techniques for playing drums and keyboard simultaneously. Accompanied by Slaughter and bassist Bob DeBoo, Burrage said he also plans to mix in some history of jazz drumming.

Tickets for the workshop will be $15 for general admission, $12 for students with ID, and $10 for Mozingo students. In keeping with his interest in education, Burrage said he'll be providing scholarships for a few selected students from his alma mater,University City High School, and at least two other local high schools.

In addition to his performing and recording activities, Burrage currently teaches music at Penn State University. His credits include tours and albums with many of the top names in jazz, including Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie and Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, Pepper Adams, Michael Brecker, Defunkt, and many others. For more about Burrage, check out this interview, published by the Riverfront Times last year when he came back to St. Louis to perform.

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