Monday, February 25, 2013

Coming attractions include Larry Brown Jr's Marvin Gaye tribute, Chris Hazelton & Cory Weeds, Marco Benevento

Recent days have brought details on three more upcoming shows of interest to St. Louis jazz fans:

* Guitarist Larry Brown Jr., a native of Venice, IL and graduate of SIUE who's now working in Chicago, will return home to perform "I Remember Marvin: A Jazz Tribute to Marvin Gaye" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.  The performance is  part of The Sheldon's "Notes From Home" series.

Brown (pictured) will be joined for the concert by fellow SIUE alumnus Alphonzo Jones on drums, St. Louisan Bob DeBoo on bass, and two Chicago musicians, pianist Collin Clauson and singer Saalik Ziyad, who placed in the "Male Vocalist - Rising Star" category of the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll.

The concert will feature Brown's arrangements of favorite tunes recorded by Gaye, including original compositions such as "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Inner City Blues" as well as standards like "The Shadow of Your Smile," which Gaye cut during the 1960s at a time when Motown head Berry Gordy was working to get some of the label's stars booked in Las Vegas.

Tickets for "I Remember Marvin: A Jazz Tribute to Marvin Gaye" will be $10 at the door.

* Kansas City-based organist Chris Hazelton's trio will team up with Vancouver saxophonist Cory Weeds for a gig at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at Robbie's House of Jazz. Hazelton, who studied with Hammond organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith while living in NYC for a few years, gigs regularly around the KC area, while Weeds frequently plays in the organ-trio format and also operates his own club, the Jazz Cellar, in his home city.

Tickets for the Chris Hazelton Trio with Cory Weeds will be $10 at the door.

* Finally, there's word that keyboardist Marco Benevento will be returning to St. Louis as part of his spring 2013 tour, playing on Saturday, April 6 at 2720 Cherokee. Benevento, who performed here most recently last September at the Old Rock House, will be going out for a total of 20 dates in March and April, hitting St. Louis between shows in Louisville, KY and Chicago.

Details on ticket prices and the on-sale date for his show here have yet to be released, but it is is listed on 2720 Cherokee's website and so would seem a fairly safe bet to happen. Watch this space for more information...

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