Monday, April 08, 2013

Pollstar: Yellowjackets returning to
Jazz at the Bistro in September 2013

As St. Louis' non-for-profit jazz presenters head into the final few weeks of their seasons, some information about next year already is beginning to trickle out in advance of 2013-14 season schedule announcements.

For example, the touring information service Pollstar has added a listing showing the jazz-fusion group Yellowjackets performing at Jazz at the Bistro from Wednesday, September 25 through Saturday, September 28.

Yellowjackets have appeared at the Bistro several times during the past decade, most recently in April 2011, but this will be their first St. Louis gig with new bassist Felix Pastorius, who first subbed for founding member Jimmy Haslip on tour last year and subsequently was named his permanent replacement.

That leaves keyboardist Russell Ferrante as the group's only remaining original member, along with saxophonist Bob Mintzer (who came on board in 1991) and drummer Will Kennedy (who played with them from 1987 to 1999 and rejoined the band in 2010).

The new Yellowjackets lineup (pictured) also has a new album, A Rise In The Road, scheduled for release in June on Mack Avenue Records. Their second for the label, the album marks Pastorius' recorded debut with the band and also features a guest appearance on three tracks by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

As always, listings on Pollstar should be considered unconfirmed until officially announced by the presenter or venue, but given that these dates also are already listed on the Yellowjackets website, they seem like an almost-sure bet to happen.

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