Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jazz this week: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Jazz at Lincoln Center Quartet, and more

Here's a look at some of the most noteworthy jazz and creative music performances happening this week in and around St. Louis:

Tonight, the Jazz at Holmes series of free concerts at Washington University presents "A Tribute to Jim Hall" with guitarists William Lenihan & Vincent Varvel; and it's the monthly "Experimental Arts Open Mic Night" with live improvised music at the Tavern of Fine Arts.

Tomorrow night, four musicians who are part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - trombonist Vincent Gardner (pictured), saxophonist Walter Blanding, trumpeter Kenny Rampton and drummer Jerome Jennings - will take the stage for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro. The four have been in town all week for an educational residency with Jazz St. Louis, presenting workshops and master classes at area schools and working with student musicians in the JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Stars programs. They'll be joined for the Bistro gig by JSL's education director, pianist Phil Dunlap, and bassist Nick Jost.

Also on Friday night, pianist Travis Wesley Hoover brings his trio to Robbie's House of Jazz; the Ann Dueren Trio performs at Il Bel Lago; Miss Jubilee plays for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom; guitarist Mason Baran's trio will be at the Cigar Inn; and saxophonist Tim Cunningham will continues with what's now being billed as a regular weekly Friday show at Troy's Jazz Gallery

Then on Saturday, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey returns to St. Louis for the first tme since 2011 to perform at  The Demo. To see some performance videos and find out what JFJO has been up to since they were here last, see this post.

Also on Saturday night, the Coleman Hughes Project plays at Troy's Jazz Gallery; Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes will perform at Venice Cafe; singer Joe Mancuso and guitarist Dave Black will duet at Thurman Grill; and the Funky Butt Brass Band will be back at the Broadway Oyster Bar.

On Sunday, the Friends of Scott Joplin will present their monthly "Ragtime Rendezvous" at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday saxophonist Freddie Washington will join members of the Webster University Jazz Faculty to play the music of Sonny Rollins at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the Webster campus; and guitarist Tom Byrne will play at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.

For more jazz-related events in and around St. Louis, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

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(Edited after posting to fix some formatting problems.) 

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