Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Coming soon: Adam Larson, Chicago Afrobeat Project, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Jazz Festival, and more

The start of the month usually brings a flurry of gig announcements, and in recent days StLJN's inbox has been hit by news of several shows of interest:

* NYC free-jazz saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey, who both will be in town for New Music Circle's season-ending showcase on Tuesday, May 20, also will take part in an event NMC has added to the schedule at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 19 at Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee.

Laubrock and Rainey will perform separate sets of improvised music and collaborate with local players including Mabel Suen (sax/guitar), Alex Cunningham (violin), Dave Stone (saxophone), and Joshua Weinstein (upright bass). The performance is free and open to the public.

* Steel pan player Jonathan Scales and his band Fourchestra will bring their jazz fusion sound back to the Kranzberg Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Tickets are $10, $5 for students with ID.

* NYC-based sax phenom Adam Larson returns to St. Louis to perform at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 24 at Robbie's House of Jazz, with support from Peter Schlamb (vibraphone), Nathan Pence (bass) and Joe Hibbs (drums). Admission is $10, $5 for students with ID, in advance via the club's website or at the door.

* The Chicago Afrobeat Project (pictured) returns to 2720 Cherokee at 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 30. Tickets for the 18+ show are $10, with a $3 surcharge for minors, and are on sale now.

* Singer Sarah Ulrich of Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes has gathered four local "vintage jazz" groups to perform in "A Midsummer Night's Dream Jazz Festival," which will take place starting at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, June 7 on the rooftop of the Deco Fortress, 3622 S. Broadway (across from the Lemp Brewery complex).

In addition to the Blue Notes, the lineup of bands includes Coco Rico, Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing, and Wack-A-Doo. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now, but as of this writing, only 35 spots remain.

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