Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jazz this week: "Basie's Birthday Bash,"
a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and more

This week's schedule of live jazz and creative music in and around St. Louis avoids the late-summer doldrums with tributes to two jazz greats, plus a variety of shows in genres and styles ranging from pre-war swing to contemporary to free improvisation. Let's go to the highlights...

Thursday, August 20
Singer Erin Bode returns to Cyrano's, guitarist Dave Black and Friends will perform at Nathalie’s, and pianist Brad Ellebrecht and singer Tom Kernan play at the Tavern of Fine Arts.

Friday, August 21
The Jazz St. Louis Big Band will present the first of two nights of "Basie’s Birthday Bash" at Jazz at the Bistro. For more about the music and legacy of the legendary bandleader and pianist Count Basie (pictured, top left), see this video post from a couple of weeks ago.

Also on Friday, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes return to Highway 61 Roadhouse; trumpeter Jim Manley takes the stage at Thurman Grill; and the Ambassadors of Swing play for dancers at Casa Loma Ballroom.

Saturday, August 22
Speaking of jazz legends, there will be a tribute to another jazz great - who also crossed paths with Basie more than once - as Robbie's House of Jazz presents Danita Mumphard (pictured, center left) and Trio Tres Bien interpreting songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald at the Ozark Theatre.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Gypsy jazz band Franglais will be joined by guest saxophonist Dave Stone for a gig at Evangeline's; and the Sidney Street Shakers will be part of the musical menu for the one-year anniversary celebration at the Tick Tock Tavern.

Meanwhile, out in Hermann, MO, the inaugural Hermann Wine and Jazz Festival will feature sets from Dawn Weber, the Silverman Brothers, Ptah Williams, Maurice Carnes, and Tommy Halloran.

Sunday, August 23
Cornet Chop Suey plays a free concert of traditional jazz and swing at Carondelet Park; and
saxophonist Christopher McBride (pictured, lower left), who's been splitting time between Chicago and NYC, will return to offer up contemporary sounds at the Kranzberg Arts Center.
McBride's band for the late-afternoon performance will include trumpeter Quinten Coaxum and pianist Willem Delisfort as well as St. Louis' own Bob Deboo on bass and Montez Coleman on drums.

Monday, August 24
The eclectic acoustic band The 442s will play a free outdoor concert at the Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St in Grand Center.

Tuesday, August 25
The STL Free Jazz Collective returns to the Tavern of Fine Arts, and singer Feyza Eren and band will perform as part of the "Notes From Home" series at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

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