Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jazz this week: Garfield, Ligertwood & Friends, "A Jazz Heaven," and more

This week's calendar of jazz and creative music performances in and around town features the returns of several notable St. Louis expat musicians as well as shows paying tribute to both local and all-time jazz greats.

Let's go to the highlights...

Thursday, August 27
Tonight, guitarist Tom Byrne and singer Erika Johnson will perform at Evangeline's; and the Tavern of Fine Arts presents their monthly "Experimental Arts Open Improv Night" with live improvised music.

Friday, August 28
Keyboardist David Garfield and singer Alex Ligertwood (pictured, top left) return to join forces with guitarist Marvin Horne, saxophonist Jim Stevens, and friends for a performance at at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups.

Garfield, a Metro East native who's toured extensively with George Benson, and Ligertwood, a Scotsman who's sung with Brian Auger and Santana, have teamed up with Stevens and band for a couple of previous gigs here, and with the addition of Horne, another former St. Louisan, this show should offer plenty of funk and fireworks.

Also on Friday, singer, songwriter, guitarist and former St. Louisan Javier Mendoza (pictured, center left) returns from his new home in Nashville to front Estereotipo, the latest iteration of his Latin/jazz project, for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro.

Elsewhere around town, singer Tony Viviano will perform in concert at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, and guitarist Eric Slaughter and bassist Glen Smith return to Thurman Grill.

Saturday, August 29
Trumpeter Randy Holmes leads "A Tribute to Charlie Parker" at the Ozark Theatre; Wack-A-Doo performs at Thurman Grill; Tim Cunningham returns to Troy's Jazz Gallery; and Herman Semidey and Orquesta Son Montuno will play salsa and Latin music for dancing at Club Viva.

Sunday, August 30
Wendy L. Gordon (pictured, lower left) will present the sixth annual show in her "Jazz Heaven" series at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, this time offering a "Tribute to St. Louis Legends" with help from a cast including Linda Kennedy, Jeanne Trevor, Joe Mancuso, Uvee Hayes, J Samuel Davis and more.

Monday, August 31
"Blind" Willie Dineen and the Broadway Collective will return to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.

Tuesday, September 1
The First Tuesday Composers Club will spotlight new works for saxophone quartet at The Dark Room.

Wednesday, September 2
Erin Bode will sing standards for the first of two nights to kick off the fall presenting season at Jazz at the Bistro.

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