Saturday, February 20, 2021

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Jazz St. Louis continues "Season of Stream"

With most live music events still shut down due to the COVID pandemic in the new year, Jazz St. Louis has continued their "Season of Stream," presenting free online concerts featuring various local musicians most Thursday nights.

This week, let's take a look at some of the most recent of those shows, starting up above with a set from a group led by drummer Demarius Hicks that was recorded on January 27 and streamed for the first time this past Thursday. Along with the leader, the group includes his brother David Hicks on keyboards, Jason Swagler on alto sax, and Eric Slaughter on guitar

After the jump, you can see a set by Two Times True, recorded on February 4. Led by pianist Carolbeth True, the band also includes her son David True on drums, Glen Smith on bass, and Larry Johnson on saxophones.

That's followed by a set from keyboardist and vocalist Ryan Marquez, who's joined by David Gomez (tenor sax), Josiah Joyce (guitar), Jahmal Nichols (bass), and Tim Moore (drums). This show was recorded on January 25, 2021.

Nichols is back in the next video, this time fronting his own group Black Frequencies in a set recorded on January 8. Along with the leader on bass, the band includes Scooter Brown (alto sax), Antonio Foster (piano, electric piano), and Montez Coleman (drums).

The fifth video depicts a set by singer Erika Johnson, recorded on January 13. Demarius Hicks and Jahmal Nichols supplied the drums and bass, with Pete Ruthenburg on keyboards and Eric Slaughter on guitar.

Finally, the sixth clip features a set from Dhoruba Collective, led by drummer Jeffery Dhoruba Hill and also including David Gomez on sax, guitarist Josiah Joyce, and bassist Teddy Brookins. It was recorded on January 5.

Jazz St. Louis' "Season of Stream" continues next week with a performance on Thursday, February 25 by the electro-jazz trio Vehachi. You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

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