Here's StLJN's latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:
* Saxophonist and former St. Louisan Oliver Lake
is featured in a new instructional video for Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Jazz Academy."
* Trumpeter/singer and U City native Jeremy Davenport
's song "One Way Ticket to New Orleans,"
written to commemorate the city's tricentennial, was the subject of a feature story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune
* Grant Green Jr.
will take his father Grant Green's music on the road this summer to help promote Resonance Records' release of two previously unheard albums
by the guitarist and St. Louis native (pictured)
In addition to Green Jr, who is Green's eldest son and also a guitarist, the band billed as "Grant Green's Evolution of Funk" will include saxophonist Donald Harrison, keyboardist Marc Cary and drummer Mike Clark, and will make their debut with performances from June 28 to July 1 at NYC's Jazz Standard.
* On a related note, London Jazz News has reviewed Green's two new Resonance albums, Live at Oil Can Harry's
and Funk in France
, which will be released officially this Saturday, April 21 for Record Store Day. You can find much more on this year's RSD jazz releases in this article from DownBeat
* Drummer Kevin Bowers
was interviewed about his shows this weekend at Jazz at the Bistro
by the Post-Dispatch
's Kevin Johnson.
* Multi-instrumentalist Adam Maness has composed and produced music for a new video
honoring the St. Louis Cardinals' Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson on the 50th anniversary of his historic performance in 1968, aka "The Year of the Pitcher."
With some coaching from Maness and singer Brian Owens, kids from the not-for-profit LIFE Arts, Inc wrote and performed the lyrics for the video, which can be seen on Major League Baseball's site MLB.com
* Speaking of baseball, the Cardinals' Ernie Hayes was among the MLB ballpark organists featured in a recent post by JazzWax's Marc Myers
* The Sheldon Concert Hall
has posted to Facebook an album of photos from Ramsey Lewis' performance at last Friday night's benefit gala
and an album from last Saturday's performance by pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya
* Singer Denise Thimes
' Mothers Day show raising money to fight pancreatic cancer, which will be held this year at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, was previewed in an article by Ladue News' Emma Dent
* Trumpeter Keyon Harrold
has been on tour in the UK and Europe, and his show last week at Jazz Cafe in London got a rave review from Jazzwise magazine
* Miles Davis
was the subject this week of a BBC program hosted by Adrian Utley of the British "trip-hop" band Portishead
. Also on the Miles beat, the recently released box set Miles Davis & John Coltrane — The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6
was reviewed by the Village Voice's Michael J. Agovino
* HEC-TV has produced a video featuring testimonials from two local students, Kendall Blumenthal and Brittany O'Reilly, who have benefited from music scholarships
awarded by Jazz St. Louis
It's a big week for big bands in St. Louis, as the calendar of upcoming jazz and creative music events in St. Louis features a couple of famed large ensembles as headliners of the annual Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival.
There's also a retrospective of the Harlem Renaissance and a look at how Johann Sebastian Bach influenced jazz, plus plenty of other performances in jazz styles ranging from vintage to modern. Let's go to the highlights...Wednesday, April 18
Jazz St. Louis' "Whitaker Jazz Speaks" series continues at Jazz at the Bistro with Washington University professor Gerald Early
talking about "Harlem's Renaissance,"
followed by a performance of music associated with the period.
Meanwhile, this week's "Grand Center Jazz Crawl"
will help kick off the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival
by featuring small ensembles from UMSL's jazz program at The Stage at KDHX and as opening acts for the jam session led by bassist Bob DeBoo at the Kranzberg Arts Center and for trumpeter Kasimu Taylor's band at The Dark Room.
Also on Wednesday, the Ambassadors of Swing
return for the monthly "Shake n Shout" event at Tin Roof St. Louis
.Thursday, April 19
Singer Erin Bode
performs at Cyrano's
, and the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival continues with trumpeter Hermon Mehari (pictured, top left)
, who's originally from Kansas City and now splits his time between there and Paris, leading a quartet at The Dark Room
(You can find out more and see some videos of performances by Mehari and the headlining bands of the GSLJF's weekend shows in this post from last Saturday
.)Friday, April 20
The SLGJF presents the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band
at the Touhill Performing Arts Center
, while drummer Kevin Bowers
reunites the band from his Nova project for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro
Also on Friday, pianist Dave Venn
begins a new weekly. early-evening gig at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel
's Sidecar Lounge, and singer Danita Mumphard
will perform at the Webster Groves Concert HallSaturday, April 21
The Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival concludes with a performance by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
(pictured, bottom left
); and Carolbeth True
and Two Times True will be joined by singer Joe Mancuso
at the Webster Groves Concert Hall.Sunday, April 22
This week's Sunday jazz brunch options include The Bonbon Plot
playing bossa nova and more at The Dark Room, and Miss Jubilee
singing vintage jazz and blues at Evangeline's
Also on Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Jazz Club
presents traditional jazz band The Sunset Stomp
from Indianpolis, IN at the Doubletree Hotel St. Louis at Westport
. Monday, April 23
The Webster University Jazz Singers
will show off what they've learned this year in a performance at Winifred Moore Auditorium
on the Webster campus.
Also on Monday, Dizzy Atmosphere
returns to The Shaved Duck
, and trumpeter Jim Manley
will be back at his weekly residency at Momo's Greek Restaurant
.Tuesday, April 24
As part of St. Louis Bach Festival 2018, the Bach Society of St. Louis will present "Bach & Jazz"
with singer Erin Bode, guitarist Steve Schenkel
and pianist Kim Portnoy
at Jazz at the Bistro.
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
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The Chicago-based Joe Policastro Trio
is coming to St. Louis to perform at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at The Dark Room
. Admission to the show is free (though The Dark Room does require a food or drink purchase).
The group (pictured)
, which includes the leader on bass along with guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery, is touring to promote their latest album Screen Sounds
The trio's third release, after 2013's West Side Story Suite
, and 2016's POPS!
, Screen Sounds
features their re-imaginings of music from film and TV, ranging from Cool Hand Luke
to Twin Peaks
When not touring, Policastro, Miller and Avery perform three nights a week at Chicago’s Pops For Champagne, and individually, their credits include work with the likes of Phil Woods, Jeff Hamilton, Diane Schuur, Patricia Barber, Joshua Abrams, Rob Mazurek, and more.
The second annual Willie Akins Jazz Festival
will take place starting at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 27 at the Grandel Theatre
The event honors the late St. Louis saxophonist
by raising money for music scholarships in his name at Webster University, where Akins (pictured)
was an adjunct faculty member. Singer Joe Mancuso
is organizing the fest and will serve as co-MC with singer Erika Johnson, who worked with Akins early in her career.
The concert will feature music from saxophonist Ben Reece
's Unity Quartet, trumpeter Danny Campbell's quartet, and the "Willie Akins All-Stars," an ad hoc
group of musicians who worked with and/or knew Akins, including saxophonists Freddie Washington, Paul DeMarinis and Kendrick Smith, guitarist Tom Byrne, bassist Willem von Hombracht, and drummer Kyle Honeycutt.
Following the concert, the action moves to The Dark Room
, where pianist Ptah Williams
, bassist Darrell Mixon and drummer Gary Sykes will host a post-performance jam session.
Tickets for the Willie Akins Jazz Festival will be $12 for general admission, available at the door.