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- So What: Local News, Notes & Links
- Jazz this week: Jeremy Davenport comes home, Althea Rene & Elan Trotman's "Holiday Winds," and more
- Maceo Parker to play Wednesday, January 24 - Saturday, January 27 at Jazz at the Bistro
- Sunday Session: November 19, 2017
- StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Battle Trance
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Here's StLJN's latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:
* HEC-TV has posted online a "lost episode" of the program I Love Jazz
, featuring an interview with and performances by guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and his son, guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli
The episode was filmed in 2014, before the death of host Don Wolff in November 2015
, but just now has been released for the first time.
* The Sheldon Art Galleries
will present a free gallery talk by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger on the history of stringed instruments at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12.
The talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibit "The World of Spectacular Strings," which features more than 100 unique stringed instruments from around the world and continues until April 21, 2017. Admission is free, but you must reserve a seat in advance by calling Paula Lincoln at 314-533-9900 x 37 or emailing plincoln@TheSheldon.org.
* Speaking of The Sheldon, they've posted on Facebook an album of photos from last Saturday's concert by Cécile McLorin Salvant
* Singer Chuck Flowers (pictured) appeared on KTVI-FOX 2's Wednesday morning newscast
to promote his appearance tonight at The Dark Room
* The online radio station Radio63119 has posted an interview featuring poet and percussionist David A.N. Jackson talking with bassist Darrell Mixon and drummer Gary Sykes
about their careers in music and more.
* Another new episode of E.B. Stephenson's podcast "The Jazz Mixer" is online
, featuring recordings from St. Louis musicians including the Sessions Big Band, Brett Stamps, Farshid Etniko, and more.
If you'd like some jazz and creative music to go with this year's Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings, here's what's happening on local stages over the next few days... Wednesday, November 22
The weekly "Grand Center Jazz Crawl"
will feature guitarists Jake Weisman and Eric Slaughter at Squatters Cafe/The Stage at KDHX, along with the weekly jam session led by bassist Bob Deboo at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor and band at The Dark Room. Friday, November 24
Trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport
, who grew up in U City and now resides in New Orleans, will be back in his hometown for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro.
Davenport (pictured, top left)
has a regular house gig at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, and generally only makes it home once a year to do these shows, so they should be well-attended, with advance reservations a must.
Also on Friday, Miss Jubilee
will promote the release of a new CD, Throw Me In The Alley
, with a show at Focal Point
; singer Chuck Flowers
does the late show at The Dark Room
; and Samba Bom
will provide some Brazilian music to go with the Spanish cuisine at Barcelona Tapas Restaurant
.Saturday, November 25
Cornetist Bill Mason
of the St. Louis Ragtimers will sit in with The Gaslight Squares
for a matinee at Blues City Deli.
Saturday evening, flute player Althea Rene (pictured, bottom left)
and saxophonist Elan Trotman
will headline two performances of "Holiday Winds"
at the Emerson Theater at Harris Stowe State University
, with St. Louis' Coleman Hughes Project
as the opening act. Sunday, November 26
The Webster Groves Concert Hall
will host the musical equivalent of what used to be called a "day/night doubleheader" in baseball, with singer Wendy Gordon
performing in the afternoon and drummer Chuck Kennedy and friends presenting "The Beatles Go Jazz"
in the evening.
Also on Sunday, the Folk School of KDHX
presents their monthly "Traditional Jazz Jam Session,"
and Wright's Project
plays jazz-fusion and funk at Troy's Jazz Gallery.Monday, November 27Dizzy Atmosphere
will play Gypsy jazz and swing for diners at The Shaved Duck
, and trumpeter Jim Manley
will does his weekly gig at Momo's Greek Restaurant
. Tuesday, November 28
Erin Bode, Arvell Keithley, Brian Owens and Alan Ox will sing music by Al Hammerman in a benefit for the organization "Kids Rock Cancer"
at the Ferring Jazz Bistro.
Also on Tuesday, "Blind" Willie Dineen and the Broadway Collective
return to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
downtown, while out in St. Charles County, saxophonist Larry Johnson
, pianist Carolbeth True
and Two Times True
will play The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey
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
. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes
or clicking the "Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page
.(If you have calendar items, band schedule information, news tips, links, or anything else you think may be of interest to StLJN's readers, please email the information to stljazznotes (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you have photos, MP3s or other digital files, please send links, not attachments.)
Funk/jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker
is coming to St. Louis to perform Wednesday, January 24 through Saturday, January 27 at Jazz at the Bistro
probably still is best known for his time with "Godfather of Soul" James Brown, but he also has made significant contributions to recordings by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Prince, and numerous others.
Since leaving Brown's employ in the late 1980s, he's enjoyed a successful solo career, fronting his own band and occasionally teaming up with fellow former JB sidemen Fred Wesley and/or Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis. Parker's most recent recording, Soul Classics
was released in 2012.
Tickets for Maceo Parker at Jazz at the Bistro are $40 for the Wednesday and Thursday shows, $45 for Friday and Saturday, and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. this Friday, November 24 via the Jazz St. Louis box office
Today, let's take a look at some videos featuring performances from Battle Trance
, who will be coming to St. Louis to play a concert presented by New Music Circle
on Saturday, December 2 at The Luminary
One could think of them as a saxophone quartet, but with a twist, as all four members - founder and leader Travis Laplante
, Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson and Jeremy Viner - play tenor sax, with no doubles on any other instruments.
This isn't entirely unprecedented - jazz history buffs may recall that back in the late 1940s, Woody Herman's "Second Herd" featured tenor saxophonists Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herb Stewart and Jimmy Giuffre as the "Four Brothers" - but Battle Trance is making a very different type of sound, one that PopMatters has identified
as "existing in the cracks between contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music."
Formed in 2014, they've released two recordings, their debut Palace of Wind
, and last year's Blade of Love
. You can see them performing music from both albums in today's compilation of videos, starting up above with a segment of the album-length composition that makes up Palace of Wind
, recorded in June 2015 at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Brattleboro, VT.
After the jump, there are four short clips, ranging from under 2 to 10 minutes, excerpting shows from 2015 and '16 in Detroit; Silver Spring, MD; Brighton, MA, and NYC.
The last two videos both were recorded in January of this year at the Vandoren Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and feature a "live in the studio" performance of the first section of Blade of Love
, and an interview with the group.
For more about Battle Trance, read TheQuietus.com's review of Palace of Wind
, and Observer.com's October 2016 feature story about them
You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...
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