And in a can’t miss event in Columbia, MO on Friday, Feb. 6, trombonist Conrad Herwig and trumpet player Brian Lynch co-lead a sextet at the Blue Note that will perform music from their new CD, Another Kind of Blue which explores the music of Miles Davis in a Latin jazz framework.
Oh, yeah, there’s also the Webster University concerts at Moore Auditorium this month... guitarist Tom Byrne and friends on Monday Feb 2, and the Webster U. Big Band highlighting “The Best of Blue Note” on Monday Feb. 16.
So please... no complaints about a lack of things to hear around the STL in the next four weeks.
IAJE 2004 Notes:
Just a few thoughts on the recent IAJE conference in New York last week. First of all, January in the Big Apple – especially in recent years is awfully damn cold! Not sure if it’s the result of global warming or what, but temperatures in single digits and brisk winds can put a real damper on even contemplating walking a few blocks to a jazz club from a subway stop.
Luckily, there was a ton of great jazz happening in the city that was impossible to pass up... and a lot of it came about thanks to the MAXJAZZ showcase at Sweet Rhythm during IAJE. The St. Louis-based label featured the Peter Martin Trio with vocalist Erin Bode last Wednesday, Dena Derose and her trio on Thursday – joined by Steve Wilson, Jeremy Pelt and Rene Marie (who tore the place apart in her brief time on stage). Thursday’s late set featured trumpeter Pelt calling in heavy hitters Nicholas Payton and Terence Blanchard to sit in with his band. Friday pianist Bruce Barth took the spotlight and on Saturday, singer Claudia Acuna’s band and the Mulgrew Miller Trio split a long opening set – with guitarist Russell Malone joining miller for some tunes as well. MAZJAZZ definitely turned some heads with that lineup of talent.
St. Louis native Greg Osby was joined by Payton for sets Tuesday at Wednesday at the Jazz Standard – and recording equipment caught it all for a forthcoming live CD. And although he didn’t play any gigs, trumpeter Russell Gunn flew in from Atlanta to join a panel discussion on the incorporation of hip-hop elements into jazz. Gunn’s three Ethnomusicology – at least to these ears – are still the most artistically satisfying and innovative mixture of the two musical forms to emerge so far... and Gunn’s comments were both informative and eloquent.
For more info on these shows:
Jazz at the Bistro: www.jatb.org
We Always Swing Jazz Series: www.wealwaysswing.org
Touhill Performing Arts Center: www.touhill.org
New Music Circle: www.newmusiccircle.org
The Pageant: www.thepageant.com
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