July’s concert calendar features a heavy dose of contemporary jazz. Grammy collector Norah Jones makes her St. Louis debut at the Fox Theater on July 15, but if you don‘t already have tickets – forget it. This one’s been sold out for months. The Pageant brings in the “Guitars & Saxophones” tour on July 24, a show that pulls together guitarists Jeff Golub and Peter White with sax players Richard Elliot and Steve Cole. The following Thursday, July 31, it’s the Rippingtons headlining at the Pageant.
And if that’s not enough for you, radio station 106.5 FM, debuts its own summer jazz fest with three Sundays of music at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. The series kicks off on July 20 with special guest Gerald Veasley joining Pieces of a Dream, continues with a performance by guitarist Norman Brown on July 27. The series concludes on August 3 with multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson, whose latest release Come On Up, currently tops the contemporary jazz charts. All shows start at 3:30 p.m. and admission is $25. By the way, don’t forget the Dirty Dozen brass band at Mississippi Nights on July 18. And the price is definitely right for several performances by the Webster University Jazz Studies faculty during the week of July 14. At 7 p.m. each night Monday through Friday, you can catch a free concert at the Webster University Music Annex at 8282 Big Bend Blvd. The shoes are part of the Webster Summer jazz Camp, and feature the Paul DeMarinis Quartet on Monday, assorted groups of faculty members on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Willie Akins Quartet on Thursday and student combos on Friday. For more info, call 314-968-7032.
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