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Jazz This Week: Anita Jackson, Feyza Eren and Steve Davis, Erin Bode, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, and More


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Once again this week, the schedule of touring jazz musicians visiting St. Louis is light to non-existent. And once again, local musicians are more than filling the gap with a variety of events, including some free outdoor shows plus gigs showcasing several of our town's fine female vocalists. Here's what's going on over the next few days...

Tonight, the multi-instrumentalist Bosman Twins kick off a four-week series of free outdoor concerts at O'Fallon Park, located on the north side at W. Florissant & Adelaide. 

Also tonight, bassist Willem von Hombrecht and his New St. Louis Jazz X-Tet play at Cafe Eau in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

Tomorrow night, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University presents the first of three free concerts they're doing this summer, featuring a group co-led by singer Feyza Eren and drummer Steve Davis.

Also on Thursday, the Funky Butt Brass Band will play a free concert at Bluebird Park in Ellisville

On Friday, singer Anita Jackson takes the stage for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro. For more about Jackson, read this profile written by Terry Perkins and published Monday by the St. Louis Beacon.

Also Friday, the Old Orchard Gazebo Music and Movie Series in Webster Groves wraps up its schedule of free concerts for the year with a set by singer Erin Bode, followed by a screening of the 2011 high-school-football documentary Undefeated.

That same evening, guitarist Brian Vaccaro bring his organ-trio-plays-The-Beatles show to Pop's Blue Moon; singer Charlie B. and trumpeter Jim Manley play at Thurman Grill; and alto saxophonist Carlos Brown, Jr. will lead a trio with pianist Corey Fuller and drummer Montez Coleman at Cigar Inn.

On Saturday, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes (pictured) will host an evening of music on the rooftop of the Deco Fortress, a restored vintage building that doubles as singer Sarah Ulrich's not-so-secret HQ. (See also: the Fantastic Four and the Baxter Building, the Avengers and Avengers Mansion, etc. The event also apparently will serve as a release party for the group's new CD, though we can't tell you any more than that, because our request for more details yielded no response.)

Update, 2:25 p.m. 7/10/13: Seemingly within seconds after pushing the “publish" button on this post, yr. humble editor received a missive from the aforementioned Ms. Ulrich. The CD is titled simply Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, and includes seven tracks featuring their interpretations of vintage tunes including “Them There Eyes," “Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You" and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen." The album was recorded by Ulrich and a six-piece band, then mixed and mastered, all in the home studio of Sam Olhausen.

Also on Saturday, the jazz/electronic/new music ensemble Koplant No will deploy their various devices at Tavern of Fine Arts; and singer Ann Dueren's trio is at Il Bel Lago.

On Sunday, Miss Jubliee will perform for a jazz brunch at the Rustic Goat, even as guitarist Tom Byrne and saxophonist/clarinetist Sam Hargadine are playing for the brunch crowd at Bar Italia.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show's summer event also takes place on Sunday in the usual location - the American Czech Hall at 4690 Lansdowne on the south side - and the St. Louis Jazz Club will present the cryptically named Time and Place in a matinee performance at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville. 

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday trumpeter Keith Moyer brings his group back to BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.

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