Jazz This Week: Candy Dulfer, Warren Wolf and Peter Martin, Erin Bode, Melton Mustafa, Miles Davis Jazz Festival, and More


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We're still in a transitional period between spring and summer music schedules here in St. Louis, but there nevertheless are a number of noteworthy jazz and creative music performances happening around town over the next several days. Let's go to the highlights...

Tonight, the Sheldon Concert Hall puts on a benefit concert for tornado relief, featuring performances from traditional jazz band the St. Louis Stompers, pianist Carolbeth True with harmonica player Sandy Weltman, guitarist Rick Haydon, and pianist Stephanie Trick, as well as folk musicians John Higgins and Charlie Pfeffer, Beatles tribute band Pepperland and the gospel group Reborn.

On Thursday, Robbie's House of Jazz will present trombonist Tom Hanson's big band.

On Friday and Saturday, singer Erin Bode and her group return to Jazz at the Bistro, with guest appearances by “members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra." (Bode has collaborated before with musicians from the SLSO, most notably violinist and concertmaster David Halen, but there's no mention of any specific players' names in the promotional info for the gig.) Note also that the 8:30 shows are sold out for both nights, but some tickets do remain for the 10:15 sets..

Also on Friday and Saturday, Robbie's will present trumpeter Melton Mustafa, who will do a tribute to Miles Davis in celebration of the trumpet legend's birthday next week. Friday's performance will be preceded by a workshop that begins at 6:00 p.m.; see Robbie's website for details.

Also on Friday, guitarist Dave Black will play at Cigar Inn in Belleville with Willem von Hombracht on bass and Kevin Gianino on drums.

On Saturday, saxophonist Candy Dulfer will play at The Pageant, with St. Louis' Tim Cunningham opening the show. You can read my Riverfront Times' Critic's Pick on the show here, and for some videos of Dulfer performing in concert, see this post from last Saturday

Saturday also is the day for the 2011 Miles Davis Jazz Festival, which will be held at Trimpe Hall on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL. This year's music lineup includes the Alton Landing Jazz Quintet, Jim Stevens Band, saxophonist Henry Miles' quintet from Springfield, IL, and Mondinband with special guest Big George Brock, Jr.

On Sunday evening, pianist Peter Martin continues his concert series at the Sheldon, teaming up with vibraphonist Warren Wolf (pictured), his band mate in bassist Christian McBride's band Inside Straight. Wolf is considered one of jazz' rising stars on his instrument, and he and Martin just completed some European dates with McBride so they should be locked in and ready to go.

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