Jazz This Week: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Alarm Will Sound, Tributes to Dave Brubeck and Eddie Lang, and More


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Spring officially arrives tomorrow in St. Louis, and while it remains to be seen whether or not the weather will cooperate by being appropriately spring-like, the next few days definitely include some jazz and creative music performances worth seeing. Let's go to the highlights...

Tonight, the 20-member new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound returns for the second performance of their St. Louis season at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The program will offer a preview of AWS' concert next month at NYC's Carnegie Hall, including the second-ever US performance of Steve Reich's “Radio Rewrite" as well as brand-new works written specifically for the group by Steve Reich and Donnacha Dennehy. For more about the concert and “Radio Rewrite," see this article by Stefene Russell of St. Louis magazine.

Also tonight, Cabaret Project St. Louis presents their monthly open mic night at the Tavern of Fine Arts; and guitarist Randy Bahr and singer Joe Mancuso will play a duo gig at Candicci's.

On Thursday, the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University presents a free concert featuring the music of Dave Brubeck as played by Wash U faculty member and series curator William Lenihan on bass, Nathan Jatcko on piano, Kristian Baarsvik on alto sax, and Steve Davis on drums.

Also on Thursday, Dizzy Atmosphere plays Gypsy jazz and swing at the Shaved Duck, and pianist Ptah Williams and his trio will settle in to what's being billed an ongoing weekly gig at Troy's Jazz Gallery.

On Friday, the Funky Butt Brass Band will perform a one-nighter at Jazz at the Bistro;  percussionist Herman Semidey and his band will play Latin jazz at Robbie's House of Jazz; and trumpeter Anthony Wiggins leads a quartet with pianist Adaron “Pops" Jackson, drummer Montez Coleman and bassist Laron Stover at Cigar Inn.

Then on Saturday, Jazz St. Louis presents pianist Chick Corea and banjo player Béla Fleck (pictured) in a duo concert at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The two collaborated on record back in 2007 with The Enchantment, and this tour features music from that album as well as tunes from each man's respective repertoire and a few surprises.

Also on Saturday, trumpeter/vibraphonist Joe Bozzi leads a trio at Truffles; and singer Tony Viviano performs at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

On Sunday afternoon, the St. Louis Jazz Club presents a tribute to the “father of jazz guitar" Eddie Lang at the Doubletree Hotel at Westport. (Pre-dating even Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, Lang recorded as a sideman with top stars including Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, and Lonnie Johnson and in a duo with violinist Joe Venuti, gaining considerable fame before dying in 1933 at just 32 years old.)

Also on Sunday, the Dave Dickey Big Band will play their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.  Pianist Chip Stephens will be the DDBB's special guest again this month, with the Webster Groves High School Jazz I combo performing at intermission.

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