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Jazz this week: Erin Bode, Joe Policastro Trio, "Swing Symphony," Peter Martin, Jeremy Davenport, Dweezil Zappa, and more


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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music features jazz played by a variety of ensembles, from intimate duos and trios to a full symphony orchestra and big band teaming up to present the St. Louis premiere of a large-scale work from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Let's go to the highlights...

Wednesday, May 2

Singer Erin Bode returns to Jazz at the Bistro for the first of two nights of performances, and the weekly “Grand Center Jazz Crawl" will feature T.J. Muller at The Stage at KDHX, the jam session led by bassist Bob Deboo at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor's quartet at The Dark Room.

Thursday, May 3

Chicago's Joe Policastro Trio, who are out on the road in support of their latest album Screen Sounds, will perform at The Dark Room.

Also on Thursday, singer Cheri Evans and CEEJazzSoul will perform at the Chase Club in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, and singer Joe Mancuso will bring his organ trio plus guitarist Dave Black to Joe's Cafe & Gallery.

Friday, May 4

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will join forces with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the first of three performances of Marsalis' “Swing Symphony" at Powell Hall.

“Swing Symphony," which is Marsalis's third symphonic work, debuted in 2010 in Berlin and New York City, and has been performed by a number of other orchestras in the US and Europe in the ensuing years. You can see two different performances of “Swing Symphony," plus some interviews in which Marsalis talks about the work, in this post from last Saturday.

Also on Friday, pianist Peter Martin (pictured, center left) will reunite his Inner Circle trio with bassist Chris Thomas and drummer Brian Blade for the first time in more than 20 years for the first of two nights of performances at Jazz at the Bistro; and singer David Giuntoli performs his cabaret show “We've Got A World That Swings" at the Kranzberg Arts Center.

Saturday, May 5

Trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport will be the headliner for Hope Happens' “14th Annual Evening of Hope," a benefit performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall raising funds for the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders.

Also on Saturday, the Funky Butt Brass Band will play a free show at The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy, and trumpeter Jim Manley brings his band to Evangeline's.

Sunday, May 6

The St. Louis Record Collector & CD Show's spring event will take place at the American Czech Educational Center, and the Friends of Scott Joplin present their monthly “Ragtime Rendezvous" at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site's Rosebud Cafe.

Monday, May 7 Trumpeter Jim Manley returns to his weekly residency at Momo's Greek Restaurant.

Tuesday, May 8

Guitarist Dweezil Zappa, still embroiled in legal wrangling over the rights to perform his father Frank's music, will bring his “Choice Cuts" tour to The Ready Room.

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