Jazz This Week: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Marcello Benetti, Matt Kane, Dave Dickey Big Band, the 442s, and More


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This week's lineup of jazz and creative music in St. Louis features visits from two different drummers leading quartets playing original music, plus the return of a well-known touring act with a revised lineup of players, several shows by local big bands, and more. Let's go to the highlights...

Tonight, the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra returns to Kirkwood Station Brewing Company; Cabaret Project St. Louis presents their monthly “Open Stage" at the Tavern of Fine Arts; and the Sidney Street Shakers begin a new monthly series of dance parties called “Cherokee Shake" at 2720 Cherokee.

Tomorrow night, drummer Marcello Benetti's Shuffled Quartet will play at Robbie's House of Jazz. Born in Italy and now residing in New Orleans, Benetti mixes sounds and styles from traditional to avant-garde, aided and abetted by trombonist Jeff Albert, saxophonist Rex Gregory, and cellist Helen Gillet.

Also on Thursday, guitarist Dave Black and singer Joe Mancuso perform at Nathalie’s.

On Friday, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes will play swing and jump blues at the Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves, while multi-instrumentalists Jeff Anderson and Chad Evans will team up for a performance at Robbie's.

Also on Friday, trumpeter Jim Manley and pianist Arthur Toney will be back at One 19 North Tapas & Wine Bar; and the Ambassadors of Swing play for dancers at the Casa Loma Ballroom.

On Saturday afternoon, Saxquest will present a free performance and workshop by clarinetists Diana Haskell of the St. Louis Symphony and Tim Zavadil, the former Minnesota Orchestra clarinetist who recently joined SLSO.

A bit later on Saturday, saxophonist Jim Stevens and band will perform by the Mississippi River at The Loading Dock in Grafton.

Then on Saturday evening, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (pictured) will be back in town to perfrom at The Blind Tiger at Sutton Place, 7376 Manchester Rd in Maplewood. Opening acts will be Yojimbo, which includes several members of the Mike Dillon Band, and Bum and Possum Combination.

Now a trio with keyboardist Brian Haas, drummer Josh Raymer, and lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, JFJO's latest album is Millions: Live in Denver, which was released on Record Store Day 2014. For more of their back story and some performance videos (albeit featuring previous lineups), see these two Saturday video posts from their previous appearances here.

Also on Saturday evening, drummer Matt Kane will be promoting the re-issue of his CD Streamliner with a show at Robbie's House of Jazz. A native of Hannibal, MO and graduate of UMKC's conservatory, Kane is based now in NYC, and his previous release Suit Up was named as one of 2013's 50 best jazz albums by Jazz Times magazine.

Elsewhere around town on Saturday, singer Erin Bode performs at Nathalie's; and guitarist Tom Byrne and reedman Sam Hargadine will play duets at the Mahogany Grille (the former site of “Just Jazz" at the Omni Majestic Hotel downtown).

On Sunday, you can catch free outdoor music from Wack-A-Doo at Benton Park and Red Lehr's Powerhouse 5 at Carondelet Park. Also on Sunday evening, the Dave Dickey Big Band will play their monthly gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday The 442s will give their last performance before a summer hiatus at the Sheldon Concert Hall; and the Sessions Big Band will be back at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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