As you might expect, this week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis features plenty of seasonal sounds, but there also are a variety of other offerings, ranging stylistically from traditional jazz to free improv, for those seeking an audio alternative. Lets go to the highlights...
Thursday, December 11
New music ensemble Alarm Will Sound
* performs their final show of 2014 at the Sheldon Concert Hall
, presenting the world premiere of the complete score of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy
s The Hunger
While this concert version of the extended work about the great Irish famine doesnt have all of the planned multimedia features in place yet, it will have Iarla Ó Lionáird
, of The Gloaming and Afro Celt Sound System, and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway
, a last-minute substitute for Dawn Upshaw, whos ill, as guest vocal soloists.
Also on Thursday, the Funky Butt Brass Band
returns to the Blues City Deli
for an early evening show; and Franglais
, a Gypsy jazz group fronted by singer Eve Seltzer and her husband, guitarist Ben Wood, and newly arrived in St. Louis, will make their local debut at Evangelines
Friday, December 12
Drummer Matt Wilson
and his Christmas Tree-O wrap up a week-long educational residency
with a public concert at Webster Groves High School, performing expanded arrangements of holiday favorites back by student big bands from WGHS.
Also on Friday, trumpeter Jim Manley (pictured)
will be in the holiday spirit as he convenes his Mad Brass and Rhythm for the first of two nights of A Very Manley Christmas" at Jazz at the Bistro
.While the material from Manleys newest album Funk Factory
doesnt really fit the format for this particular gig, fans no doubt will be able to purchase copies of the just-issued CD at the merch table.
Elsewhere around town, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes
will perform at Nathalies
; and Second Generation Swing
plays for dancers at Casa Loma Ballroom
Saturday, December 13
On Saturday afternoon, theres one more chance to hear the Oikos Ensemble
s What Child is This? A Jazz Nativity," which will be performed this week at St. Paul United Church of Christ
Then that evening, singers Mary Dyson and Diane Vaughn will return to Troys Jazz Gallery
; the Kevin Mitchell 4
will be playing seasonal songs at Evangeline's; and Miss Jubilee
performs at the Casa Loma Ballroom.
Sunday, December 14
The St. Louis Jazz Club
presents their final concert of the year, a matinee with trad jazz and swing band Cornet Chop Suey
performing at the DoubleTree Hotel at Westport
; and the Jazz Edge Orchestra
, featuring singers Ron Wilkinson and Marsha Evans, will return to Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
Monday, December 15
The Sessions Big Band will check in for their last gig of the year at BBs Jazz, Blues & Soups
; singer Dean Christopher
bring his Rat Pack and More" show back to One 19 North Tapas and Wine Bar
; and Off Topic II, an improvising trio featuring pianist Jim Hegarty
, bassist Paul Steinbeck
and drummer Gary Sykes, will take the stage at the Tavern of Fine Arts.
Tuesday, December 16
The Tavern of Fine Arts will offer what should be another noteworthy evening of improvised music as the Society for Creative Survival, a new venture spearheaded by pianists Greg Mills and David Parker, presents Soliloquy - An Evening of Solo Performances," featuring brief solo sets by Mills, Parker, trumpeter George Sams, cellist Tracy Andreotti, percussionist Henry Claude, and more.
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