Jazz This Week: Matthew Shipp, Trombone Shorty, Christian Howes, Jazz in Pink, Anita Jackson, and More


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While many St. Louisans understandably will be preoccupied with cheering for the Cardinals in this week's National League baseball championship series (and possibly hoping for a return appearance from the infamous Rally Squirrel), there's plenty of good jazz and creative music happening around town over the next seven days, too. Let's go to the highlights:

Tonight, the Meramec Jazz Lab Band performs at the Black Cat Theatre in Maplewood, in what will be the first of four Wednesday night concerts there during this academic year.

On Thursday, violinist Christian Howes will be in town to play a free concert at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium, accompanied by guitarist Steve Schenkel, bassist Ric Vice and drummer John Lum. Also on Thursday, saxophonist Jeff Riley will bring his Big Band to Robbie's House of Jazz.

The “must see" show of the week happens on Friday, when pianist Matthew Shipp (pictured) and his trio will play at 560 Music Center under the auspices of New Music Circle. It's kind of hard to believe that a prominent musician like Shipp is just now making his St. Louis debut as a leader, but NMC deserves a round of applause just for bringing him to town. For much more about Shipp, plus video footage of him and the trio in action, see this post from last Saturday.

Also on Friday, singer Anita Jackson begin a two-night stand at Jazz at the Bistro. Jackson, who's making her debut at the Bistro as a leader, has done musical theatre at the Black Rep and performed around town with drummer Jerome “Scrooge" Harris, keyboardist Jeremiah Allen and others. That same evening, trumpeter Jim Manley and Wild Cool and Swingin' will play at the JCCA's Mirowitz Theatre for the “Encore at the J“ series; guitarist Tom Byrne's trio with singer Trish Turek will be at Robbie's; and drummer Paul Shaw will lead a trio with bassist Bob DeBoo and alto saxophonist Kristian Baarsvik at the Cigar Inn.

On Saturday, the Reunion Jazz Band—keyboardist Don Carson, bassist J. Michael Kearney and drummer Mike Scavotto—will join forces with the Bosman Twins for an early evening performance at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups; and pianist Carolbeth True's trio with singer Christi John Bye will perform at Robbie's.

On Sunday, the all-female group Jazz in Pink comes to town to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall in a benefit for Community Women Against Hardship.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Tuesday multi-instrumentalist and singer Trombone Shorty, who some have touted as the dance-floor-friendly future of jazz in his hometown of New Orleans, will return with his band Orleans Avenue to play at the Old Rock House. For a sample of some of Shorty's recent work, check out his set from the Newport Jazz Festival in August, captured for posterity by NPR.

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