This week's noteworthy jazz and creative music performances in St. Louis include visits from two traveling trumpeters, and two shows featuring St. Louis expats coming home. Let's go to the highlights...
Tonight, trumpet player Ray Vega
(pictured) brings his Latin jazz-meets-hard bop quintet to town to open a four-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro
, continuing through Saturday. For more about Vega and some video clips of him in action, see this post from last week
On Thursday evening, the Jazz at Holmes
series at Washington University will present a free concert from the St. Louis Jazz X-Tet, with saxophonist David Stone and vibraphonist Peter Schlamb
. The concert is co-sponsored by campus radio station KWUR as part of KWUR Week
On Friday, trumpeter Chris Botti
returns to St. Louis to make his debut with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
at Powell Symphony Hall. The show was heavily promoted, with tickets offered as a pledge premium, by local PBS affiliate KETC, and that, plus Botti's baseline popularity, equals a show that sold out a good while ago. However, the Symphony may have some standing room tickets for sale; call 314-534-1700 for information.
Just south of Powell Hall on Grand Ave., actor, singer and St. Louis native Craig Pomranz
returns home from NYC to open a two-night stand of his cabaret show at the Kranzberg Arts Center under the auspices of the Presenters Dolan
. Directed by Ron Cohen with musical direction from Stephen Bocchino, the performance includes a range of material, from Mel Brooks and Ronny Graham to Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter. For more about Pomranz, see this feature article
written by Alisha Alexander for the Vital Voice.
Also on Friday, singer Crystal Haywood
, profiled last week here
by the Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson, will do a Billie Holiday tribute at Robbie's House of Jazz
On Saturday afternoon, poet Quincy Troupe
and guitarist Kelvyn Bell
, who both grew up in the St. Louis area, will be back home to perform with special guest saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett
in a show called SoundArt," presented by the Nu-Art Series
at the Metropolitan Gallery. The St. Louis American's Chris King interviewed Troupe about the gig for a story published in last week's paper, and it's still available online here
Later that night, guitarist Brian Vaccaro
's trio, with keyboard player Nick Schlueter and drummer Kyle Hunnicutt, will play at Robbie's.
On Sunday evening, bassist Darrell Mixon's trio will play at Second Baptist Church
in Richmond Heights for the St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers
series; and pianist Kim Portnoy and his trio, with clarinetist Scott Alberici
as special guest, will perform in a concert at Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood.
Looking beyond the weekend, on Tuesday night guitarist Todd Clouser
and his band A Love Electric will make a tour stop at the downtown bar/restaurant Lola
. For a bit more about Clouser, who comes from Minneapolis by way of Mexico, see this post
And for more jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar
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