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Jazz this week: The Motet, St. Louis Art Fair, Wendy Gordon's "Cafe Society" and more


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As yr. StLJN editor is still recovering from a hand injury, this post is both a bit late and necessarily on the terse side. The good news is that, barring any unforeseen complications, I should be sufficiently recovered that things will be back to more-or-less normal around here in a week or two.

For now, better late than never, let's go to this week's live jazz and creative music highlights in and around St. Louis...

Friday, September 9

The St. Louis Art Fair begins its annual three-day run, with one of the entertainment stages devoted to local jazz acts booked with help from Jazz St. Louis; see the website fora complete schedule.

Also tonight, the Denver-based funk-jazz band The Motet (pictured, top left) returns for a performance at The Ready Room; the Coleman Hughes Project begins a two-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro; trumpeter Randy Holmes and his quintet offer a tribute to the music of Horace Silver at the Ozark Theatre; and guitarist Tom Byrne plays at Thurman's in Shaw, the new name for the recently renovated South Side spot formerly known as Thurman Grill and Provisions.

Saturday, September 10

LouFest, the two-day rock festival held this weekend in Forest Park, will feature the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as its token jazz act, performing on Saturday afternoon. (Also of potential interest: blues guitarist Buddy Guy's set on Sunday afternoon.)

Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, the Twin Cities-based jump blues and swing band Davina and the Vagabonds will be in town for a matinee at the Blues City Deli.

On Saturday evening, the Midwest Jazz-tette will perform at Evangeline's; the Wire Pilots play at 1900 Park Creative Space; and the Funky Butt Brass Band will do their monthly show at the Broadway Oyster Bar.

Sunday, September 11

The St. Louis Record & CD Collector Show will present their Fall 2016 event at the American Czech Hall.

Also on Sunday, Wendy Gordon (pictured, bottom left) and a diverse lineup of local singers and musicians will present “Cafe Society: Where Entertainers Met," the latest installment in Gordon's annual “Jazz Heaven" series, at the Florissant Civic Center Theater.

Monday, September 12

Webster University's jazz faculty will present “A Tribute to Verve Records" at Winifred Moore Auditorium on the Webster campus.

Tuesday, September 13

The St. Louis Legacy Ensemble, percussionist Joe Pastor's project that puts student jazz musicians and professionals side-by- side on stage, will perform as part of the “Notes From Home" series at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

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