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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Ptah Williams Trio with vocalist Marsha Evans

PRESS RELEASE, Feb. 23, 2009

St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers feature the highly regarded, Ptah Williams Trio with Marsha Evans, jazz vocalist on Sunday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Beatitudes of Second Baptist Church of St. Louis. The acoustically excellent sanctuary is located 1/3 mile west of the St. Louis Galleria on Clayton Road at McKnight Road. This venue is offered to the best jazz and blues groups in the city to perform 100 minutes of popular music. The Vespers, held on the third Sunday of each month, are free to the public. No tickets needed.

Ptah Williams has been voted five times the best jazz musician by readers of the St. Louis Riverfront Times and has performed throughout Europe and the United States. Ptah has been called the Winton Macellous of the keyboards with a style reminiscent of Charlie Bird and Thelonius Monk. He performs weekly at Riddles Pentultimate in U-City. Long considered one of St. Louis’ Ladies of Jazz, Marsha Evans performs at BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups and was a featured performer at the St. Louis Mardi Gras in 2008. She sang on the “Headliners Stage” of the 2006 and 2008 Big Muddy Blues Festival.

During the inspirational interlude between the band’s two acts, Dr. Stephen Jones, pastor of the church, will offer a brief, non-sectarian message. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the musicians during the interlude. Refreshments will be served in the church’s narthex after the vespers. Parking is free in lighted lots surrounding the church.

The next St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers will be on the third Sunday night of April, April 19 featuring the Steve Schenkel Sextet. For more information, go to our website, or call 314/991-3424.

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