Thursday, March 03, 2011

Funky Butt Brass Band

Free. Casual Attire.

PRESS RELEASE, March 1, 2010

http://www.stlouisjazzandbluesvespers.com/

St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers features on Sunday, March 20, at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the Beatitudes of Second Baptist Church of St. Louis. The acoustically excellent sanctuary is located 1/2 mile west of the St. Louis Galleria at the intersection of Clayton Road and McKnight Road (one mile north of the McKnight intersection of Highway 40/I-64). 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. There is a lighted, free, adjacent parking lot.

Funky Butt Brass Band was formed in 2008 by six musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition. Made up of members of Gumbohead, The Feed, Musica Slesa and other renowned St. Louis groups, the FBBB takes traditional New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a funky flavor, in the style of the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands. But don't be surprised if you also hear a little Motown, some Southern rock and a touch of straight-ahead Chicago blues.

The next St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers will be on Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 pm, featuring the Paul DeMarinis & the Webster University Jazz Faculty Quintet. For more information, go to our website, www.stlouisjazzandbluesvespers.com or call 314/991-3424.

Congratulations to the East St. Louis Senior High Jazz Band!

Anyone familiar with the history of jazz in St. Louis and its neighbor East St. Louis, will regale you with tales of the famed East St. Louis Lincoln High School jazz band program under the direction of saxophonist Ron Carter (now Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University).


When Carter took over the program in 1977, the enrollment had dwindled to 15 students. Within two years, more than 100 were enrolled in music programs, touring Europe, making records and playing to international acclaim alongside legends like Wynton Marsalis.

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Christian McBride, Benny Green and Gregory Hutchinson

March 16 - 19, 2011

"The Ray Brown Tribute Band"  Sponsored by Beck/Allen Cabinetry

Ray Brown's legacy lives on in the countless musicians he touched, and this trio celebrates the man and his music. Former Ray Brown Trio members Benny Green and Greg Hutchinson are joined by bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride to comprise an all-star trio that is second to none.



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Ronald Carter & OGD

March 11 - 12, 2011 Sponsored by Ted Wheeler of American Family Insurance

Get ready for some DOWN...HOME...BLUES! World-renowned saxophonist and educator Ronald Carter returns to St. Louis, joined by versatile pianist/organist Reggie Thomas, guitarist Rick Haydon and their acclaimed organ trio, OGD. Before taking his current position as Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University, Carter led the East St. Louis Lincoln Senior High jazz program to worldwide prominence during his tenure. Together, Carter and OGD are sure to swing the doors off the Bistro!



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Chris Potter Underground

March 2 - 5, 2011 Sponsored by Friends of Jazz St. Louis

Saxophonist Chris Potter has been pushing the limits of the saxophone since his entrance to the jazz scene. Potter created the Underground band as a vehicle for his explorations in improvisation and composition. Though the band has only been around for a short time, it has proven to be one of the most engaging and far-reaching ensembles around.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Restaurants in St. Louis Known for Their Wine List

Restaurant NamePrice
Tony's - St. Louis
St. Louis | Italian
 
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Robust
Webster Groves | Tapas / Small Plates
 
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Truffles - St. Louis
Frontenac | Continental
 
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Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - St. Louis
Frontenac | Steak
 
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Eleven Eleven Mississippi
Soulard / Benton Park | Californian
 
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Porter's Steakhouse-Collinsville
St. Louis | Steakhouse
 
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Café Napoli
Clayton | Italian
 
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Annie Gunn's
Chesterfield | American
 
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Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse
St. Louis | Steakhouse
 
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Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill'
The Hill | Italian
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Top Ten Romantic Dinner Locations in St. Louis

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10 Diners' Choice Winners

Restaurant NamePrice
Tony's - St. Louis
St. Louis | Italian
 
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - St. Louis
St. Louis | Steak
 
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Lombardo's Trattoria
Downtown | Italian
 
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Top of the Riverfront - Millennium Hotel
St. Louis | American
 
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The Ritz-Carlton Grill
Clayton | Contemporary American
 
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Chez Leon
Clayton | French
 
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Porter's Steakhouse-Collinsville
St. Louis | Steakhouse
 
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Carmine's Steakhouse
Downtown | Steak
 
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Aya Sofia
St. Louis Hills | Turkish
 
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House of Savoy at Lumier Place
Downtown | Italian
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Brad Mehldau Trio with Larry Grendaier & Jeff Bellard - Jazz St. Louis

Brad Mehldau TrioThe Brad Mehldau Trio returns to Jazz at the Bistro to kick off their very brief U.S. tour!

Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 at 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. both nights.

Tickets are $30 for all shows and are now on sale to the general public via all Metrotix outlets, by phone at 314.534.1111 or 314.289.4030, and online at www.metrotix.com. Student tickets are priced at $20, but only available at the door 15 minutes prior to the start of each set.

Stanley Clarke & Hiromi - Jazz St. Louis

February 28, 2011
Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce that Stanley Clarke & Hiromi have rescheduled their performances from Wednesday, Feburary 2, 2011, for Monday, February 28.  Tickets for this past Wednesday evening's performances will be valid for the newly scheduled date (same set) or can be returned to their original point of purchase for a refund.  Tickets that were exchanged for another show in the run will not be valid for the new dates.  For questions, please call the Jazz St. Louis box office at 314.289.4030.
  
Clarke & HiromiSponsored by Friends of Jazz St. Louis

Recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer and film score composer, Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world.  Known for his ferocious dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke is a true musical pioneer.  Unquestionably, he has attained "living legend" status during his 36-year career as a bass virtuoso.

Hiromi has been heralded as one of the brightest new lights on the jazz piano landscape since the release of Another Mind, her 2003 debut recording. Six years and four critically-acclaimed albums later, she has not only lived up to the initial praise for her early efforts but surpassed it entirely - thanks in large part to live performances that spotlight her boundless talent, energy and artistic vision.

Ray Vega Latin Jazz Quintet

February 16 - 19, 2011
Ray Vega
Sponsored by Kranson Industries

Ray Vega has established himself as one of the innovators of Latin Jazz with his own fiery brand of New York Latin Jazz - a true fusion of jazz repertoire and Latin rhythms. A veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Joe Henderson and Nicholas Payton, Vega is extending Latin jazz's rich tradition into the 21st century.

Special Valentine's Shows - Jazz St. Louis

Valentine's Weekend with the Mardra Thomas Group
 
Mardra ThomasFriday and Saturday, February 11 and 12
8:30 & 10:15 PM both nights
$25; $10 students with ID

Celebrate Valentine's weekend with the soulful sounds of the Mardra Thomas Group featuring Adaron "Pops" Jackson, Zebadiah Briskovich and Miles Vandiver.  A long-standing tradition, Mardra and Valentine's at the Bistro is a special weekend not to be missed. 

Valentine's Day with Mardra & Reggie Thomas

Reggie and Mardra Thomas
Monday, February 14
8:30 & 10:15 PM
$25; $10 students with ID

Mardra Thomas' soulful vocals coupled with the endless groove of Reggie Thomas' trio make for a swingin' Valentines Day like no other. Together, they are the perfect match to make this special day most memorable.

REMINDER ALERT: Great Valentines Gifts

  • Bucket of Love which includes: Sparkling or Champagne, champagne glasses and delicious Bissinger's chocolates, all resting in a beautiful wine bucket. From $30.
  • Favorite wines, collectible wines, over 1,000 different wines to choose.
  • Wine decanters, glasses, racks and unique gifts and accessories.
  • Membership to our newly revamped Wine Of The Month Club with fabulous new perks included (see store for details).
  • Gift cards in any amount. 

NEW LINE THEATRE SEEKS MULTI-RACIAL CAST FOR POP OPERA "BARE"

NEW LINE THEATRE SEEKS
MULTI-RACIAL CAST FOR
POP OPERA "BARE"

Auditions for New Line Theatre's production of the pop opera BARE will be held on two successive Monday nights, March 14 and 21, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington University South Campus, 6501 Clayton Road (formerly CBC High School), just east of Big Bend, in the second floor theatre. This is not on the Washington University main campus. Performers need to come to only one of the dates. The show will run for four weeks, June 2-25, 2011. For details about the show, visit New Line's BARE webpage, at http://www.newlinetheatre.com/barepage.html

New Line is looking for a multi-racial cast of 15 actors. Twelve of the characters are high school students, but New Line will not cast anyone under 17. There are also roles for one adult man and two adult women. New Line is looking for intelligent singing actors who are willing to take risks onstage. Performers are asked to bring a prepared contemporary theatre song, preferably in rock or pop style, with printed piano music for our pianist (no tapes and no a cappella). There will not be a dance audition. Performers may also be asked to sing from the score.

No roles in the show have been pre-cast. All roles will be cast through the auditions.

ABOUT "BARE"

New Line's 20th Anniversary Season closes with the regional premiere of the cult phenomenon bare, a pop opera by up-and-coming theatre writers Jon Hartmere & Damon Intrabartolo. The show has been described as a mix of Rent and Dead Poets Society, exploring sex, sexuality, self expression, guilt, jealously, and religion, and all overflowing with the kind of urgency and intensity that comes with being 17. First produced in Los Angeles in 2000 and then off Broadway in 2004, this show has attracted a fierce cult following across the country and around the world. The New Liners are thrilled to bring it to St. Louis audiences for the first time.

bare follows five seniors at a Catholic boarding school. At the center are Jason and Peter, who are forced to deal with their mutual romantic attraction while trying to live up to the standards of their parents and the Catholic Church. The show explores the range of problems facing American youth today, from body image to teen pregnancy, from drug culture to adult expectations. The show's first director, Kristin Hanggan, said in an interview, "Its real allure for audiences is the commonality of experience -- alienation, fear of rejection, confusion of sexual identity and the poignancy of marginalization." In Los Angeles, bare won the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Musical, the Ovation Award for Best Musical and the L.A. Drama Critics Award for Best Score. When bare was originally produced in Los Angeles, it was supposed to run for 32 performances at an 87-seat theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. Four months later, it had become a multi-award-winning sensation created by two 26-year-old writers and a 23-year-old director.

New Line Theatre will be one of the first companies in America to produce this exciting and powerful new pop musical.

No appointments are necessary. All performers should arrive for the audition before 7:00 p.m. New Line is a non-union, professional theatre company and is always very eager to find a multi-racial cast. Rehearsals will begin the first week of April, on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., plus every night the week the show opens. Rehearsals are at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in St. Louis Hills. Performances are at the Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road. Performers will share a guaranteed 10% of box office receipts. Call 314-773-6526 or email info@NewLineTheatre.com for more information.

ABOUT NEW LINE THEATRE

New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line Theatre was created in 1991 at the vanguard of a new wave of nonprofit musical theatre just starting to take hold across the country. New Line has given birth to several world premiere musicals over the years and has brought back to life many shows that did not do well in their original New York productions. Altogether, New Line has produced 59 musicals and 5 concerts of theatre songs since 1991. New Line Theatre was recently given its own entry in the latest edition of the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre. New Line has also created a new online musical theatre book and music store, at http://astore.amazon.com/newlinetheatre. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council. For more about New Line, go to www.newlinetheatre.com/contact.html

New Line has recently announced its annual scholarship for high school seniors planning a career in musical theatre. For more info, visit http://www.newlinetheatre.com/scholarship.html.

New Line's upcoming musical TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA runs March 3-26, 2011, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. March 3 is a preview. Tickets are on sale now through all Metrotix outlets, including Macy's stores, the Fox Theatre, the Edison Theatre at Washington University, and select Schnucks stores, or by calling 314-534-1111. This show contains adult content.

Al Jarreau Friday Night! at the Touhill

AT THE BLANCHE M. TOUHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS
Al Jarreau  

Al Jarreau's unique vocal style is one of the world's most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.

Tickets, priced at $150 (Gold Circle seating and post-concert reception to which Mr. Jarreau has been invited to attend), $50, and $40, are available via the Touhill Ticket Office at 314.516.4949, toll free at 866.516.4949 or online here.


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