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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Funky Butt Brass Band

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PRESS RELEASE, March 1, 2010

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, 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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