Willie Akins Quartet Out And About
The Willie Akins Quartet will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, at the Queen of Sheba Restaurant, 6665 Olive Blvd, at Kingsland and Olive, just north of the University City loop, (314) 727-7057.
WSIE Radio-thon Set For Dec. 13-14-15
The Jazz Station will be conducting a fund-raising radio-thon from 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, with scheduled breaks in between. During the weekend, special guests will visit or call the station studio to chat with on-air personalities Dick Ulett, WSIE news coordinator Peter Bradley, as well as WSIE General Manager Gregory J. Conroy.
Some of the scheduled guests include MaxJazz Records executive Rich McDonnell; Bach to the Future Band members Mike and Rob Silverman; jazz photographer Roscoe Crenshaw, and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, to name a few. Saturday Night at The Chase Park-Plaza, a weekly show of music from legendary singers of the 1960s and 1970s, and part of the fund-raising weekend, will begin at 7 p.m. that Saturday with hosts Evan Johnson, Kelly Hoffman and John Uzell. Many of the selections are from vinyl albums in the WSIE vault.
The station will offer WSIE premium items for giveaways at various levels of funding including a beverage tumbler and a stylish desk clock as well as CDs from the MaxJazz recording label in St. Louis as well as a Miles Davis CD and a Herbie Hancock CD, both from the Legacy label, with cuts not often heard before.
Donations may be made by calling (800) 232-WSIE during the radio-thon or online at wsie.com/give
St. Louis Big Band At The Casa Loma
The St. Louis Big Band will perform from 8-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Casa Loma Ballroom, a St. Louis landmark, at 3354 Iowa St. at Cherokee, in South St. Louis.
Jazz At Bar Italia
Jazz at Bar Italia in the St. Louis Central West End (13 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis; 314-361-7010) takes place on Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm & Sundays from noon-2:30 pm, with Sam Hargadine, sax & clarinet, and guitarist Tom Byrne.
Delano Redmond Quintet At The Premiere
St. Louis Jazz Artist Delano Redmond’s Jazz Quintet performs 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Premier Lounge, 5969 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, St. Louis. More information at facebook.com/delanoredmondmusic
Cafe Eau Offers Great Jazz
Bassist Willem von Hombrecht and his St. Louis New X-tet appears Every Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. at Cafe Eau in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, in the St. Louis Central West End. The group also features sax man Christopher Braig and guitarist Dave Black. Cafe Eau also presents singer Joe Mancuso every Thursday night from 7-10 at the Chase, along with Jesse Gannon on the piano, Willem von Hombrecht on the bass and drummer Steve Davis.
Jazz At Hammerstones
The Park Avenue Trio performs every Wednesday from 7-11 p.m. at Hammerstones, 9th & Russell, in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.
Jazz Jam At Herbie’s
Drummer Montez Coleman hosts a monthly jazz jam session on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Herbie’s in the St. Louis Central West End (405 N. Euclid; 314-769-9595), with guitarist Tom Byrne and bassist Jahmal Nichols.