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For over four decades, Stanley Clarke has been reinventing the role of the bass and the very shape of jazz. He started by supporting many of the greatest names in the scene before forming the eminent fusion group Return to Forever with pianist Chick Corea and beginning his solo career.

With the newly expanded and renovated Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz to flaunt, Jazz St. Louis started its 20th season with one hometown hero saxophonist David Sanborn.

With over an hour until show time, the floor space in front of the Plush stage was already at a premium, contested by an ever thickening group of the most dedicated fans.

The early bird gets the worm, but it was the early crowd that filled the tables at the Old Rock House long before the first strum of guitar on Thursday. On stage, the congestion of the floor was matched by the clutter of the eight-piece Mingo Fishtrap, set to open the show. The Austin-based band broke the ice with comforting instrumental introduction, but by the time they dropped the first groove, the floor space had already disappeared from sight.

Sunday, 18 May 2014 11:00

Grieves 5/18/14

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Grieves breathes the heart of soul and mood of the blues into hip-hop with a semi melodic flow over shadowy, minor toned production.

The Firebird opened its doors a little early for the all-ages show Saturday and the ambitiously punctual crowd filled the floors, eager to welcome a night of northwestern hip-hop. Headlined by Seattle's eternally boy-faced Grieves, the night also featured Fearce Vill, with a few guests of his own, and Vancouver's SonReal. The crowd was young and a little inexperienced at concert courtesy but the music prevailed and created a greatly enjoyable night.

Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:00

Sidewalk Chalk 4/20/14

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Comprised of septet of professionally trained musicians, Sidewalk Chalk combines jazz with hip-hop in a blend of rhythm and rhyme that melts into a smooth and creamy approach to both genres.

Since late last year, the Studio room at the Kranzberg Arts Center has become home to a special treat for St. Louis hip-hop fans: an intimate sitting room that's already hosted many of the local scene's most instrumentally focused artists.

Saturday, 12 April 2014 11:00

Dave Stone Trio 4/12/14

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With whisper and a hum, the saxophone-led Dave Stone Trio embodies the modern legacy of straight ahead jazz in St. Louis.

When you dare to combine genres of music, you dare to combine more than simply sound and style. An audacious blend of music can bring together diverse cultures, and in the realm of American society there are few backgrounds more disparate than that of small-town bluegrass and the deep urban flavor of hip-hop. On Thursday night, the 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center made easy work of the task, lead by the prototypical alchemist of the genres, Gangstagrass.

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