A very busy weekend of music goes head-to-head with Mardi Gras celebrations, Valentine's Day -- and some bracing weather. There's a lot to cover. Here's the first of two parts.
One of the great concert halls in the history of St. Louis, the Palladium was built in 1914 and from the very beginning hosted the best of both local and national jazz artists.
Kenny DeShields doesn’t fit into any single genre of music, and that’s OK with him. He has made his own.
Jazz artist Russell Gunn was born in Chicago but raised in East St. Louis. His main instrument is trumpet, but he is fluent on a number of instruments.
Once upon a time in St. Louis, Three Merry Widows spun an elaborate, fairy-tale wonderland of music with their very own Alice front and center. Alice Spencer, Brian Simpson, Sean Garcia and Charles Shipman are reuniting for one night (sans original drummer Matt Albert) to tell their stories and sing their songs once again. Three Merry Widows perform at the Ready Room on Saturday, February 7.
Innovative jazz drummer Kenny Clarke was born in Pittsburgh in 1914. Raised by a musical family he learned several instruments and played in Roy Eldridge's band as a teenager. In the early '30s he moved to St. Louis to join the Jeter-Pillars Band.
On a music-related note: "20,000 Days On Earth" -- a film about dark rocker Nick Cave -- screens as part of Webster University's film series through Sunday. More info here.