It's frustrating to have all these great shows butting heads. To paraphrase Tina Fey/Liz Lemon -- I want to go to all of there. Something for (almost) everyone awaits.
The difference between legend and legacy can seem muddled to a few, but ultimately, many realize that it's marked by a single concept, impact. While many would consider Stanley Clarke to be a living legend in the world of jazz and the bass, his appearance at the helm of Stanley Clarke Band at the Pageant on Tuesday night illustrated more than simply his prowess as a musician, but also the lasting effect he has on the youth that join him on stage and nearly every modern jazz musician that has risen through the ranks. With over four decades of experience, Clarke's discography depicts the changing face of jazz while his energy mobilizes its future.
It wasn't the case that no shows worthy of mention happened Sunday through Tuesday -- I just didn't have time to let you know about them. Here's the music mayhem I could get to -- a couple of very packed weeknights.
Thanks to a technical glitch by Yahoo Mail, a packed edition for this weekend that had been saved as a draft several times since Tuesday just went fully into the ether Thursday evening -- an infuriating waste of several hours' work.
A primer: Volcanoes is a St. Louis dance-metal duo composed of stoic guitarist Jon Ryan and the delightfully spastic Eric Peters. After being sealed up for several semesters inside Lindenwood University (in St. Charles, Missouri), Volcanoes released "Heavy Hands" in 2012. The chugging, hyper-aggressive sing-speak, drum-and-guitar melodies were comely enough to assuage any eyebrows raised, and jittered about in beguiling, scattered memorandums on a breakup.
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.
This weekend isn't as crazy as most of late, but there are still more good shows than a person can attend.