I had the pleasure of attending scores of shows in St. Louis this past year. Here are my top picks for the best shows of 2014.
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.
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.
This was my first full calendar year attending concerts for KDHX as a photographer and journalist, and it certainly helped keep me regularly attending shows.