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University City Jazz Festival Returns

Event to be held Saturday, Sept. 22 in Heman Park

St. Louis Metrobones member Zach Arias on guitar. (click for larger version)
September 12, 2012
The University City Jazz Festival announces a dynamic collection of local and nationally renowned jazz artists showcasing the best in contemporary, straight-ahead and funky music, Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon to 8:30 p.m., in Heman Park, 7210 Olive Blvd.

The roster includes the bands listed below:

Noon: St. Louis Metrobones

There are very few trombone ensembles in the world that feature 15 trombones and a rhythm section set in a jazz tradition. Musicians in this group have played in Missouri's All-State Jazz and Concert Bands, Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, Jazz U Combos, and the St. Louis Youth Symphony. They are winners of the "Jazz Education Initiative," sponsored by Silverman Brothers Music.

1:30 p.m.: Tracer

Internationally renowned pianist Ptah Williams drives this explosive reunion concert. A resident of University City for 30 years, Williams will transport listeners back to the 80s and 90s of this band's heyday with their memorable, jazz-fusion powerhouse.

Dawn Weber (click for larger version)
3 p.m.: Dawn Weber & Naked Rock Fight

This new, high-energy six piece funk jazz ensemble of all-stars fronted by contemporary jazz trumpet virtuoso Dawn Weber writes and creates its own, original material. From blues to soul and pop, and from contemporary jazz chords to fusion-oriented horn lines, audiences love to groove along to the group's cool bass lines.

4:30 p.m.: Miles Davis All-Star Tribute

The region's preeminent jazz musicians come together one time only to pay homage to Miles Davis. In the style of Davis' creative expression, St. Louis' jazz luminaries shine with Freddie Washington (sax), Maurice Carnes (drums), Bill Lenihan (piano) and Danny Campbell (trumpet). U. City High graduate Jeff Anderson (bass) rounds out the band.

Michael Silverman photo: Dawn DeBlaze (click for larger version)
6 p.m.: Bach to the Future

With 100 million downloads, 13 number one albums and eight million songs sold, Bach to the Future blends jazz and Latin styles with cutting-edge instruments and the classical pieces that have stood the test of time. The group's roster includes Michael Silverman (piano), Rob Silverman (drumitar), Matt Bollinger (bass), Andrew Driscoll (electric violin) and special guest Noel Neuenkirk (percussion).

7:30 p.m.: Trio Tres Bien

Internationally renowned jazz legends Jeter (piano), Harold (bass) and Howard Thompson (percussion) have been swinging listeners worldwide with a collection of straight-ahead jazz, Latin and African flavored standard and original compositions for decades.

Trio Tres Bien (click for larger version)
Originating during the memorable Gaslight Square era, Jeter led the group formerly known as Quartette Tres Bien to record 14 albums and numerous singles with record labels.

Schedule is subject to change. For more information about the University City Jazz Festival, artist biographies, and its sponsors visit www.UCityJazzFestival.com. The events go on rain or shine. No glass bottles allowed.

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