Things about Jazz and Jazzness and why Jazz is spectular and you should have Jazz band
Aaron Kamm and the One Drops
Reggae. Dub. Blues. Rock. Groove. Jam. Soul. Roots. A staple of the St. Louis music scene, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops play and intoxicating concoction of Roots Reggae and Mississippi River Blues. Improv-laced James, dubbed out grooves and Effervescent Vocals make this band must see. With the release of their third studio album “The Bomb and the Beast” in 2013, this independent trio is beginning to forge their way across the country.
Big Mike Aguirre & the Blue City All Stars
When you hear Big Mike Aguirre play guitar, you know where he’s coming from: the East Side, where the blues isn’t for tourists, it’s for survivors. Aguirre is a young white man from Belleville, Illinois, and he sounds like he’s cut his teeth in every working-class juke-joint from Brooklyn to Waterloo.
If you're looking for an authentic New Orleans-style second line parade for your wedding, festival, grand opening, bar mitzvah, barn-raising, or jazz funeral, you've come to the right place. This group features musicians from The Funky Butt Brass Band, a legendary group that respects and reveres the New Orleans brass band tradition. In the words of Offbeat New Orleans Music Magazine: “These cats can play.”
Anita Rosamond is an extremely talented vocalist and keyboardist whose versatility is second to none! Anita is available as a soloist, duo, trio or even as a large 7 piece band! Each member has at least 20 years of experience as professionals in the music business and all are very well respected musicians in Saint Louis and beyond.
Billy Peek is one of St. Louis's greatest treasures, but his talent is truly a national music legend. He is more than an accomplished guitarist who has played with the best of them. He is an artist who gives a hard-driving combination of rock n' roll and rhythm n' blues. He is an elite member of Blues Royalty, and one of the finest rock and blues guitarists in the country.
Tommy Halloran's Guerilla Swing
Tommy Halloran, one of the hardest working musicians in St. Louis, has put together a new quartet dubbed Guerrilla Swing, consisting of Mark Wallace on upright bass, Kristian Baarsvik on saxophones, Kyle Honeycutt on drums, and Halloran on guitar and vocals. Guerrilla Swing pays homage to the great tradition that is jazz with their vintage swing sound, while simultaneously creating music that is relevant to our modern times. As a longtime host of open-mic nights, Halloran’s around musicians both in the heart of their career and at the beginning. From each night’s varied experience, he’s developed upon the sound that’s been in his head since childhood. While some musicians have ridden the varying waves of swing’s popularity, Halloran’s always been true to the genre. His parents played classic jazz and blues around the house, and he’s now well into two decades of public performance of that music. The key is that he’s doing so by employing only the songs that he loves, playing chestnut-heavy sets sprinkled with a number of originals. Halloran likes his sets played straight, without artifice, but with the natty attire that you might expect. Seldom will you see this cat around town without a collared shirt, hat, and blazer. He’s a sharp player, a sharp dresser—and all the way authentic.
Annie and The Fur Trappers
Annie and the Fur Trappers is a St. Louis traditional jazz and blues band. The band includes clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, banjo, guitar, piano, washboard, and saxophone. Annie and the Fur Trappers is dedicated to performing and preserving the music of the 1920s and 30s today. The band plays traditional jazz, delta blues, ragtime, and swing music. Their version of 'Delta Bound" was selected to be displayed at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment experience in Meridian, Mississippi. Annie and the Fur Trappers' original song "You Break It, You Buy It" was selected for the St. Louis Blues Society's 17 in 17 complilation album. Annie and the Fur Trappers have performed at a variety of music festivals including Big Muddy Blues Festival, The Whitaker Jazz Festival, The Apple Butter Festival, HONK!TX, Musikfest, The Cherokee Street Jass Crawl, and The Rosebud Cafe Music Festival.
Atomic Blues Band
Doug Phillips originally from St Louis recently moved back to The St Louis area from the San Diego area to reform "The Atomic Blues Band" with Marty Monson and Gary John Gardner. The "Atomic Blues Band's" sound is defined by Marty Monson's solid backbone on the drums and the driving and tasteful bottom that Gary John Gardner so skillfully provides on the bass. Gary also contributes vocally to the band. With such an incredible band, Doug as guitarist and vocalist can't help but feel the passion and soul of these amazing musicians. The band plays covers and originals with the passion, experience, and soul of the vintage musicians that they are. Even in the covers that they perform there is a refreshing atmosphere of originality.
St Louis Stompers
Since forming in 1981, the St. Louis Stompers have played a mixture of Chicago and New Orleans style traditional jazz and Dixieland, reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. With years of experience between them, the St. Louis Stompers talented musicians have performed with groups such as the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Jean Kittrell’s Old St. Louis Levee Band, the Gateway City Big Band and the St. Louis Rivermen.