Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Terence Blanchard, Tim Berne among Jazz Highlights of the Year

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Terence Blanchard, Tim Berne among Jazz Highlights of the Year

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In 2015, jazz fans had a bounty of options to choose from.

PERFORMANCES

Tim Berne at the Stage at KDHX in May. It's still rare that an avant-garde jazz artist plays St. Louis, much less one of saxophonist Berne's stature. This concert presented by the New Music Circle was everything a fan could wish for, addressing a wide range of musical moods.

Terence Blanchard at Ferring Jazz Bistro in June. Earlier in this career, trumpeter Blanchard was a strict jazz traditionalist. So this engagement, which found him pursuing an electric vibe a la the later work of Miles Davis, came as a surprise but an extremely pleasant one.

Marcus Miller at Ferring Jazz Bistro in June. The bassist offered a diverse program in which straight-ahead and fusion styles intriguingly intermingled. The set revealed Miller to be not only a master of his instrument, but also an astonishingly accomplished composer. …

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