Jazz at Holmes begins with Alberici quartet

Clarinetist Scott Alberici and his quartet will launch Washington University’s Jazz at Holmes Series 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.

The series, which has delighted local jazz enthusiasts since 1996, features professional jazz musicians from around St. Louis and abroad performing in Holmes Lounge — a casual, coffeehouse-style setting — most Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. throughout the fall and spring semesters.

“Over the last decade, the audience attending Jazz at Holmes concerts has grown from a small group to a full house on many evenings,” said Sue Taylor, Ph.D., instructor in University College, who has administered the program since its inception along with Steve Ehrlich, associate dean of University College, and guitarist William Lenihan, director of jazz performance in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences.

“The program has helped foster an intense interest in jazz,” Taylor said. “At the same time, students appreciate the relaxed, informal atmosphere, which allows them to read or study while listening to the music.”

The series continues Sept. 18 with saxophonist Willie Akins and his quartet, followed Sept. 25 by pianist Carolbeth True and drummer David True in a program titled “Two Times True.”

Jazz at Holmes takes a break the night of the vice presidential debate Oct. 2 then continues Oct. 9 with saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, who will be joined by vocalist Debby Lennon. The complete fall schedule is below.

Jazz at Holmes sponsors include the College of Arts & Sciences; Office of Residential Life; Student Union; University College and Summer School; Congress of the South 40; Office of Student Activities; New Student Orientation; Department of Music; and Michael Cannon, executive vice chancellor and general counsel.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call 862-0874 or e-mail staylor@wustl.edu.

To receive e-mail notices about future events, write to tvs2@wustl.edu.

The schedule

Sept. 11. Clarinetist Scott Alberici and his quartet.

Sept. 18. Saxophonist Willie Akins and his quartet.

Sept. 25. “Two Times True” with pianist Carolbeth True and drummer David True.

Oct. 9. Saxophonist Paul DeMarinis with vocalist Debby Lennon.

Oct. 23. Saxophonist Dave Stone with pianist Adam Maness.

Oct. 30. Guitarist William Lenihan and pianist Ptah Williams perform music from Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew.”

Nov. 6. Austrian pianist Elizabeth Harnick and her trio.

Nov. 13. New York saxophonist Dave Liebman and his quartet.

Nov. 20. Fo(u)r Peace Band.

Dec. 4. Guitarist Steve Schenkel with vocalist Ashley Mason.