Jazz at Holmes begins Sept. 8

Ptah Williams, William Lenihan and Steve Davis launch fall series

Guitarist Todd Mosby will perform for the Jazz at Holmes Series Sept. 15.
Guitarist Todd Mosby will perform for the Jazz at Holmes Series Sept. 15.

St. Louis piano legend Ptah Williams will join Washington University in St. Louis guitarist William Lenihan and drummer Steve Davis at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, for “Streams of Extremity: Modern Jazz.”

Ptah Williams
Ptah Williams

The free concert will launch the university’s fall Jazz at Holmes Series. In all, Jazz at Holmes will present 11 performances by locally and nationally known musicians.

Other highlights will include pianist Dave Venn (Sept. 22); trumpeter George Sams and saxophonist J.D. Parran (Oct. 20); and a concert tribute marking the 30th anniversary of Bertrand Tavernier’s acclaimed jazz film “Round Midnight” (Nov. 17).

“Tavernier’s fictionalized film portrays a jazz musician based on the lives of both Lester Young and Bud Powell,” said Lenihan, director of jazz performance and professor of practice in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences. Like the film, the concert will “capture the spirit of the Paris jazz scene in the 1950s.”

Jazz at Holmes

Jazz at Holmes presents free campus concerts in a relaxed, coffee-house setting most Thursday evenings throughout the year.

All performances take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall. For more information, call 314-862-0874; email staylor@wustl.edu; visit ucollege.wustl.edu/jazz; or follow Jazz at Holmes on Facebook.

Jazz at Holmes is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Union, Congress of the South 40, Department of Music in Arts and Sciences, University College and Summer School, Campus Life, Danforth University Center and Event Management, Community Service Office, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, Greek Life Office and the Office of Residential Life.

The Wee Trio
The Wee Trio performs Nov. 3.

Fall schedule

Sept. 8
“Streams of Extremity: Modern Jazz”
Ptah Williams, piano; William Lenihan, guitar; and Steve Davis, drums.

Sept. 15
Guitarist Todd Mosby and his group

Sept. 22
“From Chicago to L.A.: A Musical Travelogue on Route 66”
William Lenihan/Jay Oliver Quartet
4 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum

Sept. 22
“Tribute to St. Louis Piano Tradition”
Pianist Dave Venn and his Trio

Oct. 6
Guitarist Vince Varvel and his group

Oct. 20
“George Sams Experience — Modern Jazz”
New York trumpeter George Sams and saxophonist J.D. Parran

Oct. 27
Drummer Nick Savage and his quintet
With guest saxophonist Paul DeMarinis and local young musicians

Nov. 3
New York’s The Wee Trio, featuring vibraphone, drums and bass

Nov. 10
Flutist Mark Holland improvises on Native American themes.

Nov. 17
30th anniversary tribute to Bertrand Tavernier’s “Round Midnight”

Dec. 1
Jazz singer Jan Shapiro

Jan Shapiro
Singer Jan Shapiro performs Dec. 1.
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