What: Webster-Kirkwood Times Presents 9th Annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival
Where: Webster Groves Historic District at the Intersection of Lockwood and Gore / Allen Avenues (St. Louis)
When: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 12:00 noon - 11:00 p.m.
Who: Wild Cool & Swingin' featuring Charlie Boehme, St. Louis Jazz & Blues Revue with Anita Rosamond, Soulard Blues Band, Two Times True with Christi John Bye,, Webster University Faculty Jazz Band, Matthew Von Doran Trio, Dogtown Allstars, Eastern Central Pacific - Standard Time, Funky Butt Brass Band, The SteamRollers, Webster Groves High School Jazz Band
FREE: Admission, Jazz Clinic, Clinic Gift Bags and Parking
INFO: For more information visit www.oldwebsterjazzfestival.com or call (314) 961-8810
St. Louis, MO, USA - August 27, 2009 – With a long and storied history of its own, Old Webster Groves will recreate the fun of the Vegas strip of decades past. The Webster-Kirkwood Times is proud to sponsor and present the ninth annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival (OWJBF). This year, the free, award-winning, family jazz and blues fest turns back the hands of time to the heyday of the Rat Pack, when crowds packed venues to enjoy the fast-paced performances and dazzling array of musical styles.
Commemorate the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and experience the retro nostaligia in a cultural, environment filled with entertaining performers. A-List bands continue to make Old Webster Groves a top-notch aural hotspot. Once known as the Queen of the Suburbs, historic Webster Groves is enjoying a music and cultural renaissance.
Located 10 miles southwest of St. Louis, Webster Groves has hosted this melodic Midwest jaunt for the last eight years. On Saturday, September 19 the festival will showcase eleven area bands that honor iconic jazz and blues legends. Expect to see carefree involvement from the entire community as kids and adults alike croon along to the much anticipated Sinatra songs.
2009 Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival
Wild, Cool & Swingin' Orchestra featuring Charlie B. returns for their fourth festival appearance with exciting displays of musicianship. The headline band will recreate the Las Vegas jazz scene of the sixties featuring vocalist Charlie Boehme - one of the areas most versatile singers. With an edgy style that has been compared to jazz greats such as Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie, critically acclaimed trumpeter Jim Manley is sure to ignite the night with his leading, horn-driven sound. Enjoy a wonderful evening with an unmistakable twist!
New to this year's line-up is the St. Louis Jazz & Blues Revue, an assembly of all-star area musicians who have come together for a unique, one-time show. Featured members include Anita Rosamond, Rich McDonough, and Jesse Gannon in a tribute to St. Louis music legends.
Making their first appearance as newcomers to the festival are the highly acclaimed Two Times True with Christi John Bye, the swinging Eastern Central Pacific -- Standard Time, the German-born Matthew von Doran Trio, and the classic soul-jazz of the Dogtown Allstars.
Additional highlights are the world-class favorites from the Webster University Faculty Jazz Band, the award-winning Soulard Blues Band, the high-energy Funky Butt Brass Band, hometown favorite The SteamRollers, and the Webster Groves High School Jazz Band as seen in JazzED Magazine.
A Taste of Old Webster
Like the dining hotspots of Vegas, Old Webster Groves offers traditional eats. A conversation-friendly environment is fueled by diverse treats and beverages for families who mingle to the music and saunter along street side shops. Neighborhood bars, restaurants and businesses are of particular interest. Families should not be surprised if, as they stroll through the nostalgic business district, they bump into street entertainers who seek to amuse with face painting, juggling and balloon creations.
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A free educational jazz clinic is available for regional students and amateur musicians at the high school, college level and beyond. Co-Sponsored by Webster University and the OWJBF, the clinic is hosted by world-class faculty and artists. From 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., attendees will learn from accomplished musicians, including Debby Lennon (vocals), Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar), and Carolbeth True (piano). The clinic takes place in the new Community Music School Building (Room 11), located at 535 Garden Avenue on the campus of Webster University. Each participant will receive a free gift bag from area retailers (ie. MAXJAZZ, Webster Records, Mel Bay, Switzer's Candy, Euclid Records). No instruments or prior registration are necessary.
The OWJBF was founded by its taxing district to help promote music and culture in the Old Webster Groves Historic District. One of the most family-friendly, jazz and blues festivals on the planet, the OWJBF beckons families to bring their kids and strollers as they celebrate, educate and commemorate. For more information about the OWJBF and its sponsors, visit www.oldwebsterjazzfestival.com or contact the Webster Groves Events Hotline at (314) 961-8810. The festival offers free admission and parking. All events go on rain or shine. No glass bottles allowed.
Presenting & Founding Sponsor: Webster-Kirkwood Times Radio Sponsor: KTRS 550 AM
Other Sponsor: Novus Companies Emcee: KTRS's Jim McMillan and John Shay