Clayton Ruth’s Chris Steak House CLAYTON This THURSDAY
This Ruth’s Chris sits on the glitzy corner of Brentwood and Forsyth boulevards. I will be there on keyboard and vocals on Thursday evenings with various musical guests who play on guitar, keyboard and more. Weather permitting, music will be on the patio- otherwise check us out in the cool, R-C lounge,
notable for its contemporary curves, romantic curtains and cool lighting.
Ruth’s Chris: #1 N Brentwood Blvd Saint Louis, MO 63105 – (314) 783-9900
SUNDAYS TOO! West STL County CANDICCI’S on Manchester, SUNDAY at 7:00PM |
Lightning is striking TWICE this week at CANDICCI’S- Join Curt and I SUNDAY night too!
Manchester/ Ellisville area- So join us for some good clean musical fun. We’ll be going til
10:30 unless we are bribed to go later (or quit earlier for that matter!) It’s located at
Holloway at Manchester Road, on the northeast quadrant. Here’s the scoop:
Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar / see also http://www.candiccis.net. 100 Holloway Road Ballwin, MO 63011 (636) 220-8989
Al Ox Band/ Millennium Hotel Downtown STL Mother’s Day!
Join us for Mom’s Day! Will it go round in a circle? You bet it will. We are talkin’ bout the TOP OF THE RIVER FRONT
Restaurant- where the outer ring of the room circles the ST. LOUIS panorama once every 90 minutes.
Pricing is $49.95 per person, live music included! We play from 11am until 3pm. Call 241 9500 for reservations.
Al Ox ‘Curbside’ Music, Araka Clayton Friday Apr 24th
Araka is located across from the Ritz on the circular drive. Join me outside on the patio weather permitting! 8:30- 11:00
131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton Missouri 63105 314 725 6777, no cover charge
Al Ox / Curt Landes At Trattoria Branica In Kirkwood, Sat April 11th 8:30pm
This is the spot where Joseph’s used to reside, located just north of Woodbine Ave. Curt and I will be in the bar side
of the property. (Though that’s where Curt usually is anyway!) Fun place. Check us
out. I will be on drums on this gig, with Curt hauling in HIS keyboard. See you!
449 S Kirkwood Rd St Louis, MO 63122 – (314) 984-9688
Al Ox@ TRUFFLES in Ladue 9-1 Friday Nite MAR 27th
(French accent) But, of course- yew know TRUFFLES, YES !? NO? Yes ! Ze famous
LaDue eatery, bistro and taverne sauvage! Eet will be wild ! Take it from
one bonvivant. (end French accent) Okay, I think you get the idea here. This
time though, please don’t sit on my baby grand piano (it just LOOKS like a baby grand) An unsuspecting patron hoisted
his lady atop my setup last time and everything came crashing down in the middle of my set. But fear not,
I finished the song anyway to a rousing ovation!
Always a fun gig, if not a little dangereux.
I would love to see your friendly face there, and possibly other friendly
parts of your body! Located at Clayton Road at Price, just 3 minutes west
of the Galleria. 9202 Clayton Rd, St Louis, MO 63124 (314) 567-9100
Al Ox Piano-Vocals / GIRLS WANNA HAVE FUN Event for Ronald McDonald House Doubletree Hotel
April 3 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. I will be dishing out the sound vibes for the first two hours of this worthy
charitable event being held at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center
(16625 Swingley Ridge Rd., Chesterfield, MO, 63017). The ladies will be treated to
Food and drinks, Music, Chances to win raffle prizes (Al Ox CD’s included)
and other indulgences including choices of:
manicures, facials, image consultations, hairstyling, massages by the pianist (!),
psychic readings and more! Tickets $75/$60 for Friends of Ronald
Buy your ticket today by calling 314-773-1100, ext. 1441.
SOLD OUT. This event has been sold out. See you there!
Al Ox / Straub’s in Ellisville, FEB 13th, Solo piano/ vocals
Please don’t think of me as just another ‘hunk of meat’ in case I happen to be playing
my piano next to the rib roasts and ground chuck. I AM A HUMAN BEING !!! I have not
yet seen the Straub’s in Ellisville but the pics look great. Definitely an upscale grocery
experience. And if you’ve never bought frozen peas to the sounds of Cole Porter playing
in the background, you don’t know what you’re missing. (Does Straub’s even HAVE
frozen peas, I don’t think so!) But they WILL have a pianist this week. Join me from
4- 7pm. Straub’s, 15830 Fountain Plaza Ellisville, MO 63017. (636) 779-8500.
Al Ox / Bella Vita Wine Bar, SAT DEC 27th, Solo piano/ vocals,
Just don’t speed on Manchester Road in getting here (!)
Please join me again at 9528 Manchester Road, 63119, in (yes) Rock Hill. I have been invited back
to do the music honors on Saturday. Bella Vita offers a unique approach
to serving wines. You simply pass a bottle of MD 20/20 around! Okay, not really. Actually they offer
a sort of gift-card type of self perusing some of their 50 wines or so and you can sample
as much or little as you like. Tentative schedule is from 8 – 11pm. La’chaim ! 314.961.6363
Al Ox Band@ HERBIE’S VINTAGE ’72 (was Balaban’s!) Sunday DEC 21, 8pm
(Featuring Landes & Martin!)
The warmth and beauty of this St. Louis fave updated, tweaked and beautified. The vintage posters
and theater chandeliers – still here! What you may notice is that now the place really sparkles
more than ever, top to bottom. The menu looks like an updated
version of some of the familiar offerings of Balabans past. (Yes, Beef Wellington is STILL
on the menu!) BTW, the Ahi tuna was served to me in perfection on the night of a recent gig there.
The updates and cuisine brought to
us now by the experts from Monarch in Maplewood. Like the scribbling on a john
wall- FOR A GOOD TIME– stop by Sunday night! My buds Curt Landes & Vince Martin
provide more than just backup, these guys are stars by themselves. 405 North Euclid Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63108. Phone (314) 769-9595 <
This NEW YEAR’S EVE 2008: FIRST NIGHT!
I will be performing as part of the First Night Celebration early in the evening, 6:30- 7:15pm at the
3rd Baptist Church (across from the FOX on Grand) Wed evening, New Year’s Eve. Al Hammerman’s
tunes will be featured as performed by the Phil Loder Trio with Phil and myself doing
the vocal honors on some of Al’s best tunes from his last 2 CD’s. Check out more
about First Night’s Kaleidoscope-themed event at firstnightstl.org. Some really fun events
for the whole family to experience. If I didn’t have another gig (see below), I would hang
out with you for the rest of the night and catch the midnight fireworks!
This NEW YEAR’S EVE 2008: Millennium Hotel Bash
In the beautiful, revolving setting of the Top Of The Riverfront Restaurant. BASIC
INFO: 2 seatings. 2nd seating starts at 8pm.
My trio includes (at LEAST) two great talents, Kyle Honeycut
on drums and Tom Byrne on Guitar.
We will be playing from 8:30 to 12:30. Dancing,
midnight toast and JAM! More info: 314 214 9500.
This Christmas Day 2008: Millennium Hotel Brunch
Glad to be back in my captain’s chair at the Samick baby grand!
The accent on my repertoire will definitely be Christmas tunes. Please call the
hotel for more info and particulars of this special holiday brunch served
from 11:00 to 4pm. Call 314 214 9500.
NOV 27th, 2008 Thanksgiving Day Jazz Brunch, Millenium Hotel Downtown STL/ Al Ox Band
Yes! Starting at 11:30 to 3:30 this Thanksgiving, NOV 27th. We will be there, please join us
as we cut into the big bird of music. Buds Curt Landes and Vince Martin will be on hand too.
Curt is bringing the relish and Vince is doing the dressing this year !
DEC 6th, Sat, Solo piano/ vocals, Al Ox@ Jimmy’s Cafe´ On The Park
Jimmy’s opened in December 1994, in a building that had been a grocery store serving
the DeMun neighborhood for over fifty years. More than six
hundred caricatures line the walls that were penned by local artist Todd Bauman and
feature the faces of local celebrities and faithful clientele that frequent the restaurant.
The contemporary ‘steam-punk’ interior design is offset by the warmth of gas fireplaces
in the bar and the separate dining room. If the St. Louis ‘City Museum’ had a cool bar,
it might well look like Jimmy’s! Come and check out the place that has become
a St. Louis favorite and is a Sauce Reader’s Choice restaurant.
Music is always a centerpiece at Jimmy’s. I’m glad to solo the honors here from
8- 12 midnight on 12/6. 706 DeMun, 63105, 314 725 8585.
SATURDAY 6/14 – Al Ox with Curt Landes & Mike Neuman At CJ Muggs 9 PM-1 AM
This will be fun and — are you ready?? INTERESTING! Neither Curt or I have had the chance to play music with the talented Mike Neuman of FAIRCHILD fame– BUT I have been
in a BATTLE OF THE BANDS with the man! If you make it to CJ Muggs in Webster- ask me for the gory details of THE CHOSEN FEW playing ‘against’
THE AARDVARKS way back in the age of peace and free love … FYI, I won’t start the gig until after 10pm since I am playing earlier at the Millennium (see below). But please
make it by if you can- 101 W. Lockwood Webster Groves 314 963 1976. Peace!
FRIDAY 2/22- Al Ox in: “Just Music, Just Hammerman – Just Lucky!”
The Words & Music of Al Hammerman – Benefit Concert and CD Release for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri
will be Friday February 22, 2008, 7:30 pm at The Sheldon Concert Hall. My buddy AL RETURNS TO THE SHELDON with lots of great new songs
as well as some of his old favorites. Al’s promo states “St. Louis’s finest vocalists will again be on hand”
and I think he’s including ME in that statement, thanks Big Al! A big part of the sound will be the lush sounds of
Phil Loder and his 12 piece orchestra. See Al’s site for more details. See you there!
Solo piano/ vocals, Al Ox/ Millennium Hotel Downtown St. Louis MO
I have played piano and sung here on Fridays and Saturdays- & now a transition!
The Millennium HAS been a great gig that I have enjoyed for
the last 16 months. Here is also saying thanks to the new friends I have made up there: Zabib, Gloria, Ethel, Karim, Tony, Beau, James, Daryl, Renee, Echram, Max, Ross, of course Jeanette & Tammy, Jim and Jay, many others and the lovely OLGA ! I DO hope to see these friends again when I return for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve
and New Year’s Eve too.
With Curt Landes Trio at BALABAN’S in the CWE 8:30pm Tues Nov 6th
Well, once again it’s Wet T-Shirt Night at Balaban’s! Uh, don’t hold me to that though – I’d better check into that again (just doesn’t sound right).
One thing for sure though, I AM scheduled to play drums with Curt and Vince Martin. SO BE THERE OR BE SQUARE, MAN- GAL- what have
you. Come to think of it, I guess it IS a bit nippy for wet T-shirts- But then again, all the nippier ! I’ll shut up now. This is a fun gig. Come !
Casino Queen, Sat OCT 27th 9-1pm
My first foray into the music side of A CASINO. Maybe I will wear my James Bond tux and order my martini lightly shaken not stirred…
Or maybe I will just play the gig and split! I am looking forward to doing this performance with Clancy Newell on drums.
This cat can really play and I have not had many opportunities to do this kind of duo where I am on keys. Also see casinoqueen.com
for directions etc.
With Curt Landes Trio at REMY’S in Clayton 8:30pm Thurs Sept 27
This place seems to have what it takes to attract diners decade after decade. I have sat in with Curt and Vince Martin
on this gig and am pleased to be a part of the trio on this date. Check out REMY’S Kitchen & Wine Bar
at 222 S. Bemiston Ave. St. Louis, MO 63105. Maybe we see you there, eh?
The show (see below) was quite an experience for me. Thanks to the good people who came and to the great Carolbeth Trio. The turnout was
great with a near sellout for the 1st show and a great crowd for the 2nd
Al Ox Salute to Tony Bennett, FINALE Night Club, Clayton SEPT 1st
May I be Frank? Er uh I mean Tony? Wait I don’t mean that…
There’s no way I could become either. But Tony Bennett’s music has been a wonderful
soundtrack to Amercan life for so many years. And hey I’M AN AMERICAN!
What a gas it will be to dedicate a night of music to some of the
songs he recorded so beautifully. Also this will be
a special treat for me as I will be accompanied by the wonderful sounds of the
Carolbeth Trio. With Carolbeth True, Kevin Gianino and Eric Warren behind me,
I will be afforded a great opportunity to stretch out vocally while I let these masters
back me up and do what they do best; make great music.
Make this concert on Saturday the 1st the musical getaway part of
your Labor Day Weekend. The smokeless, classy nightclub atmosphere of Clayton’s
jazz spot, FINALE Music & Dining is a fun venue with FREE parking and easy access.
Finale is located just across from the pool at Shaw Park on Brentwood at Bonhomme. See finale-stl.com.
(Parking hint, enter the garage and go up to the 2nd level. You will be just a few steps from the club!)
Two shows, 7:30 & 9:30. Tickets at the door or by TicketMaster, $16. See you? (thanks! A.O.)
Al Ox w/ Landes & Martin, ‘Crossings’ – Webster Grvs Sat July 7th, 8pm- 10
Great little American Bistro. (Even with the vibration of passing box cars experienced during ballads!) I will be on DRUMS and vocals with
a couple of my good buddies. i.e. CURT ANT VINCE baby. Oh yeah.
Crossings has a wide and varied menu. The owners are avid music folk who welcome musicians regularly. They even pay us!
Easy directions from Clayton. Take Brentwood Blvd south to about a mile past Manchester Rd. Go left on Gore, up the hill to
just past the RR tracks!
Stellar Band found in Defiance
Not of a court order, Defiance Missouri that is! (bada-dump- chsh!) We will be appearing at Wine Country Gardens, 7- 10pm on Saturday evening June 16th. I am told this dinner engagement is sold out. Please see winecountrygardens.net
for info on future shows here. Featured in “Better Homes and Gardens” this 42 acre nursery and farm provides a country atmosphere surrounded by patios, ponds, waterfalls and garden. The century old home overlooks the Missouri River. The Patio Café & Wine Garden is open daily. About 15 minutes west of Chesterfield MO.
Back to TRUFFLES, Sat May 5th 9pm- 1
It’s deja-vu all over again as I return to this lovely little haunt known as Truffles in LADUE. (LADUE all caps intended). I remember this place
when they had a real baby grand. THOSE WERE THE DAZE MY FRIEND !! etc… Anyway that piano is gone but with the help of my digital grand the walls
of this place will once again ring with the sound of tickled ivories. Return with me once again to that place of yesteryear… and even no-steryear and
any other relevant years. (Just please stop by will ya?) Truffles is on Clayton Rd, about 2 minutes west of the Galleria, just west of Price.
Landes & Martin w/Al Ox @Busch’s Grove, Fri June 15th 9pm
Not to be confused with Rowan & Martin from the 1968 TV show, LAUGH IN, Curt and Vince are a formidable duo in their own right. (TV show pending!).
We are going to have fun and YOU are invited to COME ON DOWN Ginger Veliose from Duluth Minnesota! I will be on my micro drum set.
They said it couldn’t be done, but with the world’s smallest bass
drum at 12 x13 inches, I am doing it !! People ask me if I am playing a children’s drum set. THE NOIVE! Pictures to follow. Busch’s Grove is located in Ladue
on Clayton Rd at Price, just 2 minutes west of the Galleria.
Al Ox Stellar Band @Terrene, Sunday Evening MAR 6th 5:30pm until 8
You are in for a treat at Terrene. Some may know the location as what was once, The Ladle restaurant.
It is located in the West End area at 33 N. Sarah St. Louis MO 63108. That’s about a mile east of Kingshighway off of Forest Park Blvd.
The food is scrumdiddilyumpscious. (Yes, it’s true, I COULD be a food critic- able to find JUST the right word to describe a delicate flavor….)
The place is totally new now with a contemp yet subdued and chic atmosphere and the courtyard is just lovely- and that’s BEFORE
the music even starts! Weather or NOT, we will be there- possibly indoors if its unfriendly out. The Stellar Band features
a couple of my favorite musical pals, Curt Landes on keys and Vince Martin on guitar. I hope to see you there. thanks…
WORDS AND MUSIC BY AL HAMMERMAN, Fri April 27th 7:30 & 9:30pm FINALE
[This show went great! Thanks for inviting me, Al] And once again, IT’S HAMMER TIME! Let’s put on a show! Better yet, let my musical compadre Al Hammerman do it and I’ll just drop in to sing a few
of my favorite tunes of his… Yeah that’s the ticket- which by the way is 15 bucks. But I assure you Dr. Al will nary see a penny of it, since proceeds are going elsewhere. TO ME.
No, I’m lying. This benefit show in this cool night club setting is for Make A Wish. A REAL event. Singers include Caroline Gallagher and
Arvell Keithley and more surprises.
Finale is located just across from the high-dive (not ON the high-dive) at the Shaw Park pool on Brentwood at Bonhommmmmme. See finale-stl.com.
ALSO see Al’s web site at AlHammerman.com.
Landes & Martin Trio, Sat April 7th 9-12pm MIHALLI’S on McCausland Ave
I am the TRIO part of the band name here. I tried to get Curt to call it the Ox/ Martin Trio or even the Landes/ Ox trio but he was unflappable.
Not only that, he said NO. Even after I suggested the Landes/ Ox/ Martin trio, he wouldn’t budge. Come check us out since I will likely carry this
grudge thru the performance RIGHT OVER THE MICROPHONE. Anyway, when its MY GIG this is called the Al Ox STELLAR BAND. But am I angry or
resentful? You’re G-ddamned right I am! This band is a gas. Please come and have fun with us. HEY HEY we’re the Monkeys !!! Well, almost. Mihali’s is at 314-333-3301.
Al Ox & Curt Landes HWY 61 ROADHOUSE, Tues MAR 13th 7:30 pm
I will be sitting in for buddy Vince Martin who is a bit under the weather this day. Stop by this funky Webster Groves eatery for a bluesy bash.
Bring your playing chops with you. This is open mic night. All players welcome.
Al Ox Stellar Band @COPIA, Fri MAR 9th 10pm
I am quite pleased to be playing this cool venue with a couple of my favorite musical pals, Curt Landes on keys and Vince Martin on guitar.
If you haven’t traversed Kingshighway of late (from the county), this is a perfect excuse. This contemporary restaurant and yes,
WINERY (they DO make their own wines in the annex market) is located in the loft district on the 1100 block of Washington Avenue and is
just a great space and place. I can vouch for the food. Quiz me and I’ll give you the scoop. We hope to get some regular nights booked here.
So saunter on in, why doncha? The music mix will be rather eclectic, if I do say so me-self ! Copia Urban Winery, 1122 Washington, Downtown STL 63101.
From the county take Hwy 40 to the 11th St Exit and shoot up north to Washington- make a left there. Valet if needed. Also see
Copiawine.com. See ya soon!
XANADU Sat MAR 3rd, 7:30pm
This duo gig worked out well. Dave True did a fab job on drums. This first time actually that I played with only a drummer, so it was a
bit of a new experience but one I will likely repeat. XANADU Restaurant & Bar is located in Chesterfield on Long Road past Chesterfield Commons.
Video, Al Ox
What the world needs now is MORE TAP :~).
This vid shot by my long time friend Mark Silverman is me attempting to fill that need. “I Hate To Exercise,
But I Love To Tap!” (my first tap instructional video and personal philosphy).
from the JUNE 2006 Senior Olympic showcase. Helping me make the choreography work is the lady seen, instructor Marcene Tockman.
As of this performance 2 years ago, I had been tapping less than 2 years.
The original recording is my buddy, bassist Dave Troncosso. (Dave plays on my SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE cd).
Tribute to Chet Baker @ FINALE, Sat DEC 23rd (7:30pm Show & 9:30 Show)
(NEAR SELLOUT ON BOTH SHOWS) Cool, mellow and sensuous, Chet Baker was not your usual crooner or jazz musician. A solid trumpet
player, he could have left it at that. But this guy could turn a tune on a dime with his soft, thin, high tenor vocal style, then pick up his trumpet and blow
a sound to contrast and compliment the tune. To my thinking, a great disc to add to any collection would be THE BEST OF CHET BAKER SINGS.
The laser on my cd player has been burning a hole in that one over the last few months. Glad to write here that I have been asked to join up with the talents
of some of the best players around this town for this a tribute to Chet, with Randy Holmes on trumpet and his HARD BOP HERITAGE band. With arrangements inspired
from the albums of Chet Baker, musicians Carol Beth True, Eric Warren, Wayne Coniglio, Larry Smith and Kevin Giannino will make this
evening at Finale a special night. $10 cover. Finale is located just across from the high-dive at the Shaw Park pool on Brentwood. See finale-stl.com, and see U there!
NEW YEAR’S EVE/ Copia Winery 1122 Washington Ave, 10PM !
(WE HAD FUN) Join the Al Ox Trio in the contemporary yet warm surroundings of Copia Urban Winery, downtown STL. I will be playing music with my good friends,
Chip Katz and Curt Landes for, as they say, A FEW HOURS OF ROLLICKING FUN! No cover charge on this NY eve gig. Please stop by! See
CopiaWine.com or call them at 314 621 7275 for more info. Look for us in the back area called the Wine Garden.
The Crossings in Webster Groves, Al Ox Trio Sat NOV 18th (8:00pm- 10:15)
A good gig. (Even with the vibration of passing box cars experienced during ballads!) I will be on keyboard and vocals with David True on drums and Chip Katz on guitar.
Crossings has a wide selection of American Bistro foods. The owners are avid music folk who welcome musicians regularly. They even pay us!
Easy directions from Clayton. Take Brentwood Blvd south to about a mile past Manchester Rd. Go left on Gore, up the hill to just past the RR tracks!
OCT 28th MAKE A WISH Benefit Dinner and Auction/ Ritz Hotel Ballroom
As I have been naughty in keeping this site up to date, (somebody spank me!) this little paragraph can only serve to look back at this event I had the pleasure to
be a part of in late October. Like a previous event I did with him, Al Hammerman’s music once again took center stage- when he wasn’t UP-staged that is by
the singing of the MUNY KIDS (yes, that’s about 40 kids!) doing his
music. Thank you to Al and the great Phil Loder orchestra that backed me up on Al’s tunes, ALL NEW SONGS and NOTHIN’ BUT TIME. I even got to do a little hoofin’. The
event raised some serious funds for a good cause and now I can say I performed with the MUNY Kids!
NAJS Summer Jazz Series, Aug 11th Fayetteville Arkansas
What a gas it was to perform this concert, the last in the N. AR Jazz Society’s Summer Series
and my first in this cool college community. Covering my backside was the NAJS ‘House Rhythm Section’
including long time friend, Jim Greeson on bass, Claudia Burson on piano, and Darren Novotny, drums. With just around 2 hours to
rehearse the night before, this troop really pulled it off well, learning new tunes and challenging arrangements. And the performance itself was so very musical!
It was sponsored by 91.3 FM KUAF Radio & the U of ARK Music Dept. and took place in the STELLA BOYLE SMITH FINE ARTS CONCERT HALL.
Thanks to my new friends in Fayetteville. – Alan
Busch’s Grove in Ladue Wed Night, July 5th 7:30- 11:30
This is a late posting, but I just recently received an invite that I just couldn’t refuse. Busch’s Grove is that restaurant that’s been at Clayton Road and
Price since the 1890’s. Why I wasn’t even a twinkle in great grand dad’s eye back then. I wasn’t even knee high to a … oh you get the idea. You are cordially
invited to come out and buy your favorite piano player a drink. And if he isn’t around, well you can buy me one dawgonnit! Busch’s Grove is a beautiful place
and music is an important part of their presentation, being featured at least 5 nights a week. I will be playing solo on their baby grand. Please stop in!
ALL NEW SONGS Benefit Concert – A Success!
Check out the links here to Al Hammerman’s recent CD Release/ Benefit Concert. The CD, which features all original tunes of Al’s
sung by St. Louis artists (including moi!) was released as musicians took to the stage of the Sheldon Concert Hall as a benefit for the MAKE A WISH foundation.
Along with other musicians including Arvell Keithley and myself was Phil Loder and Al’s big band and New York singer Caroline Gallagher.
I sang several of the cuts on Hammerman’s CD, and this bash was a great kickoff for Hammerman’s music – as well as being for a great cause.
Hammerman’s cut, ALL NEW SONGS may also be heard on my CD, SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE. (Check out the tracks on this site under Soung Bytes)
For more info, see: http://www. alhammerman.com. Thanks for being there!
Cafe de France, Fri Apr 1st, (no joke!) 7th, 14th, Sat 22nd & Fri 28th
A great spot for a piano bar. Located where once patrons of the Leather Bottle would wine and dine. Well you can still dine here, but no whining allowed. Bada-dump! I will be playing for a couple hours till about 10, maybe later. Located just across from the Ritz on Forsyth on the street level of the old Famous Barr parking garage. For the bon vivant! (jovial chaps, translation by Monique!) Starting around 8:30 on Fridays and 8:00 on Saturdays.
Ritz Hotel NEW YEAR’S EVE ’05 – Went Great!
Just added. More details HERE. I will be playing an early cocktail hour set in the Lobby Lounge on piano, then I move to play with the Stellar Studio Band
to the Top of the Grand Staircase on the Ritz Mezzanine.
This was part of a package deal at the Ritz. 9pm to about 1am. It was a blast. I was playing drums with Curt Landes on keys, Vince Martin on guitar
and bass and Willie Aikens on sax. We had a couple hundred people with a splendid time had by all. No really! (see the postcard)
Review SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE on CD Baby.com
I could use some additional feedback on my album to share on the CD Baby website, cdbaby.com as well as Amazon. Thanks to PATTY ANN and MOM OF TWO! Check on my album page and look for the link WRITE A REVIEW on the far bottom left. Thanks and
on the site. Please note the CD is on Amazon also
Ritz Hotel: Lobby Lounge CD Release Party, Thurs June 23rd
Thank you to those who came out to the Ritz last month for my release party. It was a success in many ways. First, the turnout was great with a party atmosphere. This seemed to coincide well with the upcoming weekend of jazz in Shaw Park. The CDs arrived just in time despite printing problems with thanks to Cindy over at Music Master Studios. And the music felt great. Here are the musicians that helped me pull this off: Dave Venn, Curt Landes, Phil Loder, Larry Johnson, Dave Troncoso, Herman Semiday, Sandy Weltman, Paul DeMareth, my son Evan, Curt Silver, and Joe Weber. Thanks gents! Also thanks for the support and talents of songwriter Al Hammerman who was on hand with his entourage! The CD will be on sale on the web this week online here and at several St. Louis Border’s Books locales and Webster and Euclid Record stores.
Al’s Stellar Studio Trio on KTVI Morning Show 2005
Three musicians managed to get outta bed and make it to a TV studio before 8am. Smashing to smitherines long held beliefs of musician sleeping habits. This is news in itself! But the fact that we were promoting the aforementioned CD bash made it even more news worthy. On time and cue were Curt Landes on keys and Dave Troncoso on base. Twas fun. We all went back to bed afterwards!
Al And Ron Wilkinson With Don Wolff on KMOX Radio
I had the opportunity to plug my new CD and a couple of events this past Saturday night on Don Wolff’s jazz radio show, I LOVE JAZZ. Also on board was singer Ron Wilkinson, host of this Father’s Day’s jazz show at Club Seven, SONGS FOR MY FATHER’S DAY. Don played cuts from both of our CD’s as he let us go on about our events. BTW, Ron’s live-music jazz show starts at 3:30 pm on Father’s Day and runs to 8pm. This is at 3221 Olive Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63103- just east of Grand (314) 535-3134. I will be stopping in to do a song or two. Proceeds benefit prostate research. Admission is $30.
Vocal CD Update
NEW. Check out the SOUND BYTES link on the left for an ‘mp3view’ of some of the cuts. The whole CD has of some of my favorite tunes and an original or two featuring great St. Louis musicians as well as myself as vocalist.
April 18 session with the entire troop of Wild, Cool & Swingin was a gas. Along with some fixes in the mixes I attended to, these chaps blew some beautiful notes on the tunes, I Can Take A Hint and All Or Nothing At All. How great to sing when being backed up by one of the greatest horn sections on the planet. (Not to forget the great drumming by Joe Weber, the strumming of Dave Fowler or the man on keys and bass, Mark Frederich).
March 14th Session: Assisting with the tunes on this session were Dave Venn on keys, Matt Kimmick on drums and the talented Dave Troncoso on acoustic bass, (see SOUND BYTES above). These guys performed just great. Also, on muted trumpet Jim Manley stopped in to lay down a great solo on James Taylor’s I Don’t Want to be Lonely and ‘harmonicist’ Sandy Weltman did a beautiful track on Quiet Nights. We have also laid down the following with the help of studio guru Greg Trampe: Here There and Everywhere, It’s All Right With Me, Under My Skin, The Best is Yet to Come, Taking a Chance on Love, my own I Can Take a Hint and others. This was a live session. The ensemble played together with little overdubbing.
Vocal Session with St. Louis Artist
St. Louis composer and lyricist Al Hammerman and I have allot in common. You can call us both Al, we went to primary school together, we were both at his 8th birthday party and we both have an appreciation for big band music. This is to say WE GO WAY BACK! Lucky for me too. Al invited me in as a guest vocalist on part of his upcoming music project. Thanks in no small part to the arranging talents of Phil Loder, the tunes lend themselves well to the big band sound that they are wrapped in, and evoke well the era of those guys known as the Rat Pack. Maybe Al will let me post a bit of those cuts when they become available. The session I sang on went quite well.