Annual Jazz Festival Features Tributes
“Johnnie Johnson and Gaslight
Peek was the obvious choice - he has given tribute to
Johnnie throughout his career. He, too, is a real crowd
- Dan Warner, Artistic Director
“None of us in attendance will be disappointed.”
- Francis Johnson (Widow
of Johnnie Johnson)
Louis, August 23, 2005 - With
an appetizing array of ten different shows that appear
on two stages for a full day of nonstop jazz, the 5th
Annual Old Webster Jazz Festival offers fans a taste to
please every palette. Presented by the Webster-Kirkwood
Times, the free event features everything from reunions
that reflect St. Louis’ storied past to today's
new grooves. A generous helping of world-class jazz will
be served up by the famous festival artists on September
17 in the nostalgic and historic district of Webster Groves.
Located at the intersection of Gore and Lockwood
Avenues, the award-winning event features tributes to
legendary Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson
and Gaslight Square. Guitar masters Corey Christiansen
performs on the Johnnie Johnson stage. There, Erin Bode
premiers songs from her new vocal album before the horn
driven grooves of Wild, Cool &.Swingin’. Newcomers,
Kevin Mitchell 4 and the Leslie Maclean Trio, perform
on the Gaslight Square stage, where musical actress, Jeanne
Trevor takes you on a memorable journey circa 1959. They
all guarantee to please even the most discriminating musical
For the first time in three years, the festival will be
headlined by a new performer. Johnnie Johnson will be
remembered in an appropriate and touching performance
by Rock ‘n Soul artist, Billy Peek. “Humbled”
is how Johnson’s widow, Francis, described the city’s
decision to honor her late husband. “I’m very
proud that Billy, who was very dear to us, has accepted
to play for this occasion. Billy puts on a wonderful show.
None of us in attendance will be disappointed,” she said. In recent years, Peek performed at an award
ceremony that honored Johnnie Johnson in St. Louis. Having
rolled Chuck Berry-style in the 60s and later toured with
the ever popular Rod Stewart for seven years, Billy Peek
is one of the finest rock and blues guitarists in the
country. To answer the question posed by his most recent
album, yes, this white boy can play the blues!
New this year, are free educational
workshops on rhythm and melodic improvisation for regional
students and amateur musicians of all ages. Co-Sponsored
by Webster University, the workshops take place the
morning of the festival and are hosted by world-class
faculty and artists. Mel Bay Record artist, Corey Christiansen,
leads the Rhythm Section Workshop with faculty members,
Kim Portnoy, Kevin Gianino, and Willem von Hombracht
from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Erin Bode, MAXJAZZ recording
artist, heads up the Melodic Jazz Improvisation Workshop
with faculty members Mike Parkinson, Paul DeMarinis,
and Steve Schenkel from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. All
workshops take place in the Music Annex behind Thompson
Music building on the campus of Webster University.
Each participant receives a free gift bag from area
retailers. No prior registration is necessary.
Taste of Old Webster”
Savor “A Taste of Old Webster” and enjoy
diverse food and beverages located along Gore Avenue.
Highlights include neighborhood bars and restaurants
for both the vegetarian and meat lover. Sample Whole
Foods, Joe Bacardi’s, Llywelyn’s Pub, CJ
Muggs, CROSSINGS Taverne & Grille and more! In addition
to great cuisine and jazz music, the event features
a gallery exhibit of vintage jazz photos at McCaughen
& Burr Fine Arts, and a fun tent, crafts and clowns
Whether you stroll the street side shops, devour delicious
delicacies or tune in to terrific talent, be sure to
bring your lawn chairs – you will want to spend
the entire day! Spread throughout several city blocks,
Old Webster offers the perfect spot for family fun.
The Old Webster Jazz Festival was founded by its taxing
district to help promote music and culture in the Old
Webster Groves Historic District. For more information
about the Old Webster Jazz Festival and its sponsors,
contact the Webster Groves Chamber of Commerce at (314)
962-4142 or visit www.oldwebsterjazzfestival.com.
more information about the educational workshops at
Webster University, call (314) 968-7032. The events
go on rain or shine. No glass bottles allowed.
Old Webster Jazz Festival
12 noon – 2 p.m.
12 noon – 2 p.m.
2 - 4 p.m.
Guitar Loft Special
2 – 5 p.m.
Cool & Swingin’
4 – 6 p.m.
5 – 7 p.m.
6 – 8 p.m.
High School Jazz Band
7 – 8 p.m.
Tribute to Johnnie Johnson
8 – 11 p.m.
Tribute to Gaslight Square
8 – 10 p.m.
Old Webster Jazz Festival
Webster Faculty: Kim Portnoy (piano), Kevin
Gianino (drums), Willem von Hombracht (bass)
Featuring Mel Bay Recording Artist: Corey Christiansen (guitar)
The clinicians will demonstrate a variety of accompaniment
styles within the contexts of jazz and Latin music.
Particular attention will be given to the individual
and collective roles of each instrument in the rhythm
section and musical communication among rhythm section
members. Attending students are encouraged to bring
their instruments (piano, amps, and drum set will
Webster Faculty: Mike Parkinson (brass),
Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar)
Featuring MAXJAZZ Recording Artist:
Erin Bode (vocals)
The clinicians will demonstrate methods of melodic
paraphrase and achieving a strong melodic sense
within improvised lines. Players of all instruments
are encouraged to attend.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION NECESSARY
Students of ALL ages receive FREE gift bags from area
retailers (MAXJAZZ, Mel Bay Records, Webster Records,
Euclid Records, Switzer Candy, etc.)
Where: Webster University Music Annex.
8282 Big Bend Boulevard, immediately behind the Thompson
Music Building at the corner of Big Bend Boulevard and
Info: Jeanne Huber, Music Department,