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Old Webster Jazz Festival Scores Big with Family
"Historic Community Presents Classic Shows"


"Great music harmonized with terrific weather and a festive atmosphere to make the ...festival a rousing success. Kids had their faces painted, enjoyed balloon animal creations…"

Webster-Kirkwood Times

"… Festival promises a nicely balanced musical menu
in pleasant suburban surroundings." – Riverfront Times

St. Louis, August 22 – Jazz festivals don't usually feel like a family sport, but in a town housed in historical charm an enjoyable family experience awaits spectators of the Old Webster Jazz Festival (OWJF). Since 2000, Webster Groves - located 10 miles southwest of St. Louis - has been the site of a Midwest musical odyssey combining family and audible art. Not only is the event free of charge, it offers free parking, a free jazz workshop, and a free of bag Switzer's Licorice to the first 6,000 fans. The entire community is involved as hip kids show other young hip kids that jazz music is cool. This year's consummate performance with Billy Peek promises the celebratory feeling and excitement of winning a big game.

Presented by the Webster-Kirkwood Times, the historic community showcases a fresh line-up and classic jazz performances. Sixty percent (60%) of the music roster is composed of new artists and shows that did not play the festival last year. The nostalgic streets of Gore and Allen are the sites of ten different shows featuring contemporary artists who perform our nation's classical music. Nestled between historic buildings that house modern day specialty shops, music fans find everything old is new again! From rockin' Blues to Big Band, and from New Orleans Zydeco to Swing, the two stages at the award winning event feature the best in St. Louis classics on Saturday, September 23.

Rock 'n Soul artist, Billy Peek, returns to headline the event. With a new album to his credit, Tribute to a Poet, Peek celebrates his music mentor. 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.

Back by popular demand is the sensational Erin Bode.   The Webster University Jazz Band, comprised of professors from her alma mater, follows her performance.  Other returning bands are the United States Air Force Shades of Blues Jazz Ensemble and the Webster Groves High School Jazz Band.

Newcomers to this year's jazz festival include Gumbohead, Swing Cat Swing, Uncle Albert, Anita Rosamond, and Andrea Sanderson & Jazz Fusion.

Music Workshop
A free educational jazz improv workshop is available for regional students and amateur musicians of all ages. Co-Sponsored by Webster University and the OWJF, the workshop is hosted by world-class faculty and artists. From 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. you can learn from Mike Parkinson (brass), Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar), Carolbeth True (piano), Willem von Hombracht (bass) and Ron Carr (drums). The workshop takes 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 (MAXJAZZ, Mel Bay Records, Webster Records, Euclid Records, Switzer's Licorice). No prior registration is necessary.

A Taste of Old Webster
Enjoy diverse food and beverages located along Gore Avenue. Highlights feature neighborhood bars, restaurants, and businesses: CROSSINGS Taverne & Grille, CJ Muggs, Joe Boccardi's, Jersey Mike's Subs and Switzer's Licorice. In addition to great cuisine and jazz music, the event showcases the McCaughen & Burr Fine Arts gallery. Street entertainers amuse families with fire eaters, jugglers and balloon blowing clowns.

The OWJF 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 festivals on the planet, the OWFJ beckons families to bring their kids, strollers and dogs as they celebrate, educate and commemorate. For more information about the OWJF and its sponsors, contact Webster Records at (314) 961-4656 or visit The events go on rain or shine. No glass bottles allowed.

2006 Old Webster Jazz Festival

Gore Avenue Stage

Anita Rosamond
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Erin Bode
2 - 4 p.m.
Swing Cat Swing
4 – 6 p.m.
Jazz Band
6 – 8 p.m.
Billy Peek
8 – 11 p.m.

Allen Avenue Stage

Andrea Sanderson & Jazz Fusion
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Uncle Albert
4 – 6 p.m.
Webster Groves
High School Jazz Band
6 – 7:15 p.m.
USAF Shades of Blue
Jazz Ensemble
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
2 - 4 p.m.
2006 Old Webster Jazz Festival

Jazz Improvisation Workshop

10:00 am – 11:30 am


Featuring Webster Faculty: Mike Parkinson (brass), Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar), Carolbeth True (piano), Willem von Hombracht (bass), and Ron Carr (drums)
The clinicians will demonstrate ways of developing coherent improvised melodic lines. The dynamics of rhythm section interaction and accompaniment will also be addressed. Players of all instruments are encouraged to attend.

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 Edgar Road.

Info: Jeanne Huber, Music Department, 314.968.7032
Cost: FREE

Presenting Sponsor: Webster-Kirkwood Times. Radio Sponsor: Oldies Radio 103.3 KLOU. Corporate Sponsors: Webster University, McCaughen & Burr Fine Arts, National City, Switzer's Licorice, and Old Webster Square. Platinum Sponsors: Acme Printers- Lithographers, Boston Creative, David's Guitar Loft, DeBlaze & Associates, Llywelyn's Pub, MAXJAZZ, Prudential Advantage, Straub's Markets, Russell Tompkins & Gilsinan, LLC, and Webster Records. Friends of the Festival: Bryan Printing, Rolling Ridge Nursery, Bob Cat of St. Louis, Webster Groves / Shrewsbury Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Webster Groves. Food Partners: Jersey Mike's Subs, Joe Boccardi's, CJ Muggs, Crossings Taverne & Grille. Emcees: KLOU's David Craig, News Channel 5's Art Holliday, KMOX's Don Wolff.
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