Sunday, February 02, 2014

Jazz Dinner at Meramec Vineyards

With another week of ice, snow and that annoying "wintry mix" in the forecast, cabin fever is setting in. On Saturday, February 8, 6-9pm, Meramec Vineyards will be hosting the St. James High School Jazz Band for an evening of cool jazz standards from the likes of Thelonius Monk as a fundraiser for a trip to New York. A typically lovely dinner will be served alongside the winery's supple wines, which include a new dry red blend,Ozark Heritage Red. Phyllis throws fabulous parties and serves remarkable food and wine. Details below and on the website. Expect great solos from the band's saxophonist and help this band make their trek to New York City to hear the cool East Coast sounds that pipe out of clubs and Lincoln Center these days.
A very jazzy evening is planned. Meramec Vineyards Bistro has a great dinner menu and live jazz performances lined up for Saturday evening, February 8. Oh, about that road trip. The St. James High School Jazz Band is furthering their music education with a special visit to explore jazz in New York City in April. The profits from this Jazz Dinner Night will help these budding musicians make this trip. Cool. Get ready for "In Walked Bud", a tune written in 1947 by the great Thelonius Monk. Get ready for lots of other jazz standards, too. You dig? The St. James jazz group Combo I consisting of Dylan Bond, Austen Schoenborn, Austin Naber, Anthony Borthocayre, Tyler Sanders, Caralee Lynch, and Jacob Snodgrass will do a set. By the way, Dylan Bond, is one very talented saxophone player and will do some solos during the evening. Watch this rising star who auditioned for and plays with a band in St. Louis. Derek Limback, band director, has more musicians up his sleeve. He has talented jazz teachers lined up to jam with him. The big guys. Yeah, St. James is cool. Take it from here. Call Meramec Vineyards for reservations 573-265-7847. Dinner ($20 plus tip and tax) includes salad, bread, entrĂ©e (choice of Salmon, chicken breast with white wine sauce, stuffed pork loin), two sides, French baguette plus a jazzy dessert. Beverages extra. Seating is from 6 p.m. on with last seating at 8 p.m. Music through the evening until 9 p.m. Meramec Vineyards is located at 600 State Route B, just ¾ mile east of the I-44 St. James exit.

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