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Musicians Named for 10th Annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival

Funky Butt Brass BandA sizzling lineup of musicians has been assembled for one incredible day of music at the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival, scheduled for September 18, 2010. The annual event has become recognized as one of the region’s best places to enjoy the authentic sound of St. Louis.

The festival was launched ten years ago with an electrifying set by native bluesman Johnnie Johnson, who passed away in 2005. Johnnie’s band will reunite at this year’s festival for a one-night-only performance featuring Johnson’s New York-based student and protégé Doña Oxford.

“We are excited to continue spotlighting St. Louis’ musical treasures. This kind of music is best enjoyed live, and with local festivals becoming more rare, the fans have fewer opportunities to see it,” said Jennifer Bellm, musical director for the festival. “Webster Groves is the perfect setting for a fun, family festival. This and our ability to get great musicians each year have been the keys to our success.”

The Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival is held in the heart of downtown Webster Groves, surrounded by historic buildings and locally-owned restaurants and shops. Passing trains provide a backdrop of percussive rhythm that perfectly complements the festival’s atmosphere.

This year’s festival will have two stages, plus a strolling performance by the Funky Butt Brass Band:

Allen Avenue Stage

Noon-2 pm -Robbie’s House of Jazz
2-4 pm -Curt Landes Ensemble
4-6 pm -Glenn Zimmerman Band
6-7:30 pm -Webster High School Jazz Band
7:30-10 pm -Marquise Knox

Gore Avenue Stage

Noon-2 pm -The SteamRollers
2-4 pm -Teddy Presberg’s Resistance Organ Trio
4-6 pm -Gumbohead
6-8 pm -Webster University Faculty Jazz Band
8-11pm -The Johnnie Johnson Band featuring Doña Oxford

“Our lineup is a great mixture of traditional jazz ensembles and also funky, progressive music that will make you want to get up and groove. The headliners – Marquise Knox and Johnnie’s band - will be high-octane shows of blues-based boogie woogie,” said Bellm. “The St. Louis music scene is phenomenal. We have such a diverse range of musicians who are talented, passionate, out there. Most cities don’t have what we do.”

About the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival
The award-winning Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival was organized 10 years ago by a small group of passionate music lovers who wanted to have a great party in their downtown district. Since that time, it has grown to well over 12,000 annual attendees and features the best in original music, delicious food and beverage, and some of the area’s most unique shopping. Its family-friendly atmosphere gets ages 1 to 100 on their feet and shaking their groove thang together in the streets.
For more information, visit online at www.oldwebsterjazzfestival.com.

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