On June 19, for one night only, The Jazz Edge Big Band along with a special guest will pay tribute to St. Louis’ eight most influential saxophonists in their concert entitled “Tribute to St. Louis Saxophonists.”
Among those honored will be Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Forrest and David Sanborn.
On Friday, George Davis, co-founder of The Jazz Edge Big Band and board member of The Jazz Edge, Inc., and Eric Person, saxophonist, joined “Cityscape” host Steve Potter to discuss the event.
Person grew up in St. Louis with a music background. At 19, the Normandy High School graduate moved to New York for a year to pursue a career in music.
“My plan was to develop my all around skills and play with the international stars and legends,” Person said. “I’ve done that now for over 30 years.”
“I was afforded so many different [opportunities] to be a part of, from jazz bands to symphonic bands, solo classical events, and R&B groups,” Person added. “It was a great time for me because I was really proactive in learning [music] theory. All of my time was filled with music if I wasn’t in school.”
Person will appear as a special guest performer for tonight’s concert.
Listen to the audio to hear music samples of The Jazz Edge Big Band and Person, and to learn more about the event.
Tribute to St. Louis Saxophonists Featuring The Jazz Edge Big Band with Eric Person, Bosman Twins, Willie Akins and Paul DeMarinis
- When: Friday, June 19, 7 p.m.
- Where: UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center
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