St. James Episcopal Church in Austin, has long been known for its appreciation and support of Jazz music. All one has to do is go to their website jazzatstjames.org to see testament of that. What started as a way of bringing more people to Sunday services has mushroomed into an extremely popular and now traditional part of the St. James outreach programs.
This November will mark the 17th annual Jazz at St. James event. This year’s featured performer will be the Russell Malone Trio. The events begin Friday November 11 at 5:30 pm with a social hour from 5:30 to 7:30. The concert doors open at 6:30. At 7:30 pm the Kris Kimura Quintet takes to the stage. The night is capped off by a performance by Russell Malone who will be joined for the weekend’s performances by Tassili Bond on bass and Darrell Green on drums.
Saturday’s festivities begin at 11:00am and end at 1:00pm and feature a free workshop and "informance" by The Russell Malone Trio. They will hold discussions and demonstrations covering a wide variety of topics, including Melodic Development, Harmonic Structure, Rhythmic Evolution, Jazz Theory, Performance Technique and Chart Arrangement. The evening’s festivities begin at 5:00pm with a Jazz Banquet featuring the Bob and Britt Alexius Trio. Guests will be able to enjoy the music will eating from a full menu of Italian cuisine especially prepared by Kindred Spirits Catering and Design. At 7:30, The Brew, featuring Joe Morales takes the stage. The evening is topped off by a final performance by the Russell Malone Trio.
Sunday’s Jazz Mass starts promptly at 11:00am and will also feature the Russell Malone Trio. The service is open to the public but due to the popularity of the event, you might want to get there early. St. James Episcopal Church, is located at 1941 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78721-1679