A big band doing free improvisation is a rare occurrence in St. Louis, so it's worth making note of tonight's gig by the fifteen-member Stone-Zelenka-Ota Free Improv Orchestra at the Way Out Club
Jay Zelenka, who also runs Freedonia Music
, and Dave Stone organized the show to celebrate a visit this week by Takanori Ota
, a graduate of Webster University's music program who now lives back in his native Japan.
In addition to Stone and Zelenka on saxophones and Ota on bass clarinet, look for a dozen more St. Louis improvisors drawn from the organizers' extended musical circles.
"Big band free improv is a unique experience with its own dynamics, " Zelenka said in an email. "It's a challenge to pull off, but it's the kind of event that can be energizing to the larger community of like-minded players."
Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and admission is $5.
- Dean C. Minderman