Joe Mancuso, Erika Johnson & Tracer (Ptah Williams / Darrell Mixon / Gary Sykes)
St. Louis Jazz Vocalist Joe Mancuso teams up with TRACER and Erika Johnson for a One Night ONLY Jazz Extravaganza at The Focal Point! Joe Mancuso is always mixing it up with St. Louis Musical Legends, and this concert is no different!
Straight Ahead Jazz, Fusion and Funky Jazzed-Up Blues await you on this historical union of St. Louis Jazz Greats!
Since the late 1970s and early 80s, Tracer has been considered by many as THE Premier Jazz-Fusion band of St. Louis; combining electric instruments with elements of rock, funk and rhythm and blues. Tracer is: Ptah Williams on piano and keyboards, Darrell Mixon on bass and Gary Sykes on drums.
About Ptah Williams-
Jazz pianist Ptah Williams has performed internationally with Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, James Moody and many other household names of jazz.
His style is unpredictable, his virtuosity is mind-blowing and following the twists and turns of his solo runs can be as exciting as a roller coaster ride.
Ptah Williams is one of St. Louis finest jazz pianists. He makes the piano breathe and dance. One of his great strengths is that he is able to shine both as a soloist and as an accompanist. As a soloist, he assumes center-stage with grace and confidence; as an accompanist he supports the soloist with a style that is varied and innovative, yet never overpowering.
About Darrell Mixon-
Darrell Mixon is St. Louis Jazz Royalty. Following in his fathers footsteps, the late great bassist John Mixon, Darrell has carved out a chunk of Jazz history of his own. Darrel always plays with such energy, passion and zeal! He has performed nationally and internationally with the likes of Oliver Lake, Eddie Henderson, Gil Scott-Heron, Cecil Taylor and many others. St. Louis is so fortunate to have this fine musician on the scene.
About Gary Sykes-
Gary Sykes is a most versatile multi-genre drummer that explores the kit in new ways every time he plays. He has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Oliver Sain, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, John Hicks, Lester Bowie, Fontella Bass and the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble to name a few. A true Gem and Living Legend!
About Erika Johnson-
Erika Johnson is one of St. Louis premier Jazz singers. She got her start in the famed East St. Louis Lincoln High Jazz Band under the direction of Ron Carter. She has sung all over the United States and internationally alongside many world class musicians such as Russell Gunn, Hamiet Bluiett, Montez Coleman, Robert Glaspar and many others. She also spent many years performing with the late, great Willie Akins at the iconic Spruills jazz club in St. Louis. Erika has an infectious personality, she keeps the audience engaged with her un-matched energy and she can scat like no other!
About Joe Mancuso-
Joe is the new kid on the Jazz block compared to the legends mentioned above. In recent years his popularity has skyrocketed and he has won multiple awards for both his voice and his recordings. Joe studied jazz at Webster University under the tutelage of Paul DeMarinis, Steve Schenkel, Carolbeth True, Kim Portnoy and Dan Rubright. You can catch Joe performing all over St. Louis, and at upcoming shows in Las Vegas, Sedona Arizona and other U.S. cities.
The Focal Point (View)
Saint Louis, MO 63143
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