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All of us want to wish  our friends, fans and followers happiness, peace, and a multitude of God's blessings in this  new year 2020!! We updated our website last year,  hope you will continue to enjoy using it.  Please check out some of our music samples near the bottom, and stay in touch with us.  Please encourage your friends who enjoy great music performed LIVE to sign up for our email/newsletter which will always tell of upcoming events of which our groups are a part.   Thanks and Happy 2020!!

Events & Concerts

Jan19

The Oikos Ensemble--A Double-Header!

First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 10 West Lockwood, Webster Groves MO 63119

The Oikos Ensemble, led by Rev. Cliff Aerie--saxophone, leads worship incorporating jazz tunes and improvisation on traditional hymns, along with choir anthems and organ stylings by Leon Burke. The Ensemble features Cliff--saxophone; Kim Fuller and Leon Burke--vocals; Carolbeth True--piano; Glen Smith--bass; Dave True--drums. For more information: www.firstchurchwg.org.

Jan19

Dreams and Visions--St. John's UCC in Collinsville

St. John's United Church of Christ, 307 W. Clay, Collinsville, IL

DREAMS AND VISIONS—A JAZZ TRIBUTE TO REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SUNDAY JANUARY 19TH The Oîkos Ensemble, under the direction of the Rev. Cliff Aerie will perform a sacred jazz concert, Dreams and Visions: A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, at St. John United Church of Christ, 307 W. Clay St., Collinsville, IL, on Sunday January 19th at 3:00 pm. For almost twenty years, Cliff has led the Oîkos Ensemble receiving rave reviews from around the country. Designing imaginative sacred jazz concerts and choreographing jazz worship services, Cliff and the ensemble have been acknowledged as innovators on the vanguard of creative interfaith and ecumenical celebrations. Joining Cliff on sax are some of the St. Louis area’s finest jazz musicians: pianist Carolbeth True, trumpeter Tim Osiek, bassist Glen Smith, and drummer David True. Special guest vocalists include Kim Fuller Barnes, Dr. Leon Burke III and Arianna Aerie. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a fan of jazz. At the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1964 he said, “Jazz speaks for life. The blues tells the story of life’s difficulties.” He went on to say that jazz musicians “take the hardest realities of life and put them to music . . . to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.” Affirming these words and honoring his lifelong ministry in the struggle for racial equality and justice advocacy, Oîkos and company will tell a story of the quest for human liberation and freedom. Tickets are $30.00 each, and will be available in the Narthex, Sunday morning after worship. You may also purchase tickets in the Church Office.

Carolbeth is a cornerstone of the St. Louis jazz scene, but also one of the hardest working jazz educators this town has ever seen! Her quartet Two Times True features three of the city’s most notable players, Dave True, Glen Smith and Larry Johnson. Their work together shows Carolbeth’s playing in a very powerful light.”

— Michael Silverman

About

Carolbeth True

Carolbeth True is well known in the St. Louis area as a performer and music educator. She is adjunct music faculty at Webster University and also has an extensive private piano studio.

Carolbeth performs with Two Times True with her son Dave on drums; the Carolbeth Trio; the Oikos Ensemble; Wind of the Spirit Praise Band, and is an original cast member of "The Jazz Story", the first educational program presented by The Sheldon. Her trio enjoyed extended runs at both the Adam's Mark Hotel and Jazz at the Bistro. She has been the pianist with Variety Children's Theatre for nine years, and the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble for seven years.

Her awards include "Excellence in the Arts" from the Arts and Education Council; Riverfront Times and St. Louis Magazine Best Jazz Artist among others. Carolbeth is heard on many cds, most recently "True Christmas" with Two Times True.

It's Carolbeth True's dedication to the ivories that makes us all grateful she calls St. Louis her home.”

— St. Louis Magazine

Contact

Contact

We offer a variety of groups for clubs and restaurants, festivals, private and corporate parties, weddings and any other event needing exciting musical styles.  

Booking: carolbethtrue@mac.com

Piano Instruction: carolbethtrue@mac.com