Jeremy Davenport

Wednesday-Saturday, Jan. 3-6, Bistro Europa

Over the past couple of months, the Jazz at the Bistro series has taken on a decidedly local flavor, with visits by ex-University City pianist Peter Martin around Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas performances by Russell Gunn, who honed his trumpet skills in the East St. Louis Lincoln High School Jazz Band. That trend continues as the series kicks off the 2001 portion of its schedule with the return of trumpeter Jeremy Davenport, a University City native, and his quartet.Davenport first gained national recognition for his work with Harry Connick Jr.'s big band in the early 1990s. Since then, Davenport, who makes his home in New Orleans, has become a popular fixture on the New Orleans club scene, working on a regular basis at the hip Red Room, as well as making occasional appearances at Snug Harbor.

He's also released a couple of recordings as a leader on the Telarc label: his 1996 eponymous debut and 1998's Maybe in a Dream. Davenport is no longer associated with Telarc, but another label deal may be on the horizon. "I did a showcase performance at the Algonquin Room in New York City a while back," Davenport says. "It was amazing to play in such a great room to begin with, but there were some execs from major labels there, too. I can't really say too much about it now, but we'll see what happens."

You can count on hearing a large helping of Davenport's distinctive, laid-back vocal style at his sets, and, backed by longtime associates Glen Patscha on piano and bassist Neal Caine (another U. City native), Davenport will have plenty of room to stretch out and showcase his fine horn playing.