Last updateThu, 29 Jan 2015 3pm

Dinner will benefit band’s New York trip

    Meramec Vineyards will be hosting a unique Jazz Dinner Night on Saturday, February 8 to benefit the John F. Hodge High School Jazz Band. The band will be going to New York City in April.

    Meramec Vineyards Bistro has a great dinner menu and live jazz performances lined up for the evening. The St. James High School Jazz Band is furthering their music education with a special visit to explore jazz in New York City and profits from this Jazz Dinner Night will help these budding musicians make this trip. 
    Get ready for “In Walked Bud,” a tune written in 1947 by the great Thelonius Monk.  Get ready for lots of other jazz standards, too. You dig?
    The St. James jazz group Combo I consisting of Dylan Bond, Austen Schoenborn, Austin Naber, Anthony Borthocayre, Tyler Sanders, Caralee Lynch, and Jacob Snodgrass will do a set. Bond is one very talented saxophone player and will do some solos during the evening. Watch this rising star who auditioned for and plays with a band in St. Louis.
    Derek Limback, band director, has fellow area jazz music teachers joining him to jazz it up for you for more music during the evening. Yeah, St. James is cool.
    Call Meramec Vineyards for reservations at (573) 265-7847. Dinner ($20 plus tip and tax) includes salad, bread, entrée (choice of salmon, chicken breast with white wine sauce, stuffed pork loin), two sides, French baguette, plus a jazzy dessert. Beverages are extra. Seating is from 6 to 8 p.m. and there will be music until 9 p.m.
    Meramec Vineyards is located at 600 State Route B, about three-quarters of a mile east of the I-44, St. James exit #195.  Find our more about the winery at