So I have been deficient. One of my goals is to show you the incredible range of entertainment that is available in St. Louis, and I had promised a periodic post about shows and concerts I have seen here. But my last such post was in October. This is a catch-up post–and for those of you who are only interested in legal topics, you can skip this one. No law here.

In October, I went to one of my favorite STL venues to see St. Louis trumpeter Kasimu Taylor at Joe’s Cafe. It’s a tiny BYOB club filled with St. Louis memorabilia. The performances are very intimate. Kasimu’s band that night included Gregory Porter’s bassist, Jahmal Nichols, who is FANTASTIC! I also saw a concert by three bandleaders on the same stage at Jazz St. Louis: bassist John Clayton, trumpeter Benny Benack III, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Incredible. And only in St. Louis! They don’t travel together; they spent the week as clinicians for music students in St. Louis and performed a couple of nights together. I also cheered on Saint Louis City SC as the soccer club advanced to the playoffs in its inaugural year. The energy in that new stadium was AMAZING, even as sheets of rain intensified the autumn chill.

I also had the good fortune of having my house featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal. St. Louis was the fourth-largest city in America at the turn of the 20th Century, and it is filled with grand houses of that era. I was lucky enough to snag one when I moved here from New York.

November saw a number of concerts. Rene Marie at Jazz St. Louis, Ann Hampton Callaway at City Winery, Jeremy Davenport at Jazz St. Louis, as well as the Bill Charlap Trio and the Wycliffe Gordon Quintet. Some friends also took me to see the national touring company of Tina at the Fox Theater, a musical that told the story of St. Louisan Tina Turner. And we hosted at my home a six-course wine dinner for 32 (twice!) that was written up in the Riverfront Times.

December was a busy month, with concerts by St. Louis Jazz diva Denise Thimes, St. Louis trumpeter Jim Manley, singer Nicole Henry, cabaret singer Jonathan Karrant, and a performance of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band. But the highlight of December was a concert at The Factory by jazz prodigy Samara Joy, who sounds like a perfect blend of Sara Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. And she is only 24!

After a trip to Chicago to ring in the new year, I returned to St. Louis to hear trumpeter Marquis Hill and attend the release party for the album Foreverland by trumpeter Keyon Harrold. I also saw comic John Mulaney (Skadden partner Chip Mulaney’s boy), who sold out the Fox Theater (4,400 seats) for 2 nights. And I saw the national touring company perform Mrs. Doubtfire, also at the Fox.

You’re now caught up. And I’m exhausted.

Guitarist Eric Slaughter, bassist Jahmal Nichols, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor at Joe’s Cafe.

Ann Hampton Callaway, Jazz STL CEO Victor Goines, and me at City Winery.
Cabaret singer Jonathan Karrant, me, and St.. Louis pianist Adaron “Pops” Jackson at the Blue Strawberry.
The “Iconic Hotels” dinner prepared by Place & Time at my house.
Keyon Harrold performing at his Foreverland release party at Jazz St. Louis.
Each one of the 22,500 seats was sold (although the fans were on their feet) at CITYPARK on October 29 as the St. Louis City SC played their first playoff game–a major accomplishment in their inaugural season.
Photo of Russell Jackson Russell Jackson

Russell grew up in a rural Missouri town of 5,000 people. There were 103 people in his high school’s graduating class.

But he spent 23 years practicing law in NYC, beginning at Cravath and spending the majority of his career at Skadden, where…

Russell grew up in a rural Missouri town of 5,000 people. There were 103 people in his high school’s graduating class.

But he spent 23 years practicing law in NYC, beginning at Cravath and spending the majority of his career at Skadden, where he was a partner in the Mass Torts Group. He returned to Missouri, and now is a partner at Dowd Bennett LLP in St. Louis.

Russell loves St. Louis, so don’t even think about saying anything bad about it! He enjoys the world-class arts institutions here, and that they are freely accessible to the public. Russell served as the Chairman of the Board of Jazz St. Louis, a 501(c)(3) organization that presents internationally-known musicians on its stage and uses professional jazz musicians to teach area youth how to play jazz. He is a trustee of the St. Louis Public Library Foundation, and is on the board of Friends of St. Louis Public Radio.

This isn’t Russell’s first blog. In 2010 and 2011, the ABA Journal included his blog “Consumer Class Actions and Mass Torts” as among its “Blawg 100.” Russell also wrote a column on products liability for the National Law Journal for 19 years. 

Russell is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has taught aggregate litigation as an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis for the last decade. Previously he taught products liability as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham University School of Law. He also is a former Chairman of the Products Liability Committee of the New York City Bar Association.