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In order to provide the best possible experience each time you visit The Ferring Jazz Bistro, we ask that all guests reserve a specific arrival time for their performance night. When selecting your time, please choose the same number of tickets for the arrival time as you did for your performance. Please note that the most popular times from 6:30pm – 7:15pm fill quickly, and we encourage you to make your arrival reservations early.  Reservations are available at:







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10/18/2017 To 10/28/2017
Harold Lopez-Nussa
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Exclusively Sponsored by Marian Nunn & Tom Wendel

“A pianist originally from Havana, Harold López-Nussa has made his name as a small-group jazz dynamo, as both a bandleader and a sideman.” The New York Times

During Harold Lopez Nussa’s young career he has performed as a soloist at Cuba’s most important theatres. He has also performed with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano. He has played together with outstanding figures of Cuban traditional music and popular music, as well as with known jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, David Sánchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Bobby Carcassés, Elmer Ferrer and Alexander Brown.

style: Cuban jazz

10/18/2017 To 10/21/2017
Brunch 'N Brass with Dawn Weber
Presented by The Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis

Event time: 11am-1pm

Price includes admission to the performance, brunch buffet, and access to your choice of Bloody Mary or Mimosa bar.

A cash bar is also available.

Valet parking is unavailable for this event.
10/22/2017 11:00 AM
Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration
One of the most gifted, unique, and influential pianists & composers of the last 100 years, Thelonious Monk’s music & compositions have become an integral part of the history and fabric of jazz.  A forefather of modern jazz & bebop, Monk’s lasting impression on the landscape of jazz is constantly felt to this day.  St. Louis’s premier piano trio, led by Adam Maness, with Bob DeBoo (bass) and Montez Coleman (drums) will anchor a special salute to Monk’s 100th birthday!
10/25/2017 To 10/26/2017
Sammy Miller and the Congregation
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Sponsored by American Family Insurance - Ted Wheeler Agency, and Sandy.

“The Perfect-Player Scholar” - Wall Street Journal

Making their debut appearance at the Ferring Jazz Bistro, drummer and singer Sammy Miller leads his band, The Congregation, as they cap off their education residency
week in grand style. This six member, feel-good group will have you swingin’, stompin’, and groovin’ to the music of New Orleans and the golden age of jazz.




10/27/2017 To 10/28/2017
JazzU Big Band
For nearly a decade, the JazzU program has identified the top middle and high school jazz talent in the St. Louis area and focused on teaching improvisation in a small-group setting. The JazzU Big Band is Jazz St. Louis’s first foray into creating an all-star student big band, which returns to Ferring Jazz Bistro stage on October 29. Students audition for the JazzU program each spring, which this year attracted more than 130 to the auditions. From that 130, 54 were accepted into the larger program.The JazzU Big Band represents the top 17 students in the JazzU program and is led by Jazz St. Louis’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Phil Dunlap.
10/29/2017 7:30 PM
Houston Person Quartet
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“One of the best…he’s got bull chops!” –Dizzy Gillespie  

One of St. Louis’s favorites and a giant of soul and groove based jazz, Houston Person’s velvet-toned saxophone has enamored jazz lovers since the 1960’s. Throughout his prolific career, Person has remained a symbol of constant swing and good times. He embraces the Great American Songbook and the blues, a foundation on which he has built a legendary career. As Person puts it, he wants to give people “good solid melodies with some improvisation and plenty of blues feel.” Swing…and soul…PERSON-ified!


style: straight-ahead / soul jazz

11/1/2017 To 11/4/2017
Duke Ellington And Film

Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series

Featuring a discussion by Dr. John Hasse, and a performance by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band

While many are likely familiar with Otto Preminger’s 1959 courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder, many do not know that the original score was composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. In the particular case of Anatomy of a Murder, Ellington composed many great pieces of music, yet in the more than three-hour movie, barely 25 minutes worth of Ellington’s music was used (what was used was mainly in the background). Even earlier than 1959, was the musical short Black and Tan Fantasy (1929) and the Ellington band’s role in Check and Double Check (1930), a racially charged film featuring Amos and Andy. In the 1960s, Ellington’s writing for film took a different tone with Paris Blues, a 1961 film featuring Louis Armstrong, Paul Newman, and Sidney Poitier, and in 1966, Ellington composed the score for Assault on a Queen, which features Jack Donohue and Frank Sinatra. While many great pieces of music were written by Ellington for the silver screen, much of it remains unknown and unpublished. Join the Jazz St. Louis Big Band, and Dr. John Hasse, curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institute, as they take an in-depth look at Duke Ellington’s work for the silver screen. The concert features a discussion by Dr. Hasse, followed by a performance of some of Ellington’s work for film, much of it unpublished and unheard in a concert setting.


Please note the following seating policies:

·        Admission is free, however everyone must have a ticket to enter – regardless of age. Tickets can be obtained by contacting our box office at (314) 571-6000, or online at jazzstl.org.  Please note that online orders are subject to a $1.50 per ticket convenience fee.

·        There is an 8 ticket limit per person.

·        Please arrive early. This performance has been overbooked to ensure a full house. A reservation does not guarantee a seat.

·        Specific seats will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis on the night of the performance.

·        Seats cannot be saved, and we are unable to seat incomplete parties.  All members of a party must be present in order to have seats assigned.

·        Most of our tables seat 4 people.  For the safety and comfort of your fellow patrons and staff, we are unable to accommodate tables being pushed together, or the number of chairs to exceed the capacity of the table.

11/8/2017 7:30 PM
Jim Widner Big Band
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Sponsored by The Cheshire

Jim Widner, former bassist with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco, is celebrating his 30th year anniversary as leader of the Jim Widner Big Band and his summer jazz camps. Widner is a Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he directs the UMSL Jazz Ensemble. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

11/9/2017 7:30 PM
Weather Forever

Celebrate fusion at its finest with Weather Forever! Zeb Briskovich (bass), Montez Coleman (drums), Adaron “Pops” Jackson (keys), Eric Slaughter (guitar), and Jason Swagler (sax), make up this all-star band created to pay tribute to legendary fusion groups Weather Report and Return to Forever.


style: fusion

11/10/2017 To 11/11/2017
Denise Thimes
Presented by Dignity Period

In a career that spans over three decades, Denise Thimes has truly been one of the most cherished voices of modern jazz. With a number of distinguished gigs across the country and overseas, the rising first lady of jazz in unquestionably on the brink of certain stardom. As jazz aficionado Phoebe Jacobs stated following another famed new york show, "Denise Thimes is like Ella and Sarah born all over again."

style: straight-ahead vocal jazz

11/12/2017 6:00 PM
Jazz St. Louis Book Club

Hosted by Dr. Gerald Early, Merle King Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University, this monthly club is free and open to anyone interested in exploring jazz through literature.


The Jazz St. Louis Book Club will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Nancy’s Jazz Lounge at the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz.


The book club is free and open to anyone willing to read the month’s book, show up, participate, and have a good time! Light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of each book club meeting.


September 12: Young Man With a Horn by Dorothy Baker


Rick Martin loved music and the music loved him. He could pick up a tune so quickly that it didn’t matter to the Cotton Club boss that he was underage, or to the guys in the band that he was just a white kid. He started out in the slums of LA with nothing, and he ended up on top of the game in the speakeasies and nightclubs of New York. But while talent and drive are all you need to make it in music, they aren’t enough to make it through a life.

Dorothy Baker's Young Man with a Horn is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it pulses with the music that defined an era. Baker took her inspiration from the artistry - though not the life - of legendary horn player Bix Beiderbecke, and the novel went on to be adapted into a successful movie starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day.

October 10: Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams
                    by Linda Dahl

In a time when the music of Harlem was beginning to stake a claim on the racially mixed Greenwich Village clientele, Williams, a young black pianist, trained her sights on a more classical venue. In 1947 she reached it, leading Carnegie Hall's New York Philharmonic in a boogie-woogie symphony of her own composition. Williams began her jazz career as a teenager accompany orchestras by ear. She soon taught herself to read and write music and gained a reputation as a masterful arranger. Her influence on the evolution of jazz spanned four decades from ragtime to bop, and can be heard in the
works of jazz giants from to Duke Ellington to Charlie Parker. Many musicians attribute her genius, but lasting popular recognition has eluded her.

Dahl's (Stormy Weather) narrative, while well researched, lacks the vibrancy needed to launch Williams to the fame she nearly obtained and so clearly deserves. Using a plethora of quotations, Dahl reconstructs Williams' evolution as a prodigy, a mystic, a bohemian, and a religious convert, but she offers little insight into Williams' character: Dahl tells us that Williams was she, but follows with stories of a very sassy nature; she announces that Williams' telepathic gift haunted her throughout her life, but offers scarce anecdotal evidence. Nonetheless, Dahl's comprehensive appendixes of discography, compositions, and arrangements are a boon to jazz scholars, and despite its defects, this biography remains an important step toward recognizing the achievements of a remarkable woman.

November 14: Kind of Blue:
                           The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece 
                          by Ashley Kahn


Please follow the link below to a review of this book:


December 13: Blues People by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music."

So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America -- not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.

February 13: The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor

The hero of this sensational first novel is an alto-sax virtuoso trying to evolve a personal style out of Coltrane and Rollins. He also happens to be a walking, talking, Blake- and Shakespeare-quoting bear whose musical, spiritual, and romantic adventures add up to perhaps the best novel, ursine or human, ever written about jazz.


"Poignant and touching moments combine with hilarious descriptions of the bear's struggle in a story that anyone ― whether familiar with jazz or not ― will find compelling and entertaining."―David Amram, Los Angeles Times Book Review


"Zabor's knack for detail makes the absurd premise believable . . . and neatly turns the weighty subject ― the painful and ungainly growth of an artist ― into a comic gem."―The New Yorker


"In fluent, witty prose Zabor conveys with remarkable vividness the texture of group improvisation. . . . It swings."―A. O. Scott, New York Newsday


"Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you. Get the Bear."―David Nicholson, Washington Post


"Zabor . . . conveys the mingled joy and terror of musical improvisation. He also displays a mean wit."―New York Times Book Review

Los Angeles Times Book Review's 100 Best Books of 1997
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

March 13: Traps: The Drum Wonder, The Life of Buddy Rich
                   by Mel Torme

Now back in print, this bestseller by Mel Torme is a brilliant biography of his friend for forty years, Buddy Rich, who was one of the most famous drummers of the Swing Era, having starred in the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey bands. His career started when he was two years old in his parents' Vaudeville act, and by the time he was four he was the highest paid child performer in the world. The Buddy Rich story is a fascinating one, as much for what it says about the world of American music and entertainment as for the remarkable life it portrays. Drawing from interviews and many personal reminiscences, Torme packs this biography with vivid, often funny, anecdotes. His personal touch and his in-depth knowledge of jazz make for a moving, insightful, and often hilarious biography.

April 10: Freedom of Expression: 
                Interviews with Women in Jazz
by Chris Becker

Since the arrival of the 21st century, jazz has evolved into a truly cross-generational, multicultural musical art form that is assimilating an unprecedented array of musical styles and techniques. At the same time, the male-dominated paradigm that has defined the historical narrative of jazz is no more. Women are shaking up the music industry while the general public is becoming much more aware of the contributions female musicians have made to jazz. "Freedom ofExpression: Interviews With Women in Jazz," a collection of interviews with 37 female musicians, musicians of all ages, nationalities, and races, and representing nearly every style of jazz one can imagine, provides evidence of this profound evolution. The interviewees, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eliane Elias, Carmen Lundy, Anat Cohen, Diane Schuur, and Sherrie Maricle, speak about their earliest experiences playing music, the years of practice required to become a professional musician, and what jazz means in the new millennium. These interviews will inform and inspire both casual and seasoned fans of this music, as well as young musicians taking their first steps in the journey to master their craft. “At long last, an in-depth recognition of the female contributions to jazz. As Dr. Billy Taylor said about the lack of awareness of female musicians: ‘If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.’ Now everyone will know that it did happen and continues to happen. What a great gift to the history of women and music.” — Judy Chaikin, director of "The Girls in the Band." The interviewees: Mindi Abair -Saxophones Cheryl Bentyne - Voice Jane Ira Bloom - Soprano Saxophone Samantha Boshnack - Trumpet Dee Dee Bridgewater - Voice Terri Lyne Carrington - Drums Sharel Cassity - Saxophones Anat Cohen - Clarinet, Saxophones Jean Cook -Violin Connie Crothers - Piano Eliane Elias - Piano, Voice Ayelet Rose Gottlieb- Voice Lenae Harris- Cello Val Jeanty - Electronics, Percussion Jan Leder -Flute Jennifer Leitham - Double Bass Carmen Lundy - Voice Sherrie Maricle -Drums Jane Monheit - Voice Jacqui Naylor - Voice Aurora Nealand - Saxophones, Clarinet Iris Ornig - Double Bass Alisha Pattillo - Tenor Saxophone Roberta Piket - Piano Cheryl Pyle - Flute Nicole Rampersaud - Trumpet Sofia Rei - Voice Patrizia Scascitelli - Piano Diane Schuur - Voice Ellen Seeling - Trumpet Helen Sung - Piano Jacqui Sutton - Voice Mazz Swift - Violin, Voice Nioka Workman -Cello Pamela York - Piano Brandee Younger - Harp Malika Zarra – Voice

May 8: Whisper Not: Thy Autobiography of Benny Golson 
             by Benny Golson

Born during the de facto inaugural era of jazz, saxophonist Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz alongside John Coltrane while Golson was still in high school in Philadelphia. Quickly establishing himself as an iconic fixture on the jazz landscape, Golson performed with dozens of jazz greats, from Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Jimmy Heath to Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and many others. An acclaimed composer, Golson also wrote music for Hollywood films and television and composed such memorable jazz standards as “Stablemates,” “Killer Joe,” and “Whisper Not.”

An eloquent account of Golson’s exceptional life—presented episodically rather than chronologically—Whisper Not includes a dazzling collection of anecdotes, memories, experiences, and photographs that recount the successes, the inevitable failures, and the rewards of a life eternally dedicated to jazz.

June 12: Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohn

Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington. From jazz standards such as “Mood Indigo” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” to his longer, more orchestral suites, to his leadership of the stellar big band he toured and performed with for decades after most big bands folded, Ellington represented a singular, path-breaking force in music over the course of a half-century. At the same time, as one of the most prominent black public figures in history, Ellington demonstrated leadership on questions of civil rights, equality, and America’s role in the world.

With Duke Ellington’s America, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington’s life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle class enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of worldwide acclaim. Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington’s friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business—as well as issues of race, equality and religion. Ellington’s own voice, meanwhile, animates the book throughout, giving Duke Ellington’s America an intimacy and immediacy unmatched by any previous account.

By far the most thorough and nuanced portrait yet of this towering figure, Duke Ellington’s America highlights Ellington’s importance as a figure in American history as well as in American music.

Jazz St. Louis is proud to partner again with Left Bank Books for our book club. Most of the books discussed in the Jazz St. Louis Book Club are offered at a 20% discount through LBB, although not every book will beeligible for a discount. All books can be purchased at their Central West End Location or on the LBB website,

To RSVP, please contact the Jazz St. Louis Box Office at (314) 571-6000. You may also RSVP through jazzstl.org.

For more details, or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Education and Community Outreach, Phil Dunlap, at

11/14/2017 To 6/12/2018
Russell Gunn's "Blackhawk Revisited" featuring Jimmy Cobb
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“The real tribute here is not so much that Gunn is playing Miles, it’s that he gets Miles.” - All Music review of Russell Gunn Plays Miles

East St. Louis raised Russell Gunn turns the clock back to salute Miles Davis’s legendary stint at San Francisco’s famed Blackhawk club.  For these performances, Gunn’s quintet features legendary drummer and Miles Davis alumni Jimmy Cobb, who performed the original run with Davis in 1961. Gunn continues to broaden his musical landscape, in a career that has garnered him two Grammy nominations (Ethnomusicology Volumes I & II), and more than 15 albums as a leader.  His Bistro return is sure to be a memorable week!

style: straight-ahead

11/15/2017 To 11/18/2017
Jeremy Davenport

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Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC

“Cool and charming…like if Sinatra had been raised in New Orleans.” – goNOLA.com

Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge, but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity.

Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz at the Bistro.

style: straight-ahead/ vocal jazz





11/24/2017 To 11/25/2017
Cool Together - Kids Rock Cancer Benefit Concert
Words and Music of Al Hammerman, featuring Alan Ox, Erin Bode, Brian Owens, and Arvell Keithley

6-7pm  VIP Early Access
7:15pm Doors Open
7:30pm Concert

$100 includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres during concert plus post-concert reception with dessert and open bar.

$150 also includes VIP Early Access with open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.
11/28/2017 7:30 PM
Jane Monheit
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“a voice of phenomenal beauty” The New York Times

A leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition, Jane Monheit is blessed with “a voice of
phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times). Monheit’s quick popularity with her first albums can be seen as a contributing factor in the resurgence of the Great American Songbook.  With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Jane had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook albums held “Biblical” importance for her when she was growing up and have never lost their hold on her.


style: cabaret vocal / straight-ahead

11/29/2017 To 12/2/2017
Freddy Cole Quintet feat. Harry Allen
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Sponsored by Cortland Associates

“Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing… he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” The New York Times

Recognized as one of the great practitioners of American song, vocalist and pianist Freddy Cole is widely regarded as one of the most influential singers in jazz. Growing up in a musical household that included his older brother Nat “King” Cole, visits from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton were common. Cole has taken all those familiar sounds and come up with his own distinct voice that is smooth and swingin’. His shows are perfect for all types, from those looking for a romantic night out to jazz purists looking to recall the heydays, and everyone in between.

style: straight-ahead/vocal jazz

12/6/2017 To 12/9/2017
Take 6

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Sponsored by Jim & Lynne Clanahan


“Part jazz, part R&B, part gospel, Take 6 is doing what it does best: using the human voice with and without words to make beautiful music.” –All About Jazz


Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with ten Grammy awards and a countless number of other awards, honors, and recognitions.  Recently celebrating their 25th anniversary, the group heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!”, is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. They have redefined the standards for vocal music.


style: cabaret vocal/straight-ahead

12/13/2017 To 12/16/2017
Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington's Nutcracker

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“Among the joys of jazz” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Celebrate the Holidays with a special showcase of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite performed by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band. These jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, feature tunes like “Sugar Rum Cherry” (taking the place of “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy”) and “Peanut Brittle Brigade” (taking the place of the mundanely named “March”). Filling out each set will be Ellington/Strayhorn classics like “Take the A-Train,”“Cottontail,” “Koko,” “The Mooche,” and more, all played from the original charts.

style: big band jazz / swing / holiday




12/19/2017 To 12/21/2017
A Very Manley Christmas feat. Jim Manley's Mad Brass & Rhythm

Jim Manley is an explosive trumpet player whose forays into the musical stratosphere are exciting and unbelievable. In the past few years,Manley has branched out as a bandleader, composer/arranger, and clinician, maintaining a busy playing schedule with nearly 4,500 engagements in the last fifteen years. For these special Bistro shows, Manley has put together ascreamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bringyou Holiday cheer!

style: straight-ahead/modern jazz / holiday

12/22/2017 To 12/23/2017
Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades.


DeLaria was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

12/27/2017 To 12/28/2017
Good 4 the Soul

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This explosive four-piece outfit—led by John King on bass, with James Jackson on drums, Shaun Robinson on guitar, and Pete Ruthenburg filling in for Adaron “Pops”Jackson on keys—draws upon jazz, funk, fusion, gospel, and R&B repertoires to deliver a powerful and unapologetic sound that excites and thrills audiences. When this band hits the stage, there are no boundaries. The only guarantee is a night of world-class music that is Good 4 the Soul!

style: contemporary jazz/funk

12/29/2017 To 12/30/2017
Joshua Redman Quartet

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Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp


“unparalleled among horn players today” – JazzTimes


Grammy-nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation. His music can be challenging, provocative, and forward-thinking, but also hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful, with a strong link to the jazz idioms of the 1950s and60s. His quartet demands serious energy and engagement of themselves and their listeners, and creates music with a joyous and celebratory spirit.  Redman returns to the Bistro with his quartet( pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, & drummer Gregory Hutchinson) for the first time since his inaugural visit to the venue 17 years ago!


style: straight-ahead / modern jazz

1/3/2018 To 1/7/2018
Jazz at Lincoln Center Group
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Sponsored by Sandy.

Artists TBA.
1/12/2018 To 1/13/2018
The Bad Plus
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“By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music." - Rolling Stone

After 17 years together, and a decade-long tradition with Jazz St. Louis, The Bad Plus announced a major change in the band’s infrastructure last spring.  Longtime pianist Ethan Iverson will be leaving the group, with Philadelphia native Orrin Evans joining the band in 2018.  With Iverson’s final engagement set for December 2017, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King will debut the NEW version of The Bad Plus, with Evans, at the Bistro!  With the new lineup, the band continues their long-standing tradition of being a leaderless trio with a committed belief in what they’ve dubbed ‘avant-garde populism’ — the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.


Style: modern jazz











1/17/2018 To 1/20/2018
Cyrus Chestnut Trio

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Sponsored by Jim & Lynne Clanahan


“The pianist Cyrus Chestnut is one of jazz’s most convincing anachronisms.” — New York Times


Virtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s hard swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the jazz community. Blending contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, and gospel, Chestnut gives himself plenty of freedom to explore different emotions, while keeping his music in form. His lush chords, playful grace notes, worshipful tremolos, and effortless runs up and down the piano are sure to impress, but it’s his warm demeanor and irresistible sweetness that make him one of jazz’s most beloved ambassadors.


style: straight-ahead

1/31/2018 To 2/3/2018
Alicia Olatuja

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"Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail." –Downbeat


Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless.


Originally from St. Louis, MO, Alicia Olatuja grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz and classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey, and she later graduated with a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride.



style: modern vocal jazz

2/14/2018 To 2/17/2018
Benny Green Trio
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“…he plays funky and hard, and breathes not only bebop but Oscar Peterson’s virtuosic effusions as well.” — The New York Times

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. he developed his mastery of the keyboard with decades of real world experience in the star-making bands of three of the most masterful musicians of the last half century: singer Betty Carter, drummer Art Blakey, and bassist Ray Brown. More recently, Green has been known to take the stage and record with artists ranging from Christian McBride to Diana Krall. A successful bandleader himself for over 20 years, Green is perhaps the most exciting, hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from The Jazz Messengers. Nobody plays straight-ahead modern jazz piano with more swinging joy and finesse than Benny Green.

style: straight-ahead jazz

2/21/2018 To 2/24/2018
Sean Jones Quartet

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“When Jones solos, soaring with a gentle strength as his band swells behind him, it’s not just a pretty melody… it’s praise.” – JazzTimes


Sean Jones returns to celebrate his new album, Live from Jazz at the Bistro, recorded here in December 2015. Jones has quickly established himself as one of the most outstanding and innovative trumpeters and composers on today’s scene. Apprenticing with such legendary figures as Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson, he also served as lead trumpeter with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 2004-2010. In 2011 he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter (‘Tribute to Miles’ tour), and has since become one of the top trumpet bandleaders of his young generation. Jones is also the Chair of Brass at Berklee College of Music and the Artistic Director of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestras.


style: straight-ahead

2/28/2018 To 3/3/2018
Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance.


The award-winning Ms. Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – the record for a singer. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on The Tonight Show when turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.”

3/7/2018 To 3/8/2018
Melissa Aldana Quartet

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“She is planting her flag in a sax player’s jazz world that clearly and deservedly belongs now to her.” — JazzTimes


At 24, Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana seemed to come out of nowhere to win the prestigious, hotly contested 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition. She may have been a dark horse, but her captivating sound and bold creative vision have been nurtured by some of jazz’s most insightful talent scouts. Born in Santiago, she was a teenage standout on the Chilean jazz scene when an encounter with Danilo Perez left the pianist so impressed he recruited her for Berklee College of Music. Focusing on improvisation and composition, she studied with heavyweight saxophonists like Joe Lovano and Greg Osby. But her mentors don’t get all the credit for her rapid rise. Her grandfather was a thriving swing saxophonist in 1950s France, and her father competed in the 1991 Monk Competition that launched Joshua Redman’s career.


style: straight-ahead / modern jazz

3/14/2018 To 3/17/2018
The Baylor Project

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“A former Yellowjacket and his creative/life partner drop a funky and finely detailed collection that isn’t shy to show a little tenderness or to head down lots of creative avenues.” - Modern Drummer Magazine


A husband. A wife. An astonishing debut. Marcus and Jean Baylor’s highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As you listen to “The Baylor Project,” you will be taken on an eclectic musical journey that showcases as much versatility as it does virtuosity.


Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former drummer of the 3-time Grammy Award winning jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets. With his natural feel, creative use of space and innovative ability to tell a story, his musicianship and improvisation are those of a seasoned musician.


Jean, a “Jersey Girl”, has been a featured guest artist in performances and recordings with The Yellowjackets, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and legendary bassist, Buster Williams. Well-equipped with an agile mezzo-soprano range, Jean combines a fresh, whimsical approach to phrasing with clever improvisation resulting in singing of such vocal purity that she embraces the soul.


Style: modern jazz

3/28/2018 To 3/31/2018
Allison Miller, Riley Mulherkar, & Chad Lefkowitz-Brown
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An exciting group of dynamic musical leaders come together in a one-of-a-kind performance you’ll only find at the Ferring Jazz Bistro! Capping off a week of teaching in area schools, this collaborative performance is also of these artists’ debut performances in the Ferring Jazz Bistro! Known for her original compositions and razor-sharp precision, drummer Allison Miller brings a contemporary vibe with all the history of Art Blakey and Max Roach. Trumpeter, Riley Mulherkar is a graduate of the Julliard School and was named a“rising star jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis and an upcoming talent “to keep an eye on” by the Wall Street Journal. Tenor Sax man, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is a rising star on the jazz scene. A graduate of the Brubeck Institute, he has 15 Downbeat Awards to his name and is a member of the multi Grammy award-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Don’t miss the chance to see this all-star group!

4/6/2018 To 4/7/2018
Songs of Freedom

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Ulysses Owens, Jr., Musical Director

featuring Alicia Olatuja & Joanna Majoko


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“A centerpiece of the program is “Everything Must Change,” associated with Ms. Simone. Alicia Olatuja brings an earnest intensity to the song, bringing it into implicit dialogue with “A Change Is Gonna Come,” the indelible Sam Cooke tune. “No one and nothing stays unchanged,” she sings, and as she slowly builds a crescendo, she hints at both a formidable obstacle and the will to overcome.” – New York Times


First presented under the auspice of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone – all of whom have made an indelible mark in music. Each artist expressed freedom in various ways. Joni composed and sung about the freedom of love, Abbey expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song.  The project is under the musical direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr.


To effectively deliver this vast repertoire, the program features vocalists Alicia Olatuja and Joanna Majoko.


Style: modern jazz with vocals

4/11/2018 To 4/14/2018
John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet

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It’s often said that history repeats itself but in the instance of making music, a reunion of two performers will not necessarily bring about the sounds of their collective past. Grammy-winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano and the equally lauded guitarist/composer John Scofield are preparing another turn together in the public eye. One of the most popular groups of the early 1990’s, Scofield and Lovano have both built their own followings since departing their shared bandstand.  Since then, the opportunity to hear them together has been few and far between.  Listeners will rejoice at this rare opportunity to hear two modern masters reunite on stage.


style: modern jazz 

4/25/2018 To 4/28/2018
Terell Stafford Quintet

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“This is an extraordinary band playing extraordinary music.” The Wall Street Journal


Known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own, Terell Stafford combines lyricism and a deep love of melody with a spirited, adventurous edge. This uniquely expressive, well-defined musical talent enables Stafford to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own in roads. His quintet is one of the premier, hardest-swinging groups on the scene today, and features pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist Tim Warfield.


style: straight-ahead

5/9/2018 To 5/12/2018
Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band

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“As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa…particularly the congas.” –Los Angeles Times


If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling. Sanchez grew up in a suburb of LA, where he was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds that included straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, and American soul. Whatever the genre, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. His over 20-year relationship with Concord Records has yielded two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award, and several Grammy nominations.


style: Latin jazz

5/23/2018 To 5/26/2018