“a powerful trumpeter, at ease with the most complicated and detailed bebop lines and an open-armed [louis] armstrong swagger.”— the new york times
a spectacular trumpeter with a wide range, a beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, byron stripling is an extroverted performer who brings the audience into his music. the happiness that he exudes through his trumpet, his vocals, and his words is reminiscent of louis armstrong, yet very much his own.
style: straight-ahead/vocal jazz
Dave Dickey Big Band
performing the first sunday of every month at the ferring jazz bistro, home of jazz at the bistro!
the dave dickey big band features 18 of the top jazz musicians from st. louis, edwardsville, columbia, springfield, and champaign, illinois. many of the band members are also top music and jazz educators teaching at schools such as siue, mizzou, umsl, webster, southwest missouri state university, lindenwood, st charles community college, university of illinois, and public schools in the area. the dave dickey big band features music by big band greats like duke ellington, count basie, woody herman, stan kenton, buddy rich, thad jones / mel lewis, and many others. the band also performs music of contemporary composers, including original compositions and arrangements from members in the band.
in addition to leading the ddbb, trombonist dave dickey is the director of bands at st. charles community college and teaches jazz trombone and improvisation classes at umsl.
upcoming jazz at the bistro concerts
sunday, february 8, 2015, 6-9pm- intermission with the ft. zumwalt north high school under the direction of rob babel.
sunday, march 1, 2015
sunday, april 12, 2015
sunday, may 3, 2015
3/1/2015 To 5/3/2015
I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt
“René Marie raises the bar for…all jazz vocalists.” – All About Jazz
Although she didn’t begin her professional career until her early forties, vocalist René Marie has quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the most heralded singers on the scene today. Fiery and clever, Marie turned heads when she substituted the lyrics of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” into “The Star-Spangled Banner” and recently continued her bold career with I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt, a tribute to the trailblazing vocalist/actress/writer. Marie’s remarkable range, independent streak, and powerful emotional resonance suit the material perfectly. Her daring makes her one of America’s most interesting and compelling artists, as do her influences. Marie’s style incorporates a distinctly American blend of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel with an innate theatrical ability to interpret a song deeply and live its truth.
3/4/2015 To 3/7/2015
jazz legend ramsey lewis has recorded over 80 albums, receiving seven gold records and three grammy awards during his storied career. in the mid 60's, lewis was the nation's most successful jazz pianist, topping the charts with "the in crowd" and "hang on sloopy." now, lewis is revisiting these classic records in celebration of their 50th anniversary by performing both albums in their entirety!
style: straight-ahead/soul jazz
Sponsored by World Wide Technology, Lion Forge, and The Steward Family Foundation
“… no other band working today can offer what kneebody deliver…” – los angeles times
grammy-nominated quintet kneebody generates explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level, nuanced ensemble playing and highly polished compositions that are balanced with adventurous, no-hold-barred improvising. all “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own. their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the radiohead ilk and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a brad mehldau concert. “cohesion is the truest constant in the music of kneebody, [they] inhabit the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock, and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders,” according to the new york times.
style: modern jazz
3/18/2015 To 3/21/2015
in a career that spans over two 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
koplant no, led by saxophonist joel vanderheyden, is a forward-thinking ensemble that fuses intricate compositions and jazz improvisation with electronica, progressive rock, and hip-hop. the band has been developing its unique sound throughout the midwest since 2008. the group turned some heads when opening for the bad plus at the 2012 twin cities jazz festival, and has been noted as "one of the most innovative ensembles in the midwest" by david cazares from minnesota public radio. koplant no features brian lewis smith on trumpet, keys, and laptop, drew morton on bass and synths, and rob baner on drums, samples, and vibraphone.
style: modern jazz/fusion/electronic
Shades of Jade
led by former jazz st. louis all-star trumpeter joshua williams, shades of jade is on a mission to break genre constraints by infusing elements of jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul, pop, and rock into contagious grooves full of raw energy. from progressive influences like the rh factor, robert glasper experiment, and christian scott quintet, shades of jade continues to move music forward, hoping to establich their original music as new american standards.
style: modern/soul jazz
Freddy Cole Quintet with special guest Harry Allen
“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
4/1/2015 To 4/4/2015
Bosman Twins CD Release Party
join dwight and dwayne bosman as they release their new cd, when lions roar, with two nights at jazz at the bistro. mesmerizing, dazzling, and exhilarating are the words that continuously come to audience's minds to describer the bosman twins. masters of several woodwind instruments, the emmy award-winning duo are true ambassadors of music. whether performing as a duo, with their quintet, or accompanying jazz greats, their renditions of jazz, r&b, funk, and gospel have gained them international notoriety.
style: straight ahead jazz
4/10/2015 To 4/11/2015
“since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic, or interesting.” – washington post
jazz singer kurt elling inspires superlatives: the new york times called him “the standout male vocalist of our time,” while downbeat critics have named him top male jazz vocalist for twelve straight years. he is also a grammy award-winner, and every one of his albums has been grammy nominated. elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technique and emotional depth, with a virtuosic command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics. his repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of wich are springboards for inspired improvisation and scat singing. elling is also a star practitioner of vocalese, the writing and performing of words over recorded instrumental jazz solos.
style: modern vocal jazz
4/15/2015 To 4/18/2015
SIUE Concert Jazz Band
the st. louis area is home to many great university jazz programs. the southern illinois university at edwardsville jazz department, now under the leadership of guitarist rick haydon, consistently produces swingin’ musicians. for this big band showcase, both the student concert jazz band and a special, newly-formed siue alumni jazz band will perform your favorite charts from basie, ellington, and beyond.
this performance will be one show with a brief intermission.
style: big band jazz / swing
4/21/2015 7:30 PM
Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing
vocalist and guitarist tommy halloran, equal parts randy newman and tom waits, is one of the hardest working musicians in st. louis. his group guerrilla swing, consisting of mark wallace on upright bass, kristian baarsvik on saxophones, and kevin cheli on drums, pays homage to the great tradition that is jazz with a vintage swing sound, while simultaneously creating music that is relevant to our modern times. guerrilla swing was named the overall best band in st. louis 2014 by the rft and performs every sunday for brunch at the bistro.
style: traditional jazz w/ vocals
4/24/2015 To 4/25/2015
Benny Green Trio
“…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
4/29/2015 To 5/2/2015
Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers
miss jubilee has been entertaining audiences around st. louis and beyond since the beginning of 2007 with her exciting blend of authentic hot jazz, swing, rhythm & blues, and early rock 'n' roll spanning the 1920's to the 50's. the humdingers, a swingin', horn-fueled rhythm section, back up the high-energy songstress to create an authentic blast from the past that is both extremely danceable and wonderfully listenable.
style: traditional jazz w/ vocals
5/8/2015 To 5/9/2015
Regina Carter's Southern Comfort
“regina carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz.” – time magazine
regina carter’s southern comfort features a lush array of tunes based on folk, blues, and jazz, all focused on her family’s history through a modern lens. for this project, carter heavily researched field recordings of folklorists like alan lomax and john work iii at the library of congress to discover the music that her paternal grandfather, who worked as a coal miner in alabama, would have heard in the deep south during the first half of the 20th century. inspired by those sounds, carter deftly opens up marches, dirges, and ballads to her improvisatory style with a tone that is lighter here than her usual dark amber hue, but with playing that is just as captivating as ever.
style: american roots / folk jazz
5/13/2015 To 5/16/2015
Mardra & Reggie Thomas CD Release
vocalist mardra thomas and pianist reggie thomas return to st. louis for two nights celebrating the release of their new cd, matters of the heart. this music was degined to spark your memory and touch your heart. you'll hear engaging new arrangements of lovely day, going out of my head, and never can say goodbye, to name a few. the cd and shows also feature original compositions hello again and a title track that are sure to become jazz favorites. detroit-based guitarist perry hughes and drummer montez coleman are featured on the album and these shows, joined by saxophonist jason swagler and bassist zeb briskovich.
style: straight-ahead vocal jazz
5/22/2015 To 5/23/2015
Dr. Lonnie Smith with special guest Lionel Loueke
“[dr. lonnie smith is] all about soul. not speed, not flash, not tricky riffs—just hard-core, deep-down feeling…” – chicago tribune
“[when listening to lionel loueke]…you’re listening to a genius.” – the new york times
dr. lonnie smith is an unparalleled musician. an authentic guru of the hammond b-3 organ for over five decades, his arrangements of songs reveal an r&b background as well as his affinity for funk and gospel. with a theatrical stage presence that wins over audiences, and a dynamic range and hard-grooving sound that blows their minds, dr. lonnie smith is the hippest hammond b-3 organist on the scene today.
with a velvety west african french–accented baritone, guitarist and vocalist lionel loueke exudes a seductive effortlessness. he can play fast and loud, but it’s nearly impossible to imagine him ever fretting over a difficult passage. his music smolders with controlled intensity; clicking and whistling with his vocals and tapping and scratching his guitar, all while carefully orchestrating loops and harmonizing effects. praised by his mentor herbie hancock as “a musical painter,” loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, and a deep knowledge of african folk forms, with extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound never before heard.
this rare pairing combines the music of west africa with african american music and jazz in unexpected and exciting ways.
style: soul jazz / world music
5/27/2015 To 5/30/2015
JazzU and JSL All-Stars
jazzu is a fun, hands-on learning experience that brings together talented middle and high school musicians for small jazz combo instruction on a weekly basis. the competitive program selected 53 emerging musicians from a pool of 130 who auditioned for the 2014-15 season. this weekend's shows feature the top two performing ensembles in the jazzu program, which includes the premier group, the jazz st. louis all-stars. a special guest artist will be leading clinics with the two groups prior to performing with them during these concert.
jazzu is made possible by a lead contribution from monsanto fund with support from the arthur & helen baer foundation, ameren missouri, and the staenberg family foundation.
style: straight-ahead jazz
6/5/2015 To 6/6/2015
“he plays the most coolly expressive trumpet in jazz…” – vanity fair
terence blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians of his generation, helping to shape the contours of modern jazz today. rising to prominence as wynton marsalis’s replacement in art blakey’s jazz messengers, blanchard’s storied and award-winning skills doesn’t stop at jazz; he has scored over 50 films, working with the likes of spike lee and george lucas, and recently premiered his opera-in-jazz, champion, co-commissioned by jazz st. louis and opera theatre of saint louis to international acclaim.
6/10/2015 To 6/13/2015