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"erin bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now." bbc Vocalist Erin Bode has a beautiful, crystal clear voice that is too exquisite to miss. She consistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincere performances. For this special two-night show, Bode will revisit the music that first endeared her to St. Louis audiences: tunes from the Great American Songbook.style: straight-ahead vocal jazz
Erin Bode Sings Standards
"erin bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now." bbc

 Vocalist Erin Bode has a beautiful, crystal clear voice that is too exquisite to miss. She consistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincere performances. For this special two-night show, Bode will revisit the music that first endeared her to St. Louis audiences: tunes from the Great American Songbook.

style: straight-ahead vocal jazz

9/2/2015 To 9/3/2015
"...dirty, aggressive, disciplined joy..." -the new york times Drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus has become enamored with the concept of bridging the gap between American roots music and the avant-garde. As a Midwesterner, King has also developed an affinity for the "outsider." In the arts particularly, the romanticized notion of the great innovator who created outstanding work without fanfare because of regional displacement has become gospel to wide audiences. There you have the two defining elements of the Dave King Trucking Company. As a matter of fact, the ensemble could be seen as the poster child for bands revolting against the "academic" lean of mainstream jazz, preferring a slant toward the corporeal.style: avant-garde
Dave King Trucking Company
"...dirty, aggressive, disciplined joy..." -the new york times

 

Drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus has become enamored with the concept of bridging the gap between American roots music and the avant-garde. As a Midwesterner, King has also developed an affinity for the "outsider." In the arts particularly, the romanticized notion of the great innovator who created outstanding work without fanfare because of regional displacement has become gospel to wide audiences. There you have the two defining elements of the Dave King Trucking Company. As a matter of fact, the ensemble could be seen as the poster child for bands revolting against the "academic" lean of mainstream jazz, preferring a slant toward the corporeal.

style: avant-garde

9/4/2015 To 9/5/2015
"an outrageously good time" -the wall street journal Pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins
Monty Alexander Trio
"an outrageously good time" -the wall street journal

 

Pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins
9/9/2015 To 9/10/2015
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 concertsSunday, September 13, 2015, 6-9pm- intermission with the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band..Sunday, October 4, 2015Sunday, November 1, 2015Sunday, December 6, 2015
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, September 13, 2015, 6-9pm- intermission with the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band..

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

9/13/2015 To 12/6/2015
It’s always thrilling when members of one family join forces musically, and that is the basic concept for Two Times True, featuring Carolbeth True on piano and her son David True on drums.  In performance the Trues are joined by Glen Smith on bass and Larry Johnson on saxophone.Carolbeth True is one of St. Louis’s finest pianists and along-time Webster University faculty member. She is also featured in many clubsand concert hall across St. Louis. She has performed with numerous artistsincluding Harry Allen, Buddy DeFranco, Scott Hamilton, Roseanne Vitro, and BillWatrous, has served as rehearsal pianist and assistant musical director with The MUNY for twenty years, and has performed with the St. Louis Symphony. True was also the 2004 recipient of the St. Louis Magazine “Musician of the Year”award and the 2007 recipient of the “St. Louis Arts Award for Excellence in theArts,” presented by the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Also, in theearly 90s, True’s Trio served as the house band for Just Jazz at the Majestic,the predecessor to Jazz at the Bistro. style: straight-ahead jazz
Two Times True with Larry Johnson

It’s always thrilling when members of one family join forces musically, and that is the basic concept for Two Times True, featuring Carolbeth True on piano and her son David True on drums.  In performance the Trues are joined by Glen Smith on bass and Larry Johnson on saxophone.

Carolbeth True is one of St. Louis’s finest pianists and along-time Webster University faculty member. She is also featured in many clubsand concert hall across St. Louis. She has performed with numerous artistsincluding Harry Allen, Buddy DeFranco, Scott Hamilton, Roseanne Vitro, and BillWatrous, has served as rehearsal pianist and assistant musical director with The MUNY for twenty years, and has performed with the St. Louis Symphony. True was also the 2004 recipient of the St. Louis Magazine “Musician of the Year”award and the 2007 recipient of the “St. Louis Arts Award for Excellence in theArts,” presented by the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Also, in theearly 90s, True’s Trio served as the house band for Just Jazz at the Majestic,the predecessor to Jazz at the Bistro.

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

9/16/2015 To 9/17/2015
Nobody swings harder than Willie Akins. For years, St. Louis audiences have been fortunate enough to have the tenor titan in their own backyard. When touring jazz musicians come into town…they want to hear Willie Akins. Recent years have seen Akins lend his artistry to the bandstands of GregOsby and Kurt Elling.Montez Coleman, an East St. Louis native himself, has touredthe world with some of the biggest names in jazz. A long time member of the RoyHargrove Quintet, Coleman has also worked with Montez Coleman nationallyrecognized musicians like Rufus Reid, Russell Malone, and Wynton Marsalis, aswell as local favorites Russell Gunn and Erin Bode. style: straight-ahead jazz
Willie Akins

Nobody swings harder than Willie Akins. For years, St. Louis audiences have been fortunate enough to have the tenor titan in their own backyard. When touring jazz musicians come into town…they want to hear Willie Akins. Recent years have seen Akins lend his artistry to the bandstands of GregOsby and Kurt Elling.

Montez Coleman, an East St. Louis native himself, has touredthe world with some of the biggest names in jazz. A long time member of the RoyHargrove Quintet, Coleman has also worked with Montez Coleman nationallyrecognized musicians like Rufus Reid, Russell Malone, and Wynton Marsalis, aswell as local favorites Russell Gunn and Erin Bode.

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

9/18/2015
Jazz St. Louis is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and what better way to kick-off our 2015-16 Subscription Series than with a super group of Jazz at the Bistro favorites from the past 20 years? Nowhere else in the world will you see this power-packed sextet sharing a stage!style: straight-ahead jazz
McBride, Chestnut, Hutchinson, Malone, Stafford, and Warfield

Jazz St. Louis is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and what better way to kick-off our 2015-16 Subscription Series than with a super group of Jazz at the Bistro favorites from the past 20 years? Nowhere else in the world will you see this power-packed sextet sharing a stage!

style: straight-ahead jazz

9/23/2015 To 9/26/2015
Join Jazz St. Louis and Metta Quintet in the Ferring Jazz Bistro for John-Michel and the BeBop Kings, an exploration of jazz and visual arts. Designed for children in grades 3-6, this program aims to introduce young audiences to the legacies of groundbreaking musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Max Roach, and Dizzy Gillespie through the captivating work of painter John-Michel Basquiat.
John-Michel and the Be-Bop Kings
Join Jazz St. Louis and Metta Quintet in the Ferring Jazz Bistro for John-Michel and the BeBop Kings, an exploration of jazz and visual arts. Designed for children in grades 3-6, this program aims to introduce young audiences to the legacies of groundbreaking musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Max Roach, and Dizzy Gillespie through the captivating work of painter John-Michel Basquiat.
9/29/2015 7:00 PM
What happens when you combine two outstanding members of theworld-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musiciansfrom the Erin Bode Group? You get The 442’s, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who also plays guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442’sfeatures Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. This unique collaboration, formed in the spring of 2012 by a tight-knit group whose love of good food and fine beer makes rehearsals feel like dinner parties, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing, inventive improvisation, and whistle solos. Exploring the boundaries of jazz, classical, folk, and rock, their music can move you to the edge of your seat or comfort you like a lullaby, all within the same set.Originally inspired by the Grammy Award Winning album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions – a collaborative album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile – The 442’s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities. style: improvisational chamber music
The 442's

What happens when you combine two outstanding members of theworld-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musiciansfrom the Erin Bode Group? You get The 442’s, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who also plays guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442’sfeatures Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. This unique collaboration, formed in the spring of 2012 by a tight-knit group whose love of good food and fine beer makes rehearsals feel like dinner parties, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing, inventive improvisation, and whistle solos. Exploring the boundaries of jazz, classical, folk, and rock, their music can move you to the edge of your seat or comfort you like a lullaby, all within the same set.

Originally inspired by the Grammy Award Winning album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions – a collaborative album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile – The 442’s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities.

 

style: improvisational chamber music

9/30/2015 To 10/1/2015
Pianist Phil Dunlap, Jazz St. Louis’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, has put together an all-star lineup of st. louis’s finest musicians. Featuring Montez Coleman on drums, Nathan Pence on bass (a member of the jazz st. louis all-stars), Danny Campbell on trumpet, and Ben Reece on tenor saxophone, the Phil Dunlap Quintet performs a hard-swinging mix of Dunlap’s original compositions and jazz standards from the likes of Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and more.style:  straight-ahead jazz
Phil Dunlap Quintet
Pianist Phil Dunlap, Jazz St. Louis’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, has put together an all-star lineup of st. louis’s finest musicians. Featuring Montez Coleman on drums, Nathan Pence on bass (a member of the jazz st. louis all-stars), Danny Campbell on trumpet, and Ben Reece on tenor saxophone, the Phil Dunlap Quintet performs a hard-swinging mix of Dunlap’s original compositions and jazz standards from the likes of Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and more.

style:  straight-ahead jazz

10/2/2015 To 10/3/2015
“The most adventurous quartet in contemporary jazz music.”All Music Guide Recently celebrating their 30th anniversary as a recordingand touring group, the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets are one of the mostacclaimed and influential jazz groups in history. Led by keyboardist RussellFerrante and featuring saxophonist Bob Mintzer and drummer Will Kennedy, theYellowjackets blend funk, fusion, and straight-ahead jazz in a way thatprovides for an extremely exciting and energizing experience. style: modern jazz / fusion
Yellowjackets

“The most adventurous quartet in contemporary jazz music.”All Music Guide

 

Recently celebrating their 30th anniversary as a recordingand touring group, the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets are one of the mostacclaimed and influential jazz groups in history. Led by keyboardist RussellFerrante and featuring saxophonist Bob Mintzer and drummer Will Kennedy, theYellowjackets blend funk, fusion, and straight-ahead jazz in a way thatprovides for an extremely exciting and energizing experience.

 

style: modern jazz / fusion

10/7/2015 To 10/10/2015
“…a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined.” –Chicago TribuneOriginally from Bloomington-Normal, IL, 24 year old saxophonist Adam Larson has distinguished himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation. A member of the inaugural Manhattan School of MusicJazz Institute, Larson received his Master’s with honors as the recipient ofthe Borden Award for Outstanding Performance. Even at his young age, Larson hasalready dedicated himself to teaching the next generation and will be workingwith Jazz St. Louis’s JazzU students during his brief visit. style: straight-ahead/modern jazz
Adam Larson Quartet

“…a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined.” –Chicago Tribune

Originally from Bloomington-Normal, IL, 24 year old saxophonist Adam Larson has distinguished himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation. A member of the inaugural Manhattan School of MusicJazz Institute, Larson received his Master’s with honors as the recipient ofthe Borden Award for Outstanding Performance. Even at his young age, Larson hasalready dedicated himself to teaching the next generation and will be workingwith Jazz St. Louis’s JazzU students during his brief visit.

 

style: straight-ahead/modern jazz

10/14/2015 To 10/15/2015
These performances replace the Byron Stripling/Jazz St.Louis Big Band Tribute to Clark Terry, which has been reschedule to March25-26, 2016.The Coleman Hughes Project featuring Adrianne brings together jazz, soul, and R&B grooves that have made them one of St. Louis’s most beloved groups in recent years. Featuring bassist Terry Coleman ,percussionist Carlos Hughes, pianist Timothy Chandler, saxophonist Jason Swagler, and vocalist Adrianne Felton-King, the band is sure to deliver a soulful, energizing weekend for their Jazz at the Bistro debut.style: contemporary jazz / R&B
Coleman Hughes Project feat. Adrianne

These performances replace the Byron Stripling/Jazz St.Louis Big Band Tribute to Clark Terry, which has been reschedule to March25-26, 2016.

The Coleman Hughes Project featuring Adrianne brings together jazz, soul, and R&B grooves that have made them one of St. Louis’s most beloved groups in recent years. Featuring bassist Terry Coleman ,percussionist Carlos Hughes, pianist Timothy Chandler, saxophonist Jason Swagler, and vocalist Adrianne Felton-King, the band is sure to deliver a soulful, energizing weekend for their Jazz at the Bistro debut.

style: contemporary jazz / R&B

10/16/2015 To 10/17/2015
These performances replace the originally scheduled “Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Eric Harland: PRISM” shows.Guitarist Kevin Eubanks is a gifted musician and prolificcomposer. His laid back style and affability belie the concentration and focusthat have made him one of the most accomplished guitarists of his or anygeneration. He is also well known for his 18 years as the charismaticbandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since leaving the show in 2010,Eubanks has returned to his jazz roots. He’s released two albums on the MackAvenue label – 2010’s Zen Food and 2012’s The Messenger.style: modern/contemporary jazz
Kevin Eubanks Group

These performances replace the originally scheduled “Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Eric Harland: PRISM” shows.

Guitarist Kevin Eubanks is a gifted musician and prolificcomposer. His laid back style and affability belie the concentration and focusthat have made him one of the most accomplished guitarists of his or anygeneration. He is also well known for his 18 years as the charismaticbandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since leaving the show in 2010,Eubanks has returned to his jazz roots. He’s released two albums on the MackAvenue label – 2010’s Zen Food and 2012’s The Messenger.

style: modern/contemporary jazz

10/21/2015 To 10/24/2015
author and cultural provocateur stanley crouch discusses the connection between jazz, race, and politics. following the talk is a special performance by an all-star sextet of st. louis musicians playing the controversial "we insist!" max roach's "freedom now suite," composed in 1960 and inspired by the civil rights movement.this is a free event, but due to limited space, a ticket is required.
Jazz, Race, and Politics
author and cultural provocateur stanley crouch discusses the connection between jazz, race, and politics. following the talk is a special performance by an all-star sextet of st. louis musicians playing the controversial "we insist!" max roach's "freedom now suite," composed in 1960 and inspired by the civil rights movement.

this is a free event, but due to limited space, a ticket is required.

10/27/2015 6:00 PM
An icon of American music, Nina Simone was the consummatemusical storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy ofliberation, empowerment, passion, and love. Join Lamar Harris for a modern spinon Simone’s music, featuring vocalist Anita Jackson. style: modern jazz / soul
Lamar Harris with Anita Jackson

An icon of American music, Nina Simone was the consummatemusical storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy ofliberation, empowerment, passion, and love. Join Lamar Harris for a modern spinon Simone’s music, featuring vocalist Anita Jackson.

 

style: modern jazz / soul

10/28/2015 To 10/29/2015
“{Person’s} 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 symbolof constant swing and good times. 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
Houston Person Quartet

“{Person’s} 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 symbolof constant swing and good times. 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

10/30/2015 To 10/31/2015
Sponsored by Nancy & Ken Kranzberg“As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa…particularly the congas.” -Los Angeles TimesIf 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
Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band

Sponsored by

Nancy & Ken Kranzberg

“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

11/4/2015 To 11/7/2015
The St. Louis area is home to many great university jazzprograms. The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville jazz department, nowunder the leadership of guitarist Rick Haydon, consistently produces swingin’musicians. For this big band showcase, both the student Concert Jazz Band and aspecial, newly-formed SIUE Alumni Jazz Band will perform your favorite chartsfrom Basie, Ellington, and beyond.This performance will be one show with a brief intermission.style: big band / swing
SIUE Concert & Alumni Jazz Bands

The St. Louis area is home to many great university jazzprograms. The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville jazz department, nowunder the leadership of guitarist Rick Haydon, consistently produces swingin’musicians. For this big band showcase, both the student Concert Jazz Band and aspecial, newly-formed SIUE Alumni Jazz Band will perform your favorite chartsfrom Basie, Ellington, and beyond.

This performance will be one show with a brief intermission.

style: big band / swing

11/10/2015 To 4/18/2016
“utter musical fearlessness…a complete artist—one of thejazz world’s finest…” -The New York TimesFour-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson recently went backto the recording studio for an intimate look at the music of Rodgers andHammerstein. “I’ve been all around the world musically, from bop and bossa…toblues and singer-songwriters. I find myself powerfully drawn to the world ofRodgers and Hammerstein.” The tunes, with their gorgeous melodies and nearperfect lyrics, are music that begs to be sung.style: straight-ahead vocal jazz
Something Wonderful- Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein

“utter musical fearlessness…a complete artist—one of thejazz world’s finest…” -The New York Times

Four-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson recently went backto the recording studio for an intimate look at the music of Rodgers andHammerstein. “I’ve been all around the world musically, from bop and bossa…toblues and singer-songwriters. I find myself powerfully drawn to the world ofRodgers and Hammerstein.” The tunes, with their gorgeous melodies and nearperfect lyrics, are music that begs to be sung.

style: straight-ahead vocal jazz

11/11/2015 To 11/12/2015
Live CD RecordingVocalist and guitarist Tommy Halloran, equal parts RandyNewman and Tom Waits, is one of the hardest working musicians in St. Louis. Hisgroup Guerrilla Swing, consisting of Mark Wallace on upright bass, KristianBaarsvik on saxophones, and Kevin Cheli on drums, pays homage to the greattradition that is jazz with a vintage swing sound, while simultaneouslycreating music that is relevant to our modern times. Guerrilla Swing was namedthe overall Best Band in St. Louis 2014 by the RFT and performs every Sundayfor Brunch at the Bistro.style: traditional jazz with vocals
Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing

Live CD Recording

Vocalist and guitarist Tommy Halloran, equal parts RandyNewman and Tom Waits, is one of the hardest working musicians in St. Louis. Hisgroup Guerrilla Swing, consisting of Mark Wallace on upright bass, KristianBaarsvik on saxophones, and Kevin Cheli on drums, pays homage to the greattradition that is jazz with a vintage swing sound, while simultaneouslycreating music that is relevant to our modern times. Guerrilla Swing was namedthe overall Best Band in St. Louis 2014 by the RFT and performs every Sundayfor Brunch at the Bistro.

style: traditional jazz with vocals

11/13/2015 To 11/14/2015
“…boy, do they turn that pop music inside out.” – Seattle Public RadioOmaha Diner is four storied musicians attempting tore-define a format that forever perverted the way we experience music: the Billboard Pop Chart. You may love Top 40 (doubtful), you may hate it (probable), you may not care about it at all (liar), but you cannot escape it.Omaha Diner is Top 40 like you’ve never heard it before! style: modern jazz
Omaha Diner feat. Hunter, Previte, Skerik, & Bloom

“…boy, do they turn that pop music inside out.” – Seattle Public Radio

Omaha Diner is four storied musicians attempting tore-define a format that forever perverted the way we experience music: the Billboard Pop Chart. You may love Top 40 (doubtful), you may hate it (probable), you may not care about it at all (liar), but you cannot escape it.

Omaha Diner is Top 40 like you’ve never heard it before!

 

style: modern jazz

11/18/2015 To 11/21/2015
Exclusively Sponsored by John & Alison Ferring“Cool and charming, [Davenport] blends a New Orleans musical influence with classic jazz and songwriting, like if Sinatra had been raised in New Orleans.” goNOLA.comJeremy Davenport infuses his unique style of storytellingwith his original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge, but also afeeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity.A St. Louis native, Davenport was born into a family ofmusicians. His mother has been a music educator for 50 years and his father recentlyretired, after 40 years, from the St. Louis Symphony. From a young age,Davenport studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, whichincluded an early introduction to jazz great Wynton Marsalis. He eventuallywent on to play with Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years.Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in NewOrleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz atthe Bistro.style: straight-ahead / vocal jazz
Jeremy Davenport

Exclusively Sponsored by John & Alison Ferring

“Cool and charming, [Davenport] blends a New Orleans musical influence with classic jazz and songwriting, like if Sinatra had been raised in New Orleans.” goNOLA.com

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

A St. Louis native, Davenport was born into a family ofmusicians. His mother has been a music educator for 50 years and his father recentlyretired, after 40 years, from the St. Louis Symphony. From a young age,Davenport studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, whichincluded an early introduction to jazz great Wynton Marsalis. He eventuallywent on to play with Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years.

Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in NewOrleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz atthe Bistro.

style: straight-ahead / vocal jazz

11/27/2015 To 11/28/2015
Live CD RecordingCo-Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp and Jim & Lynne Clanahan“When Jones solos, soaring with a gentle strength as hisband swells behind him, it’s not just a pretty melody… it’s praise.” –JazzTimesSean Jones has quickly established himself as one of themost outstanding and innovative trumpeters and composers on today’s scene.Apprenticing with such legendary figures as Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson, healso served as lead trumpeter with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from2004-2010. In 2011 he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock and WayneShorter (‘Tribute to Miles’ tour), and has since become one of the top trumpetbandleaders of his young generation. Jones is also the Chair of Brass atBerklee College of Music and the Artistic Director of the Cleveland andPittsburgh Jazz Orchestras.During this week at the Ferring Jazz Bistro, Sean Jones willbe recording tracks for a Live at the Bistro album. style: modern jazz
Sean Jones

Live CD Recording

Co-Sponsored by

Jon & Barbara Topp and Jim & Lynne Clanahan

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

Sean Jones has quickly established himself as one of themost outstanding and innovative trumpeters and composers on today’s scene.Apprenticing with such legendary figures as Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson, healso served as lead trumpeter with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from2004-2010. In 2011 he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock and WayneShorter (‘Tribute to Miles’ tour), and has since become one of the top trumpetbandleaders of his young generation. Jones is also the Chair of Brass atBerklee College of Music and the Artistic Director of the Cleveland andPittsburgh Jazz Orchestras.

During this week at the Ferring Jazz Bistro, Sean Jones willbe recording tracks for a Live at the Bistro album.

 

style: modern jazz

12/2/2015 To 12/5/2015
St. Louis’s jazz, soul, and funk scene has birthed TheService: a group with a deep affinity for soulful, backbeat-fueled jazz andsolidarity in reverence of ‘the groove.’ The musicians share a voice throughthe original music of Pete Lombardo and reworks of soul jazz standards thathighlight his impressive guitar playing along with the equally bold andfinessed vintage keyboard work of Nathan Hershey. The veteran rhythm section ofdrummer Grover Stewart, Jr. and bassist Andy Coco keep dance floors movin’, toestappin’, and heads boppin’!style: soul jazz
The Service

St. Louis’s jazz, soul, and funk scene has birthed TheService: a group with a deep affinity for soulful, backbeat-fueled jazz andsolidarity in reverence of ‘the groove.’ The musicians share a voice throughthe original music of Pete Lombardo and reworks of soul jazz standards thathighlight his impressive guitar playing along with the equally bold andfinessed vintage keyboard work of Nathan Hershey. The veteran rhythm section ofdrummer Grover Stewart, Jr. and bassist Andy Coco keep dance floors movin’, toestappin’, and heads boppin’!

style: soul jazz

12/9/2015 To 12/10/2015
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
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

12/11/2015 To 12/12/2015
“If we were to form a jazz combo, our model would mostdefinitely be Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O!” –The Three WisemenIt was a snowy day in May when Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer andPaul Sikivie gathered at Maggie’s Farm recording studio to spread Christmascheer. The result of that gathering is Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O, acollection of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes that’s destined to be added toholiday music collections all over the globe.“Wonder and innocence, gaudiness and cheer: can it be anysurprise that the jazz drummer Matt Wilson thrives around the holidays? HisChristmas Tree-O…does more or less what you’d expect, batting around holidaystandards with a mischievous but sentimental air…In any case, the band, withPaul Sikivie on bass and Jeff Lederer on reeds, represents something more thana side project or a symptom of seasonal opportunism. It has its own gait andstyle.” (The New York Times)style: holiday / avant-garde   
Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O
“If we were to form a jazz combo, our model would mostdefinitely be Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O!” –The Three Wisemen

It was a snowy day in May when Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer andPaul Sikivie gathered at Maggie’s Farm recording studio to spread Christmascheer. The result of that gathering is Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O, acollection of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes that’s destined to be added toholiday music collections all over the globe.

“Wonder and innocence, gaudiness and cheer: can it be anysurprise that the jazz drummer Matt Wilson thrives around the holidays? HisChristmas Tree-O…does more or less what you’d expect, batting around holidaystandards with a mischievous but sentimental air…In any case, the band, withPaul Sikivie on bass and Jeff Lederer on reeds, represents something more thana side project or a symptom of seasonal opportunism. It has its own gait andstyle.” (The New York Times)

style: holiday / avant-garde

 

 

 

12/16/2015 To 12/19/2015
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
Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington's Nutcracker

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

12/21/2015 To 12/23/2015
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
Good 4 the Soul

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

12/26/2015 To 12/27/2015
Five former members of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, part ofJazz St. Louis’s flagship education program JazzU, reunite for thisone-night-only performance! Saxophonist Carlos Brown, Jr., trumpeter BradyLewis, drummer Everette Benton, pianist Eliot Courtois, and bassist NathanPence are all currently working towards their Bachelor’s Degrees in JazzPerformance from some of the country’s finest universities.style: straight-ahead/modern jazz
Jazz St. Louis All-Stars Alumni Quintet

Five former members of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, part ofJazz St. Louis’s flagship education program JazzU, reunite for thisone-night-only performance! Saxophonist Carlos Brown, Jr., trumpeter BradyLewis, drummer Everette Benton, pianist Eliot Courtois, and bassist NathanPence are all currently working towards their Bachelor’s Degrees in JazzPerformance from some of the country’s finest universities.

style: straight-ahead/modern jazz

1/2/2016
“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60sjazz and indie rock…” - The New York TimesThe Bad Plus has spent over 15 years redefining what apiano-bass-drums trio can and should be. They’ve reached audiences of alldemographic stripes with genre-defying music that is at once complex,heartfelt, humorous, and instantly engaging. Featuring bassist Reid Anderson,pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King, The Bad Plus is a leaderless triowith a committed belief in what they’ve dubbed ‘avant-garde populism’ — theidea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinkingand provocative.“This band contains some of the most punk energy I’ve everseen or felt as a musician — it just doesn’t need to do it so obviously,” Kingsays. “That’s our statement. It’s a complex emotion.”style: avant-garde / modern jazz
The Bad Plus

“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60sjazz and indie rock…” - The New York Times

The Bad Plus has spent over 15 years redefining what apiano-bass-drums trio can and should be. They’ve reached audiences of alldemographic stripes with genre-defying music that is at once complex,heartfelt, humorous, and instantly engaging. Featuring bassist Reid Anderson,pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King, The Bad Plus is a leaderless triowith a committed belief in what they’ve dubbed ‘avant-garde populism’ — theidea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinkingand provocative.

“This band contains some of the most punk energy I’ve everseen or felt as a musician — it just doesn’t need to do it so obviously,” Kingsays. “That’s our statement. It’s a complex emotion.”

style: avant-garde / modern jazz

1/6/2016 To 1/9/2016
Jazz St. Louis and Jazz at Lincoln Center team up to present an all-star line-up of musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center. These musicians bring world-class performance and education to the Jazz at the Bistro stage with a powerhouse group you won’t find anywhere else. Featuring Terell Stafford on trumpet, Jeff Hamilton on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Todd Williams on saxophone, this is sure to be one of the hardest swingin’ shows of the season!style: straight-ahead jazz
Jazz at Lincoln Center Group

Jazz St. Louis and Jazz at Lincoln Center team up to present an all-star line-up of musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center. These musicians bring world-class performance and education to the Jazz at the Bistro stage with a powerhouse group you won’t find anywhere else. Featuring Terell Stafford on trumpet, Jeff Hamilton on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Todd Williams on saxophone, this is sure to be one of the hardest swingin’ shows of the season!

style: straight-ahead jazz

1/14/2016 To 1/15/2016
“…an artist of immense ability and taste.” –DownBeat MagazineThroughout its history, jazz has been revitalized with a continual evolution of style, fresh transformations in expression, bold leaps into the free improvisational sphere, and most importantly the arrival of youngartists who, while steeped in the past, have an eye to the future of the idiom.Among the most important young jazz stars in that vein is vibraphonist WarrenWolf. Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist who has also honed his chops on drums andpiano since age three, is following in the footsteps of vibes masters BobbyHutcherson and Stefon Harris by becoming a member of the SFJazz Collective(both of whom precede him in the vibes chair).Wolf dazzled audiences at the Bistro last season over twonights (performing with Tia Fuller and Sean Jones), showing off his beautifulmelodic touch right alongside his virtuosic chops.style: modern jazz
Warren Wolf & Wolfpack

“…an artist of immense ability and taste.” –DownBeat Magazine

Throughout its history, jazz has been revitalized with a continual evolution of style, fresh transformations in expression, bold leaps into the free improvisational sphere, and most importantly the arrival of youngartists who, while steeped in the past, have an eye to the future of the idiom.Among the most important young jazz stars in that vein is vibraphonist WarrenWolf. Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist who has also honed his chops on drums andpiano since age three, is following in the footsteps of vibes masters BobbyHutcherson and Stefon Harris by becoming a member of the SFJazz Collective(both of whom precede him in the vibes chair).

Wolf dazzled audiences at the Bistro last season over twonights (performing with Tia Fuller and Sean Jones), showing off his beautifulmelodic touch right alongside his virtuosic chops.

style: modern jazz

1/20/2016 To 1/23/2016
Leave behind your winter woes and warm up at the Bistro with the Funky Butt Brass Band! Featuring some of the most talented St. Louis musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition, the FBBB takes classic New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a twist in the style of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Bonerama. The bandsenergetic shows and rowdy stage presence has won over audiences and criticsalike, recently being named St. Louis’s Best Band by GO! Magazine readers.style: funk / New Orleans jazz
Funky Butt Winter Warmup

Leave behind your winter woes and warm up at the Bistro with the Funky Butt Brass Band! Featuring some of the most talented St. Louis musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition, the FBBB takes classic New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a twist in the style of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Bonerama. The bandsenergetic shows and rowdy stage presence has won over audiences and criticsalike, recently being named St. Louis’s Best Band by GO! Magazine readers.

style: funk / New Orleans jazz

1/29/2016 To 1/30/2016
Sponsored by Tim & Debbie Callihan“Aimée has a sweet, girlish voice that she controls with asniper’s precision… a bravura turn, presented with a smile.” - The New YorkTimesVocalist Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by aFrench­/Dominican parentage. As a curious child, she would sneak out of herbedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with thoseattending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She quickly fell in love withgypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners whiletraveling across Europe. While in the midst of one such odyssey, she foundherself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the vocalcompetition—which financed her first album. Even more recently, Aimée caughtthe attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encore SpecialPresentation starring Bernadette Peters at New York’s City Center. The WallStreet Journal described Aimée as “astonishingly creative…with a brilliantsound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honorstradition without being shackled to the past.”style: vocal jazz
Cyrille Aimee

Sponsored by Tim & Debbie Callihan

“Aimée has a sweet, girlish voice that she controls with asniper’s precision… a bravura turn, presented with a smile.” - The New YorkTimes

Vocalist Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by aFrench­/Dominican parentage. As a curious child, she would sneak out of herbedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with thoseattending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She quickly fell in love withgypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners whiletraveling across Europe. While in the midst of one such odyssey, she foundherself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the vocalcompetition—which financed her first album. Even more recently, Aimée caughtthe attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encore SpecialPresentation starring Bernadette Peters at New York’s City Center. The WallStreet Journal described Aimée as “astonishingly creative…with a brilliantsound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honorstradition without being shackled to the past.”

style: vocal jazz

2/3/2016 To 2/6/2016
“Erin Bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now.” BBCThe Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic byBode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing,both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Bodeconsistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincereperformances, the perfect combination to celebrate this romantic holiday.style: vocal jazz / folk
Valentine's Day with Erin Bode

“Erin Bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now.” BBC

The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic byBode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing,both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Bodeconsistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincereperformances, the perfect combination to celebrate this romantic holiday.

style: vocal jazz / folk

2/12/2016 To 2/14/2016
“Marcus Roberts demonstrates his technical virtuosity and passionate intelligence in impressive fashion. And yes, with soul. “ — Time MagazineThe Marcus Roberts Trio, featuring long-time members Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordon on bass, is known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. While most have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or format any time. And they do this with lightning quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations. The trio is known for having almost telepathic communication on the stage. The Marcus Roberts Trio believes in ‘letting the music take over,’ and the result is a powerfully rhythmic and melodic sound that is filled with dynamic contrast. One of the most enjoyable aspects of watching this trio perform is that it is so evident that these three musicians are really having fun playing together!style: straight-ahead/modern jazz
Marcus Roberts Trio

“Marcus Roberts demonstrates his technical virtuosity and passionate intelligence in impressive fashion. And yes, with soul. “ — Time Magazine

The Marcus Roberts Trio, featuring long-time members Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordon on bass, is known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. While most have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or format any time. And they do this with lightning quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations. The trio is known for having almost telepathic communication on the stage. The Marcus Roberts Trio believes in ‘letting the music take over,’ and the result is a powerfully rhythmic and melodic sound that is filled with dynamic contrast. One of the most enjoyable aspects of watching this trio perform is that it is so evident that these three musicians are really having fun playing together!

style: straight-ahead/modern jazz

2/17/2016 To 2/20/2016
Exclusively Sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc.“His performance was nothing short of a virtuoso clinic, atoe-tapping, heart-stopping, smile-making romp.” – Detroit NewsJames Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the mostadmired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role inhelping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past 25 years. He isfueled by deep respect and intimate knowledge of the jazz tradition, but givenhis intrigue for contrasts and hybrids, his music also defies comfortablecategorization. Born and raised in Detroit, Carter grew up surrounded by music,soaking up everything from funk and fusion to rock, soul, and various strainsof acoustic jazz. Carter’s Organ Trio album At the Crossroads documents thegroup’s combustible chemistry. James is an expressive and virtuosic player onall of the saxophones.style: soul jazz
James Carter Organ Trio

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“His performance was nothing short of a virtuoso clinic, atoe-tapping, heart-stopping, smile-making romp.” – Detroit News

James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the mostadmired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role inhelping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past 25 years. He isfueled by deep respect and intimate knowledge of the jazz tradition, but givenhis intrigue for contrasts and hybrids, his music also defies comfortablecategorization. Born and raised in Detroit, Carter grew up surrounded by music,soaking up everything from funk and fusion to rock, soul, and various strainsof acoustic jazz. Carter’s Organ Trio album At the Crossroads documents thegroup’s combustible chemistry. James is an expressive and virtuosic player onall of the saxophones.

style: soul jazz

3/2/2016 To 3/5/2016
Exclusively Sponsored by Friends of the Jazz St. Louis staffOver the past four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith inre-envisioning jazz classics.In this new collaboration with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield andthe New Orleans 7 (a pared-down version of Mayfield’s New Orleans JazzOrchestra), Bridgewater will explore a modern vision for traditional songs suchas “Big Chief,” “Saint James Infirmary,” and “What a Wonderful World” as wellas exciting new compositions “Congo Square” and “C’est Ici Que Je T’aime.”style: vocal jazz / traditional New Orleans
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield with the New Orleans 7

Exclusively Sponsored by Friends of the Jazz St. Louis staff

Over the past four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith inre-envisioning jazz classics.

In this new collaboration with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield andthe New Orleans 7 (a pared-down version of Mayfield’s New Orleans JazzOrchestra), Bridgewater will explore a modern vision for traditional songs suchas “Big Chief,” “Saint James Infirmary,” and “What a Wonderful World” as wellas exciting new compositions “Congo Square” and “C’est Ici Que Je T’aime.”

style: vocal jazz / traditional New Orleans

3/16/2016 To 3/19/2016
Sponsored by SandyDue to a scheduling conflict, these performances, originally scheduled for October 16-17, 2015, have been rescheduled to March 25-26, 2016.Trumpeter Clark Terry, a St. Louis native and one of thegreatest influences on jazz and jazz education in the music’s rich history,passed away on February 21, 2015. In honor of his great legacy, the Jazz St.Louis Big Band will perform the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie (Terrywas one of the few musicians to play in both bandleader’ orchestras), as wellas the newly commissioned “CT Suite – Three Portraits in Blues,” joined by oneof Terry’s premier protégés, Byron Stripling. The suite, commissioned byStripling’s Columbus Jazz Orchestra, features three movements reflecting on thejubilant life of Mr. Terry, composed by Dennis Mackrel, John Clayton, and ChadEby. Jazz St. Louis has commissioned local trombonist Cody Henry to compose afourth movement for the “CT Suite.”Join us in celebrating the wonderful life and musicalcontributions of St. Louis’s own Clark Terry. style: big band jazz / swing
Byron Stripling & the Jazz St. Louis Big Band

Sponsored by Sandy

Due to a scheduling conflict, these performances, originally scheduled for October 16-17, 2015, have been rescheduled to March 25-26, 2016.

Trumpeter Clark Terry, a St. Louis native and one of thegreatest influences on jazz and jazz education in the music’s rich history,passed away on February 21, 2015. In honor of his great legacy, the Jazz St.Louis Big Band will perform the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie (Terrywas one of the few musicians to play in both bandleader’ orchestras), as wellas the newly commissioned “CT Suite – Three Portraits in Blues,” joined by oneof Terry’s premier protégés, Byron Stripling. The suite, commissioned byStripling’s Columbus Jazz Orchestra, features three movements reflecting on thejubilant life of Mr. Terry, composed by Dennis Mackrel, John Clayton, and ChadEby. Jazz St. Louis has commissioned local trombonist Cody Henry to compose afourth movement for the “CT Suite.”

Join us in celebrating the wonderful life and musicalcontributions of St. Louis’s own Clark Terry.

 

style: big band jazz / swing

3/25/2016 To 3/26/2016
Exclusively Sponsored by Garden View Care Centers“The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going…” – Down Beat MagazineThe SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble highlights the music of a different modern music master, writing and performing new arrangements of their compositions or hits. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.style: modern jazz
SFJazz Collective Originals & the Music of Michael Jackson

Exclusively Sponsored by Garden View Care Centers

“The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going…” – Down Beat Magazine

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble highlights the music of a different modern music master, writing and performing new arrangements of their compositions or hits. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.

style: modern jazz

3/30/2016 To 4/2/2016
“The most lyrical piano player of our time.” —Jazz WeeklyHonored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences withhis elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The LosAngeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” KennyBarron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition.style: straight-ahead jazz
Kenny Barron Trio

“The most lyrical piano player of our time.” —Jazz Weekly

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences withhis elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The LosAngeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” KennyBarron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition.

style: straight-ahead jazz

4/6/2016 To 4/7/2016
Following a week of in-school clinics and workshops as partof the Jazz St. Louis Artist Residency program, these four incredible bandleaders will take to the Bistro stage in this one-of-a-kind grouping of jazztalent. Nowhere else in the world will you be able to see these artists onstage together. Clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, drummer Matt Wilson,trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, Linda Oh, and 2014 Thelonious Monk InternationalJazz Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill will blow you away!style: modern jazz
Anat Cohen, Matt Wilson, Marquis Hill, & Linda Oh

Following a week of in-school clinics and workshops as partof the Jazz St. Louis Artist Residency program, these four incredible bandleaders will take to the Bistro stage in this one-of-a-kind grouping of jazztalent. Nowhere else in the world will you be able to see these artists onstage together. Clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, drummer Matt Wilson,trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, Linda Oh, and 2014 Thelonious Monk InternationalJazz Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill will blow you away!

style: modern jazz

4/8/2016 To 4/9/2016
“Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades” – Rolling Stonerenowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxophone players of all-time, david sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock ‘n’ roll, r&b, pop, and jazz. a naturally gifted performer, sanborn has helped defined the saxophone’s modern sound while influencing a generation. he is that rare breed of popular recording star as eager today as he was in his youth to continue pushing boundaries and making music that challenges the mind and excites the soul.style: contemporary / soul jazzCo-sponsored by Entertainment Cruise Productions and Jim & Lynne Clanahan
David Sanborn

“Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades”Rolling Stone

renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxophone players of all-time, david sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock ‘n’ roll, r&b, pop, and jazz. a naturally gifted performer, sanborn has helped defined the saxophone’s modern sound while influencing a generation. he is that rare breed of popular recording star as eager today as he was in his youth to continue pushing boundaries and making music that challenges the mind and excites the soul.

style: contemporary / soul jazz

Co-sponsored by Entertainment Cruise Productions and Jim & Lynne Clanahan
4/13/2016 To 4/16/2016
active in st. louis from 1968-1972, the black artists group (bag) was a multi-disciplinary artist collective of musicians, poets, actors, and dancers who pushed the boundaries of creative expression both in st. louis and around the world. for this event, saint louis university professor dr. ben looker (author of "the point from which creation begins - the black artists group of st. louis") and founding bag members oliver lake (saxophone), shirley leflore (poet), charles "bobo" shaw (drums), and jerome "scrooge" harris (drums) discuss the influential group, followed by a performance featuring these incredible artists.This is a free event, but due to limited space, a ticket is required.
BAG - A Celebration of the Black Artists Group with Oliver Lake
active in st. louis from 1968-1972, the black artists group (bag) was a multi-disciplinary artist collective of musicians, poets, actors, and dancers who pushed the boundaries of creative expression both in st. louis and around the world. for this event, saint louis university professor dr. ben looker (author of "the point from which creation begins - the black artists group of st. louis") and founding bag members oliver lake (saxophone), shirley leflore (poet), charles "bobo" shaw (drums), and jerome "scrooge" harris (drums) discuss the influential group, followed by a performance featuring these incredible artists.

This is a free event, but due to limited space, a ticket is required.
4/21/2016 6:00 PM
Co-sponsored by Hilton at the Ballpark and Don & Debbie Jacobs“She is planting her flag in a sax player’s jazz world that clearly and deservedly belongs now to her.” — JazzTimesAt 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 in1950s France, and her father competed in the 1991 Monk Competition that launched Joshua Redman’s career.Don’t miss the Jazz at the Bistro debut of the next great saxophonist, Melissa Aldana!style: modern jazz
Melissa Aldana

Co-sponsored by Hilton at the Ballpark and Don & Debbie Jacobs

“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 in1950s France, and her father competed in the 1991 Monk Competition that launched Joshua Redman’s career.

Don’t miss the Jazz at the Bistro debut of the next great saxophonist, Melissa Aldana!

style: modern jazz

4/27/2016 To 4/30/2016
Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp“Martino’s cool tone spins off vicious lines of head-spinning dexterity…” JazzizOne of the most virtuosic, admired, and emulated guitarists in history, Pat Martino has been at the forefront of jazz guitar for almost half a century. He has recently come full-circle, so to speak, immersing himself in the organ-based jazz that first garnered him attention five decades ago. His current group once again employs the vintage sounds of the Hammond B3organ, as Martino continues to dazzle audiences worldwide with his incredible musicality.style: soul jazz
Pat Martino Trio

Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp

“Martino’s cool tone spins off vicious lines of head-spinning dexterity…” Jazziz

One of the most virtuosic, admired, and emulated guitarists in history, Pat Martino has been at the forefront of jazz guitar for almost half a century. He has recently come full-circle, so to speak, immersing himself in the organ-based jazz that first garnered him attention five decades ago. His current group once again employs the vintage sounds of the Hammond B3organ, as Martino continues to dazzle audiences worldwide with his incredible musicality.

style: soul jazz

5/11/2016 To 5/14/2016
“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 timesrecognized 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 jazzco-sponsored by Cortland Associates Investment Counselors and Marian Nunn & Tom Wendel
Freddy Cole Quintet feat. 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

co-sponsored by Cortland Associates Investment Counselors and Marian Nunn & Tom Wendel

5/25/2016 To 5/28/2016