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
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
4/12/2015 To 5/3/2015
“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
Robert Glasper Experiment with special guest Keyon Harrold
the robert glasper experiment- featuring keyboardist glasper, drummer and st. louis native, mark colenburg, saxophonist/vocalist casey benjamin, and bassist derrick hodge- defies genre norms from any single discipline. "that's what makes this band unique... we can go anywhere, literally anywhere, we want to go. we all have musical add and we love it," said glasper. with primary influences in neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, and r&b, the experiment also reinterprets songs from rock acts like nirvana, radiohead, soundgarden, and david bowie.
RGX's 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Their follow-up, Black Radio 2, was once again nominated for Best R&B Album, and received the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the cover of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children [of America]."
Joining RGX for these Jazz at the Bistro concerts is another St. Louis native and McCluer High School alum, trumpeter Keyon Harrold. Harrold's resume also spans the jazz, R&B, and hip-hop worlds, from being a member of Maxwell's famed horn section to playing, producing, or arranging for the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Gregory Porter, Anthony Hamilton, David Sanborn, Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Cirque du Soleil, and the Count Basie Orchestra.
style: modern jazz/ R&B / neo-soul
4/22/2015 To 4/23/2015
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
Pedrito Martinez Group
"pedrito is a genius...he is revelation to me." -wynton marsalis
The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for The New York Times calling it, "complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk."
PMG's first studio album, released in 2013 on Motema Music, received a Grammy nomination. It was produced by Steve Gadd and Pedrito Martinez and features special guests like Wynton Marsalis and John Scofield. The album was chosen among NPR's Favorite Albums of 2013, iTunes Top Ten Jazz Albums for 2013, and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013.
style: Afro-Cuban jazz
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
Avishai Cohen's Triveni
"like [miles] davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries." - the new york times
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen- voted a Rising Star three years running and dubbed "a versatile, modern master" by DownBeat Magazine- has earned renown as a musician with an individual sound and a questing spirit. Cohen's Triveni, featuring bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits, has been praised far and wide for its sonic telepathy, with NPR saying, "the essence of Triveni's airy sound is how- aware of one another- each player creates interesting, flowing lines and lets the space participate." The trumpeter also records and tours the world as part of the prestigious SFJazz Collective and the 3 Cohens Sextet- the hit family band with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval.
style: modern jazz
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
Tickets on sale April 1st at 10:00am
"miller is a sophisticated musical thinker as well as a finger-busting virtuoso..." the guardian (london)
marcus miller- a two-time grammy award winner and unesco artist for peace- a multi-instrumentalist and world-renowned bassist- but also a highly-gifted composer and producer. the legendary tutu album he wrote and produced for miles davis sealed his international fame when miller was only twenty-five. since then he has continued collaborating with artists as varied and talented as eric clapton, george benson, luther vandross, roberta flack, aretha franklin, chaka khan, jay-z, wayne shorter, al jarreau, stanley clarke, george duke, brian ferry and herbie hancock (to name only a few).
miller made his debut for blue note records on march 1\, 2015 with the release of his new album, afrodeezia, which was inspired by his role as a unesco artist for peace and spokesperson for the organization's slave route project.
style: funk/contemporary jazz
6/16/2015 To 6/18/2015