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
5/23/2015 10:30 PM
2nd Annual Richard McDonnell Memorial Concert
jazz st. louis is pleased to announce the 2nd annual richard mcdonnell memorial concert at jazz at the bistro, sunday, may 24, 2015. mcdonnell, who passed away february 8, 2014, was a long-time board member of jazz st. louis and the owner of the maxjazz record label, based in webster groves. this concert will feature performances by peter martin, the funky butt brass band, adam maness, bob deboo, eric slaughter, montez coleman, jesse gannon, and many other st. louis-based artists. food and drink service will be available throughout the day. seating will be $25 for general admission, non-reserved seating, with the exception of a small number of vip reserved seats, which can be purchased for $100 each. all musicians have generously donated their time to appear at this event, and all proceeds will go towards developing a scholarship fund for student musicians in richard mcdonnell's name.
"Rich was always such a big supporter of Jazz St. Louis, and of jazz music in general. We're honored to be able to celebrate his life with great music and the support of the musicians from the St. Louis scene that he knew and loved," said Gene Dobbs Bradford, President and CEO of Jazz St. Louis.
5/24/2015 3:00 PM
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
Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
one set starting at 7:30 with intermission
the route 66 jazz orchestra is a 20-piece group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of "big band" jazz through performance, education, and community involvement. founded in 1969 by dr. ron stillwell as the meramec jazz lab band, route 66 jazz continues to act as jazz ambassadors for the community. led by retired music educator bob boedges of normandy and collinsville high schools, this incredible group of dedicated musicians comes from all walks of life, including business professionals, music educators, and students, bound together by their passion for big band music and the common desire to spread the word that jazz music is alive and well.
6/3/2015 7:30 PM
pianoman: the music of billy joel and elton john
andy waggoner returns to the ferring jazz bistro, home of jazz at the bistro, for another tribute show featuring the music of two of the most iconic recording artists of all time.
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
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"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
Sponsored by Entertainment Cruise Productions
6/16/2015 To 6/18/2015
Bob DeBoo, Dave Stone, and Montez Coleman
led by bassist bob deboo, this trio will be pushing the musical envelope, drawing inspiration from luminaries ranging from louis armstrong, joe henderson, and sonny rollins to thelonius monk, ornette coleman, and beyond. joining deboo are saxophonist dave stone, six-time winner of best jazz artist in the rft's reader's poll and a fixture on the st. louis jazz scene since 1995, as well as drummer extraordinaire montez coleman, who spent years working with the likes of roy hargrove, wynton marsalis, rufus reid, russell malone, and many more.
style: modern jazz/ avant-garde
6/19/2015 To 6/20/2015
Pamela Rose - Wild Women of Song
wild women of song is a captivating concert weaving vivid historical detail into a live performance. singer and storyteller pamela rose - backed by her all-star, swinging band - projects film and photo archives while singing, scatting, and storytelling about the great gal composers of the early jazz and blues era, such as alberta hunter, peggy lee, and ida cox. this show has toured from london to l.a., delighting audiences of all ages.
this event is inspired and emceed by ida goodwin woolfolk, and inspired and supported by denise thimes.
"thrilling live concert, rapturous storytelling, aided by dramatic projected images. for the whole family!" santa rosa democrat
"pure entertainment!" san francisco chronicle
this performance will benefit the don and heide wolff jazz institute at harris-stowe state university and the laura x- laura rand orthwein, jr. institute for the legacy and learning of social justice movements.
6/21/2015 7:00 PM
Babes in Brassland feat. The Randy Dandies & The Funky Butt Brass Band
travel back to the golden era of jazz with a party like no other. the best of the best in st. louis burlesque will be taking over the bistro and dancing to live music by the funky butt brass band. led by 2011 rft best burlesque dancer, mimi le yu, the randy dandie dancers include favorites like lola van ella, roxy red rockets, little bo peepshow, and more, in this one-of-a-kind night of dancing and debauchery at jazz at the bistro!
style: traditional jazz/ new Orleans brass band & burlesque
"Tassels 'n' Tunes" feat. The Randy Dandies & Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing
travel back to the golden era of jazz with a party like no other. the best of the best in st. louis burlesque will be taking over the bistro and dancing to live music by tommy Halloran's guerrilla swing. led by 2011 rft best burlesque dancer, mimi le yu, the randy dandie dancers include favorites like lola van ella, roxy red rockets, little bo peepshow, and more, in this one-of-a-kind night of dancing and debauchery at jazz at the bistro!
style: traditional jazz/ new Orleans brass band & burlesque
in a career that spans over three decades, denise thimes has truly been one of the most cherished voices of modern jazz. with a number of distinguished gigs across the country and overseas, the rising first lady of jazz in unquestionably on the brink of certain stardom. as jazz aficionado phoebe jacobs stated following another famed new york show, "denise thimes is like ella and sarah born all over again."
style: straight-ahead vocal jazz
7/10/2015 To 7/11/2015
soulful and swinging, vocalist anita jackson makes her return to the bistro as a leader. drawing on jazz, blues, and gospel in fluences, jackson's powerful voice and commanding stage presence endears her to audiences. don't miss this one-night-only event with one of st. louis' finest ladies of song!
style: vocal jazz/ r&b
Montez Coleman Group feat. Russell Gunn
montez coleman, an east st. louis native and belleville resident, has toured the world with some of the biggest names in jazz. a long time member of the oroy hargrove quintet, coleman has also worked with nationally recognized musicians like rufus reid, russell gunn, a bandmate of coleman's in the nationally recognized lincoln high school jazz band in east st. louis when the program was under the direction of ron carter.
if one were attempting to design a prototype for the quintessential contemporary musician, russell gunn is the model. gunn's early aspirations in the world of rap heavily influenced the way he learned and played jazz throughout his career. rather than abandoning the music he loved, he simply applied its energy, spirit, and fiercely proud intellectual rage to the jazz idiom, creating a synthesis that is truly contemporary and singular. gunn is equally adept and accomplished in both worlds, having played with jazz greats like Branford Marsalis and the jazz at Lincoln center orchestra, as well as hip-hop, r&b, and neo-soul, and jazz with incredible results.
style: modern jazz
7/24/2015 To 7/25/2015
Good 4 the Soul
this explosive four-piece outfit- led by john king on bass,with james jackson on drums, and shaun robinson on guitar, and a special guest 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
7/31/2015 To 8/1/2015
Saturday Night Fish Fry feat. Big Mike Aguirre, the Funky Butt Horns, and Friends
the bistro's about to get greasy! a star-studded cast of st. loui's best musicians convene for a weekend of foot-tappin', crowd hollerin' soul, blues, and jazz. led by vocalist and guitarist big mike aguirre (blue city all-stars), the band features the always-in- demand funky butt horns, organist dave grille (the feed), pianist bob lohr (chuck berry), bassist gus thornton (albert king), and drummer joe meyer (nikki hill). ray charles, b.b. king, lou rawls, and joe williams would be proud. come out for swing and soul personified!
style: soul jazz & blues
8/7/2015 To 8/8/2015
Basie's Birthday Bash with the Jazz St. Louis Big Band
in celebration of the greatest pianist and bandleader count basie on his 111th birthday, the jazz st. Louis big band will perform a mix of favorites from the expansive basie catalogue, including tunes like april in paris, on o'clock jump, corner pocket, splanky, hay burner, and many more!
8/21/2015 To 8/22/2015
Javier Mendoza's Estereotipo
javier mendoza's creativity and perseverance are easy to see in his evolution from a songwriter for enrique iglesias and ricky martin to a full-time singer, songwriter, and performer today. in addition to the various honors for best solo artist, best male vocalist, and best pop artist from the rft, mendoza has worked with some of the best musicians in the region and shared the stage with the likes of willie nelson, ben folds, santana, idina menzel, los lobos, and the roots.
"estereotipo" is Mendoza's newest side project featuring a crème de la crème of st. Louis latin jazz artist like dave black on guitar, marc torlina on bass, and r. scott bryan on percussion. the group also includes the magnificent pete ruthenburg on piano and drummer extraordinaire grover stewart. Mendoza fronts this high energy, can't stay in your seat ensemble, and performs songs written and arranged specifically for this latin jazz group.
style: latin jazz
8/28/2015 To 8/29/2015