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
cwah charity benefit featuring marquis hill
trumpeter and composer marquis hill is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices on the instrument of his generation. His musical prowess has begun to garner more recognition after winning such competitions as the International Trumpet Guild jazz competition (2012) and most recently the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition (2014), widely regarded as the most prestigious in its field. For this performance, Hill will be joined by saxophonist Chad Evans, pianist Matthew Villinger, bassist Jeff Anderson, and drummer Jerome "Scrooge" Harris.
includes a special performance by students from CWAH's Institute for the Advancement of Jazz Study and Performance.
Doors open at 5pm with the concert beginning at 6pm.
The mission of CWAH is to provide personalized and evidence-based programs and services to enable families struggling with poverty to become more self-sufficient.
7/19/2015 6:00 PM
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