Arrival Time

In order to provide the best possible experience each time you visit The Ferring Jazz Bistro, we ask that all ticketed guests reserve a specific arrival time for their performance night. When selecting your time, please choose the same number of tickets for the arrival time as you did for your performance. Reservations are available every 15 minutes beginning 90 minutes prior to your set time.


Please Note:

 

·        Arrival times are only valid for ticketed performances in The Ferring Jazz Bistro.  You must have a purchased ticket for the performance in order to be seated in The Ferring Jazz Bistro.

·        Nancy's Jazz Lounge does not accept reservations, and is first come, first served.

·        The 6:00pm arrival time below notes the first reservation time of the evening.  Once you click Add to Basket you will be able to choose your specific arrival time on the next page.

·        6:45pm – 7:15pm are the most popular Arrival Times, and fill quickly.  We encourage you to reserve your Arrival Time early.

 

 

 

 

9/21/2018 to 9/23/2018
Byron Stripling
Tickets starting at $30.00

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Exclusively Sponsored by Garden View Care Centers

A spectacular trumpeter with a very wide range, a beautiful tone and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Byron Stripling is also the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, leader of his own quartet, and constantly in demand to play with pops orchestras around the world. Byron is an extroverted performer who brings the audience into his music. The happiness that he exudes through his trumpet, his voice and his words are reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, yet very much his own.



style: straight-ahead

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9/21/2018 to 9/23/2018
Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway: Sibling Revelry
Tickets start at $40.00

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Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC
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Tony nominee Liz Callaway is reuniting with her sister,Tony-nominated cabaret star and recording artist Ann Hampton Callaway, for aseries of encore performances of their sister act club show, Sibling Revelry.

The two have performed Sibling Revelry on and off since 1995at venues around the U.S., and it continues to draw critical acclaim.


style: cabaret

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9/26/2018 to 9/27/2018
Dave Venn with special guest Jeanne Trevor
9/28/2018 to 9/29/2018
Brunch & Brass - Funky Butt Brass Band and JazzU

The Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis host the second Brunch & Brass, this year featuring the Funky Butt Brass Band with performances from JazzU students. FBBB has been voted Best Funk/Soul Band at the Riverfront Times Music Awards for four of the past five years, and their Jazz St. Louis shows have become legendary. They put their own twist on the New Orleans brass band tradition and will certainly get you out of your seat!

Adult tickets are $35 and include admittance, brunch buffet and two drink tickets (including Mimosas or Bloody Marys). Tickets for children 2-12 are $10 and children under 2 are free, so bring your whole family!

9/30/2018 11:00 AM
Kenny Barron Trio
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Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition.


style: straight ahead

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10/3/2018 to 10/7/2018
Jazz St. Louis Book Club

Hosted by Dr. Gerald Early, Merle King Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University, this monthly club is free and open to anyone interested in exploring jazz through literature.

 

The Jazz St. Louis Book Club will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Nancy’s Jazz Lounge at the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz.

 

The book club is free and open to anyone willing to read the month’s book, show up, participate, and have a good time! Light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of each book club meeting.


The Books for the 2018-19 Jazz St. Louis Book Club

September 10, 2018 (please note that this meeting is on a MONDAY)
      Jazz: A Beginner's Guide by Stuart Nicholson
               Featuring special guest, Stuart Nicholson, via Skype

October 9, 2018
      The Jazz Kid by James Lincoln Collier*

November 13, 2018
      Why Jazz? by Kevin Whitehead
               Featuring special guest, Kevin Whitehead

December 11, 2018
      Sound of the Trumpet: An Evan Horne Mystery by Bill Moody*

February 12, 2019
      With Billie: A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day by Julia Blackburn
               Featuring special guest, Julia Blackburn

March 12, 2019
      The Stardust Road by Hoagy Carmichael*

April 9, 2019
      A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album by Ashley Kahn
               Featuring special guest, Ashley Kahn

May 14, 2019
      I Call Him Morgan - documentary about Lee Morgan


Jazz St. Louis is proud to partner again with Left Bank Books for our book club. Most of the books discussed in the Jazz St. Louis Book Club are offered at a 20% discount through LBB, although not every book will be eligible for a discount. All books can be purchased at their Central West End Location or on the LBB website, http://www.left-bank.com/jazz-st-louis.

* These books are out of print, and unavailable through Left Bank Books.  Any out of print books are typically available through numerous used and other second-hand online booksellers.

To RSVP, please contact the Jazz St. Louis Box Office at (314) 571-6000. You may also RSVP through jazzstl.org.

For more details, or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Education and Community Outreach, Phil Dunlap, at
phil@jazzstl.org.

10/9/2018 to 5/14/2019
1950: The Year Jazz Changed on Two Coasts
featuring Marc Meyers

Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series

Wall Street Journal contributor and author of Why Jazz Happened, Marc Myers, explores the development of West Coast and Cool Jazz through the many factors outside of jazz itself that contributed to their growth and development.  Paired with Myer's talk will be a performance of the music of Dave Brubeck, Modern Jazz Quartet, Gerry Mulligan, and Miles Davis's complete Birth of Cool.

Please note the following seating policies:

·        Admission is free, however everyone must have a ticket to enter – regardless of age. Tickets can be obtained by contacting our box office at (314) 571-6000, or online at jazzstl.org.  Please note that online orders are subject to a $1.50 per ticket convenience fee.

·        There is an 8 ticket limit per person.

·        Please arrive early. This performance has been overbooked to ensure a full house. A reservation does not guarantee a seat.

·        Specific seats will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis on the night of the performance.

·        Seats cannot be saved, and we are unable to seat incomplete parties.  All members of a party must be present in order to have seats assigned.

·        Most of our tables seat 4 people.  For the safety and comfort of your fellow patrons and staff, we are unable to accommodate tables being pushed together, or the number of chairs to exceed the capacity of the table.

10/10/2018 7:00 PM
Jim Widner Big Band
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Jim Winder, former bassist with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco, is celebrating more than 30 years as leader of the Jim Widner Big Band and his summer jazz camps. Widner is a Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where he directs the UMSL Jazz Ensemble. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


style: big band

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10/11/2018 7:30 PM
Joey Alexander
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Exclusively Sponsored by The Ferring Family Foundation

Too often, talented young artists succumb to believing somuch in their own ability that they lose sight of their true potential as significant contributors to their field. Thankfully, there are others committed to evolving and lifting the music to new levels of appreciation with enthusiasm, engagement, and emotional depth. Enter pianist JOEY ALEXANDER, who at the age of 14 had already recorded two Grammy-nominated studio albums, 2015’s My Favorite Things and 2016’s Countdown, as well as Joey.Monk.Live!, a critically acclaimed surprise release from late 2017 to honor Thelonious Monk’s centennial. With his third studio effort Eclipse, his most personal statement to date, Joey takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader, and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.



style: straight-ahead

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10/12/2018 to 10/13/2018
Dignity Period Has the Blues
10/14/2018 6:00 PM
Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues , and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.


style: soul jazz

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10/17/2018 to 10/21/2018
Darius de Haas: A Bernstein Thing
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Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC

2018 is Leonard Bernstein’s centennial and Obie winningBroadway singer/actor Darius de Haas looks through the lens of jazz, blues andpop to reinvent Bernstein’s classic songs such as West Side Story’s“Something’s Coming” and “Maria” -– proving that Bernstein’s Americanmasterpieces transcend time, genre, and generations. An original cast member ofBroadway’s Rent, Kiss of The Spider Woman and Shuffle Along, de Haas’celebrated solo appearances include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.



style: cabaret

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10/24/2018 to 10/25/2018
Reuben Rogers/Ulysses Owens, Jr./John Ellis
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Artist Residency Program Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, The Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation & Sandy

Artist Residency Performances Sponsored by American Family Insurance - Ted Wheeler Agency

Drummer, Ulysses Owens, Jr. returns to the bistro stage for this special two-night engagement. He is joined by venerable bassist, Reuben Rodgers and powerhouse saxophonist, John Ellis. This is a collaboration you won’t want to miss!

style: modern jazz

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10/26/2018 to 10/27/2018
Evening of 100 Fingers

Join Pianos for People for an uplifting evening that supports free access to the transformational power of music. An Evening of 100 Fingers is their annual signature event, and offers the opportunity to hear some of the region’s most celebrated pianists, who will share the stage with students and families directly impacted by Pianos for People’s mission.

The ticket price includes the performance, complimentary valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and is partially tax deductible.

Please also consider a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to share the transformative power of music with those who need it most.  Donations can be made via our website by following the link here.

10/28/2018 5:00 PM
Stefon Harris & Blackout
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Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” (Los Angeles Times), he is a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four GRAMMY nominations, and has been named Best Mallet Player eight times by the Jazz Journalist Association. He was also chosen Best Vibes in the 2017 DownBeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, the 2016 Jazz Times Expanded Critics Poll, the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll and the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll.

style: modern jazz

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10/31/2018 to 11/4/2018
Nicole Henry
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Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists. Ms. Henry possesses a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing and powerful emotional resonance. Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma have earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz CDs, and rave reviews by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more.

style: vocal jazz

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11/7/2018 to 11/8/2018
David Grelle's Playadors
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Pianist and composer Dave Grelle makes his Jazz St. Louis debut as a leader with an all-star cast featuring St. Louis’s finest musicians. Joined by saxophonists Ben Reece and Rob Nugent, trumpeter Adam Hucke, bassist Zeb Briskovich, drummer Kevin Bowers, percussionist Matt Henry, plus a number of very special guests, Grelle’s Playadors project features brand new original music from one of the most in-demand pianists in St. Louis. A veteran of bands like The Feed, Celebration Day, Kevin Bowers’ Nova, and the Funky Butt Brass Band, Dave Grelle’s appreciation for the history of jazz and where the future of the music is headed presents itself in an incredibly magical mingling of sounds, styles, and grooves.

style: modern jazz

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11/9/2018 to 11/10/2018
Jeff Lorber Fusion
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Trailblazing pianist, composer, producer and bandleader Jeff Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, and Bob James, Lorber has triumphed as one of the most innovative musical minds in contemporary jazz.

style: modern jazz/fusion

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11/14/2018 to 11/18/2018
Jeremy Davenport
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Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge, but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz St. Louis.


style: straight-ahead

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11/23/2018 to 11/24/2018
Christian McBride's New Jawn
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Six-time Grammy winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today.

style: straight ahead/modern jazz

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11/28/2018 to 12/2/2018
Christine Ebersole & Billy Stritch: Snowfall
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Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC
Sponsored by Mary Strauss

Two time Tony winner Christine Ebersole’s chemistry with Grammy winning songwriter, singer, pianist Billy Stritch began when they performed in Broadway’s 42nd Street. She’s added many more stage and screen successes (Grey Gardens, Wolf of Wall Street) and he’s headlined famed Manhattan nightspots and performed with Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, and Marilyn Maye. Snowfall premiered in 2017 at Birdland and features Ebersole and Stritch’s signature tight harmonies, lush vocals and swinging takes on beloved seasonal classics.


style: cabaret

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12/5/2018 to 12/6/2018
Adam Larson: The Music of Sonny Rollins
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As a high school student, Adam Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, and many others. Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined.” Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Throwing together all of his chops, Larson has put together a set that salutes iconic saxophonist Sonny Rollins on the 60th anniversary of his landmark Freedom Suite, featuring original compositions and some of Rollins’s landmark work.


style: modern jazz

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12/7/2018 to 12/8/2018
Robert Glasper
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Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other in hip-hop and R&B. He’s worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s 2008 album The Renaissance and co-writing the album single “Life Is Better” which featured his label mate Norah Jones. Glasper also serves as the music director in Yasiin Bey’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell. The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “it’s a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,” adding that “he’s equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,” and praising the organic way in which he “builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones.”

style: modern jazz

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12/12/2018 to 12/16/2018
Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington's Nutcracker
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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 ofthe 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: holiday/straight-ahead

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12/18/2018 to 12/20/2018
A Very Manley Christmas
featuring Jim Manley's Mad Brass & Rhythm

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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 15 years. For these special Jazz St. Louis shows, Manley has put together a screamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bring you Holiday cheer!

style: holiday/ straight ahead

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12/21/2018 to 12/22/2018
Good 4 the Soul
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This explosive four-piece outfit—led by John King on bass, with James Jackson on drums, Shaun Robinson on guitar, and Adaron “Pops” Jacksonon 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: soul jazz

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12/28/2018 to 12/29/2018
The Bad Plus
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Since its outset, iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call “avant-garde populism”, their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this “audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio” (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well respected bands in jazz today. 2018 heralded a new and exciting chapter for the band. Anderson and King will be joined by pianist Orrin Evans, whose fresh sound and complementary style will be featured on The Bad Plus’ highly anticipated new album due out this year. Raised in Philadelphia, Evans has led various projects and has recorded and performed with the likes of Christian McBride, Sean Jones, and many more. The BBC summed up the band best when they said, “from album to album, The Bad Plus continues to evolve and improve.” They will never stop doing just that.

style: modern jazz

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1/2/2019 to 1/6/2019
Falling Fences
1/11/2019 to 1/12/2019
Donny McCaslin
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Three-time Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin is the leading saxophonist, composer, and musical pioneer of his generation, receiving wide commercial and critical acclaim in jazz, rock, and electronica circles alike. With 12 albums to his name, McCaslin is best known for his collaboration and friendship with the late David Bowie, who tasked McCaslin to work hand-in-hand on his final album, Blackstar. “It was like a dream except it was something I never could have dreamed of,” reflects Donny. “David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me the rest of my days.”While many have discovered McCaslin for the first time since the release of Blackstar and Beyond Now, his prominent career is over 25 years in the making.

style: modern jazz

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1/16/2019 to 1/20/2019
Lea DeLaria
Orange is the New Black's "Big Boo" Live in Concert!

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Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two - time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades.

DeLaria has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label, and her book, Lea’s Book of Rules for the World, is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.

Her sixth record, House Of David: delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.


style: cabaret

*For mature audiences.
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1/25/2019 to 1/26/2019
Bistro All-Stars
featuring Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, Peter Martin, and Warren Wolf

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We’re reuniting one of the most exciting groups we’ve ever assembled! Saxophonist Tia Fuller is a veteran of the bands of Beyoncé and Esperanza Spalding, in addition to multiple albums as a leader herself. Perhaps no artist has been heard more frequently on the Jazz St. Louis stage in the last decade than trumpeter Sean Jones, who celebrated his bond with St. Louis audiences in releasing 2017’s Live From Jazz at the Bistro. Pianist Peter Martin is no stranger to his hometown audience, or audiences worldwide for that matter, traveling the globe with his own trio, as well as serving as musical director for multi-Grammy award winning vocalist Dianne Reeves. Vibraphonist Warren Wolf is following in the footsteps of vibes masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris, taking over their spot in the SFJazz Collective, while also establishing himself as a leader with his heralded band The Wolfpack. Four Jazz St. Louis favorites on one stage for an experience you’ll only see and hear in St. Louis.


style: straight-ahead

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1/30/2019 to 2/3/2019
Chucho Valdes: Jazz Bata
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Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. In 1972, Chucho released his fourth album, a trio recording with bass and batá drums entitled simply, Jazz Batá. This ten-song exploration of the descarga roots of Cuban jazz was a departure from his early quintet recordings. Blending jazz with traditional rhythms of the sacred batá, the music showcased Chucho’s virtuosity and formed the stylistic foundation of what would become Chucho’s history-making group, Irakere. Decades later, Chucho returns to the Jazz Batá sound, joined by bassist Yelsy Heredia, plus percussionists Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé and Yaroldy Abreu Robles in a journey to discover modern interpretations of classic forms.


style: cuban jazz

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2/5/2019 to 2/7/2019
Melissa Aldana/Emmet Cohen/Marquis Hill
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Artist Residency Program Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, The Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation & Sandy

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Known to Jazz St. Louis audiences as a leader of her own quartet, Melissa Aldana joins forces with trumpeter Marquis Hill (winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition) for two special nights concluding their education residency. Pianist, Emmet Cohen and his trio round out the band for what is sure to be an amazing week of shows.


style: modern jazz

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2/8/2019 to 2/9/2019
Grace Kelly
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Exclusively Sponsored by The Berges Family Foundation

Singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly’s 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. In recent years, she has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show “Bosch”, CNN.com, Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women 2011, Forbes, Billboard, Huffington Post, and many appearances on NPR. Grace has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, and International Songwriting Awards.

style: modern/contemporary jazz

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2/13/2019 to 2/17/2019
Cyrus Chestnut Trio
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Virtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s hard swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the jazz community. Blending contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, and gospel, Chestnut gives himself plenty of freedom to explore different emotions while keeping his music in form. His lush chords, playful grace notes, worshipful tremolos, and effortless runs up and down the piano are sure to impress, but it’s his warm demeanor and irresistible sweetness that make him one of jazz’s most beloved ambassadors.


style: straight ahead

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2/20/2019 to 2/21/2019
Anat Cohen Quartet
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Sponsored by Tim & Debbie Callihan and Lodging Hospitality Management

Clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has taken the jazz world by storm, winning hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. As JazzTimes says, “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing — musically — with the sheer delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” An established bandleader and prolific composer, the Anat Cohen Quartet program is a unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. The perennial winner of “Clarinetist of the Year” titles from DownBeat, JazzTimes, and the Jazz Journalists Association, Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross credits Cohen with “bringing the clarinet to the world” and The New York Times hails her a “Master.

style: straight ahead

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2/27/2019 to 3/3/2019
Marilyn Maye: It's Better with a Big Band
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Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC
Lead Sponsor The Steward Family Foundation
Co-Sponsored by Brenda Mainer & Bob Wetzel

Marilyn Maye is at the top of her game. After thrilling audiences last season she returns with a 17-piece Big Band in a show she recently premiered to raves at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A veteran of 76 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, the Grammy- nominated Maye has recordings in the Smithsonian, was one of Ella Fitzgerald’s favorite singers and is currently the toast of New York’s top nightclubs. Marilyn and her Big Band are guaranteed to blow the roof off of the place.


style: cabaret

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3/6/2019 to 3/7/2019
Kurt Elling
Tickets start at $35.00

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Exclusively Sponsored by Ken & Nancy Kranzberg

A Grammy winner and 12-time Grammy nominee, Kurt Elling has been awarded two German Echo Awards, two Prix Billie Holiday from the Academie du Jazz in Paris, the Dutch Edison and the Edison Oeuvre prijs. He has been named Jazz Ambassador by the nation of Poland. Within the United States, Kurt Elling was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and by The Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. The Washington Post confirmed the acclaim declaring, ”Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.

style: vocal jazz

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3/13/2019 to 3/17/2019
Nat King Cole
a centennial tribute featuring Reggie Thomas, the Jazz St. Louis Big Band, and special guests

The Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series

Pianist Reggie Thomas and the Jazz St. Louis Big Band team up to pay tribute to one of America's greatest pianist and vocalist.  In honor of Nat's 100th birthday, we celebrate the legacy of a man that influenced generations of musicians and broke down racial barriers as the first black man to host an American television series.  Featuring pianist Reggie Thomas and the Jazz St. Louis Big Band, the evening will explore Nat King Cole through the music of his small groups and larger ensembles. 

Please note the following seating policies:

·        Admission is free, however everyone must have a ticket to enter – regardless of age. Tickets can be obtained by contacting our box office at (314) 571-6000, or online at jazzstl.org.  Please note that online orders are subject to a $1.50 per ticket convenience fee.

·        There is an 8 ticket limit per person.

·        Please arrive early. This performance has been overbooked to ensure a full house. A reservation does not guarantee a seat.

·        Specific seats will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis on the night of the performance.

·        Seats cannot be saved, and we are unable to seat incomplete parties.  All members of a party must be present in order to have seats assigned.

·        Most of our tables seat 4 people.  For the safety and comfort of your fellow patrons and staff, we are unable to accommodate tables being pushed together, or the number of chairs to exceed the capacity of the table.

3/20/2019 7:00 PM
Funky Butt Brass Band & Friends
Tickets starting at $20.00

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Funky Butt Brass Band’s shows at Jazz St. Louis have become legendary, as the band uses the opportunity to put together performances featuring new material, their extended family, and a few very special guests. Past shows have included guests such as vocalists Anita Jackson, Roland Johnson, Al Holliday and Emily Wallace, guitarist Jimmy Griffin, keyboardist Dave Grelle, percussionist Matt Henry, and saxophonist Derick Tramel. When the most explosive band in St. Louis is joined by a plethora of talented friends, it’s all we can do to keep the doors on their hinges!


style: new orleans jazz

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3/22/2019 to 3/23/2019
Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES
featuring Chris Morrissey, Jason Rigby, Mike Lewis

Tickets start at $30.00

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Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana’s newest album as a leader – Jersey, features his ever-compelling Jazz Quartet, with bassist Chris Morrissey, saxophonist Jason Rigby, and pianist Fabian Almazan. Describing the Jazz Quartet’s concept, Guiliana says: “Many of my releases as a leader have been driven by electronic-inspired beats and textures, but with Family First and now Jersey, it felt like the right time to present my music in an entirely acoustic environment. So the Jazz Quartet is my humble attempt to make a personal statement using the traditional palette of saxophone, piano, bass and drums. For the band, this lineup presents the challenge: How creative can we be inside this box – how much freedom and experimentation can we find? And I have to say that it’s always so exciting to hear the guys play this music in ways I never could have imagined.”

style: modern jazz

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3/27/2019 to 3/31/2019
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Tickets starting at $45.00

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Exclusively Sponsored by World Wide Technology and The Steward Family Foundation

Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to the jazz art, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator – a 21st century mainstay of artistic excellence.

Some might gauge Branford Marsalis’s success by his numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, these are only way stations along what continues to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music.


style: straight ahead jazz

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4/2/2019 to 4/4/2019
Matt Wilson/Ron Miles/Jeff Coffin
Tickets start at $35.00

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Artist Residency Program Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, The Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation & Sandy

Artist Residency Performances Sponsored by American Family Insurance - Ted Wheeler Agency

Matt Wilson is one of our favorites, and when we saw him perform with Dave Matthew’s Band saxophonist, Jeff Coffin at this year’s Jazz Education Network Conference, we had to find a way to bring the two back together! Throw in Wilson’s trusted sideman, Ron Miles on trumpet, and you’ve got a combination you won’t see anywhere else.


style: modern jazz

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4/5/2019 to 4/6/2019
Brad Mehldau Trio
Tickets starting at $40.00

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Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp, Jim & Lynn Clanahan, and Gary Sarachan & Margaret Fox

One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Renee Fleming, and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. His forays into melding musical idioms, in both trio (with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums) and solo settings, has seen brilliant re-workings of songs by contemporary songwriters like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Gershwin and Nick Drake; alongside the ever evolving breath of his own significant catalogue of original compositions. With his self-proclaimed affection for popular music and classical training,“Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years” (The New York Times).


style: modern jazz/straight-ahead

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4/10/2019 to 4/14/2019
Louis Armstrong's Hot 5 and Hot 7
featuring author and Director of Research and Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi

The Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series

Ricky Riccardi is not only a Louis Armstrong expert, but he is also the author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years.  An engaging orator, Riccardi discusses the importance and impact of Louis's early career, focusing on two of his best-known ensembles, the Hot Five and Hot Seven.  Paired with Mr. Riccardi's talk will be a performance of the most famous material that resulted from these two ensembles.

Please note the following seating policies:

·        Admission is free, however everyone must have a ticket to enter – regardless of age. Tickets can be obtained by contacting our box office at (314) 571-6000, or online at jazzstl.org.  Please note that online orders are subject to a $1.50 per ticket convenience fee.

·        There is an 8 ticket limit per person.

·        Please arrive early. This performance has been overbooked to ensure a full house. A reservation does not guarantee a seat.

·        Specific seats will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis on the night of the performance.

·        Seats cannot be saved, and we are unable to seat incomplete parties.  All members of a party must be present in order to have seats assigned.

·        Most of our tables seat 4 people.  For the safety and comfort of your fellow patrons and staff, we are unable to accommodate tables being pushed together, or the number of chairs to exceed the capacity of the table.

4/17/2019 7:00 PM
Pedrito Martinez Group
Tickets start at $30.00

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Sponsored by Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project and Caparo Bull Moose Inc.

Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. Having settled in New York City in the fall of 1998, by 2000, he had been awarded the Thelonious Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion and was featured in the documentary film, Calle 54.


Pedrito’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s Grammy-nominated first album was released October, 2013 and was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013.

Habana Dreams, PMG’s second album, was released in June 2016. Guests include, Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz. Accolades for Habana Dreams include #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums for 2016 and being named among Boston Globe World Music Albums for 2016.

style: cuban jazz

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4/24/2019 to 4/28/2019
Arturo O'Farrill
Tickets start at $30.00

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Multiple Grammy award winning pianist, composer, and educator, Arturo O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. O’Farrill received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. As his professional career began to expand, he was the pianist with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. He then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.


style: latin ahead

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5/1/2019 to 5/2/2019
Jazzmeia Horn
Tickets start at $30.00

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Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. With an assured maturity and vocal confidence far beyond her years, the young singer arrives with her debut recording on Concord’s Prestige label, A Social Call, an album that reveals a talent ready to take her place alongside the best headlining jazz vocalists of today. A collection of standards, hard bop anthems, spirituals, and R&B nuggets, A Social Call is a reflection on the times. Jazzmeia says it’s “a call to social responsibility, to know your role in your community.” Great story-telling, an inspired message, fluid vocals, scat-singing, and spirited group performances, A Social Call features all one would hope to hear from a veteran vocalist of long standing reputation. As such, the album serves as a clarion call, proudly announcing the arrival of a young, confident musical talent with a bright future ahead of her, blessed with a name that carries its own destiny.

style: modern vocal jazz/straight ahead

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5/8/2019 to 5/12/2019
Shoshana Bean
Tickets start at $35.00

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Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC

Shoshana Bean’s three independent solo releases have all topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK, with her fourth, and most recent project, SPECTRUM, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. Bean has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and TV shows, amassed millions of YouTube views, and performed with artists like Ariana Grande and Michael Jackson. Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. She won a IRNE Award forher performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and earned a Jeff Award nomination for her portrayal of CeeCee Bloom in the pre-Broadway musical production of Beaches.


style: cabaret

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5/15/2019 to 5/16/2019
John Pizzarelli Trio with Catherine Russell: Billie & Blue Eyes
Tickets start at $45.00

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Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell teams up with jazz guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader John Pizzarelli in a stunning tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Russell and Pizzarelli transport audiences to the glory days of jazz with masterful ease, capturing Holiday’s effortless grace and Sinatra’s cool swagger. World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”

With universal acclaim, Catherine Russell has performed on four continents. She’s been a hit at major Jazz Festivals including Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Jazz Ascona, Montreal, Bern, Rochester International, Panama, Tanglewood, and at sold-out venues like The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Scullers in Boston, The Dakota in Minneapolis, Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, SFJazz in San Francisco, and Pasadena Pops in Los Angeles. All Music Guide says, “Russell emerged as a retro old school vocalist for the ages.”

style: straight ahead/ vocal jazz

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5/22/2019 to 5/26/2019