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In order to provide the best possible experience each time you visit The Ferring Jazz Bistro, we ask that all 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. Please note that the most popular times from 6:30pm – 7:15pm fill quickly, and we encourage you to make your arrival reservations early.  Reservations are available at:

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6:30pm

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1/18/2018 To 1/20/2018
The Bad Plus
2017-18 Subscriptions Now On Sale!
Single Tickets on sale August 9!

“By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music." - Rolling Stone


After 17 years together, and a decade-long tradition with Jazz St. Louis, The Bad Plus announced a major change in the band’s infrastructure last spring.  Longtime pianist Ethan Iverson will be leaving the group, with Philadelphia native Orrin Evans joining the band in 2018.  With Iverson’s final engagement set for December 2017, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King will debut the NEW version of The Bad Plus, with Evans, at the Bistro!  With the new lineup, the band continues their long-standing tradition of being a leaderless trio with a committed belief in what they’ve dubbed ‘avant-garde populism’ — the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.

 

Style: modern jazz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/18/2018 To 1/20/2018
Juice Box Jazz 3-Session Combo

Listen, Create & Move with JAZZ!

 

Juice Box Jazz is a three part series that will have the whole family learning and loving what jazz music is all about.

 

Each session will celebrate a different styles of jazz through an engaging program lead by national and local musicians:


By purchasing the Juice Box Jazz 3-Session Combo, you'll have tickets to all three of our fun and engaging programs, while saving 25% on the adult ticket price:

January 21stMembers of the Funky Butt Brass Band

March 4thAdam Maness

April 8thRiley Mulherkar

 

Every program will include a musical performance, activity and juice box with provided snack.

This is a must-do activity for those weekend winter afternoons!

 

Pricing
Adults - $18.00

Kids 12 and Under – Free 

1/20/2018, 12:00 AM after midnight
Juice Box Jazz

Listen, Create & Move with JAZZ!

 

Juice Box Jazz is a three part series that will have the whole family learning and loving what jazz music is all about.

 

Each session will celebrate a different styles of jazz through an engaging program lead by national and local musicians:

 

January 21stMembers of the Funky Butt Brass Band

March 4thAdam Maness

April 8thRiley Mulherkar

 

Every program will include a musical performance, activity and juice box with provided snack.

This is a must-do activity for those weekend winter afternoons!

 

Pricing

Adults - $8.00

Kids 12 and Under – Free

 

Attend all 3 Juice Box Jazz sessions and save 25% by purchasing the 3-Session Combo for $18.00/adult. 

1/21/2018 To 4/8/2018
Maceo Parker
Exclusively Sponsored by World Wide Technology and The Steward Family Foundation

Pricing
Wed/Thurs - $40.00
Fri/Sat - $45.00

Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can. Always at the forefront, Maceo has been a common thread in the history of funk — helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Leading his flawlessly tight band with a cool confidence, Maceo transports audiences to the slickest of eras in performances that are positively timeless. 

1/24/2018 To 1/27/2018
Cyrus Chestnut Trio

2017-18 Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Single Tickets On Sale August 9!

 

Sponsored by Jim & Lynne Clanahan

 

“The pianist Cyrus Chestnut is one of jazz’s most convincing anachronisms.” — New York Times

 

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

1/31/2018 To 2/3/2018
Keyon Harrold

Raised in Ferguson, Missouri, Keyon has developed a reputation as one of the world's most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene. A graduate from the famous Mannes Jazz Program at the New School University, Keyon is an eclectic trumpeter/music producer/arranger/songwriter that who has been featured on nearly 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues and hip-hop. Keyon has toured and recorded with or produced for some of the world's best artists and ensembles like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Common, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill to name a few.

Pricing
All Sets - $30.00

2/7/2018 To 2/8/2018
Heal the World: Jazz Memories of Michael Jackson

Since jazz’s inception, the greatest artists have borrowed repertoire from the popular songbook of the times in order to connect their artistry with a substantial audience. Inspired by the magic, message and moral of Michael Jackson’s musical legacy, The People’s Key will spotlight a collection of his most celebrated pieces, cleverly infusing familiar tones from the classic "Blue Note" jazz sound.  For these performances, The People’s Key will feature the addition of horn players, Lamar Harris (Trombone/Trumpet) and Matt McKeever (Sax/Winds).

Pricing
All Sets - $20.00

2/9/2018 To 2/10/2018
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.

 


           December 12: Blues People by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)


"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music."

So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America -- not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.

          For the December 12 meeting, we will be joined by special guest, Dr. William J. Harris.

William J. Harris lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York. Heis the former Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Kansas. Among his books are "The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka: The Jazz Aesthetic," "Hey Fella Would You Mind Holding This Piano A Moment," "In My Own Dark Way," and "Crooners" and he is the editor of "The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader," "Call & Response: The Riverside Anthology of The African American Literary Tradition," and the double issue on Baraka in "The African American Review" (Summer/Fall 2003). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including "The African American Review, "Callaloo," "Artforum," "The Boston Review," "Catamaran," and "Lute & Drum." Moreover, he is a regular contributor to"PoemTalk" podcasts, which can be found at "Jacket2" online magazine or at the Poetry Foundation website, and he is a member of The Jazz Study Group at Columbia University. As an undergraduate Harris wrote his first review of Baraka's "Blues People" in "The Antioch Review"in 1968.  Ever since then he has been thinking about it and Baraka's other jazz writing.

February 13: The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor

The hero of this sensational first novel is an alto-sax virtuoso trying to evolve a personal style out of Coltrane and Rollins. He also happens to be a walking, talking, Blake- and Shakespeare-quoting bear whose musical, spiritual, and romantic adventures add up to perhaps the best novel, ursine or human, ever written about jazz.

 

"Poignant and touching moments combine with hilarious descriptions of the bear's struggle in a story that anyone ― whether familiar with jazz or not ― will find compelling and entertaining."―David Amram, Los Angeles Times Book Review

 

"Zabor's knack for detail makes the absurd premise believable . . . and neatly turns the weighty subject ― the painful and ungainly growth of an artist ― into a comic gem."―The New Yorker

 

"In fluent, witty prose Zabor conveys with remarkable vividness the texture of group improvisation. . . . It swings."―A. O. Scott, New York Newsday

 

"Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you. Get the Bear."―David Nicholson, Washington Post

 

"Zabor . . . conveys the mingled joy and terror of musical improvisation. He also displays a mean wit."―New York Times Book Review

Los Angeles Times Book Review's 100 Best Books of 1997
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

March 13: Traps: The Drum Wonder, The Life of Buddy Rich
                   by Mel Torme

Now back in print, this bestseller by Mel Torme is a brilliant biography of his friend for forty years, Buddy Rich, who was one of the most famous drummers of the Swing Era, having starred in the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey bands. His career started when he was two years old in his parents' Vaudeville act, and by the time he was four he was the highest paid child performer in the world. The Buddy Rich story is a fascinating one, as much for what it says about the world of American music and entertainment as for the remarkable life it portrays. Drawing from interviews and many personal reminiscences, Torme packs this biography with vivid, often funny, anecdotes. His personal touch and his in-depth knowledge of jazz make for a moving, insightful, and often hilarious biography.

April 10: Freedom of Expression: 
                Interviews with Women in Jazz
by Chris Becker

Since the arrival of the 21st century, jazz has evolved into a truly cross-generational, multicultural musical art form that is assimilating an unprecedented array of musical styles and techniques. At the same time, the male-dominated paradigm that has defined the historical narrative of jazz is no more. Women are shaking up the music industry while the general public is becoming much more aware of the contributions female musicians have made to jazz. "Freedom ofExpression: Interviews With Women in Jazz," a collection of interviews with 37 female musicians, musicians of all ages, nationalities, and races, and representing nearly every style of jazz one can imagine, provides evidence of this profound evolution. The interviewees, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eliane Elias, Carmen Lundy, Anat Cohen, Diane Schuur, and Sherrie Maricle, speak about their earliest experiences playing music, the years of practice required to become a professional musician, and what jazz means in the new millennium. These interviews will inform and inspire both casual and seasoned fans of this music, as well as young musicians taking their first steps in the journey to master their craft. “At long last, an in-depth recognition of the female contributions to jazz. As Dr. Billy Taylor said about the lack of awareness of female musicians: ‘If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.’ Now everyone will know that it did happen and continues to happen. What a great gift to the history of women and music.” — Judy Chaikin, director of "The Girls in the Band." The interviewees: Mindi Abair -Saxophones Cheryl Bentyne - Voice Jane Ira Bloom - Soprano Saxophone Samantha Boshnack - Trumpet Dee Dee Bridgewater - Voice Terri Lyne Carrington - Drums Sharel Cassity - Saxophones Anat Cohen - Clarinet, Saxophones Jean Cook -Violin Connie Crothers - Piano Eliane Elias - Piano, Voice Ayelet Rose Gottlieb- Voice Lenae Harris- Cello Val Jeanty - Electronics, Percussion Jan Leder -Flute Jennifer Leitham - Double Bass Carmen Lundy - Voice Sherrie Maricle -Drums Jane Monheit - Voice Jacqui Naylor - Voice Aurora Nealand - Saxophones, Clarinet Iris Ornig - Double Bass Alisha Pattillo - Tenor Saxophone Roberta Piket - Piano Cheryl Pyle - Flute Nicole Rampersaud - Trumpet Sofia Rei - Voice Patrizia Scascitelli - Piano Diane Schuur - Voice Ellen Seeling - Trumpet Helen Sung - Piano Jacqui Sutton - Voice Mazz Swift - Violin, Voice Nioka Workman -Cello Pamela York - Piano Brandee Younger - Harp Malika Zarra – Voice


May 8: Whisper Not: Thy Autobiography of Benny Golson 
             by Benny Golson


Born during the de facto inaugural era of jazz, saxophonist Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz alongside John Coltrane while Golson was still in high school in Philadelphia. Quickly establishing himself as an iconic fixture on the jazz landscape, Golson performed with dozens of jazz greats, from Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Jimmy Heath to Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and many others. An acclaimed composer, Golson also wrote music for Hollywood films and television and composed such memorable jazz standards as “Stablemates,” “Killer Joe,” and “Whisper Not.”

An eloquent account of Golson’s exceptional life—presented episodically rather than chronologically—Whisper Not includes a dazzling collection of anecdotes, memories, experiences, and photographs that recount the successes, the inevitable failures, and the rewards of a life eternally dedicated to jazz.


June 12: Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohn

Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington. From jazz standards such as “Mood Indigo” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” to his longer, more orchestral suites, to his leadership of the stellar big band he toured and performed with for decades after most big bands folded, Ellington represented a singular, path-breaking force in music over the course of a half-century. At the same time, as one of the most prominent black public figures in history, Ellington demonstrated leadership on questions of civil rights, equality, and America’s role in the world.

With Duke Ellington’s America, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington’s life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle class enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of worldwide acclaim. Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington’s friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business—as well as issues of race, equality and religion. Ellington’s own voice, meanwhile, animates the book throughout, giving Duke Ellington’s America an intimacy and immediacy unmatched by any previous account.

By far the most thorough and nuanced portrait yet of this towering figure, Duke Ellington’s America highlights Ellington’s importance as a figure in American history as well as in American music.


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 beeligible 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.

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.

2/13/2018 To 6/12/2018
Alicia Olatuja

2017-18 Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Single Tickets On Sale August 9!

 

Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC

 

"Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail." –Downbeat

 

Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless.

 

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Alicia Olatuja grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz and classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey, and she later graduated with a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride.

 

 

style: modern vocal jazz

2/14/2018 To 2/17/2018
CWAH Charity Benefit featuring Johnny O'Neal

Pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal never learned to read music, but didn't really need to: He was one of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and even convincingly imitated the fast-fingered Art Tatum in the biopic Ray. Now, after decades off the scene —and with his health under control — he's re-establishing himself in New York as an incredible old-school performer.  This special performance marks O’Neal’s long-awaited return to St. Louis, his home for several years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

 

For this performance, O’Neal will be joined by vocalist Anita Jackson, guitarist Eric Slaughter, 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.

2/18/2018 6:00 PM
Benny Green Trio
Single Tickets On Sale August 9!

“…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

2/21/2018 To 2/24/2018
Sean Jones Quartet

2017-18 Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Single Tickets On Sale August 9!

 

Sponsored by Don & Debbie Jacobs

 

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

 

Sean Jones returns to celebrate his new album, Live from Jazz at the Bistro, recorded here in December 2015. Jones has quickly established himself as one of the most outstanding and innovative trumpeters and composers on today’s scene. Apprenticing with such legendary figures as Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson, he also served as lead trumpeter with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 2004-2010. In 2011 he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter (‘Tribute to Miles’ tour), and has since become one of the top trumpet bandleaders of his young generation. Jones is also the Chair of Brass at Berklee College of Music and the Artistic Director of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestras.


 

style: straight-ahead

2/28/2018 To 3/3/2018
Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance.

 

The award-winning Ms. Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – the record for a singer. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on The Tonight Show when turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.”

3/7/2018 To 3/8/2018
Funky Butt Brass Band & Friends

This time...they're bringing some friends along.  Winners of 6 consecutive RFT Music Awards (Best Funk/Soul band), the Funky Butt Brass Band features some of the most talented St. Louis musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition, while giving the music a twist in the style of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Bonerama. The bands energetic shows and rowdy stage presence has won over audiences and critics alike, recently being named St. Louis’s Best Band by GO! Magazine readers.

Pricing
All Sets - $20.00

3/9/2018 To 3/10/2018
Melissa Aldana Quartet

2017-18 Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Single Tickets On Sale August 9!

 

“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 in 1950s France, and her father competed in the 1991 Monk Competition that launched Joshua Redman’s career.

 

style: straight-ahead / modern jazz

3/14/2018 To 3/17/2018
Brian Owens

Brian Owens has crafted two distinctly different performances for his Jazz St. Louis return. On Wednesday, March 21st, Owens revisits his jazz repertoire for the first time in many years, with the Adam Maness Trio. 

On Thursday, March 22nd, Owens is joined by his working band, The Deacons of Soul, celebrating his newest release, The Soul of Cash, which puts a soul jazz spin on the music of the legendary Johnny Cash.

Pricing
All sets - $20.00

 

3/21/2018 To 3/22/2018
Denise Thimes
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."

Pricing
All Sets - $20.00
3/23/2018 To 3/24/2018
The Baylor Project

2017-18 Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Single Tickets On Sale August 9!


“A former Yellowjacket and his creative/life partner drop a funky and finely detailed collection that isn’t shy to show a little tenderness or to head down lots of creative avenues.” - Modern Drummer Magazine

 

A husband. A wife. An astonishing debut. Marcus and Jean Baylor’s highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As you listen to “The Baylor Project,” you will be taken on an eclectic musical journey that showcases as much versatility as it does virtuosity.

 

Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former drummer of the 3-time Grammy Award winning jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets. With his natural feel, creative use of space and innovative ability to tell a story, his musicianship and improvisation are those of a seasoned musician.

 

Jean, a “Jersey Girl”, has been a featured guest artist in performances and recordings with The Yellowjackets, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and legendary bassist, Buster Williams. Well-equipped with an agile mezzo-soprano range, Jean combines a fresh, whimsical approach to phrasing with clever improvisation resulting in singing of such vocal purity that she embraces the soul.

 

Style: modern jazz

3/28/2018 To 3/31/2018
Ken Page

Ken Page is an American actor and singer from St. Louis, and is best known as the voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. He has been seen on Broadway in The Wiz, Guys and Dolls, and the original Broadway casts of both Ain't Misbehavin, and Cats.  This Spring, Ken is developing an all-new show to celebrate his cabaret debut at Jazz St. Louis. 

Pricing
All Sets - $30.00

4/4/2018 To 4/5/2018
Allison Miller, Riley Mulherkar, & Chad Lefkowitz-Brown
Single Tickets On Sale August 9!

Sponsored by Sandy

An exciting group of dynamic musical leaders come together in a one-of-a-kind performance you’ll only find at the Ferring Jazz Bistro! Capping off a week of teaching in area schools, this collaborative performance is also of these artists’ debut performances in the Ferring Jazz Bistro! Known for her original compositions and razor-sharp precision, drummer Allison Miller brings a contemporary vibe with all the history of Art Blakey and Max Roach. Trumpeter, Riley Mulherkar is a graduate of the Julliard School and was named a“rising star jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis and an upcoming talent “to keep an eye on” by the Wall Street Journal. Tenor Sax man, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is a rising star on the jazz scene. A graduate of the Brubeck Institute, he has 15 Downbeat Awards to his name and is a member of the multi Grammy award-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Don’t miss the chance to see this all-star group!

4/6/2018 To 4/7/2018
Songs of Freedom

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Single Tickets On Sale August 9!

 

Ulysses Owens, Jr., Musical Director

featuring Alicia Olatuja & Joanna Majoko

 

Exclusively Sponsored by Jim & Cathy Berges

 

“A centerpiece of the program is “Everything Must Change,” associated with Ms. Simone. Alicia Olatuja brings an earnest intensity to the song, bringing it into implicit dialogue with “A Change Is Gonna Come,” the indelible Sam Cooke tune. “No one and nothing stays unchanged,” she sings, and as she slowly builds a crescendo, she hints at both a formidable obstacle and the will to overcome.” – New York Times

 

First presented under the auspice of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone – all of whom have made an indelible mark in music. Each artist expressed freedom in various ways. Joni composed and sung about the freedom of love, Abbey expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song.  The project is under the musical direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr.

 

To effectively deliver this vast repertoire, the program features vocalists Alicia Olatuja and Joanna Majoko.

 

Style: modern jazz with vocals

4/11/2018 To 4/14/2018
Harlem's Renaissance
Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series

During the Harlem Renaissance, jazz was the soundtrack of daily life during a time when black Americans were exploring what it meant to be both black and American. From Duke Ellington and Fats Waller to Fletcher Henderson, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, music permeated every aspect of existence. Compositions like Cotton Club Stomp, Harlem Airshaft, and many more were written through the inspiration musicians gained from the sights, sounds, and general life struggles of living in New York during the 1920s. With jazz as the soundtrack, writers like Langston Hughes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Zora Neil Hurston provided the script.
 

 

Harlem’s Renaissance will begin with a discussion by Dr. Gerald Early, Merle King Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University, of writers from the Harlem renaissance, and their depictions of life and jazz during that time. Following the discussion will be a performance of works from the Harlem Renaissance from artists including Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, and Louis Armstrong. 

 

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.

4/18/2018 7:30 PM
Kevin Bowers - NOVA

Nova is the soundtrack to a movie starring Fred Astaire and Lena Horne, directed by Federico Fellini (which is a strong contender for the best movie never made).  It’s the kind of record, at least, you make as one of St. Louis’ most respected drummers, featured in Modern Drummer, fresh from releasing a well-received album with soul-punk band The Feed, and then lately inspired by a deep and deepening trip through Spain.  In other words, it’s intoxicating, it’s invigorating, it’s joyous. Like Kevin Bowers himself, it knows why secrets are whispered. And how to throw a party.

Kevin’s sketch of Spain is the story of two lovers meeting near the Mediterranean Sea. Lyrically, it’s visual, concise, reminiscing. Sonically, it’s expansive, layered, ranging over Latin America and Africa. Brazilian samba, psychedelic rock, solo drum pieces—all find expression in 12 songs attuned to the rhythms of romance and percussive because that’s what love is. The leap forward in songcraft is as much personal as artistic. Nova is not only what a drummer at heart makes but also a genre-hopping composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. This time out, Bowers focused on arranging material for others to sing.  It was a decision—one he made early on—that guided the tones and textures of the songs themselves: restless, innovative and entirely right for the record. They mean to transport you to a better and exciting place, and they do.

Nova also has the distinction of gathering some of the finest rock, blues and jazz musicians (and friends) in St. Louis. Together, they manage to croon like Tony Bennett, pop like Sergio Mendes and pulse like the Beatles at their trippiest.  This is music that must be performed and heard live, and Kevin is looking forward to just that.

Pricing
All Sets - $20.00

4/20/2018 To 4/21/2018
John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet

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It’s often said that history repeats itself but in the instance of making music, a reunion of two performers will not necessarily bring about the sounds of their collective past. Grammy-winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano and the equally lauded guitarist/composer John Scofield are preparing another turn together in the public eye. One of the most popular groups of the early 1990’s, Scofield and Lovano have both built their own followings since departing their shared bandstand.  Since then, the opportunity to hear them together has been few and far between.  Listeners will rejoice at this rare opportunity to hear two modern masters reunite on stage.

 

style: modern jazz 

4/25/2018 To 4/28/2018
JazzU Big Band
For nearly a decade, the JazzU program has identified the top middle and high school jazz talent in the St. Louis area and focused on teaching improvisation in a small-group setting. The JazzU Big Band is Jazz St. Louis’s first foray into creating an all-star student big band, which returns to Ferring Jazz Bistro stage on October 29. Students audition for the JazzU program each spring, which this year attracted more than 130 to the auditions. From that 130, 54 were accepted into the larger program.The JazzU Big Band represents the top 17 students in the JazzU program and is led by Jazz St. Louis’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Phil Dunlap.

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All Tickets - $5.00
4/29/2018 7:30 PM
Terell Stafford Quintet

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“This is an extraordinary band playing extraordinary music.” The Wall Street Journal

 

Known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own, Terell Stafford combines lyricism and a deep love of melody with a spirited, adventurous edge. This uniquely expressive, well-defined musical talent enables Stafford to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own in roads. His quintet is one of the premier, hardest-swinging groups on the scene today, and features pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist Tim Warfield.

 

style: straight-ahead

5/9/2018 To 5/12/2018
Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
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.

One set only starting at 7:30pm with intermission.

Pricing
$15.00
5/17/2018 7:30 PM
Dawn Weber & Friends
World-class Trumpeter. Prolific Songwriter. Stylish Vocalist. Mesmerizing, High-Energy Stage Presence.

Add it up and you get only one person – Dawn Weber. The St. Louis-based artist has a background that includes extensive training in both classical trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as jazz. Weber’s style ranges from jazz, rock, r&b, swing, and salsa, to hip-hop, electronica, and funk. Her resume includes playing with popular St. Louis bands Vargas Swing, Urban Jazz Naturals, and Mo and Dawn (the remix project). She is currently leading her own bands, including the electro funk assembly, Dawn: Unplugged, and Naked Rock Fight.

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All sets - $20.00
5/18/2018 To 5/19/2018
Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band

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“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

5/23/2018 To 5/26/2018