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“freddy has an impeccable sense of swing… he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” the new york timesrecognized as one of the great practitioners of american song, vocalist and pianist freddy cole is widely regarded as one of the most influential singers in jazz. growing up in a musical household that included his older brother nat “king” cole, visits from the likes of duke ellington, count basie, and lionel hampton were common. cole has taken all those familiar sounds and come up with his own distinct voice that is smooth and swingin’. his shows are perfect for all types, from those looking for a romantic night out to jazz purists looking to recall the heydays, and everyone in between.style: straight-ahead/vocal jazzco-sponsored by Cortland Associates Investment Counselors and Marian Nunn & Tom Wendel
Freddy Cole Quintet feat. Harry Allen
“freddy has an impeccable sense of swing… he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” the new york times

recognized as one of the great practitioners of american song, vocalist and pianist freddy cole is widely regarded as one of the most influential singers in jazz. growing up in a musical household that included his older brother nat “king” cole, visits from the likes of duke ellington, count basie, and lionel hampton were common. cole has taken all those familiar sounds and come up with his own distinct voice that is smooth and swingin’. his shows are perfect for all types, from those looking for a romantic night out to jazz purists looking to recall the heydays, and everyone in between.

style: straight-ahead/vocal jazz

co-sponsored by Cortland Associates Investment Counselors and Marian Nunn & Tom Wendel

5/28/2016
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 2015-16 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. Special guest artist, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, will be leading clinics with the two groups prior to performing with them during these concerts.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
JazzU with Special Guest Stefon Harris

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 2015-16 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. Special guest artist, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, will be leading clinics with the two groups prior to performing with them during these concerts.

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

6/3/2016 To 6/4/2016
With performances by:Sean Jones, Peter Martin, Nathan Pence and Montez ColemanFunky Butt Brass BandBob DeBooJesse GannonJazz St. Louis is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Richard McDonnell Memorial Concert at Jazz at the Bistro, Sunday, June 5, 2016. 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. Food and drink service will be available throughout the day. General Admission Seating will be available for $25 per ticket. There will be a limited number of Reserved Seats available for $100.00 per ticket.  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. 
3rd Annual Richard McDonnell Scholarship Concert
With performances by:

Sean Jones, Peter Martin, Nathan Pence and Montez Coleman
Funky Butt Brass Band
Bob DeBoo
Jesse Gannon


Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Richard McDonnell Memorial Concert at Jazz at the Bistro, Sunday, June 5, 2016. 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. Food and drink service will be available throughout the day. General Admission Seating will be available for $25 per ticket. There will be a limited number of Reserved Seats available for $100.00 per ticket.  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.

 

6/5/2016 2:00 PM
The Music of Parliament-Funkadelic Re-Imagined by Lamar HarrisCall him funky, call him jazzy, call him whatever you like, but Lamar Harris’s seamless blend of horns, electric sounds, and vocals forms an explosive combination. A respected trombonist, producer, arranger, and DJ, Harris has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business such as Dwele, George Benson, Pieces of A Dream, The Cab Calloway Big Band, Musiq, Common, Earth Wind & Fire, Dr. John, and many others. Now, Lamar Harris takes on the music of P-Funk, assembling a stellar band that is both respectful of the music but not afraid to reimagine it for the Jazz at the Bistro stage. style: funk/ jazz fusion
The Mothership Chronicles

The Music of Parliament-Funkadelic Re-Imagined by Lamar Harris

Call him funky, call him jazzy, call him whatever you like, but Lamar Harris’s seamless blend of horns, electric sounds, and vocals forms an explosive combination. A respected trombonist, producer, arranger, and DJ, Harris has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business such as Dwele, George Benson, Pieces of A Dream, The Cab Calloway Big Band, Musiq, Common, Earth Wind & Fire, Dr. John, and many others.

 

Now, Lamar Harris takes on the music of P-Funk, assembling a stellar band that is both respectful of the music but not afraid to reimagine it for the Jazz at the Bistro stage.

 

style: funk/ jazz fusion

6/10/2016 To 6/11/2016
one set starting at 7:30 with intermissionthe 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. style: swing
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.

 

style: swing
6/16/2016 7:30 PM
Featuring Eric Harland and Dan Chmielinski.Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. His father, an amateur musician, nurtured Joey’s gift for swing and improvisation by introducing him to classic jazz recordings and taking him to jam sessions with seasoned musicians in Baliand Jakarta. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz. Learning by listening, Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis. Despite his lack of formal jazz training, Joey developed an authoritative technique, and with his depth of musicality he quickly rose in the Indonesian jazz scene and beyond. At age 8, UNESCO invited Joey to play solo piano in front of jazz icon Herbie Hancock during his visit to Indonesia. Joey drew significant inspiration from Herbie’s enthusiastic response to his playing. By 2014, Joey was performing at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. On May 12, 2015, Alexander released his highly anticipated debut album ‘My FavoriteThings’ on Motema Music. On the recording, Alexander performs classic tunes by greats from Coltrane to Rodgers & Hammerstein with a deft touch, adventurous spirit, and improvisatory verve. Accompanying Joey on the album are bassist Larry Grenadier and 2-time Grammy-winning drummer Ulysses Owens. Alexander’s imagination, sophisticated arrangements, and dazzling playing make ‘My Favorite Things’ a soulful and joyful musical adventure. It is also a statement of intent, a compelling introduction to a budding young leader, performer and composer, who plays with power and elation. From his impressionistic introduction to “Giant Steps” to the spirited interplay with his band mates on “It Might As Well Be Spring,” to his remarkable rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” Joey proves himself a true and distinctive jazz professional. Please Note: These performances will have a 60 minute duration.style: straight-ahead jazz
The Joey Alexander Trio

Featuring Eric Harland and Dan Chmielinski.

Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. His father, an amateur musician, nurtured Joey’s gift for swing and improvisation by introducing him to classic jazz recordings and taking him to jam sessions with seasoned musicians in Baliand Jakarta. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz.

 

Learning by listening, Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis. Despite his lack of formal jazz training, Joey developed an authoritative technique, and with his depth of musicality he quickly rose in the Indonesian jazz scene and beyond. At age 8, UNESCO invited Joey to play solo piano in front of jazz icon Herbie Hancock during his visit to Indonesia. Joey drew significant inspiration from Herbie’s enthusiastic response to his playing. By 2014, Joey was performing at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall.

 

On May 12, 2015, Alexander released his highly anticipated debut album ‘My FavoriteThings’ on Motema Music. On the recording, Alexander performs classic tunes by greats from Coltrane to Rodgers & Hammerstein with a deft touch, adventurous spirit, and improvisatory verve. Accompanying Joey on the album are bassist Larry Grenadier and 2-time Grammy-winning drummer Ulysses Owens. Alexander’s imagination, sophisticated arrangements, and dazzling playing make ‘My Favorite Things’ a soulful and joyful musical adventure. It is also a statement of intent, a compelling introduction to a budding young leader, performer and composer, who plays with power and elation. From his impressionistic introduction to “Giant Steps” to the spirited interplay with his band mates on “It Might As Well Be Spring,” to his remarkable rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” Joey proves himself a true and distinctive jazz professional.

 
Please Note: These performances will have a 60 minute duration.

style: straight-ahead jazz

6/18/2016
Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer, and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.” style: straight-ahead jazz
Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer, and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

 

Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

6/21/2016 To 6/22/2016
“Erin Bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now.” BBC  The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members' midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode's bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band's fresh sound. For these special performances, Bode will be celebrating the release of her latest recording, “The Songbook Project.” Of the project she said, “I've been collecting songs for some time now, classic songs that I treasure from writers like Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser, Rickie Lee Jones and Gerry Rafferty…Together we want to peel back the story of each piece, and I hope that hearing these selections will give the listener as much connection and delight as we hope to feel in recording them.” style: vocal folk jazz
Erin Bode CD Release

“Erin Bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now.” BBC

 

The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members' midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode's bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band's fresh sound.

 

For these special performances, Bode will be celebrating the release of her latest recording, “The Songbook Project.” Of the project she said, “I've been collecting songs for some time now, classic songs that I treasure from writers like Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser, Rickie Lee Jones and Gerry Rafferty…Together we want to peel back the story of each piece, and I hope that hearing these selections will give the listener as much connection and delight as we hope to feel in recording them.”

 

style: vocal folk jazz

6/24/2016 To 6/25/2016
"Since 2009, David and Jeff Lazaroff have been writing and releasing some of the most interesting and eclectic music in the city, pulling from a wide range of inspirations -- from Americana to psych-rock to jazz to world music, and everything in between -- to consistently bring energetic and memorable sounds to the streets of St. Louis.  The aptly named Brothers Lazaroff have released five full-length efforts over the years, each well-received by critics and fans alike."  Daniel Hill, Music Editor at Riverfront TimesBrothers Lazaroff is a songwriting/producing duo and a five-piece band from St. Louis, MO, who will be joined by a horn section for this special engagement at Jazz at the Bistro.  Along with bandmates Grover Stewart (drums), Teddy Brookins(bass) and Nate Carpenter (keyboards), Brothers Lazaroff celebrate roots music through songwriting that examines and explores the human condition. Feeling equally at home locked in a roots-driven tune as they do in an experimental jam, Brothers Lazaroff have created a sound and language all their own.  style: Americana
Brothers Lazaroff

"Since 2009, David and Jeff Lazaroff have been writing and releasing some of the most interesting and eclectic music in the city, pulling from a wide range of inspirations -- from Americana to psych-rock to jazz to world music, and everything in between -- to consistently bring energetic and memorable sounds to the streets of St. Louis.  The aptly named Brothers Lazaroff have released five full-length efforts over the years, each well-received by critics and fans alike."  Daniel Hill, Music Editor at Riverfront Times


Brothers Lazaroff is a songwriting/producing duo and a five-piece band from St. Louis, MO, who will be joined by a horn section for this special engagement at Jazz at the Bistro.  Along with bandmates Grover Stewart (drums), Teddy Brookins(bass) and Nate Carpenter (keyboards), Brothers Lazaroff celebrate roots music through songwriting that examines and explores the human condition. Feeling equally at home locked in a roots-driven tune as they do in an experimental jam, Brothers Lazaroff have created a sound and language all their own. 

 

style: Americana

7/8/2016 To 7/9/2016
Through his travels, multi-instrumentalist Farshid Erniko accumulated the music of the world, making it his own, weaving the variety of styles and influences together into a sound that is both unique and familiar. His band, Café Danza, is an ensemble that performs Latin music, popular jazz standards, as well as compositions that blend Middle Eastern instruments and influences with Latin beats and American blues sensibilities. style: Latin jazz / world music
Farshid Etniko's Cafe Danza

Through his travels, multi-instrumentalist Farshid Erniko accumulated the music of the world, making it his own, weaving the variety of styles and influences together into a sound that is both unique and familiar. His band, Café Danza, is an ensemble that performs Latin music, popular jazz standards, as well as compositions that blend Middle Eastern instruments and influences with Latin beats and American blues sensibilities.

 

style: Latin jazz / world music

7/16/2016
St. Louis-based drummer Montez Coleman has assembled a band to span the generations of jazz, highlighting the incredible history of the music (tenor sax legend Houston Person), it’s current firepower (Coleman and guitarist Eric Slaughter), and the young guns preparing to take up the mantle (bassist Nathan Pence and more). This one-of-a-kind band can only be seen at Jazz at the Bistro. style: straight-ahead jazz
Montez Coleman's Generations featuring Houston Person

St. Louis-based drummer Montez Coleman has assembled a band to span the generations of jazz, highlighting the incredible history of the music (tenor sax legend Houston Person), it’s current firepower (Coleman and guitarist Eric Slaughter), and the young guns preparing to take up the mantle (bassist Nathan Pence and more). This one-of-a-kind band can only be seen at Jazz at the Bistro.

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

7/22/2016 To 7/23/2016
The St. Louis Cabaret Conference is one of the top training programs of its kind.  Singers come from all over the country to study with the Conference’s esteemed faculty that includes Tony winner Faith Prince, the legendary Marilyn Maye, Ann Hampton Callaway and American Idol’s Peisha McPhee.  Talented singers take to the stage to show audiences why they have come to St. Louis to learn from the best.   Stick around for the after party and enjoy a little nosh on the house and libations from the Bistro’s cash bar.
St. Louis Cabaret Conference Closing Night Showcase

The St. Louis Cabaret Conference is one of the top training programs of its kind.  Singers come from all over the country to study with the Conference’s esteemed faculty that includes Tony winner Faith Prince, the legendary Marilyn Maye, Ann Hampton Callaway and American Idol’s Peisha McPhee.  Talented singers take to the stage to show audiences why they have come to St. Louis to learn from the best.   Stick around for the after party and enjoy a little nosh on the house and libations from the Bistro’s cash bar.

7/24/2016 7:00 PM
St. Louis’s jazz, soul, and funk scene has birthed TheService: a group with a deep affinity for soulful, backbeat-fueled jazz andsolidarity in reverence of ‘the groove.’ The musicians share a voice throughthe original music of Pete Lombardo and reworks of soul jazz standards thathighlight his impressive guitar playing along with the equally bold andfinessed vintage keyboard work of Nathan Hershey. The veteran rhythm section ofdrummer Grover Stewart, Jr. and bassist Andy Coco keep dance floors movin’, toestappin’, and heads boppin’!style: soul jazz
The Service

St. Louis’s jazz, soul, and funk scene has birthed TheService: a group with a deep affinity for soulful, backbeat-fueled jazz andsolidarity in reverence of ‘the groove.’ The musicians share a voice throughthe original music of Pete Lombardo and reworks of soul jazz standards thathighlight his impressive guitar playing along with the equally bold andfinessed vintage keyboard work of Nathan Hershey. The veteran rhythm section ofdrummer Grover Stewart, Jr. and bassist Andy Coco keep dance floors movin’, toestappin’, and heads boppin’!

style: soul jazz

7/29/2016 To 7/30/2016
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.
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.

7/31/2016 6:00 PM
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
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

8/5/2016 To 8/6/2016
18+ showThe St. Louis Burlesque All-Stars will be taking over the Bistro and dancing to live music by the Funky Butt Brass Band in this tribute to the music of the Blues Brothers. Don’t miss dancers like Mimi Le Uke, Lola Van Ella, Bibi S. Dazz, Foxy La Feelion, Roxy Red Rockets, and SinDee Hoo Hoo, in a one-of-a-kind night of dancing and debauchery at Jazz at the Bistro! style: soul jazz / blues / burlesque
Shake Your Tailfeather

18+ show

The St. Louis Burlesque All-Stars will be taking over the Bistro and dancing to live music by the Funky Butt Brass Band in this tribute to the music of the Blues Brothers. Don’t miss dancers like Mimi Le Uke, Lola Van Ella, Bibi S. Dazz, Foxy La Feelion, Roxy Red Rockets, and SinDee Hoo Hoo, in a one-of-a-kind night of dancing and debauchery at Jazz at the Bistro!

 

style: soul jazz / blues / burlesque

8/12/2016 To 8/13/2016
Vocalist Erika Johnson returns to the Jazz at the Bistro stage for the first time in nearly a decade! The East St. Louis native started her jazz career studying under saxophonist Ron Carter in the famed Lincoln HS jazz band. She’s taken that early experience, along with her days singing with the great Willie Akins, and become one of the best jazz vocalists on the St. Louis scene.  style: straight-ahead / soul vocal jazz
Erika Johnson

Vocalist Erika Johnson returns to the Jazz at the Bistro stage for the first time in nearly a decade! The East St. Louis native started her jazz career studying under saxophonist Ron Carter in the famed Lincoln HS jazz band. She’s taken that early experience, along with her days singing with the great Willie Akins, and become one of the best jazz vocalists on the St. Louis scene.

 

style: straight-ahead / soul vocal jazz

8/19/2016
Pianist/Keyboardist Marvin F. Cockrell returns to celebrate the release of his new CD, Red Hot Smooth Jazz. This will not be your typical smooth jazz concert! Cockrell’s music takes the world of smooth jazz in a new direction, adding a different flavor to the genre.  It’s edgy, sexy, and downright hot!  The CD and the live Bistro show feature original compositions, like “St. Louis Bounce,” and other tracks that fuse ‘techno’ with smooth jazz, in addition to unique arrangements of “Wade in the Water” and “Everything Must Change.”  Vocalist Alvin Garrett (Huntsville, Alabama) and St. Louis saxophonist Terry Grohman are featured on the CD and at the show.NO VALET PARKING | FULL KITCHEN & BAR SERVICE | ONE SET AT 7:00PM WITH INTERMISSION
Marvin F. Cockrell & Focus

Pianist/Keyboardist Marvin F. Cockrell returns to celebrate the release of his new CD, Red Hot Smooth Jazz. This will not be your typical smooth jazz concert! Cockrell’s music takes the world of smooth jazz in a new direction, adding a different flavor to the genre.  It’s edgy, sexy, and downright hot!  The CD and the live Bistro show feature original compositions, like “St. Louis Bounce,” and other tracks that fuse ‘techno’ with smooth jazz, in addition to unique arrangements of “Wade in the Water” and “Everything Must Change.”  Vocalist Alvin Garrett (Huntsville, Alabama) and St. Louis saxophonist Terry Grohman are featured on the CD and at the show.

NO VALET PARKING | FULL KITCHEN & BAR SERVICE | ONE SET AT 7:00PM WITH INTERMISSION

8/20/2016 7:00 PM
Celebrate fusion at its finest with Weather Forever! Zeb Briskovich (bass), Montez Coleman (drums), Adaron “Pops” Jackson (keys), Eric Slaughter (guitar), and Jason Swagler (sax), make up this all-star band created to pay tribute to legendary fusion groups Weather Report and Return to Forever.  style: fusion
Weather Forever

Celebrate fusion at its finest with Weather Forever! Zeb Briskovich (bass), Montez Coleman (drums), Adaron “Pops” Jackson (keys), Eric Slaughter (guitar), and Jason Swagler (sax), make up this all-star band created to pay tribute to legendary fusion groups Weather Report and Return to Forever.

 

style: fusion

8/26/2016 To 8/27/2016
The Coleman Hughes Project featuring Adrianne brings together jazz, soul, and R&B grooves that have made them one of St. Louis’s most beloved groups in recent years. Featuring bassist Terry Coleman ,percussionist Carlos Hughes, pianist Timothy Chandler, saxophonist Jason Swagler, and vocalist Adrianne Felton-King, the band is sure to deliver a soulful, energizing weekend for their Jazz at the Bistro debut.style: contemporary jazz / R&B
Coleman Hughes Project feat. Adrianne

The Coleman Hughes Project featuring Adrianne brings together jazz, soul, and R&B grooves that have made them one of St. Louis’s most beloved groups in recent years. Featuring bassist Terry Coleman ,percussionist Carlos Hughes, pianist Timothy Chandler, saxophonist Jason Swagler, and vocalist Adrianne Felton-King, the band is sure to deliver a soulful, energizing weekend for their Jazz at the Bistro debut.

style: contemporary jazz / R&B

9/9/2016 To 9/10/2016
koplant no, led by saxophonist joel vanderheyden, is a forward-thinking ensemble that fuses intricate compositions and jazz improvisation with electronica, progressive rock, and hip-hop. the band has been developing its unique sound throughout the midwest since 2008. the group turned some heads when opening for the bad plus at the 2012 twin cities jazz festival, and has been noted as "one of the most innovative ensembles in the midwest" by david cazares from minnesota public radio. koplant no features brian lewis smith on trumpet, keys, and laptop, drew morton on bass and synths, and rob baner on drums, samples, and vibraphone. style: modern jazz/fusion/electronic
Koplant No
koplant no, led by saxophonist joel vanderheyden, is a forward-thinking ensemble that fuses intricate compositions and jazz improvisation with electronica, progressive rock, and hip-hop. the band has been developing its unique sound throughout the midwest since 2008. the group turned some heads when opening for the bad plus at the 2012 twin cities jazz festival, and has been noted as "one of the most innovative ensembles in the midwest" by david cazares from minnesota public radio. koplant no features brian lewis smith on trumpet, keys, and laptop, drew morton on bass and synths, and rob baner on drums, samples, and vibraphone.

 

style: modern jazz/fusion/electronic
9/17/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Sponsored by Capes, Sokol, Goodman, & Sarachan, P.C. “His approach to the instrument is quirky and personal, without much adherence to convention.” –Wall Street Journal            Dr. Lonnie Smith not only stands as the preeminent Hammond B-3 organist in jazz today, but at the age of 73, he’s still progressing as an artist, as witnessed by his remarkable new album, appropriately titled Evolution. Of this, The New York Times recently wrote that Smith “seems to be up to something bigger than music, and older, and deeper.” Teeming with his trademark accents, light caresses, bright sparks, and jagged lines, Smith’s Evolution band finds him bolstering his working trio featuring guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Joe Dyson with John Ellis on woodwinds and a trumpeter to be announced. New to jazz? Try this show! style: soul / modern jazz
Dr. Lonnie Smith's Evolution
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“His approach to the instrument is quirky and personal, without much adherence to convention.” –Wall Street Journal

           

Dr. Lonnie Smith not only stands as the preeminent Hammond B-3 organist in jazz today, but at the age of 73, he’s still progressing as an artist, as witnessed by his remarkable new album, appropriately titled Evolution. Of this, The New York Times recently wrote that Smith “seems to be up to something bigger than music, and older, and deeper.” Teeming with his trademark accents, light caresses, bright sparks, and jagged lines, Smith’s Evolution band finds him bolstering his working trio featuring guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Joe Dyson with John Ellis on woodwinds and a trumpeter to be announced.

 

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style: soul / modern jazz

9/21/2016 To 9/24/2016
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!Exclusively Sponsored by Bill & Marsha Rusnack with additional support from Cortland Associates, Inc. “no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.” - TIMEBill Charlap is widely regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of the Great American Songbook. The New York-born and –based pianist always supplies a rigor-meets-romance musical sensibility to whatever he plays. His decade-old trio of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington is a brilliant rhythmic team that has become recognized as among the leading small groups in jazz today.  style: straight-ahead jazz
Bill Charlap Trio
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“no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.” - TIME

Bill Charlap is widely regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of the Great American Songbook. The New York-born and –based pianist always supplies a rigor-meets-romance musical sensibility to whatever he plays. His decade-old trio of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington is a brilliant rhythmic team that has become recognized as among the leading small groups in jazz today.

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

9/28/2016 To 9/29/2016
Single Tickets on sale August 10!Exclusively Sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc. and the Steward Family Foundation “the greatest jazz singer alive” - TIME Enjoy a rare,intimate evening of vocal and piano duets with a living legend of jazz. Al Jarreau has little interest in boundaries or preconceived limitations. Since the mid-1970s, this versatile singer has applied his distinctive and instantly recognizable vocal style - a unique combination of lyrical swing and captivating vocalese - to a broad spectrum of musical genres. With this eclectic approach, he has earned much success along the way - enough to position him as the only vocalist in history to claim Grammy Awards in the three distinct genres: jazz, pop and R&B. After nearly five decades of recording and performing, Jarreau continues to take his music to new places.  style: straight-ahead vocal jazz
Al Jarreau: Voice and Piano
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“the greatest jazz singer alive” - TIME

 

Enjoy a rare,intimate evening of vocal and piano duets with a living legend of jazz. Al Jarreau has little interest in boundaries or preconceived limitations. Since the mid-1970s, this versatile singer has applied his distinctive and instantly recognizable vocal style - a unique combination of lyrical swing and captivating vocalese - to a broad spectrum of musical genres. With this eclectic approach, he has earned much success along the way - enough to position him as the only vocalist in history to claim Grammy Awards in the three distinct genres: jazz, pop and R&B. After nearly five decades of recording and performing, Jarreau continues to take his music to new places.

 

style: straight-ahead vocal jazz

9/30/2016 To 10/1/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!“…his greatest gift is that he seems to genuinely love the music he’s making. Listeners are bound to do the same.” – DownBeat MagazineRefreshing and invigorating, Jamison Ross is the epitome of soul. A composer, arranger, vocalist and drummer, Ross combines his gifts to present a unique offering to the jazz world. His Grammy-nominated debut release, Jamison, takes listeners on a musical journey that unifies his drumming abilities and vocal talent. Those drumming abilities won him the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for drums in 2012. Since then, Ross has worked with everyone from Jonathan Batiste and Dr. John to Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Snarky Puppy. Jamison’s artistry, interpreted through his profound knowledge of jazz, is an honest and organic expression of humanity. He approaches drumming in a way that accesses the soulful sophistication of the music, never sacrificing truly musical moments for flashy chops. New to jazz? Try this show! style: contemporary vocal jazz   
Jamison Ross
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“…his greatest gift is that he seems to genuinely love the music he’s making. Listeners are bound to do the same.” – DownBeat Magazine

Refreshing and invigorating, Jamison Ross is the epitome of soul. A composer, arranger, vocalist and drummer, Ross combines his gifts to present a unique offering to the jazz world. His Grammy-nominated debut release, Jamison, takes listeners on a musical journey that unifies his drumming abilities and vocal talent. Those drumming abilities won him the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for drums in 2012. Since then, Ross has worked with everyone from Jonathan Batiste and Dr. John to Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Snarky Puppy.

Jamison’s artistry, interpreted through his profound knowledge of jazz, is an honest and organic expression of humanity. He approaches drumming in a way that accesses the soulful sophistication of the music, never sacrificing truly musical moments for flashy chops.

 

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style: contemporary vocal jazz

 

 

 

10/5/2016 To 10/8/2016
Single Tickets on sale August 10!Combining the happy swinging feel of the Kansas City jazz scene with the hard, soulful groove of St. Louis Funk, Soul, and R&B, The People's Key blends these Midwestern styles into one coherent sound. They swing in the traditional style of jazz, but provide listeners the opportunity to ride along as they relive the sounds oftheir lifetimes, with tunes by modern artists from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to Jay-Z and Bruno Mars. This band puts the classic organ group sound of the ‘50s & ‘60s on all your favorites from the ‘70s and beyond.style: modern / soul jazz
The People's Key: Souled Out
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Combining the happy swinging feel of the Kansas City jazz scene with the hard, soulful groove of St. Louis Funk, Soul, and R&B, The People's Key blends these Midwestern styles into one coherent sound. They swing in the traditional style of jazz, but provide listeners the opportunity to ride along as they relive the sounds oftheir lifetimes, with tunes by modern artists from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to Jay-Z and Bruno Mars. This band puts the classic organ group sound of the ‘50s & ‘60s on all your favorites from the ‘70s and beyond.

style: modern / soul jazz
10/12/2016 To 10/13/2016
Single Tickets on sale August 10!It’s less about dueling pianos than four hands coming together to form acohesive, purposeful swing. Adaron “Pops” Jackson and Phil Dunlap willsimultaneously take to the stage filled with two concert grand pianos for amusical experience highlighting some of the greatest pianists of all time, fromEllington to Monk to Corea. style: straight-ahead jazz
88 Squared: Adaron "Pops" Jackson & Phil Dunlap
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It’s less about dueling pianos than four hands coming together to form acohesive, purposeful swing. Adaron “Pops” Jackson and Phil Dunlap willsimultaneously take to the stage filled with two concert grand pianos for amusical experience highlighting some of the greatest pianists of all time, fromEllington to Monk to Corea.

style: straight-ahead jazz
10/14/2016 To 10/15/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!“I’m hard pressed to think of other horn players who can routinely deliver performances as astonishing and Herculean as McCaslin’s.” – Chicago Reader The tenor titan has long been a mainstay on the jazz scene with 11 albums as a leader and long stints with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Dave Douglas Quintet, as well as twice being nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo. However, McCaslin’s band may not have been a household name until they were asked to collaborate with David Bowie on what would soon become the late legend’s final album, Blackstar.The sound of Blackstar was inspired by McCaslin’s most recent projects, which explore the relatively uncharted crossroads between jazz and electronic dance music, all centered on his bands’ virtuosic musicianship and his own ability to balance melody and groove. Long influenced by fusion pioneers like Weather Report and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, McCaslin integrates those hybrid instincts with innovative modern artists like Aphex Twin and Skrillex. style: modern jazz / fusion   
Donny McCaslin Group

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“I’m hard pressed to think of other horn players who can routinely deliver performances as astonishing and Herculean as McCaslin’s.” – Chicago Reader


The tenor titan has long been a mainstay on the jazz scene with 11 albums as a leader and long stints with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Dave Douglas Quintet, as well as twice being nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Jazz Solo. However, McCaslin’s band may not have been a household name until they were asked to collaborate with David Bowie on what would soon become the late legend’s final album, Blackstar.

The sound of Blackstar was inspired by McCaslin’s most recent projects, which explore the relatively uncharted crossroads between jazz and electronic dance music, all centered on his bands’ virtuosic musicianship and his own ability to balance melody and groove. Long influenced by fusion pioneers like Weather Report and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, McCaslin integrates those hybrid instincts with innovative modern artists like Aphex Twin and Skrillex.

 

style: modern jazz / fusion

 

 

 

10/19/2016 To 10/22/2016
Single Tickets on sale August 10!Two St. Louis Symphony musicians and two of the city’s finest jazz artists make up the 442’s, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet. Brought together by the innovative compositions of Adam Maness, who plays guitar, accordion, melodica, and glockenspiel, The 442’s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello, and Syd Rodway on bass. The group explores the boundaries of jazz, classical, folk, and rock.style: improvisational chamber music
The 442's

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Two St. Louis Symphony musicians and two of the city’s finest jazz artists make up the 442’s, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet. Brought together by the innovative compositions of Adam Maness, who plays guitar, accordion, melodica, and glockenspiel, The 442’s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello, and Syd Rodway on bass. The group explores the boundaries of jazz, classical, folk, and rock.

style: improvisational chamber music
10/26/2016 To 10/27/2016
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!Sponsored by American Family Insurance– Ted Wheeler Agency, Inc. Brought together for a week of educational work in the schools, these three artists are sure to put on a stunning performance as a never-seen-before group. Wolfe has laid down bass tracks for artists like Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Diana Krall. Marian McPartland has called Jensen’s playing, which has been heard with the likes of Clark Terry, Esperanza Spalding, and Maria Schneider, “warm, sensitive, exciting, and totally honest.” Cassity, a Juilliard trained saxophonist, regularly works with Nicholas Payton and Cyrus Chestnut and has been hailed by All About Jazz as “one of the leaders of this genre’s next generation.”            style: modern jazz
Sharel Cassity, Ingrid Jensen, & Ben Wolfe
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Brought together for a week of educational work in the schools, these three artists are sure to put on a stunning performance as a never-seen-before group. Wolfe has laid down bass tracks for artists like Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Diana Krall. Marian McPartland has called Jensen’s playing, which has been heard with the likes of Clark Terry, Esperanza Spalding, and Maria Schneider, “warm, sensitive, exciting, and totally honest.” Cassity, a Juilliard trained saxophonist, regularly works with Nicholas Payton and Cyrus Chestnut and has been hailed by All About Jazz as “one of the leaders of this genre’s next generation.”

           

style: modern jazz

10/28/2016 To 10/29/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!“without a doubt one of the most striking young tenors” - Jazzwise Saxophonist Jimmy Greene has spent most of his career as a hardcore, hard-boppin’ jazzman. Along with his many albums as a leader, he has appeared on over 75 recordings with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Harry Connick, Jr., and Jackie McLean. His latest recording, however, has Greene exploring new musical territory, including traditional spirituals and contemporary Christian music. This exploration comes from the celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana, whose life was tragically taken on December 14, 2012 in the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Beautiful Life is full of songs composed or arranged by Greene in the time following the loss of his daughter, and his melodic focus, abiding soulfulness, and customary authority over the tunes garnered the recording two Grammy nominations: one for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and the other for Best Arrangement. Greene’s performances with his quartet take all of his inspirations, from jazz to family, and create beautiful, serious instrumental jazz yearning to be heard and shared. style: straight-ahead jazz
Jimmy Greene Quartet
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“without a doubt one of the most striking young tenors” - Jazzwise

 

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene has spent most of his career as a hardcore, hard-boppin’ jazzman. Along with his many albums as a leader, he has appeared on over 75 recordings with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Harry Connick, Jr., and Jackie McLean. His latest recording, however, has Greene exploring new musical territory, including traditional spirituals and contemporary Christian music. This exploration comes from the celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana, whose life was tragically taken on December 14, 2012 in the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Beautiful Life is full of songs composed or arranged by Greene in the time following the loss of his daughter, and his melodic focus, abiding soulfulness, and customary authority over the tunes garnered the recording two Grammy nominations: one for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and the other for Best Arrangement. Greene’s performances with his quartet take all of his inspirations, from jazz to family, and create beautiful, serious instrumental jazz yearning to be heard and shared.

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

11/2/2016 To 11/5/2016
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!The St. Louis area is home to many great university jazzprograms. The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville jazz department, nowunder the leadership of guitarist Rick Haydon, consistently produces swingin’musicians. For this big band showcase, both the student Concert Jazz Band and aspecial, newly-formed SIUE Alumni Jazz Band will perform your favorite chartsfrom Basie, Ellington, and beyond.This performance will be one show with a brief intermission.style: big band / swing
SIUE Concert & Alumni Jazz Bands

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The St. Louis area is home to many great university jazzprograms. The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville jazz department, nowunder the leadership of guitarist Rick Haydon, consistently produces swingin’musicians. For this big band showcase, both the student Concert Jazz Band and aspecial, newly-formed SIUE Alumni Jazz Band will perform your favorite chartsfrom Basie, Ellington, and beyond.

This performance will be one show with a brief intermission.

style: big band / swing

11/8/2016 7:30 PM
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!One Hammond B3 organ is always better than none. Two of St. Louis’s finest musicians are joining together to honor classic soul jazz organ groups like those of Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy McGriff, and Jack McDuff. The groove and shuffle will be strong all night with these two at the helm.  style: soul jazz
To Be or Not to B3 featuring Adaron "Pops" Jackson & Eric Slaughter
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One Hammond B3 organ is always better than none. Two of St. Louis’s finest musicians are joining together to honor classic soul jazz organ groups like those of Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy McGriff, and Jack McDuff. The groove and shuffle will be strong all night with these two at the helm.

 

style: soul jazz

11/9/2016 To 11/10/2016
Single tickets on sale August 10!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.style: straight-ahead/funk/vocal jazz
Dawn Weber
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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.

style: straight-ahead/funk/vocal jazz

11/11/2016 To 11/12/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!"a wonderfully charismatic performer with a show-­stopping voice and an unabashedly old-fashioned repertoire." – The Washington Post Songstress Catherine Russell continues to build on her already considerable renown as one of the foremost interpreters and explorers of mid-20th century American music. Russell is now covering a wider range of music than ever before, from the earliest days of jazz through the swing era and into the rhythm and blues explosion, but all with her personal stamp. For this, Russell draws upon the inspiration of her mother, pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray, and her father, long-time Louis Armstrong bandleader and arranger Luis Russell. This new approach follows a career that began decades ago, first as an in-demand background singer working with stars like Paul Simon, David Bowie, and Cyndi Lauper, then as a solo artist focusing on the bluesy-er side of jazz. During this time, esteemed critic Nat Hentoff of The Wall Street Journal declared that after hearing countless “purported rising jazz singers…it’s a delight to hear the real thing in Catherine Russell.” With her latest album, Russell has cemented her status as a pure, incredibly gifted jazz vocalist. New to jazz? Try this show! style: straight-ahead vocal jazz
Catherine Russell Quartet
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"a wonderfully charismatic performer with a show-­stopping voice and an unabashedly old-fashioned repertoire." – The Washington Post

 

Songstress Catherine Russell continues to build on her already considerable renown as one of the foremost interpreters and explorers of mid-20th century American music. Russell is now covering a wider range of music than ever before, from the earliest days of jazz through the swing era and into the rhythm and blues explosion, but all with her personal stamp. For this, Russell draws upon the inspiration of her mother, pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray, and her father, long-time Louis Armstrong bandleader and arranger Luis Russell. This new approach follows a career that began decades ago, first as an in-demand background singer working with stars like Paul Simon, David Bowie, and Cyndi Lauper, then as a solo artist focusing on the bluesy-er side of jazz. During this time, esteemed critic Nat Hentoff of The Wall Street Journal declared that after hearing countless “purported rising jazz singers…it’s a delight to hear the real thing in Catherine Russell.” With her latest album, Russell has cemented her status as a pure, incredibly gifted jazz vocalist.

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style: straight-ahead vocal jazz

11/16/2016 To 11/19/2016
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!“Cool and charming…like if Sinatra had been raised in New Orleans.” – goNOLA.comJeremy 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 at the Bistro.New to jazz? Try this show!style: straight-ahead/ vocal jazz    
Jeremy Davenport

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Cool and charming…like if Sinatra had been raised in New Orleans.” – goNOLA.com

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 at the Bistro.

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style: straight-ahead/ vocal jazz

 

 

 

 

11/25/2016 To 11/26/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!“cutting-edge music, but always accessible” - The Guardian By overwhelming consensus, the Vijay Iyer Trio, featuring bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, has become one of the pivotal jazz bands of the 21st century. Described as “truly astonishing” (NPR) and “the best band in jazz” (PopMatters), the trio makes music that’s emotionally resonant and deeply interactive, radiating groove and brimming with polyrhythmic detail, rooted in tradition yet truly innovative instyle and form. Crucially, as DownBeat notes, “the Vijay Iyer Trio is, at its core, a working band,” distinguished most of all by a profound, seemingly effortless unity, developed over hundreds of performances in nearly a dozen years. As Howard Reich wrote in The Chicago Tribune, "The three players practically have become a single rhythmic organism... one of the great rhythm units of the day," while Jazzwise claims the trio “has the potential to alter the scope, ambition, and language of jazz piano forever.”  style: modern jazz
Vijay Iyer Trio
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cutting-edge music, but always accessible” - The Guardian

 

By overwhelming consensus, the Vijay Iyer Trio, featuring bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, has become one of the pivotal jazz bands of the 21st century. Described as “truly astonishing” (NPR) and “the best band in jazz” (PopMatters), the trio makes music that’s emotionally resonant and deeply interactive, radiating groove and brimming with polyrhythmic detail, rooted in tradition yet truly innovative instyle and form.

Crucially, as DownBeat notes, “the Vijay Iyer Trio is, at its core, a working band,” distinguished most of all by a profound, seemingly effortless unity, developed over hundreds of performances in nearly a dozen years. As Howard Reich wrote in The Chicago Tribune, "The three players practically have become a single rhythmic organism... one of the great rhythm units of the day," while Jazzwise claims the trio “has the potential to alter the scope, ambition, and language of jazz piano forever.”

 

style: modern jazz

11/30/2016 To 12/3/2016
Single Tickets on sale August 10!Sponsored by Edward Jones – Eric Cunningham, Financial Advisor“If we were to form a jazz combo, our model would most definitely be Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O!”–The Three Wisemen “Wonder and innocence, gaudiness and cheer: can it be any surprise that the jazz drummer Matt Wilson thrives around the holidays? His Christmas Tree-O…does more or less what you’d expect, batting around holiday standards with a mischievous but sentimental air…In any case, the band, with Paul Sikivie on bass and Jeff Lederer on reeds, represents something more than a side project or a symptom of seasonal opportunism. It has its own gait and style.” (The New York Times) style: avant-garde jazz / Holiday 
Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O
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“If we were to form a jazz combo, our model would most definitely be Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O!”The Three Wisemen

 

“Wonder and innocence, gaudiness and cheer: can it be any surprise that the jazz drummer Matt Wilson thrives around the holidays? His Christmas Tree-O…does more or less what you’d expect, batting around holiday standards with a mischievous but sentimental air…In any case, the band, with Paul Sikivie on bass and Jeff Lederer on reeds, represents something more than a side project or a symptom of seasonal opportunism. It has its own gait and style.” (The New York Times)

 

style: avant-garde jazz / Holiday

 

12/7/2016 To 12/8/2016
Single Tickets on sale August 10!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 fifteen years. For these special Bistro shows, Manley has put together ascreamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bringyou Holiday cheer!style: straight-ahead/modern jazz / holiday
A Very Manley Christmas feat. 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 fifteen years. For these special Bistro shows, Manley has put together ascreamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bringyou Holiday cheer!

style: straight-ahead/modern jazz / holiday

12/9/2016 To 12/10/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Exclusively Sponsored by Garden View Care Centers “spiritual, swinging, smokin’, andespecially soulful.” – The WashingtonPost Saxophonist Tim Warfield and his stunning band featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Clarence Penn, and vocalist Joanna Pascale are here to bring you holiday cheer. The group plays traditional Christmas hits like “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” and “Let It Snow,” along with other holiday favorites like Claude Thornill’s “Snowfall” and The Dreidel Song. But with this incredible cast of musicians, you can be sure the music is hard-swingin’ and rooted in the blues. Warfield's arrangements are often quirky, clearly unique, and accessible, ensuring that you can enjoy these holiday tunes throughout the year, from Christmas in July all the way through December. style: straight-ahead jazz / Holiday
Tim Warfield's All-Star Jazzy Christmas
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spiritual, swinging, smokin’, andespecially soulful.” – The WashingtonPost

 

Saxophonist Tim Warfield and his stunning band featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Clarence Penn, and vocalist Joanna Pascale are here to bring you holiday cheer. The group plays traditional Christmas hits like “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” and “Let It Snow,” along with other holiday favorites like Claude Thornill’s “Snowfall” and The Dreidel Song. But with this incredible cast of musicians, you can be sure the music is hard-swingin’ and rooted in the blues. Warfield's arrangements are often quirky, clearly unique, and accessible, ensuring that you can enjoy these holiday tunes throughout the year, from Christmas in July all the way through December.

 

style: straight-ahead jazz / Holiday

12/14/2016 To 12/17/2016
Single Tickets on sale August 10!“Among the joys of jazz” – St. Louis Post-DispatchCelebrate 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 of the 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: big band jazz / swing / holiday   
Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington's Nutcracker

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“Among the joys of jazz” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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 of the 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: big band jazz / swing / holiday

 

 

 

12/19/2016 To 12/21/2016
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!This explosive four-piece outfit—led by John King on bass, with James Jackson on drums, Shaun Robinson on guitar, and Pete Ruthenburg filling in for Adaron “Pops”Jackson 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
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 Pete Ruthenburg filling in for Adaron “Pops”Jackson 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

12/29/2016 To 12/30/2016
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Sponsored by Beck/Allen Cabinetry “By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music.” – Rolling StoneJust as The Bad Plus had cemented their place as an original music ensemble, they’re about to mix things up again. Except for their interpretation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring — their last four albums focused almost exclusively on original compositions. It’s Hard, however, will mark The Bad Plus’s return to an aspect of their roots, the very thing that first made them famous: the deconstruction of songs from the pop/rock and R&B worlds.Among the tightest, hardest working bands in the world, there has not been a line-up change or substitution in 17 years. Featuring bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King, The Bad Plus is 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 / avant-garde   
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“By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music.” – Rolling Stone

Just as The Bad Plus had cemented their place as an original music ensemble, they’re about to mix things up again. Except for their interpretation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring — their last four albums focused almost exclusively on original compositions. It’s Hard, however, will mark The Bad Plus’s return to an aspect of their roots, the very thing that first made them famous: the deconstruction of songs from the pop/rock and R&B worlds.

Among the tightest, hardest working bands in the world, there has not been a line-up change or substitution in 17 years. Featuring bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King, The Bad Plus is 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 / avant-garde

 

 

 

1/4/2017 To 1/7/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Co-Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp and Don & Debbie Jacobs  “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring.” - Time Magazine Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist on the scene today. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, who awarded Carter their prestigious fellowship “genius grant.” Now, marking the 100th birthday of a musical legend, Carter’s upcoming album and touring program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald – THE source of Carter’s musical inspiration. An influence she has cherished throughout her life, Carter describes her visceral connection to Ella’s music:“Growing up in Detroit, there was always music playing in our home. While there was a variety of music I enjoyed, there were a few recordings and artists I found consistently captivating. Ella Fitzgerald was one of these exceptions. To this very day, whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I’m entranced by her voice, her melodic improvisations and the passion and artfulness with which Ella sings a song. I’m so excited to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who has meant so much to all the notes in my musical life.” New to jazz? Try this show! style: straight-ahead jazz
Regina Carter: Simply Ella
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 “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring.” - Time Magazine

 

Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist on the scene today. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, who awarded Carter their prestigious fellowship “genius grant.” Now, marking the 100th birthday of a musical legend, Carter’s upcoming album and touring program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald – THE source of Carter’s musical inspiration. An influence she has cherished throughout her life, Carter describes her visceral connection to Ella’s music:

“Growing up in Detroit, there was always music playing in our home. While there was a variety of music I enjoyed, there were a few recordings and artists I found consistently captivating. Ella Fitzgerald was one of these exceptions. To this very day, whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I’m entranced by her voice, her melodic improvisations and the passion and artfulness with which Ella sings a song. I’m so excited to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who has meant so much to all the notes in my musical life.”

 

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style: straight-ahead jazz

1/18/2017 To 1/21/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10! Exclusively Sponsored by Marian Nunn & Tom Wendel  “[Alfredo’s] potential is limitless” – Quincy Jones“working with [Pedrito] has been a revelation tome” – Wynton Marsalis Cuban-born, Grammy-nominated artist Alfredo Rodríguez reflects the talents of legendary jazz pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and Art Tatum. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots. Discovered and mentored by legendary producer Quincy Jones, Rodríguez has taken the opportunity to learn about music all over the world, infusing his explosive technique with the sounds of numerous cultures.Now, Rodríguez joins with another Cuban-born musical prodigy in Pedrito Martinez for a rare duo show assembled specifically for Jazz at the Bistro. Martinez, a vocalist and percussionist, is a consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum. The Grammy-nominated, first-call rombero has recorded or performed with the likes of jazz legends Wynton Marsalis and Chucho Valdez, as well as popular music icons including Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and James Taylor.New to jazz? Try this show!style: Latin jazz    
Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo
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“[Alfredo’s] potential is limitless” – Quincy Jones

“working with [Pedrito] has been a revelation tome” – Wynton Marsalis

 

Cuban-born, Grammy-nominated artist Alfredo Rodríguez reflects the talents of legendary jazz pianists Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, and Art Tatum. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots. Discovered and mentored by legendary producer Quincy Jones, Rodríguez has taken the opportunity to learn about music all over the world, infusing his explosive technique with the sounds of numerous cultures.

Now, Rodríguez joins with another Cuban-born musical prodigy in Pedrito Martinez for a rare duo show assembled specifically for Jazz at the Bistro. Martinez, a vocalist and percussionist, is a consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum. The Grammy-nominated, first-call rombero has recorded or performed with the likes of jazz legends Wynton Marsalis and Chucho Valdez, as well as popular music icons including Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and James Taylor.

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style: Latin jazz

 

 

 

 

2/1/2017 To 2/4/2017
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp “Subtlety and sophistication seem to come naturally to jazz pianist Bruce Barth." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, pianist Bruce Barth’s music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences. He has performed with revered jazz masters including Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, and James Moody, as well as collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation like Wynton and Branford Marsalis. But most notably, his performances feature material from his large book of very powerful and imaginative original compositions, written in a voice that is both deeply personal and expressive. Tony Bennett, with whom Bruce toured for over a year, said, "I have a great love for excellent musicians, and Bruce Barth is one of my favorites."style: straight-ahead jazz
Bruce Barth Trio
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Subtlety and sophistication seem to come naturally to jazz pianist Bruce Barth." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, pianist Bruce Barth’s music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences. He has performed with revered jazz masters including Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, and James Moody, as well as collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation like Wynton and Branford Marsalis. But most notably, his performances feature material from his large book of very powerful and imaginative original compositions, written in a voice that is both deeply personal and expressive. Tony Bennett, with whom Bruce toured for over a year, said, "I have a great love for excellent musicians, and Bruce Barth is one of my favorites."

style: straight-ahead jazz

2/8/2017 To 2/9/2017
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!“Erin Bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now.” BBC The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Bode consistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincere performances—the perfect combination to celebrate this romantic holiday. style: folk/ vocal jazz
Valentine's Day with Erin Bode
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“Erin Bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now.” BBC

 

The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Bode consistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincere performances—the perfect combination to celebrate this romantic holiday.

 

style: folk/ vocal jazz

2/10/2017 To 2/14/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!“To pigeonhole Mike Stern as a modern jazz, fusion, or contemporary guitarist is far too limiting to such a gifted artist”– Critical Jazz One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for Grammy Awards). An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and his inherently bluesy string bending prowess, Stern has the ability to instantly elevate the proceedings on any gig he plays by channeling the spirits of his own personal guitar heroes Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Albert King. Joining him is St. Louis native drummer Kimberly Thompson and bassist Teymur Phell. style: fusion
Mike Stern Band featuring Kimberly Thompson & Teymur Phell
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“To pigeonhole Mike Stern as a modern jazz, fusion, or contemporary guitarist is far too limiting to such a gifted artist”– Critical Jazz

 

One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for Grammy Awards). An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and his inherently bluesy string bending prowess, Stern has the ability to instantly elevate the proceedings on any gig he plays by channeling the spirits of his own personal guitar heroes Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Albert King. Joining him is St. Louis native drummer Kimberly Thompson and bassist Teymur Phell.

 

style: fusion

2/15/2017 To 2/18/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Exclusively Sponsored by Nancy & Ken Kranzberg “the Clayton Brothers are after some specific genial and rugged pleasures in jazz that come directly from the early 1960s.” – The New York Times Recognized by many as the hardest swinging ensemble in jazz, the Clayton Brothers exhibit aunique depth of feeling in their music. Bassist John and saxophonist Jeff Clayton prove conclusively that while blood may be thicker than water, it can also carry an unimpeded flow of pure creativity. Originally formed in 1977, the brothers continue to share a common musical vision bristling with surprises, delights, and the kind of musical telepathy that could only come from tuned-in siblings. With long-time band mates including John’s son Gerald Clayton on piano, dynamic trumpeter Terell Stafford, and drummer Obed Calvaire,the Clayton Brothers Quintet will get everyone back in the swing of things! style: straight-ahead jazz
Clayton Brothers Quintet
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“the Clayton Brothers are after some specific genial and rugged pleasures in jazz that come directly from the early 1960s.” – The New York Times

 

Recognized by many as the hardest swinging ensemble in jazz, the Clayton Brothers exhibit aunique depth of feeling in their music. Bassist John and saxophonist Jeff Clayton prove conclusively that while blood may be thicker than water, it can also carry an unimpeded flow of pure creativity. Originally formed in 1977, the brothers continue to share a common musical vision bristling with surprises, delights, and the kind of musical telepathy that could only come from tuned-in siblings. With long-time band mates including John’s son Gerald Clayton on piano, dynamic trumpeter Terell Stafford, and drummer Obed Calvaire,the Clayton Brothers Quintet will get everyone back in the swing of things!

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

3/1/2017 To 3/4/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10! Exclusively Sponsored by Garden View Care Centers“For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” - The New York TimesAnn Hampton Callaway is one of the finest singer/songwriters of our generation. The statuesque performer dazzles music lovers as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, and educator. Her talents have made her equally at home in jazz and pop as well as on stage, in the recording studio, on TV, and in film. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical “Swing!” and for writing and singing the theme to the internationally successful TV series, “The Nanny.” Callaway is a devoted keeper-of-the-flame of the Great American Songbook, bringing fresh and originalinterpretations to these timeless classics. She works to uphold the canon bywriting songs with Cole Porter (posthumously), Carole King, Barbara Carroll, and others. Her spontaneity, intelligence, and soulful charisma have won her adiverse fan-base, including such notables as Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, and Wynton Marsalis. style: vocal jazz / cabaret   
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“For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” - The New York Times


Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the finest singer/songwriters of our generation. The statuesque performer dazzles music lovers as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, and educator. Her talents have made her equally at home in jazz and pop as well as on stage, in the recording studio, on TV, and in film. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical “Swing!” and for writing and singing the theme to the internationally successful TV series, “The Nanny.” Callaway is a devoted keeper-of-the-flame of the Great American Songbook, bringing fresh and originalinterpretations to these timeless classics. She works to uphold the canon bywriting songs with Cole Porter (posthumously), Carole King, Barbara Carroll, and others. Her spontaneity, intelligence, and soulful charisma have won her adiverse fan-base, including such notables as Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, and Wynton Marsalis.

 

style: vocal jazz / cabaret

 

 

 

3/15/2017 To 3/18/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on Sale August 10!“a band filled with heavyweight improvisers but not bound by idiom” – Time Out New York A “resolutely un-pindownable band” (The New York Times), Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody generates explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside as the band has created a genre and style all its own. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years while continuing to thrive and grow in reputation, solidifying a fan base around the world. Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk along with the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert. “Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock,and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders” (The New York Times). style: modern jazz
Kneebody
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“a band filled with heavyweight improvisers but not bound by idiom” – Time Out New York

 

A “resolutely un-pindownable band” (The New York Times), Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody generates explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside as the band has created a genre and style all its own. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years while continuing to thrive and grow in reputation, solidifying a fan base around the world. Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk along with the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert. “Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock,and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders” (The New York Times).

 

style: modern jazz

3/29/2017 To 4/1/2017
Single Tickets on sale August 10!"one of these days, perhaps the music world will recognize the stature and tonal beauty of former Chicagoan Hobgood's pianism." – Chicago Tribune Pianist Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic career. From 1995-2013, Hobgood was the musical director for Kurt Elling, playing on, composing/arranging for, and co-producing all of Elling’s albums, all of which either won, or were nominated for, a Grammy Award. But now, Hobgood has stepped to the forefront. As DownBeat Magazine put it after a recent performance, “Hobgood obviously embraced his leadership role, playfully interacting with the audience and providing insight between each composition. Whatever he ends up doing next with his pen and piano, it will no doubt be swinging. And he’ll have plenty of fans anxiously awaiting to hear his future projects.” style: straight-ahead jazz
Laurence Hobgood Trio
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"one of these days, perhaps the music world will recognize the stature and tonal beauty of former Chicagoan Hobgood's pianism." – Chicago Tribune

 

Pianist Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic career. From 1995-2013, Hobgood was the musical director for Kurt Elling, playing on, composing/arranging for, and co-producing all of Elling’s albums, all of which either won, or were nominated for, a Grammy Award. But now, Hobgood has stepped to the forefront. As DownBeat Magazine put it after a recent performance, “Hobgood obviously embraced his leadership role, playfully interacting with the audience and providing insight between each composition. Whatever he ends up doing next with his pen and piano, it will no doubt be swinging. And he’ll have plenty of fans anxiously awaiting to hear his future projects.”

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

4/5/2017 To 4/6/2017
Single Tickets On Sale August 10!Sponsored by American Family Insurance – Ted Wheeler Agency, Inc. Four young Midwestern natives come together for this one-of-a-kind show. Trumpeter Keyon Harrold, pianist Lawrence Fields, and drummer Kimberly Thompson all grew up in St. Louis before going on to play with some of the biggest names in all of music, not just jazz. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Robert Glasper, Kenny Barron, and Joe Lovano are just a few of their employers. Saxophonist Adam Larson, a native of Bloomington, IL, also boasts a full resume after playing with Jamie Cullum, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others. These artists have been hand-selected and brought together specifically for these shows at the Bistro and a week of teaching in St. Louis schools. style: modern jazz
Keyon Harrold, Lawrence Fields, Adam Larson & Kim Thompson
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Sponsored by American Family Insurance – Ted Wheeler Agency, Inc.

 

Four young Midwestern natives come together for this one-of-a-kind show. Trumpeter Keyon Harrold, pianist Lawrence Fields, and drummer Kimberly Thompson all grew up in St. Louis before going on to play with some of the biggest names in all of music, not just jazz. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Robert Glasper, Kenny Barron, and Joe Lovano are just a few of their employers. Saxophonist Adam Larson, a native of Bloomington, IL, also boasts a full resume after playing with Jamie Cullum, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others. These artists have been hand-selected and brought together specifically for these shows at the Bistro and a week of teaching in St. Louis schools.

 

style: modern jazz

4/7/2017 To 4/8/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!“one of the most creative musicians around.” - Herbie Hancock  Over the course of the past decade, Grégoire Maret has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice in the modern jazz world. That his chosen instrument – the chromatic harmonica - is a relative rarity in the genre is one element in his singular sound, but far from the whole explanation. After all, the extensive list of heavy-hitters who have enlisted him for their own projects is unparalleled: Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, and Marcus Miller are some of his most prominent employers. Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica, finding fresh pathways through a remarkable variety of styles. With “Inner Voices,” Maret explores the meeting of jazz and gospel with the help of St. Louis native vocalist Alicia Olatuja, who’s star has been rising in the jazz and gospel world since performing at the 2013 presidential inauguration. The New York Times praised Olatuja as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage. ”Another St. Louis native, pianist/organist Shedrick Mitchell, will be on the stage for this show as well, making it a night of debuts and homecomings! New to jazz? Try this show! style: contemporary vocal jazz
Gregoire Maret's "Inner Voices" with special guest Alicia Olatuja
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one of the most creative musicians around.” - Herbie Hancock

 

Over the course of the past decade, Grégoire Maret has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice in the modern jazz world. That his chosen instrument – the chromatic harmonica - is a relative rarity in the genre is one element in his singular sound, but far from the whole explanation. After all, the extensive list of heavy-hitters who have enlisted him for their own projects is unparalleled: Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, and Marcus Miller are some of his most prominent employers. Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica, finding fresh pathways through a remarkable variety of styles. With “Inner Voices,” Maret explores the meeting of jazz and gospel with the help of St. Louis native vocalist Alicia Olatuja, who’s star has been rising in the jazz and gospel world since performing at the 2013 presidential inauguration. The New York Times praised Olatuja as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage. ”Another St. Louis native, pianist/organist Shedrick Mitchell, will be on the stage for this show as well, making it a night of debuts and homecomings!

 

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style: contemporary vocal jazz

4/12/2017 To 4/15/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Exclusively Sponsored by Cortland Associates, Inc. “a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now.” – The New York Times The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star, award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the scene. In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble highlights the music of a different modern music master, writing and performing new arrangements of their compositions. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. The current lineup diving into the extensive catalog of Miles Davis features Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire, Edward Simon, Warren Wolf, Miguel Zenon, Sean Jones, and David Sanchez.  style: straight-ahead/ modern jazz
SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis
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“a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now.” – The New York Times

 

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star, award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the scene. In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble highlights the music of a different modern music master, writing and performing new arrangements of their compositions. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. The current lineup diving into the extensive catalog of Miles Davis features Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire, Edward Simon, Warren Wolf, Miguel Zenon, Sean Jones, and David Sanchez.

 

style: straight-ahead/ modern jazz

4/26/2017 To 4/29/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Sponsored by Tim & Debbie Callihan “...ranging from sublime to positively pyrotechnic... the best B3 player on the planet” - JazzTimes  Modern master Joey DeFrancesco retraces the lineage of organ playing throughout the history of jazz. From the beginnings in the 1930s, through the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and up to today, he celebrates the “All American” Jazz Organ Masters like Fats Waller,Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith, and Larry Young. Playing with Hank Mobley and “Philly” Joe Jones at just 10 years old, and joining Miles Davis’s band at 17, DeFrancesco has had a storied career that has seen him travel the world with some of the greatest musicians of all-time, leading to the resurgence of the organ in jazz today. Both a top-flight organist and an accomplished trumpeter, he has won a raft of awards from both jazz critics and listeners alike, and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. DeFrancesco embellishes his swingin’, old-school organ with his own ferocious sound, connecting the dots between past and present. style: straight-ahead jazz
Joey DeFrancesco Quartet
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“...ranging from sublime to positively pyrotechnic... the best B3 player on the planet” - JazzTimes

 

Modern master Joey DeFrancesco retraces the lineage of organ playing throughout the history of jazz. From the beginnings in the 1930s, through the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and up to today, he celebrates the “All American” Jazz Organ Masters like Fats Waller,Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith, and Larry Young. Playing with Hank Mobley and “Philly” Joe Jones at just 10 years old, and joining Miles Davis’s band at 17, DeFrancesco has had a storied career that has seen him travel the world with some of the greatest musicians of all-time, leading to the resurgence of the organ in jazz today. Both a top-flight organist and an accomplished trumpeter, he has won a raft of awards from both jazz critics and listeners alike, and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. DeFrancesco embellishes his swingin’, old-school organ with his own ferocious sound, connecting the dots between past and present.

 

style: straight-ahead jazz

5/10/2017 To 5/13/2017
Subscriptions Now On Sale!Single Tickets on sale August 10!Exclusively Sponsored by Friends of the Jazz St. Louis Staff “McBride never disappoints” - JazzTimes Four-time Grammy-winning 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 aboundless love of swing, McBride’s path has been 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, recorded, and respected figures, not just in jazz, but in the entire world of music. He has worked not only with jazz greats like Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock, but also with R&B and pop stars including James Brown, Sting, and the Roots. And there hasn’t even been mention of his classical music career that has seen him work with the likes of Kathleen Battle and Edgar Meyer. But even with his extensive, diversified résumé, McBride shines brightest in a small jazz group, and with drummer Nasheet Waits, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and trumpeter Josh Evans,he has created a high-powered, energized unit.            style: straight-ahead jazz
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“McBride never disappoints” - JazzTimes

 

Four-time Grammy-winning 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 aboundless love of swing, McBride’s path has been 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, recorded, and respected figures, not just in jazz, but in the entire world of music. He has worked not only with jazz greats like Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock, but also with R&B and pop stars including James Brown, Sting, and the Roots. And there hasn’t even been mention of his classical music career that has seen him work with the likes of Kathleen Battle and Edgar Meyer. But even with his extensive, diversified résumé, McBride shines brightest in a small jazz group, and with drummer Nasheet Waits, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and trumpeter Josh Evans,he has created a high-powered, energized unit.

           

style: straight-ahead jazz

5/24/2017 To 5/27/2017