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Jazz St. Louis Book Club
Jazz St. Louis Book Club

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 12, 2019
      The Stardust Road by Hoagy Carmichael*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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