JazzU & the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars
Tickets - $5.00
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 2016-17 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, saxophonist Antonio Hart, 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
When & Where
In order to provide the best possible experience each time you visit The Ferring Jazz Bistro, we ask that all ticketed guests reserve a specific arrival time for their performance night. When selecting your time, please choose the same number of tickets for the arrival time as you did for your performance. Reservations are available at:
Please Note: · Arrival times are only valid for ticketed performances in The Ferring Jazz Bistro. You must have a purchased ticket for the performance in order to be seated in The Ferring Jazz Bistro. · Nancy's Jazz Lounge does not accept reservations, and is first come, first served. · The 6:00pm arrival time below notes the first reservation time of the evening. Once you click Add to Basket you will be able to choose your specific arrival time on the next page. · 6:45pm – 7:15pm are the most popular Arrival Times, and fill quickly. We encourage you to reserve your Arrival Time early.
· Arrival times are only valid for ticketed performances in The Ferring Jazz Bistro. You must have a purchased ticket for the performance in order to be seated in The Ferring Jazz Bistro.
· Nancy's Jazz Lounge does not accept reservations, and is first come, first served.
· The 6:00pm arrival time below notes the first reservation time of the evening. Once you click Add to Basket you will be able to choose your specific arrival time on the next page.
· 6:45pm – 7:15pm are the most popular Arrival Times, and fill quickly. We encourage you to reserve your Arrival Time early.
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“As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa…particularly the congas.” –Los Angeles Times
If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling. Sanchez grew up in a suburb of LA, where he was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds that included straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, and American soul. Whatever the genre, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. His over 20-year relationship with Concord Records has yielded two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award, and several Grammy nominations.
style: Latin jazz
For nearly a decade, the JazzU program has identified the top middle and high school jazz talent in the St. Louis area and focused on teaching improvisation in a small-group setting. The JazzU Big Band is Jazz St. Louis’s first foray into creating an all-star student big band, which returns to Ferring Jazz Bistro stage on October 29. Students audition for the JazzU program each spring, which this year attracted more than 130 to the auditions. From that 130, 54 were accepted into the larger program.The JazzU Big Band represents the top 17 students in the JazzU program and is led by Jazz St. Louis’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Phil Dunlap.
For over 25 years, the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) has provided the opportunity for talented high school musicians to further their experience in America’s classical music – jazz. Comprised of premier players in grades 9-12 from central Ohio and beyond, the CYJO has a 30-week season during the school year, and performs at the Southern Theatre prior to each of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s Sunday matinee concerts. The CYJO plays literature of the highest level with repertoire from the libraries of the great big bands, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Oliver Nelson, Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie. For this concert, they will be joined by special guest, saxophonist Antonio Hart.
For this concert, they will be joined by special guest, saxophonist Antonio Hart.
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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.
March 13: Traps: The Drum Wonder, The Life of Buddy Rich
by Mel Torme
Now back in print, this bestseller by Mel Torme is a brilliant biography of his friend for forty years, Buddy Rich, who was one of the most famous drummers of the Swing Era, having starred in the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey bands. His career started when he was two years old in his parents' Vaudeville act, and by the time he was four he was the highest paid child performer in the world. The Buddy Rich story is a fascinating one, as much for what it says about the world of American music and entertainment as for the remarkable life it portrays. Drawing from interviews and many personal reminiscences, Torme packs this biography with vivid, often funny, anecdotes. His personal touch and his in-depth knowledge of jazz make for a moving, insightful, and often hilarious biography. A native of St. Louis, bass trombonist James A. Martin hasdistinguished himself as a musician of great range and flexibility. A member of the Buddy RichBand from 1985-87 and with the Orchestra del Maggio Musical of Florence, Italyunder Zubin Mehta in 1989 and 1990, Martin has played bass and contrabass tromboneas an extra performer with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, including severalperformances at Carnegie Hall, the 1995 tour of Japan and several recordings. He hasalso performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and theSaint Louis Pops Orchestra on bass trombone, contrabass trombone, tuba, cimbasso,euphonium and bass trumpet. An active freelancer, he performs regularly at theFox Theater and The Muny, and is a member of the St. Louis Brass Ensemble. Jim received undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Music Educationfrom St. Louis University and the Master of Music in Trombone Performance fromthe Eastman School of Music, with additional study at the doctoral level. His majorprofessors include John Marcellus, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, and JeffreyReynolds. April 10: Freedom of Expression:
Martin is Associate Professor of Instrumental Studies at St. CharlesCommunity College, where he directs the Concert Band and Jazz Band, teaches lowbrass and courses in brass methods as well as music literature.
Interviews with Women in Jazz by Chris Becker
Now back in print, this bestseller by Mel Torme is a brilliant biography of his friend for forty years, Buddy Rich, who was one of the most famous drummers of the Swing Era, having starred in the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey bands. His career started when he was two years old in his parents' Vaudeville act, and by the time he was four he was the highest paid child performer in the world. The Buddy Rich story is a fascinating one, as much for what it says about the world of American music and entertainment as for the remarkable life it portrays. Drawing from interviews and many personal reminiscences, Torme packs this biography with vivid, often funny, anecdotes. His personal touch and his in-depth knowledge of jazz make for a moving, insightful, and often hilarious biography.
A native of St. Louis, bass trombonist James A. Martin hasdistinguished himself as a musician of great range and flexibility. A member of the Buddy RichBand from 1985-87 and with the Orchestra del Maggio Musical of Florence, Italyunder Zubin Mehta in 1989 and 1990, Martin has played bass and contrabass tromboneas an extra performer with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, including severalperformances at Carnegie Hall, the 1995 tour of Japan and several recordings. He hasalso performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and theSaint Louis Pops Orchestra on bass trombone, contrabass trombone, tuba, cimbasso,euphonium and bass trumpet. An active freelancer, he performs regularly at theFox Theater and The Muny, and is a member of the St. Louis Brass Ensemble.
Jim received undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Music Educationfrom St. Louis University and the Master of Music in Trombone Performance fromthe Eastman School of Music, with additional study at the doctoral level. His majorprofessors include John Marcellus, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, and JeffreyReynolds.
April 10: Freedom of Expression:
Since the arrival of the 21st century, jazz has evolved into a truly cross-generational, multicultural musical art form that is assimilating an unprecedented array of musical styles and techniques. At the same time, the male-dominated paradigm that has defined the historical narrative of jazz is no more. Women are shaking up the music industry while the general public is becoming much more aware of the contributions female musicians have made to jazz. "Freedom ofExpression: Interviews With Women in Jazz," a collection of interviews with 37 female musicians, musicians of all ages, nationalities, and races, and representing nearly every style of jazz one can imagine, provides evidence of this profound evolution. The interviewees, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eliane Elias, Carmen Lundy, Anat Cohen, Diane Schuur, and Sherrie Maricle, speak about their earliest experiences playing music, the years of practice required to become a professional musician, and what jazz means in the new millennium. These interviews will inform and inspire both casual and seasoned fans of this music, as well as young musicians taking their first steps in the journey to master their craft. “At long last, an in-depth recognition of the female contributions to jazz. As Dr. Billy Taylor said about the lack of awareness of female musicians: ‘If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.’ Now everyone will know that it did happen and continues to happen. What a great gift to the history of women and music.” — Judy Chaikin, director of "The Girls in the Band." The interviewees: Mindi Abair -Saxophones Cheryl Bentyne - Voice Jane Ira Bloom - Soprano Saxophone Samantha Boshnack - Trumpet Dee Dee Bridgewater - Voice Terri Lyne Carrington - Drums Sharel Cassity - Saxophones Anat Cohen - Clarinet, Saxophones Jean Cook -Violin Connie Crothers - Piano Eliane Elias - Piano, Voice Ayelet Rose Gottlieb- Voice Lenae Harris- Cello Val Jeanty - Electronics, Percussion Jan Leder -Flute Jennifer Leitham - Double Bass Carmen Lundy - Voice Sherrie Maricle -Drums Jane Monheit - Voice Jacqui Naylor - Voice Aurora Nealand - Saxophones, Clarinet Iris Ornig - Double Bass Alisha Pattillo - Tenor Saxophone Roberta Piket - Piano Cheryl Pyle - Flute Nicole Rampersaud - Trumpet Sofia Rei - Voice Patrizia Scascitelli - Piano Diane Schuur - Voice Ellen Seeling - Trumpet Helen Sung - Piano Jacqui Sutton - Voice Mazz Swift - Violin, Voice Nioka Workman -Cello Pamela York - Piano Brandee Younger - Harp Malika Zarra – Voice
May 8: Whisper Not: Thy Autobiography of Benny Golson
by Benny Golson
Born during the de facto inaugural era of jazz, saxophonist Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz alongside John Coltrane while Golson was still in high school in Philadelphia. Quickly establishing himself as an iconic fixture on the jazz landscape, Golson performed with dozens of jazz greats, from Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Jimmy Heath to Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, and many others. An acclaimed composer, Golson also wrote music for Hollywood films and television and composed such memorable jazz standards as “Stablemates,” “Killer Joe,” and “Whisper Not.”
An eloquent account of Golson’s exceptional life—presented episodically rather than chronologically—Whisper Not includes a dazzling collection of anecdotes, memories, experiences, and photographs that recount the successes, the inevitable failures, and the rewards of a life eternally dedicated to jazz.
June 12: Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohn
Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington. From jazz standards such as “Mood Indigo” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” to his longer, more orchestral suites, to his leadership of the stellar big band he toured and performed with for decades after most big bands folded, Ellington represented a singular, path-breaking force in music over the course of a half-century. At the same time, as one of the most prominent black public figures in history, Ellington demonstrated leadership on questions of civil rights, equality, and America’s role in the world.
With Duke Ellington’s America, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington’s life and times, taking him from his youth in the black middle class enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of worldwide acclaim. Mining extensive archives, many never before available, plus new interviews with Ellington’s friends, family, band members, and business associates, Cohen illuminates his constantly evolving approach to composition, performance, and the music business—as well as issues of race, equality and religion. Ellington’s own voice, meanwhile, animates the book throughout, giving Duke Ellington’s America an intimacy and immediacy unmatched by any previous account.
By far the most thorough and nuanced portrait yet of this towering figure, Duke Ellington’s America highlights Ellington’s importance as a figure in American history as well as in American music.
Jazz St. Louis is proud to partner again with Left Bank Books for our book club. Most of the books discussed in the Jazz St. Louis Book Club are offered at a 20% discount through LBB, although not every book will beeligible for a discount. All books can be purchased at their Central West End Location or on the LBB website, http://www.left-bank.com/jazz-st-louis.
To RSVP, please contact the Jazz St. Louis Box Office at (314) 571-6000. You may also RSVP through jazzstl.org.
For more details, or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Education and Community Outreach, Phil Dunlap, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bosman Twins continue to mesmerize, dazzle and exhilarate audiences and this June their three-night Father’s Day weekend run is sure to bring the dazzle.
Masters of several woodwind instruments, the Emmy Award-winning duo are true ambassadors of music. Whether performing as a duo, with their quintet, or accompanying jazz greats, their renditions of jazz, R&B, funk, and gospel have gained them international notoriety.
What happens when the Adam Maness Trio teams up with St. Louis legend, Freddie Washington, to celebrate the music of John Coltrane? You get an evening that is sure to expand the harmonic bandwidth of music itself. Don't miss this one-night celebration of a man that single handedly shaped the art of jazz.
John Coltrane's legend is stone solid: planted firmly in our culture as that of any 20th century musical giant. sound continues to grab the ears of an ever-widening circle of fans. His legend is stone solid: planted firmly in our culture as that of any 20th century musical giant. His saxophone sound—brooding, searching, dark—is still one of the most recognizable in modern jazz. His influence stretches over styles and genres, and transcends cultural boundaries.
Combining two members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony and two of the city’s finest jazz musicians, The 442s are a genre-defying acoustic quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz. Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who plays piano, guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. This unique collaboration, formed in the Spring of 2012, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing and inventive improvisation, all while breaking down barriers between jazz, classical, folk and pop music. The 442s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities and collaborations. This search has taken them to venues and concert series throughout the Midwest, including Powell Symphony Hall.
St. Louis’s premier contemporary funk and soul jazz group, Good 4 the Soul, with the help of special guest keyboardist Reggie Thomas, will pay tribute to the founding fathers of R&B/Soul/Funk/Jazz fusion that rose to prominence in the 1970s. Keyboardists Joe Sample of The Crusaders and George Duke made lasting impressions on the history of jazz and popular music throughout their career. Join Good 4 the Soul and Reggie Thomas as they celebrate those sounds at Jazz St. Louis with the help of saxophonist Jason Swagler and other surprise guests!
Vocalist Erika Johnson returns to the Bistro stage, and this time she's put together a show like any other. After digging deep into the crates, Johnson put together a collection of Rolling Stones songs that will leave audiences hearing both Johhnson and the Stones like they've never been heard before.
Lamar Harris’s intensely creative sound soothes the ears with melodic, abstract melodies that leave audiences craving for more. The music forces the listener’s mind and soul inside the sounds, releasing their energy into a place of solitude and relaxation. Headnotic is Harris’s newest project, focusing on brand new, original compositions.
"The best musicians are the true storytellers. The people who need to sing in order to feel whole and treat lyrics like breaths of fresh air to the lungs of a dying soul. They climb on any stage and just play. Stage prep and theatrics are left at the door, and all you get is a story with a beautiful voice behind it. St. Louis musician Emily Wallace is one of those trusted storytellers." Dan Buffa, KSDK.
Singer/songwriter Emily Wallace has quickly become one of the most talked about performers in St. Louis. Together with her sister, she co-founded The Sleepy Rubies, whose opening performance at the 2016 LouFest is still garnering waves of acclaim. 2016 also saw Wallace write “South City,” a moving tribute to her beloved neighborhood that was hailed by the Riverfront Times as being “the anthem we’ve been waiting for.”
Soulful and swinging, one of St. Louis’s premier ladies of song, Anita Jackson, makes her return to the bistro, leading a two-night run. Jackson endears herself to audiences wherever she performs, leaving a lasting impact with her powerful voice and commanding stage presence.
with Tim Cunningham, Montez Coleman and John King
A Godfather of soul & groove based jazz, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.’s legacy is celebrated with an all-star show featuring saxophonist Tim Cunningham, bassist John King, keyboardist Pete Ruthenburg, guitarist Leland Crenshaw, and drummer Montez Coleman. You’ll hear this group nowhere else but at Jazz St. Louis!
Montez Coleman’s annual birthday gig features music from his debut release New Beginnings. The group encompasses everything from straight-ahead jazz to fusion, and features numerous original compositions of Coleman’s. An East St. Louis native and Belleville resident, Coleman has toured the world with some of the biggest names in jazz. A long time member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet, he has also worked with nationally recognized musicians like Rufus Reid, Russell Malone, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as local favorites Willie Akins and Erin Bode.
In a career that spans over three decades, Denise Thimes has truly been one of the most cherished voices of modern jazz, and for two-nights she'll fill the Bistro with the sounds of one of the greatest songstresses of our time, Roberta Flack. Flack's songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.
The Usual Suspects formed in 1998 as a traditional jazz trio with piano, bass and drums. Having been influenced by so many other styles of music, it was evident early on that "traditional" was not the word to describe the music. Since 2000, the Usual Suspects has been performing the eclectic types of music that have influenced the members of the group. The current line up of musicians' approach to tunes has always been from a unique and relevant perspective, and listeners are always found delighted and surprised by what they hear.
In a few short years, Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band have built their reputation as the hard-hitting, world-class, force-of-R-&-B-nature beyond comparison. People everywhere have done more than just take notice as this young-blooded crew has brought their searing, raw performances to stages from their hometown St. Louis, across the region, and beyond.
The band’s distinct brand of Soul music is a bit less “New York City” and much more “Mississippi River”. Their sound combines the loose, funky feel of New Orleans R&B along with the visceral power and intensity of East St. Louis’ own Ike & Tina Turner – and they bring it all right to ya with truly inspired original numbers by an undeniable, natural born artist, Al Holliday.
“A pianist originally from Havana, Harold López-Nussa has made his name as a small-group jazz dynamo, as both a bandleader and a sideman.” The New York Times
During Harold Lopez Nussa’s young career he has performed as a soloist at Cuba’s most important theatres. He has also performed with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano. He has played together with outstanding figures of Cuban traditional music and popular music, as well as with known jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, David Sánchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Bobby Carcassés, Elmer Ferrer and Alexander Brown.
Describing Brothers Lazaroff and the music they play is no easy task. Shapeshifting through endless configurations, the group floats across genres playing their catalog of original songs with a family of some of St. Louis’ finest musicians. The Brothers will augment their band for this weekend only with internationally renowned pianist Peter Martin.
As Daniel Hill, Music Editor at the Riverfront Times notes,”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.”