Reuben Rogers/Ulysses Owens, Jr./John Ellis
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Artist Residency Program Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, The Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation & Sandy
Artist Residency Performances Sponsored by American Family Insurance - Ted Wheeler Agency
Drummer, Ulysses Owens, Jr. returns to the bistro stage for this special two-night engagement. He is joined by venerable bassist, Reuben Rodgers and powerhouse saxophonist, John Ellis. This is a collaboration you won’t want to miss!
style: modern jazz
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"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 Amos Brewer, 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 Amos Brewer, 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.”