Youth Concerts


Held at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, the Jazz St. Louis Youth Concerts featuring JazzReach and Metta Quintet provide schools the opportunity to bring their students, free of charge, to exciting, interactive, and informative concert presentations about jazz music. Transportation subsidies provided by Jazz St. Louis ensure that every school has the opportunity to take part in the Youth Concert program.

Photos from past Youth Concerts can be seen here.

2016 Youth Concert Programs:

Miles Davis and the Blue Flame Incident

September 26, 2016 at 9 a.m. | Ideal for grades 6-12

Targeting students in grades 6-12, this exciting, all-new live multi-media program celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of the iconic trumpeter, bandleader and cultural provocateur, Miles Davis. The program traverses Davis’ extensive career and features music from some of his most creatively fertile periods of his career, including his controversial divergence into electric music in the late 1960’s.

Using both, jazz history and 20th century American history as a backdrop, Miles Davis and the Blue Flame Incident (which alludes to one of Davis’ earliest childhood memories) will engage, inform and enlighten student audiences about one of the most compelling, infinitely creative and trailblazing artists the world has ever known.


September 26 and 27, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. | Ideal for grades 3-6

*The Sept. 27th performance of Ellington! is full. Please select the Sept. 26 show.*

Targeting young audiences in grades 3-6, ELLINGTON! is a highly engaging, interactive live multi-media educational program that aims to illuminate the rich, vital legacy of the great American composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington.

One of the most prolific, celebrated musicians in music history, Duke Ellington’s canon comprises a timeless, highly personal aural account of both, the human condition and African-American experience of the 20th century. Through the creative integration of live music, captivating video projections, live narration and numerous audience-particiation segments, JazzReach’s ELLINGTON! introduces new generations to a wide variety of Duke’s broad array of musical achievements, from hit songs to blues riffs to extended suites and scores for stage and screen.

Stolen Moments: The First 100 Years of Jazz

September 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. | Ideal for grades 6-12

Stolen Moments is a thoroughly captivating and informative program that introduces audiences to jazz music’s rich history and to the names, faces and music of some of its many masters.

On a broader level, Stolen Moments also highlights the interplay between the jazz movement and the evolution of American culture throughout the 20th Century, emphasizing the ways in which jazz has acted as a unifying force, bridging cultural, ethnic and economic differences; stimulated cultural fusions and new stylistic idioms; exemplified democratic ideals; and influenced other genres of music, both in the U.S. and abroad.

*The Sept. 27th performance of Ellington! is full. Please select the Sept. 26 show.*

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Admission to these concerts is free. Questions can be directed to Andy Ament at or 314.881.3093.

Teachers interested in transportation reimbursement should contact Andy Ament at or 314.881.3093.


The Jazz St. Louis Youth Concerts address the following state and national education standards:

National Music Education: 6-9

Missouri Show-Me Standards: FA 1-5, CA 5-7 & SS 2, 5-6

Illinois Learning: 25A, B; 27A, B


Presented by Jazz St. Louis in partnership with JazzReach, a nationally recognized, New York City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, creation, teaching, and performance of jazz music.


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