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Read this Beautiful Letter from the Publisher of Sophisticated Living Magazine

Devin Rodino

This is my favorite time of year. Sunny afternoons, cool nights, the smell of burning leaves, new wine vintages, hearty fall meals, and before long, the holidays.

This year, the fall harvest season has additional meaning for me. St. Louis is reaping the rewards of our investments in jazz music that …

Jazz St. Louis Announces Grand Center Expansion, Launches $10M Campaign

Jazz St. Louis Announces Grand Center Expansion, Launches $10M Campaign

By Alex Ihnen via NextSTL.comMay 13, 2014












Today Jazz St. Louis launched the public phase of a $10M campaign to reimagine and expand the jazz experience in St. Louis’ Grand Center arts district. With commitments of $5.8M to-date, work …

Wells Fargo Advisors Makes $100,000 Gift to Jazz St. Louis for Third Consecutive Season

Devin Rodino

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce Wells Fargo Advisors will serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2013-14 Jazz at the Bistro Season.  Wells Fargo Advisors’ $100,000 contribution marks the third year the company has made a leadership …

RFT Best Jazz Club 2012-Jazz at the Bistro

RFT Best Jazz Club 2012-Jazz at the Bistro

Riverfront Times onlineThe principal venue of not-for-profit presenter Jazz St. Louis, Jazz at the Bistro shows up on just about every list of best jazz clubs compiled anywhere, from USA Today to the …

Top Places for Rekindling Romance in St. Louis

cbslocal.comAugust 31, 2012If you and your partner miss those fun concerts of your dating days, bring them back from the backseat. St. Louis offers a wide variety of musical venues featuring all kinds of talented artists, but nothing beats the unique …

Terence Blanchard: Composing Opera with Jazz Harmonics

In Performing Arts By Terry Perkins, special to the Beacon 7:12 am on Fri, 09.28.12 The buzz at the opening of …

Jazz guitarist John Scofield says trio is the way to go

by Calvin Wilson September 28, 2012 Throughout his career, jazz guitarist John Scofield has performed in a wide range of contexts, from his days in trumpeter Miles Davis’ fusion band …

Concert review: Terence Blanchard pushes ahead at Jazz at the Bistro, Wednesday, September 19

       [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="270" caption="photo by Wil Wander"][/caption]  by Wil Wander September 21, 2012 Terence Blanchard is always moving forward in his career. His acclaim has blossomed to …

Jazzy Marcus Miller is a real ‘Renaissance’ man

by Kevin Johnson September 7, 2012 It was only a matter of time before multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Marcus Miller released an album titled “Renaissance.” The Grammy winner and renowned …

Jazz Opera

May 16, 2012 News from Opera Theatre

Five-Time Grammy Award-Winning Composer Terence Blanchard and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Michael Cristofer to Premiere New Opera at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

“Champion,” a co-commission with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis, will receive world premiere June 15 – 30, 2013. …

Jazz St. Louis’ upcoming season includes Herbie Hancock, Take 6, Jeff Lorber

by Kevin C. Johnson May 13, 2011 Jazz music fans probably thought Jazz St. Louis really outdid itself during its 2010-2011 season that included Al Jarreau, Sonny Rollins, David Sanborn and Stanley Clarke. Turns out they were just warming up. Herbie …

Regina Carter brings world music to jazz

by Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch and October 29, 2010 Jazz violinist Regina Carter has long been fascinated with sounds from other lands. That led to her latest album, “Reverse Thread,” which focuses on the folkloric music …

JSL Receives 2011 Missouri Arts Award

State Recognizes Leading Jazz Organization in St. Louis; One of the Nation’s Great Jazz Cities Arts organization Jazz St. Louis has received a 2011 Missouri Arts Award from the Missouri Arts Council.   Established in 1983, the award honors individuals and arts organizations that have …

Sanborn at his best at Jazz at the Bistro show

by Calvin Wilson 8/17/10 Jazz has always been at the heart of David Sanborn’s sound. But in recent years, the alto saxophonist has downplayed the pop and funk influences that brought him commercial success, focusing instead on a blend of jazz and R&B that recalls …

David Sanborn at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis

by Terry Perkins 8/20/10   These days, it’s a rarity to catch David Sanborn in concert at an intimate jazz club. But that’s exactly what happened at Jazz at the Bistro on August 16 and 17th when the 65-year-old alto …

Only thing traditional about this trio is St. Louis gigs

By Daniel Durchholz

As the Bad Plus prepares to return to Jazz at the Bistro next week, drummer David King says the progressive jazz trio is starting to think of the annual January gigs as something of a tradition.

“I think this is our fourth year,” King says from …

The Bad Plus offers jazzy, unpredictable show

By Matthew Fernandes

Blizzard, schmizzard. Bee Gees, Schmee Gees.

As the city outside got pummeled with snow, progressive trio the Bad Plus opened its four-night stint at Jazz at the Bistro Wednesday with a set of modern jazz that was at turns charming and wildly exhilarating.

Lacking the vocalist the group …

Challenging things come in threes for inventive pianist

By Calvin Wilson ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH  01/17/2010 If you’re into the same old jazz, Vijay Iyer might not be for you. Not that the pianist avoids jazz and pop standards; his well-regarded trio album last year, “Historicity,” includes one of the most cherished tunes in the Great American …

Branford Marsalis brings imaginative jazz to the Touhill

By Calvin Wilson POST-DISPATCH 02/14/2010 Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis isn’t the kind of artist who panders to an audience. When he ventures onto a stage, what you hear is what you get. And Friday evening at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, that meant an …

‘Real Kenny G’ rides into town on melody

By Calvin Wilson
October 18, 2009

As the Sonny Rollins concert last month demonstrated, jazz still has cultural significance. Indeed, the saxophonist put on an energetic, imaginative show for more than 1,500 fans at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.

But the performance, presented by Jazz St. Louis, raised …

Sonny Rollins leads divine jazz set at Touhill

By K. Curtis Lyle For The St. Louis American
Thursday, September 24, 2009

“If General George Armstrong Custer had been listening to Sonny Rollins when he went down at the Little Big Horn he would have died happy.”

That’s what I would have titled the first tune that the legendary saxophone colossus …

Review: Sonny Rollins repeatedly brought Touhill crowd to its feet

By Harper Barnes, Beacon Contributor
St. Louis Beacon
September 21, 2009

More than half a century of jazz history was on vivid display Saturday (Sept 19) as tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and his superb quintet played almost two hours of hard bop, calypso, blues and ballads for an adoring crowd of …

Jazzman Sonny Rollins is a hit at the Touhill

By Calvin Wilson
September 21, 2009

Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins has a reputation for performances of transcendent artistry, and he lived up to it Saturday evening at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Leading a sextet through a program that included jazz standards and original tunes, Rollins kept an audience …

OTSL, SLSO among local groups getting NEA grants

By Sarah Bryan Miller
Post-Dispatch Classical Music, July 7, 2009

Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra are among the local arts groups which will each receive $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grants are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and intended …

Gene Dobbs Bradford

St. Louis Business Journal – by Rick Desloge
Friday, May 29, 2009

Gene Dobbs Bradford tripled the budget at Jazz St. Louis since he took over as executive director of the nonprofit a decade ago, growing it to $1.2 million last year.

Bradford is holding his breath for 2009 funding, …

10 great places to get jazzed about great jazz

USA Today, February 15, 2007

Swing your way through Black History Month with jazz. Rooted in African folk music traditions and the American soil, jazz was invented in the USA. Trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis shares his picks of top jazz clubs with Kathy Baruffi for USA TODAY. Marsalis is artistic director …

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