MAY 31 - JUN. 1
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. This year’s show features 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.
JUNE 14 - 16
Father’s Day with The Bosman Twins
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.
Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of “Big Band” jazz through performance, education, and community involvement. Founded in 1969 by Dr. Ron Stillwell as the Meramec Jazz Lab Band, Route 66 Jazz continues to act as jazz ambassadors for the community.
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 our region’s best voices.
JUN. 15, 19, 21, 23, 27 & 29
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s 2019 world premiere Fire Shut Up in My Bones, was co-commissioned by Jazz St. Louis.
One moment can change everything. When Charles discovers that his cousin has returned to his Louisiana hometown, he races home from college to confront his past. Memories and shadows surround Charles as he strives to move beyond a cycle of violence and forge a brave new path. Terence Blanchard, composer of OTSL’s sold-out hit Champion, teams up with screenwriter Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) for a haunting, powerful, and tender coming-of-age story inspired by a memoir celebrated as “stunning” (Essence), “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), and “exquisite” (The New York Times).
Run time is 2 hours and 25 minutes with one intermission
All run times are approximate and subject to change.
JUL. 12 - 13
Carlos Brown, Jr. & Ingenuity
Saxophonist and producer Carlos “Scooter” Brown Jr. is an East St Louis native and a Jazz U (Jazz St Louis) Alum as well as Northern Illinois University. Today, he currently serves as the program director for Jazz St Louis’ program “Jazz Academy”. He also serves as a member of “The Dirty Muggs”. Brown and his newly developed creative collective, “Ingenuity” isn’t defined by one genre. It’s something that he calls “Life Music” that helps to reach the masses. “It’s what we feel that the people need in that moment”, Brown says. His debut project entitled “Growth” is a culmination of sounds and waves of emotion that has helped this musician. If you enjoy Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and KING, “Ingenuity” will be perfect for your musical tastes.
JUL. 19 - 20
Celebrating George Benson
Good 4 The Soul
This explosive four-piece outfit—led by John King on bass, with James Jackson on drums, Shaun Robinson on guitar, and Adaron “Pops” Jackson on keys—draws upon jazz, funk, fusion, gospel, and R&B repertoires to deliver a powerful and unapologetic sound that excites and thrills audiences. When this band hits the stage, there are no boundaries. The only guarantee is a night of world-class music that is Good 4 the Soul.
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.
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.”
Emily Wallace w/ The Adam Maness Trio
Funky Butt Brass Band
Funky Butt Brass Band & Friends
Funky Butt Brass Band’s shows at Jazz St. Louis have become legendary, as the band uses the opportunity to put together performances featuring new material, their extended family, and a few very special guests. Past shows have included guests such as vocalists Anita Jackson, Roland Johnson, Al Holliday and Emily Wallace, guitarist Jimmy Griffin, keyboardist Dave Grelle, percussionist Matt Henry, and saxophonist Derick Tramel. When the most explosive band in St. Louis is joined by a plethora of talented friends, it’s all we can do to keep the doors on their hinges!
Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education and community engagement.