Upcoming Shows

SEP. 25-29
Joshua Redman

OCT. 1
FREE: An Evening w/ Benny Golson
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An Evening with Benny Golson
featuring Dr. Gerald Early and Benny Golson

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKES, PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Jazz saxophonist, Benny Golson, is one of the last remaining legends of the music. Of the 57 jazz musicians pictured in the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photograph, he is one of only two still living and at age 90, his playing is as fresh as ever. In this special event, Dr. Gerald Early interviews saxophone legend Benny Golson about his nearly 8-decade career, followed by a performance from the man that brought you jazz standards like Killer Joe, Whisper Not, and I Remember Clifford.

Tuesday, October 1
Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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OCT. 2-3
Peter Martin & Adam Maness Duo

OCT. 4-5
Abbey Road at 50 | Ryan Marquez & The People’s Key ft. Lola

OCT. 1

FREE: An Evening w/ Benny Golson

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An Evening with Benny Golson
featuring Dr. Gerald Early and Benny Golson

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKES, PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Jazz saxophonist, Benny Golson, is one of the last remaining legends of the music. Of the 57 jazz musicians pictured in the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photograph, he is one of only two still living and at age 90, his playing is as fresh as ever. In this special event, Dr. Gerald Early interviews saxophone legend Benny Golson about his nearly 8-decade career, followed by a performance from the man that brought you jazz standards like Killer Joe, Whisper Not, and I Remember Clifford.

Tuesday, October 1
Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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OCT. 8

Sophisticated Giant: The Life & Legacy of Dexter Gordon

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JAZZ ST. LOUIS BOOK CLUB
HOSTED BY DR. GERALD EARLY

Jazz St. Louis is proud to be able to continue its book club for the upcoming 2019-20 Jazz St. Louis season. This year’s club will focus on eight amazing books, ranging from histories and biographies, to autobiographies and novels (titles and dates below). Each book has been carefully selected by the book club’s facilitator, Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, Director of the Center for Humanities, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Washington University.

The Jazz St. Louis Book Club will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in Nancy’s Jazz Lounge at the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103.

The rules are simple. The 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. While we encourage everyone to participate each month, there is no requirement that you commit to read each book and attend all the club meetings.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS.

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OCT. 9

Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

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Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

featuring author, Maxine Gordon

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKES, PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his “solo” turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present..

Wednesday, October 9

7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

Schlafly Library Auditorium
225 North Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Cost: FREE

 


OCT. 16-17

Rachel Bay Jones

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In her new solo show, Rachel Bay Jones, 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in the Broadway smash musical Dear Evan Hansen, explores the music and stories that have shaped her life and career. Sharing adventures that have taken her from multiple Broadway successes to motherhood, Jones’ intimate yet soaring voice creates an incredibly compelling evening featuring music from Richard Rodgers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, storyteller and actress, Rachel was recently featured opposite Julia Roberts in the film Ben is Back.

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OCT. 18-19

Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most iconic voices in the history of modern music. Becoming the first African-American woman to win a Grammy award, she went on to garner 13 Grammy Awards in her career, selling more than 40-million records worldwide. Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald with an all-star band that you’ll only hear at the Bistro!

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NOV. 1-2

John Clayton, Jeff Coffin & Matt Wilson

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Dave Matthews Band saxophonist, Jeff Coffin, returns to Jazz St. Louis, joining bassist/composer John Clayton (Clayton/ Hamilton Jazz Orchestra) and drummer Matt Wilson (Arts and Crafts) for a swinging weekend that caps a week of education work in St. Louis. Equally amazing performers as they are educators, this powerhouse
trio is a rare weekend gathering not to be missed!

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NOV. 12

Playing Changes: Jazz For The New Century

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JAZZ ST. LOUIS BOOK CLUB
HOSTED BY DR. GERALD EARLY

Jazz St. Louis is proud to be able to continue its book club for the upcoming 2019-20 Jazz St. Louis season. This year’s club will focus on eight amazing books, ranging from histories and biographies, to autobiographies and novels (titles and dates below). Each book has been carefully selected by the book club’s facilitator, Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, Director of the Center for Humanities, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Washington University.

The Jazz St. Louis Book Club will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in Nancy’s Jazz Lounge at the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103.

The rules are simple. The 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. While we encourage everyone to participate each month, there is no requirement that you commit to read each book and attend all the club meetings.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF BOOKS.

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NOV. 13

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

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Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

featuring author, Nate Chinen

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

“Playing changes,” in jazz parlance, has long referred to an improviser’s resourceful path through a chord progression. Nate Chinen’s Playing Changes boldly expands on the idea, highlighting a host of real changes—ideological, technological, theoretical, and practical—that jazz musicians have learned to navigate since the turn of the century. Woven throughout the book is a vibrant cast of characters—from the saxophonists Steve Coleman and Kamasi Washington to the pianists Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer to the bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding—who have exerted an important influence on the scene. This is an adaptive new music for a complex new reality, and Playing Changes is the definitive guide.

Wednesday, November 13
Please note the location of this event.

Schlafly Library Auditoriaum
225 North Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
doors open at 6 pm, program to commence at 7 pm
Cost: FREE

NOV. 13-14

Ken Page

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Ken Page is an American actor and singer from St. Louis, and is best known as the voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. He has been seen on Broadway in The Wiz, Guys and Dolls, and the original Broadway casts of both Ain’t Misbehavin, and Cats. This Fall, Ken is developing an all-new show to celebrate his cabaret return at Jazz St. Louis.

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NOV. 15-16

Joey DeFrancesco with The Jazz STL Big Band

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As he’s made abundantly clear over the past 30 years, Joey DeFrancesco has plenty of soul. What most listeners probably haven’t spent much time pondering is that soul’s place in the universe. On his adventurous new album, In The Key Of The Universe, the master organist turns his musical attentions to his spiritual side, tapping into a strain of metaphysical jazz that’s fueled sonic searchers for more than half a century.

This special engagement features Joey performing the music from In The Key Of The Universe with the Jazz St.Louis Big Band.

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NOV. 29-30

Jeremy Davenport

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Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz St. Louis.

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DEC. 10-12

Jazz STL Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker

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Celebrate the Holidays with a special showcase of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite performed by the Jazz St.Louis Big Band. These jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, feature tunes like “Sugar Rum Cherry” (taking the place of “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy”) and “Peanut Brittle Brigade” (taking the place of the mundanely named “March”). Filling out each set will be Ellington/Strayhorn classics like “Take the A-Train,”“Cottontail,” “Koko,”“The Mooche,” and more, all played from the original charts.

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DEC. 13-14

A Very Manley Christmas

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Jim Manley is an explosive trumpet player whose forays into the musical stratosphere are exciting and unbelievable. In the past few years, Manley has branched out as a bandleader, composer/arranger, and clinician, maintaining a busy playing schedule with nearly 4,500 engagements in the last 15 years. For these special Jazz St. Louis shows, Manley has put together a screamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bring you Holiday cheer!

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DEC. 27-28

Good 4 the Soul

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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.

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JAN. 29-30

Lindsay Mendez

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Lindsay Mendez received a Tony Award for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in the 2018 hit Broadway revival of Carousel. In addition to her stage work Mendez is an eclectic, powerhouse singer whose versatility encompasses pop, jazz and the American Songbook. Her concert work includes appearances with Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City and the American Pops Orchestra. The Hollywood Reporter calls Mendez “a revelation” and The New York Times praises her work as “expertly crafted and beautifully sung.”

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JAN. 31-FEB. 1

Jazz at Lincoln Center Group

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New York and St. Louis team up for the return of one of our favorite residencies, featuring some of the amazing artist/ educators from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Saxophonist Camille Thurman, trumpeter Pharez Whitted, and bassist Endea Owens mark their debut at Jazz St. Louis, joining drummer, Steve Fidyk as he returns for his second education residency.

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FEB. 12

Bitches Brew at 50

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Bitches Brew at 50

featuring composer, critic and independent scholar, George Grella

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Of all of the trumpeter’s releases, none has elicited the lasting controversy of 1970’s double album Bitches Brew – a session that helped usher in a revolutionary period in jazz’s development, or as some saw it, signified its imminent demise. Composer, critic, and independent scholar George Grella (author of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series book on Bitches Brew) helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of this influential work by St. Louis’s Miles Davis, followed by a performance by Adam Maness and an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest musicians.

Wednesday, February 12

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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FEB. 13-15

Valentine’s w. Erin Bode

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The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Bode consistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincere performances—the perfect combination to celebrate this romantic holiday.

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MAR. 11

The Jazz War: Radio Nazism, and the Struggle for the Airwaves in WW2

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The Jazz War: Radio Nazism, and the Struggle for the Airwaves in WW2

featuring author, William Studdert

THIS EVENT IS PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE & AUTHOR SERIES

During World War II, jazz embodied everything that was appealing about a democratic society as envisioned by the Western Allied powers. Labeled ‘degenerate’ by Hitler’s cultural apparatus, jazz was adopted by the Allies to win the hearts and minds of the German public. It was also used by the Nazi Minister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, to deliver a message of Nazi cultural and military superiority. The Jazz Waris based on the largely unheard oral testimony of the personalities behind the German and British wartime radio broadcasts and chronicles the evolving relationship between jazz music and the Axis and Allied war efforts..

Wednesday, March 11
Please note the location of this event.

7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
1604 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Cost: FREE


MAR. 25-26

Billy Stritch sings Mel Torme

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After wowing audiences with his rich vocals and virtuosity on the keys during last season’s sold out shows with Christine Ebersole, Stritch returns to St. Louis to salute one of the greatest American singers of all time – the legendary Mel Torme. Torme was a virtuoso whose talents ranged from swing to scat to lush ballads and Stritch embodies all of those gifts along with his own brilliance at the piano. Featuring a trio of great musicians, Billy singing Mel is not to be missed!

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APR. 8

1959: The Year that Changed Jazz

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1959: The Year that Changed Jazz

featuring author, Ashley Kahn

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE & AUTHOR SERIES

The year 1959 was arguably the most creative year jazz had ever seen. As musicians began breaking away from BeBop and exploring new experimental forms, four albums were released that year that are now widely recognized as the most influential in history. Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’s Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come, represented new directions in music that influenced the course of jazz in every aspect. Author, Ashley Kahn, returns to Jazz St. Louis to explore this influential year in jazz, followed by an all-star performance, led by bassist Bob DeBoo.

Wednesday, April 8

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
doors open at 6pm, program to commence at 7 pm

COST: Free

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APR. 10-11

Bryan Carter, Roxy Coss, & Riley Mulherkar

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Lauded by Wynton Marsalis as a “rising jazz artist”, trumpeter Riley Mulherkar returns for his second residency, this time with tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss who was praised by All About Jazz for her “perfect balance of lyricism and intensity…”. Holding down the rhythm section is Bryan Carter, a graduate of the Julliard School, who is an alumnus of the bands of Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, and Kurt Elling.

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APR. 22-23

Veronica Swift

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At age 23, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music.

Veronica will record her next album for release this year, which will feature the great pianist Benny Green and his trio.

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MAY 6-7

Paulo Szot sings Sinatra & Jobim

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Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world having garnered international acclaim as

an opera singer, an award-winning musical theatre star, a consummate concert performer and an actor.

For a limited 2 night engagement only, and as part of his international tour, Jazz St. Louis audiences can prepare to swoon as the Tony Award winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific) lends his extraordinary voice to

a luxurious program with songs from his native Brazil, celebrating the music of Tom Jobim and Frank Sinatra during their magical encounter 50 years ago, along with a selection of the most romantic Broadway songs.

It’ll be some enchanted evening, for sure!

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MAY 20-21

Orrin Evans

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For more than two decades, Orrin Evans has made an art form of the unexpected. With more than 25 albums to his credit without ever relying on the support of a major label, Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist who’s made a habit of rattling the jazz world’s confining cages. That determination has paid off in accolades like topping the “Rising Star Pianist” category in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll.

As a daring pianist, Evans combines raw- edged vigor and left-field nuance into a sound wholly his own.

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