Upcoming Shows

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. 18-22
Nate Smith + KINFOLK

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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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

Norm Lewis

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“One of the most reliably impressive voices on Broadway”  – The New York Times
Norm Lewis, seen as Caiaphas in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar opposite John Legend, received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award nominations as Porgy in the 2012 revival of Gershwin’s classic Porgy and Bess opposite Audra MacDonald, In 2014 he made history and earned rave reviews when he joined Broadway’s longest running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, becoming the first ever African-American actor to play the title role of the Phantom on Broadway. The New York Times said of his performance of Music of the Night, the Phantom’s signature song: “his lustrous voice comes booming down from the heavens”
 
Other recent credits include Harold Hill in The Music Man at The Kennedy Center, the hit Broadway revival of Once On This Island,  Lewis has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the country including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is also a favorite at The Muny having played Javert in Les Miserables at St. Louis’ outdoor theater. His television credits include Chicago Med, Gotham, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, as well as in his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal. 
Sponsored by Jackson Advocates, LLC
Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
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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
Livestream Event

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
Livestream Event

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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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.

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