For more than 20 years, Jazz St. Louis has been the foremost presenter of jazz in St. Louis and throughout the region, as well as being a leader in preserving the legacy of this musical genre. Hundreds of local- and nationally-renowned musicians, such as Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr. and Al Jarreau, grace our stage each year as part of our performance season. Our recently renovated, state-of-the-art Ferring Jazz Bistro has earned praise from artists and patrons alike as one of the best listening rooms in the country…or as Bob Mintzer, multi-Grammy nominated saxophonist said, “Sonically, the best room on the planet!”

Year after year, Jazz St. Louis strives to be the leader in developing unique programming that engages youth and adults alike, and preserves the shared cultural heritage embodied in jazz music.


Jazz St. Louis was born in August 1995 when the late Barbara Rose (pictured) and Peter Bunce of Grand Center began a presenting jazz musicians of national and international fame in a small, intimate atmosphere. The new music series was called Jazz at the Bistro. Following her death in 1998, Gene Dobbs Bradford was chosen to lead the organization, and he began expanding the musical styles presented and began building the education and community programs that are now an integral part of the organization. In 2006, the name of the organization was changed from Jazz at the Bistro to Jazz St. Louis to better reflect our focus on performance, education and community engagement. In October 2014 following an $8 million capital campaign, the Bistro and the adjacent building were renovated as the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz.


Gene Dobbs Bradford
President & CEO

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Bob Bennett
Artistic Director / Director of Operations

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Larry Gregory
Operations Manager

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Travis Howser
Director of Marketing

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Hayveyah McGowan
Graphic Designer

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Dan Sheffield
Chief Financial Officer
Andy Ament
Director of Education

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Carlos Brown Jr.
Education Associate

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Stephanie L. Hemphill
Staff Accountant / Notary Public

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Bree Nicole Muehlbauer
Development Associate

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Katy Robertson
Director of Development

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Adam Stefo
Box Office Manager

Jazz St. Louis Executive Committee

Mr. Russell Jackson, Board Chair

Ms. Cary Hobbs, Vice Chair

Dr. Rita Numerof, Secretary

Mr. Russell Browning, Treasurer

Mr. L. William Higley, General Counsel

Marian Nunn, Immediate Past Chair

Mrs. Pam Trapp, Education & Community Advisory Chair

Ms. Ruth Lederman, Development Chair


Mr. Adam Berkowitz

Mr. Arthur Brigham

Dr. Gerald Early*

Mr. John Ferring

Mr. Gregory Glore

Mr. Eugene Harris

Ms. Jeannine Kalkwarf

Mr. Rob Kirkland

Mrs. Nancy Kranzberg*

Mr. Jim Nowicke

Mr. Glen Schuster

Mr. Robert Steward

Mr. John S. Wallach

Mr. Theodore Wheeler

Mr. Michael Williams

Mr. Rich Winter

* Denotes Emeritus Status


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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