Janet Evra

April 24 & 25

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From Gloucester, England, Janet Evra is a vocalist, bassist, composer, and songwriter based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Evra blends traditional bossa nova, samba, and latin jazz with modern influences and an indie twist to produce fresh, lush, original music. Evra sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Evra performs across the USA and Europe, from the Deva Jazz Festival in Romania to Sofar shows in Uppsala, Sweden and Zurich, Switzerland. A 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Evra performs monthly at The Dark Room and regularly on premier St. Louis stages including The Grandel, The Sheldon, The .ZACK Theater, The National Blues Museum, and Old Rock House. Evra performs annually at the St. Louis Art Fair and Edwardsville Art Fair.

Ask Her to Dance, Evra’s debut album, features her original music and received critical acclaim in upon its 2018 release. Joining Evra are Adam Maness on piano, Will Buchanan on guitar, and Montez Coleman on drums, among others. The album is played on St. Louis radio stations 88.1 KDHX, 88.7 The Sound, and 90.7 St. Louis Public Radio.

Evra also performs at music and art festivals and private events.


""Janet Evra's arrival brought a breath of fresh air to the St. Louis jazz scene.""

""She has range, grace, and style... the voice of an angel. Oh, this could be heaven.""

""Each player is in top form, while Evra's every vocal phrase seems to be punctuated with a smile." "

Upcoming Shows

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. 15-19
Harold López-Nussa

APR 21
Bach, Blues, and Bernstein

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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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