Lea DeLaria

January 25-26


Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis - Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC

LEA DELARIA seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as ‘Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black’ in the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black.” However, DeLaria’s multi- faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician, has in fact, spanned decades.

Lea holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America which led to countless Television and Film roles portraying Police Lieutenants, PE Teachers and the Lesbian who inappropriately hits on straight women. Selected TV credits: “Broad City,” “Baroness Von Sketch,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Awkward,” “Clarence,” “Californication,” “The Oblongs,” “One Live to Live,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Will and Grace,” “Friends” & “Matlock.” Selected Film credits: Cars 3, Support The Girls, First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen.

She’s received Obie & Theater World Awards, and a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal as ‘Hildy’ in the Public Theatre’s revival of On The Town, an Ovation nomination for The Boys From Syracuse, and has played both Eddie & Dr. Scott in the gender-bending Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Show.

Lea was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Lea has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label and her book “Lea’s Book of Rules for the World” is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.

Her sixth record, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the Summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.

Upcoming Shows

FEB. 22 & 23
A Salute to Richard Henderson
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Swingin’ at the Bistro: A Salute to Richard Henderson


Montez Coleman, drums

Bob DeBoo, bass
Danny Campbell, trumpet
Peter Schlamb, vibraphone
Eric Slaughter, guitar
Kendrick Smith, saxophone
Matt Villinger, piano & keyboards
Adam Maness, piano & keyboards (Saturday, Feb. 23 ONLY)

In December of 2018, the jazz community lost Richard Henderson, a pillar for jazz for 8 decades. Henderson, the beloved Jazz Guru, never missed an opportunity to not only celebrate this music but to share it with others, especially young people. He made sure the history of the music was appreciated & kept alive. Henderson spent a lifetime sharing records, videos, photos, and stories with young musicians, providing inspiration and guidance to those looking to further carry the legacy of jazz. No matter the situation, he was always ready with a smile, an invitation to come join him in his incredibly hip world.  Jazz St. Louis brings together some of Henderson’s favorite St. Louis based performers for an all-star weekend of swing in remembrance of a dear friend.


FEB. 24
Juice Box Jazz
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Juice Box Jazz is a three-part series that will have the whole family learning and loving what jazz music is all about. Each session will celebrate different styles of jazz through an engaging program lead by national and local musicians. Sessions also include juice boxes and snacks, jazz-inspired arts & crafts, and yoga to get your little ones up and moving. The dress is casual. This is a must-do activity for those weekend winter afternoons!


FEB 27 - MAR 3
Anat Cohen Quartet

MAR 6 & 7
Marilyn Maye : It’s Better with a Big Band
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Marilyn Maye : It’s Better with a Big Band

Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC
Lead Sponsor Steward Family Foundation
Co-Sponsored by Brenda Mainer & Bob Wetzel

Marilyn Maye is at the top of her game. After thrilling audiences last season she returns with a 17-piece Big Band in a show she recently premiered to raves at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A veteran of 76 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, the Grammy- nominated Maye has recordings in the Smithsonian, was one of Ella Fitzgerald’s favorite singers and is currently the toast of New York’s top nightclubs. Marilyn and her Big Band are guaranteed to blow the roof off of the place.



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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