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

APR 24-28
Pedrito Martinez Group

MAY 1 & 2
Arturo O’Farrill

MAY 3 & 4
Celebrating Stevie Wonder w/ Brian Owens, the Adam Maness Trio, & Adaron “Pops” Jackson

MAY. 5
Swing For The Scholars
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Swing For The Scholars is a special concert event featuring performances, premier food and beverage, and a silent auction. All net proceeds raised from this event go directly to our three scholarship programs awarded each year to young student musicians who show leadership skills and mastery of their instruments. Past scholarship recipients have gone on to prestigious institutions such as Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.

DATE: MAY 5, 2019

HOURS: Doors at 5 pm | Event starts at 6 pm

PERFORMANCES BY: JazzU students, Good 4 the Soul, Route 66 Alumni Band, and special guests including Bob Deboo, Eric Slaughter, Adam Maness, Montez Coleman, Ben Reece, Anita Jackson and the Funky Butt Horns

TICKETS: GA $25 | VIP $100


Art Harper “Jazz Forever” Scholarship
Richard McDonnell Memorial Scholarship
Tom McMahon “Jazz Lives” Scholarship



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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