Robert Glasper

Dec 12-16

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In 2003, Robert Glasper released his debut album Mood on Fresh Sound Records. Blue Note signed Glasper soon afterand released his label debut Canvas (2005), followed by In My Element (2007) and Double-Booked (2009) – his first Grammy-nominated effort which juxtaposed his acoustic Trio with the electric Experiment band. While those albums were primarily rooted in jazz, he made certain to sprinkle his other musical influences into the stew. But in 2012, he decided it was time to serve the full main course. Glasper’s Black Radio was released that year to a maelstrom of critical acclaim. Featuring the likes of Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Meshell Ndegeocello, and yasiin bey, the album was cultivated via a series of jam sessions with artists from varying genres whom Glasper formed alliances with during his time in the music industry. In 2013, Glasper releases his sixth studio album Black Radio 2 further exemplifying Glasper’s remarkable skill as a producer and musician adept at extracting a truly extraordinary side of his guests’ acclaimed talents, irrespective of differences in genre. In 2015, Glasper returned to his trio (with Chris Dave and Vicente Archer) and released the album Covered with covers of songs from Radiohead to Joni Mitchell.


"Robert Glasper heads down the fraught path of hip-hop jazz and gets it right… it feels like a blueprint forward."

"Robert Glasper is electrifying a music genre."

"Angling toward something new that makes use of an older model. It points to an ideal that’s organic, complex, more or less pop, more or less contemporary, and black-identified."

Upcoming Shows

MAY 31 - JUN. 1
JazzU w. Antonio Hart
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JazzU is a fun, hands-on learning experience that brings together talented middle and high school musicians for small jazz combo instruction on a weekly basis. This year’s show features the top two performing ensembles in the JazzU program, which includes the premier group, the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars. Special guest artist, saxophonist Antonio Hart, will be leading clinics with the two groups prior to performing with them during these concerts.

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Jun 5-9
Matthew Whitaker: This show replaces the Oct. engagement of Dr. Lonnie Smith

JUNE 14 - 16
Father’s Day with The Bosman Twins
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The Bosman Twins continue to mesmerize, dazzle and exhilarate audiences and this June their three-night Father’s Day weekend run is sure to bring the dazzle. Masters of several woodwind instruments, the Emmy Award-winning duo are true ambassadors of music. Whether performing as a duo, with their quintet, or accompanying jazz greats, their renditions of jazz, R&B, funk, and gospel have gained them international notoriety.


JUN. 20
Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
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The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of “Big Band” jazz through performance, education, and community involvement. Founded in 1969 by Dr. Ron Stillwell as the Meramec Jazz Lab Band, Route 66 Jazz continues to act as jazz ambassadors for the community.


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MISSION

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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