The Bad Plus

January 8-12

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Sponsored by: The Kent & Jeannine Kalkwarf Charitable Foundation

Since its outset, iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call “avant-garde populism”, their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this “audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio” (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.

2018 heralded a new and exciting chapter for the band consisting of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano) — a group of passionate collaborators with no single “leader.” Never Stop II is the first full-length release from this lineup, comprised entirely of original music with each member contributing fresh compositions. The New York Times calls it “an exhilarating document” that sparks an exciting new journey for the iconic group. The BBC summed up the band best when they said, “from album to album, The Bad Plus continues to evolve and improve.” They will never stop doing just that.


"A combustible trio with a book of finely orchestrated, catchy original tunes, and a knack for radically reconstituted pop covers."

"By any standard, jazz or otherwise, it is moving, mighty music…bad to the bone, hot players with hard-rock hearts."

"One of the great, true groups in jazz of the past 25 years."

Upcoming Shows

DEC. 10-12
Jazz STL Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker
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Celebrate the Holidays with a special showcase of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite performed by the Jazz St.Louis Big Band. These jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, feature tunes like “Sugar Rum Cherry” (taking the place of “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy”) and “Peanut Brittle Brigade” (taking the place of the mundanely named “March”). Filling out each set will be Ellington/Strayhorn classics like “Take the A-Train,”“Cottontail,” “Koko,”“The Mooche,” and more, all played from the original charts.

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DEC. 13-14
A Very Manley Christmas
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Jim Manley is an explosive trumpet player whose forays into the musical stratosphere are exciting and unbelievable. In the past few years, Manley has branched out as a bandleader, composer/arranger, and clinician, maintaining a busy playing schedule with nearly 4,500 engagements in the last 15 years. For these special Jazz St. Louis shows, Manley has put together a screamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bring you Holiday cheer!

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DEC. 18-22
Nate Smith + KINFOLK

DEC. 27-28
Good 4 the Soul
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This explosive four-piece outfit—led by John King on bass, with James Jackson on drums, Shaun Robinson on guitar, and Adaron“Pops”- Jackson on keys draws upon jazz, funk, fusion, gospel, and R&B repertoires to deliver a powerful and unapologetic sound that excites and thrills audiences. When this band hits the stage, there are no boundaries. The only guarantee is a night of world-class music that is Good 4 the Soul.

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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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