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Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series | Harlem’s Renaissance

By | 2017-12-27T18:06:35+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

During the Harlem Renaissance, jazz was the soundtrack of daily life during a time when black Americans were exploring what it meant to be both black and American. From Duke Ellington and Fats Waller to Fletcher Henderson, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, music permeated every aspect of existence. Compositions like Cotton Club Stomp, Harlem Airshaft, [...]

Allison Miller, Riley Mulherkar, & Chad Lefkowitz-Brown

By | 2017-12-19T17:49:50+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Capping off a week of teaching in area schools, this exciting group of dynamic musical leaders come together in a one-of-a-kind performance you’ll only find at the Ferring Jazz Bistro! Known for her original compositions and razor-sharp precision, drummer Allison Miller brings a contemporary vibe with all the history of Art Blakey and Max Roach. Trumpeter [...]

Ken Page

By | 2017-12-27T18:06:27+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Ken Page is an American actor and singer from St. Louis, and is best known as the voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. He has been seen on Broadway in The Wiz, Guys and Dolls, and the original Broadway casts of both Ain't Misbehavin, and Cats.  This Spring, Ken is developing an all-new show to celebrate his cabaret [...]

The Baylor Project

By | 2017-12-19T17:26:04+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

A husband. A wife. An astonishing debut. Marcus and Jean Baylor’s highly anticipated collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As you listen to The Baylor Project, you will be taken on an eclectic musical journey that showcases as much versatility as it does virtuosity. Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized [...]

Denise Thimes

By | 2017-12-27T18:05:33+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|

In a career that spans over three decades, Denise Thimes has truly been one of the most cherished voices of modern jazz. With a number of distinguished gigs across the country and overseas, the rising first lady of jazz in unquestionably on the brink of certain stardom. As jazz aficionado Phoebe Jacobs stated following another famed [...]

Brian Owens

By | 2017-12-27T18:05:23+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Brian Owens has crafted two distinctly different performances for his Jazz St. Louis return. On Wednesday, March 21st, Owens revisits his jazz repertoire for the first time in many years, with the Adam Maness Trio. On Thursday, March 22nd, Owens is joined by his working band, The Deacons of Soul, celebrating his newest release, The Soul of Cash, [...]

Melissa Aldana Quartet

By | 2017-12-15T15:36:21+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

At 24, Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana seemed to come out of nowhere to win the prestigious, hotly contested 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition. Born in Santiago, Chile she was a teenage standout on the Chilean jazz scene when an encounter with Danilo Perez left the pianist so impressed he recruited her for Berklee College of Music. [...]

Funky Butt Brass Band & Friends

By | 2017-12-27T18:04:28+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

This time...they're bringing some friends along.  Winners of 6 consecutive RFT Music Awards (Best Funk/Soul band), the Funky Butt Brass Band features some of the most talented St. Louis musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition, while giving the music a twist in the style of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass [...]

Marilyn Maye

By | 2017-12-15T15:35:55+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Marilyn Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, Grammy nominated recording artist, and musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance. The award-winning Ms. Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson—the record for a singer. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came [...]

Sean Jones Quartet

By | 2017-12-15T15:35:32+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Sean Jones returns to celebrate his new album, Live from Jazz at the Bistro, recorded here in December 2015. Jones has quickly established himself as one of the most outstanding and innovative trumpeters and composers on today’s scene. Apprenticing with such legendary figures as Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson, he also served as lead trumpeter with [...]