East St. Louis raised Russell Gunn turns the clock back to salute Miles Davis’s legendary stint at San Francisco’s famed Blackhawk club. For these performances, Gunn’s quintet features legendary drummer and Miles Davis alumni Jimmy Cobb, who performed the original run with Davis in 1961. Gunn continues to broaden his musical landscape in a career that [...]
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 [...]
Celebrate fusion at its finest with Weather Forever! Zeb Briskovich (bass), Montez Coleman (drums), Adaron “Pops” Jackson (keys), Eric Slaughter (guitar), and Jason Swagler (sax), make up this all-star band created to pay tribute to legendary fusion groups Weather Report and Return to Forever.
Jim Widner, former bassist with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco, is celebrating his 30th anniversary as leader of the Jim Widner Big Band and his summer jazz camps. Widner is a Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he directs the UMSL [...]
While many are likely familiar with Otto Preminger’s 1959 courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder, many do not know that the original score was composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. In the particular case of Anatomy of a Murder, Ellington composed many great pieces of music, yet in the more than three-hour movie, barely 25 [...]
One of St. Louis’s favorites and a giant of soul and groove based jazz, Houston Person’s velvet-toned saxophone has enamored jazz lovers since the 1960’s. Throughout his prolific career, Person has remained a symbol of constant swing and good times. He embraces the Great American Songbook and the blues, a foundation on which he has built [...]
For nearly a decade, the JazzU program has identified the top middle and high school jazz talent in the St. Louis area and focused on teaching improvisation in a small-group setting. The JazzU Big Band is Jazz St. Louis’s first foray into creating an all-star student big band, which returns to Ferring Jazz Bistro stage on [...]
Making their debut appearance at the Ferring Jazz Bistro, drummer and singer Sammy Miller leads his band, The Congregation, as they cap off their education residency week in grand style. This six member, feel-good group will have you swingin’, stompin’, and groovin’ to the music of New Orleans and the golden age of jazz.