Upcoming Shows

JAN. 29-30
Norm Lewis

JAN. 31-FEB. 1
Jazz at Lincoln Center Group
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New York and St. Louis team up for the return of one of our favorite residencies, featuring some of the amazing artist/ educators from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Saxophonist Camille Thurman, trumpeter Pharez Whitted, and bassist Endea Owens mark their debut at Jazz St. Louis, joining drummer, Steve Fidyk as he returns for his second education residency.

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FEB. 5-9
Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Standards Trio

FEB. 12
Bitches Brew at 50
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Bitches Brew at 50

featuring composer, critic and independent scholar, George Grella

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Of all of the trumpeter’s releases, none has elicited the lasting controversy of 1970’s double album Bitches Brew – a session that helped usher in a revolutionary period in jazz’s development, or as some saw it, signified its imminent demise. Composer, critic, and independent scholar George Grella (author of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series book on Bitches Brew) helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of this influential work by St. Louis’s Miles Davis, followed by a performance by Adam Maness and an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest musicians.

Wednesday, February 12

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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JAN. 31-FEB. 1

Jazz at Lincoln Center Group

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New York and St. Louis team up for the return of one of our favorite residencies, featuring some of the amazing artist/ educators from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Saxophonist Camille Thurman, trumpeter Pharez Whitted, and bassist Endea Owens mark their debut at Jazz St. Louis, joining drummer, Steve Fidyk as he returns for his second education residency.

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FEB. 12
Livestream Event

Bitches Brew at 50

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Bitches Brew at 50

featuring composer, critic and independent scholar, George Grella

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE AND AUTHOR SERIES

Of all of the trumpeter’s releases, none has elicited the lasting controversy of 1970’s double album Bitches Brew – a session that helped usher in a revolutionary period in jazz’s development, or as some saw it, signified its imminent demise. Composer, critic, and independent scholar George Grella (author of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series book on Bitches Brew) helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of this influential work by St. Louis’s Miles Davis, followed by a performance by Adam Maness and an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest musicians.

Wednesday, February 12

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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FEB. 13-15

Valentine’s w. Erin Bode

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The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Bode consistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincere performances—the perfect combination to celebrate this romantic holiday.

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MAR. 11

The Jazz War: Radio Nazism, and the Struggle for the Airwaves in WW2

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The Jazz War: Radio Nazism, and the Struggle for the Airwaves in WW2

featuring author, William Studdert

THIS EVENT IS PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE & AUTHOR SERIES

During World War II, jazz embodied everything that was appealing about a democratic society as envisioned by the Western Allied powers. Labeled ‘degenerate’ by Hitler’s cultural apparatus, jazz was adopted by the Allies to win the hearts and minds of the German public. It was also used by the Nazi Minister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, to deliver a message of Nazi cultural and military superiority. The Jazz Waris based on the largely unheard oral testimony of the personalities behind the German and British wartime radio broadcasts and chronicles the evolving relationship between jazz music and the Axis and Allied war efforts..

Wednesday, March 11
Please note the location of this event.

7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
1604 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Cost: FREE


MAR. 25-26

Billy Stritch sings Mel Torme

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After wowing audiences with his rich vocals and virtuosity on the keys during last season’s sold out shows with Christine Ebersole, Stritch returns to St. Louis to salute one of the greatest American singers of all time – the legendary Mel Torme. Torme was a virtuoso whose talents ranged from swing to scat to lush ballads and Stritch embodies all of those gifts along with his own brilliance at the piano. Featuring a trio of great musicians, Billy singing Mel is not to be missed!

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APR. 8

1959: The Year that Changed Jazz

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1959: The Year that Changed Jazz

featuring author, Ashley Kahn

THIS EVENT IS A PART OF OUR WHITAKER JAZZ SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE & AUTHOR SERIES

The year 1959 was arguably the most creative year jazz had ever seen. As musicians began breaking away from BeBop and exploring new experimental forms, four albums were released that year that are now widely recognized as the most influential in history. Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’s Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come, represented new directions in music that influenced the course of jazz in every aspect. Author, Ashley Kahn, returns to Jazz St. Louis to explore this influential year in jazz, followed by an all-star performance, led by bassist Bob DeBoo.

Wednesday, April 8

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
doors open at 6pm, program to commence at 7 pm

COST: Free

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APR. 10-11

Bryan Carter, Roxy Coss, & Riley Mulherkar

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Lauded by Wynton Marsalis as a “rising jazz artist”, trumpeter Riley Mulherkar returns for his second residency, this time with tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss who was praised by All About Jazz for her “perfect balance of lyricism and intensity…”. Holding down the rhythm section is Bryan Carter, a graduate of the Julliard School, who is an alumnus of the bands of Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, and Kurt Elling.

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APR. 22-23

Veronica Swift

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At age 23, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music.

Veronica will record her next album for release this year, which will feature the great pianist Benny Green and his trio.

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MAY 6-7
Livestream Event

Paulo Szot sings Sinatra & Jobim

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Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world having garnered international acclaim as

an opera singer, an award-winning musical theatre star, a consummate concert performer and an actor.

For a limited 2 night engagement only, and as part of his international tour, Jazz St. Louis audiences can prepare to swoon as the Tony Award winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific) lends his extraordinary voice to

a luxurious program with songs from his native Brazil, celebrating the music of Tom Jobim and Frank Sinatra during their magical encounter 50 years ago, along with a selection of the most romantic Broadway songs.

It’ll be some enchanted evening, for sure!

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MAY 20-21

Orrin Evans

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For more than two decades, Orrin Evans has made an art form of the unexpected. With more than 25 albums to his credit without ever relying on the support of a major label, Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist who’s made a habit of rattling the jazz world’s confining cages. That determination has paid off in accolades like topping the “Rising Star Pianist” category in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll.

As a daring pianist, Evans combines raw- edged vigor and left-field nuance into a sound wholly his own.

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