Upcoming Shows

NOV 14-18
Jeff Lorber Fusion

NOV 23 & 24
Jeremy Davenport
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Jeremy Davenport

Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge, but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz St. Louis.

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DEC 1
Sound of The Trumpet: an Evan Horne mystery by Bill Moody
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SOUND OF THE TRUMPET: AN EVAN HORNE MYSTERY BY BILL MOODY

Out of print and not available at Left Bank Books

The sound and the fury…

On a dark night in Pennsylvania, a jazz legend met his death.  But now, in the heat and light of Las Vegas, the sound of Clifford Brown’s soaring trumpet is coming back to life.  Because a man named Evan Horne, who knows all about jazz and pain, is unraveling a puzzle that reaches back forty years to Brown’s last hours–and that has already gotten one person killed.

Horne was called to Las Vegas to authenticate some recordings purported to be the lost tapes of Clifford Brown. But when a murder interrupts his listening session, Horne becomes the key player in a dangerous duet.  Carrying a worn old trumpet that may have belonged to Clifford Brown himself, Horne is pursuing the truth behind an audiotape that may be worth a fortune, may be a hoax and may be just one haunting melody in a killer’s murderous obsession. . .

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NOV 28 - DEC 2
Christian McBride’s New Jawn

NOV 23 & 24

Jeremy Davenport

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Jeremy Davenport

Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge, but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz St. Louis.

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DEC 1

Sound of The Trumpet: an Evan Horne mystery by Bill Moody

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SOUND OF THE TRUMPET: AN EVAN HORNE MYSTERY BY BILL MOODY

Out of print and not available at Left Bank Books

The sound and the fury…

On a dark night in Pennsylvania, a jazz legend met his death.  But now, in the heat and light of Las Vegas, the sound of Clifford Brown’s soaring trumpet is coming back to life.  Because a man named Evan Horne, who knows all about jazz and pain, is unraveling a puzzle that reaches back forty years to Brown’s last hours–and that has already gotten one person killed.

Horne was called to Las Vegas to authenticate some recordings purported to be the lost tapes of Clifford Brown. But when a murder interrupts his listening session, Horne becomes the key player in a dangerous duet.  Carrying a worn old trumpet that may have belonged to Clifford Brown himself, Horne is pursuing the truth behind an audiotape that may be worth a fortune, may be a hoax and may be just one haunting melody in a killer’s murderous obsession. . .

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DEC 5 & 6

Christine Ebersole & Billy Stritch : Snowfall

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Christine Ebersole & Billy Stritch : Snowfall

Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC
Sponsored by Mary Strauss

Two time Tony winner Christine Ebersole’s chemistry with Grammy winning songwriter, singer, pianist Billy Stritch began when they performed in Broadway’s 42nd Street. She’s added many more stage and screen successes (Grey Gardens, Wolf of Wall Street) and he’s headlined famed Manhattan nightspots and performed with Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, and Marilyn Maye. Snowfall premiered in 2017 at Birdland and features Ebersole and Stritch’s signature tight harmonies, lush vocals and swinging takes on beloved seasonal classics.

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DEC 18 - 20

Jazz St.Louis Big Band Plays Ellington’s Nutcracker

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Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker

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 21 & 22

A very Manley Christmas w/ Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm

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A very Manley Christmas w/ Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm

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 28 & 29

Good 4 The Soul

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Good 4 The Soul

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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JAN 25 & 26

Lea Delaria Orange is the New Black’s “Big Boo” Live in Concert

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Lea Delaria Orange is the New Black’s “Big Boo” Live in Concert

Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two – time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades.

DeLaria has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label, and her book, Lea’s Book of Rules for the World, is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.

Her sixth record, House Of David: delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.

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JAN 30 - FEB 3

Bistro All-Stars

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Bistro All-Stars

featuring Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, Peter Martin, and Warren Wolf

We’re reuniting one of the most exciting groups we’ve ever assembled! Saxophonist Tia Fuller is a veteran of the bands of Beyoncé and Esperanza Spalding, in addition to multiple albums as a leader herself. Perhaps no artist has been heard more frequently on the Jazz St. Louis stage in the last decade than trumpeter Sean Jones, who celebrated his bond with St. Louis audiences in releasing 2017’s Live From Jazz at the Bistro. Pianist Peter Martin is no stranger to his hometown audience, or audiences worldwide for that matter, traveling the globe with his own trio, as well as serving as musical director for multi-Grammy award winning vocalist Dianne Reeves. Vibraphonist Warren Wolf is following in the footsteps of vibes masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris, taking over their spot in the SFJazz Collective, while also establishing himself as a leader with his heralded band The Wolfpack. Four Jazz St. Louis favorites on one stage for an experience you’ll only see and hear in St. Louis.

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FEB 8 & 9

Melissa Aldana, Emmet Cohen, Marquis Hill

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Melissa Aldana, Emmet Cohen, Marquis Hill

Artist Residency Program Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, The Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation & Sandy

Artist Residency Performances Sponsored by American Family Insurance – Ted Wheeler Agency

Known to Jazz St. Louis audiences as a leader of her own quartet, Melissa Aldana joins forces with trumpeter Marquis Hill (winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition) for two special nights concluding their education residency. Pianist, Emmet Cohen and his trio round out the band for what is sure to be an amazing week of shows.

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FEB 12

With Billie: A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day by Julia Blackburn

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WITH BILLIE: A NEW LOOK AT THE UNFORGETTABLE LADY DAY BY JULIA BLACKBURN

Featuring Special Guest, Julia Blackburn

Few jazz singers have become icons like Billie Holiday. In With Billie, we hear the voices of those people who knew Billie best: piano players and dancers, pimps and junkies, lovers and narcs, producers and critics, each recalling intimate stories of the Billie they knew. What emerges is a portrait of a complex, contradictory, enthralling woman, a woman who — contrary to myth — knew what she wanted and what really mattered to her. Julia Blackburn has pieced together an oral history of this jazz great, creating a unique and fascinating view of an astonishing woman.

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FEB 13

With Billie: A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day

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With Billie: A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day

featuring author, Julia Blackburn

The only child of the poet Thomas Blackburn and the painter Rosalie de Meric, author Julia Blackburn says of her works have been “a series of studies of people whose predicaments interested me: Napoleon stripped of his empire; Goya waking up to find himself deaf; a woman living on her own in the Australian desert; Billie Holiday hemmed in by racism.”

For Blackburn, With Billie broke new ground in her way of writing. She had access to a huge archive of interviews with people who had known Billie, and instead of trying to make a formal biography she decided to simply let the people speak who knew her best: piano players and dancers, pimps and junkies, lovers and narcs, producers and critics, each recalling intimate stories of the great Lady Day. In that way the book took shape like a jazz session in which one by one, the musicians step forward to perform a solo.

Please note the location of this event.

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
1640 S Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63131
doors open at 6 pm, program to commence at 7 pm
Cost: FREE


MAR 6 & 7

Marilyn Maye : It’s Better with a Big Band

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Marilyn Maye : It’s Better with a Big Band

Co-Presented with The Cabaret Project of St. Louis
Contemporary Cabaret Series Sponsored by Jackson Advocates LLC
Lead Sponsor Steward Family Foundation
Co-Sponsored by Brenda Mainer & Bob Wetzel

Marilyn Maye is at the top of her game. After thrilling audiences last season she returns with a 17-piece Big Band in a show she recently premiered to raves at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A veteran of 76 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, the Grammy- nominated Maye has recordings in the Smithsonian, was one of Ella Fitzgerald’s favorite singers and is currently the toast of New York’s top nightclubs. Marilyn and her Big Band are guaranteed to blow the roof off of the place.

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MAR 12

The Stardust Road by Hoagy Carmichael

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THE STARDUST ROAD BY HOAGY CARMICHAEL

Out of print and not available at Left Bank Books

Composer, singer, lyricist, and actor Hoagy Carmichael (1899–1981) was one of America’s most versatile songwriters, crossing the boundaries of jazz, Tin Pan Alley, blues, and film. His classic songs “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Heart and Soul,” and numerous others have been recorded by artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Garcia, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Charlie Parker, Paul Robeson, and Mel Tormé. This book combines for the first time Carmichael’s two autobiographies— The Stardust Road (1946) and Sometimes I Wonder (1965)—with new photos exclusive to this edition. Here you will find reminiscences of his childhood and education in Indiana; his musical collaborations with Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Johnny Mercer; and his acting career ( To Have and Have Not, The Best Years of Our Lives, Young Man with a Horn ). More than just the story of an extraordinary life, these memoirs convey the excitement and energy of the early days of jazz.

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MAR 20

Nat King Cole

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Nat King Cole

a centennial tribute featuring Reggie Thomas, the Jazz St. Louis Big Band, and special guests

Pianist Reggie Thomas and the Jazz St. Louis Big Band team up to pay tribute to one of America’s greatest pianist and vocalist. In honor of Nat’s 100th birthday, we celebrate the legacy of a man that influenced generations of musicians and broke down racial barriers as the first black man to host an American television series. Featuring pianist Reggie Thomas and the Jazz St. Louis big band, the evening will explore Nat Cole through the music of his small groups and larger ensembles.

Please note the location of this event.

Ferring Jazz Bistro at Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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MAR 22&23

Funky Butt Brass Band & Friends

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Funky Butt Brass Band & Friends

Funky Butt Brass Band’s shows at Jazz St. Louis have become legendary, as the band uses the opportunity to put together performances featuring new material, their extended family, and a few very special guests. Past shows have included guests such as vocalists Anita Jackson, Roland Johnson, Al Holliday and Emily Wallace, guitarist Jimmy Griffin, keyboardist Dave Grelle, percussionist Matt Henry, and saxophonist Derick Tramel. When the most explosive band in St. Louis is joined by a plethora of talented friends, it’s all we can do to keep the doors on their hinges!

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APR 5 & 6

Jeff Coffin, Ron Miles, Matt Wilson

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Jeff Coffin, Ron Miles, Matt Wilson

Artist Residency Program Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, The Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation & Sandy
Artist Residency Performances Sponsored by American Family Insurance – Ted Wheeler Agency

Matt Wilson is one of our favorites, and when we saw him perform with Dave Matthew’s Band saxophonist, Jeff Coffin at this year’s Jazz Education Network Conference, we had to find a way to bring the two back together! Throw in Wilson’s trusted sideman, Ron Miles on trumpet, and you’ve got a combination you won’t see anywhere else.

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APR 9

A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album by Ashley Kahn

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A LOVE SUPREME: THE STORY OF JOHN COLTRANE’S SIGNATURE ALBUM BY ASHLEY KAHN

Featuring Special Guest Ashley Kahn

Few albums in the canon of popular music have had the influence, resonance, and endurance of John Coltrane’s 1965 classic A Love Supreme-a record that proved jazz was a fitting medium for spiritual exploration and for the expression of the sublime. Bringing the same fresh and engaging approach that characterized his critically acclaimed Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, Ashley Kahn tells the story of the genesis, creation, and aftermath of this classic recording. Featuring interviews with more than one hundred musicians, producers, friends, and family members; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and scores of never-before-seen photographs, A Love Supreme balances biography, cultural context, and musical analysis in a passionate and revealing portrait.

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APR 10

A Love Supreme: The Music & Message in John Coltrane’s Magnum Opus

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A Love Supreme: The Music and Message in John Coltrane’s Magnum Opus

featuring author, Ashley Kahn

Ashley Kahn is an American music historian, journalist, producer, and author. In addition to three Grammy nominations and one Grammy award, his two most critically acclaimed books have featured two major jazz albums, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. In this talk, Kahn takes us on a deep dive into the mind and process of the man that gave us one of the most important recordings in jazz. One of Coltrane’s best-selling recordings, A Love Supreme has stood the test of time, and after more than 50 years, it remains his most critically acclaimed works.


Please note the location of this event.

Schlafly Library auditorium
225 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63108
doors open at 6pm, program to commence at 7 pm

Cost: FREE


APR 17

Louis Armstrong’s Hot 5 & Hot 7

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Louis Armstrong’s Hot 5 and Hot 7

featuring author and Director of Research and Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi

Ricky Riccardi is not only a Louis Armstrong expert, but he is also the author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years. An engaging orator, Riccardi discusses the importance and impact of Louis’s early career, focusing on two of his best-known ensembles, the Hot Five and Hot Seven. Paired with Mr. Riccardi’s talk will be a performance of the most famous material that resulted from these two ensembles.

Wednesday, April 17

Ferring Jazz Bistro at Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: FREE

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MAY 14

I Called Him Morgan – A Documentary about Lee Morgan

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I CALLED HIM MORGAN – A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LEE MORGAN

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

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