Upcoming Shows

JAN 16-20
Donny McCaslin

JAN. 23 & 24
Emily Wallace w/ The Adam Maness Trio

JAN 25 & 26
Lea Delaria Orange is the New Black’s “Big Boo” Live in Concert

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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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 13

Miles & Me: An evening with author Quincy Troupe

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Miles & Me: An evening with author Quincy Troupe

Born July 22, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri, Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning author of ten volumes of poetry, three children’s books, and six non-fiction works; Earl the Pearl: My Story, a memoir of legendary NY Knicks basketball star, Earl Monroe, (Rodale, April 2013) is Troupe’s newest non-fiction work. In 2010 Troupe received the American Book Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Among Troupe’s best-selling works are Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis and his memoir, Miles & Me soon to become a major motion picture.

Other notable works are The Pursuit of Happyness, an autobiography with written with Chris Gardner that became a major motion picture and that was a New York Times bestseller for over 40 weeks; The Architecture of Language, a book of poems, that won the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry in 2002.

Errançities is his most recent book of poetry.   A new children’s book, Hallelujah: The Story of Ray Charles with illustrations by Brian Pinkney, will be published by Disney/Hyperion.

Quincy Troupe is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, a literary journal of the Institute of Africana Studies at New York University.

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


FEB. 24

Juice Box Jazz

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FEBRUARY 24TH
SOPHISTICATED BABIES

Juice Box Jazz is a three-part series that will have the whole family learning and loving what jazz music is all about. Each session will celebrate different styles of jazz through an engaging program lead by national and local musicians. Sessions also include juice boxes and snacks, jazz-inspired arts & crafts, and yoga to get your little ones up and moving. The dress is casual. This is a must-do activity for those weekend winter afternoons!

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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. 7

Juice Box Jazz

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APRIL 7TH
CARLOS T. BROWN JR.

Juice Box Jazz is a three-part series that will have the whole family learning and loving what jazz music is all about. Each session will celebrate different styles of jazz through an engaging program lead by national and local musicians. Sessions also include juice boxes and snacks, jazz-inspired arts & crafts, and yoga to get your little ones up and moving. The dress is casual. This is a must-do activity for those weekend afternoons!

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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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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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