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!
APR 5 & 6
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album by Ashley Kahn
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 Featuring interviews with more than one hundred musicians, producers, friends, and family members; unpublished interviews with Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison; and scores of never-before-seen photographs, A Love Supreme balances biography, cultural context, and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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A Love Supreme: The Music & Message in John Coltrane’s Magnum Opus
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
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!
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)
MAY 3 & 4
I Called Him Morgan – A Documentary about Lee Morgan
JUN. 15, 19, 21, 23, 27 & 29
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s 2019 world premiere Fire Shut Up in My Bones, was co-commissioned by Jazz St. Louis.
One moment can change everything. When Charles discovers that his cousin has returned to his Louisiana hometown, he races home from college to confront his past. Memories and shadows surround Charles as he strives to move beyond a cycle of violence and forge a brave new path. Terence Blanchard, composer of OTSL’s sold-out hit Champion, teams up with screenwriter Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) for a haunting, powerful, and tender coming-of-age story inspired by a memoir celebrated as “stunning” (Essence), “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), and “exquisite” (The New York Times).
Run time is 2 hours and 25 minutes with one intermission
All run times are approximate and subject to change.
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.