Two opportunities to discover and meet members of the Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis are coming up. The events, open to the public, offer a glimpse into life as a member of the Young Friends, and a chance to learn about the group’s mission, commitment, and community impact. Though all are invited to come and socialize, anyone considering joining a young advisory board, or looking to make a difference in their community, is highly encouraged to attend either or both events to learn more about the Young Friends.
“The Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis really is different from a lot of other young advisory committees because we do so much more than just fundraising,” says Abby Devereux, who serves as the Young Friends Executive Committee Vice Chair, and who is coordinating both events. Some of the activities Young Friends board members are responsible for include developing its new Executive Board, sponsoring events such as the “Drinks & Jazz” nights, and implementing new outreach opportunities such as the “Jazz Happens” podcast series.
Cocktails for a Cause takes place on August 21st from 5 PM – 7 PM at 33 Wine Bar in Lafayette Square. The evening is sponsored by MGP. Guests will have an opportunity to meet current Young Friends members, sample MGP’s whiskey collection, and enjoy some live jazz beginning at 7:30 PM. While admission to the event is free and open to all guests +21, special cocktails will be available for purchase as part of a fundraising effort. Donations are also welcomed, but not required.
Brunch & Brass, now in its 3rd year, is slated for September 15th at 11 AM. Sponsored by Stinson, LLC, Thompson Coburn, LLP, and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, the highly popular event is hosted at The Ferring Jazz Bistro at the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. Last year’s event sold out. Live music will be provided by local jazz staple, The Funky Butt Brass Band. Brunch & Brass is family-friendly, and tickets range from $35 for adults to free for children 2 and under. The cost includes access to the brunch buffet catered by the Jazz St. Louis kitchen. Unlike most Jazz St. Louis events, Brunch & Brass is intended to be casual, with tables arranged in a communal setting to offer more opportunity for conversation and socialization. As it has in the past, Brunch & Brass this year will feature a Wine Pull for $20. And, if you’ve never participated in a jazz “second line” parade (a tradition at brass band parades and jazz funerals), you won’t want to miss Brunch & Brass, where the Funky Butt Brass Band will lead members in what is becoming a Jazz St. Louis tradition.
Cocktails for a Cause – August 21st
Brunch & Brass – September 15th