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Jazz St. Louis All-Stars to Perform at Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Jazz St. Louis All-Stars to Perform at Twin Cities Jazz Festival

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The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz

The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz

The Future of Jazz Starts Here…
From Miles Davis to Clark Terry and David Sanborn, St. Louis has a proud legacy of producing some of the brightest stars in jazz. Now Jazz St. Louis is nurturing the next generation of great artists and enthusiastic audiences. Through the generous assistance of corporations, …


Richard McDonnell Memorial Concert featuring MAXJAZZ Artists

Richard McDonnell Memorial Concert featuring MAXJAZZ Artists

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce a memorial concert for Richard McDonnell at Jazz at the Bistro, Sunday, May 25, 2014. McDonnell, who passed away February 8, was a long-time board member of Jazz St. Louis and the owner …


Food Wine Design for Jazz St. Louis

Food Wine Design for Jazz St. Louis

Indulge your senses at St. Louis Magazine’s Culinary Week – Food Wine Design. Each night, a duo of the city’s most celebrated chefs will prepare a one-of-a-kind meal complete with carefully selected wine and beer pairings. Plus, enjoy lively …


Power Temporarily Out at Jazz St. Louis Offices

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UPDATE: The power has been restored at both the Jazz St. Louis offices and at Jazz at the Bistro. Phone lines are still down, …


$35,000 Grant from the Arthur & Helen Baer Foundation Supports JazzU Program

The Arthur & Helen Baer Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to Jazz St. Louis in support of the upcoming 2014-15 season of its flagship education program JazzU. The gift marks the fifth consecutive year of the Baer Foundation supporting JazzU, with gifts of $30,000 in 2010, 2011, …


2014-15 JazzU Auditions

Phil Dunlap

We are pleased to announce auditions for the 2014-15 JazzU program, which will take place June 2-5, 2014.

Made possible by a lead contribution from Monsanto Fund with support from the Arthur & Helen Baer Foundation and Ameren Missouri, JazzU places talented middle and high school musicians in small …


One Funked Up Bash-JSL Gala 2014

One Funked Up Bash-JSL Gala 2014

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One Funked Up Bash
Friday, February 28, 2014

Featuring saxophonist Maceo Parker!

Gala Co-Chairs: Laurna Godwin & Samuel Hutchinson, Jimmy Jamieson, and Steve & Phoebe Smith

The Ritz Carlton – …


Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 7: Devin Rodino

Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 7: Devin Rodino

Name: Devin Rodino

Title: Director of Communications

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?:  5 years, 8 months

Do you play any instruments?:  alto sax

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts:…


Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 6: Daniel Hodges

Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 6: Daniel Hodges

Name: Daniel Hodges

Title: Development Associate

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?: 1 year and 5 months

Do you play any instruments?: Vocalist

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts:…


Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 5: Andy Ament

Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 5: Andy Ament

Name: Andy Ament

Title: JazzU Teaching Artist, Curriculum Program Coordinator

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?: I have done contract and part-time work for Jazz St. Louis for 4 years

Do you play any instruments?: saxophone

Top three favorite Jazz …


New Shows Added – Spring 2014

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We are pleased to announce several additional concerts scheduled for the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season. All tickets are on sale now! All shows are at Jazz at the …


Open Position – Arts Management Intern

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Reports to: Development Associate

Description: The Arts Management Internship is designed to provide a broad range of experiences in the many elements that contribute to the day to day operations of a not-for-profit arts organization. Interns will have the opportunity to work and develop basic competencies through all …


Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 4 – Carmen Moore

Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 4 – Carmen Moore

Name: Carmen Moore

Title: Guest Relations Associate

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?:  Since 2006 as a volunteer and 2009 in my current position

Do you play any instruments?: Flute

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts: Dr Lonnie Smith, Gregory Porter, …


Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 3 – Phil Dunlap

Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 3 - Phil Dunlap

Name: Phil Dunlap

Title: Director of Education

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?:  6 1/2 years

Do you play any instruments?: piano

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts: Herbie Hancock; Triumph of Trumpets with …


Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 2: Jessie Youngblood

Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 2: Jessie Youngblood

Name: Jessie Youngblood

Title: Box Office & Administrative Assistant

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?: 3 months

Do you play any instruments?: violin & trumpet

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts:

I’ve only been to 4 so far: Anita Jackson, …


Free Events with The Bad Plus

Free Events with The Bad Plus

Jazz St. Louis Residency Series, featuring The Bad Plus

September 30 through October 3, 2013 Jazz St. Louis is proud to present a unique residency with one of the most dynamic and creative groups in jazz. The Bad Plus will be …


Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 1: Bob Bennett

Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 1: Bob Bennett

Name: Bob Bennett

Title: Artistic & Operations Director

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?: I’m currently in my 14th year with Jazz St. Louis

Do you play any instruments?: saxophone

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts:

1)     Sonny Rollins at …


Single Tickets On Sale Now

Single Tickets On Sale Now

Jazz St. Louis’s 19th season presenting the uniquely American art of jazz includes imaginative pairings, solid industry mainstays, and cross-genre programming with broad audience appeal.  Single tickets for all Jazz at the Bistro and Jazz St. Louis at the Touhill showsare …


American Music Showcase in Grand Center

American Music Showcase in Grand Center

Don’t miss the American Music Showcase in Grand Center, welcomed by KDHX 88.1FM and presented by Jazz St. Louis and Grand Center Inc., on Saturday, August 3 from 6pm-midnight, rain or shine.

Enjoy 6 live bands playing a wide range …


Subscriptions On Sale Now!

Download the 2013-14 Jazz at the Bistro subscription order form here.
- Flip through an online version of the 2013-14 Jazz St. Louis Season brochure here –
A subscription to Jazz at the Bistro is the best way to experience great …


Results from the 2013-14 JazzU Auditions

During the first week of June, nearly 115 middle and high school musicians from the Metro area auditioned to be a part of Jazz St. Louis’s JazzU program. Began in 2007, the JazzU program identifies talented musicians, giving them a …


Jazz St. Louis All-Stars Hit the Road

The Jazz St. Louis All-Stars hit the road next week, heading to Iowa City to be featured in the Iowa City Jazz Festival. The All-Stars, which is the flagship performing ensemble of Jazz St. Louis’s much lauded JazzU …


Sonny Rollins Cancels All Summer Shows

Sonny Rollins Cancels All Summer Shows

Citing ongoing health issues, saxophone legend Sonny Rollins has canceled all June and July 2013 shows, including his June 22 St. Louis appearance at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Jazz St. Louis, presenter for the June 22 date, received the …


Whitaker Foundation Presents Two Free Concerts with the Terence Blanchard Quintet

Whitaker Foundation Presents Two Free Concerts with the Terence Blanchard Quintet

With support from the Whitaker Foundation, four area organizations are collaborating to present two free summer concerts featuring multi-Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard.

The Missouri Botanical Garden, Grace Hill Settlement House, Opera Theatre of Saint …


2013-14 Jazz St. Louis Season Announcement

2013-14 Jazz St. Louis Season Announcement

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce its 19th season presenting the uniquely American art of jazz!
The coming season includes imaginative pairings, solid industry mainstays, and cross-genre programming with broad audience appeal.  Subscriptions to the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season are on


Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, and Sean Jones Featured in Final Residency of 2012-13 Season

Phil Dunlap

The final education Residency of Jazz St. Louis’s 2012-13 season begins Monday, April 1, and while each Residency is unique, this one is not to be missed! Featuring three of the world’s top trumpet players, this Residency brings together the amazing talents of Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, and Sean …


Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

Over the last ten years, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival has grown to be one of the most significant jazz festivals in the Midwest. Produced by the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL), the Touhill Performing …


2013-14 JazzU Auditions

Phil Dunlap

Jazz St. Louis is proud to announce auditions for the 2013-14 JazzU program. On this page, you will find all of the necessary information and resources for your audition. Auditions will take place June 3-6, between 4 and 9 …


Jazz St. Louis Hosts Four Residency Artists March 4-9

Phil Dunlap

Next week, Jazz St. Louis will play host to four Residency artists participating in the second of three Residencies scheduled for the 2012-13 season. The Jazz St. Louis Residency program is made possible in part with support for the National Endowment for the Arts. Residency weeks are busy yet fun …


Jazz St. Louis Impacts Students Across Missouri with Creative Collaborations

Phil Dunlap
Jazz St. Louis Impacts Students Across Missouri with Creative Collaborations

 [caption id="attachment_5987" align="alignright" width="214" caption="2013 MO All-State jazz band final performance"][/caption]Every January for the past 35 years, (this year 1/23-26) thousands of Missouri students, teachers, parents, organizations, and institutions come together to celebrate music …


3rd Annual Jazz Under the Stars

3rd Annual Jazz Under the Stars

Date and Time: March 7, 2013 from 6 – 9pmLocation: James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Forest ParkTickets: -$35 includes heavy appetizers, two drink tickets, & wine and liqueur sampling (cash bar available) …


New Shows Added-Spring 2013

New Shows Added-Spring 2013

 [caption id="attachment_5836" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Dawn Weber"][/caption]We are pleased to announce several additional concerts scheduled for the 2012-13 Season. Tickets for all of these shows go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 1, 2012. All shows are at …


John Pizzarelli Book Signing

John Pizzarelli Book Signing

John Pizzarelli’s new book, World on a String has been chosen for the KMOX Radio/Fontbonne University Book of the Month Club for November. Join host Charlie Brennan for an interview and discussion with John Pizzarelli on …


Give the Gift of Jazz

Give the Gift of Jazz

Give the gift of jazz this holiday season! Subscriptions, tickets, and gift certificates to Jazz at the Bistro make great gifts for music lovers, fine arts enthusiasts, or those looking for a great night on the town. Subscriptions: …


Season Preview Happy Hour

Season Preview Happy Hour

Jazz St. Louis is opening its Jazz at the Bistro doors for a behind-the-scenes-look at its 2012-13 Jazz at the Bistro Season.  On Thursday, September 6, Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford and artistic director Bob …


Volunteers Needed

Devin Rodino

Jazz St. Louis is in need of volunteers to help staff an information booth at the Saint Louis Art Fair in downtown Clayton. Volunteers will be asked to pass out brochures, answer questions, …


Single Tickets On Sale August 14

Single Tickets On Sale August 14

Jazz St. Louis’s 18th Season celebrates the uniquely American art of jazz with imaginative pairings, international superstars, and fresh talent challenging the established jazz landscape. With a lineup that …


Susbcriptions On Sale Now

Susbcriptions On Sale Now

Download the complete subscription information and order form package. With a Jazz at the Bistro subscription, you receive the best choice of seats for all our performances, with the same seat for every performance …


50 Talented Youth Selected for the 2012-13 JazzU Program

On Mondays June 4 and 11, nearly 120 middle and high school musicians took to the Jazz at the Bistro stage to audition for a select few spots in Jazz St. Louis’s acclaimed JazzU program. Each student spent ten …


2012-13 Season Announced

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce the 2012-13 season, including the Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Series and the Jazz at the Touhill Series, sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc. Jazz St. Louis’s 18th Season celebrates the …


Summer Series Announced

Summer Series Announced

On Sale Now!  [caption id="" align="alignright" width="276" caption="Charlie Hunter"][/caption]Jazz St. Louis is putting the finishing touches on the 2012-13 Jazz at the Bistro Series and will be announcing the lineup soon.  In the meantime, JSL is proud to announce the 2012 Summer …


Auditions for the 2012-13 JazzU Program

Phil Dunlap
Auditions for the 2012-13 JazzU Program

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce auditions for the upcoming 2012-13 JazzU program.  Auditions will be held on Mondays, June 4 and 11 beginning at 10 am each day.  Audition dates and times will be assigned once …


Setlist: Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau

Sunday, April 8, 2012 Set 1 – 7:30 pmAlways August – (Brad Mehldau)High Court Jig – (Joshua Redman)In Walked Bud – (Thelonious Monk)Old West – (Brad Mehldau)Easy Living – (Rainger/Robin )Ornithology – (Charlie Parker/Bennie Harris) Set 2 …


Residency Wrap-Up

Phil Dunlap
Residency Wrap-Up

When I woke up this past Sunday morning, something was different. There was no 8 am lobby call, no scheduled school visits, JazzU classes, or artists to shuttle to all corners of the city. It was, after all, Sunday. However, more notable, was that it was the first day in …


Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts to Give Informal “Preview” Performance at Saxquest

Phil Dunlap

During Arts and Crafts’s Residency week (March 19 thru 24), the group will be giving an informal “preview” performance at Saxquest (www.saxquest.com), located at 2114 Cherokee Street in St. Louis.  A&C, led by Grammy-nominated drummer Matt Wilson, will be …


Join Our Street Team

Position Summary:

Jazz St. Louis (JSL) is seeking students to fill street team positions throughout the community and on local college campuses. Street Team members will work in cooperation with JSL to improve the organization’s visibility throughout the area, increasing both student and adult attendance at Jazz at the Bistro (JATB) …


Setlist: The Bad Plus

Setlist: The Bad Plus

Saturday, January 7, 2012 Most nights had the same sets, with the 2nd set changing slightly from night to night. The week featured all original material, both old and new, from The Bad Plus, save for a single performance of Flim by Aphex Twin during Thursday’s 2nd set. Set 1 …


New Shows Added

We are pleased to announce the remaining concerts scheduled for the 2011-12 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro series. All shows are at Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103) and have …


Photos from Reeves/Jamal Reception

If you would like to order any photos from the Dianne Reeves/Ahmad Jamal Gold Circle reception at the Touhill, visit photographer Peter Wochniak’s website here. All photos from the reception gallery can be purchased …


The Bistro’s New Menu

Devin Rodino

The Bistro at Grand Center, home to Jazz at the Bistro, recently debuted an all-new menu with great success! The completely reworked menu can be viewed here and is available during all shows at the …


2011-2012 Education Season Preview

Phil Dunlap

Well, it’s that time of year again; the time when we look toward the start of another great season and educational programming. If you’ve seen the upcoming Jazz at the Bistro lineup, you know that we have quite a season in store, and the …


Bob Bennett on Reggie Thomas

Bob Bennett

Leading up to this weekend’s farewell performances by Reggie & Mardra Thomas at the Bistro, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting.  When I step back and consider the influence certain people have had on me, at the top of that list is Reggie Thomas.From the time …


Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Packages

With a Jazz at the Bistro subscription, you receive the best choice of seats for all our performances, with the same seat for every performance (pending availability, does not apply to Choose Your Own Series).  In addition to great …


Final Week: JSL 10 in 6 Campaign – Help Us Make Goal

Final Week: JSL 10 in 6 Campaign - Help Us Make Goal

Your Dollars. Your Support. Their Future. We hope you’ve enjoyed the stories about Brady, Everette, Marvin, and Carlos. This is the final week of the 10 in 6 campaign, and we still …


Meet Carlos Brown, Jr.: The 10 in 6 Campaign

Meet Carlos Brown, Jr.: The 10 in 6 Campaign

We’ve raised $1,000 toward our goal of $10K in 6 weeks. We can still make this goal by May 31st if you give $10. Would you please give $10 today? There are just two weeks …


2011 Summer Series

Bob Bennett

In a few short days, we will be announcing the 2011-2012 Jazz St. Louis Season, featuring the Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Series. Until then, we are pleased to announce the performers we have booked for our 2011 Summer Series.  All performances will be at regular set times …


Meet Everette and Marvin: The 10 in 6 Campaign

Meet Everette and Marvin: The 10 in 6 Campaign

  Everette Benton and Marvin Cooper, juniors from East St. Louis, are first-year members of JazzU and play in the rhythm section of our Miles Davis Group. For both young men, working with an ensemble has …


Meet Brady Lewis – The 10 In 6 Campaign

Meet Brady Lewis - The 10 In 6 Campaign

  Brady Lewis first took interest in music in middle school, singing in the choir before getting involved with the band. The longer he …


10 in 6 for Youth Education

10 in 6 for Youth Education

Your Dollars. Your Support. Their Future.  Meet Four Outstanding Young Men Your Gifts Support …


Jon Faddis to Give Trumpet Master Class

Phil Dunlap
Jon Faddis to Give Trumpet Master Class

Attention middle school, high school and college musicians!  The legendary Jon Faddis will give a free trumpet master class from 1-2 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.  The session will take place in the Rialto Ballroom, located in the Centene Center for Arts and Education (3547 Olive Street, St. …


Catch a Game to Support Jazz St. Louis

To benefit the youth education programs of Jazz St. Louis, we are selling Legends Club tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals game on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:15PM . These tickets, …


Cyrus Chestnut Trio and Jon Faddis Conclude JSL’s Residency Program

Phil Dunlap
Cyrus Chestnut Trio and Jon Faddis Conclude JSL's Residency Program

Next week we begin our final Residency of the 2010-2011 season.  This one is definitely one for the books and features the wonderful Cyrus Chestnut Trio and the equally great Jon Faddis. This all-star pairing came together in an attempt to combine two headlining personalities to create what is sure …


Gala 2011 Recap

Gala 2011 Recap

The Jazz St. Louis Ain’t Misbehavin’ Gala was a tremendous success! We were able to net $200,000 for our youth education and outreach programs; this allows us to continue offering such programming free of cost to students and schools throughout the region. The generosity of so many people is directly …


Ronald Carter Residency Preview

Phil Dunlap

For those not familiar with our Artist Residency program,  it is one that allows us to connect top flight jazz artists/educators with high school students and teachers in small, intense educational settings.  Typically a master class with artists of this magnitude consists of a couple of hundred people in …


Congratulations to the East St. Louis Senior High Jazz Band!

Phil Dunlap

Anyone familiar with the history of jazz in  St. Louis and its neighbor East St. Louis, will regale you with tales of the famed East St. Louis Lincoln High School jazz band program under the direction of saxophonist Ron Carter (now Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University). When …


Stanley Clarke’s Wednesday night shows RESCHEDULED!!

Bob Bennett

 
Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce that Stanley Clarke & Hiromi have rescheduled their performances from Wednesday, Feburary 2, 2011, for Monday, February 28.  Tickets for this past Wednesday evening’s performances will be valid for the newly scheduled date (same set) or can be returned to their original …


Now Available: 2011-2012 JazzU and JSL All-Stars Audition Info

Phil Dunlap

Jazz St. Louis announces auditions for the 2011-2012 JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Star programs.  Auditions will be held on Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 20 with a third date to be added as necessary. Click HERE to learn more about the Jazz St. Louis …


Spring Spotlight Series

Devin Rodino

Jazz St. Louis has added shows for the 2011 Spotlight Series.  This series features the best talent that the St. Louis area has to offer as well as some special engagements from touring artists.  We are happy to have Javier Mendoza back after his Latin jazz debut at the Bistro …


Bob’s Favorite Non-Jazz Albums

Bob Bennett

PREFACE:  I have been informed that Devin doesn’t want us listing a whole lot of multiple albums by one artist [ED. I didn't say that, I just said that I was going to try to avoid it myself].  Sorry, but that’s just not happening.  These are supposed to be our …


JazzU and JSL All-Star Students Make All-State

Phil Dunlap

We want to congratulate those students in Missouri and Illinois who made their respective All-State jazz bands!  The All-State process takes the top student musicians in each state and puts them together for a special concert.  The audition process is rigorous and it is an honor to announce that one-third …


Position Openings

Jazz St. Louis is currently looking to fill two positions.  Head over to our Careers page for complete details.


My Favorite Holiday Albums

Bob Bennett

Some of you may have seen this last season, but if you missed it, here are a few fantabulous holiday sounds that will break the monotony of the piped-in stuff you hear in every store this time of year. Lou Rawls – “Merry Christmas HO! HO! HO!” A …


Phil Dunlap’s 15 Favorite Jazz Albums

Phil Dunlap

When I was asked to participate in choosing my top 15 jazz records, I really had to stop and think. There are so many great albums out there….I would surely be able to come up with 15, right? But when I really started mulling over my potential list, …


Melissa Jones’ 10 Favorite Jazz Albums

Prior to coming to work for Jazz St. Louis more than four years ago, I knew nothing about jazz.  I still don’t know much, but I know what I like.  This was supposed to be a list of 15 jazz albums, but I honestly couldn’t give you a list of …


Devin Rodino’s 15 Favorite Jazz Albums

Devin Rodino

I started playing the saxophone when I was in 4th grade.  Unfortunately, I came from a small town and wasn’t really exposed to jazz in my musical education until high school.  Even then, the “big band” consisted of a few kids willing to meet after school to play arrangements of …


Kate Eastwood’s 5 Favorite Jazz Albums

I should preface my post with the information that I grew up a classical musician.  I started playing violin at age seven, and participated in many orchestras until I was 34, including the Minnesota Youth Symphony and the Beach Cities Symphony in Redondo Beach, CA. I have also been a …


Bob Bennett’s 15 Favorite Jazz Albums

Bob Bennett

Every Friday for the next few weeks, a Jazz St. Louis staff member will count down their 15 favorite jazz albums.  These are not intended to be ‘Best Jazz Album’ lists, but personal favorites of the staff members.  The only rule:  No greatest hits/compilation/complete recordings albums (though some of us …


Sanborn Fundraiser a Success

Sanborn Fundraiser a Success

  “It’s incredible that a place like this exists, not just in St. Louis, but anywhere.” -David Sanborn Thanks to our sponsors, the David Sanborn Concert Event was a great success.  With their help in filling 24 tables—and with both nights sold out—we were able to raise over $30,000 …


Single Tickets On Sale Now!

Devin Rodino

Single tickets to the 2010-2011 Jazz at the Bistro Season are now on sale via all MetroTix locations, online and by phone at 314.534.1111.  As always, our 15th Anniversary Season features the best in local, regional, national and international jazz talent and is poised …


The Jazz Crusaders Postponed

Due to health issues with one of the founding members of The Jazz Crusaders, Jazz St. Louis has postponed their performance at the Touhill originally scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2010.We are working to reschedule the …


Tickets for Al Jarreau On Now!

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to present a very special, one-night-only engagement this season at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. On Friday, February 11, 2011, Jazz St. …


2010-2011 Jazz St. Louis All-Stars

Phil Dunlap

The auditions are complete and the judges have ruled.  A lot of tough decisions had to be made because so many talented young musicians auditioned for the All-Star program.  This year, close to 80 students from Missouri and Illinois auditioned to part of the All-Star and JazzU programs and here …


Highlights for the 2010-2011 Education Season

Phil Dunlap

With last season behind us we can now begin to look ahead to next year’s education season.  As we look forward, I am happy to announce a lot of great additions to our education programming and I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the very exciting things …


Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Don’t miss a note of the 2010-2011 Jazz at the Bistro season!  Subscription packages are now on sale!With a Jazz at the Bistro subscription, you receive the best choice of seats for all our performances, with the same seat for every performance (pending availability, does not apply to Choose Your …


2010-2011 Subscription Series & Special Events

Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce the Jazz at the Bistro subscription series and special events scheduled for the 2010 -2011 season.  These artists reflect some of the biggest names and finest talent in jazz today: Subscription Series 2010 Kenny Barron & Mulgrew …


2010 Summer Series

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce the concerts scheduled for the 2010 summer series at Jazz at the Bistro.  These artists reflect some of the best local and regional talent to complement our internationally recognized Jazz at the Bistro series: Brian Owens – June 4-5 …


Auditions for the 2010-2011 JazzU and All-Star Programs

Phil Dunlap

The current season is coming to a close, and with it, the conclusion of two of our flagship programs, JazzU and the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars.  That means auditions for next season’s groups are just around the corner. Auditions for the 2010-2011  JazzU and the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars programs …


Jazz St. Louis Gala 2010

Devin Rodino

Extravajamza, the 2010 Jazz St. Louis Gala, proved to be the largest and most financially successful gala in our history.  The night started off in the Arch View Ballroom at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark with a wonderful cocktail hour featuring music from the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, …


Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Gets Funky!

Bob Bennett

You never know who will show up at the Bistro.  This past Saturday night, towards the end of their 2nd set at the Bistro, the Funky Butt Brass Band had a couple surprise guests show up to sit in with the band.  Trumpeters Sean Jones and Marcus Printup from the …


Did you know…

Phil Dunlap

It’s been three years since I was hired on as Jazz St. Louis’ Director of Education and as I reflect on the education programs then and now, I can note a lot of positive happenings. But first, a little history…The education offerings of Jazz St. Louis (JSL) had quite humble …


Benefit Concert for St. Louis Trumpeter Anthony Wiggins

Five weeks ago, St. Louis area trumpeter and Jazz St. Louis employee Anthony Wiggins suffered a brain aneurysm.  After being air lifted to St. Louis University Hospital, Anthony was in the Intensive Care Unit until Tuesday, …


Facebook Page Hits 1,000 Fans

Devin Rodino

The Jazz St. Louis – Jazz at the Bistro Facebook fan page recently went over 1,000 fans.  If you are  a fan of our page, you all ready know that we have been giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan every time we gain 50 new ones.  …


Cooking Class with Gene Dobbs Bradford

Devin Rodino
Cooking Class with Gene Dobbs Bradford

For years, Jazz St. Louis has proudly sold the culinary skills of Gene Dobbs Bradford at its Gala auction, and many sing the praises of his extraordinary talent. Gene will show you how to prepare an …


The Bad Plus Making Headlines

The Bad Plus are receiving some great press this week. Check them out tonight and tomorrow night, 8:30 and 10:15, at Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Avenue, 63103. STL Today Riverfront Times


Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis featured on KMOV.com

Bob Bennett

The Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis were recently featured in “Kristen in the City”, Kristen Cornett’s blog on KMOV’s website. Read the blog here!


A Special Offer from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Gene Dobbs Bradford

As a friend of Jazz of St. Louis, The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra would like to invite you to join them for SLSO presents “Swing, Swing, Swing” – a Big Band Blast! Be there for the swingin’, sentimental sounds of the great Big Bands. Hit Parade standards of Glenn Miller, …


Joey DeFrancesco & Alyssa Graham switch dates

Bob Bennett

Due to scheduling conflicts, Joey DeFrancesco has been forced to reschedule his dates for March of 2010. To make things easier for everyone, we have switched his dates with those of Alyssa Graham. The new dates will be:

Alyssa Graham: March 3 – 6, 2010

Joey DeFrancesco: March 31 – April 3, …


Gene Dobbs Bradford Wins Inclusive Leadership Award!

Gene Dobbs Bradford, Executive Director of Jazz St. Louis, is a winner of one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Inclusive Leadership Awards. The award celebrates ethnic minorities who are making their mark on the St. Louis business community, from high-ranking executives to fast-moving entrepreneurs.

Gene is also celebrating ten years …


Houston Person to replace Robert Glasper at Jazz at the Bistro

Bob Bennett

Due to circumstances beyond our control, ROBERT GLASPER will not be appearing at Jazz at the Bistro, October 7-10, 2009.

For the dates Mr. Glasper was slated to appear, we are very pleased to welcome back a living legend of jazz, funk and soul music, HOUSTON PERSON! One of the giants …


Single Tickets On Sale Soon!

Gene Dobbs Bradford

It’s that time of year again! Single tickets for the 2009-2010 Jazz at the Bistro season go on sale Tuesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. This year we are celebrating our 15th season of providing the best jazz in St. Louis. In doing so, we will feature many Jazz at …


Jazz Goes to Afghanistan

Phil Dunlap

Greetings!  Earlier this month I spent a week in Kabul, Afghanistan in a joint program between the US State Department and American Voices (www.americanvoices.org).  This program, called Jazz Bridges, uses jazz music to bridge the cultural gap between cultures and is an extension of what I do here …


Sonny Rollins Returns!!!

Bob Bennett

Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce a very special, one-night-only engagement this September at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

On Saturday, September 19, 2009, Jazz St. Louis will present legendary saxophonist SONNY ROLLINS at the Touhill. Tickets for this …


Application Deadline for the 2009-2010 JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Star Programs is this Friday, May 15!!

Phil Dunlap

This is a reminder to all students audition for the 2009-2010 JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Stars programs.  The application deadline is this Friday, May 15!  Late applications will be considered if space is available.  See my previous blog post for audition materials and details.  Questions can be directed …


Big Man’s Birthday…with The Boss!

Bob Bennett

I’m sure you’re wondering “after I see Erin Bode this weekend at the Bistro, where should I go?” The answer is an easy one: The Gramophone!

Join Jazz St. Louis’ Director of Operations (yes, I’m talking about myself in the third person) as he celebrates his 34th….no, sorry, his 23rd birthday …


Summer Shows On Sale This Tuesday!

Bob Bennett

With the summer season upon us, Jazz at the Bistro continues its summer programming this year with a great lineup of artists that have become Bistro favorites over the years.

With the rescheduling of Terence Blanchard’s shows to June 3-6, 2009, we are pleased to debut Javier Mendoza’s new Latin jazz …


2009-2010 JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Stars Auditions

Phil Dunlap

Jazz St. Louis is proud to announce auditions for the 2009-2010 JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Stars program!  Auditions will be held beginning at 4 pm, Monday June 1 and Monday June 8. Auditions will take place at Jazz at the Bistro where applicants will perform with a house rhythm …


Director of Education, Phil Dunlap, Discusses Jazz and Classical Music At the Saint Louis Symphony

Phil Dunlap

Join Jazz St Louis’ director of education, Phil Dunlap at Powell Symphony Hall on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.  The program features a pre-concert talk at 6 pm by Dunlap entitled “Jazz Influences” where discussion will center on specific ways classical composers have been influenced by jazz music.  Then at 7 …


JSL NYC Trip in May: Two Rooms Still Available!

We have two rooms still available…I have extended the deadline to March 31, 2009. Please contact me at melissa@jazzstl.org if you would like to join us this year on May 29 and 30! I am PSYCHED about the Jazz St. Louis trip to NYC!!! We had SO much …


Jazz St. Louis Gala 2009

The Gala on Sunday, April 5, 2009, is our annual fundraiser for our education programs. I hope you will join us for the event this year, Jazz’ll Dazzle. I’ve attached a pdf that you can share with other people. This year, we are pleased to give the first Barbara Rose …


NYC Trip – Please contact me if you’re thinking about going

If you’re interested in joining Jazz St. Louis for the NYC trip May 29 and 30, please contact me this week to let me know whether you’re thinking of going. (I need to put down a deposit on the hotel end of this week.) Here are the details of the …


Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis Presents “Jazz at the Gramophone” featuring the Bruce Barth Quintet

Phil Dunlap

The Young Friends of Jazz St. Louis are hosting a fundraiser to raise funds in support the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars Program.

Join hosts Gilberto Pinela and Ivy Hartman of “Best of the STL”, Jazz St. Louis and the Bruce Barth Quintet in support of the Jazz St. Louis …


NYC Trip Update

Be a part of Jazz St. Louis’ trip to the Big Apple May 29 and 30, 2009! The festivities begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 29 and last throughout the weekend!

Your hosts: Gene Dobbs Bradford, Executive Director of Jazz St. Louis and NYC club connoisseur, will serve as your …


Do You Want to be on Television AND Win Tickets to Jazz at the Bistro?

Phil Dunlap

Join STL TV personalities Gilberto Pinela, Ivy Hartman, Cassandra Walker and Todd Thomas during the live taping of Best of the STL, St. Louis’ only live, hour-long show!  The show airs on Saturdays at 11:00 PM (CT) on my46 TV following the live Wednesday 7:00 PM broadcast on the …


NYC Trip May 29 and 30, 2009

Jazz St. Louis will take its second trip to the Big Apple on May 29 and 30, 2009. We will hit four jazz clubs in two nights (most likely Birdland, the Village Vanguard, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and the Jazz Standard) and take a private, backstage tour of Jazz at Lincoln …


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