Jazz St. Louis’s 20th season presenting the uniquely American art of jazz will also be the first season in its new home, The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. Construction is underway on this new Center for Jazz, which will house the completely renovated and redesigned Ferring Jazz Bistro, home to Jazz at the Bistro, and the Centene Jazz Education Center, all part of a $10 million capital campaign that was announced by Jazz St. Louis in May. The 2014-15 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season includes St. Louis natives and favorites, imaginative pairings, exciting debuts, and industry mainstays. Subscriptions are on sale now with single tickets going on sale September 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
The season begins with a Grand Opening Celebration for the new Steward Center for Jazz featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Friday, October 3, 2014. Widely regarded as the greatest big band in the world today, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will play a rare show in a club of this size to inaugurate the new Jazz at the Bistro stage.
The following week, the Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series kicks off with another rare club performance, this time from St. Louis-native saxophonist David Sanborn (October 8-11). Since his days growing up in Kirkwood, Sanborn has gone on to become one of the most commercially successful saxophonists of all-time, delving into the world of smooth and contemporary jazz, before making a recent return to his soul jazz roots.
Other steadfast jazz icons and St. Louis favorites on the upcoming season include vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli (October 22-25), saxophonist Joshua Redman (November 5-8), organist Joey DeFrancesco (December 3-6), piano trio The Bad Plus (January 7-10), vocalist and pianist Freddy Cole (April 1-4), vocalist Kurt Elling (April 15-18), pianist Benny Green (April 29-May 2), violinist Regina Carter (May 13-16), and trumpeter Terence Blanchard (June 10-13). Pianist Joe Sample (December 17-20) returns to the Bistro to make up dates he was forced to cancel due to health reasons this past season.
Making Jazz at the Bistro debuts in the upcoming season are fusion group Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet (November 19-22), Afro-Latin jazz guru Arturo O’Farrill (January 21-24), who brings his sextet to mix his Latin style with a straight-ahead jazz group, and up-and-coming modern jazz quintet Kneebody (March 18-21). Jeff Coffin, best known as the saxophonist for many years in Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and currently with the Dave Matthews Band, brings his group, the Mu’tet, featuring bassist Felix Pastorius of the Yellowjackets as well as fellow Flecktone Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drums. Also making his Jazz at the Bistro debut is saxophone legend Branford Marsalis, for a special, one-night-only event on Monday, February 9, 2015.
Jazz St. Louis continues its practice of presenting fresh, unique, and exciting artist combinations like young instrumentalists Tia Fuller on saxophone, Sean Jones on trumpet, and Warren Wolf on vibes (November 14-15), pianist Kenny Barron with vibraphonist Stefon Harris (February 4-7), and soul jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith with West African guitarist Lionel Loueke (May 27-30). Additionally, Jazz St. Louis and Jazz at Lincoln Center have collaborated for a second year to present an all-star group of musicians featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford and drummer Alvin Atkinson, along with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members Victor Goines on saxophone and Chris Crenshaw on trombone.
Making long-awaited returns to the Bistro stage are vocalist René Marie with a tribute to Eartha Kitt (March 4-7) and contemporary jazz group Jeff Lorber Fusion, featuring Jimmy Haslip on bass and Eric Marienthal on sax (February 18-21).
Additional Jazz St. Louis special events include the annual Thanksgiving weekend return of U-City native, trumpeter Jeremy Davenport (November 28-29), a performance of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band (December 22-23), an exclusive Valentine’s Day engagement featuring vocalist Erin Bode (February 13-14), and one night with trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling (February 28).
The Jazz at the Bistro Spotlight Series, featuring some of St. Louis’s best local musicians, includes pianist Phil Dunlap (October 17-18), vocalist and keyboardist Jesse Gannon (October 31-November 1), a holiday show by trumpeter Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm (December 12-13), contemporary jazz quartet Good 4 the Soul (December 26-27), and the 2nd Annual New Orleans New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band (January 2-3).
Subscription information and order forms for the 2014-15 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season can be found online here or by calling Jessie Youngblood, Jazz St. Louis Box Office Manager, at 314-289-4035. Jazz St. Louis offers a variety of subscription packages, including a “Choose Your Own” option allowing buyers to create their own subscription experience with as few as four shows.
2014-15 Jazz St. Louis Season
Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series
October 8-11 David Sanborn
October 22-25 John Pizzarelli Quartet
November 5-8 Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson
November 19-22 Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet
December 3-6 Joey DeFrancesco Trio
December 17-20 Joe Sample
January 7-10 The Bad Plus
January 21-24 Arturo O’Farrill Sextet
February 4-7 Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris
February 18-21 Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Eric Marienthal & Jimmy Haslip
March 4-7 René Marie – I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt
March 18-21 Kneebody
April 1-4 Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen
April 15-18 Kurt Elling
April 29 – May 2 Benny Green Trio
May 13-16 Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort
May 27-30 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with special guest Lionel Loueke
June 10-13 Terence Blanchard Quintet
Jazz at the Bistro Special Events
October 2-3 Grand Opening Celebration with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis
November 14-15 Tia Fuller, Sean Jones & Warren Wolf
November 28-29 Jeremy Davenport
December 22-23 Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker
January 16-17 Jazz at Lincoln Center Group featuring Terell Stafford, Victor Goines, Chris Crenshaw, and Alvin Atkinson
February 9 An Evening with Branford Marsalis
February 13-14 Valentine’s Day with Erin Bode
February 28 Byron Stripling
Jazz at the Bistro Spotlight Series
October 17-18 Phil Dunlap Quintet
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 Jesse Gannon Truth
November 18 SIUE Concert Jazz Band & SIUE Alumni Jazz Band
December 12-13 A Very Manley Christmas featuring Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm
December 26-27 Good 4 the Soul
January 2-3 2nd Annual New Orleans New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band