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 on sale now. Subscriptions to the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season are still available as well. All shows at Jazz at the Bistro feature two sets nightly starting at 7:30 & 9:30 pm.
The 2013-14 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season opens September 25 with the venerable and influential Yellowjackets. For more than 30 years, the Yellowjackets have blended funk, fusion, and straight-ahead jazz, establishing themselves as one of the most revered and recognizable groups in the history of the art form. Long-time members Russell Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, and Will Kennedy are joined by the newest addition to the group, bassist Felix Pastorius.
Even after this smash season opener, Jazz St. Louis sets the bar higher by presenting Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale le Chateau (October 18). Exclusively sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc. this unique concert will be held at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Other steadfast jazz icons on the upcoming season include saxophonist Lou Donaldson (October 9-12), vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway (November 6-9), violinist Regina Carter (November 20-23), guitarist Pat Martino (December 4-7), The Bad Plus (January 8-11), bassist Christian McBride (February 19-22), trumpeter Sean Jones (March 5-8), vocalist Jane Monheit (May 14-17). Pianist Joe Sample returns to the Bistro to close the season May 28-31.
Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa (March 19-22) makes his Jazz at the Bistro debut with his new project Gamak and while tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano returns for the first time in 15 years with his group Us Five (April 30 – May 3).
Jazz St. Louis continues its practice of presenting fresh, unique, and exciting artist combinations with pairings like pianist Laurence Hobgood and saxophonist Ernie Watts, father/son guitarist duo John & Bucky Pizzarelli (December 18-21), the Matt Wilson Quartet plus John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood fame (January 22-25), pianist Bill Charlap with special guest saxophonist Houston Person (February 5-8), and pianist Cyrus Chestnut with guitarist Russell Malone.
Jazz St. Louis’s genre-bending programming choices include a collaborative effort with the St. Louis Symphony for On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring Arranged and Performed by The Bad Plus (October 3), the HBO famed “A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans” featuring The Donald Harrison Quintet (October 23-26), and conga king Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band (April 16-19).
Additional Jazz St. Louis special events include the annual Thanksgiving holiday return of St. Louis favorite, trumpeter Jeremy Davenport (November 28-29), an all-star quartet of Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra veterans featuring Vincent Gardner with Walter Blanding, Kenny Rampton, and Herlin Riley (January 31-February 1), and an exclusive Valentine’s Day engagement featuring vocalist Erin Bode (February 14-15).
Jazz St. Louis also supports the local jazz scene by presenting the Jazz at the Bistro Spotlight Series, featuring great St. Louis-based musicians and bands like pianist Dave Venn (October 19), woodwind artists the Bosman Twins (November 1-2), trumpeter Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm (November 15-16), salsa band Musica SLESA ringing in the sounds of the holidays (December 13-14), funk/jazz outfit Good 4 the Soul (December 27-28), and a New Orleans New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band (January 3-4).
Subscription information and order forms for the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season may be found online at www.jazzstl.org/jazz-at-the-bistro/ or by calling Bob Bennett, Jazz St. Louis Artistic Director, at 314-289-4032. 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.
Single tickets for the Jazz at the Bistro season are on sale now and may be purchased by phone through the Jazz St. Louis box office 314-289-4030 or MetroTix at 314-534-1111, online at www.metrotix.com or www.jazzstl.org, and in person at any MetroTix outlet or at the Jazz St. Louis administrative offices at 3547 Olive Street – Suite 260 in the Grand Center Arts District.
Tickets to Jazz St. Louis’s presentation of Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale le Chateau at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the UMSL campus on October 18th are available only by calling the Touhill Ticket Office at 314.516.4949, going to www.touhill.org, or in-person at the Touhill Ticket Office.