The Next Set: From Jazz St. Louis

Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m.

The Next Set: From Jazz St. Louis brings the improvisational art of live jazz music, performed from the Ferring Jazz Bistro stage, into the ears of listeners across the region. The show includes interviews with local and national artists and is produced by St. Louis Public Radio in partnership with Jazz St. Louis.

The Next Set: From Jazz St. Louis brings you to the club, from wherever you are, when you tune in to 90.7 KWMU FM or stream St. Louis Public Radio on Friday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

Select airings and behind-the-scenes interviews can be found on the Jazz St. Louis YouTube Page.

STLPR and Jazz St. Louis would like to thank Ken and Nancy Kranzberg for their support of The Next Set.

Upcoming Show

The Next Set: From Jazz St. Louis, performance by Happy Talk: Celebrating Nancy Wilson.

February 23 / February 25 show

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Happy Talk: Celebrating Nancy Wilson

Pianist and educator Adaron “Pops” Jackson and jazz vocalist Kim Fuller join forces for a very special tribute to legendary R&B singer Nancy Wilson, drawing from an illustrious career that spans over five decades.

Listen at 8 p.m. on 90.7 KWMU

2022-2023 Schedule

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July 1, 2022
July 3, 2022

Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana

Walk the streets of Havana on any day and you’ll hear the soul of Cuba: music pouring from private homes and bustling restaurants, windows rattling with the parties thrown inside, nightclubs pulsing with throngs of people dancing. On his vibrant and spirited new album, Te Lo Dije, Havana-based pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa sets out to capture that stirring sensation with an exhilarating marriage of jazz and Cuban pop music, defiantly standing up to the doubters who failed to share his radical vision.

Harold López-Nussa is rapidly building a global following in jazz and beyond. His tight-knit group captivates audiences with a relentless vivaciousness that “bridges generations and genres” (Billboard). His music reflects the full range and richness of Cuban music, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric, and popular elements, as well as its embrace of improvisation.

  • Harold López-Nussa – piano
  • Grégoire Maret – harmonica
  • Luques Curtis – bass
  • Ruy Adrian López-Nussa – drums

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July 8, 2022
July 10, 2022

Anita Jackson & the Scooter Brown Quintet

Anita Jackson

Anita Jackson leads an all-star band through a robust set ranging from jazz classics and soul favorites to down-home blues and original compositions.

  • Anita Jackson – vocals
  • Kendrick Smith – saxophone & flute
  • Phillip Graves – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Teddy Brookins – bass
  • Joshua Crump – drums

Scooter Brown Quintet

Soulful, vibrant, and creative are just a few words that describe saxophonist, vocalist, producer, composer, and educator Scooter Brown.

  • Scooter Brown – alto saxophone, vocals, samples
  • Antonio Foster – piano & keys
  • Jordan Brewer – bass
  • Dorian Sims – drums

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July 15, 2022
July 17, 2022

Matthew Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker’s love for playing music began at age 3 after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.

  • Matthew Whitaker – piano, organ, & keyboards
  • Karim Hutton - bass
  • Marcos Robinson - guitar
  • Ivan Montejo - percussion
  • John Steele - drums

July 22, 2022
July 24, 2022

Montez Coleman Tribute - Part 1

Jazz St. Louis celebrates the life and music of our beloved brother and friend Montez Coleman, featuring many of the artists that Tez worked with in his own groups on our stage. The night will include appearances by Adam Maness, Bob DeBoo, Eric Slaughter, Jason Swagler, Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Zeb Briskovich, Kendrick Smith, Danny Campbell, Bernard Terry, Demarius Hicks, Miles Vandiver, Matthew Henry, and many others.

July 29, 2022
July 31, 2022

Montez Coleman Tribute - Part 2

Jazz St. Louis celebrates the life and music of our beloved brother and friend Montez Coleman, featuring many of the artists that Tez worked with in his own groups on our stage. The night will include appearances by Adam Maness, Bob DeBoo, Eric Slaughter, Jason Swagler, Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Zeb Briskovich, Kendrick Smith, Danny Campbell, Bernard Terry, Demarius Hicks, Miles Vandiver, Matthew Henry, and many others.

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August 5, 2022
August 7, 2022

Yellowjackets

Now in their 5th decade, the dynamic brilliance of the Yellowjackets is the perfect start to a long-awaited season! The definition of musical mastery, the Jackets are not to be missed!

  • Russell Ferrante – piano & keyboards
  • Bob Mintzer – saxophones & EWI
  • Dane Alderson – bass
  • William Kennedy – drums

August 12, 2022
August 14, 2022

Janet Evra

Janet Evra performs in her signature Indie Bossa style.

Performing that bossa style has taken Janet from her native England, throughout Europe and to the United States. She was a Kranzberg Arts Foundation “Artist in Residence” from 2019 to 2020. She is now based in St. Louis as she continues to tour in the US, and around the world.

Janet is joined by Husband and guitarist Will Buchanan, Adam Maness on Piano and Keyboards, Demarius Hicks on drums, and featuring Kendrick Smith on Saxophone and EWI.

As always, Janet will be singing AND holding down the Bass.

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August 19, 2022
August 21, 2022

Connie Han

With the release of her 2018 Mack Avenue Music Group debut, Crime Zone, pianist Connie Han seized the attention of the jazz world and firmly established herself as a fast-rising star on the scene. That stratospheric ascent continues her captivating follow-up, “Iron Starlet,” released in April of 2020.

One listens to “Iron Starlet” is ample evidence that the 23-year old is every bit an armor-clad talent as the name implies. Her powerful vision takes in the full evolution of her forebearers, from iconic innovators like McCoy Tyner and Hank Jones through the Young Lion revolution spearheaded by the Marsalis Brothers, Kenny Kirkland, and Jeff “Tain” Watts, among others.

  • Ryan Berg - Bass
  • Bill Wysaske - KIT
  • Connie Han - Piano

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August 26, 2022
August 28, 2022

Kandace Springs

Kandace Spring’s latest album, “The Women Who Raised Me,” is her loving tribute to the great female singers who inspired her to begin her journey towards becoming one of the premier jazz/soul vocalists of our time. Featuring her unique interpretations of songs influential to her while growing up in Tennessee, Springs covers such classic icons as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, through 60’s legends Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield, and up to modern masters such as Sade and Lauryn Hill.

  • Kandace Springs – piano, Fender Rhodes, & vocals
  • Caylen Bryant - bass
  • Taylor Moore - drums

September 2, 2022
September 4, 2022

Keyon Harrold

Ferguson native Keyon Harrold grew up one of 16 children in a family that prioritized music and community across generations. His grandfather was a police officer who retired from the force to found a drum and bugle corps for local youth, both of his parents were pastors, and nearly all of his siblings sing and perform music today.

After leaving St. Louis for New York to study at The New School, Harrold landed his first major gig with Common, an experience which he says broadened his musical horizons beyond jazz to include funk, Afrobeat, R&B, and hip hop. Soon he was performing with stars like Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Eminem, Maxwell, and Anthony Hamilton. He continues to create music that combines jazz with other genres, helping to broaden the appeal of the music and bring people together. Harrold was named the new Creative Advisor for Jazz St. Louis in 2021.

September 9, 2022
September 11, 2022

Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez

Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez both started life in Havana, discovered their gifts and passions for music and headed to the States, where they melded the music of their homeland with a wide variety of influences, each in his own deeply personal way. Rodriguez and Martinez share a natural chemistry that makes for a galvanizing musical experience when they come together. The pair explores a range of moods and influences, from Cuban classics to collaborative original compositions to a number of unexpected favorites.

September 23, 2022
September 25, 2022

JSL 25 Band

JSL celebrates our 25th anniversary with a group that celebrates the history of the organization while looking towards the future at the same time. Longtime JSL staples Terell Stafford (trumpet) and Cyrus Chestnut (piano) are joined by saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly, drummer Allison Miller and bassist Nathan Pence (a former JazzU standout). This group can be experienced nowhere else in the world and will end the season on a definite high note!

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September 30, 2022
October 2, 2022

Roosevelt Collier and The Funky Butt Horns

Soft-spoken by nature, South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Collier built his “sacred steel” guitar prowess with his family in the soul-shaking band The Lee Boys. On his own, he has become a sought-after talent both live and recorded.

He has performed with musical luminaries like The Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, and countless others. During his St. Louis debut in 2019, Collier became acquainted with the Funky Butt Brass Band. For this show, he enlisted the dynamic Funky Butt horns to join him on stage.

October 7, 2022
October 9, 2022

Scooter Brown

Saxophonist Carlos “Scooter” Brown Hails from East St. Louis, Illinois. He’s also a D.J. and vocalist. This show also features Antonio Foster on Piano, Keys, and Rhodes; Nathan Pence on Bass; and Rob Reavling on Drums.

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October 14, 2022
October 16, 2022

Remembering Ray Brown

They don’t get together much anymore, but when they do, you’d better reinforce the walls because the joint will be swinging’! Bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson are among the most respected and well-loved purveyors of the modern American music we call jazz. This special engagement brings the three long-time musical compadres together to pay tribute to their mentor, legendary bassist Ray Brown. The joy will be infectious when this trio hits the stage, and we invite you to sit at the table of swing!

  • Christian McBride - Bass
  • Bennie Green - Piano
  • Gregory Hutchinson - Drums

October 21, 2022
October 23, 2022

Wynton Marsalis and Friends

This week’s show is a “Who’s Who” of the Saint Louis Jazz scene AND the great trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, Wynton Marsalis! Joining Wynton are St. Louis Jazz legends, like Vocalists Denise Thimes and Brian Owens, Pianists Peter Martin and Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Guitarist Eric Slaughter, Bass player Bob Deboo, and drummer Marty Morrisson.

October 28, 2022
October 30, 2022

Emily Wallace

From “South City” in Saint Louis, singer-songwriter Emily Wallace, performs with the “Adam Maness Trio.” During this performance, Emily captivated the audience with her breath-taking voice, genuine demeanor, and trademark sense of humor.

Adam Maness is a pianist, composer, arranger, and jack-of-all-trades. He’s one of the most in-demand musicians and collaborators on the St. Louis music scene.

Kaleb Kirby, on drums, was routinely hitting open mics with acts like the “Soulard Blues Band” as early as his mid-teens. He’s now one of the go-to drummers in St. Louis.

On bass, you’ll hear Nathan Pence, who has performed with some of today’s leading musicians, and has played at clubs around the world.

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November 4, 2022
November 6, 2022

Black, Brown, & Beige

The title Black, Brown and Beige refers to the three movements of this suite. Each one representing a period in black history:

  • "black" – that’s the lives of slaves.
  • "brown" – the emancipation of slaves and black service in American wars.
  • "beige" – there we have Ellington taking on contemporary black America in the 40s.

November 11, 2022
November 13, 2022

Matt Henry’s Agbara Sextet

Agbara is the West African Yoruba word for vigor, energy, and power. The Yoruba people and their musical aesthetics are a source of many of the aspects of “Latin Jazz." In this performance, Master percussionist Matt Henry debuts his new sextet. It embraces the Agbara spirit and features Matt and five more incredible jazz musicians from St. Louis, including: Aadron (Uh-dare-run) “Pops” Jackson on piano, Bernard Terry on bass, Kwane Johnson on saxophone, Duston Shrum playing trumpet and flugel Horn, and Desire “Des” Jones on drums with Matt Henry playing congas, bongos, and percussion.

November 18, 2022
November 20, 2022

Demarius Hicks

Demarius Hicks has been featured with countless groups over the years at Jazz St. Louis and anywhere great live music happens in St. Louis. Revisit this incredible set from one of St. Louis’ premier drummers as he takes to the stage for the first time as a leader with his group.

November 25, 2022
November 27, 2022

Paige Allyssa

The Paige Alyssa Quintet delivers an awe-inspiring tribute to the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. The talented singer-songwriter leans into their jazz foundations to present brand-new arrangements of the R&B icon’s biggest hits. We invite you to listen and learn the answer to the question MJB posed 30 years ago, “What’s the 411?” The Paige Alyssa Quintet features Paige Alyssa, Phillip Graves, Demarius Hicks, Bernard Terry, and Scooter Brown Jr.

December 2, 2022
December 4, 2022

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

Celebrate the Holidays with a special showcase of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite performed by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band. These jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, are all played from the original charts!

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December 9, 2022
December 11, 2022

Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana

Walk the streets of Havana on any day and you’ll hear the soul of Cuba: music pouring from private homes and bustling restaurants, windows rattling with the parties thrown inside, nightclubs pulsing with throngs of people dancing. On his vibrant and spirited new album, Te Lo Dije, Havana-based pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa sets out to capture that stirring sensation with an exhilarating marriage of jazz and Cuban pop music, defiantly standing up to the doubters who failed to share his radical vision.

Harold López-Nussa is rapidly building a global following in jazz and beyond. His tight-knit group captivates audiences with a relentless vivaciousness that “bridges generations and genres” (Billboard). His music reflects the full range and richness of Cuban music, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric, and popular elements, as well as its embrace of improvisation.

  • Harold López-Nussa – piano
  • Grégoire Maret – harmonica
  • Luques Curtis – bass
  • Ruy Adrian López-Nussa – drums

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December 16, 2022
December 18, 2022

Clark Terry Centennial

Jazz St. Louis celebrates the life and legacy of Clark Terry. The mark he left on both jazz and jazz education is immeasurable. We’ve assembled an all-star group that would surely make Clark smile as the doors will surely be swinging off the Bistro! A fitting tribute to one of St. Louis’s greatest exports to the world and a monumental leader in jazz.

  • Sean Jones – trumpet
  • Sharel Cassity – saxophone
  • Aaron Diehl – piano
  • John Clayton – bass
  • Sylvia Cuenca – Terry’s longtime drummer

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December 23, 2022
December 25, 2022

Cody Henry’s Christmas

Get in the holiday spirit with good vibes and great music as trombonist, sousaphonist, composer, and all-around virtuoso Cody Henry brings the holiday cheer that is perfect for your season.

  • Cody Henry – sousaphone & trombone
  • Ben Reece – saxophones & bass
  • Adam Hucke – trumpet
  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Joe Meyer – drums

December 30, 2022
January 1, 2023

2022 in review Part 1

A look back at some of the amazing performances of 2022.

January 6, 2023
January 8, 2023

2022 in review Part 2

A look back at some of the amazing performances of 2022.

January 13, 2023
January 15, 2023

John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli is one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the “Great American Songbook.” Pizzarelli has expanded the genre by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, the Beatles, and more.

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January 20, 2023
January 22, 2023

Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez

Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez both started life in Havana, discovered their gifts and passions for music and headed to the States, where they melded the music of their homeland with a wide variety of influences, each in his own deeply personal way. Rodriguez and Martinez share a natural chemistry that makes for a galvanizing musical experience when they come together. The pair explores a range of moods and influences, from Cuban classics to collaborative original compositions to a number of unexpected favorites.

January 27, 2023
January 29, 2023

Emily Wallace

The singer-songwriter performs with the “Adam Maness Trio.” During this performance, St. Louis’ own Emily Wallace captivated the audience with her breath-taking voice, genuine demeanor, and trademark sense of humor.

February 3, 2023
February 5, 2023

Jazz Speaks: Jazz as a Protest Music

An internationally renowned musician, Victor Goines — the President & CEO of Jazz St. Louis — leads the performance of classic protest songs by legends of jazz in "Jazz & Justice." Goines also provides commentary on the movement.

February 10, 2023
February 12, 2023

Jahmal Nichols’ Black Frequencies

Bassist, composer, and producer Jahmal Nichols says his newest album, Black Frequencies, is about a vibe or experience. Revisit the experience on the Jazz St. Louis stage with this special broadcast.

February 17, 2023
February 19, 2023

Regina Carter

Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter explores the power of music through the voice of the violin in a wide range of genres—including jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, and African.

February 24, 2023
February 26, 2023

Stefon Harris and Blackout

Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. He is heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” by The Los Angeles Times and has been named Best Mallet Player eight times by the Jazz Journalist Association.

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March 3, 2023
March 5, 2023

Connie Han

With the release of her 2018 Mack Avenue Music Group debut, Crime Zone, pianist Connie Han seized the attention of the jazz world and firmly established herself as a fast-rising star on the scene. That stratospheric ascent continues her captivating follow-up, “Iron Starlet,” released in April of 2020.

One listens to “Iron Starlet” is ample evidence that the 23-year old is every bit an armor-clad talent as the name implies. Her powerful vision takes in the full evolution of her forebearers, from iconic innovators like McCoy Tyner and Hank Jones through the Young Lion revolution spearheaded by the Marsalis Brothers, Kenny Kirkland, and Jeff “Tain” Watts, among others.

  • Ryan Berg - Bass
  • Bill Wysaske - KIT
  • Connie Han - Piano

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March 10, 2023
March 12, 2023

Sara Gazarek

Sara Gazarek is a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist. She’s been named Outstanding Jazz vocalist by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation. Sara is a passionate educator who has travelled the world to teach, and perform, at educational camps and music festivals.

For this concert, she is performing with Miro Sprague- Piano, Alex Boneham- Bass, Jonathan Pinson- Drums and Lenard Simpson on Alto Sax.

March 17, 2023
March 19, 2023

Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner

Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant & pianist Sullivan Fortner join forces for a very special collaboration that has Jazz St. Louis audiences buzzing.

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March 24, 2023
March 26, 2023

JSL 25 BAND

JSL celebrates our 25th anniversary with a group that celebrates the history of the organization while looking towards the future at the same time. Longtime JSL staples Terell Stafford (trumpet) and Cyrus Chestnut (piano) are joined by saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly, drummer Allison Miller and bassist Nathan Pence (a former JazzU standout). This group can be experienced nowhere else in the world and will end the season on a definite high note!

March 31, 2023
April 2, 2023

Dave Grelle’s Playadors

Veteran pianist, organist, keyboard player and composer Dave Grelle returns to Jazz St. Louis as the leader of his all-star Playadors project. The Playadors are made up of some of the most in-demand players and vocalists in the city.

Joining them tonight is special guest: vocalist and singer Neil Salsich.

April 7, 2023
April 9, 2023

JSL’s Jazz U 2023

This show features the talented student-musicians of Jazz St. Louis’s “Jazz U,” joined by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Keyon Harrold. “Jazz U” connects middle school and high school musicians with weekly small jazz combo sessions from September - May. Tonight, you’ll hear the Jazz St. Louis “Jazz U All Stars” for 2022 including:

  • Josiah Burton (trumpet)
  • Miles Cole and Owen Jefcoat (trombone)
  • Henry Reinwart (piano)
  • Evan Wohlrabe (bass)
  • Roman Wells II (drums)

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April 14, 2023
April 16, 2023

Keyon Harrold

Jazz St. Louis’s newly appointed Creative Advisor Keyon Harrold takes the stage to celebrate a partnership that is poised to set St. Louis abuzz with good vibes. Harrold’s work continues to be unique, thoughtful, and boundary-pushing, just like the artist himself.

  • Keyon Harrold – trumpet & vocals
  • Shedrick Mitchell – piano, Fender Rhodes, & organ
  • Burniss Travis – bass
  • Nir Felder – guitar
  • Charles Haynes – drums
  • PLUS special guests

April 21, 2023
April 23, 2023

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday (from Season of Stream)

Jazz St. Louis celebrates two of the most talented, interesting, and influential women of jazz, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald! Adaron "Pops" Jackson leads an all-star ensemble featuring Anita Jackson, Erika Johnson, Ben Reece, Bob DeBoo, and Montez Coleman through some of the most impactful selections from these iconic careers.

April 28, 2023
April 30, 2023

Sean Jones

Artists Sean Jones (trumpeter/musical director) and Brinae Ali (choreographer/tap dancer/vocalist) have teamed up to create a piece that fuses jazz, tap, Hip Hop, and Bebop to articulate the social vernacular language of the African American experience. Dizzy Spellz offers an Afro-futuristic lens into a deeper look at the intersecting cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora through the music of Dizzy Gillespie.

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May 5, 2023
May 7, 2023

Janet Evra

Janet Evra performs in her signature Indie Bossa style.

Performing that bossa style has taken Janet from her native England, throughout Europe and to the United States. She was a Kranzberg Arts Foundation “Artist in Residence” from 2019 to 2020. She is now based in St. Louis as she continues to tour in the US, and around the world.

Janet is joined by Husband and guitarist Will Buchanan, Adam Maness on Piano and Keyboards, Demarius Hicks on drums, and featuring Kendrick Smith on Saxophone and EWI.

As always, Janet will be singing AND holding down the Bass.

May 12, 2023
May 14, 2023

Shedrick Mitchell

St. Louis native Shedrick Mitchell has musical roots deeply planted in Gospel/Christian music and yet extend far beyond to jazz and New Age. His influences are beautifully woven into a signature sound that brings light into darkness, healing to the broken-hearted, and illuminates the soul.

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May 19, 2023
May 21, 2023

Remembering Ray Brown

They don’t get together much anymore, but when they do, you’d better reinforce the walls because the joint will be swinging’! Bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson are among the most respected and well-loved purveyors of the modern American music we call jazz. This special engagement brings the three long-time musical compadres together to pay tribute to their mentor, legendary bassist Ray Brown. The joy will be infectious when this trio hits the stage, and we invite you to sit at the table of swing!

  • Christian McBride - Bass
  • Bennie Green - Piano
  • Gregory Hutchinson - Drums

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May 26, 2023
May 28, 2023

Melissa Aldana

Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana joined the "Blue Note Records" family with her debut album, "12 Stars."

At 33, the Brooklyn-based tenor saxophone player from Santiago, Chile, has received international recognition for her visionary work as a band leader – as well as her deeply meditative interpretation of language and vocabulary.

  • Lage Lund - Guitar
  • Pablo Menares - Bass
  • Kush Abadey - Drums

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June 2, 2023
June 4, 2023

Yellowjackets

Now in their 5th decade, the dynamic brilliance of the Yellowjackets is the perfect start to a long-awaited season! The definition of musical mastery, the Jackets are not to be missed!

  • Russell Ferrante – piano & keyboards
  • Bob Mintzer – saxophones & EWI
  • Dane Alderson – bass
  • William Kennedy – drums

June 9, 2023
June 11, 2023

Jeremy Davenport

Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the St. Louis Symphony which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for his tradition at Jazz St. Louis.

June 16, 2023
June 18, 2023

Baylor Project

The Baylor Project, featuring Jean Baylor and St. Louis native Marcus Baylor. is a highly anticipated collaboration steeped in the heart and soul of jazz. As the children of pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark.

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June 23, 2023
June 25, 2023

Kaleb Kirby & the Kendrick Smith Trio

Drummer and educator Kaleb Kirby has become a respected voice among the current landscape of St. Louis jazz composers, with his original compositions taking center stage in this performance.

  • Kaleb Kirby – drums
  • Josiah Joyce – guitar
  • Aaron O’Neill – bass
  • Steven Johnson – saxophone

The Kendrick Smith Trio lights up the Jazz St. Louis stage with an incredible performance featuring classic jazz standards and original compositions.

  • Kendrick Smith – saxophones, flute, & bass clarinet
  • Bernard Terry – acoustic bass
  • Micah Walker – drums

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June 30, 2023
July 2, 2023

Bernard Terry and Matthew Henry’s Agbara Quintet

Bassist Bernard Terry delivers a robust, swinging set with a performance that illustrates why he is one of the most in-demand bassists around. Double-check your door hinges; this quartet is about to swing ‘em right off!

  • Bernard Terry – bass
  • Kendrick Smith – saxophone & flute
  • Royce Martin – piano
  • Demarius Hicks – drums

Master percussionist Matthew Henry debuts his new quintet that embraces the spirit of “agbara” – the West African Yoruba word for vigor, energy, and power.

  • Matthew Henry – percussion
  • Adam Hucke – trumpet & flugelhorn
  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano & keys
  • Zeb Briskovich – bass
  • Montez Coleman – drums

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July 7, 2023
July 9, 2023

Regina Carter

Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter explores the power of music through the voice of the violin in a wide range of genres—including jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, and African.

rebroadcast

July 14, 2023
July 16, 2023

Black, Brown, & Beige

The title Black, Brown and Beige refers to the three movements of this suite. Each one representing a period in black history:

  • "black" – that’s the lives of slaves.
  • "brown" – the emancipation of slaves and black service in American wars.
  • "beige" – there we have Ellington taking on contemporary black America in the 40s.

July 21, 2023
July 23, 2023

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a Modern Jazz Icon in the Making, Miller has been named “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine, and her composition “Otis Was a Polar Bear” is on NPR’s list of The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women. She is also the first recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Commissioning Grant.

July 28, 2023
July 30, 2023

Happy Talk: Celebrating Nancy Wilson

Pianist and educator Adaron “Pops” Jackson and jazz vocalist Kim Fuller join forces for a very special tribute to legendary R&B singer Nancy Wilson, drawing from an illustrious career that spans over five decades.

August 4, 2023
August 6, 2023

Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong

Featuring never-before-published photographs and stories culled from Armstrong’s personal archives, Ricky Riccardi tells the story of how the man called “Pops” became the first “King of Pop.” The program includes a performance by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band.

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August 11, 2023
August 13, 2023

Kendrick Smith and Fusebox

Kendrick Smith’s latest project Fusebox reworks classic video game themes from the 1980s and 90s, early 2000s, bringing a whole new vibe to Jazz St. Louis. For those who remember Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, and other classic games, these performances will bring you back to your childhood with a whole new hipness.

  • Kendrick Smith – saxophone & EWI
  • Zach Radwine – piano & keyboards
  • Josiah Joyce – guitar
  • Bernard Terry – bass
  • Ben Dicke – drums

August 18, 2023
August 20, 2023

Miles in May

Join a dynamic quintet featuring some of St. Louis’ finest as they pay homage to Alton-born, East St. Louis-raised trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis. Featuring Antonio Foster, Brady Lewis, Kwanae Johnson, Bob DeBoo, & Ben Dicke.

rebroadcast

August 25, 2023
August 27, 2023

Clark Terry Centennial

Jazz St. Louis celebrates the life and legacy of Clark Terry. The mark he left on both jazz and jazz education is immeasurable. We’ve assembled an all-star group that would surely make Clark smile as the doors will surely be swinging off the Bistro! A fitting tribute to one of St. Louis’s greatest exports to the world and a monumental leader in jazz.

  • Sean Jones – trumpet
  • Sharel Cassity – saxophone
  • Aaron Diehl – piano
  • John Clayton – bass
  • Sylvia Cuenca – Terry’s longtime drummer

September 1, 2023
September 3, 2023

No Tears Project

The No Tears Project is a jazz collective that interprets civil rights history through music—conceived by pianist Christopher Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt.

Jazz St. Louis has partnered with Oxford American and Gateway Arch National Park to produce and present a concert event in St. Louis that includes songs from the original No Tears Suite composition—performed by a seven-piece jazz ensemble led by Parker and Hurt, alongside brand-new music, poetry, and dance created by and in collaboration with beloved St. Louis artists Oliver Lake, Brian Owens, Treasure Shields Redmond, and Ashley Tate. The jazz ensemble will include Christopher Parker (piano), Kelley Hurt (voice), Rodney Jordan (bass), Chad Anderson (drums), Bobby LaVell (tenor saxophone), Marc Franklin (trumpet), and Chad Fowler (alto saxophone).

rebroadcast

September 8, 2023
September 10, 2023

JSL 25 BAND

JSL celebrates our 25th anniversary with a group that celebrates the history of the organization while looking towards the future at the same time. Longtime JSL staples Terell Stafford (trumpet) and Cyrus Chestnut (piano) are joined by saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly, drummer Allison Miller and bassist Nathan Pence (a former JazzU standout). This group can be experienced nowhere else in the world and will end the season on a definite high note!

September 15, 2023
September 17, 2023

Bria Skonberg

New York-based Canadian-born singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has stormed onto the jazz scene with her smoky vocals, blistering trumpet, and compelling compositions and arrangements. The Juno Award winner has sung the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the iconic Apollo Theater, sat in with the Dave Matthews Band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste, performed as part of The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, and sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for a NY Rangers game.

September 22, 2023
September 24, 2023

Weather Forever

Celebrate fusion at its finest with Weather Forever! Zeb Briskovich (bass), Miles Vandiver (drums), Adaron “Pops” Jackson (keys), Eric Slaughter (guitar), and Jason Swagler (sax), make up this all-star band created to pay tribute to legendary fusion groups Weather Report and Return to Forever

September 29, 2023
October 1, 2023

Jazz St. Louis Big Band Plays Count Basie, directed by Victor Goines

Enjoy the Jazz St. Louis Big Band, under the direction of Victor Goines, as they swing the summer away in salute to the iconic Count Basie Orchestra, performing selections from his expansive catalogue.

rebroadcast

October 6, 2023
October 8, 2023

Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner

Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant & pianist Sullivan Fortner join forces for a very special collaboration that has Jazz St. Louis audiences buzzing.

rebroadcast

October 13, 2023
October 15, 2023

Regina Carter

Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter explores the power of music through the voice of the violin in a wide range of genres—including jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, and African.

October 20, 2023
October 22, 2023

Janet Evra - Meet Me in Paris

Janet Evra, an international jazz vocalist, bassist, and bandleader from England, brings Jazz St. Louis Meet Me in Paris, featuring fresh interpretations of French jazz classics by Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and Henri Betti, and newer hits by Pink Martini and Cyrille Aimee, along with original compositions.

October 27, 2023
October 29, 2023

Linda May Han Oh

Born in Malaysia, raised in Western Australia, and now living in New York City, bassist Linda May Han Oh brings her dynamic live show to the Bistro stage for this unforgettable performance!

rebroadcast

November 3, 2023
November 5, 2023

Jahmal Nichols’ Black Frequencies

Bassist, composer, and producer Jahmal Nichols says his newest album, Black Frequencies, is about a vibe or experience. Revisit the experience on the Jazz St. Louis stage with this special broadcast.

rebroadcast

November 10, 2023
November 12, 2023

Jeremy Davenport

Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the St. Louis Symphony which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for his tradition at Jazz St. Louis.

November 17, 2023
November 19, 2023

Bob DeBoo’s 1959 Project

Bassist Bob DeBoo assembles an all-star cast of St. Louis musicians for a celebration of four iconic albums from 1959, arguably the most creative and influential year that jazz has seen.

November 24, 2023
November 26, 2023

Samara Joy

Vocalist Samara Joy was the winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and brought home the GRAMMY awards for "Best New Artist" and "Best Jazz Vocal Album" of 2023. Relive the voice as smooth as velvet in the intimacy of the Bistro!

rebroadcast

December 1, 2023
December 3, 2023

Dave Grelle’s Playadors

Veteran pianist, organist, keyboard player and composer Dave Grelle returns to Jazz St. Louis as the leader of his all-star Playadors project. The Playadors are made up of some of the most in-demand players and vocalists in the city.

Joining them tonight is special guest: vocalist and singer Neil Salsich.

rebroadcast

December 8, 2023
December 10, 2023

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

Celebrate the Holidays with a special showcase of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite performed by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band. These jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, are all played from the original charts!

December 15, 2023
December 17, 2023

Etienne Charles’ Creole Christmas

Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles adds a new twist to the holidays with his dynamic Creole Christmas band. Charles and his ensemble celebrate the Christmas season with unique interpretations of pieces from Charles’ diverse musical roots, featuring classic selections from the Caribbean, American, and European holiday songbooks.

rebroadcast

December 22, 2023
December 24, 2023

Cody Henry’s Christmas

Get in the holiday spirit with good vibes and great music as trombonist, sousaphonist, composer, and all-around virtuoso Cody Henry brings the holiday cheer that is perfect for your season.

  • Cody Henry – sousaphone & trombone
  • Ben Reece – saxophones & bass
  • Adam Hucke – trumpet
  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Joe Meyer – drums

January 5, 2024
January 7, 2024

Peter Martin & Generation S

Acclaimed jazz pianist, educator, founder of Open Studio, and St. Louis native Peter Martin and his fantastic Generation S brought their exhilarating show to the Jazz St. Louis stage! Generation S features Rueben Rogers on bass, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, and Sarah Hanahan on saxophone!

rebroadcast

January 12, 2024
January 14, 2024

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday (from Season of Stream)

Jazz St. Louis celebrates two of the most talented, interesting, and influential women of jazz, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald! Adaron "Pops" Jackson leads an all-star ensemble featuring Anita Jackson, Erika Johnson, Ben Reece, Bob DeBoo, and Montez Coleman through some of the most impactful selections from these iconic careers.

January 19, 2024
January 21, 2024

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: Midwestern Music Matters

Jazz St. Louis Creative Advisor Keyon Harrold discusses samples from jazz classics that have gone on to have new life in a new genre. Harrold will explore how jazz songs have been interpolated into new works. The program includes a concert showcasing original jazz songs and how the samples were transformed into hip-hop.

rebroadcast

January 26, 2024
January 28, 2024

Sean Jones

Artists Sean Jones (trumpeter/musical director) and Brinae Ali (choreographer/tap dancer/vocalist) have teamed up to create a piece that fuses jazz, tap, Hip Hop, and Bebop to articulate the social vernacular language of the African American experience. Dizzy Spellz offers an Afro-futuristic lens into a deeper look at the intersecting cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora through the music of Dizzy Gillespie.

February 2, 2024
February 4, 2024

Summer Sax Summit featuring Kendrick Smith, Bennett Wood, & Joel Vanderheyden

Because one saxophone is never enough, we bring three of the premiere saxophonists in St. Louis for a collaboration you’ll hear nowhere else. Backed by pianist Daniel Herrera, bassist Bernard Terry, and drummer Ben Dicke, saxophonists and composers Kendrick Smith, Bennett Wood, and Joel Vanderheyden are gonna blow the roof off the joint…literally!

February 9, 2024
February 11, 2024

Wycliffe Gordon

American jazz trombonist, arranger, composer, band leader, and music educator Wycliffe Gordon will light up the Bistro stage! The Georgia-born trombonist also sings and plays didgeridoo, trumpet, soprano trombone, tuba, and piano. Wycliffe will be joined by Ehud Asherie on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, Alvin Atkinson, Jr. on drums and vocals, and Adrian Cunningham on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and vocals. Make sure to catch these spirited performances that are sure to be bad to the bone!

rebroadcast

February 16, 2024
February 18, 2024

Jazz Speaks: Jazz as a Protest Music

An internationally renowned musician, Victor Goines — the President & CEO of Jazz St. Louis — leads the performance of classic protest songs by legends of jazz in "Jazz & Justice." Goines also provides commentary on the movement.

rebroadcast

February 23, 2024
February 25, 2024

Happy Talk: Celebrating Nancy Wilson

Pianist and educator Adaron “Pops” Jackson and jazz vocalist Kim Fuller join forces for a very special tribute to legendary R&B singer Nancy Wilson, drawing from an illustrious career that spans over five decades.

rebroadcast

March 1, 2024
March 3, 2024

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

NYC-based drummer/composer/teacher Allison Miller engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a Modern Jazz Icon in the Making, Miller has been named “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine, and her composition “Otis Was a Polar Bear” is on NPR’s list of The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women. She is also the first recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Commissioning Grant.

March 8, 2024
March 10, 2024

Swing Dance Party

Jazz St. Louis opened its doors for our first ever Swing Dance Night! The band was led by Dawn Weber on trumpet and vocals., Jason Swagler on saxophone, Travis Mattison on guitar, Antonio Foster on piano, Bernard Terry on bass, and Bernard Long on drums! In its origin, jazz music developed symbiotically with Black vernacular dance styles like the Charleston, Tap, Lindy Hop, Shag, Bop. Move that couch and move that end table and swing dance the night away with us!

rebroadcast

March 15, 2024
March 17, 2024

Melissa Aldana

Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana joined the "Blue Note Records" family with her debut album, "12 Stars."

At 33, the Brooklyn-based tenor saxophone player from Santiago, Chile, has received international recognition for her visionary work as a band leader – as well as her deeply meditative interpretation of language and vocabulary.

  • Lage Lund - Guitar
  • Pablo Menares - Bass
  • Kush Abadey - Drums

March 22, 2024
March 24, 2024

Grace Kelly

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and bandleader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 14 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl as well as being part of the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – all before reaching her mid-twenties. Revisit this amazing performance as we listen to Kelly’s dynamic saxophone stylings and captivating vocal tones.

rebroadcast

March 29, 2024
March 31, 2024

Kandace Springs

Kandace Spring’s latest album, “The Women Who Raised Me,” is her loving tribute to the great female singers who inspired her to begin her journey towards becoming one of the premier jazz/soul vocalists of our time. Featuring her unique interpretations of songs influential to her while growing up in Tennessee, Springs covers such classic icons as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, through 60’s legends Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield, and up to modern masters such as Sade and Lauryn Hill.

  • Kandace Springs – piano, Fender Rhodes, & vocals
  • Caylen Bryant - bass
  • Taylor Moore - drums

Production Team

  • Greg Munteanu
    Audio Producer, STLPR
  • Cindy Collins
    Writer/Producer, STLPR
  • Alex Rice
    Web Production, STLPR
  • Madalyn Painter
    Director of Marketing & Digital Media, STLPR
  • Victor Goines
    President, Jazz St. Louis
  • Paul Hennerich
    Lead Producer, Jazz St. Louis
  • Nick Garcia
    Director of Marketing, Jazz St. Louis

Past Audio Recordings

2023 Recordings

Jazz St. Louis Big Band Plays Count Basie, directed by Victor Goines See More

Jazz St. Louis Big Band Plays Count Basie, directed by Victor Goines

Enjoy the Jazz St. Louis Big Band, under the direction of Victor Goines, as they swing the summer away in salute to the iconic Count Basie Orchestra, performing selections from his expansive catalogue.

Regina Carter See More

Regina Carter   (rebroadcast)

Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter explores the power of music through the voice of the violin in a wide range of genres—including jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, and African.

Linda May Han Oh See More

Linda May Han Oh

Born in Malaysia, raised in Western Australia, and now living in New York City, bassist Linda May Han Oh brings her dynamic live show to the Bistro stage for this unforgettable performance!

Jeremy Davenport See More

Jeremy Davenport   (rebroadcast)

Jeremy Davenport infuses a unique style of storytelling with original lyrics and music, creating not only a modern edge but also a feeling reminiscent of the time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. Davenport, a St. Louis native, studied and played with members and guests of the St. Louis Symphony which included an early introduction to Wynton Marsalis. A member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years, Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for his tradition at Jazz St. Louis.

Samara Joy See More

Samara Joy

Vocalist Samara Joy was the winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and brought home the GRAMMY awards for "Best New Artist" and "Best Jazz Vocal Album" of 2023. Relive the voice as smooth as velvet in the intimacy of the Bistro!

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite See More

Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite   (rebroadcast)

Celebrate the Holidays with a special showcase of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite performed by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band. These jazz interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, are all played from the original charts!

Cody Henry’s Christmas See More

Cody Henry’s Christmas   (rebroadcast)

Get in the holiday spirit with good vibes and great music as trombonist, sousaphonist, composer, and all-around virtuoso Cody Henry brings the holiday cheer that is perfect for your season.

  • Cody Henry – sousaphone & trombone
  • Ben Reece – saxophones & bass
  • Adam Hucke – trumpet
  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Joe Meyer – drums
Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner See More

Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner   (rebroadcast)

Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant & pianist Sullivan Fortner join forces for a very special collaboration that has Jazz St. Louis audiences buzzing.

Janet Evra - Meet Me in Paris See More

Janet Evra - Meet Me in Paris

Janet Evra, an international jazz vocalist, bassist, and bandleader from England, brings Jazz St. Louis Meet Me in Paris, featuring fresh interpretations of French jazz classics by Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and Henri Betti, and newer hits by Pink Martini and Cyrille Aimee, along with original compositions.

Jahmal Nichols’ Black Frequencies See More

Jahmal Nichols’ Black Frequencies   (rebroadcast)

Bassist, composer, and producer Jahmal Nichols says his newest album, Black Frequencies, is about a vibe or experience. Revisit the experience on the Jazz St. Louis stage with this special broadcast.

Bob DeBoo’s 1959 Project See More

Bob DeBoo’s 1959 Project

Bassist Bob DeBoo assembles an all-star cast of St. Louis musicians for a celebration of four iconic albums from 1959, arguably the most creative and influential year that jazz has seen.

Dave Grelle’s Playadors See More

Dave Grelle’s Playadors   (rebroadcast)

Veteran pianist, organist, keyboard player and composer Dave Grelle returns to Jazz St. Louis as the leader of his all-star Playadors project. The Playadors are made up of some of the most in-demand players and vocalists in the city.

Joining them tonight is special guest: vocalist and singer Neil Salsich.

Etienne Charles’ Creole Christmas See More

Etienne Charles’ Creole Christmas

Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles adds a new twist to the holidays with his dynamic Creole Christmas band. Charles and his ensemble celebrate the Christmas season with unique interpretations of pieces from Charles’ diverse musical roots, featuring classic selections from the Caribbean, American, and European holiday songbooks.

2024 Recordings

Peter Martin & Generation S See More

Peter Martin & Generation S

Acclaimed jazz pianist, educator, founder of Open Studio, and St. Louis native Peter Martin and his fantastic Generation S brought their exhilarating show to the Jazz St. Louis stage! Generation S features Rueben Rogers on bass, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, and Sarah Hanahan on saxophone!

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: Midwestern Music Matters See More

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: Midwestern Music Matters

Jazz St. Louis Creative Advisor Keyon Harrold discusses samples from jazz classics that have gone on to have new life in a new genre. Harrold will explore how jazz songs have been interpolated into new works. The program includes a concert showcasing original jazz songs and how the samples were transformed into hip-hop.

Summer Sax Summit featuring Kendrick Smith, Bennett Wood, & Joel Vanderheyden See More

Summer Sax Summit featuring Kendrick Smith, Bennett Wood, & Joel Vanderheyden

Because one saxophone is never enough, we bring three of the premiere saxophonists in St. Louis for a collaboration you’ll hear nowhere else. Backed by pianist Daniel Herrera, bassist Bernard Terry, and drummer Ben Dicke, saxophonists and composers Kendrick Smith, Bennett Wood, and Joel Vanderheyden are gonna blow the roof off the joint…literally!

Jazz Speaks: Jazz as a Protest Music See More

Jazz Speaks: Jazz as a Protest Music   (rebroadcast)

An internationally renowned musician, Victor Goines — the President & CEO of Jazz St. Louis — leads the performance of classic protest songs by legends of jazz in "Jazz & Justice." Goines also provides commentary on the movement.

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday (from Season of Stream) See More

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday (from Season of Stream)   (rebroadcast)

Jazz St. Louis celebrates two of the most talented, interesting, and influential women of jazz, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald! Adaron "Pops" Jackson leads an all-star ensemble featuring Anita Jackson, Erika Johnson, Ben Reece, Bob DeBoo, and Montez Coleman through some of the most impactful selections from these iconic careers.

Sean Jones See More

Sean Jones   (rebroadcast)

Artists Sean Jones (trumpeter/musical director) and Brinae Ali (choreographer/tap dancer/vocalist) have teamed up to create a piece that fuses jazz, tap, Hip Hop, and Bebop to articulate the social vernacular language of the African American experience. Dizzy Spellz offers an Afro-futuristic lens into a deeper look at the intersecting cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora through the music of Dizzy Gillespie.

Wycliffe Gordon See More

Wycliffe Gordon

American jazz trombonist, arranger, composer, band leader, and music educator Wycliffe Gordon will light up the Bistro stage! The Georgia-born trombonist also sings and plays didgeridoo, trumpet, soprano trombone, tuba, and piano. Wycliffe will be joined by Ehud Asherie on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, Alvin Atkinson, Jr. on drums and vocals, and Adrian Cunningham on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and vocals. Make sure to catch these spirited performances that are sure to be bad to the bone!