2014-15 Jazz St. Louis Season Brochure
This in-depth brochure takes you through Jazz St. Louis's 20th Season presenting the best in live jazz. Included in the brochure is the Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series - 4-night shows with international touring artists, the Special Events Series, and the Jazz at the Bistro Spotlight Series - highlighting some of the best local talent St. Louis has to offer.
jazz st.louis 20 th 14 â€“ 15 Welcome to Jazz St. Louis’s 20th Jazz St. Louis has experienced a dramatic evolution since Barbara Rose first established a world-class jazz club in 1995. Over the past 19 seasons, we have grown Jazz at the Bistro and Jazz St. Louis into an internationally-recognized jazz presenter responsible for nearly 300 performances a year. We have also gone on to become a top jazz education institution, reaching more than 140,000 students since the year 2000 through inschool performances and master classes, youth concerts, student ensembles, and more. Jazz at the Bistro subscribers have a vital impact on our ability to reach those students and raise up the next generation of jazz musicians and enthusiasts. Gene Dobbs Bradford Now entering our 20th season of presenting the best in live jazz, not only do we have a great lineup of musicians scheduled to perform, Jazz St. Louis will be opening the brand new Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, which you will read about on the following pages. We invite you to get in on the ground floor of this exciting next step in the evolution of Jazz St. Louis and become a subscriber. As such, you will be among the first to access tickets and seating for all of the shows taking place at the fully renovated Ferring Jazz features inside: 2 Series Look for these numbers at the bottom of the page for Subscription Series artists to see which artists are in which subscription packages. Series includes all 18 shows, Series has 10 great performances, and Series has eight shows. Can’t find the subscription package you want? Don’t worry, you can Choose Your Own with a minimum of four shows from the subscription series. Season! Bistro. Subscribers also receive exclusive benefits like complimentary valet parking, discounted tickets, advance notice of new shows, early ticket purchasing power, and subscriber-only events like our annual Season Preview party. The greatest benefit, of course, is seeing the world’s finest musicians perform in the intimacy of the Bistro. Please join us in thanking Wells Fargo advisors, who return for a fourth year as the Presenting Sponsor of the Jazz at the Bistro Season. We are also grateful to World Wide Technology for underwriting our Grand Opening Celebration. Jazz St. Louis is fortunate to have the support of outstanding corporate citizens like these as well as individuals, foundations, and organizations throughout the region committed to our mission to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education, and outreach. Thank you for your continued support and patronage. The future of jazz starts here! table of contents The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz 4 Grand Opening Celebration 6 Subscription Benefits Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series Special Events Spotlight Series Subscription Packages Subscription Order Form 2014-15 Season Concert Listing 7 8 27 34 38 39 41 FAQs and Ticketing Information 42 Education Programs 43 Gene Dobbs Bradford Executive Director If you’ve wanted to come to the Bistro and listen to some great jazz, but are new to the music and don’t know where to begin, look for this icon on the concert listings. If it’s there, we’re sure you will enjoy the show, even if you don’t know the first thing about jazz. If you like this, then try this At the bottom of each artist’s page, you will find suggestions to help you build a Choose Your Own Series, find another show you will enjoy, or discover your new favorite artist. 3 The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz Jazz St. Louis has purchased the current Jazz at the Bistro space along with the adjoining three-story building to the west. Construction is already underway on combining and renovating both spaces into The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz opening this fall. Imagine a future where… • St. Louis is the premier destination for jazz music and education in the Midwest. • Jazz St. Louis is mentioned alongside Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and SFJazz in San Francisco as the nation’s most important places for this great American music. • St. Louis is home to one of the top five jazz clubs in the world. • The appearance of the listening room matches the first-class quality of the music on stage. • A groundbreaking, interactive education center trains the next generation of great jazz artists and builds future audiences. • Guests dine on delicious food and enjoy great service from improved restaurant operations, both in the Bistro and a new jazz lounge next door. • People around the world experience our concerts via audio and video recording and online streaming. 4 a brand new listening experience starts here You told us that the best part of listening to live music at Jazz at the Bistro is the room’s intimacy. We have reconfigured the room to create an even more intimate atmosphere for you, the audience, and the artists on stage. • The farthest seats from the stage will be 30 feet closer than before, enhancing the intimate feel that patrons know and love, while giving everyone the best seat in the house. • A reconfigured stage and balcony layout will expand capacity from 150 to 220 seats and allow for unobstructed views of the entire stage from just 25 feet away. • Acoustical design from Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics—whose work includes Jazz at Lincoln Center and the SFJazz Center—will ensure that the music you came to hear is outstanding no matter where you sit. • A state-of-the-art sound system and brand new grand piano will bring those acoustical treatments to life. • Inspired by the sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s, the streamlined interior by Jamieson Design will be composed of classic-modern styling and offer every guest clean, uninterrupted sightlines. • Kitchen access from the back of the house, behind-the-scenes bus and service stations, and a box office in the foyer lets you focus on the music— distraction-free. • The entire facility will now be fully accessible with an elevator, groundlevel entrance, and restroom facilities on all floors. With these improvements, Jazz at the Bistro will not only sit atop the list of great jazz clubs, but of great music rooms around the world. 5 grand opening celebration! “The finest big band in the world today.” Daily Telegraph (UK) photo by Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis October 3, 2014 “One rarely hears this music played with such technical brilliance, stylistic authenticity and tonal sheen...Here were the throaty reeds, percussive trumpet blasts and visceral sense of swing that have made the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra the greatest large jazz ensemble working today.” – Chicago Tribune The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) is composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists and ensemble players under the leadership Sponsored by of musical director and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Basie, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers, JLCO concerts are internationally critically-acclaimed. Help us celebrate the grand opening of The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz with the world’s premier jazz ensemble in the highly-intimate setting of the new and improved Ferring Jazz Bistro. Tickets for this performance on sale to subscribers starting August 25, 2014. 6 become a subscriber Now is the time to become a Jazz at the Bistro subscriber. For as little as $111, you can be among the first people to pick your seats in the new Ferring Jazz Bistro and be part of our 20th season! Whether choosing a full series subscription, a custom Choose Your Own package, or something in-between, subscribers enjoy a variety of exclusive benefits to enhance their evenings of hearing the best in live jazz. the benefits of subscribing premium seating The best choice of seats with consistency in table location before single tickets go on sale to the general public. Higher subscription packages are seated first. priority First pick on tickets to concerts outside of subscription packages or to newly added shows throughout the year. This includes first access to tickets for the Grand Opening Celebration with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra! savings All packages are discounted up to 15% off single ticket prices. convenience Complimentary valet parking for all subscribersâ€”including Choose Your Own. flexibility Unlimited complimentary ticket exchange within the same engagement to help manage any scheduling conflicts that may arise. tax donation receipt Donate your tickets back instead of exchanging and receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. send a friend Canâ€™t make it to a show? Send a friend in your place. artist access Invitations to exclusive meet and greet opportunities with select artists. insider info Advance notice of new shows and an invitation to an exclusive Season Preview Party. 7 Wells Fargo Advisors is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season Official Media Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series Official Media Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series jazz at the bistro subscription series Welcome to the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series! Jazz St. Louis is now in its 20th season of programming the best national and international jazz artists in one of the most highly-acclaimed—yet intimate— venues in the country. Sit down, relax, and enjoy your journey through this amazing season full of inventive artist pairings, rising talents, St. Louis favorites, and established icons. We’ll see you at the Bistro! Official Media Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series Official Hotel of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season Custom drums at the Ferring Jazz Bistro are handmade by 8 “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades” Rolling Stone David Sanborn October 8-11, 2014 Sponsored by KDHX 88.1FM Welcomes Renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxophone players of all-time, David Sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians, while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, pop, and jazz. A naturally gifted performer, Sanborn has helped defined the saxophone’s modern sound while influencing a generation. He is that rare breed of popular recording star who is as eager today as he was in his youth to continue pushing boundaries and making music that challenges the mind and excites the soul. contemporary / soul jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Jeff Lorber Fusion 9 John Pizzarelli Quartet October 22-25, 2014 “A rare entertainer of the old school.” Chicago Tribune Sponsored by Marian Nunn & Tom Wendel photo by Jimmy Katz World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been called “hip with a wink,” “madly creative,” and “the genial genius of the guitar.” He has also been credited with “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz” by the Boston Globe. Using performers like Nat “King” Cole and Frank Sinatra, along with the songs of composers ranging from George Gershwin to The Beatles as touchstones, Pizzarelli is one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, bringing to the music his signature style and brilliant sevenstring guitar playing. 10 straight-ahead / vocal jazz subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: Freddy Cole Quintet, Kurt Elling, Benny Green Trio Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson November 5-8, 2014 Grammy-nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation. His music can be challenging, provocative, and forward-thinking, but also hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful, with a strong link to the jazz idioms of the 1950s and ’60s. He and his band, long-time collaborators Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, demand serious energy and engagement of themselves and their listeners, creating music with a joyous and celebratory spirit. This trio is featured on Redman’s new CD, Trios Live. “...unparalleled among horn players today...” JazzTimes Sponsored by photo by Jay Blakesberg modern jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, The Bad Plus, Terence Blanchard Quintet 11 Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet November 19-22, 2014 KDHX 88.1FM Welcomes “…both timeless and fresh…they are simply smoking.” AllAboutJazz.com Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin, best known for his 14 years with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, leads the Mu’tet, a group that takes its name from the word ‘mutation,’ reflecting Coffin’s idea that music must continue to change and mutate in order to grow. Coffin strives to expand himself, his band mates, and listeners with music flavored by his wide musical interests. Drawing from the deep wells of African, New Orleans, Indian, funk, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, fusion, Brazilian, and other genres, Coffin sends shockwaves down people’s spines with his fierce soloing (sometimes on two saxophones at once) and inspiring, memorable compositions. The Mu’tet, described as “...equal parts Galactic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band” by JazzTimes, features Felix Pastorius of the Yellowjackets on bass, Bill Fanning on trumpet, Chris Walters on keyboards, and very special guest Roy “Futureman” Wooten of the Flecktones on drums. 12 modern jazz / fusion subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kneebody “The man plays the Hammond B-3 with a fluidity and ease that most organists of his generation would be hardpressed to match.” Chicago Tribune Joey DeFrancesco Trio December 3-6, 2014 Sponsored by Jon & Barbara Topp Not much in jazz combines the churchy moan and shaking hip like a Hammond B-3 organ, and Joey DeFrancesco is one of its modern masters. Playing with Hank Mobley and “Philly” Joe Jones at just 10 years old, and joining Miles Davis’s band at 17, DeFrancesco has had a storied career that has seen him travel the world with some of the greatest musicians of all-time, leading to the resurgence of the organ in jazz today. Both a top-flight organist and an accomplished trumpeter, he has won a raft of awards from both jazz critics and listeners alike, and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. DeFrancesco embellishes his swingin’, oldschool organ with his own ferocious sound. straight-ahead / soul jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Joe Sample, Benny Green Trio, Dr. Lonnie Smith & Lionel Loueke 13 Joe Sample “Nothing short of a revelation.” Jazziz Exclusively Sponsored by December 17-20, 2014 One of jazz’s most versatile and popular performers for more than four decades, pianist and composer Joe Sample remains a pioneer of contemporary jazz piano. As a founding member of the influential group The Jazz Crusaders, Sample has garnered multiple gold and platinum albums. He appeared with The Jazz Crusaders at the Touhill to critical acclaim as part of Jazz St. Louis’s 2011-12 Season, then returned with his trio for four nights of sold out shows on the 2012-13 Jazz at the Bistro Series. Now, Sample returns once more to entertain audiences with his masterful playing and wonderful stories about his life in music and the history of jazz. 14 straight-ahead / soul jazz subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Freddy Cole Quintet, Dr. Lonnie Smith & Lionel Loueke “Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60s jazz and indie rock...” The New York Times The Bad Plus January 7-10, 2015 photo by Jay Fram KDHX 88.1FM and New Music Circle Welcome The Bad Plus has spent over 15 years redefining what a piano-bass-drums trio can and should be. They’ve reached audiences of all demographic stripes with genre-defying music that is at once complex, heartfelt, humorous, and instantly engaging. Featuring bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King, The Bad Plus is a leaderless trio with a committed belief in what they’ve dubbed ‘avant-garde populism’ — the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative. “This band contains some of the most punk energy I’ve ever seen or felt as a musician — it just doesn’t need to do it so obviously,” says David King. “That’s our statement. It’s a complex emotion.” Sponsored by Tim & Debbie Callihan modern jazz / avant-garde subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, Kneebody 15 Arturo O’Farrill Sextet January 21-24, 2015 Arturo O’Farrill is a world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator. In 2002, O’Farrill created the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra to bring the vital musical traditions of Afro-Latin jazz to a wider audience, and to greatly expand the contemporary Latin jazz big band repertoire across a wide stylistic range. He has also established the non-profit Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance to promote Afro-Latin Jazz through a comprehensive array of performance and education programs. A celebrated, groundbreaking, and forward-thinking composer, O’Farrill’s influence and ability have extended well beyond Afro-Latin Jazz into groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. “If there is such a thing as a first family of Afro-Cuban jazz, the O’Farrill clan has a right to claim that distinction.” The New York Times 16 straight-ahead / Latin jazz subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: Terence Blanchard Quintet, Jazz at Lincoln Center Group “The most lyrical piano player of our time.” Jazz Weekly February 4-7, 2015 Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris Kenny Barron’s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms is what inspired the Los Angles Times to hail him as “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and the National Endowment for the Arts to name him an NEA Jazz Master. He is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition. Stefon Harris’s passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike, Harris is committed to both exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing new trails on the vibraphone. This unique pairing will surely produce thrilling, beautiful, and technically spectacular music! “Harris is part of the new generation of great jazz musicians.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch straight-ahead / modern jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Benny Green Trio, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, & Warren Wolf 17 “…Lorber [has the] remarkable capacity to bring musical authenticity to everything from bebop and lyrical balladry to sweet soul and some irresistible grooves.” Los Angeles Times Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Jimmy Haslip & Eric Marienthal February 18-21, 2015 In the late ‘70s, trailblazing keyboardist Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the jazz fusion movement—marrying traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk, and other electric sounds. Now, the acclaimed group he started then—Jeff Lorber Fusion— is back, revisiting the revolutionary sound it helped pioneer, and bringing its combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures, and compelling rhythms along. photo by Greg Allen Both of Lorber’s band mates have had storied careers between Fusion’s initial run and this reunion, with bassist Jimmy Haslip being best known as the long-time bassist with the Yellowjackets and Eric Marienthal playing with the Chick Corea Elektric Band. Sponsored by 18 contemporary jazz / fusion subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, Kneebody, Good 4 the Soul I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt March 4-7, 2015 René Marie “René Marie raises the bar for...all jazz vocalists.” All About Jazz Sponsored by CORTLAND ASSOCIATES, INC. Although she didn’t begin her professional career until her early forties, vocalist René Marie has quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the most heralded singers on the scene today. Fiery and clever, Marie turned heads when she substituted the lyrics of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” into “The Star-Spangled Banner” and recently continued her bold career with I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt, a tribute to the photo by Janice Yim trailblazing vocalist/actress/writer. Marie’s remarkable range, independent streak, and powerful emotional resonance suit the material perfectly. Her daring makes her one of America’s most interesting and compelling artists. Marie’s style incorporates a distinctly American blend of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel with an innate theatrical ability to interpret a song deeply and live its truth. vocal jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: John Pizzarelli Quartet, Freddy Cole Quintet, Kurt Elling 19 Kneebody March 18-21, 2015 Sponsored by KDHX 88.1FM and New Music Circle Welcome “… no other band working today can offer what Kneebody delivers…” Los Angeles Times Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody generates explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level, nuanced ensemble playing and highly polished compositions that are balanced with adventurous, no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of photo by Paulifornia the Radiohead ilk and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert. “Cohesion is the truest constant in the music of Kneebody, [they] inhabit the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock, and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders,” according to The New York Times. 20 modern jazz subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, Dr. Lonnie Smith with Lionel Loueke “Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing…he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen Co-Sponsored by The New York Times April 1-4, 2015 CORTLAND ASSOCIATES, INC. and Recognized as one of the great practitioners of American song, vocalist and pianist Freddy Cole is widely regarded as one of the most influential singers in jazz. Growing up in a musical household that included his older brother Nat “King” Cole, visits from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel photo by Clay Walker Hampton were common. Cole has taken all those familiar sounds and come up with his own distinct voice that is smooth and swingin’. His shows are perfect for everyone, from those looking for a romantic night out to jazz purists looking to recall the heydays, and everyone in between. straight-ahead vocal jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: John Pizzarelli Quartet, Kurt Elling, Jeremy Davenport 21 “Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic, or interesting.” Washington Post Kurt Elling Exclusively Sponsored by April 15-18, 2015 Jazz singer Kurt Elling inspires superlatives: The New York Times called him “the standout male vocalist of our time,” while DownBeat critics have named him top male jazz vocalist for twelve straight years. He is also a Grammy Award-winner, and every one of his albums has been Grammy nominated. Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technique and emotional depth, photo by Anna Webber Nancy & Ken Kranzberg with a virtuosic command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation and scat singing. Elling is also a star practitioner of vocalese, the writing and singing of words over recorded instrumental jazz solos. 22 modern vocal jazz subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: John Pizzarelli Quartet, René Marie, Jeremy Davenport Benny Green Trio April 29 - May 2, 2015 Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. He developed his mastery of the keyboard with decades of real-world experience in the star-making bands of three of the most masterful musicians of the last half century: singer Betty Carter, drummer Art Blakey, and bassist Ray Brown. More recently, Green has taken the stage and recorded with artists ranging from Christian McBride to Diana Krall. A successful bandleader himself for over 20 years, Green is perhaps the most exciting, hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from the Jazz Messengers. Nobody plays straight-ahead modern jazz piano with more swinging joy and finesse than Benny Green. photo by Elde Stewart “...he plays funky and hard, and breathes not only bebop but Oscar Peterson’s virtuosic effusions as well.” The New York Times Exclusively Sponsored by Jim & Lynne Clanahan straight-ahead jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris, Phil Dunlap Quintet, Branford Marsalis 23 KDHX 88.1FM Welcomes Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Exclusively Sponsored by “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring... taking the listener into the future of jazz.” Time Magazine worked as a coal miner in Alabama, would have heard in the Deep South during the first half of the 20th century. Inspired by those sounds, Carter deftly opens up marches, dirges, and ballads to her improvisatory style with a tone that is lighter here than her usual dark amber hue, but with playing that is just as captivating as ever. May 13-16, 2015 Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort features a lush array of tunes based on folk, blues, and jazz, all focused on her family’s history through a modern lens. For this project, Carter heavily researched field recordings of folklorists like Alan Lomax and John Work III at the Library of Congress to discover the music that her paternal grandfather, who photo by David Katzenstein 24 American roots / folk jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, Dr. Lonnie Smith with Lionel Loueke, Valentine’s Day with Erin Bode “[Dr. Lonnie Smith is] all about soul. Not speed, not flash, not tricky riffs—just hard-core, deep-down feeling…” Chicago Tribune KDHX 88.1FM Welcomes Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician. An authentic guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, his arrangements of songs reveal an R&B background as well as his affinity for funk and gospel. With a theatrical stage presence that wins over audiences, and a dynamic range and hardgrooving sound that blows their minds, Dr. Lonnie Smith is the hippest Hammond B-3 organist on the scene today. With a velvety West African French–accented baritone, guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke exudes a seductive effortlessness. He can play fast and loud, but it’s nearly impossible to imagine him ever fretting over a difficult passage. His music smolders with controlled intensity; clicking and whistling with his vocals and tapping and scratching his guitar, all while carefully orchestrating loops and harmonizing effects. Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, and a deep knowledge of African folk forms, with extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound never before heard. This rare pairing combines the music of West Africa with African American music and jazz in unexpected and exciting ways. May 27-30, 2015 “…you’re listening to a genius.” The New York Times soul jazz / world music subscription series 1 3 If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, Kneebody 25 “He plays the most coolly expressive trumpet in jazz…” Vanity Fair Terence Blanchard Quintet June 10-13, 2015 Exclusively Sponsored by Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians of his generation, helping to shape the contours of modern jazz today. Rising to prominence as Wynton Marsalis’s replacement in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Blanchard’s storied and award-winning skills doesn’t stop at jazz; he has scored over 50 films, working with the likes of Spike Lee and George Lucas, and recently premiered his opera-in-jazz, Champion, co-commissioned by Jazz St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, to international acclaim. photo by Nitin Vadukul 26 modern jazz subscription series 1 2 If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris, An Evening with Branford Marsalis special events The concerts on the next few pages are just what we say they are â€“ special. Whether itâ€™s an annual tradition, a new artist passing through town, residency artist collectives, or shows for the holidays, these unique and diverse concerts prove Jazz St. Louis offers something special for everyone. Wells Fargo Advisors is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season Official Media Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz St. Louis Special Events Series Official Hotel of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season Custom drums at the Ferring Jazz Bistro are handmade by 27 Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, & Warren Wolf November 14-15, 2014 In a one-of-a-kind grouping, three of the hottest young artists on the scene will take to the Bistro stage. Alto saxophonist Tia Fuller is a veteran of the bands of Beyonce and Esperanza Spaldingâ€™s Radio Music Society, not to mention three albums under her own name. Trumpeter Sean Jones has been heard regularly on the Jazz at the Bistro stage since stepping down from his lead trumpet position in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, working heavily with his Sponsored by TED WHEELER, Agent Quartet and Quintet. Vibraphonist Warren Wolf is following in the footsteps of vibes masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris, taking over their spot in the SFJazz Collective, while also working with artists like Christian McBride. Fuller, Jones, and Wolf will perform together following a week of educational activities with St. Louis area schools as part of Jazz St. Louisâ€™s Artist Residency program (more information on page 46). Tia Fuller photo by Keith Major | Warren Wolf and Sean Jones photos by Jimmy Katz 28 straight-ahead / modern jazz special event If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris, Terence Blanchard Quintet “Cool and charming, [Davenport] blends a New Orleans musical influence with classic jazz and songwriting, like if Sinatra had been raised in New Orleans.” goNOLA.com Jeremy Davenport November 28-29, 2014 Jeremy Davenport infuses his unique style of storytelling with his 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. A St. Louis native, Davenport was born into a family of musicians. His mother has been a music educator for 50 years and his father recently retired, after 40 years, from the St. Louis Symphony. From a young age, photo by Theresa Cassagne Davenport studied and played with members and guests of the Symphony, which included an early introduction to jazz great Wynton Marsalis. He eventually went on to play with Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for six years. Davenport now tours the world, plays regularly in New Orleans, and returns home annually for this Thanksgiving tradition at Jazz at the Bistro. straight-ahead / vocal jazz special event If you like this, then try: John Pizzarelli Quartet, Freddy Cole Quintet, Kurt Elling 29 Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker December 22-23, 2014 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 ballet, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, feature tunes like “Sugar Rum Cherry” (taking the place of “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy”) and “Peanut Brittle Brigade” (taking the place of the mundanely named “March”). Filling out each set will be Ellington/Strayhorn classics like “Take the A-Train,” “Cottontail,” “Koko,” “The Mooche,” and more, all played from the original charts. 30 big band jazz / swing special event If you like this, then try: SIUE Concert Jazz Band & SIUE Alumni Jazz Band, A Very Manley Christmas featuring Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm Jazz at Lincoln Center Group featuring Terell Stafford, Victor Goines, Chris Crenshaw, and Alvin Atkinson January 16-17, 2015 Sponsored by Presented in partnership with TED WHEELER, Agent Jazz St. Louis and Jazz at Lincoln Center team up to present an all-star line-up of musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Capping off a full week of work with area students and schools as part of Jazz St. Louis’s Artist Residency program (more information on page 46), these musicians bring world-class performance and education to the Jazz at the Bistro stage with a powerhouse group you won’t find anywhere else. Featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford and drummer Alvin Atkinson, along with veteran Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra musicians Victor Goines on sax and Chris Crenshaw on trombone, this is sure to be one of the hardest swinging shows of the season. Victor Goines and Chris Crenshaw photos by Frank Stewart | Alvin Atkinson photo by Amara straight-ahead jazz special event If you like this, then try: Arturo O’Farrill Sextet; Benny Green Trio; Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, & Warren Wolf 31 “Marsalis leads one of the most cohesive, intense small jazz ensembles on the scene today.” The New York Times An Evening with February 9, 2015 NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, and Tony Award nominee, Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis and his Quartet of musical friends released Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. On this most current album, the song takes center photo by Eric Ryan Anderson Branford Marsalis stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent. Please join us for an astounding performance of one of the most innovative and forwardthinking jazz ensembles around today! 32 modern jazz special event If you like this, then try: Joshua Redman Trio, Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris, Terence Blanchard Quintet Valentine’s Day with Erin Bode February 13-14, 2015 The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Bode consistently wins over audiences with her sweet personality and sincere performances, the perfect combination to celebrate this romantic holiday. folk / vocal jazz special event If you like this, then try: John Pizzarelli, Jeremy Davenport, René Marie Byron Stripling February 28, 2015 A spectacular trumpeter with a wide range, a beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Byron Stripling is an extroverted performer who brings the audience into his music. The happiness that he exudes through his trumpet, his vocals, and his words is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, yet very much his own. Sponsored by Sandy Blasingame “A powerful trumpeter, at ease with the most complicated and detailed bebop lines and an open-armed [Louis] Armstrong swagger.” The New York Times photo by Scott Cunningham straight-ahead / vocal jazz special event If you like this, then try: John Pizzarelli Quartet, Freddy Cole Quintet, Jeremy Davenport 33 jazz st. louis spotlight series In the early 20th Century, St. Louis served as a key geographic confluence of musical styles, including the birth of jazz as we know it. Today, St. Louis is still home to many talented jazz musicians and ensembles, some of whom youâ€™ll find on the next few pages as part of our Spotlight Series, celebrating the fact that the future of jazz starts HERE. Wells Fargo Advisors is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season Official Media Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Spotlight Series Custom drums at the Ferring Jazz Bistro are handmade by 34 Phil Dunlap Quintet October 17-18, 2014 Pianist Phil Dunlap, Jazz St. Louis’s Director of Education, has put together an all-star lineup of St. Louis’s finest musicians. Featuring Montez Coleman on drums, Nathan Pence on bass (a member of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars), Danny Campbell on trumpet, and Ben Reece on tenor saxophone, the Phil Dunlap Quintet will perform a hard-swinging mix of Dunlap’s original compositions and jazz standards from the likes of Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and more. photo by Devin Rodino straight-ahead jazz spotlight series If you like this, then try: Arturo O’Farrill Sextet, Benny Green Trio, Jazz at Lincoln Center Group Jesse Gannon Truth October 31 - November 1, 2014 Songwriter/pianist/vocalist Jesse Gannon and his band, Truth, combine the improvisational elements of soul, broken-beat, and post-bop grooves with a sophisticated harmonic palette, garnished with introspective, unforgettably lyrical melodies. This band delivers a shockingly fresh and dynamic show brandishing a cast of fearless and exciting musicians. As Gannon says,“If you don’t want to be put into a genre, create one!” photo by Peter Wochniak modern vocal jazz / soul spotlight series If you like this, then try: Kneebody, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke, Good 4 the Soul 35 SIUE Concert Jazz Band & SIUE Alumni Jazz Band November 18, 2014 The St. Louis area is home to many great university jazz programs. The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville jazz department, now under the leadership of guitarist Rick Haydon, consistently produces swingin’ musicians. For this big band showcase, both the student Concert Jazz Band and a special, newlyformed SIUE Alumni Jazz Band will perform your favorite charts from Basie, Ellington, and beyond. photo by Jason Swagler big band jazz / swing spotlight series If you like this, then try: Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker, Jazz at Lincoln Center Group A Very Manley Christmas with Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm December 12-13, 2014 Jim Manley is an explosive trumpet player whose forays into the musical stratosphere are exciting and unbelievable. In the past few years, Manley has branched out as a bandleader, composer/arranger, and clinician, maintaining a busy playing schedule with nearly 4,500 engagements in the last fifteen years. For these special Bistro shows, Manley has put together a screamin’ seven-piece instrumental group dubbed Mad Brass & Rhythm to bring you Holiday cheer! photo by Devin Rodino 36 straight-ahead / modern jazz spotlight series If you like this, then try: Arturo O’Farrill Sextet, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker Good 4 the Soul December 26-27, 2014 This explosive four-piece outfit, led by John King on bass, with Adaron “Pops” Jackson on keys, James Jackson on drums, and Shaun Robinson on guitar, draws upon jazz, funk, fusion, gospel, and R&B repertoires to deliver a powerful and unapologetic sound that excites and thrills audiences. When this band hits the stage, there are no boundaries. The only guarantee is a night of world-class music that is Good 4 the Soul! photo by Devin Rodino contemporary jazz / funk spotlight series If you like this, then try: Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kneebody 2nd Annual New Orleans New Year with January 2-3, 2015 Ring in the New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band! Featuring some of the most talented St. Louis musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition, the FBBB takes classic New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a twist in the style of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Bonerama. The band’s energetic shows and rowdy stage presence has won over audiences and critics alike for over six years. funk / New Orleans jazz spotlight series If you like this, then try: Kneebody, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke, A Very Manley Christmas featuring Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm 37 choose your subscription series series 1 Experience all eighteen (18) subscription series performances Save 15% off the single ticket price series 3 Eight (8) great performances Save 10% off the single ticket price • John Pizzarelli Quartet • Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet • Joe Sample • Arturo O’Farrill Sextet • Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Jimmy Haslip & Eric Marienthal • Kneebody • Kurt Elling • Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke series 2 Ten (10) great performances Save 10% off the single ticket price • David Sanborn • Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson • Joey DeFrancesco Trio • The Bad Plus • Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris • René Marie • Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen • Benny Green Trio • Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort • Terence Blanchard Quintet choose your own series Select a minimum of four (4) shows from the subscription series Save 5% off the single ticket price • Create your own personal jazz experience! • Make your show selections on the back of the form on the next page. seating Please refer to this seating chart when requesting your seats. Priority given to higher subscription series. The Ferring Jazz Bistro is a nonsmoking venue. first floor BAR E1 B11 A5 B10 A4 B9 C7 C6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1 B8 C8 C9 E8 D8 D7 D6 second floor balcony R43 R35 SR9 R34 STAGE B7 C5 B6 C4 B5 C3 B4 (first floor) STAGE R10 R1 R9 SR1 tickets & information: 314.289.4030 www.jazzstl.org ferring jazz bistro 3536 Washington Avenue St. Louis, MO 63103 A3 B3 A2 B2 A1 B1 C2 C1 # Table for 4 Barstool # Booth with step and counter-height chairs Individual seat with counter Accessible seating available in rows A-C. Cocktail table for 2 (possible limited view) 38 2014-15 jazz at the bistro subscription order form Please note number of seats and circle appropriate price. # of Seats Series Series Series Wed/Thu Fri/Sat $531 $320 $243 $612 = $ $369 = $ $279 = $ = + = $ $ 10.00 $ 2 1 Choose Your Own Series (select on back of this form) $ $ handling fee subscription total additional single tickets total (from back of this form) + $ + = $ $ grand total due table preference 1st choice 2nd choice 3rd choice 4th choice Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to support jazz education day & time (circle one of each) (see seating chart on page at left) Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. | 9:30 p.m. Thursdays CUT HERE 7:30 p.m. | 9:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. | 9:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. | 9:30 p.m. Fridays Saturdays payment c Check made payable to Jazz St. Louis c Please charge my: c MasterCard c VISA account number c American Express c Discover security code expiration date signature billing zip code contact information name(s) address city state zip phone (day) phone (evening) email #1 email #2 mail completed order form to: Jazz St. Louis, Attn: Jessie Youngblood, 3547 Olive Street, Suite 260, St. Louis, MO 63103 or fax to Jessie Youngblood: 314.289.4039 Questions? Call 314.289.4035 1, 2 Please transfer totals from back of this page to these locations as appropriate. 39 2014-15 jazz at the bistro subscription order form (page 2) choose your own subscription Please CIRCLE correct price for each event (select day, time, & table on front of form). Choose at least four (4) shows from this section. Prices are only valid for subscription purchases. date October 8-11 October 22-25 November 5-8 November 19-22 December 3-6 December 17-20 January 7-10 January 21-24 February 4-7 February 18-21 March 4-7 March 18-21 April 1-4 April 15-18 April 29 - May 2 May 13-16 May 27-30 June 10-13 artist Wed/Thu Fri/Sat $48 $38 $33 $29 $33 $38 $33 $29 $33 $33 $29 $24 $33 $33 $29 $33 $33 $33 $57 $43 $38 $33 $38 $43 $38 $33 $38 $38 $33 $29 $38 $38 $33 $38 $38 $38 # of tickets x x x x x x x x x total David Sanborn John Pizzarelli Quartet Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet Joey DeFrancesco Trio Joe Sample The Bad Plus Arturo O’Farrill Sextet Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Jimmy Haslip & Eric Marienthal René Marie Kneebody Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen Kurt Elling Benny Green Trio Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke Terence Blanchard Quintet = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = this total goes on line 1 x x x x x x x x x grand total for choose your own series subscription tickets = special events and spotlight series The following shows are NOT a valid selection for completing a Choose Your Own subscription, but may be purchased in addition. Please CIRCLE requested day for each event. All tickets issued for 7:30 p.m. set unless indicated otherwise. date October 17-18 Oct 31 - Nov 1 November 14-15 November 18 November 28-29 December 12-13 December 22-23 December 26-27 January 2-3 January 16-17 February 9 February 13-14 February 28 40 artist Phil Dunlap Quintet Jesse Gannon Truth Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, & Warren Wolf SIUE Concert Jazz Band & SIUE Alumni Jazz Band Jeremy Davenport A Very Manley Christmas featuring Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker Good 4 the Soul 2nd Annual New Orleans New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band Jazz at Lincoln Center Group featuring Terell Stafford, Victor Goines Chris Crenshaw & Alvin Atkinson An Evening with Branford Marsalis Valentine’s Day with Erin Bode Bryon Stripling day Fri | Sat Fri | Sat Fri | Sat Tu price # of tickets total $20 x = $20 x = $35 x = $20 x x x x x x x = = = = = = = Fri | Sat $40 Fri | Sat $25 Mon | Tu $25 Fri | Sat $25 Fri | Sat $20 Fri | Sat $40 Mon $45 x x x = = = this total goes on line 2 Fri | Sat $25 Sat $30 grand total for special events, spotlight series, and residency tickets = CUT HERE 20 th 14 jazz st. louis – 15 Oct 3 featuring the Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season All performances at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Grand Opening Celebration with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis Fri TBA Jan 21-24 Arturo O’Farrill Sextet Wed/Thu $30 | Fri/Sat $35 students $10 Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Feb 4-7 Feb 9 Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris An Evening with Branford Marsalis Oct 8-11 David Sanborn Wed/Thu $50 | Fri/Sat $60 students $20 $20 Fri/Sat | students $10 Wed/Thu $40 | Fri/Sat $45 students $15 Oct 17-18 Oct 22-25 Oct 31 – Nov 1 Nov 5-8 Phil Dunlap Quintet $45 Mon | students $20 No discount pricing / special offers Fri/Sat $25 | students $10 John Pizzarelli Quartet Jesse Gannon Truth $20 Fri/Sat | students $10 Feb 13-14 Feb 18-21 Valentine’s Day with Erin Bode Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Jimmy Haslip & Eric Marienthal Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 $30 Sat | students $10 Wed/Thu $30 | Fri/Sat $35 students $10 Wed/Thu $25 | Fri/Sat $30 students $10 Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson Tia Fuller, Sean Jones & Warren Wolf Feb 28 Mar 4-7 Byron Stripling René Marie Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Nov 14-15 Mar 18-21 Kneebody Apr 1-4 $35 Fri/Sat | students $15 Nov 18 CUT HERE SIUE Concert Jazz Band & SIUE Alumni Jazz Band $20 Tues | students $10 Wed/Thu $30 | Fri/Sat $35 students $15 $40 Fri/Sat | students $15 Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen Kurt Elling Nov 19-22 Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Apr 15-18 Apr 29 – May 2 Nov 28-29 Jeremy Davenport Dec 3-6 Joey DeFrancesco Trio Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Benny Green Trio Wed/Thu $30 | Fri/Sat $35 students $10 Dec 12-13 A Very Manley Christmas featuring Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm $25 Fri/Sat | students $10 May 13-16 Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Dec 17-20 Joe Sample Wed/Thu $40 | Fri/Sat $45 students $15 May 27-30 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Lionel Loueke Dec 22-23 Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker $25 Mon/Tue | students $10 $25 Fri/Sat | students $10 Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 June 10-13 Terence Blanchard Quintet Dec 26-27 Good 4 the Soul Jan 2-3 2nd Annual New Orleans New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band $20 Fri/Sat | students $10 www.jazzstl.org Single tickets for all shows on sale September 3, 2014 Jan 7-10 Jan 16-17 The Bad Plus Wed/Thu $35 | Fri/Sat $40 students $15 Jazz at Lincoln Center Group featuring Terell Stafford, Victor Goines, Chris Crenshaw, and Alvin Atkinson $40 Fri/Sat | students $15 ferring jazz bistro 3536 Washington Avenue St. Louis, MO 63103 tickets & information: 314.289.4030 www.jazzstl.org jazz st. louis offices 3547 Olive Street, Suite 260 St. Louis, MO 63103 Wells Fargo Advisors is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season 41 frequently asked questions Do you have food at the Bistro? Yes, food and drinks are available at all Jazz at the Bistro performances. Guests attending the 7:30 p.m. performances can arrive as early as 6:00 p.m. and sit at their ticketed table. We also serve food and drinks throughout the performance, so even if you arrive just five minutes before the show, you won’t go hungry. 9:30 p.m. attendees are seated starting at 9:00 p.m. and can order at that time and throughout the show or arrive early and dine in the Jazz Lounge. Does a meal come with the price of the ticket? No. Your ticket covers the performance. Dinner and drinks are a separate charge. Do I have to order food or can I just get drinks? Jazz at the Bistro performances have no minimum, although we recommend you try the food! Where is the Bistro located? The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, home of the Ferring Jazz Bistro, is located at 3536 Washington Avenue (at Grand Avenue), just across from the Fox Theater. Where can I park? Valet parking is available for all Jazz at the Bistro performances (complimentary for subscribers!). The Grand Center Arts District also has several pay lots available for most shows. There is also on-street parking, with meters running until 7:00 p.m. Do you have a dress code? No. However, most of our patrons feel most comfortable in business casual attire. Will I be sitting with other people? Jazz at the Bistro uses family-style seating, so unless you have purchased all of the tickets at a table, there will likely be people joining you. Can I stay for the second set if I bought a ticket for the first set? While we try to let you stay for the second set at no additional charge as often as possible, there will be times when there is not enough availability to do so. An announcement will be made after the first set to let you know whether you can stay for free or with the purchase of a discounted or full-priced ticket. Are there any age restrictions? No. The Ferring Jazz Bistro is an all-ages venue. Can I take pictures? You may take non-flash photos for most performances. However, please be mindful of the light and noise that comes from your camera as to not disturb the people around you. How long are the performances? Performances last approximately 70 minutes. What time can I get there? Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. performances, and at 9:00 p.m. for 9:30 p.m. sets. Second set guests are welcome to arrive at the Jazz Lounge before 9:00 p.m. Can I get a refund if I can’t come to a show? Jazz at the Bistro tickets are nonrefundable unless a show is cancelled. Pending availability, you can exchange tickets for a different performance night with the same artist for a fee of $5 per ticket (this exchange privilege is complimentary for subscribers). purchasing tickets by phone: Call Jazz St. Louis at 314.289.4030 during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., to purchase tickets. online: Visit www.jazzstl.org to purchase tickets online for Jazz at the Bistro performances. advance tickets in-person: Tickets for Jazz at the Bistro performances may be purchased by visiting the Jazz St. Louis offices, currently located at 3547 Olive Street, Suite 260 during normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Please phone in advance of in-person office purchases. at the door: Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the show for all performances, pending availability, beginning at 6:00 p.m. student tickets: A limited number of student tickets are available in advance for all Jazz at the Bistro performances. Student tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night of the show, pending availability. A current student ID is required when purchasing or picking tickets up at the door. One student ticket can be purchased per student ID. Jazz St. Louis is entering a new phase with the new Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz and all that goes with it. Along with the changes to the Jazz at the Bistro venue and restaurant, and with additional amenities, there will likely be some growing pains and unknown changes to policy and procedure as we get our fresh start. We ask for your understanding during this time and that you visit our website at www.jazzstl.org for the most up-to-date information. 42 Lead sponsor of the JazzU program Title sponsor of the Emerson Jazz in Schools program Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation jazz st. louis education programs The future of jazz starts here. Jazz St. Louis offers a variety of education and outreach programs designed to introduce young people to the uniquely American art of jazz. Whether those students go on to become jazz musicians or arm-chair enthusiasts, the future of the music is dependent upon the cultivation of future generations of jazz audiences. 43 JazzU Made possible by a lead contribution from Monsanto Fund with support from the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation, Ameren Missouri, and the Staenberg Family Foundation, JazzU places talented middle and high school musicians in small jazz combos, which meet weekly between September and May. Aside from the benefit of weekly instruction from JazzU faculty members, students have the opportunity to meet and work with musicians who perform on the Jazz at the Bistro stage, as well as those participating in Jazz St. Louisâ€™s Artist Residency program. This has included musicians such as Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Cyrus Chestnut, Ronald Carter, Esperanza Spalding, and the Clayton Brothers. Because of generous support, Jazz St. Louis is able to offer a scholarship that covers all costs of participation to each student accepted into the program. The Jazz St. Louis All-Stars comprises the top students in the JazzU program. Placement in this group is a result of JazzU auditions in the spring. The All-Star ensemble serves as Jazz St. Louisâ€™s cultural ambassadors, performing at many area events. Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus works with a JazzU student during a recent artist residency. Lead sponsor With support from Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation 2013-14 JazzU student group 44 Emerson Jazz in the Schools Christian McBride applauds a JazzU student after a recent Jazz in the Schools clinic. Made possible through generous funding from Emerson and support from the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative, the Emerson Jazz in the Schools program brings visiting Jazz at the Bistro artists to area schools at no cost. Walter Blanding plays with a student at Normandy High School. Sponsored by With support from Visiting artists participate in a number of different activities, including performances, master classes, and clinics. Bringing internationally-renowned jazz musicians into the schools is a great way to introduce young students to this great American art form. All 18 artists in the Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series are contracted to participate in an education event in addition to their performances at the Bistro. 45 Artist Residencies Made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Residencies bring the best musicians and educators to St. Louis to work with students in more intensive, small-group settings. Jazz St. Louisâ€™s Residency Artists are national performers and educators dedicated to securing the future of jazz through outreach and in-school performances. Jazz St. Louis engages these artists for an entire week, during which they visit area schools and conduct master classes and clinics for middle and high school musicians, allowing for more hands-on coaching. At the elementary level, residency artists perform in-school, introducing many young people to jazz for the first time while teaching them about the great art form. These artists cap off their week in St. Louis with either performances on the Jazz at the Bistro stage or free community concerts held at various venues throughout the area. 2014-15 Residency Artists November 10-14, 2014 Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, & Warren Wolf (see page 28 for more info) January 12-16, 2015 Jazz at Lincoln Center Group featuring Terell Stafford, Victor Goines, Chris Crenshaw, and Alvin Atkinson (see page 31 for more info) February 23-27, 2015 Byron Stripling (see page 33 for more info) Sponsored by Kenny Rampton of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra works with a student at East St. Louis Senior High School during a recent artist residency. 46 Youth Concerts Held at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, the Jazz St. Louis Youth Concerts featuring JazzReach and Metta Quintet provide schools the opportunity to bring their students, free of charge, to exciting, interactive, and informative concert presentations about jazz music. Transportation subsidies available through Jazz St. Louis ensure that every school has the opportunity to take part in the Youth Concert program. The 2014 Youth Concerts are presented by Jazz St. Louis in partnership with JazzReach, a nationally recognized, New York City-based 501(c)(3) notfor-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, creation, teaching, and performance of jazz music. Miles Davis and the Blue Flame Incident October 6 | 9 a.m. | Grades 6–12 This exciting, live multi-media program, cocommissioned by Jazz St. Louis, celebrates the ground-breaking achievements of the iconic trumpeter, bandleader, and cultural provocateur, Miles Davis. The program traverses Davis‘s extensive career and features music from some of the most creatively fertile periods of his career, including his controversial divergence into electric music. ELLINGTON! October 6 | 11:30 a.m. | Grades 3–6 October 7 | 9 a.m. | Grades 3–6 ELLINGTON! is a highly engaging multi-media program that illuminates the rich, vital legacy of the great American composer, pianist, and bandleader, Duke Ellington. Hangin’ with the Giants October 7 | 11:30 a.m. | Grades K–4 This fun, high-energy program is designed to promote the inclusiveness and accessibility of jazz while highlighting the legacies and music of some of the art form’s central contributors. Staged as a late night talk show, Hangin’ with the Giants features animated likenesses of jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk as show guests and offers numerous opportunities for students to interact and participate. Presented by with support from 47 20 th 14 â€“ 15 3547 Olive Street Suite 260 St. Louis, MO 63103 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID St. Louis, MO Permit No 4933 jazz is st. louis Wells Fargo Advisors is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season