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Jazz St. Louis’ 20th Season to Open New Center for Jazz with the Best in Live Jazz

Jazz St. Louis’ 20th season will also be the first season in its new home, The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. Construction is underway on this new Center for Jazz, which will house the completely renovated and redesigned Ferring Jazz Bistro, home to Jazz at the Bistro, and the Centene Jazz Education Center. The new performance and education center is part of a $10 million capital campaign that was announced by Jazz St. Louis in May. The 2014-15 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season includes St. Louis natives and favorites, imaginative pairings, exciting debuts, and industry mainstays. Subscriptions are on sale now with single-performance tickets going on sale in September.

The season begins with a Grand Opening Celebration for the new Steward Center for Jazz featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Friday, October 3, 2014. Widely regarded as the greatest big band in the world today, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will play a rare show in a club of this size to inaugurate the new Ferring Jazz Bistro stage.

The following week, the Jazz at the Bistro Subscription Series kicks off with another rare club performance, this time from St. Louis-native saxophonist David Sanborn (October 8-11). Since his days growing up in Kirkwood, Sanborn has gone on to become one of the most commercially successful saxophonists of all-time, delving into the world of smooth and contemporary jazz, before making a recent return to his soul jazz roots.

Other steadfast jazz icons and St. Louis favorites on the upcoming season include vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli (October 22-25), saxophonist Joshua Redman (November 5-8), organist Joey DeFrancesco (December 3-6), piano trio The Bad Plus (January 7-10), vocalist and pianist Freddy Cole (April 1-4), vocalist Kurt Elling (April 15-18), pianist Benny Green (April 29-May 2), violinist Regina Carter (May 13-16), and trumpeter Terence Blanchard (June 10-13).  Pianist Joe Sample (December 17-20) returns to the Bistro to make up dates he was forced to cancel due to health reasons this past season.

Making Jazz at the Bistro debuts in the upcoming season are fusion group Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet (November 19-22), Afro-Latin jazz guru Arturo O’Farrill (January 21-24), who brings his sextet to mix his Latin style with a straight-ahead jazz group, and up-and-coming modern jazz quintet Kneebody (March 18-21). Jeff Coffin, best known as the saxophonist for many years in Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and currently with the Dave Matthews Band, brings his group, the Mu’tet, featuring bassist Felix Pastorius of the Yellowjackets as well as fellow Flecktone Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drums. Also making his Jazz at the Bistro debut is saxophone legend Branford Marsalis, for a special, one-night-only event on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Jazz St. Louis continues its practice of presenting fresh, unique and exciting artist combinations like young instrumentalists Tia Fuller on saxophone, Sean Jones on trumpet, and Warren Wolf on vibes (November 14-15), pianist Kenny Barron with vibraphonist Stefon Harris (February 4-7), and soul jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith with West African guitarist Lionel Loueke (May 27-30). Additionally, Jazz St. Louis and Jazz at Lincoln Center have collaborated for a second year to present an all-star group of musicians featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford and drummer Alvin Atkinson, along with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members Victor Goines on saxophone and Chris Crenshaw on trombone (January 16-17).

Making long-awaited returns to the Bistro stage are vocalist René Marie with a tribute to Eartha Kitt (March 4-7) and contemporary jazz group Jeff Lorber Fusion, featuring Eric Marienthal on sax and Jimmy Haslip on bass (February 18-21).

Additional Jazz St. Louis special events include the annual Thanksgiving weekend return of University City native, trumpeter Jeremy Davenport (November 28-29), a performance of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite by the Jazz St. Louis Big Band (December 22-23), an exclusive Valentine’s Day engagement featuring vocalist Erin Bode (February 13-14), and one night with trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling (February 28).

The Jazz at the Bistro Spotlight Series, featuring some of St. Louis’s best local musicians, includes pianist Phil Dunlap (October 17-18), vocalist and keyboardist Jesse Gannon (October 31-November 1), a holiday show by trumpeter Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm (December 12-13), contemporary jazz quartet Good 4 the Soul (December 26-27), and the 2nd Annual New Orleans New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band (January 2-3).

Subscription information and order forms for the 2014-15 Wells Fargo Advisors Jazz at the Bistro Season can be found online at www.jazzstl.org/jazz-at-the-bistro or by calling Jessie Youngblood, Jazz St. Louis Box Office Manager, at 314-289-4035. Jazz St. Louis offers a variety of subscription packages, including a “Choose Your Own” option allowing buyers to create their own subscription experience with as few as four shows.

About Jazz St. Louis.  Jazz St. Louis advances the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education, and outreach. Each year, this non-profit organization presents over 270 performances in its internationally-acclaimed Jazz at the Bistro concert series. Jazz St. Louis takes a three-pronged approach to its work: presenting jazz, encouraging and educating future audiences, and nurturing budding musicians. For more information about Jazz St. Louis visit www.jazzstl.org or www.facebook.com/jazzstl.

Jazz St. Louis gratefully acknowledges Wells Fargo Advisors as the presenting sponsor of the 2014-15 Jazz at the Bistro Season. Jazz St. Louis receives additional significant support from World Wide Technology, the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation, Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, Missouri Arts Council, Monsanto Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission, Ameren Missouri, Emerson, Centene Corporation, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, and Whitaker Foundation.

 

Contact:         Devin Rodino, Director of Communications, Jazz St. Louis

                      314-289-4144 or devin@jazzstl.org

 

2014-15 Jazz St. Louis Season                                                              

Date                             Artist

2014

October 2-3                 Grand Opening Celebration with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis

October 8-11               David Sanborn                                              

October 17-18             Phil Dunlap Quintet             

October 22-25             John Pizzarelli Quartet                                 

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1          Jesse Gannon Truth

November 5-8             Joshua Redman Trio with Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson

November 14-15         Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, & Warren Wolf

November 18              SIUE Concert Jazz Band & SIUE Alumni Jazz Band

November 19-22         Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet

November 28-29         Jeremy Davenport                            

December 3-6             Joey DeFrancesco Trio                                  

December 12-13         A Very Manley Christmas featuring Jim Manley’s Mad Brass & Rhythm

December 17-20         Joe Sample                                                    

December 22-23         Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s Nutcracker

December 26-27         Good 4 the Soul        

 

2015

January 2-3                 2nd Annual New Orleans New Year with the Funky Butt Brass Band

January 7-10               The Bad Plus                                                 

January 16-17             Jazz at Lincoln Center Group featuring Terell Stafford, Victor Goines, Chris Crenshaw, and Alvin      Atkinson

January 21-24             Arturo O’Farrill Sextet         

February 4-7               Kenny Barron & Stefon Harris                     

February 9                   An Evening with Branford Marsalis

February 13-14           Valentine’s Day with Erin Bode      

February 18-21           Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Eric Marienthal & Jimmy Haslip

February 28                 Byron Stripling

March 4-7                   René Marie

March 18-21               Kneebody                              

April 1-4                      Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen            

April 15-18                  Kurt Elling                                                                             

April 29 – May 2         Benny Green Trio     

May 13-16                   Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort             

May 27-30                   Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with special guest Lionel Loueke

June 10-13                   Terence Blanchard Quintet