The Next Set: Live From Jazz St. Louis

Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m.

The Next Set: Live 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.

Jazz St. Louis president Gene Dobbs Bradford hosts the show, including interviews with local and national artists. This new show, produced by St. Louis Public Radio in partnership with 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.

STLPR and Jazz St. Louis would like to thank the contributors who invested in the initial creation of The Next Set:

  • Barbara and Lawrence Holmes
  • Ward and Carol Klein
  • Linda J. Sandell
  • Susanne Franza Valdez
  • In memory of Bruce Williams.

Upcoming Show

The Next Set performance with Best of The Next Set, Part 1.

January 28 / January 30 show

Best of The Next Set, Part 1

This episode features some of the best moments heard on The Next Set so far. You’ll hear from Scooter Brown, Kara Baldus Mehrmann, Montez Coleman, Adam Maness, and many others. Kicking off the show is a dynamic version of “Do Something” from vocalist Denise Thimes with Adaron “Pops” Jackson on piano, Eric Slaughter on guitar, John King on bass, and Demarius on Drums."

Listen at 8 p.m. on 90.7 KWMU

2022 Schedule

January 7, 2022
January 9, 2022

Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes


Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet

Ben Reece’s dynamic quartet delivers a soulful, swinging set through outstanding original compositions as well as killer arrangements of standards and modern classics.

  • Ben Reece – tenor saxophone & flute
  • Rob Nugent – alto saxophone
  • Cody Henry – sousaphone
  • Ron Sikes – drums

Denise Thimes

One of the most cherished voices of modern jazz, Denise Thimes has drawn comparisons to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and all those who came before her – but with a voice uniquely her own.

  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Eric Slaughter – guitar
  • John King – bass
  • Demarius Hicks- drums

January 14, 2022
January 16, 2022

Matt Villinger’s All Night Trio and Good 4 the Soul


Matt Villinger’s All Night Trio

A trio of native St. Louisans return to debut the All Night Trio on the Jazz St. Louis stage. The trio’s compositions are heavily influenced by different types of groove music, including Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, Drake, and Frank LoCrasto.

  • Matt Villinger – keyboards & vocals
  • Peter Schlamb – keyboards
  • Zach Morrow – drums

Good 4 the Soul

This explosive four-piece outfit draws upon jazz, funk, fusion, gospel, and R&B repertoires to deliver a powerful and unapologetic sound that excites and thrills audiences.

  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano & keys
  • Shaun Robinson – guitar
  • John King – bass & vocals
  • James Jackson – drums
  • Jason Swagler – alto saxophone

January 21, 2022
January 23, 2022

Bernard Terry and Matthew Henry’s Agbara Quintet


Bernard Terry

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

Matthew Henry’s Agbara Quintet

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

January 28, 2022
January 30, 2022

Best of The Next Set, Part 1

This episode features some of the best moments heard on The Next Set so far. You’ll hear from Scooter Brown, Kara Baldus Mehrmann, Montez Coleman, Adam Maness, and many others. Kicking off the show is a dynamic version of “Do Something” from vocalist Denise Thimes with Adaron “Pops” Jackson on piano, Eric Slaughter on guitar, John King on bass, and Demarius on Drums."

February 4, 2022
February 6, 2022

Best of The Next Set, Part 2

This episode features some of the best moments heard on The Next Set. Some of the folks we’ll be hearing from on this week’s program are Anita Jackson, The Unity Quartet, Emily Wallace, Erika Johnson and Jahmal Nichols. We’ll start things off this week with Shaun Robinson John King, Adaron “Pops” Jackson , James Jackson and Jason Swagler better known together as Good For the Soul.

February 11, 2022
February 13, 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

February 18, 2022
February 20, 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

February 25, 2022
February 27, 2022

Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes


Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet

Ben Reece’s dynamic quartet delivers a soulful, swinging set through outstanding original compositions as well as killer arrangements of standards and modern classics.

  • Ben Reece – tenor saxophone & flute
  • Rob Nugent – alto saxophone
  • Cody Henry – sousaphone
  • Ron Sikes – drums

Denise Thimes

One of the most cherished voices of modern jazz, Denise Thimes has drawn comparisons to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and all those who came before her – but with a voice uniquely her own.

  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Eric Slaughter – guitar
  • John King – bass
  • Demarius Hicks- drums

March 4, 2022
March 6, 2022

Good 4 the Soul

This explosive four-piece outfit 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.

  • John King - bass
  • James Jackson - drums
  • Shaun Robinson - guitar
  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson - keys

March 11, 2022
March 13, 2022

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

March 18, 2022
March 20, 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

March 25, 2022
March 27, 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

April 1, 2022
April 3, 2022

Adam Maness Sextet plays Coltrane

Pianist, composer, and arranger Adam Maness augments his highly acclaimed trio featuring Bob DeBoo and Montez Coleman with a three-horn front line to celebrate John Coltrane’s birthday. Saxophonist Freddie Washington, trumpeter Brady Lewis, and trombonist Alan Ferber will be featured for these performances. Maness’s groups have become a standard-bearer for what a “working” jazz group is, functioning as a singular unit, with all members feeding off each other to create something truly special.

  • Adam Maness – piano & Rhodes
  • Bob DeBoo – bass
  • Montez Coleman – drums
  • Brady Lewis - trumpet
  • Alan Ferber - trombone
  • Freddie Washington - saxophone

April 8, 2022
April 10, 2022

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 15, 2022
April 17, 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

Production Team

  • Mary Edwards
    Producer, STLPR
  • Greg Munteanu
    Producer, STLPR
  • David Kovaluk
    Photography and Graphic Design, STLPR
  • Alex Rice
    Web Production, STLPR
  • Madalyn Painter
    Director of Marketing & Digital Media, STLPR
  • Gene Dobbs Bradford
    Host and Jazz St. Louis President
  • Bob Bennett
    Artistic Director, Jazz St. Louis
  • Paul Hennerich
    Technical Director and Audio Engineer, Jazz St. Louis
  • Travis Estes
    Director of Marketing, Jazz St. Louis