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.

Jazz St. Louis's Victor Goines 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
  • Ken and Nancy Kranzberg
  • Linda J. Sandell
  • Susanne Franza Valdez
  • In memory of Bruce Williams.

Upcoming Show

The Next Set performance with Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana.

December 9 / December 11 show

rebroadcast

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

Listen at 8 p.m. on 90.7 KWMU

2022-2023 Schedule

rebroadcast

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

rebroadcast

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

rebroadcast

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.

rebroadcast

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.

rebroadcast

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

rebroadcast

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

JSTL 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!

rebroadcast

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.

rebroadcast

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.

rebroadcast

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

Ellington Nutcracker

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!

rebroadcast

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

rebroadcast

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

rebroadcast

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

More information coming soon.

January 6, 2023
January 8, 2023

2022 in review Part 2

More information coming soon.

January 13, 2023
January 15, 2023

John Pizzareli

More information coming soon.

rebroadcast

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

More information coming soon.

February 3, 2023
February 5, 2023

Jazz Speaks: Jazz as a Protest Music

More information coming soon.

February 10, 2023
February 12, 2023

Jamal Nichols

More information coming soon.

February 17, 2023
February 19, 2023

Regina Carter

More information coming soon.

February 24, 2023
February 26, 2023

Stephon Harris and Blackout

More information coming soon.

rebroadcast

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

rebroadcast

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

More information coming soon.

rebroadcast

March 24, 2023
March 26, 2023

JSTL 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!

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
    Host/President, Jazz St. Louis
  • Bob Bennett
    Artistic Director, Jazz St. Louis
  • Paul Hennerich
    Lead Producer, Jazz St. Louis
  • Travis Estes
    Director of Marketing, Jazz St. Louis
  • Keyon Harrold
    Former Host

Past Audio Recordings

2021 Season

Anita Jackson & the Scooter Brown Quintet See More

Anita Jackson & the Scooter Brown Quintet

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

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
The Adam Maness Trio & Montez Coleman See More

The Adam Maness Trio & Montez Coleman

The Adam Maness Trio has 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 extraordinary.

  • Adam Maness – piano & Rhodes
  • Bob DeBoo – bass
  • Montez Coleman – drums

East St. Louis native Montez Coleman has toured and shared the stage with a host of jazz luminaries, including the Roy Hargrove Quintet, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Bruce Barth, Rufus Reid, & Russell Malone.

  • Montez Coleman – drums
  • Bob DeBoo – bass
  • Adam Maness – piano
  • Eric Slaughter – guitar
  • Jason Swagler – saxophones
Kara Baldus Mehrmann & the Dhoruba Collective See More

Kara Baldus Mehrmann & the Dhoruba Collective

Kara Baldus-Mehrmann is a pianist, vocalist, and full-time jazz piano instructor at Washington University in St. Louis, making her debut as a leader on the JSL stage with a dynamic and swinging set featuring her quartet.

  • Kara Baldus-Mehrmann – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Bennett Wood – saxophones
  • Ben Wheeler – bass
  • Jerry Mazzuca – drums

The Dhoruba Collective is a fresh, innovative band mixing jazz and hip hop elements to create a unique, signature sound full of colorful harmonies and deep rhythms!

  • Jeffery Dhoruba Hill – drums
  • David Gomez – tenor saxophone
  • Josiah Joyce – guitar
  • Teddy Brookins – bass
Brady Lewis Quintet & Janet Evra See More

Brady Lewis Quintet & Janet Evra

Trumpeter and composer Brady Lewis melds blues, hip-hop, Motown-era soul, indie rock, and even bluegrass into his style as a jazz artist.

  • Brady Lewis – trumpet
  • Kendrick Smith – alto saxophone
  • Phillip Graves – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Bernard Terry – bass
  • Demarius Hicks – drums

Vocalist, bassist, and composer Janet Evra performs an intimate set of standards from American, French, and Latin jazz while blending bossa nova, samba, and pop influences to create an engaging and uplifting performance.

  • Janet Evra – bass, guitar, and vocals
  • Will Buchanan – guitar
  • Ryan Marquez – piano
  • Demarius Hicks – drums
Emily Wallace with the Adam Maness Trio & The Service See More

Emily Wallace with the Adam Maness Trio & The Service

With her breathtaking voice, genuine demeanor, and trademark sense of humor, Emily Wallace join forces with one of today’s premier piano trios led by pianist, composer, and arranger Adam Maness to bring new life to classic rock and pop tunes and a few of originals.

  • Emily Wallace – vocals
  • Adam Hucke – vocals & trumpet
  • Adam Maness – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Bob DeBoo – bass
  • Montez Coleman – drums

The Service is guitar-led jazz-funk, featuring original compositions by hollow body electric guitarist Pete Lombardo, with complimentary leads from Hammond B3 organist Nathan Hershey. The rhythm section is all pocket, with funk phenom Nick Savage on the drums and the smooth Fender Electric Bass tone of Andy Coco.

  • Pete Lombardo – guitar
  • Nathan Hershey – organ
  • Andy Coco – bass
  • Nick Savage – drums
  • Special guest Matt McKeever – saxophones
Clark Terry Centennial & Erika Johnson See More

Clark Terry Centennial & Erika Johnson

Nobody talks about jazz in St. Louis without talking about one of the most influential musicians in jazz history, Clark Terry. An incredible wealth of St. Louis’s finest gathered for a swinging salute for Clark!

  • Danny Campbell & Brady Lewis – trumpets
  • Kendrick Smith – saxophone
  • Scooter Brown – saxophone & vocals
  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson – piano
  • Jahmal Nichols – bass
  • Montez Coleman – drums

Vocalist Erika Johnson runs the gamut from classic jazz standards to Prince and The Rolling Stones in this thrilling set full of groove and good times!

  • Erika Johnson – vocals
  • Pete Ruthenburg – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Eric Slaughter – guitar
  • Jahmal Nichols – bass
  • Demarius Hicks – drums
Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes See More

Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes

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

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

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

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

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
Kaleb Kirby & Kendrick Smith See More

Kaleb Kirby & Kendrick Smith

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
Bernard Terry and Matthew Henry’s Agbara Quintet See More

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
Dave Brubeck Centennial & Jahmal Nichols See More

Dave Brubeck Centennial & Jahmal Nichols

Take five and join us for a 100th birthday celebration of one of the most defining figures in jazz –the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.

  • Jason Swagler – Saxophone
  • Matt Villinger – Piano
  • Bob DeBoo – Bass
  • Marty Morrison – Drums

Jahmal Nichols’ says his newest album, Black Frequencies is about a vibe or experience. Nichols says, “The title track says black is not a color, it’s a frequency — something Black people have been through all our lives with food, sounds, how we wear our hair. That’s what I mean when I say the vibe. The vibe just draws you in.”

  • Jahmal Nichols – acoustic & electric basses
  • Scooter Brown – alto saxophone
  • Antonio Foster – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Montez Coleman – drums
Antonio Foster and Friends & Hip Grease See More

Antonio Foster and Friends & Hip Grease

Foster is one of the top call jazz pianists and keyboardists in St. Louis. His wealth of knowledge across genres allows him to bring gospel, blues, and R&B influences into his jazz groove.

  • Antonio Foster – piano & keys
  • Scooter Brown – alto saxophone
  • Bernard Terry – bass
  • Josiah Joyce – guitar
  • Dorian Simms – drums

Hip Grease brings the vibe of the late 1960s and 70s soul-jazz grooves to the bandstand as an all-star gathering of St. Louis’ premier boogaloo jazz and funk musicians.

  • Ben Reece – saxophones
  • Adam Hucke – trumpet & flugelhorn
  • Dave Grelle – organ & keys
  • Andy Coco – bass
  • Joe Meyer – drums

2022 Season

Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes See More

Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes   (rebroadcast)

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
Bernard Terry and Matthew Henry’s Agbara Quintet See More

Bernard Terry and Matthew Henry’s Agbara Quintet   (rebroadcast)

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
Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana See More

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
Good 4 the Soul See More

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
Kandace Springs See More

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
The Adam Maness Trio & Montez Coleman See More

The Adam Maness Trio & Montez Coleman   (rebroadcast)

Adam Maness Trio

The Adam Maness Trio has 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 extraordinary.

Montez Coleman

East St. Louis native Montez Coleman has toured and shared the stage with a host of jazz luminaries, including the Roy Hargrove Quintet, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Bruce Barth, Rufus Reid, & Russell Malone.

  • Montez Coleman – drums
  • Bob DeBoo – bass
  • Adam Maness – piano
  • Eric Slaughter – guitar
  • Jason Swagler – saxophones
Clark Terry Centennial See More

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
Dave Brubeck Centennial & Jahmal Nichols See More

Dave Brubeck Centennial & Jahmal Nichols   (rebroadcast)

Jahmal Nichols, Black Frequencies

Jahmal Nichols’ says his newest album, Black Frequencies is about a vibe or experience. Nichols says, “The title track says black is not a color, it’s a frequency — something Black people have been through all our lives with food, sounds, how we wear our hair. That’s what I mean when I say the vibe. The vibe just draws you in.”

  • Jahmal Nichols – acoustic & electric basses
  • Scooter Brown – alto saxophone
  • Antonio Foster – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Montez Coleman – drums

Dave Brubeck Centennial

Take five and join us for a 100th birthday celebration of one of the most defining figures in jazz –the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.

  • Jason Swagler – Saxophone
  • Matt Villinger – Piano
  • Bob DeBoo – Bass
  • Marty Morrison – Drums
Remembering Ray Brown See More

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
Melissa Aldana See More

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
Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana See More

Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana   (rebroadcast)

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
Matthew Whitaker See More

Matthew Whitaker   (rebroadcast)

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
Montez Coleman Tribute - Part 2 See More

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.

Janet Evra See More

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.

Kandace Springs See More

Kandace Springs   (rebroadcast)

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
Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez See More

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.

Remembering Ray Brown See More

Remembering Ray Brown   (rebroadcast)

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

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

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
Yellowjackets See More

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
Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes See More

Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet & Denise Thimes   (rebroadcast)

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
Kendrick Smith and Fusebox See More

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
Matthew Whitaker See More

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
Keyon Harrold See More

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
Sara Gazarek See More

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.

Connie Han See More

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
Black, Brown, & Beige See More

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.
Emily Wallace with the Adam Maness Trio & The Service See More

Emily Wallace with the Adam Maness Trio & The Service   (rebroadcast)

With her breathtaking voice, genuine demeanor, and trademark sense of humor, Emily Wallace join forces with one of today’s premier piano trios led by pianist, composer, and arranger Adam Maness to bring new life to classic rock and pop tunes and a few of originals.

  • Emily Wallace – vocals
  • Adam Hucke – vocals & trumpet
  • Adam Maness – piano & Fender Rhodes
  • Bob DeBoo – bass
  • Montez Coleman – drums

The Service is guitar-led jazz-funk, featuring original compositions by hollow body electric guitarist Pete Lombardo, with complimentary leads from Hammond B3 organist Nathan Hershey. The rhythm section is all pocket, with funk phenom Nick Savage on the drums and the smooth Fender Electric Bass tone of Andy Coco.

  • Pete Lombardo – guitar
  • Nathan Hershey – organ
  • Andy Coco – bass
  • Nick Savage – drums
  • Special guest Matt McKeever – saxophones
Anita Jackson & the Scooter Brown Quintet See More

Anita Jackson & the Scooter Brown Quintet   (rebroadcast)

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
Montez Coleman Tribute - Part 1 See More

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.

Yellowjackets See More

Yellowjackets   (rebroadcast)

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
Connie Han See More

Connie Han   (rebroadcast)

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
Keyon Harrold See More

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.

JSTL 25 Band See More

JSTL 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!

Black, Brown, & Beige See More

Black, Brown, & Beige   (rebroadcast)

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.