Once again this year, Jazz St. Louis is polling local jazz fans to find out who they'd like to see perform at Jazz at the Bistro.
The poll on the front page of the JSL site asks respondents to choose from a menu of musicians including Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Kevin Eubanks, Tia Fuller, Hilary Kole, Joe Lovano, Dafnis Prieto, Arturo Sandoval, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Tierney Sutton.
While there's no provision for write-in votes, JSL also has encouraged fans of the organization's Facebook page to comment and weigh in with their picks, which allows for more of an open-ended response, and presumably, they'll also factor in email, letters, phone calls and so on.
At this writing, Smith, Eubanks and Sandoval are the leading vote-getters, but the overall numbers are still relatively small, so more responses could easily move the vote in another direction. For what it's worth, yr. humble StLJN editor's picks would include Byron, Lovano, and Smith, with Prieto and Fuller not far behind.
Brian Simpson @ Pizza Express, London
4 hours ago