Jazz St. Louis today announced three additions to the spring 2015 schedule at Jazz at the Bistro.
Most notably, the Robert Glasper Experiment with special guest, St Louis' own Keyon Harrold, on trumpet, will perform on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23 at the Bistro.
Along with the leader on keyboards, the regular lineup of the Experiment (pictured) also includes another St. Louisan, drummer Marc Colenburg, as well as bassist Derrick Hodge and saxophonist and vocalist Casey Benjamin.
They recently won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Jesus Children," a song from Glasper's 2013 album Black Radio 2 that featured guest vocal performances from Lalah Hathaway (daughter of another former St. Louisan, the late keyboardist, singer and songwriter Donny Hathaway) and Malcolm Jamal Warner.
Glasper's only visit to the old version of the Bistro was back in 2012, and given how much his star has risen since then, plus the additional local interest stemming from the presence of Harrold and Colenburg, tickets for these shows in the newly expanded venue seem likely to be a hot commodity.
Also added to the spring schedule were single evenings featuring the Bistro debuts of percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his group on Thursday, May 7, and trumpeter Avishai Cohen's Triveni on Thursday, May 21.
Martinez, who was born in Cuba but has lived since 1998 in NYC, has played with notable musicians and singers including Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Cassandra Wilson, Arturo O’Farrill, Joe Lovano, and more, and also co-founded the group Yerba Buena. The first album by his eponymous band, The Pedrito Martinez Group, was released in 2013; it made the year-end "best of" lists of a number of jazz critics and also earned a Grammy nomination.
Cohen is the brother of clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen and saxophonist Yuval Cohen, and like his siblings was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel before coming to the US. He has released seven albums as a leader including three with Triveni, which is a trio also featuring bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. Their St. Louis performances are part of a week of shows that also will include dates in NYC, Boston and Chicago.
As per usual at the Bistro, all three acts will play will two separate sets each night, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the Robert Glasper Experiment with Keyon Harrold are priced at $35 for adults, $15 for students; for Avishai Cohen's Triveni, $30 for adults, $10 for students; and for Pedrito Martinez, $25 for adults and $10 for students.
Tickets for all three shows are available now for purchase by Jazz at the Bistro subscribers, and will go on sale to the general public at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, March 11 via phone at 314-571-6000 and online.