Jazz St. Louis has announced the summer 2016 schedule for Jazz at the Bistro, highlighted by a two-night engagement featuring pianist Chick Corea's trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade.
Corea (pictured) will be making his debut at the Bistro with performances on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22. His most recent St. Louis gig was a solo concert in October 2014 at The Sheldon.
Other touring artists performing this summer at the Bistro will include vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who will play with student musicians from the JazzU program on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4; saxophonist Houston Person, who's guest-starring with drummer Montez Coleman's group on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23; and the much-hyped, 12-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander, making his St. Louis debut at the Bistro with a show on Saturday, June 18.
In other highlights, singer Erin Bode will celebrate the release of her new album with performances on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at the Bistro, and the room also will be one of the venues for a second year of Grand Center's "Music At The Intersection" festival, which will be held on three separate Fridays in June, July and September.
Update, 11:00 a.m. 3/29/16: In an email, Jazz St. Louis' Devin Rodino says the summer schedule also will include another concert paying tribute to Rich McDonnell, the late founder of MAXJAZZ Records, and raising money for music scholarships. That event will take place the afternoon and evening of Sunday, June 5, with exact times and lineup of musicians TBA.
Here's the schedule in chronological order:
Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4: JazzU with special guest Stefon Harris
Sunday, June 5: 3rd Annual Richard McDonnell Scholarship Concert
Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11: Lamar Harris - "The Mothership Chronicles: The Music of Parliament-Funkadelic Re-imagined"
Thursday, June 16: Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
Friday, June 17: Music at the Intersection
Saturday, June 18: Joey Alexander Trio
Tuesday, June 21 & Wednesday, June 22: Chick Corea Trio
Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25: Erin Bode CD Release
Friday, July 8 & Saturday, July 9: Brothers Lazaroff
Friday, July 15: Music at the Intersection
Saturday, July 16: Farshid Etniko’s Café Danza
Friday, July 22 & Saturday, July 23: Montez Coleman with Houston Person
Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30: The Service
Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6: Javier Mendoza’s Estereotipo
Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13: Funky Butt Brass Band and the St. Louis Burlesque All-Stars - "Shake Your Tailfeather: Babes and Brass Salute the Blues Brothers"
Friday, August 19: Erika Johnson
Saturday, August 20: Marvin F. Cockrell & Focus
Friday, August 26 & Saturday, August 27: Weather Forever: The Music of Weather Report & Return to Forever
Friday, September 9 & Saturday, September 10: Coleman Hughes Project
Friday, September 16: Music at the Intersection
Saturday, September 17: Koplant No
Tickets for all shows will go on sale to current Jazz at the Bistro subscribers at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, and to the general public at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 13. Tickets can be purchased online at the Jazz St. Louis website, in person at the box office at 3536 Washington Ave, or by phone at 314-571-6000.