Monday, April 27, 2015

Bistro's summer season adds Russell Gunn, tribute to Count Basie, and more

Jazz St. Louis has announced additional bookings for this summer at Jazz at the Bistro, with a schedule that for the first time runs continuously through August, thereby eliminating the several-week-long hiatuses of years past.

In addition to return engagements for familiar local favorites such as Denise Thimes and Good 4 the Soul, the slate of newly announced shows also includes a visit home from trumpeter and East St. Louis native Russell Gunn (pictured), who will perform on July 24 and 25 with a band co-led by drummer and fellow East St. Louisan Montez Coleman.

There also will be a two-night birthday tribute to Count Basie from Jazz St. Louis' own nascent big band; a weekend of adults-only performances pairing jazz acts with a local comedy and burlesque troupe; Bistro debuts for the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra and a trio featuring Coleman, saxophonist Dave Stone and bassist Bob DeBoo, and more.

Here's the summer schedule in its entirety, including previously announced shows from JazzU/Jazz St. Louis All-Stars, Terence Blanchard and Marcus Miller:

Wednesday, June 3: Route 66 Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, June 4: Andy Waggoner - "Pianoman: The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John"
Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June 6: JazzU & the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars w/ Stefon Harris
Wednesday, June 10 - Saturday, June 13: Terence Blanchard E-Collective
Tuesday, June 16 - Thursday, June 18: Marcus Miller
Friday, June 19 & Thursday, June 20: Bob DeBoo, Dave Stone, & Montez Coleman
Friday, June 26: "Babes in Brassland" w/ Randy Dandies & Funky Butt Brass Band (18+ show)
Saturday, June 27: "Tassels ‘n Tunes" w/ Randy Dandies & Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing (18+ show)

Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11: Denise Thimes
Saturday, July 18: Anita Jackson
Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25: Montez Coleman Group w/ Russell Gunn
Friday, July 31 & Saturday, August 1: Good 4 the Soul

Friday, August 7 & Saturday, August 8: "Saturday Night Fish Fry" featuring Big Mike Aguirre, Funky Butt Horns & Friends
Friday, August 21 & Saturday, August 22: "Basie’s Birthday Bash" w/ Jazz St. Louis Big Band
Friday, August 28 & Saturday, August 29: Javier Mendoza’s Estereotipo

Tickets for the newly announced shows will go on sale to current Jazz at the Bistro subscribers at 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, April 29, and to the general public at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 6. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Jazz St. Louis box office at 314-571-6000. Box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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