A Night Out At Jazz St. Louis In The Grand Center Arts District

 In Culture, Feature

Attending a jazz concert in the listening room at the Ferring Jazz Bistro in Grand Center Arts District for the first time is an experience for the ears, eyes and heart. It’s an intimate venue—even when the room fills up with hundreds of people for each of its two nightly shows. Not only are patrons close to each other in the maze of tables, but they’re also close to the bands. The exception is the second-floor balcony, which overlooks the room and offers an entirely different visual perspective of the performances.

Performers notice the intimacy, too, which helps the venue continue to book jazz greats as well as up-and-coming bands. The seasonal calendar showcasing past concerts and series performers is an impressive set.  

Jazz St. Louis and its initiatives for building enthusiasm about the genre extend from the concert series in all directions. There’s even a jazz book club. But one of the sweetest perks the venue offers is a free feed of the concerts into Nancy’s Jazz Lounge, a no-cover-charge bar adjacent to the listening room.

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Ave.

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While You’re In The Neighborhood, Visit …

St. Louis Symphony
This institution’s expansive repertoire of beloved classical and contemporary music makes the concert experience accessible to fans of many musical genres.  

718 N. Grand Blvd.

One local and one non-local artist come together for each exhibit in this curatorial project, with results that contrast the artists’ experiences.

3526 Washington Ave.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Perhaps St. Louis’ most elaborate theater, The Siamese Byzantine-style Fox Theatre is a breathtaking destination.

527 N. Grand Blvd.


This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District. Pick up your complimentary copy of GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District.

Photography by Carmen Troesser.

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