Advancing The Art Of Jazz In St. Louis

Great jazz should be seen and heard. When legendary jazz pianist Keith Jarrett plays live, he stands up, shouting and singing along as his fingers fly over the keys. To be able to fully experience a jazz performance like this one, seeing the musicians live is paramount. It’s almost impossible to keep from tapping your feet when a good drummer and bass player groove in the pocket or a pianist and trumpeter trade solos. There are only a handful of places in our region that offer a truly immersive experience and Jazz St. Louis surely tops the list.

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The not-for-profit organization recognizes that jazz does wonders for the soul and believes deeply in Nina Simone’s quote, “Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking.” That’s why it is dedicated to not just live performance, but also education and outreach, including early childhood opportunities, artist residencies, and high school training programs.

Beginning this September, Jazz St. Louis will once again bring a bevy of new artists to the city, debuting a host of new talent for its 2016-2017 subscription series. Whether you’re introducing someone new to the magic of jazz or looking to share the experience with a true jazz aficionado, we recommend Jazz St. Louis.

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