Music came naturally to Henry St. Claire Fredericks, Jr. The artist—now known as Taj Mahal—grew up with a wide array of music. His father was a jazz pianist, his mother was a gospel singer.

Current exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, produced by the Teens Make History program, delves into the history of the contentious St. Louis question -- "Where did you go to high school?" -- and emerges with a deeper account of the high school experience.

What began as a dream five years ago finally became a reality this Saturday morning when the National Blues Museum on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis opened its doors to the public for the first time.

A four-band roster at the Demo on Friday night drew talent from both sides of the Mississippi.

“If you came to hear the band, welcome! And if you didn’t come to hear the band, I’m sorry—because you’re going to hear the band!” -- Bob Boedges, director of the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra

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