There was wine on every table with glasses that couldn't stay full. The crowd at Jazz at the Bistro buzzed with a friendly familiarity and mingled between tables waiting for the night's second set, featuring James Carter and the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, to begin.
Even before the first note was played, it was clear that this concert at Jazz at the Bistro would be a night of laughter and upbeat sounds.
Widespread Panic has an uncommon style of set creation show by show, touring extensively but never repeating a set, which was likely much more difficult before they had produced more than 11 studio albums worth of original music across over a quarter of a century.
Jazz is an experience. From composition to performance, the unbridled format allows creator and musician to connect with the world around him in a stream of expression, and the Joe Sample Trio embodies the very essence of this process.
The crowd filled the lobby of the Touhill Performing Arts Center in waves, pouring down the stairs in a cascade of diversity.
Wax Tailor combines a mélange of jazzy vocalists, hip-hop emcees and versatile instrumentalists with his own manicured production to create a depth of sound rarely matched by modern artists.
On Valentine's Day in St. Louis, a Galactic show at the Pageant offered competition for music fans' affections, but Tea Leaf Green still drew a healthy crowd of loyal supporters and date-nighters to the Firebird.