It's not at all common to find music at Jazz at the Bistro on a Monday night, but the polar vortex had its way and kept the Matt Wilson Quartet -- with special guest John Medeski -- from making it to town for the intimate listening room's traditional Wednesday start.
The long-term contract is well known in the world of sports, but in the world of music, such commitments tend to be reserved for the divas of the Las Vegas strip. However, the people of St. Louis have spoken and have welcomed the Bad Plus to Jazz at the Bistro for eight straight years, and extended a contract to return every January for the foreseeable future.
This past year, my concert schedule started with a frantic pace, but then unfortunately dwindled away a bit due to increasing limitations on time and finances.
This is probably my favorite year-end list to make. Videos today are as diverse as the music they accompany, and in some cases, they rival the big screen in production value. This year's lot has definitely elevated the standard of video excellence.
From the front row of tables to the back wall of the balcony, empty seats were hard to find. The listening room at Jazz at the Bistro was at its fullest capacity for Regina Carter's return to St. Louis.
The golden age of hip-hop came to 2720 en masse for a night of nostalgic joy and veteran performances. Even on a Sunday night, the crowd was out in good numbers and started to fill the dance floor as soon as the music began.
Charged with a double dose of youthful spirit and soul, Jesse Dee illuminates the world of rhythm and blues with a joyful array of captivatingly fresh lyrics laid over brightly polished grooves.
Far from the wild world of politics, the Polish Ambassador forms an alliance between the many styles and subgenres of electronica, leaving even the scholars of the scene debating whether that last track was psychedelic glitch step or down-tempo electro funk (and both were right). Decked out in his trademark yellow and blue jumpsuit, David Sugalski comes to every show to slice, cut and mix tracks that deliver danceable, feel-good grooves.
The summer has come to a close. The days are shorter, the autumn breeze blows colder and the long wait for opening night at Jazz at the Bistro has finally ended. To kick off Jazz St. Louis's 19th season, the highly influential Yellowjackets have returned to this intimate setting to dole out four nights of modern jazz and fusion.