With the newly expanded and renovated Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz to flaunt, Jazz St. Louis started its 20th season with one hometown hero saxophonist David Sanborn.
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.
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.
The world of jazz is expansive and limitless. It combines elements from every style of music that it encounters, generating a sound that belongs entirely to the musicians on stage and those privileged enough to share the experience. Wednesday night, the most knowledgeable of Jazz at the Bistro's regulars joined the Lionel Loueke Trio for a set that was as diverse as it was original.
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.