Benny Green is not a lot of things; he is not slow, he is not boring and he certainly not an inexperienced amateur.
Jazz at the Bistro regularly welcomes some of the biggest names in jazz to its intimate, listening-room stage, but on Wednesday the crowds filed into the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz to a new level and intensity.
An air of familiarity filled the Ferring Jazz Bistro as the stage was graced with the melodic styles of a late 1930s jazz lounge. Piloted by Freddy Cole, veteran performer and member of one of jazz's most famous families, the quintet performed a selection of melodic, vocally lead songs of lost and lingering love.
Though they're nearing 15 years as a band, the members of Kneebody are largely regarded as youngsters in the world of jazz for their wildly innovative approach to music.
The world is filled with musical talent buried beneath the pressures and excuses that daily life continually provides, but true passion cannot be subdued.
For many fans of the contemporary funk and fusion scene, the arrival of Jeff Lorber Fusion in St. Louis marked a major event.
Outside the walls of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, sheets of ice coated the world in a frosty sheen, but inside the mood was warm and inviting.
Jazz is considered to be a true American art form, but when mixed with Afro-Cuban influences and Latin heritage, it has grown into a melange of worldly music shared across borders, continents and cultures.