St. Louis Jazz & Blues

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Without music, life would be a mistake.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Jazz St. Louis prides itself on great music in a great room–that’s award-winning Jazz at the Bistro, located in St. Louis’s Grand Center Arts District since 1995. Some of the world’s best have played in the St. Louis listening room. The tour today will showcase the best of our city’s jazz performers.

Enjoy the best of jazz, the living legends as well as the rising stars, in an intimate, comfortable listening room. The tour brings you behind the scene in recording, practicing, and lives of some of St. Louis’ greatest performers.

The Centene Jazz Education Center is the premier location for jazz education in the St. Louis region. Housing Jazz St. Louis’s community and education programing, the Centene Jazz Education Center features fully equipped rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, a recording studio, computer lab, and lounge for students and parents. It’s our next generation of jazz musicians.

Few forms of American music can claim a history as long, as tradition-rich, and as complex as the Blues. Since its origins in the Deep South long ago, the Blues has been a bedrock for virtually all American popular music of the last hundred-plus years.

Whether it’s jazz or folk, country or pop, rock or rap, the Blues has exerted a deep, profound influence that resonates to this day. Part of the reason is that it has always expressed emotional, heartfelt truths about life that continue to speak to generations of listeners, from all corners and walks of society.

With distinct roots in centuries-old African-American culture, the Blues has always been about those feelings the word itself conjures up: feelings of sadness and solitude, and of being impacted by forces outside of one’s control.

Throughout its existence, the essence of the Blues has remained constant, reinforcing basic elements that connect artists from different eras, geographies, and stylistic approaches. That’s because, above all, the Blues is a feeling as much as a form – and as universal as life itself.