Best Jazz Club - 2009
Jazz at the Bistro
Hailed as one of the best jazz clubs in the nation, Jazz at the Bistro technically isn't a nightclub at all. It's a concert series put on by the not-for profit organization Jazz St. Louis in a restaurant and bar officially known as the Bistro at Grand Center. While this particular form of behind-the-scenes prestidigitation reflects the current economic realities of bringing live jazz to the masses, it becomes the minute you walk in the door. Once inside, you'll find everything one would expect from a first-rate jazz club, including good sound and sightlines and a carefully selected lineup of nationally and internationally known touring musicians, alternating with top local performers. Stylistically, Jazz at the Bistro's bookings chart a fairly broad path through the jazz mainstream and encompass straight-ahead swing, funky soul-jazz, knotty post-bop, Latin jazz and a variety of vocalists. By emphasizing musical quality and avoiding gimmickry, JATB continues to excel.