Best Jazz Club - 2010
Jazz at the Bistro
As the main performance venue for the nonprofit Jazz St. Louis, Jazz at the Bistro may not have the same business model as a traditional for-profit operation, but it's got all the other characteristics of a classic jazz club. Now presenting music eleven months a year, JATB features top touring talent and local performers on alternating weeks, all playing in an intimate room with good sound, good sightlines and a well-maintained acoustic piano. On paper it's a simple formula; in practice it's not always easy to execute. JATB does it better than most, earning effusive praise from visiting performers and often appearing on lists of the top jazz clubs in the country.