Reflecting organizers' efforts to strike an economically viable balance between commerce and artistry, the 2003 U.S. Bank St. Louis Jazz Festival's offerings sort neatly into what might be called "A Tale of Three Stages." The two-day event's featured acts with the greatest crossover potential -- vocalists Al Jarreau, Marlena Shaw and Dianne Reeves and smooth-jazz trumpeter Chris Botti -- will perform on the Emerson Stage. Local talent -- which this year includes student ensembles from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Webster University; the Black Shirt Trio, which just won an amateur jazz contest sponsored by the St. Louis Bread Company; neo-R&B diva Coco Soul; and veteran jazz singer Jeanne Trevor -- gets its own stage in an area sponsored by American Family Insurance. Many hardcore jazz fans will likely stake out spots in front of the Michelob Light stage to catch sets by Joe Lovano, Arturo Sandoval and the Dave... More >>>
Dave Holland: "I like to create settings for the different styles that people play."