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  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Castle Ballroom: Wind-Damaged and Long Empty, Landmark Faces Demolition (PHOTOS)

    The end is near for the Castle Ballroom. Located at 2839 Olive Street, the music and dance hall that once hosted Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis faces imminent demolition. "The Castle Ballroom was a casualty of two weather catastrophes," says Eddie Roth, deputy chief of st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    The Best Shows in St. Louis Week: March 4 to 10

    Welcome to March, aka insane show season in our fair city of St. Louis. Bands from all over begin to defrost from winter weather and warm up to the road once more, loading up vans and booking mini tours to Austin's South by Southwest fest and beyond. Catch some in the act as they swing through in co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Kishi Bashi, Yonder Mountain String Band and More in This Week's New Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    The Castle Ballroom, an Historic Dance Hall, Lies Vacant in Midtown

    The Castle Ballroom - one of St. Louis' few remaining links its jazzy musical past - is in need of a buyer. And despite some challenges, boosters see potential to rehabilitate the facility to its former glory. Located at 2839 Olive St., the Castle Ballroom was one of the first dance halls that targ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Webster Records Shutters After 58 Years

    After 58 years of slinging wax and compact discs, Webster Records is closing its doors on January 31. Owner Jennifer Graves Bellm has been the proprietor for five years, and she said the current climate of the music industry is the impetus for closing the small shop that's been operating since 195 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    It's A Small World, As Re-imagined By An Under Cover Weekend Bands

    Photos by Bryan Sutter and Jason Stoff​Now in its fifth year, An Under Cover Weekend has ten local bands play a set of covers by an idol or influence of their choosing. Spread over two nights and almost certain to sell out, this years incarnation spans maybe the widest range in the event's his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2011

    Jazz Singer Mae Wheeler Passes Away [Updated with Funeral Information]

    Mae Wheeler: 1934-2011​Singer Mae Wheeler, who earned the nickname "Lady Jazz" entertaining several generations of St. Louisans, died Wednesday evening at her home in Maryland Heights after a long illness. She was 77. Known for her efforts raising money for college scholarships as well as for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Jimmy Vivino Talks Johnnie Johnson, Conan O'Brien, and St. Louis' Role as a Rock & Roll Breeding Ground

    Bernard Ente/jimmyvivino.comThe man himself playing with Felix Cabrera in 2007.​Watchers of late-night television knew Jimmy Vivino as the guitarist for the Tonight Show band during Conan O'Brien's short-lived stint as host. Before that, Vivino was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Robbie's House of Jazz Opens in Webster Groves

    To the casual observer, the quiet, tree-lined streets of Webster Groves probably do not suggest a jazz hotbed. Yet over the years the St. Louis suburb has become home to the independent label MAXJAZZ; a respected jazz studies program at Webster University; and two music stores - Euclid Records and W ... More >>

  • Music

    April 18, 2007

    Jazz Hands

    The Greater St. Louis Jazz Fest stresses education and instrumentation.

  • Music

    March 30, 2005

    Roomful of Blues

    Thursday, March 31; BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (700 South Broadway)

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2004
  • Music

    July 21, 2004

    Frank Sinatra

    Young Blue Eyes: Birth of a Crooner Bluebird (RCA)

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2004

    It Was an Accident

    Kathryn Blume tries to change the world

  • Music

    February 11, 2004

    Mardra and Reggie Thomas

    Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14; Jazz at the Bistro

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2004

    Love, Sweat, Chocolate

    A cupid's guide to the romantic happenings around town

  • Calendar

    December 10, 2003

    Gideon's Trumpet

    Is younger than Clark Terry's flugelhorn

  • Music

    November 26, 2003

    Jazz Man

    Hamiet Bluiett understands the yin and yang of saxophone

  • Culture

    June 12, 2002

    Spirit of '76

    A mini zeitgeist hits the city's stages as companies examine the '70s

  • News

    January 2, 2002

    The Ballad of Willie Akins

    A jazzman who went looking for his dream in New York and found it in St. Louis

  • Culture

    August 22, 2001

    End of the Road

    Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2001

    On Tap

    Most of the world's top tap dancers are gathering in St. Louis for the 10th annual All That Tap festival

  • Music

    January 3, 2001

    Second Serving

    Tom Wood's sophomore solo album, 2, showcases the St. Louis songwriter's versatility

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2000


    Cantor Ronald Eichaker jazzes up worship at Chesterfield's United Hebrew Congregation

  • Music

    December 29, 1999

    Critical Mass

    RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.

  • Music

    April 7, 1999
  • Music

    March 24, 1999