The Sheldon Presents Jazz, Rock, and Soul: 40 Years of Music in St. Louis, 1968-2008

Sep 4, 2008 at 4:59 pm

From the venue:

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents Jazz, Rock, and Soul: 40 Years of Music in St. Louis, 1968-2008, October 3, 2008 – February 7, 2009 in the History of Jazz Gallery. Celebrate the art galleries' tenth anniversary at a complimentary exhibit opening on October 3 from 5 -7 p.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres and cake! Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, Noon – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission. Admission is free. For more information on the exhibition visit the galleries’ website at

Re-live your favorite concert moments through a collection of photos, memorabilia, archival information, graphic art, rare musical instruments, and video clips that document concerts in St. Louis for over four decades. The exhibit presents a diverse history of live concerts that reveals the cultural richness and reputation as a music town that St. Louis has had since the early 1900s. Highlights in the exhibit include instruments that once belonged to Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Maynard Ferguson and sheet music annotated by Louis Armstrong, all from the collection of Steven Schankman.

St. Louis has been a major stop for almost every national and international recording artist. The exhibition highlights not only many of these entertainers, but also the presenters. Better known as concert promoters, these local “River City Gamblers” shaped the music scene, risking their own money to bring famous performers to the Gateway City.

The exhibition puts forward various narratives and images that convey the long-time passion and commitment these St. Louisans have had in presenting the greatest music of our time. The collection is drawn from the archives of Steve Schankman and Contemporary Productions with contributions from Joe Edwards, KSHE 95, Richard Miller, Mark O’Shaughnessy, Doreatha Polites, Mark Richman, the Sheldon Concert Hall, Steve Straub, Mary Strauss and the Fabulous Fox Theatre, and others.