The Bad Plus

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, January 24 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour + New Music.”  Pianist Marian McPartland was a beloved figure in jazz because of her “Piano Jazz” radio program.  She will be featured on the “Keys and Strings Hour.”  In addition, new music for January will feature a six-CD set from pianist Joe Castro, and new CD’s from Harold Mabern, Marlene Ver Planck, Lew Tabackin, Joshua Redman with the Bad Plus, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Cobb’s original Cobb’s Mob, The 14 Jazz Orchestra and a trio of Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis and St. Louis’s own Steve Davis.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, May 25 is in three parts.  The first part is the “Keys and Strings Hour” with Miles Davis compositions played without horns.   We will hear the Mulgrew Miller Trio, the Victor Feldman Trio, the Oscar Peterson trio, the Mary Lou Williams-Brian Torff duo, the Lynne Arriale Trio, the Red Garland Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Ray Bryant Trio and the Ray Brown Trio.  The second part of the show is an interview with St.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Bad Plus has been making waves in the jazz world for the past decade with a mix of inventive original material and inventive reworkings of rock and pop songs. Want something different? The trio has played Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”), Black Sabbath (“Iron Man’), Blondie (“Heart of Glass”), Tears for Fears (“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”) and Burt Bacharach (“This Guy’s in Love with You”).

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Jazz trio The Bad Plus is making an extra stop in St. Louis this year. In addition to their January performance at Jazz at the Bistro, the group will be in town September 30th through October 3rd as part of Jazz St. Louis' Residency Series.

Jazz enthusiasts will be able to hear The Bad Plus discuss their work at various events, as well as listen to them perform with members of the St. Louis Symphony.


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Jazz Unlimited Sunday evening, August 25 will present “Kansas City Piano and New Music.”   The Quieter Side of Jazz will feature blues and boogie woogie music from Kansas City pianists Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Jay McShann, Pete Johnson, Julia Lee and Sammy Price.  The new music for August will include music by Leo’s Five, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jay Clayton, Tootie Heath, The Clayton Brothers, Ptah Williams’ Trio, Rich Thompson, Kris Davis, The Bad Plus, Jan Garbarek and Wayne Shorter.

Check out my images of some of the musicians in the Slide Show.