Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

The annual Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival returns a little earlier than usual, but with an all-star lineup.

Clark Terry
Clark Terry's website

In April 2006, jazz trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry talked to "Cityscape" host Steve Potter about his upcoming performance at the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival.

By then, Clark was widely regarded as a legend. He was a star soloist with Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands, led his own big band, and was the first black man to play in "The Tonight Show" house band.

Jim Widner with bass
Dawn DeBlaze

Updated Friday, April 25, 2014 to include audio from Cityscape.

On April 17, 2004, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival debuted on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Ten years ago, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival made its debut on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Over the past decade, the festival has grown in length, evening concert performances, and the number of name jazz artists featured in those concerts.

But for Jim Widner, director of jazz studies at UMSL and founder of the festival, the most important aspect of the growth of the event is the increase in students who attend the several days of jazz combo and big band clinics that happen before those evening concerts.

From April 18th through 20th, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival will bring some of the greatest names in professional jazz to the stage as well as provide training opportunities for some 800 students.  In its tenth year, the festival has grown to be one of the most significant festivals in the Midwest.  Founded in 2004 by the University of Missouri – St. Louis and the Touhill Performing Arts Center, the festival last year added a partnership with Jazz St. Louis.