The Jazz Unlimited Sunday, June 2, will be the “Jazz History of St. Louis-Part 9: The Early 2000’s.” Even though 9/11 put fear into the nation, the St. Louis jazz scene continued to revive until the Great Recession that started in 2007. After that, gigs were few and far between for several years. Jazz at the Bistro became one of the great jazz clubs in the world. The Sheldon continued to bring local and national groups into St. Louis. The City Bank St. Louis Jazz Festival was in Shaw Park from 2001 to 2008. Bill Becker’s Victoria Company continued to document St.
On the May 19 Jazz Unlimited show, we will find out that the jazz scene in St. Louis went through a dark time and the beginnings of a rebirth in the 1970’s and 1980’s. College and high school jazz programs began and Charlie Menees brought a traditional jazz and swing program to KWMU. The 1986 University City High School sent their jazz band to the Montreux Jazz Festival and all the member of the 1987 Todd Williams Quintet went on to solid professional careers. A small group of experimentalists was still in St.