This article first appeared in the St. Louis: The University City High School jazz program is best known for the generation of talented young musicians who graduated from there in the late 1980s. U. City High students pianist Peter Martin, trumpet player/vocalist Jeremy Davenport, bassist Chris Thomas, saxophonist Todd Williams and drummer David Berger recording an album (“Just In Time”) as the Todd Williams Quintet in 1987. And all went on to professional musical careers.
But University City High had an outstanding jazz program in the 1970s as well, and drummer Ronnie Burrage, who graduated from the school in the late 1970s, went on to achieve early success on the international jazz scene.