Jazz On Tap With Festivals In U. City and Chesterfield

Ptah Williams
Ptah Williams will be a featured performer at the Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival.

New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz music, but St. Louis had a notable jazz scene as far back as the 1920s. The St. Louis region has also produced significant jazz artists, including trumpeter Clark Terry, bandleader Lester Bowie, and of course, Miles Davis.

Jazz remains a prominent part of the St. Louis music scene. Jazz fans who live in St. Louis County have a couple of great options for free music festivals in June. They are the University City Jazz Festival on June 10 and the Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival on June 24.

Rob and Mike Silverman
Rob (left) and Mike Silverman, impresarios of the U. City and Chesterfield Jazz festivals.

The Silverman brothers—Mike (keyboards) and Rob (percussion and drums)—created both the U. City and Chesterfield events. They also perform as Bach To The Future. Their band and its unique mashup of classical and jazz will perform at both festivals. They’ll be joined by the master of the electric violin, Tracy Silverman.

Mike and Rob are U. City natives and although they tour and record nationally, St. Louis County remains their home base.

The U. City Jazz Festival begins at 2 p.m. and also will feature the Demarius Hicks Quartet, Tracer, Dave Black and the STL Avant Garde Ensemble. It will take place at the southwest corner of Heman Park, in conjunction with Fair U. City.

The Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival will be held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veteran’s Place Drive from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It will feature the Wooten Brothers, Anita Jackson with keyboard master Ptah Williams and bassist Darrell Mixon, Kim Fuller & Maurice Carnes, and Bach to the Future with Tracy Silverman.

University City Jazz Festival at Heman Park

Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival at Chesterfield Amphitheater


Author: Bill Motchan

I am a freelance writer and photographer. For fun, I play golf and listen to Little Feat. I am also on a longterm quest to learn to play blues and jazz piano and organ.