Singer-songwriter Javier Mendoza's Latin Jazz Experiment will be the first local/regional act to play the Bistro in 2013, returning on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12.
Two weeks later, multi-instrumentalist Lamar Harris and singer/trumpeter Dawn Weber will team up for performances on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.
Next up, The Wee Trio, formed in NYC but featuring former St. Louisan Dan Loomis on bass, will return to the Bistro to record a live CD on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9.
And speaking of recordings, the Willie Akins/Montez Coleman Group will have a CD release party for their upcoming album The St. Louis Connection on Saturday, February 23.
Also returning to the Bistro will be the Funky Butt Brass Band, with a one-nighter announced for Friday, March 22.
Lastly, as in years past, the Bistro will be the site of the opening show for the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, with clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen (pictured) and drummer Matt Wilson paired for a performance on Thursday, April 18. (The GSLJF previously had announced concerts at the Touhill Performing Arts Center featuring the Monterey Jazz Festival 55th anniversary tour on Friday, April 19 and the Doc Severinsen Big Band on Saturday, April 20.)
The announcement from Jazz St. Louis did not include prices, but tickets for all of the performances at the Bistro will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, December 1 via Metrotix. To purchase tickets for the GSLJF shows at the Touhill, call their ticket office at 314-516-4949 or visit the Touhill website.