“This October will mark the 20th anniversary of Jazz St. Louis, making it “a good time to look back,” Jazz St. Louis’ President & CEO Gene Dobbs Bradford told The American. But since the 2015-2016 season marks only its second full season in the world-class Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, it’s also a time for Jazz St. Louis to look forward.
As for looking back, Bradford said, “A lot of great music came through in the past 20 years – a lot of it by people who are not with us anymore.” He thought immediately of Ray Brown, the bassist who passed in 2002, and James Moody, the saxophonist who passed in 2010.
“This was the music that created bebop,” Bradford said – and those creators are gone.
However, Jazz St. Louis has not prepared the equivalent of memorial concerts for its anniversary season. Ongoing tributes to the departed are implicit in the programming of today, Bradford said: “It’s a continuum.”“