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University City Announces First Jazz Festival

"University City -- a city of diversity, learning, and culture."

- Mayor Shelley Welsch

"One of the 10 great streets in America (The Loop)."

- American Planning Association



What:  The City of University City Presents the U City Jazz Festival

Where:  Heman Park at Midland & Shaftesbury (St. Louis)

When:  Saturday, September 24, 2011

Who:  Jeanne Trevor & Friends, Mike Silverman's Classical Jazz Quartet, John Coltrane Tribute with Maurice Carnes' Hipjaz Quintet, Clave Sol, U City Young Jazz Lions, Washington University Jazz Clinic

Cost:  FREE

Info:  Visit for information and directions

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St. Louis, Missouri - August 25, 2011 The City of University City presents the first U City Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Heman Park. Local and national renowned jazz artists perform free
concerts featuring straight-ahead, contemporary, and Latin jazz music.

When you consider the rich musical pedigree that’s grown from the small inner-ring St. Louis suburb of University City, you might have expected the artistry of a jazz festival soon to match. University City is home to over a third of the St. Louis Symphony, and it has also been nationally recognized in jazz education.

“I think people in St. Louis are somewhat aware of the legacy of University City, but it’s important for U City to make a big noise about it, and harness the great talent that is in the area,” said University City native Mike Silverman, who went on to say, “it takes some organization to let people know what we’ve got, and the jazz festival is one way to do that.”

Brothers Mike and Rob Silverman are the Artistic Directors of the festival. “Both of our parents are music educators and our father was a member of the St. Louis Symphony for over 40 years,” said Mike Silverman. The Silverman brothers are
the by-products of symphonic masters who call the University City historic district home.


St. Louis’ first lady of jazz Jeanne Trevor will delight the audience with her Ella Fitzgerald meets Billie Holiday voice. The Emmy award-winning musical actress is a renowned legend on the jazz, cabaret and theater scenes. Having earned a Grammy ® Award for her commercial work, Trevor is equally celebrated in jazz circles for her memorable Gaslight Square appearances.egendary

With 11 number one albums and eight million songs sold, Michael Silverman’s Classical Jazz Quartet blends rock, jazz, and Latin styles with cutting-edge instruments and the classical pieces that have stood the test of time. The outcome of
the modern fusion group culminates in a grand, danceable music finale guaranteed to bring down the house.

Also sharing their musical magic throughout the day are Maurice Carnes’ Hipjaz Quintet (John Coltrane Tribute). Carnes is a first call bebop who drummer has toured Europe and Asia with Marcus Roberts in support of their #1 Billboard album, “Deep in the Shed.

Clave Sol contributes a spicy fusion of jazz improvisation with Latin, funk, island, and world rhythms. Expect to hear an explosive, lively blend of danceable music with traces of Mongo Santamaria, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana, and Joe Sample.

Winners of the “Jazz Education Initiative” -- sponsored by Silverman Brothers Music -- rewards five, promising Young Jazz Lion students: Zach Morrow, Sam Katz, Albert Marshall, Ben Arronberg, and Joey Ferber with a performance opportunity.

Jazz Clinic: The Multi-Cultural Language of Jazz

A free educational jazz clinic is available for regional students and amateur musicians all ages. Co-Sponsored by Washington University and the U City Jazz Festival, the clinic is hosted by world-class faculty and festival artists: Director of Jazz Studies Bill Lenihan (guitar), Kara Baldus (piano), Maurice Carnes (drums). Lenihan will lead a discussion on the elements of improvisation -- use of melody, ornamenting melody, blues, swing and rhythm concepts, and harmony. The clinic takes place from 11-11:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 on the University City Jazz Festival stage located in Heman Park. Each participant receives a free gift bag from area retailers. For more information, contact Bill Lenihan at 314.935.5508. No prior registration or instruments necessary.

A Taste of University City

The U City Jazz Festival promotes the best music, cross-cultural interaction and food that the city has to offer in Heman Park. Highlights feature diverse, family-friendly food vendors from Shu Feng (Asian) and Whatsmokin’? (barbeque) to the
Market Pub House (multi-national).

The U City Jazz Festival is founded and produced by Silverman Brothers Music and Autumn Hill Jazz to stimulate interest in, and awareness and appreciation of, jazz in historic University City. Its mission also facilitates cross-cultural interaction, provides performance opportunities, and educates young people and adults about the important role of jazz as an indigenous American art form.

For more information about the U City Jazz Festival and its sponsors visit The events go on rain or shine. No glass bottles allowed.

2011 University City Jazz Festival




11 am:  Washington University Jazz Clinic

12 pm:  Clave Sol

1:30 pm:  John Coltrane Tribute featuring

                Maurice Carnes' Hipjaz Quintet

3 pm:  U City's Young Jazz Lions

4:30 pm:  Michael Silverman's Classical

                 Jazz Quartet

6 pm:  Jeanne Trevor & Friends

4:30 pm:  Michael Silve

* Schedule Subject to Change


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