“Music is very important. It’s important as a tool for learning, it can be a tool for healing, it can be no telling what, as long as we remain free to be able to create the music, to be able to experiment and to really research, and to really get time to develop the music.” – Lester Bowie

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation provides musicians with the necessary infrastructure they need to thrive in St. Louis. Through performance opportunities including live jazz with a touch of blues and soul at The Dark Room and the weekly Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl and our music artist-in-residence program we aid and support musicians at every stage of their career to showcase their talent.

Read more about these efforts below.

Open Air Social Design

Open Air

Friday and Saturday nights starting Aug. 7

Enjoy some of the freshest sounds in St. Louis at Open Air, a concert series presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Jazz St. Louis. Featuring and celebrating St. Louis’s finest, this tented, dinner experience takes place outside The Grandel in Grand Center Arts District, on Friday and Saturday nights through October. Reservations required.

Music Artists in Residence

Our Music Artists-in-Residence program identifies band leaders with original projects and provides them with the performance, rehearsal, and recording opportunities that assist them in advancing and building their careers. Artists also receive marketing support, dedicated rehearsal space, office space, and industry education and access. The Music Artists-in-Residence program is in partnership with Clayton Studios.

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St. Louis Jazz

The Sound of St. Louis

The Sound of St. Louis: Jazz Compilation Vol. 1 is the culmination of the first year of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s Music Artists in Residence program and features an original composition from each of the nine residents. Recorded and mixed at Clayton Studios by Tazu Marshall and Mike Silverman, the compilation is available as a CD (at Vintage Vinyl, Music Record Shop, and Euclid Records, as well as Kranzberg-affiliated venues including Sophie’s Artist Lounge and The Dark Room), digital download or on streaming services.

Listen to the album

Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl

Free / 5:30 – 11 pm / All Ages

*Temporarily postponed due to COVID-19*

From Miles Davis and Willie Akins to Eric Slaughter and Ptah Williams, St. Louis has a living legacy of jazz. It pulses and flows through every bass note — a staccato heart beat riding across generations of red brick and river. Every week, we celebrate St. Louis’ jazz legacy and future with the Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl. Free and family-friendly, the Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl brings jazz within reach for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Weekly schedule
Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl SQUARE

Saint Louis Music Initiative

Music at the Intersection is a three-day music festival throughout the Grand Center Arts District at two outdoor and seven indoor stages, featuring more than 60 national, regional, and local bands of all genres. This event takes place during Saint Louis Music Week — a nine-day celebration that shines a light on our music scene and encourages folks across our region to go out and experience live music. The Midwest Music Summit, which will launch in 2021, consists of panels, workshops, exhibitions, and classes geared toward the music industry.