Chancellor's Fellows - Jazz STL - Conversation & Concert

We will meet with Gene Dobbs Bradford at 6:30pm, President and CEO of Jazz St. Louis (and a proud WashU alum). Jazz Bistro has earned praise from artists and patrons alike as one of the best listening rooms in the country. Year after year, they strive to be the leader in showcasing unique and diverse jazz performers. Gene will share his story of building this amazing entity. 
At 7:30pm, we will enjoy a concert by Ferguson native Keyon Harrold who grew up one of 16 children in a family that prioritized music and community across generations. His grandfather was a police officer who retired from the force to find a drum and bugle corps for local youth, both of his parents were pastors, and nearly all of his siblings sing and perform music today. After leaving St. Louis for New York to study at The New School, Harrold landed his first major gig with Common, an experience which he says broadened his musical horizons beyond jazz to include funk, Afrobeat, R&B, and hip hop. Soon he was performing with stars like Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Eminem, Maxwell, and Anthony Hamilton. He continues to create music that combines jazz with other genres, helping to broaden the appeal of the music and bring people together. Harrold was named the new Creative Advisor for Jazz St. Louis in 2021. 
“…a scorching trumpeter…” – The New York Times