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Jazz St. Louis

Reading Group books are available from Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO at a 20% discount.

The Jazz St. Louis Book Club will meet in Nancy’s Jazz Lounge in the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz at 6.30 pm, on the second Tuesday of each month. The Steward Center is located at 3536 Washington Avenue in the Grand Center district.  Please visit their website or contact for more information.

To sign up for the book club, contact the Jazz St. Louis box office at 314.571.6000. You can sign up for each individual month, or for the entire four-book series. Although the book club is free, a ticket is required and can be obtained through the box office for each session, or by clicking HERE.


Year Four

September 10, 2019: Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy: Gennett Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazz by Rick Kennedy

October 8th, 2019: Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon by Maxine Gordon

November 12, 2019: Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century by Nate Chinen

December 10, 2019: Raise Up Off Me by Hampton Hawes

February 11, 2020: Love Affair: A Memoir of a Forbidden Father-Daughter Union by Leslie Kenton

March 10, 2020: TBA

April 14, 2020: Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times by Robin D.G. Kelley

May 12, 2020: Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan by E. Taylor Atkins

Book Club cancelled until next season. 


Previous Titles: Year One, Year Two, Year Three

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Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Nathan I. Huggins Lectures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674046245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harvard University Press - February 27th, 2012

April 2020 Jazz St. Louis book club selection

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Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822327219
Availability: Special Order
Published: Duke University Press - September 6th, 2001

May 2020 Jazz St. Louis book club selection