Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra open Jazz St. Louis (PRNewsFoto/Jazz St. Louis) (C) Whitney Curtis, 2014
Oct. 2 saw St. Louis at the center of the jazz world, as jazz legends, community and corporate leaders, jazz enthusiasts and VIPs gathered at Jazz at the Bistro to celebrate the grand opening of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. The grand opening celebration was underwritten by World Wide Technology and featured world renowned Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Already known as one of the best and longest running not-for-profit jazz organizations in the country, Jazz St. Louis hit a high note with its new state-of-the art live performance venue with livestreaming capabilities, education center, jazz lounge and staff headquarters.
“We need to celebrate our rich heritage and focus on the things that unite us,” said Dave Steward, Chairman and Co-Founder of World Wide Technology. “The Arts are a powerful tool that we can use to bring our community together, and no other does it more than Jazz. I’m so proud of the new Jazz St. Louis and call on the entire community to support it to make St. Louis the prominent center for jazz in the world.”
The $10 million capital campaign kicked off in August 2013 and thanks to the support and generosity of David & Thelma Steward, John & Alison Ferring, Centene Corporation, Ken & Nancy Kranzberg, Emerson, Richard & Josephine Weil, the Jazz St. Louis Board of Directors, and other jazz patrons, in excess of $6.7 million has been raised to date, allowing this new venue to open on time and within budget. The remaining $3.3 million is currently being raised through the public phase of the on-going capital campaign. Through continued donations, the on-going capital campaign gives the entire St. Louis community and worldwide jazz community the opportunity to ensure the future of Jazz St. Louis’ operations and educational pursuits.