by Mabel Suen
Last May, Jazz St. Louis announced a $10 million expansion for a new jazz center that would completely reinvent Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington Avenue) as we know it, with state-of-the-art architectural and acoustic design. Only four months later, the doors of the newly dubbed Ferring Jazz Bistro debuted to a sold-out crowd during a grand-opening celebration featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. RFT Music stopped by shortly thereafter for a tour of the new digs.
Construction on offices and a jazz-education center are still under way, but the concert venue is running at full steam. The main level of the jazz center also features Nancy's Jazz Lounge, a casual bar which streams performances live from the listening room. Have a look inside both sides of the space so far with our bite-sized photo guide -- you'll want to save your stomachs for dinner and show firsthand, after all. Get the full schedule of concerts via the Jazz St. Louis website.
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