A Look Inside Jazz at the Bistro's New State-of-the-Art Jazz Center (Photos)

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The Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • The Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz. | Photos 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.

See also: Jazz at the Bistro Announces $10 Million Expansion for New Jazz Center

Nancy's Jazz Lounge.
  • Nancy's Jazz Lounge.

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.

The Ferring Jazz Bistro.
  • The Ferring Jazz Bistro.

Click through for more photos.

Nancy's Jazz Lounge.
  • Nancy's Jazz Lounge.
The entrance to the bistro.
  • The entrance to the bistro.
Have dinner prepared by Catering St. Louis delivered right to your table.
  • Have dinner prepared by Catering St. Louis delivered right to your table.
Booths provide additional seating on the ground floor.
  • Booths provide additional seating on the ground floor.
View from the balcony.
  • View from the balcony.
The bar on the ground floor.
  • The bar on the ground floor.

Another view from the balcony.
  • Another view from the balcony.
The balcony seats around 40 guests.
  • The balcony seats around 40 guests.
A second bar on the balcony, which will occasionally offer discounted seats, features a live stream of what's happening on the stage.
  • A second bar on the balcony, which will occasionally offer discounted seats, features a live stream of what's happening on the stage.
Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford.
  • Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford.
View from the main floor.
  • View from the main floor.
The original signage still hangs proudly.
  • The original signage still hangs proudly.

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