There's no question that jazz is best experienced in person, and the newly renovated Jazz at the Bistro — now officially known as the Ferring Jazz Bistro — is still the best place in town to witness the distinctly American art form at its best. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, the Bistro is better than ever, thanks to its recent multimillion-dollar update and expansion, as well as a calendar that's increasingly inclusive of younger and more progressive-minded acts such as Christian Scott, the Robert Glasper Experiment and the Bad Plus. As if the great lineup and sweet new digs weren't enough, the Ferring Jazz Bistro — because it's operated by the nonprofit Jazz St. Louis — is also able to offer tickets to its world-class performances at prices significantly cheaper than its peers in other cities. Add to all that a great new menu from Catering St. Louis to enjoy before the show, and it's not only the best jazz club in town, it's one of the best in the nation. 3536 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, 63103. 314-571-6000, www.jazzstl.org/jazz-at-the-bistro.