The 2019 HWJF Lineup

The Bosman Twins
8:00p – 9:00p

Internationally renowned, Emmy Award-Winning and high-energy headliners The Bosman Twins — Dwayne and Dwight — are legends in their own right.  Having grown up with a father who was a sideman in Basie and Ellington’s orchestras, they were influenced by famous musicians and family friends, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker.  Recent recipients of ‘Excellence in Arts’ from the St. Louis Arts & Education Council, they were also inducted into the St. Louis Jazz Hall of Fame. Together they shared the stage with Freddie Cole, Branford Marsalis, Fontella Bass, Roy Ayers and more.   


Bach to the Future
6:30p – 7:30p

Imagine the classics — Bach, Beethoven, Mozart — performed in exciting new ways…modern jazz, African and Latin rhythms.  Bach to the Future brings an exciting, whimsical approach to the most beloved music of all time, and some of the most interesting, cutting-edge instruments you will ever see.  How about a Drum-itar?  Or a 6-string electric violin that sounds like Jimi Hendrix?  All players are world-renowned performers, best-selling authors, and highly-acclaimed composers.  Mike Silverman has had many #1 albums on iTunes, while Rob Silverman is the author of best-selling drum technique books.  Don’t miss The Bach that Rocks!  


Jim Manley Brass Attitude
5:00p – 6:00p

Jim Manley’s explosive trumpet chops into the musical stratosphere in a fun, exciting and unbelievable way.  His ‘Brass Attitude’ quartet features Manley, who has achieved critical acclaim for his recordings, can make his horn soar, pop, sizzle and purr.  The prolific trumpeter, bandleader, composer / arranger, and clinician maintains a busy schedule with an estimated 10,500 engage-ments since the 80s!  One thing is for certain, this band swings and grooves classic jazz favorites.  Jim Manley has opened for legendary jazz musician Maynard Ferguson and was a featured soloist at the annual Trumpet Party in Amsterdam and plays various clubs around St. Louis.


Two Times True
3:30p – 4:30p

Two Times True dazzles with Carolbeth on keys, her son Dave on drums, and noteworthy players Larry Johnson and Glen Smith.  Her precision, discipline, dedication and detail shows, making her a cornerstone of the St. Louis Jazz scene.  A well-known performer and Webster University educator who performs in several groups, hard-workingTrue is an original cast member of “The Jazz Story,” presented by The Sheldon. Her trio enjoyed extended runs at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Jazz at the Bistro.  A longtime pianist with Variety Children’s Theatre, and the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, her awards include “Excellence in the Arts” from the Arts and Education Council; Riverfront Times and St. Louis Magazine Best Jazz Artist, among others.


Mo E All-Stars feat. Cheri Evans
2:00p – 3:00p

Pianist, producer, bandleader and educator Maurice “Mo” Egeston has been the driving force behind some of the St. Louis region’s best bands since the mid 90’s.  Together, Singer Cheri Evans delivers an eclectic mix of Jazz infused with Soul and R&B. Currently, Mo performs live and original jazz flavored house, electronica and drum and bass with the Mo E All-Stars and Mo E trio.  His All-Stars group mixes a small rhythm section with MIDI beats and loops -or- uses a fully-live 6-piece band; aiming for an organic improvisatory feel giving a nod to the sounds of the dance floor. Mo’s recent highlights include Muny support for Jennifer Holliday, a music documentary, product training for Casio, and debut CD of original music from Mo E All-Stars.


Jazz Panel:  “St. Louis Jazz”
12:30p – 1:30p

  • St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU’s Jazz Unlimited Host/Author, Dennis Owsley, SIU-Edwardsville’s Jazz Studies Director, Jason Swagler, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Executive Director, Chris Hansen. Owner, DeBlaze & Associates, Dawn DeBlaze, Moderator.
  • Join us for coffee and doughnuts as we discuss past and present jazz in St. Louis.
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