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The Blue Velvet Lounge


An intoxicating cocktail of comedy improvisation and cabaret! 

December 16, 30, January 13, 27, February 10, 24

The Improv Shop - Mainstage, 3960 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Tickets available at the door or at

The Cabaret Project teams up with The Improv Shop to co-present their dynamic, fully improvised theater piece featuring live jazz standards – live from the mythical Blue Velvet Lounge. Each performance eight smart, funny improvisers create the stories and sagas of the patrons of the Blue Velvet Lounge – on the spot! Surrounded by live jazz vocal standards, this character driven story is a different show each night it’s performed. More St. Louisans should know about the great work that the Improv Shop does in our city! A perfect evening out for lovers of cabaret and comedy! Food and drink available at the Improv Shop!

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Lea DeLaria

DeLaria + Bowie = Jazz

Lea DeLaria bringe her eclectic musical style to swinging the songs of David Bowie

With special guest Grammy winner Janis Seigel (Manhattan Transfer)

December 27 & 28

The Ferring Jazz Bistro, Jazz St. Louis co-presenter


Watch Lea swing Sondheim!

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades.

DeLaria, a Belleville, IL native, is a Broadway veteran (On The Town) and was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival. She has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

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Marilyn Maye


Celebrating 90 years!

March 7 & 8, 2018

The Ferring Jazz Bistro, Jazz St. Louis co-presenter


Join in the St. Louis celebration of this musical icon’s 90th Birthday!


Marilyn Maye is an iconic entertainer whom Ella Fitzgerald praised as one of her absolute favorite singers. Maye has performed with legends like Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Michael Feinstein. Recently, Maye also brought her theatrical energy to The Appel Room at Lincoln Center in a triumphant run with an 18-piece big band! Maye is a famously engaging crowd-pleaser and one of the remaining geniuses from the golden age of show business. Still at the top of her game, this award-winning Grammy nominated singer holds the record for appearances by a singer on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - 76 times!  Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on The Tonight Show when turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.”

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Norm Lewis

Tony nominated Broadway star of Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, more

“..among the most reliably impressive voices on Broadway” – New York Times

Saturday April 7, 2018      The Sheldon Concert Hall


Watch Norm Lewis at 54 Below in NYC  

Norm Lewis recently performed the dream role of the Phantom in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera – the first African American actor to take on the iconic role.  “In his big solo “The Music of the Night,” Mr. Lewis’s supple phrasing and power combined to gorgeous effect.” (New York Times).  Previous to that triumphant performance he received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, opposite Audra MacDonald.  Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End he has appeared as Javert in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS. His solo work has been featured on PBS’ Great Performances and his standout portrayal of Joe in Showboat was featured on PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center.