City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973

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Eddie Randle Band Poster, c. 1940s © Courtesy of the Randle Family
City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973

3648 Washington Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63108
June 7th, 2013 - August 17th, 2013
Opening: June 7th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

United States
Tuesdays, 12 noon – 8 p.m. Wednesdays - Fridays, 12 noon – 5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
posters, period advertisements, artifacts, photography


The Sheldon Art Galleries illuminates the rich history of jazz in St. Louis and its impact on the national scene in this exhibition and companion book by Dennis Owsley. Archival photographs, posters, period advertisements, artifacts such as a trumpet used by Clark Terry and a costume worn by Miles Davis, along with other instruments played by influential musicians, vintage records, printed ephemera, and listening stations with important historical recordings, tell the story of the individuals, places and other conditions that helped to shape the development of jazz music in the St. Louis area.

Originally exhibited at The Sheldon in 2006-2007, the exhibition returns to tell the story of the politics and rise of jazz in the 1920s and '30s; the War years and the development of Miles Davis's international career; the jazz scene on the DeBaliviere Strip and in East St. Louis in the 1950s; Gaslight Square in the 1960s and the legacy of traditional jazz and the innovations of the Black Artists' Group in the 1970s.

A companion book, City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895 – 1973 by Dennis Owsley, is co-published by the Sheldon Art Galleries and Reedy Press. ($27.95)