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Jeremy Davenport @ Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis

In New Orleans, where expectations run high for trumpet players who sing, Jeremy Davenport is known to deliver the goods. He credits his eighth-grade encounter with Wynton Marsalis for his love of the jazz trumpet.

Jeremy Davenport. Photo Credit: Telarc/Skip Bolen Studio

We'll get to New Orleans later. But to start this show, JazzSet is on a trip to St. Louis, to Jazz @ the Bistro in Grand Center Arts District, for an entertaining hour with Jeremy Davenport. Well, almost an hour. There's something special toward the end: We jump down to New Orleans for one wonderful song from the NPR archive. Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder sing "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" at the 1977 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival!

Photo: Telarc/Skip Bolen Studio

Jeremy Davenport was born in 1970. His parents are musicians -- his mother a teacher, and his dad a trombonist with the St. Louis Symphony. Davenport himself was training on the trumpet when something special happened. He met Wynton Marsalis, then studied with Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, and then became the youngest member in the big band of Harry Connick, Jr. These days, Jeremy and this band play weekends at the French Quarter Bar in the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

You might also catch Davenport on Emeril Live on the Food Network. Jeremy's a versatile guy. He loves to play Jazz @ the Bistro, and a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing St. Louis back to the forefront of jazz, with a world class club and program of education and community outreach. New talent Jeremy Davenport and classic Ellia and Stevie: you'll enjoy this program, from top to bottom!


"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler
"Night and Day" Cole Porter
"Where or When" Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
"Blue Skies" Irving Berlin
"Love Is Here to Stay" George & Ira Gershwin
"On the Sunny Side of the Street" Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh
"Sweet Georgia Brown" Bernie, Casey, Pinkard
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder

Jeremy Davenport, trumpet
Thaddeus Richard, piano and soprano saxophone
David Pulphus, bass Troy Davis, drums


  • Jeremy Davenport

  • CD of Davenport in Concert

  • Jazz @ the Bistro

  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    Gene Dobbs Bradford is the Executive Director of Jazz @ the Bistro. Paul Hennerich of Pangalactic Recording produced and recorded the sets.

    New Orleans recording engineer Jim Anderson, field producer Michael Cuscuna for NPR. Thanks to Richard Rosman and Quint Davis.

    Our producer is Becca Pulliam, Technical Director Duke Markos, and executive producer Thurston Briscoe III, at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark.

    Copyright 2007 NPR