The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

Traditional-Jazz Performance with Mr. Handy's Blues

210 min.


Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7:00pm

Joanne Fish’s “Mr. Handy’s Blues” chronicles the life of William Christopher Handy, known affectionately worldwide as the Father of the Blues. Handy’s trajectory to success is an against-all-odds odyssey that took him from a strict religious home in Northern Alabama, to a low point of despair in St. Louis, to becoming one of the most revered composers of the 20th century. “Mr. Handy’s Blues” features performances of Handy’s songs — including such standards as “St. Louis Blues,” “The Memphis Blues,” and “Beale Street Blues” — by current artists. Director Fish participates in a Q&A, and the program also includes “Blues & Ragtime: The Sounds of St. Louis,” a short film by the teens at St. Louis Artworks, who tell the story of how ragtime music became the foundation for much of modern blues, R&B, and hip-hop. The evening is capped by a performance by a trad-jazz trio consisting of pianist Ethan Leinwand, vocalist Valerie Kirchoff, and trumpeter TJ Muller.

$15 for special event

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Music Spotlight Show-Me Cinema Women in Film Spotlight

With Guests

With director Fish and a performance by Leinwand, Kirchoff, and Muller.

Sponsored by

Linda & Erv Rhode