In New Advisor Role, Keyon Harrold Brings Cutting-edge and Musical Connections to Jazz St. Louis | entertainment
In 1999, teenager Keyon Harrold was showing up at Jazz at the Bistro (now Jazz St. Louis) with his trumpet, attending shows and hoping for his photo.
On numerous occasions he was allowed to sit with performers, including national performers such as Kenny Garrett and Christian McBride.
“I’d do my own thing to go,” says Harrold, from Ferguson.
Gene Dobbs Bradford, who at the time had just taken over the general management of the organization, remembers listening to Harrold. “He had some really good creative ideas. And he had swagger too, I remember. I said, ‘This man is going somewhere.’ “
Fast forward to 2021. Harrold – now trumpeter, producer and educator – has just been appointed as Jazz St. Louis’ first creative advisor, tasked with giving the organization a new edge with performances, collaborations, appearances and Much more.
“When I found out I had the job, I was hopping over the moon,” says Harrold. “Spending a lot of time in Saint-Louis is a beautiful thing for me.”
In addition to creating his own music, his career has included collaborations or performances with artists such as Jay-Z, D’Angelo, Common, Gregory Porter, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Rihanna, Beyonce, Robert Glasper, Gary Clark Jr and Mary J. Blige.