Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Plans are underway to boost St. Louis’ standing in the world of jazz.

A $10 million fundraiser is underway to establish the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz in the space currently occupied by Jazz at the Bistro.

Original “Jazz St. Louis” board member Peter Bunce tells KMOX News that he’s especially glad to see the new center will include education and rehearsal space for young musicians.

“You have to sort of acquire a taste for it and an understanding of it,” he says. “You have to experience it to do that.”

Seating will increase to 220, and live performances will be recorded and live streamed to the web.

“It’s certainly going to be something that people will say in the Midwest, there’s nothing like it,” says Jazz St. Louis director Gene Dobbs-Bradford. “There’s really nothing like it in the country.”

It will open in October.

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