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Enjoy the sounds of smooth jazz and the taste of great wine as the successful Alton Jazz & Wine Festival returns to the Alton Amphitheater on August 31, 2024. The evening will open with the Alton Jazz Confluence featuring select Alton and Godfrey student musicians. Following the Alton Jazz Confluence, Left of West will take the stage for an “energetic and soulful” blend of funk, rock, jazz and blues music. The festival’s headliner: Jim Manley, a trumpet player from St. Louis, will bring a lot of energy during his hour-long set.

Purchase Tickets: https://www.metrotix.com/events/detail/alton-jazz-wine-fest

Tickets cost $100 for a four-top table, $50 for a two-top table and $10 for general admission. The Brown Bag Bistro will provide charcuterie trays for purchase.

Jim Manley, a renowned figure in the St. Louis music scene, has dedicated over four decades to perfecting the art of trumpet performance. With an estimated 10,500 nights of live performances, Manley has become a local legend, his music resonating through nearly every venue in the city. His recordings, acclaimed for their excellence, have reached audiences globally, showcasing his versatility and skill. Known for his dynamic range, Manley’s trumpet playing is celebrated for its ability to transcend traditional boundaries, earning high praise from critics and contemporaries alike. His recent ventures as a band leader and composer have further solidified his reputation, with his group ‘Horns in the House’ opening for the iconic Maynard Ferguson and annual sold-out shows at ‘Jazz at the Bistro.’ Beyond the stage, Manley’s influence extends through his work as a clinician and educator, offering guidance to aspiring musicians both locally and through online platforms. His innovative approach to brass playing continues to inspire and attract attention worldwide, making him a cherished asset to the jazz community and an inspiration to musicians everywhere.

Left of West blends funk, rock, jazz, and blues to create a unique sound that is both energetic and soulful. Their music is influenced by a wide range of artists, from classic funk grooves to the bluesy licks. They are passionate about creating music that makes people move and feel good, and always put on a high-energy live show.