Live Jazz At Lambert

NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. (KPLR) – Traveling can be trying what with delays, cancellations and security lines.

But Jim Stevens and Rocky Mantia were making it easier today.

‘People just really need a stress reduction at the airport and having a little live music is a good thing for folks,’ says Saxophonist Jim Stevens.

Today Lambert Airport set the stage for travelers coming in and out of St. Louis.

It was Mardi Gras day with beads bestowed and rhythm and blues belted out.

‘You know, you kind of represent the city for people passing through and never have seen St. Louis,’ says keyboardist Rocky Mantia.

But it wasn’t just music and Mardi Gras.

Today was also national Girl Scout Cookie Day.

So these girls from Afton were offering samples and selling boxes of cookies to benefit the USO of Missouri.

‘Our offices are also here in the airport in addition to the USO so we come in everyday and it just gives you a great feeling coming into the airport now,’ says Kathy O’Connor the executive director for the USO Missouri.  ‘It’s really nice.’

Volunteers from the convention and visitors commission handed out beads while the girl scouts handed out cookies.

Hopefully these Mardi Gras moments turn into new music traditions in the terminals.

‘We played here last year for one of the conventions and it was possibly one of the most fun gigs I’ve had in quite awhile,’ says Stewart.

Making other’s days, making flights happier and leaving travelers with a lasting impression of our fair city.

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