Here's the latest compilation of assorted news briefs and links related to jazz, improvisation, and creative music in St. Louis, including news of musicians originally from the Gateway City, recent visitors, and coming attractions, plus assorted other items of interest:
* It's been kind of a slow news week, but we can fulfill our Miles Davis news requirement for this installment with a link to a Nate Chinen essay for At Length magazine about about the night the trumpeter shared a bill at the Fillmore East with singer/songwriter Neil Young. (Via Miles Davis Online).
Also, we're sorry to have to note the passing of writer and musician Michael Zwerin, who played trombone on Davis' Birth of the Cool and wrote about, rubbed elbows or played with many of the most significant jazz musicians of the past half-century. Zwerin died last week in Paris at age 79.
* For some reason, saxophonist, composer and one-time Webster University student John Zorn had never played Cleveland before last week, when he finally made his debut there at the city's art museum with his Masada Sextet. Here's a review of the proceedings from Cleveland Scene.
* Here's a review of The Wee Trio's new CD Capitol Diner #2, written for AllAboutJazz.com by "Pico." Former St. Louisan Dan Loomis is the Wee Trio's bassist.
* Opening the "coming attractions" file, here's a review from AllAboutJazz.com's Woodrow Wilkins of guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli's latest CD, the Duke Ellington tribute Rockin' in Rhythm. Pizzarelli will be back in St. Louis next week to play Wednesday through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro.
*Ranging far from his Kansas City home, Plastic Sax's Bill Brownlee has a review of guitarist Pat Metheny's Orchestrion concert in Rome, Italy. In related news, Metheny and the Orchestrion (pictured) are the subject of a Wall Street Journal article by the noted jazz writer Ashley Kahn, and also will be featured on the April 25 edition of the CBS television program Sunday Morning. The Orchestrion tour comes on St. Louis on May 8 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
* Also, just because: Michael Buble Being Stalked By A Velociraptor. Assuming he escapes the savage jaws of the prehistoric predator, Buble will be in St. Louis on Friday, June 25 to play the Scottrade Center.
* Lastly, for the musicians and music students out there, Berklee College of Music is offering a free downloadable Music Business Handbook that "collects some of the essential knowledge from our instructors in one easy-to-navigate guide." Topics covered include include "Past, Present, and Future of Music, Direct-to-Fan Marketing, Music Publishing, Music Licensing, Challenges of the Music Industry, and Music Royalties."