Friday, September 17, 2010

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of links and short local news items of interest that you may have missed:

* Pianist Kenny Barron (pictured) just did a short interview with Calvin Wilson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, previewing his duo gig with Mulgrew Miller next week at Jazz at the Bistro. Read the article online here.

* In a column just posted at the Jazz Times website, veteran critic and jazz journalist Nat Hentoff gives a rave review to St. Louis author and artist Kevin Belford's recent book Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis Missouri. You can check out Hentoff's column here.

* Linda Purl's performance last week to open Cabaret St. Louis' fall season at the Kranzberg Arts Center was reviewed by Chuck Lavazzi for his Stage Left blog here.

* KSDK newsman Art Holliday talked with the Post's Kevin Johnson about his documentary film on St. Louis blues/rock piano great Johnnie Johnson, and you can see the article online here. Johnson's former St. Louis bandmates will back NYC pianist Dona Oxford for a set paying tribute to Johnson at tomorrow's Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival. Then on Sunday, Oxford and the Johnson band will join Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt and James Wormworth III of Conan O'Brien's band for a benefit concert at the Sheldon to raise money for Holliday's film.

* P-D business writer Lisa Brown interviewed Joe Schwab of Euclid Records about the St. Louis-based store's newly opened New Orleans location and changes in the music retail business.

* Saxophonist Dave Stone's trio will play and burlesque performer Lola Von Ella will dance to accompany Missouri Poet Laureate David Clewell in a reading of his poem "Jack Ruby's America" next Thursday, September 23 at The Foxhole at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave.

* To help stir up interest in events associated with next month's American Arts Experience - St. Louis, the Sheldon Concert Hall and HEC-TV will present "State of the Arts Live and Uncut - American Arts Experience" from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m., Thursday, September 30 at the Sheldon. The multi-media event will feature performances from vibraphonist Jonathan Whiting with bassist Darrell Mixon; singer Brian Owens; pianists Peter Henderson and Stephanie Trick, and several others. Tickets to see the show in person are $10, or you can tune in to HEC-TV (Charter Channel 989 and 118-26 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99) or watch a live stream at

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