Friday, September 24, 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:

* Just in time for his 70th birthday, baritone sax great Hamiet Bluiett was interviewed last week on NPR's "All Things Considered".

* Meanwhile, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Jazz St. Louis, JSL is selling commemorative posters and t-shirts featuring this season's lineup of performers. You can see the merchandise here.

* The Webster University Journal has a story on last Saturday's tenth annual Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival here.

* The Sheldon Art Galleries will have their fall openings next Friday, October 1, including a new exhibit in the History of Jazz Gallery called "Lourdes Delgado: Jazz in New York - A Community of Visions." The exhibit, which runs through January 15, features the Spanish-born photographer's documentation of the lives of current jazz musicians, including St. Louis native David Sanborn, via a large-format camera.

* The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra announced that they'll premiere a new work by saxophonist Wayne Shorter (pictured) at their annual fund-raising gala next Saturday, October 2 at Powell Symphony Hall. The "New Work For Soprano and Orchestra" was written especially for the SLSO and singer Renée Fleming, who is the featured artist at the event. Shorter and conductor David Robertson worked together previously when Robertson was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, and again here in St. Louis when Shorter played at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in 2005 with members of the Symphony.

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