Friday, October 15, 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:

*Euclid Records will have their third annual "Sidewalk Sale" tomorrow and Sunday at their Webster Groves store (pictured), along with a similar event at their new New Orleans location. The sale will include LPs, CDs, posters, record crates, cassettes, videotapes, and ephemera, all "priced to move." Get the details at the store's blog, Lockwood and Summit.

* In the latest entries in Jazz St. Louis' ongoing series of blog posts recounting staff members' favorite jazz albums, volunteer coordinator Devin Rodino picks his 15 favorites here, and development director Melissa Jones writes about her 10 selections here.

* The Pageant concert club is celebrating 10 years of operation this week, and the Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson recaps the venue's first decade here.

* Singer Mae Wheeler was interviewed by the Suburban Journals' Mary Shapiro for a story about the "Unforgettable Legends" concert coming up on Halloween at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The concert is being billed as the final such production to be overseen by Wheeler, 76, who's been battling cancer for the last several years.

* Singer Brian Owens was interviewed this week by the Belleville News-Democrat's Teri Maddox about his upcoming CD, Love, Life and Legacy, and why he doesn't really want to be known as a jazz singer any more.

* Finally, condolences to the family and friends of bassist and singer Russ Polette, a veteran of the Gaslight Square era who died on Sunday at age 92 of complications from congestive heart failure. Polette performed frequently on local TV and radio in the 1950s and 1960s and played traditional jazz, pop and ragtime at venues including the Admiral, the Robert E. Lee Riverboat and the riverboats the Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher. You can read more about him here.

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