Friday, November 19, 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:

* This Sunday, November 21 at 9:00 p.m., KDHX's Al Becker (pictured) will broadcast the final edition of his jazz vocal program "Voices In The Night." Becker spent a total of 18 years doing the program, plus three years on the KDHX board, two years as VP of radio, and 4 and half years on the station's program committee. KDHX's site doesn't say what will fill that time slot next, but it very well could be that Becker's departure will leave Josh Weinstein's All Soul, No Borders, which airs at 10:30 p.m. Sundays, as the only jazz-oriented program on the community radio station.

* Singer Erin Bode has announced two holiday themed performances next month - one on Saturday, December 5 at the Third Baptist Church in Grand Center, and another featuring a guest appearance from Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra violinist and concertmaster David Halen on Friday, December 10 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles.

* The Chesterfield restaurant formerly known as Seasons St. Louis (and before that, Peppertini's) is reopening under new management as Seasons American Cuisine. The space had featured occasional live jazz in its two previous incarnations before closing earlier this year, but there's no indication yet if live music will be part of the mix this time around.

* Guitarist Todd Mosby recently revamped his website to include a blog, and lays out some interesting thoughts about creating music for specific environments in a couple of recent posts here and here.

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