* Trumpeter Ray Vega, in town this week to play at Jazz at the Bistro, appeared yesterday on KPLR's afternoon news broadcast. You can see the video here; Vega continues at the Bistro through Saturday.
* Writing for the Post-Dispatch, Terry Perkins interviewed trumpeter Chris Botti (pictured) about his sold-out concert with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra on Saturday.
* Perkins also has a piece online at the St. Louis Beacon previewing Saturday's performance by Quincy Troupe, Kelvyn Bell and Hamiet Bluiett for the Nu-Art Series at the Metropolitan Gallery.
* Back at the Post, pop music critic Kevin Johnson reviewed last week's concert by Al Jarreau at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
* As mentioned here last November, Jazz St. Louis is a winner of one of the 2011 Arts Awards from the Missouri Arts Council. JSL was honored in the category of "Arts Organization," along with this year's other recipients, in a ceremony this week at the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The awards recognize "individuals and organizations that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state."
* Lastly, we direct your attention to this editorial published this week by the Post-Dispatch about radio station WSIE and jazz radio in St. Louis. P-D editorial writer Eddie Roth, a jazz fan himself, interviewed yr. humble StLJN editor in conjunction with the piece, and I'm quoted briefly therein. More on this subject in a future post...
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