Friday, March 04, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:

* Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford and the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars went on KPLR's afternoon newscast Wednesday to promote JSL's annual benefit gala this Sunday. You can see the clip of their appearance here.

* Dennis Owsley has another post up on St. Louis magazine's Look/Listen blog, an enthusiastic appreciation of pianist Hiromi.

* Who should be nominated for the Riverfront Times' 2011 Music Awards? RFT music editor Annie Zaleski is giving readers a chance to weigh in by commenting on this blog post.

* Guitarist Dave Black (pictured) is teaching an "Introduction to Jazz Guitar" class starting next Tuesday, March 8 and continuing weekly through April 26 at The Folk School in Maplewood. The fee is $145 per student for the eight 70-minute classes. For more information or to enroll, visit The Folk School's website or call (314) 781-2244

* Cable network HEC has a new episode of Don Wolff's I Love Jazz, featuring an interview with and music by singer, songwriter and pianist Ann Hampton Callaway. Callaway will be in St. Louis to perform Wednesday, March 30 through Saturday, April 2 at Jazz at the Bistro. I Love Jazz airs at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays on HEC-TV Charter Channel 989 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. You also can see episodes online at For more about Callaway, see this interview she did recently with the Vital Voice's Joshua Barton.

* Lastly, if you're used to traveling from south St. Louis city or county to Jazz at the Bistro, the Sheldon, or Powell Symphony Hall via Grand Avenue, you'll need to find an alternate route for a while. The Grand Ave. bridge stretching between Chouteau and Highway 40/64 is scheduled to close March 14 so that the viaduct can be demolished and a new replacement built. Some traffic may resume in 14 months, but the project will take two years to complete. The Post-Dispatch has details on the shutdown here.

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