Friday, May 27, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Singer Mae "Lady Jazz" Wheeler's doctors sent her home from the hospital last week, saying that further medical treatment of her colon cancer and leukemia was unlikely to be effective. Freelance music journalist Terry Perkins visited Wheeler at her home, where she's spending time with family and friends, and wrote about her life and musical legacy in this feature story for the St. Louis Beacon.

* Dennis Owsley's latest blog entry for St. Louis magazine looks at two myths about St. Louis jazz that were dispelled by the research for his book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1895-1973.

* The Belleville News-Democrat's Carolyn R. Smith talked with band members and parents for a feature about the East St. Louis High School Jazz Band's recent trip to NYC for the Essentially Ellington festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

* And speaking of East St. Louis High School, the St. Louis American's Rebecca S. Rivas has written a feature story about drummer Bryan Carter, an ESL HS alumnus who's also the son of its former band director, saxophonist Ronald Carter (who's now at Northern Illinois University). The younger Carter, now studying at the Juilliard School in NYC, has just released his first CD, Enchantment.

* Illustrator and music historian Kevin Belford has written an interesting blog post about the Palladium Building (pictured) on Enright just west of Grand. Once the home of the Club Plantation, site of many significant jazz and blues performances, the building is now in rough shape and up for sale.

Photo by Kevin Belford/Devil at the Confluence.

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