Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Local cable network HEC-TV's program I Love Jazz, hosted by Don Wolff, has been nominated for two Emmy Awards by the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences.

One nomination is for the complete episode that originally aired in December 2010, which you can see online here, along with most of the other episodes of I Love Jazz produced to date. The other is for an educational segment featuring trumpeter Adam Hucke and Jazz St. Louis education director Phil Dunlap, and you can see that here.

Overall, HEC-TV received a total of 24 Emmy nominations, including "Station of Excellence." Along with Wolff, the team producing I Love Jazz includes John Baker, Madeline Dames, Julie Winkle and Christopher Martinez. This year's local Emmy winners will be named at a ceremony on October 22 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.

* Speaking of awards, pianist Peter Martin (pictured) will be one of six recipients of the 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards, which will be presented by the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis at a gala event on January 23 at the Chase Park Plaza hotel. Martin will be honored for Excellence in the Arts. His next local performance will be on Friday, September 23 in a duo concert with pianist David Torkanowsky at the Sheldon.

* The Post-Dispatch had a nice feature by Amy Betrand on Sunday about the family of saxophonist Carlos Brown Jr., who plays with the East St. Louis High Sschool jazz band and the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars.

* The St. Charles Municipal Big Band recently was the subject of a feature story published by the St. Charles edition of Patch.com.

(Edited after posting to fix a typo.)

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