Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:
* New Music Circle yesterday announced that composer and multi-media artist Tony Conrad (pictured) will present a free lecture at 4:00 p.m. today (Friday, December 2) in Room 102 of the Music Classroom Building (behind Tietjens Hall on Forsyth) at Washington University. The event is free and open to the public.
Conrad will perform in concert Saturday night at White Flag Projects. For more about him, see this short article from the Riverfront Times' Ryan Wasoba and StLJN's video showcase post from last Saturday.
* Pianist Ramsey Lewis, in town through Saturday to play at Jazz at the Bistro, talked with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson for a short article here. Lewis also is scheduled to be interviewed at 11:00 a.m. this morning on public radio station KWMU's "Cityscape" program. You can listen to KWMU's online stream here.
* Gwen Terry, wife of Clark Terry, has posted a new update about the hospitalized trumpeter's condition here. Also posted now on Terry's website is a review (.pdf) by Down Beat's Ted Panken of Terry's recently published autobiography.
* The Meramec Jazz Lab Band has posted photos of their concert Wednesday night at the Black Cat Theatre in a Facebook album here. (You don't need a Facebook account to view the photos.)
* Writing for the St. Louis Beacon, Terry Perkins tells us about Strings Attached, a new not-for-profit organization that provides low-cost music education for aspiring guitarists ages 5 to 17, and even "offers loaner guitars to those young people who can’t afford them."
* Hip-hop star Nelly this week celebrated the opening of his Ex'treme Institute, a music production and recording school located on Laclede's Landing and operated in conjunction with local trade school Vatterott College. The St. Louis American has brief coverage here, and the Post-Dispatch has an article from Kevin Johnson and a photo album from the grand opening ceremonies.
* Music for Lifelong Achievement this week announced that their annual instrument drive collected a record number of musical instruments this year. More than 50 used instruments were dropped off at participating area Starbucks stores during the month-long drive, including a full drum set, several flutes, keyboards, clarinets and trumpets. The instruments will be repaired and refurbished, as needed, and donated to local schools and music programs.
* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person has succeeded in funding his next recording project through Kickstarter, an effort that we reported on here last week. The now-greenlighted CD Thoughts on God, which will feature a 13-piece ensemble playing Person's original music, attracted 160 backers who pledged $20,812 by Tuesday's deadline, slightly more than Person's goal of $20,580. The anticipated release date for the CD is July 2012.
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