Friday, January 13, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* There's good news in this week's blog entry from Gwen Terry, wife of legendary trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry. After spending three months in the hospital and having his right leg amputated below the thigh, Terry (pictured) has improved enough that doctors are about to let him return home.

In related news, Terry will be the subject of a tribute this Sunday night on Canada's Jazz.FM91. The 30 minute program will air at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time (9:00 p.m. here in St. Louis) and will be hosted by Celine Peterson, daughter of the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson as part of the station's “Host Your Own Radio Show” series. The program can be streamed from anywhere in the world via

* Speaking of radio, St. Louis' Smooth 96.3 HD-3 and its sister station KFTK-HD2 recently were featured in an article in Radio World, highlighting a promotion the stations did in conjunction with a concert last year by Steve Tyrell at the Sheldon. Smooth 96.3's main man Jason Church also tells StLJN that they've recently set up a Facebook fan page to keep listeners informed about what's going on at the station.

* One of The Bad Plus' sets last week at Jazz at the Bistro was reviewed for the Riverfront Times by Ryan Wasoba. Jazz St. Louis also has posted TBP's setlist from the week.

* Once again this year, Jazz St. Louis is polling fans about who they'd like to see perform next season at Jazz at the Bistro. Choices in this year's poll include trumpeters Arturo Sandoval and Dave Douglas; saxophonist Joe Lovano; pianists Jason Moran and Hiromi Uehara; singers Gregory Porter, Gretchen Parlato, Karrin Allyson, and Sachal Vasandani; and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. You can cast your ballot on the Jazz St. Louis Facebook page or on the front page of the JSL website. (Look on the right-hand side of the page for the poll.)

* Following up on last week's story that Webster Records will close on January 31, the RFT's Diana Benanti filed a report that added a key bit of info, namely that the proximate cause for the closing would seem to be that the store's lease is up at the end this month. Other coverage of the shuttering of the long-running retailer came from the Webster-Kirkwood Times, St. Louis Business Journal, KSDK, the Webster Groves site for, and even a brief mention as part of larger trend story on NPR about the difficulties facing niche stores in the Internet age.

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