Friday, February 03, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake (pictured) talked about his new book of poetry and visual art with Chris King for an article in the St. Louis American. Lake also briefly mentioned his upcoming big band album, but for some reason, didn't plug the crowd-sourced fundraising campaign for it on the website IndieGoGo. Currently, the campaign has raised $1,235 of Lake's $6,000 goal, with 60 days left.

* Saxophonist David Sanborn has recorded a short promotional video on the importance of jazz to help Jazz St. Louis hype their upcoming annual fundraising gala. The gala takes place Friday, March 9 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, and will feature music from the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars student ensemble, the Funky Butt Brass Band and special guest Greg Osby.

* Gutiarist Larry Brown Jr's CD There Can Only Be One was reviewed for by Edward Blanco.

* Trombonist Dave Dickey has an album of photos on his Big Band's Facebook page from the group's debut gig two weeks ago at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company. Dickey says the band will be playing at the same venue from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every fourth Sunday, starting February 26.

* The February edition of HEC-TV's I Love Jazz is playing now on the local cable network - check your program guide for listings - and also can be viewed online. This month's show focuses on jazz at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and includes an interview with and performance from guitarist Rick Haydon, who heads the Jazz Studies program. Also on tap are an education segment with Jazz St. Louis' Phil Dunlap; an archival performance from guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; and the second part of an interview with bassist Stanley Clarke.

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