Friday, March 02, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* This week brings several items about trumpet legend and St. Louis native Clark Terry, starting with some cautious but positive news on his medical situation. In a blog post this week, Terry's wife Gwen reported that surgery to amputate his left leg was completed last Thursday, February 23 with no complications. After 24 hours in the ICU, Terry was transferred last Friday to a hospital room, where "he continued to improve and his spirit remained high."

Also, Living St. Louis, the weekly magazine show on local PBS affiliate KETC (Channel 9), this week aired a profile of Terry, reported by Ruth Ezell. You can watch it online here.

Lastly, William Paterson University this week announced the reissue of the trumpeter's book Terry Tunes, a collection of 57 of his compositions that was originally published in the 1970s but has been out of print for years. This new version corrects some notation errors from the original edition, and has added material about Terry's "doodle-tonguing" method. Part of the proceeds from sales of the book go to support the Clark Terry Archive on the William Paterson campus in New Jersey.

* Pianist Peter Martin and drummer Terreon Gully have been on the road this week performing with singer Dianne Reeves, and their concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center last week was reviewed here by the New York Times' Stephen Holden. Their recent travels also included a stop at the White House, where they performed in the East Room for President and Mrs. Obama and visiting state governors. While at the White House, Martin also Tweeted a picture of himself playing an historic antique Steinway piano with wooden legs carved in the shape of eagles.

* Down Beat magazine reports that Hamiet Bluiett was among the participants in a tribute to the late pianist Don Pullen, held last weekend in Pullen's hometown or Roanoke, VA.

* Brass Poison Too, the latest release from trumpeter Jim Manley (pictured), was reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello of

* Saxophonist Jim Stevens was the subject of a brief profile on the website

(Edited after posting.)

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