Friday, March 09, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Pianist Vijay Iyer (pictured), who will be in St. Louis next week to play Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17 at Jazz at the Bistro, had a few words this week with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* Last Sunday's St. Louis Record Collector and CD Show was the subject of a post by Thomas Crone for St. Louis magazine's Look/Listen blog.

* Saxophonist Tom Braxton will be singer Denise Thimes' featured guest at her annual Mother's Day concert, which is set for 5:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $40 via MetroTix; there's also an option for dinner before the show, which costs an additional $35 and will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Spiering Room on the Sheldon's third floor.

* Here's a video excerpt from last Sunday's concert featuring the Funky Butt Brass Band teaming up with the Meramec Community College Symphonic Band for large-scale renditions of some New Orleans and Mardi Gras favorites.

* Saxophonist Michael Ferrante, a senior at Fort Zumwalt West Senior High School in O’Fallon, MO, has been selected for the 2012 Jazz Band of America. The group is a national ensemble presented by Music for All and sponsored by the Jazz Education Network. They will rehearse and perform under the direction of bassist/composer John Clayton for a concert next Friday, March 16 at Butler University in Indianapolis. Ferrante also is a member of the Missouri All-State Jazz Band and the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars.

* In recent months, StLJN has made several mentions of Kickstarter, the website that helps musicians, artists and others fund various types of creative projects. For example, saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person used it to fund an upcoming album project, and a rep from Kickstarter will be in St. Louis on Monday, March 19 to present a workshop on how to use the site most effectively.

Now, jazz fans have a chance to use Kickstarter to come to the aid of a seminal figure of 1960s free jazz, saxophonist Giuseppe Logan. Logan, best known for his 1964 ESP-Disk release The Giuseppe Logan Quartet, has had some hard times in the ensuing decades, at one point disappearing from public view for more than 30 years.

Some friends and fellow musicians, including bassist Larry Roland, pianist Cooper Moore and electric violinist Tracy Silverman, recently recorded music for a limited-edition vinyl album, with the proceeds intended to pay for repairs to Logan's horn and provide additional assistance to him. Although the recording already is completed, they're now trying to raise funds through Kickstarter for mastering and pressing. You can read more about the project, which is accepting pledges of support through April 30, here.

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