Friday, March 23, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* NPR's Fresh Air this week had a review by Kevin Whitehead of a recent Clark Terry reissue pairing two 1960s Impulse! albums, The Happy Horns of Clark Terry and It's What's Happenin', on a single CD (pictured).

* Multi-instrumentalist/Internet provocateur Nicholas Payton, who's playing next week at Jazz at the Bistro, did an interview with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* The Webster University Journal has an article about Monday night's concert on the Webster campus paying tribute to jazz DJ, photographer and historian Dennis Owsley, who recently donated his personal collection of more than 3000 jazz recordings to the university.

* Meanwhile, Owsley writes about the donation and about physical media vs. digital storage of music in his latest blog entry for St. Louis magazine.

* The St. Louis magazine website also now has up a photo album from last Friday's Jazz St. Louis fundraising gala, as well as a reader poll using elimination brackets in the style of the NCAA basketball tournament to determine "The Best St. Louis Musician of All Time."

* Illuminating another aspect of St. Louis' historic Club Plantation, Kevin Belford blogs about guitarist Floyd Smith and the real origin of the electric guitar solo on record.

* At his concert last Sunday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, Herbie Hancock spoke for a few minutes about helping establish International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated for the first time on April 30 of this year. Here's the scoop on what that celebration will entail.

* Finally, if you missed KETC's broadcast of the 2012 St. Louis Arts & Education Awards ceremony, which featured pianist Peter Martin as one of this year's honorees, you now can watch the program online.

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