Friday, March 30, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person has updated supporters who contributed via Kickstarter to his upcoming big band recording Thoughts On God.

Person reports that the 12-piece band assembled for the project (pictured) recorded the music on March 20 and 21, adding, "Next I will take pictures, then do some editing, mixing, mastering and then everything goes to Discmakers for the final pressing. The goal is to get this CD finished and out to the public by late June or the first week of July at the latest."

* The presenters of the U City Jazz Festival have been officially approved by the relvant state and federal authorities as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization under the name of Jazz Midwest. Brothers Michael and Rob Silverman, the organizers of the event and, respectively, keyboardist and drummer for Bach to the Future and the Classical Jazz Quartet, currently are planning the second edition of their fest, and say they plan to present additional jazz events in the future as well.

* The Sheldon Concert Hall has added a photo album of last night's concert by Bela Fleck & Flecktones to their Facebook page.

* Also on Facebook, Jazz St. Louis has posted a photo album documenting multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton's visit to Lindbergh High School. Payton continues at Jazz at the Bistro through Saturday night.

* Jazz St. Louis also has set Monday, June 4 and Monday, June 11 as the audtion dates for their 2012-13 JazzU program. Application materials must be postmarked by Friday, May 4. For more information on the JazzU program or to download an application, go to

* Pianist Laurence Hobgood, who will play the Bistro next Thursday with a quartet including saxophonist Ernie Watts, was interviewed by Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch.

* The next episode of HEC-TV's I Love Jazz will premiere Thursday, April 5, and will focus on The Cunninghams, the Las Vegas based jazz duo featuring percussionist, singer and St. Louis native Don Cunningham and his wife, singer and pianist Alicia Cunningham. Check your cable or satellite service program guide for the telecast schedule, or watch online at HEC's site.

* Record Store Day 2012 is scheduled for Saturday April 21, and local music retailers including Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records will be celebrating in a big way with live bands, special limited-edition promotional releases, food and drink, and special guest DJs spinning in-store.

And speaking of guest DJ's, through some inexplicable concatenation of circumstances - my money's on either "someone lost a bet" or "egregious but momentary lapse of judgement" - yr. humble StLJN editor has been invited back to spin at Vintage Vinyl again for RSD 2012. I'll be presenting stacks of hot wax and/or the platters that matter for an hour starting at 5:00 p.m.; more details to follow.

(Edited 4/3/12 to add a missing word.)

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