Friday, June 08, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Congratulations are due to the proprietors of the St. Louis based independent record label MAXJAZZ, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary today. Since its founding in 1999, the label, run by the father-and-son team of Richard McDonnell (pictured) and Clayton McDonnell, has issued a total of 70 different albums, comprising more than 750 individual tracks.

* Stages St. Louis' current revival of the Fats Waller musical Ain't Misbehavin' was reviewed, and quite positively, by Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark and Chris Gibson of The show runs through July 1, with multiple performances each week.

* The photo exhibit "Ralston Crawford and Jazz," originally displayed at the Sheldon Art Galleries here and curated by the Sheldon's Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, is opening next week at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

* Saxophonist and former St. Louisan Oliver Lake, who's just wrapping up some tour dates in Australia, will be in residency for three nights later this month at Shapershifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY.

* Next Tuesday, June 12 will be the first day of issue for the USPS' new commemorative stamps honoring Miles Davis and Edith Piaf.

* And speaking of Davis, if you happen to hear someone mention "Jazz at Walter Circle" in East St. Louis, don't get too excited thinking there's a new venue for live jazz in ESL. According to this story in the Post-Dispatch, it's a new apartment complex for senior citizens, named in recognition of Davis and other musicians who have called the city home.

* Lastly, did you know that there's a St. Louis Jazz Notes page on YouTube? Well, until a few days ago, neither did I - but apparently YouTube now automatically creates pages collecting all the videos posted by blogs that are frequent embedders. If you're looking for a convenient way to browse all the video content offered here on StLJN, it's worth checking out.

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