Friday, September 28, 2012
* DownBeat magazine put online this week a new article by Terry Perkins about trumpeter Terence Blanchard (pictured) and his upcoming project for Opera Theatre St. Louis. For a slightly more localized take on the subject, also check out Perkins' article for the St. Louis Beacon that went online today.
* Hip 96.3 has posted on their Facebook page an album of photos from last Saturday's U City Jazz Festival.
* Guitarist John Scofield talked with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson about this weekend's shows at Jazz at the Bistro.
* Legendary trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry has won this year's Satchmo Award from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. The award "was created as a tribute to the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong and his passion for jazz and excellence matched only by his joyous love of life and children,” and is accompanied by a check for $5,000.
* Saxophonist Oliver Lake celebrated his 70th birthday last weekend with a series of shows at the Jazz Standard, and you can see a photo set from the festivities here.
* The St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts are getting ready for another series of "Business Edge" workshops for individual artists, this time covering subjects including "Career Planning for Artists" (Monday, October 8); "Using Time Wisely" (Monday, October 15), and "Marketing & Professional Presentation" (Monday, November 5). The workshops will be held at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar; the cost for each session is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more details or to sign up, visit VLAA's website.
VLAA also is teaming up with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to co-sponsor a series of free workshops for those contemplating starting a not-for-profit organization. The five-part series begins at 12:30 p.m. next Wednesday, October 3 at the St. Louis Public Library's Schlafly branch. Call 314-539-0357 for details.
* Music for Lifelong Achievement kicks off their annual musical instrument drive next Monday, October 1. MFLA is a not-for-profit organization based at the Sheldon Concert Hall that donates used and new musical instruments to school and community music programs serving disadvantaged young people. Local Starbucks stores will serve as collection points for the drive. For more information or to make a donation, call The Sheldon at 314-533-9900 or visit www.supportmfla.org.