Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:
* Organizers of the annual Record Store Day celebration, held in April at indie record stores across the nation, now have enlisted many of the same retailers in a promotion for "Black Friday." It's a smaller-scale event, mostly about selling limited edition releases which this year include vinyl reissues of Miles Davis' Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. You can see the complete list of today's specials here, and find a list of the closest participating stores here.
* And speaking of Black Friday, if you've got musicians or music students on your holiday gift list, know that Mel Bay, the famed St. Louis based purveyor of fine music instructional materials, today is offering 30% off your entire purchase and free shipping to online customers who use the promo code "pie" when ordering.
* Jazz St. Louis announced this week that due to "circumstances beyond our control," Hip Grease will not be appearing as originally scheduled the weekend of December 7 and 8 at Jazz at the Bistro. Stepping in will be Andy Coco's Rhythm Section Road Show, a soul-jazz ensemble led by the KDHX DJ & bassist for Hip Grease, Gumbohead and others. Tickets originally purchased for Hip Grease can be used for the same evening/set of the Rhythm Section Road Show, or returned to the original point of purchase for a refund at face value.
* In other Jazz St. Louis news, they've posted to Facebook a photo set from organist Joey DeFrancesco's appearance last week before students at Crossroads College Prep.
* Also on Facebook, organizers of the Nevermore Jazz Ball, held earlier this month at several venues in the city, have posted a recap of the event's four days of live music and swing dancing.
* Want to win a free copy of World On A String, the new book from John Pizzarelli? JazzTimes magazine is doing a online giveaway of the "musical memoir" from the singer/guitarist, who will be in St. Louis to play Jazz at the Bistro next Wednesday through Saturday. You can enter to win the book here.
* The London Jazz blog has a review of the new book Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History and a review of pianist Marcus Roberts' performance last week in London. Roberts (pictured) will be in St. Louis next Saturday to play at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
* The performance venue/gallery Blank Space, now occupying the Cherokee St. building once home to retailer & DIY music venue Cranky Yellow, is the subject of a feature story from the Riverfront Times' Brian Heffernan.
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