Friday, December 21, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The new book Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History was reviewed by Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch/STLtoday.com.

* Elsewhere on the Miles Davis front, Jeff Hyatt of Miles Davis Online has another update on the status of the proposed Hollywood biopic of the trumpeter; a Los Angeles concert paying tribute to Davis was named one of 2012's best by the Los Angeles Times; and the blog London Jazz Collector has an interesting post about acquiring a particularly desirable Davis LP.

* Drummer Marcus Baylor was interviewed by the P-D's Wilson for a brief article about his “Sons of St. Louis Reunion” next week at the Bistro at Grand Center, which you can read online here. (Note, however, that while the article includes the Jazz St. Louis website and phone number, they're not actually producing the show; advance tickets are available only via Metrotix.)

* Bassist John King (pictured) appeared yesterday on the 9:00 a.m. newscast at local Fox affiliate KTVI to promote his show tonight at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups; you can see a clip online here.

* Last Thursday's performance by pianist Peter Martin and guitarist Romero Lubambo at the Sheldon Concert Hall was reviewed by KDHX's Mike Gualdoni.

* Trumpeter, singer and St. Louis native Jeremy Davenport was interviewed on New Orleans radio station WWNO. Davenport will be back in St. Louis for a concert on Thursday, February 2 at The Sheldon.

* The KDHX website also has up a photo set of the Funky Butt Brass Band's Holiday Brasstravaganza last Saturday, shot by Caroline Philippone. And the FBBB have posted audio of their rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and three other tunes from the Brasstravaganza on SoundCloud.

* Speaking of photo sets, Saxquest has posted one to their Facebook page detailing Chris Potter's visit to the shop while he was in town last week to play Jazz at the Bistro.

* Also, the Route 66 Jazz Orchestra (formerly the Meramec Jazz Band) has documented their recent holiday concert with a photo album here.

* Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are reissuing NTU: The Point From Which Creation Begins, the recorded debut as a leader of saxophonist and former St. Louisan Oliver Lake. The record originally was issued in 1971 and has been out of print for many years; the re-release will come in both CD and vinyl LP formats.

* Finally, let's extend all best wishes to author, photographer and "Jazz Unlimited" radio host Dennis Owsley and Sara Serot, who were married a week ago Tuesday at the Ethical Society. Mazel tov to the happy couple!

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