Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:
* The April episode of HEC-TV's I Love Jazz, featuring interviews with and performance footage of the Montez Coleman-Willie Akins group, premiered on the cable network last night and now can be viewed online.
* Speaking of Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazz St. Louis will present their second annual International Jazz Day jam session at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 at Jazz at the Bistro. Pianist Adaron “Pops” Jackson’s trio will serve as hosts. Musicians wishing to participate are encouraged to sign up beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Bistro. Admission is free for musicians and patrons, but seating is limited.
* And lastly for this week from Jazz St. Louis, auditions for the 2013-14 JazzU program for middle school and high school musicians will be held June 3 through June 6 at the Centene Center for Arts and Education, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 3. For all the details, visit the JSL website
* While we're on the subject of jazz education, pianist Peter Martin will conduct a master class next Friday, April 12 at the Sheldon Concert Hall for jazz students from three area high schools. Martin will work with young musicians from University City High School, led by Stanley Coleman; St. Charles West High School, taught by by Ben Meyer; and East St. Louis High School, under the direction of Delano Redmond.
* KWMU's Jazz Unlimited will begin airing host Dennis Owsley's updated documentary on the history of St. Louis jazz at 9:00 p.m. this Sunday, April 7. The series will run for eight weeks, and features music and exclusive interviews gathered by Owsley over the past 30 years.
Sunday's first installment focuses on "The Ragtime Era and The Roaring Twenties," and includes music from Tom Turpin, Scott Joplin, Charles Creath, Dewey Jackson, and more, plus interviews with St. Louis historian Judge Nathan Young, ragtime expert Trebor Jay Tichenor, tuba player Singleton Palmer, bandleader Eddie Johnson, trumpeters Clark Terry and David Hines, and Charles Creath IV, great-grandson of Charles Creath.
* Saxophonist and St. Louis native David Sanborn(pictured) and keyboardist Bob James will release Quartette Humaine, their first collaborative effort for the revived OKeh label, on Tuesday, May 21. The all-acoustic album, which also features drummer Steve Gadd and bassist James Genus, is Sanborn and James' first new recording together since 1986’s Double Vision. It will pay tribute to the late pianist Dave Brubeck and his frequent musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond.
Sanborn and James also will be touring together this year, with 37 dates between June and November in the USA, Europe and Japan (but nothing in St. Louis) announced so far.
* Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC of St. Louis has announced the lineup for The Jazz Cruise 2014, which will take place aboard the Holland America MS Eurodam from January 26 to February 2, 2014.
First-time participants will include Manhattan Transfer, Poncho Sanchez, Cedar Walton, Dick Hyman and Gregory Porter. Returning performers include Randy Brecker, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Charlap, Clayton Brothers, Freddy Cole, Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon, Wycliffe Gordon, Tommy Igoe, Lewis Nash, Houston Person, John Pizzarelli, Arturo Sandoval, Shelly Berg, John Fedchock, and Ken Peplowski. Cabins start at $1725 per person and can be booked now online or by phone at 888-852-9987.