Friday, July 12, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The Frontenac Grill, which frequently featured live jazz on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, has closed.

* Quartette Humaine, the new album from saxophonist David Sanborn and pianist Bob James, was reviewed by Mike Joyce of Jazz Times and Curt Davenport of Curt's Jazz Cafe.

Meanwhile, C. Andrew Hovan of reviewed Sanborn & James' set last month at the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

* Oliver Lake was in Oakland last week for four gigs featuring four different lineups of musicians. His evening of duets with Roscoe Mitchell was reviewed by Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News, while Lake's show with saxophonist Philip Greenlief and guitarist Ross Hammond was the subject of a post, with photos, by blogger Mark Pino of Disaster Amnesiac.

* The Post-Dispatch's Sarah Bryan Miller looked at the impact of Terence Blanchard's Champion on the recently concluded season of Opera Theater of St. Louis.

* Saxophonist and one-time Webster University student John Zorn is celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a variety of concerts and recordings, as chronicled in recent feature stories from the New York Times and Jewish Week. This weekend, Zorn is performing with guests including Mike Patton, Marc Ribot and Trevor Dunn at the Barbican in London.

* KDHX (88.1 FM) has launched a Kickstarter campaign raising funds to build a stage at the station's new headquarters in Grand Center, just a few doors down from Jazz at the Bistro. The live performance space will seat 125 people for what's being called "an intimate listening room experience."

Premiums for contributions to the campaign include everything from a t-shirt (pictured) on up to private parties at the venue and even naming rights for the green rooms. The goal is to raise $50,000 by July 26; as of this writing, the campaign has attracted 79 backers who have pledged $3,762. 

* Continuing with our radio update, this Saturday's edition of Calvin Wilson's "Somethin' Else", will feature the latest music from guitarists Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny and John Scofield. Right after that, Jason Church's "The Jazz Collective" will showcase tracks from trumpeter Dawn Weber's new project, plus music from Christian McBride, Peet Project, Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn and Ramsey Lewis.

Wilson's show is broadcast at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Church's at 9:00 p.m. on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis via 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2 and online at

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