Friday, August 30, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Last Friday's concert by Mars Williams, Darin Gray and Tyler Damon at the St. Louis Art Museum is documented in a photo set on the Facebook page of New Music Circle, which co-sponsored the show.

* Pianist and St. Louis native Tom McDermott (pictured), who played the final date of his current tour last night in St. Louis before returning to New Orleans, was the subject of a profile on "Music Inside Out," which airs on NOLA's NPR affiliate WWNO (89.9 FM).

* Meanwhile, another St. Louis native, saxophonist Eric Person, has put online a performance video of "And Then There Was Light," from his recent big-band album Thoughts on God. Person's big band will deliver their first full-length public performance next Saturday, September 7 at St. Albans Congregational Church in Queens, NYC.

* The Funky Butt Brass Band has put online a recording of their set of Allman Brothers Band covers from a recent performance at Broadway Oyster Bar.

* Saxquest will host "Buffet Clarinet Demo Day" from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 31. Steve Rorie, regional sales manager for Buffet-Crampon, will be on hand, as will the shop's clarinet specialist Audrey Denny and more than 20 Buffet R13 professional clarinets that Saxquest recently added to its stock.

* The upcoming Jazz St. Louis season was previewed by the St. Louis American's Chris King.

* St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) and the American Civil Liberties Union-Eastern Missouri (ACLU) will host an open meeting to discuss street performance in St. Louis at 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 9, at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar. The two groups are seeking community input on the city's street performer permit, as well as performance problems in other parts of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry granted a preliminary injunction on July 30 in the ACLU's case seeking to bar enforcement of a City of St. Louis law requiring performers to audition and purchase a permit and limiting locations for street performances. However, the Court ordered both parties to attempt to resolve the case in mediation, so the case continues.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday's episode of Calvin Wilson's “Somethin’ Else” takes a topical turn for Labor Day, with music about work, money and business from singer Cecile McLorin Salvant, drummer Bobby Previte, pianist Thelonious Monk, and more. The program can be heard on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays via 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2 and online at

On this Sunday's "Jazz Unlimited," host Dennis Owsley continues his recent series of broadcasts featuring great jazz soloists. This week features tracks from Stephane Grappelli, Paul Gonsalves, Charles Lloyd, Archie Shepp, Arthur Blythe, Dexter Gordon, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Anthony Braxton; Don Byron, Dave Douglas, Terell Stafford, Clark Terry, Dave Brubeck, Jason Moran, Mulgrew Miller, Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Jacky Terrason, Jessica Williams, Joe Locke and Stefon Harris. Tune in from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Sundays on KWMU (90.7 FM) or online at

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