Friday, November 01, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Harry Connick Jr's concert on Sunday night at the Fox Theatre was reviewed by Terry Perkins for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

* The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra (pictured) has put on YouTube two videos of their recent performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

* Jazz St. Louis has posted on Facebook a photo set from saxophonist Donald Harrison's visit last week to Central Elementary School in St. Charles.

* The November episode of HEC-TV's I Love Jazz features trumpeter and singer Dawn Weber and will debut on the cable network at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14. To find HEC on your system and see the times for subsequent showings, consult your TV provider's program guide. Episodes also are posted on the HEC website after their first airing.

* The Friends of Scott Joplin are moving their monthly "Ragtime Rendezvous" to a new location. Starting in November, the open-piano event will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at the New Rosebud Cafe at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, 2658 Delmar Blvd. The Rosebud Cafe has two pianos for performers, and "accessibility will not be a problem for those who find stairs difficult." Snacks and soft drinks will be sold, and guests also can bring in their own food and drink.

* The 442s have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to record and manufacture their debut album.

* A new post on Kevin Belford's Devil at the Confluence blog looks at the career and influence of St. Louis trumpeter Charles Creath. 

* DownBeat this week announced the results of their 2013 Readers Poll. While no living St. Louis musicians will take home trophies this year, the Miles Davis Quintet's Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 was the winner in the Historical Album category.

* In more Davis-related news, Miles Davis: Legendary Concerts, recorded by the trumpeter at the 1985 North Sea Jazz Festival, was reviewed by's Chris May.

* There's also news this week about the proposed feature film biography of Davis that actor Don Cheadle has been developing for several years, as actors Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana are said to be in talks for undisclosed roles. Cheadle still plans to direct and star as Davis, and Herbie Hancock has agreed to write the score for the film, which now is titled Kill The Trumpet Player.

* Saxquest has announced that they are now an official authorized dealer for Yamaha, with the first shipment of instruments arriving this week. The store will offer a selection of Yamaha saxophones and clarinets, with full professional set-ups on all new instruments.

* Jazz radio update: On this week's edition of "Somethin' Else," host Calvin Wilson makes the case for an underrated decade of jazz, spotlighting some favorite recordings from the 1990s including tracks from saxophonist Branford Marsalis, pianist Geri Allen, guitarist Pat Metheny, and more. The program can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Then on Sunday, Dennis Owsley's "Jazz Unlimited" program will survey the six-decade career of trombonist, pianist and composer/arranger Bob Brookmeyer, along with featured tracks from pianists Roger Kellaway and Hank Jones; saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins and Jerome Richardson; clarinetist Pee Wee Russell; bassist Milt Hinton; and drummers Jo Jones and Mel Lewis. You can listen in starting at 9:00 p.m. on KWMU (90.7 FM) or online at

On a related note, Owsley was interviewed this week on KWMU-2's Arch City Radio Hour about St. Louis jazz history and his work as a broadcaster, photographer and author. The episode also includes a segment previewing next week's Nevermore Jazz Ball.

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