Friday, November 15, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Pianist Tom McDermott had a few words with Terry Perkins for a St. Louis Beacon article about the St. Louis International Film Festival's presentation tomorrow of the film biography of New Orleans pianist James Booker. McDermott will perform a Booker-inspired solo set following the screening at Webster University.

* Meanwhile, KPLR had a short feature on The Pleasures of Being Out of Step, the biography of writer and jazz critic Nat Hentoff that's also being shown during this year's SLIFF.

* Trumpeter Jim Manley talks about his shows this weekend at Jazz at the Bistro in an article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* There's lots of Miles Davis news this week, starting with the release of a nine-CD box set of original mono versions of albums recorded by the trumpeter's first "great quintet" and with the arranger Gil Evans, and a review, via the Daily Beast, of the new book of Davis' artwork.

Meanwhile, the New York Times had a feature story on how Davis' heirs continue to promote his legacy more than 20 years after his death, which prompted blogger Jeffrey Hyatt of Miles Davis Online to assess the estate's official Internet presence.

But the biggest Davis-related news of the week is that actor Don Cheadle appears to have found financing for his long-awaited feature film about Davis, now titled Kill The Trumpet Player, with filming scheduled to begin next summer.

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Greg Osby (pictured) has helped design and is endorsing a new line of signature saxophones made by P. Mauriat and distributed by St. Louis Music.

* KDHX has put online some new audio recordings of saxophonist C. Felton "Raven Wolf" Jennings and poet Dwight Bitikofer.

* If you missed the tenth anniversary of Noisefest a couple of weeks ago at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, you can check out excerpts from a number of the performances via the YouTube channel of "izzythepusher."

* Singer-songwriter Al Hammerman was interviewed by the website Pop Goes The Week.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis, Calvin Wilson's "Somethin' Else" expounds on the theme of "talent deserving wider recognition" with tracks from pianists Myra Melford and Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and more. Next up, Jason Church's "The Jazz Collective" will spotlight trumpeters including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Herb Alpert and Maynard Ferguson, as well as music from locals such as Jim Manley, Dawn Weber and the Funky Butt Brass Band. Wilson's program can be heard at 8:00 p.m., followed by Church's show at 9:00 p.m., via 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2 and online at

Down the dial at KWMU (90.7 FM), "Jazz Unlimited" host Dennis Owsley this Sunday will present the second part of his historic survey of live jazz from Carnegie Hall, plus a tribute to the recently deceased saxophonist and flute player Frank Wess. The program airs from 9:00 p.m. to midnight and also can be heard online at

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