Friday, November 08, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Tomorrow's Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl was previewed in a segment on Fox 2's Thursday morning newscast that included a performance from singer-guitarist Tommy Halloran.

* There's a new interview with saxophonist Oliver Lake featured on Do The Math, the blog of The Bad Plus' pianist Ethan Iverson.

* Trumpeter and former East St. Louisan Russell Gunn (pictured) is the subject of an interview with the online program When We Speak TV.

* Miles Davis Online has news about the plot of Don Cheadle's proposed Miles Davis movie, which now seems to be more of a mystery/thriller than a straight-up musical biography.

* The Riverfront Times offers an overview of St. Louis' best noise and experimental bands.

* Jazz St. Louis and Webster Groves High School are teaming up with Jazz at Lincoln Center to host a regional Essentially Ellington high school jazz band festival on Thursday, January 30 at WGHS, 100 Selma Ave. The free, all-day festival will feature 10 local high school groups performing and getting critiques from visiting clinicians.  JSL education director Phil Dunlap is looking for participating bands now; for more details, go here. The deadline to register is Friday, January 3.

* Multi-instrumentalist and former St. Louisan Marty Ehrlich's newest album A Trumpet in the Morning, set for release next Tuesday, was reviewed by jazz radio host and blogger Richard Kamins. Erhlich will celebrate the release with a week-long residency at The Stone in NYC.

* In conjunction with its current exhibit of works by artist Rashid Johnson, the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University will present a lecture on Monday, November 18 examining the influence of legendary jazz bandleader and pianist Sun Ra on Johnson and other visual artists. The free event, featuring Huey Copeland, associate professor of art history at Northwestern University, begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. in the museum and continue with the lecture at 6:30 in the museum's Steinberg Auditorium.

* St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts continues their series of Business Edge workshops with "Your Art, Your Brand: An Artist's Guide to Being Noticeable and Getting Noticed" at 7:00 p.m. next Monday, November 11 at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar. The cost to attend is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday's episode of Calvin Wilson's "Somethin' Else" on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis will feature the music of George and Ira Gershwin, as recorded by Sarah Vaughan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman and others.

Immediately after that on The Jazz Collective, host Jason Church will have new music from B.D. Lenz, Juris featuring Marcus Johnson, U-Nam featuring Nivo Deux, David Jones, The Brand New Heavies, and Herb Alpert; vintage tracks from Grover Washington Jr., Michael Franks, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Chick Corea and Miles Davis; and local music from Dawn Weber, Jesse Gannon, Jim Manley and Elliott Ranney.

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 http://www.rafstl.org/listen.

Then Sunday night on KWMU (90.7 FM), "Jazz Unlimited" host Dennis Owsley will present "Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 1," featuring performances from a variety of jazz greats that were recorded at the famed NYC venue. The program airs from 9:00 p.m. to midnight and also can be heard online at http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/.

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