* 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.
* 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/.