Friday, December 20, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* A block of W. 77th St. between Riverside Dr. and West End Ave. on the Upper West Side of Manhattan has been renamed "Miles Davis Way" in honor of the legendary trumpeter, who lived there for nearly 25 years. Read all about it in stories from the New York Times and the Daily News.

* On a related note, an article by Jeff Winke of notes once again the historic importance of Davis' album Birth of the Cool.

* NYC audiences will get another chance to hear saxophonist Eric Person's "Thoughts on God" suite this year when Person (pictured) and his big band play the extended work on Sunday, December 29 for the Jazz Vespers program at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY.

* Multi-instrumentalist and composer Marty Ehrlich was interviewed by Open Sky about his new large ensemble album A Trumpet In The Morning. You can read a review of the album, written by Dan Bilawsky of, here .

* Keyboardist Jim Hegarty sends word that Taran’s Free Jazz Hour radio show and podcast this week is playing music from his most recent album Time Space. Hegarty also reports that he's recently remixed the album for 5.1 surround sound; listeners can download the 5.1 remixes and his notes on surround sound playback here.

* Another email arriving at StLJN HQ says that bassist Zimbabwe Nkenya has a new mailing address and would enjoy hearing from friends, fans, and musical colleagues. Nkenya's musical activities have been limited since he suffered a stroke in the fall of 2009 that left him paralyzed on one side and unable to speak. Write to him at 1304 Highland Ave, Alton, IL 62002.

* The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra has posted on Facebook an album of photos from their recent performance at First Unity Church of St. Louis.

* Some sad news to pass along, too, as the Post-Dispatch reports that Robert Carter, who played trombone with the bands of Fate Marable, George Hudson and Singleton Palmer and served as vice-president and president of Musicians’ Union Local 197, has died at age 98. Also, the Gateway City Big Band reported this week via Twitter that the band's longtime trumpeter Herb Booth has died. Condolences to the families and friends of both men.

* Jazz radio update: On this week's episode of "Somethin' Else" on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis, host Calvin Wilson celebrates the holiday season with recordings by artists from around the world, including drummer Manu Katche, pianist Tord Gustavsen and singer Neneh Cherry. The program can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays via 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2 and online at

(Edited 12/26/13 to fix a typo.) 

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