Friday, May 23, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Congratulations to the proprietors and staff of Vintage Vinyl, which this week was named one of USA Today's 10 Best Record Stores in America

* Trumpeter Byron Stripling was interviewed about his upcoming show with the St. Louis Symphony by the St. Louis American's Chris King.

* The 442s sold-out album release event tonight was previewed in a story written by Terry Perkins for St. Louis Public Radio.

* Singer Erin Bode and guitarist Dave Black are among the St. Louis musicians who are profiled in the newest issue of the glossy local lifestyle mag Studio 3.

* Bassist Darin Gray will tour this summer with singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy's new solo project. Gray's not the first musician with lots of free improv experience hired by Tweedy, who also employs guitarist Nels Cline in his main band Wilco.

* The new Miles Davis at the Fillmore box set was reviewed for by both Ian Patterson and Doug Collette.

* And speaking of Davis and AAJ, the new book Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork was reviewed for the site by Nenad Georgievski.

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person's big band will make their Jazz at Lincoln Center debut with a performance next Wednesday, May 28 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

* The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of the accused killers of Patrice Thimes, sister of singer Denise Thimes. The circuit attorney's office expressed sympathy for the Thimes family and said they will "evaluate as we move forward on our next steps." Patrice Thimes was killed by a stray bullet on St. Patrick's Day 2011 as she unknowingly drove into the middle of a gunfight on a city street. The trial of a third suspect is set to begin in June.

* Alton's Jacoby Arts Center, site of last week's Miles Davis Jazz Festival and other musical performances throughout the year, has launched a fundraising effort via Kickstarter. The solicitation says that "we may have to shut our doors after eight years. But with your help, we’ll be able to Save Jacoby." With nine days to go, the campaign has raised $2,840 in pledges toward a $10,000 goal.

* Saxophonist Peter Brötzmann was interviewed by the music website Something Else. Brötzmann, bassist William Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake will perform in St. Louis on Wednesday, June 4 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center.

* So, here's a thing that happened: StLJN now is ranked by one leading online authority as the #6 jazz blog IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!1!!

Seriously, though, while StLJN has been been listed for some time in's "Top 25 Jazz Blogs," usually ranking somewhere in the mid-teens, apparently they've rejiggered their algorithms or something, and as a result, the site has moved up the list. While yr. humble editor tries not to put much stock in this sort of thing, as the ratings have a tendency to fluctuate up and down, it did seem worth a mention, so...consider it mentioned. 

* Jazz radio update:  On this Saturday's episode of Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson will feature recordings by jazz musicians who have been recipients of MacArthur "genius" grants,   including violinist Regina Carter, drummer Dafnis Prieto and saxophonist Ken Vandermark

After that on "The Jazz Collective," host Jason Church will re-play segments from an interview with trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold and spin some of his music, as well as sounds from Pieces of a Dream, Native Vibe, Chris Standring, Steve Oliver, Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson, Dave Brubeck, 3rd Force, The Rippingtons, Marcus Miller, and more.

Wilson's program airs at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, followed by Church at 9:00 p.m., on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

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