* 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 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.
Seriously, though, while StLJN has been been listed for some time in Blogmetrics.com'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 http://www.rafstl.org/listen.