Friday, August 01, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Saxophonist David Sanborn celebrated a birthday this past week, turning 69 on Wednesday. (In tribute, we've dropped in a video of Sanborn playing "St. Louis Blues" at the end of this post.)

Sanborn (pictured) also has posted another supporters-only update to with the latest on his upcoming crowd-funded album, which has reached 83% of its funding goal with just five days left to go.

* The long-defunct Gaslight Square entertainment district, site of many jazz performances in the late 1950s and early 60s, was the subject of a St. Louis Public Radio story this week featuring interviews with a dozen St. Louisans about their memories of the area.

* The Post-Dispatch's annual "Go! List" issue, which came out last Sunday, included a listing for "Best Place to Hear Jazz" among the arts and entertainment rankings. The P-D's Calvin Wilson gave the nod to New Music Circle as his Critic's Pick, while the Readers Pick went to Jazz at the Bistro.

* Drummer Kaleb Kirby took part in a brief Q&A session with writer Thomas Crone of St. Louis magazine.

* There's a new musical instrument retailer in South County. Music Go Round will sell both new and used gear in their store at 4442 S. Lindbergh (at Gravois) and online. You can check out their wares at their grand opening today and tomorrow, or via their website.

* Jazz radio update: This week on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson will strike a blow against musical necrophilia by spinning tracks from "artists who are either set to perform in St. Louis, long overdue for a local gig, or rumored to be on the way," including pianist Kenny Barron (booked next February at Jazz at the Bistro), singer Gretchen Parlato (still awaiting her St. Louis debut) and guitarist Mary Halvorson (whose band Thumbscrew will open New Music Circle's season in September).

"Somethin' Else" can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Then on Sunday night, "Jazz Unlimited" continues host Dennis Owsley's documentary look at the history of St. Louis jazz with part six of the ten-part series, covering the 1960s. "Jazz Unlimited" an be heard from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Sundays on KWMU (90.7 FM) and online at

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