Friday, August 22, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Keep On Keepin' On, the documentary film about the relationship between trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry and his student, the blind 23-year-old pianist Justin Kauflin, gets an official theatrical release starting Friday, September 19 with a premiere at the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles. Before that, though, the movie, which already has been shown at several film festivals, will play on Friday, August 29 at the Vail Jazz Festival in Colorado.

The film also is the subject of a feature story this week in USA Today, and the official trailer released this week was featured on on the film site IndieWire. (You can see it in the embedded video window below.)

* Get the lowdown on the Music Record Shop, an all-vinyl store that's the latest addition to the Grove district, via the Riverfront Times' Rick Giordano.

* Here's a video excerpt from drummer Andre Boyd's recent clinic at Sound Attak in London.

* KDHX (88.1 FM) is collecting items today and tomorrow for St. Stephens Food Bank in Ferguson. In addition to food, St. Stephens also has a need for paper goods, diapers and baby wipes, and toiletries. Items can be dropped off from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Café in the station's new HQ at 3524 Washington Ave in Grand Center.

* One of three men charged in the fatal shooting of Patrice Thimes, sister of singer Denise Thimes, pleaded guilty Thursday in the crime and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Patrice Thimes was killed on St. Patrick's Day in 2011 when she unknowingly drove into the middle of a gun battle in midtown. Two other defendants are awaiting retrial after jurors in May could not reach a verdict.

* Jazz radio update: On Saturday night's episode of “Somethin’ Else,” on Radio Art Foundation - St. Louis, host Calvin Wilson will be spinning the music of Brazil's Antonio Carlos Jobim as interpreted by Esperanza Spalding, Nellie McKay, Javon Jackson, and more. The program con be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Then Sunday on KWMU, "Jazz Unlimited" will feature the eighth part of host Dennis Owsley's 10-part documentary series on the history of St. Louis jazz. "The 1990’s-Rebuilding the Scene” covers events including the founding of the MAXJAZZ label and Just Jazz, the club in the Hotel Majestic that eventually evolved into the Jazz at the Bistro series. "Jazz Unlimited" can be heard from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Sundays over the air at 90.7 FM and online at

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