* Dan Warner, one of the organizers of the Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival, was interviewed on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis about the fest, which happens tomorrow. Featured performers will include the "St. Louis Jazz All-Stars" (pictured), with Montez Coleman (drums), Bob DeBoo (bass), Ptah Williams (keyboards), Freddie Washington (tenor and soprano sax), Danny Campbell (trumpet), and Joe Mancuso (vocals).
* There's lots of Miles Davis-related news this week, as both the New York Times and Jazz Times have stories about actor/director Don Cheadle and Miles Ahead, his film about Davis that wrapped principal photography last month in Cincinnati.
* And if all that weren't enough, a four-CD set featuring performances from a 1960 European tour by Davis' band with John Coltrane will be issued in December by Trapeze Music & Entertainment on its Acrobat label.
* Trumpeter Keyon Harrold helped kick off the 2014 FONT (Festival of New Trumpet) Music Festival with a set last night at the NYC club Smoke. Harrold's band included fellow St. Louisans Shedrick Mitchell on keyboards and Marcus Baylor on drums, plus saxophonist Marcus Strickland on saxophone.
* Jazz radio update: On this Saturday's episode of Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson will play the compositions of songwriter Arthur Schwartz ("Dancing In The Dark," "Alone Together") as interpreted by jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Robert Glasper, and Patricia Barber.
Then on "The Jazz Collective," host Jason Church will pay tribute to the late Joe Sample with solo recordings, tracks from the Jazz Crusaders and duets with Randy Crawford, and also will spin tracks from Gregg Karukas, Cindy Bradley, Ryan Montano, Steve Cole, Ragan Whiteside, Erin Bode, Jesse Gannon, Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing, and Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum.