Friday, October 03, 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's shows last week at Ronnie Scott's in London were reviewed by London Jazz News and The Guardian.

* Keep On Keepin' On, the new documentary featuring trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry and his student, the young pianist Justin Kauflin, opened last weekend in NYC and LA to favorable notices.

Meanwhile, Quincy Jones, whose company produced the film, talked about it with the hip-hop magazine The Source, and the New York Times published an interview with Kauflin.

* Representatives of the Miles Davis estate, including Davis' son Erin Davis and nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. will appear on October 10 at the Helen Mills Event Space & Theater in NYC for “CBGB Talks,” a Q&A that "will offer a rare glimpse into the psyche of an iconic, music legend."

* Also on the Davis front, trumpeter Wallace Roney talked with Down Beat about a recent concert in which he performed some re-discovered Wayne Shorter music originally composed for Davis.

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person (pictured) has announced that his big band will return to NYC's Blue Note Jazz Club for a show on Monday, November 3.

* From Point of Departure, here are reviews of two recent recordings, by the groups Tarbaby and Trio 3, featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake. Lake will be in residency for a week later this month at NYC's The Stone, playing with a different ensemble every night from Tuesday, October 21 through Sunday, October 26.

* The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra has posted on their Facebook a set of photos from their performance last week at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

* Music for Lifelong Achievement's fall musical instrument drive was the subject of a feature story on Fox 2 News.

* Speaking of Fox 2 News, they also had coverage this week of the re-opening of the renovated and expanded Jazz at the Bistro, as did St. Louis magazine's Stef Russell and the Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson.

* St. Louis' Euclid Records made indie rocker Bob Pollard's list of the best record stores in the USA, as published in Playboy magazine, while another local music retailer, Cherokee Street's Apop Records, announced this week that they were closing for good as the store owner returns to college.

* Jazz radio update: On this Saturday's episode of Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson will feature a jazz take on the music of oft-enigmatic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, as offered by musicians including Mitchell herself, Herbie Hancock and Dave Douglas.

Then on "The Jazz Collective," host Jason Church will spin tracks from U-Nam, Mariea Antoinette, the JT Project, Doc Powell, Down To The Bone, Common Time, Jesse Gannon, the Silverman Brothers, Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7, Candy Dulfer, Brian Culbertson, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Side Effect, Pieces Of A Dream, and more.
Wilson's program can be heard at 8:00 p.m., followed by Church at 9:00 p.m., on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

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