Friday, October 10, 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 new documentary about trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry and his student Justin Kauflin (pictured) that opened in limited release last weekend, won one of the top prizes at the Aspen Film Festival in Colorado. The film also was reviewed favorably by publications including the AV Club, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles TimesNew York Times and Washington Post.

* The Baylor Project, featuring drummer (and St. Louis' own) Marcus Baylor and his wife, singer Jean Baylor, will make their Washington, DC debut as a band next Tuesday, October 14 at the city's famed Blues Alley club.

* Another St. Louis native, bassist Dan Loomis of The Wee Trio, has a new album out with his "other" band, the quartet Spoke. Their third outing, titled (R)anthems, features a dozen tracks, including originals as well as an eclectic collection of covers including the Beatles' "Blackbird," Rufus' "Tell Me Something Good," and "I Only Have Eyes For You."

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake recently took his big band to Pittsburgh for the 10th annual concert of jazz and poetry at the venue City of Asylum. You can watch the show in its entirety (including poets) here.

* In what has to be one of the more puzzling and polarizing projects of the year, Miles Davis' landmark album Kind of Blue has been replayed and recorded note-for-note by the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing and released by them under the title Blue. In two of the first reviews to be published, Peter Bacon of the UK blog The Jazz Breakfast calls it "a completely and marvellously realised joke," while's Mark Corroto said, "What MOPDTK has done is demanding and esoteric. But it is not jazz and, importantly, they know it."

* In other Miles Davis-related news, the trumpeter's visual art was spotlighted this week by the website Open Culture.

* Euclid Records in Webster Groves will hold their semi-annual sidewalk sale from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, featuring live music and thousands of used LPs, CDs and DVDs priced to move.

* The kitchen at the new Jazz at the Bistro is up and running this week, and the menu by St. Louis Catering now can be viewed online.

* In related news, Yamaha is touting the fact that their pianos are the instruments of choice at the new Bistro and in Jazz St. Louis' adjacent classrooms (which are still under construction); and the club took delivery this week on a new custom drum kit hand-made by Jeff Schaefer, a St. Charles builder/refurbisher/tech known professionally as The Reapercussionist.

* And as long as we're speaking of the new Bistro, the St. Louis American's Kenya Vaughn has weighed in with a few thoughts on the new venue.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,”  host Calvin Wilson gets into the music of pianist Keith Jarrett's 1970s quartets. Listen in at 8:00 p.m. on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Meanwhile, on this week's edition on WSIE's "Jazz Talk," hosts Dick Ulett, Mike Silverman and Rob Silverman will talk with drummer Kaleb Kirby. The program is broadcast from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sundays on 88.7 FM and also can be heard online.

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