Friday, November 07, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* A previously unreleased recording featuring singer and East St. Louis native Leon Thomas fronting the British jazz-rock band Nucleus at the 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival has been issued by Gearbox Records, and was reviewed by's Roger Farbey.

* What I Heard, the new album from saxophonist Oliver Lake's Organ Quartet, was reviewed by DownBeat's Ed Enright. 

* The Funky Butt Brass Band have posted a playlist from their upcoming album Sugar Sugar Whomp Whomp on SoundCloud. The official release event for the CD will be on Saturday, November 22 at the Broadway Oyster Bar.

* Trumpeter Keyon Harrold (pictured) has posted a new song, "Her Beauty Through My Eyes," on YouTube.

* New Music Circle's website has an interview with percussionist/installation artist Eli Keszler, who will perform along with electronic musician Rashad Becker in an NMC-sponsored concert tomorrow night at The Luminary.

* Keep On Keepin' On, the new documentary about trumpeter Clark Terry that just wrapped up its St. Louis run at the Tivoli Theater, has made the first cut to be eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

* In this week's Miles Davis news, here's a just-published listicle of Davis' albums ranked from best to worst by Stereogum's Phil Freeman.

* Meanwhile, in a brief article in the Wall Street Journal, percussionist and producer Thelonious Monk III recalls childhood memories of a Davis visit to the Monk family home.

* And in this past Tuesday's election, voters in Alton showed support for the Miles Davis Memorial Project by approving an advisory resolution to rename the fountain at the corner of Belle and Third Streets in downtown Alton the “Miles Davis Memorial Fountain.” The vote was 4,616 in favor, 1,833 against.

* Want to work for Jazz St. Louis? Executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford is seeking an executive assistant, specifically "someone who is an excellent writer and extremely organized" as well as "able to manage up." For more details on the job and how to apply, go here.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis, “Somethin’ Else” host Calvin Wilson will explore jazz that draws on folk, country and Americana via tracks from Bill Frisell, Regina Carter, Sarah Jarosz, and more.

After that on "The Jazz Collective," host Jason Church will be highlighting some cuts from the new Funky Butt Brass Band album. 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 

On Sunday, this week's guest on WSIE's "Jazz Talk" will be Jazz St. Louis' Gene Dobbs Bradford. The program airs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 88.7 FM, and also can be heard online.

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