Friday, November 14, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes (pictured) performed this past Tuesday on the morning newscast on KTVI (Fox/Channel 2).

* Students from Jazz St. Louis' JazzU program can be heard playing on the soundtrack for Stairs to the Roof, a nearly forgotten Tennessee Williams play currently getting its second professional production ever at the restored theater and event space, the Boo Cat Club, 812 Union Blvd.

Working under the supervision of Jazz St. Louis education director Phil Dunlap, a group of students including Wyatt Forhan (trombone), Nathan Pence (bass), Brandon Vestal (clarinet), and Ben Steger (trumpet) recorded the original score by the show's music director, pianist Henry Palkes. The production continues through Sunday, November 23.

* Singer, actor and St. Louis native Craig Pomranz now is an author as well, with his children' book Made by Raffi published in five languages and distributed in eight countries by UK publishers Frances Lincoln. Pomranz also will be releasing a song, "Different," inspired by the book's story and co-written by Amanda McBroom (who wrote “The Rose” for Bette Midler) and Michele Brourman.

* What I Heard, the new album from saxophonist Oliver Lake's Organ Quartet,. was reviewed for Something Else by S. Victor Aaron.

* Saxophonist Greg Osby's most recent release (pictured), which teams him with Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma, was reviewed by the website Jazz in Europe. Also, LA's Jazz Bakery has posted on Facebook a photo set of Osby's recent performance there with his quartet.

* Speaking of photo sets, the Riverfront Times has a slideshow of last weekend's Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl.

* Also, Lindy Hop St. Louis has posted on Facebook an album of photos from the Crawl and the entire Nevermore Jazz Ball weekend.

* And also on Facebook, saxophonist Eric Person has posted a photo album from his big band's recent performance at the Blue Note in NYC.

* Here's an update on efforts to stop the recent string of thefts targeting the tour vans of bands visiting St. Louis, via the Riverfront Times Brian Heffernan.

* Voting in Jazz Times magazine's annual readers poll is open through 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 24.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis, “Somethin’ Else” host Calvin Wilson will feature the songs of Jimmy McHugh (writer of "On The Sunny Side of the Street," "Let's Get Lost" and more than 500 other credited compositions) as performed by Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, Karrin Allyson, and more.

After that on "The Jazz Collective," host Jason Church will play tracks from Count Basic, Herb Alpert, Keiko Matsui, The Peet Project, David P Stevens, Funky Butt Brass Band, Jim Stevens, Farshid Etniko, Groove Thang, Boz Scaggs, Bob James, Nina Simone, 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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