Friday, December 26, 2014
* The midtown music venue and restaurant Plush (pictured), which very occasionally featured jazz as part of its eclectic musical menu, will close on January 3.
In a story by Kevin Johnson in today's Post-Dispatch, the owner cites a lack of working capital and the loss of two key employees as reasons for the closing.
Most of the 2015 concerts already booked into Plush will be moved to 2720 Cherokee, except for the Zappa Plays Zappa show on April 20, which has yet to find a new venue. Watch this space for updates...
* You can get a close-up look at Clark Terry's 94th birthday celebration from earlier this month via this YouTube video.
* Also, Keep On Keepin' On, the recently release documentary film about Terry, is the subject of a feature story in Jazz Times.
* Jazz St. Louis' presentation this week of Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker" was featured on the morning news at local Fox affiliate KTVI (Channel 2).
* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson gets very artist-specific, focusing on the quartet recordings of saxophonist Joshua Redman, including those featuring supporting work from the likes of Christian McBride and Brad Mehldau. The program can be heard at 8:00 p.m. on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at http://www.rafstl.org/listen.