Friday, January 02, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Keep On Keepin' On, the recent documentary about trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry, is one of the films eligible for the Cinema Eye Honors 2015 Audience Choice prize. You can cast your vote online here.

The movie also was mentioned favorably in a year-end article by the New York Times' Nate Chinen, who called it "a stirring portrait of perseverance, positivity and service."

* Saxophonist Greg Osby's recent trip to Mexico was documented in photos by saxophone makers P. Mauriat Music.

* Now that the holidays are over, touring musicians are hitting the road again, including drummer and St. Charles native Dave Weckl, who's headed out on tour starting January 13 with Chris Minh Doky & The Nomads featuring guitarist Dean Brown and keyboardist George Whitty. They'll play the Catalina Jazz Club in LA on January 20, 21, and 22.

* Meanwhile, drummer Marcus Baylor (pictured) and the Baylor Project will be part of NYC's Winter Jazz Fest, performing next Friday, January 9 at the Bitter End.

* The recently issued Miles Davis box set All of You: The Last Tour 1960 was reviewed by C. Michael Bailey of

* New Music Circle has posted on Facebook a photo album from last month's concert by Roscoe Mitchell and Craig Taborn.

* Though The Gramophone has closed now for a month-plus to remodel from a concert club to a neighborhood bar and eatery, the venue's sound system will get a new life just down the street on Manchester when it's installed in a new venue, The Bootleg, in the space once occupied by Atomic Cowboy. The Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson has details in this story.

* And just in case to happen to be looking for some general jazz-related reading material over a long weekend, Down Beat magazine apparently has opened to the public their digital archives going back to 2008. (Thanks to StLJN reader and local Renaissance man Tony Renner for the heads-up.)

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis, Calvin Wilson's “Somethin’ Else,” program will feature the music of saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, followed by "The Jazz Collective" with Jason Church counting down the top 22 tracks from 2014. Wilson 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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