Friday, January 16, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Pianist Johanna Ballou talked with St. Louis magazine about her New Music Circle-sponsored concert tomorrow night at 560 Music Center.

* Saxquest has posted on Facebook some photos of Victor Goines' appearance at the store on Wednesday night. Goines and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Group perform tonight and tomorrow night at Jazz at the Bistro.

* Singer Denise Thimes talked with the Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson about receiving a St. Louis Arts Award from the Arts and Education Council. Thimes will be among the honorees at A&E's $300-per-plate annual dinner Monday night at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

* Thanks to Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus for mentioning and linking to StLJN last week during TBP's four nights here at Jazz at the Bistro.

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake's new organ quartet album What I Heard was reviewed in Down Beat magazine.

* The live Miles Davis recording Olympia - March 20, 1960 gets an "extended analysis" from's C. Michael Bailey.

* Meanwhile, Miles Ahead, the upcoming movie about Davis directed by and starring Don Cheadle, is on IndieWire's list of "100 Most Anticipated Films of 2015." The film currently is in post-production, and the soundtrack will feature musical contributions from pianists Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper, as well as trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold, whose photo in the studio with Cheadle and Glasper, taken from the latter's Instagram account, accompanies this post.

* Though the Clark Terry documentary Keep On Keepin' On was snubbed in the 2015 Academy Award nominations, the film did receive a couple of other awards this week, winning the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and "Best Film - Inspiration" at the Waimea Ocean Film Festival in Hawaii.

* St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts will present another free seminar for artists, "Navigating Healthcare Reform," next Tuesday, January 20 at KDHX in Grand Center. The program will explain relevant aspects of the Affordable Care Act for self-employed artists and "provide strategies for acquiring quality and affordable health care coverage, including tax credits and subsidies." Admission is free, but because space is limited, advance registration is required.

* Jazz radio update: On this Saturday's edition of Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,”  host Calvin Wilson will highlight the drumming and compositions of the late Tony Williams.

Right after that on "The Jazz Collective," host Jason Church will be spinning music from Groove Ltd., Brian Culbertson, Paul Brown, Ken Navarro, U-Nam, Melissa Manchester, Funky Butt Brass Band, Jim Manley, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, Jim Stevens, Sonny Rollins, Chuck Mangione, Michael Franks and Eumir Deodato.

Wilson can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, followed by Church at 9:00 p.m., on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Congratulations also go out to Church and radio station Hip 96.3 HD-3, as the HD sub-channel service, for which Church programs a mix of contemporary jazz, R&B and pop, celebrated five years on the air this week

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