Friday, February 27, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The soundtrack album to Keep On Keepin’ On, the 2014 documentary about the friendship between the late Clark Terry and up-and-coming pianist Justin Kauflin, was released this week on the Varèse Sarabande label.

The soundtrack (pictured) features performances by Terry and Kauflin, with an original score by Kauflin and Dave Grusin. Kauflin also was interviewed this week about Terry and the film by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen.

* KDHX has posted online a photo set from last Saturday's New Music Circle concert by Okkyung Lee and Lotte Anker.

* The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra has posted to Facebook a photo album from their most recent gig at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.

* According to a story published yesterday by the Riverfront Times, smooth jazz guitarist Olufunsho Adeshina has been charged and now is wanted by federal authorities in a scheme involving tax fraud and identity theft. The Nigerian-born Adeshina hasn't performed much here locally, but reportedly has lived in St. Louis for the last several years, and has an active online presence.

* Saxophonist David Sanborn's upcoming album, which reunites him in the studio with bassist/producer Marcus Miller for the first time in many years, now has a title: Time and the River. The crowd-funded project has been mixed and mastered and is ready for pressing, with release date TBA.

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person's quintet will be featured in a free "jazz vespers" concert on Saturday, March 7 at St. Albans Congregational Church in Queens, NYC.

* The Friends of Scott Joplin are holding their annual membership drive. Contributions to the all-volunteer organization are tax-deductible, and help support a concert series, monthly open-piano events, and a quarterly magazine, the Euphony Review.

Membership levels are $25 for Individual, $35 Couple, $50 Supporter, $100 Sponsor, and $200 Legacy. For more information or to pledge your support, visit the Friends of Scott Joplin website.

* The continuing effort to rescue and restore the historic Goldenrod Showboat is the subject of a feature story from St. Louis Public Radio. Supporters from the Historic Riverboat Preservation Association will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, March 21 at the Left Loft, 1817 Cherokee St.

* Jazz radio update: On this Saturday's edition of Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson will be showcasing live tracks from the career of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

The program can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

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