Friday, March 06, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The Miles Davis Memorial Project has extended the deadline to Thursday, March 19 to purchase commemorative brick and blocks for paving the plaza around the statue of the trumpeter going up later this year in downtown Alton, IL.

Etched memorial bricks are available for $75, and there also are 23 remaining 12" x 12" granite blocks at $400 each. To order a brick or block, call Pride, Incorporated at 618-467-2375 or visit their website. Orders must be received no later than March 19 so that etching can be completed in time for site construction.

* The Miles Electric Band, assembled by Miles Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn, remembered the iconic trumpeter with a performance last week at Poland's Lotos Jazz Festival.

In addition to Wilburn on drums, the all-star ensemble (pictured) includes Davis alumnus Badal Roy on tabla, John Beasley and Robert Irving III on keyboards, guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, percussionists Munyungo Jackson and Mino Cinelu, saxophonist Antoine Roney, bassist Richard Patterson, turntablist DJ Logic, trumpeter Christian Scott, and programmer/re-mixer Jeremy Ellis of The Roots. You can see photos from the gig here, along a synopsis of a review from the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, which found in its entirety (in Polish) here.

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake's new duet album with bassist William Parker, To Roy, was reviewed by's Glenn Astarita. To Roy, which pays tribute to the late trumpeter Roy Campbell, and Lake's recent organ quartet release What I Heard also were reviewed by Russ Musto in this month's New York City Jazz Record.

* The Nine Network will present City of Music, a two-hour special broadcast exploring St. Louis' musical history and contributions to American music heritage, in two parts at 7:00 p.m on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.  The program features performances by Peter Martin, Denise Thimes, Carolbeth True, Kim Massie, Billy Peek, and the St. Louis Ragtimers, as well as new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound playing three new works commissioned for the occasion by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, all recorded live last October at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

* The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will present a five-hour retrospective of the music of John Zorn on Saturday, May 2. The program features ten different ensembles performing works composed by Zorn (who attended Webster University here in the mid-1970s).

* Jazz radio update:  This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis, Calvin Wilson will devote the episode of his program “Somethin’ Else” to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, as interpreted by Miles Davis, Cassandra Wilson, Paul Motian, and others.

Then on "The Jazz Collective,"  Jason Church will spin tracks from Nathan East, Cindy Bradley, Lack of Afro, Brother Strut, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Caldwell, Bill Evans, Hugh Masekela, Traffic, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, Jesse Gannon, Jim Manley and Vincent Varvel.

"Somethin' Else" can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, followed by "The Jazz Collective" at 9:00 p.m., on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

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