Friday, April 03, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Guitarist John Abercrombie and pianist Marc Copland will present a free, public master class at 3:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, April 7 at Washington University. The class will take place in the Goldberg Formal Lounge on the second floor of the Danforth University Center, 6475 Forsyth on the Wash U campus, with parking available in the adjacent garage.

(Note that while the master class is free and open to the public, it's $25 for a ticket to see Abercrombie's quartet perform at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night for Wash U's Jazz at Holmes series.)

* StLJN extends condolences to the family, friends and musical colleagues of St. Louis pianist and organist Eddie Plitt, who died suddenly this past Monday, March 30. A service will be held at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 4 at Stygar Florissant Chapel and Cremation Center, 13980 New Halls Ferry Rd., with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery to follow. An online guestbook can be found at the Stygar Chapel website.

* Don Wolff (pictured), host of the HEC-TV program I Love Jazz and a longtime jazz advocate and radio personality on several stations, has been named by the Jazz Journalists Association as one of 24 local "Jazz Heroes" from across the US for 2015. St. Louis JJA member and freelance writer Terry Perkins tells StLJN that efforts are underway to set up a public presentation of Wolff's award, at a time and location TBA.

* St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts' next "Business Edge" workshop, "Anatomy of a Contract," is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. next Monday, April 6 at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar. The session presented by attorney Ryan Hardy will cover contract basics and "help you sharpen your negotiation skills." Get more info or register for the event by sending an email to

* The Bosman Twins' forthcoming album When Lions Roar, set for release next week, is the subject of a feature story from the St. Louis American's Kenya Vaughn.

* KDHX has posted on their website some photos from last Saturday's New Music Circle concert by Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio.

* A little further down the "photo set" aisle, saxophonist David Sanborn has posted on Facebook some pics from his sit-in Wednesday night with the band on The Late Show with David Letterman.

* Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch reviews some recent jazz CDs, including drummer Jack DeJohnette's all-star session Made In Chicago, here.

* Jazz radio update: And speaking of Wilson, Saturday's episode of his Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis program “Somethin’ Else” will use the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth on April 7 as an occasion to examine her musical legacy via her own recordings and those of others including Dexter Gordon and Marcus Miller.

After that on "The Jazz Collective," host Jason Church will be spinning tracks from Down To The Bone, Steely Dan, Chris Standring, Swing Out Sister, Gato Barbieri, Jamiroquai, Shakatak, Herb Alpert, Ramsey Lewis, Jesse Gannon, Funky Butt Brass Band, Jim Stevens, and more.

"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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