Friday, May 08, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* New Music Circle's website has a brief interview with saxophonist Tim Berne (pictured) in advance of the show tonight by his band Snakeoil at the Stage at KDHX.

* Trumpeter Kasimu Taylor was profiled by Kevin Johnson of the Post-Dispatch. 

* A recent performance by drummer Dave Weckl's Acoustic Band at Ronnie Scott's in London was reviewed by Jazzwise magazine.

* Trombonist Joe Bowie will be the special guest with saxophonist Candy Dulfer's band for gigs on May 13 and 14 in Hannover, Germany.

* Dennis Owsley, who hosts "Jazz Unlimited" from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Sundays on St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 FM),was profiled as the "Person of the Week" on the website UMission.

* Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport was a guest this past week on the podcast of New Orleans TV personality Scott Walker.

* Jazz St. Louis is looking for customer feedback on the decor, service, menu, and other aspects of the newly renovated Jazz at the Bistro; you can fill out their online survey here.

* JSL also was one of a half-dozen local arts groups to announce new grants this week from the National Endowment for the Arts, having snagged $10,000 from NEA to help support their audience residency program.

* The Sheldon Concert Hall has posted to Facebook an album of photos from last Saturday's performance by singer Cécile McLorin Salvant.

* With warmer weather comes the summer festival season, and some St. Louis musicians already are headed out of town for weekend gigs to take advantage. For example, bassist Jim Widner and drummer Montez Coleman will be among the featured players tonight at the LaPorte Jazz Festival in Valparaiso, IN, while the itinerary of traditional jazz and swing band Cornet Chop Suey includes upcoming stops in Williston, ND and Great Falls, MT.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on his program “Somethin’ Else,” on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis, Calvin Wilson will spotlight the music of saxophonist John Coltrane's classic 1960s quartet with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison. The program can be heard at 8:00 p.m. on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

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