Friday, July 24, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Trombonist, singer and St. Louis native Joseph Bowie (pictured) is the subject of In Groove We Trust: A Joe Bowie Experience, a 2014 documentary film that now can be streamed online.

The movie, produced by the Dutch public broadcasting system Boeddhistische Omroep, offers an intimate look at the Defunkt founder's life both on and off-stage, and includes some footage shot here in St. Louis as well as interviews with St. Louis musicians including Ronnie Burrage, Oliver Lake, Kelvyn Bell, and more.

* Trumpeter, St. Louis native, and former Jazz St. Louis student All-Star Joshua Williams and his band Shades of Jade are prepping a new album, Fingerprinted Memories Part 2, for release in the fall. The Kansas City based ensemble will drop an advance track, a jazz-infused R&B slow jam called "That One" featuring guest singer Derick Cunigan, on Thursday, August 20.

* Saxophonist David Sanborn's latest album Time and the River is on sale for a discounted price at Amazon from now until the end of the month.

* The Sheldon Concert Hall has posted on Facebook an album of photos from last Friday's tribute to the late pianist and St. Louis native Ray Kennedy.

* Trumpeter Andy Tichenor has landed a gig in the band for the national tour of the musical theater production of "Dirty Dancing." Tichenor will join the tour in Chicago after the end of the Muny season here in St. Louis. 

* St. Louis based sound and lighting contractor Logic Systems is in the running for two industry awards: Front of House Online's 2015 Hometown Hero Sound Company award, which allows for reader voting, and an ESPRIT Award from the International Special Event Society, the results of which will be announced on August 22.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis, Calvin Wilson's program “Somethin’ Else,” will focus on jazz versions of soul and R&B songs such as "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" as performed by musicians including Joshua Redman, John Scofield and Marcus Miller. The program can be heard over the air on 107.3 FM, on HD radio at 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Then on Sunday night, Dennis Owsley's "Jazz Unlimited" program on KWMU/St. Louis Public Radio will be the second part of a special featuring music from the labels run by the late jazz impresario Norman Granz. You can listen in from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Sundays over the air at 90.7 FM and online at

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