Friday, October 09, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* If you feel like catching a buzz - musically and metaphorically speaking, that is - at lunchtime, Yellowjackets will be presenting a brief performance and Q&A session that's free and open to the public at noon today (Friday, October 9) at Jazz at the Bistro.

As with previous "brown bag" events hosted by Jazz St. Louis, there will be no food or beverage service available, but audience members are welcome to bring their own food and drink. You can RSVP or direct any questions to Jazz St. Louis' Andy Ament via an email to andy(at)

* The death of saxophonist Willie Akins was noted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis American.

* On a related note, saxophonist Greg Osby posted to Instagram a collage of photos of him and Akins together over the years.

* All Night, the just-issued solo debut album of keyboardist Matt Villinger, was reviewed by Bill Brownlee of the Kansas City jazz blog Plastic Sax. Villinger recently moved from St. Louis to KC.

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake has posted to Facebook some photos from last week's Trio 3 gig featuring guest pianist Vijay Iyer at Blue Note in NYC

* Also on Facebook, Saxquest has posted photos from last Saturday's performance and workshop by Jeffrey Collins.

* The Nine Network's "City of Music" has won this year's Mid-America Emmy award for "Arts/Entertainment – Program/Special." Based on recordings made at a concert last October at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries (pictured), the program pays tribute to 250 years of St. Louis music history with performances from local musicians and singers including Peter Martin, Denise Thimes, Billy Peek, the St. Louis Ragtimers, and many more. You can watch both parts of the two-hour special online here.

* The music streaming service Pandora has opened an ad sales office in St. Louis.

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