Thursday, December 24, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

A day earlier than usual, due to Friday's holiday, here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:

* Comedian Amy Schumer's impromptu visit last weekend to hear drummer Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O at Jazz at the Bistro was mentioned briefly on Wednesday by the nationally syndicated TV program TMZ. That report was then picked up by Vulture, the entertainment website run by New York magazine.

* While they were in town, Wilson and the Christmas Tree-O also visited KDHX to perform for the "Collector's Edition" podcast.

* The Chicago Jazz Orchestra's tribute to trumpeter Clark Terry last Friday, December 18 at the Spertus Institute was reviewed by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune.

* has posted online an album of photos from the Funky Butt Brass Band's "Holiday Brasstravaganza" last weekend at Off Broadway, and there's also another public album of pix from the gigs posted to Facebook by a fan.

* The Big Little Big Band has posted to Facebook a photo album from last week's "Big Band Christmas and Tribute to Frank Sinatra" show at The Abbey in Belleville.

* When The Bad Plus returns to St. Louis in January to play Jazz at the Bistro for the tenth consecutive year, they'll be adding something new to their musical menu: a free pancake lunch.

More specifically, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, TBP will take part in a free, public performance and discussion at the Bistro that also will feature free "imaginative pancakes" from St. Louis artist/chef Dr. Dan the Pancake Man. Although there's no charge for the event or the pancakes, since space is limited, those wishing to attend are asked to reserve a spot online or call the JSL box office at 314-571-6000.

* Sauce magazine reports that the owners of the recently expanded Broadway Oyster Bar (pictured) will open a second restaurant next year in Grafton, IL. No word yet, though, as to whether or not the new location will feature live music, which has been a staple of the original in downtown St. Louis.

* The Curtain Call Lounge has officially opened in the storefront space on Grand Ave. next to the Fox Theatre. The lounge will open at 5:00 p.m. before evening performances at the Fox, and stay open for two hours afterwards. Management has said they plan to offer occasional live jazz and cabaret music on the weekends.

* A ruling last week by the federal Copyright Royalty Board could doom more than 2,000 internet radio stations, including the just-launched Groove Jazz Radio online stream originating here in St. Louis. The ruling reduces payments made to musicians and labels by traditional broadcasters streaming online, while raising rates for webcasting hobbyists, not-for-profits, and small businesses like Groove Jazz's parent,, making them comparable to the payment schedule for large corporations like Pandora and Spotify.

The proprietors of Groove Jazz are appealing for donations to help offset the cost of the increased fees, and say the station could be shut down on January 1 if fundraising efforts fall short. 

Edited 1/5/16 to correct the day & time of The Bad Plus event.

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