Friday, January 29, 2016

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Pianist Peter Martin and his trio are across the Pacific this weekend, set to perform at the Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC) at Mahidol University in Bangkok. Martin, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson will wrap up the three-day event with a headlining performance at the closing concert Sunday night.

* The Bosman Twins were among the honorees this past Monday at the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis' annual awards dinner at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The brothers received the 2016 award for "Excellence in the Arts," and as with all the award winners, were the subjects of a brief video about their accomplishments that was shown at the ceremony and now is posted to YouTube.

* Drummer Dave Weckl posted to Facebook some photos from his visit to the 2016 NAMM Show in Los Angeles.

* Saxophonist Greg Osby has a new blog post up, evincing some well-deserved skepticism about what he calls "Artists Interviewing Themselves - The New Standard In Jazz Journalism," or more specifically, the seemingly growing practice of would-be jazz writers "interviewing" musicians by asking them to complete an email questionnaire. Osby (pictured) this week also announced a five-night run of gigs from March 22-26 at NYC's Birdland.

* Drummer Marcus Baylor and the Baylor Project will celebrate Valentine's Day weekend with performances on February 12, 13 and 14 at NYC's Smoke Jazz and Supper Club.

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake has posted to YouTube some more footage from his Generations Quartet’s European tour last fall. The clip shows the encore performed by Lake, pianist Michael J. Stevens, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Emil Gross at their October 30 show at Bunker Ulmenwall in Bielefeld, Germany.

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