Friday, January 08, 2016

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* As part of their New Year's Eve "Toast of the Nation" program last week, NPR rebroadcast and put online a set of music recorded by Clark Terry on NYE 1989 at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago

* In a new post on, Peter Martin offers "5 New Year’s Resolutions For Jazz Pianists."

* Martin (pictured) also was the subject last week of a profile in Alive magazine.

* St. Louis Public Radio has a story with the latest on volunteer efforts to save historic artifacts from what's left of the Goldenrod Showboat.

* The Funky Butt Brass Band announced over the weekend that Cody Henry is replacing founding member Matt Brinkman as the group's tuba player, effective with the start of the new year.

* Jimmy's on the Park, the long-running restaurant and bar in the DeMun neighborhood of Clayton, has closed. Trumpeter Jim Manley was the featured musical entertainment for the spot's Sunday jazz brunch for more than a decade.

* A short feature in this week's Riverfront Times notes The Bad Plus' ten-year string of January gigs at Jazz at the Bistro.

* Meanwhile, Jazz St. Louis' Gene Dobbs Bradford went on Fox 2 News to discuss JSL's four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

* The RFT also recently put online an album of vintage photos from Gaslight Square, drawn from the collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

* Blues historian, author, and illustrator Kevin Belford has a new post on his blog about providing research assistance for American Epic, an upcoming music documentary being produced by PBS and the BBC.

* The St. Louis Business Journal put online a photo album offering readers a peek inside the new National Blues Museum, which opens downtown in April.

* A post last week on the travel blog of the airline Virgin Atlantic spotlighted the St. Louis swing dance scene.

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