Friday, March 04, 2016

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* In New Orleans this week with his trio to perform at Snug Harbor, pianist Peter Martin was interviewed on radio station WWOZ, and has posted on Facebook some video of the segment in two parts.

* Martin and drummer Terreon Gully also got brief-but-favorable mentions in jazz critic Doug Ramsey's review of a recent Dianne Reeves show in Portland.

* The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries is hiring in their maintenance and events set-up department. For more information about available positions and how to apply, go to

* Another venerable St. Louis venue, the Casa Loma Ballroom, is getting spruced up in advance of its 90th birthday next year, and they've posted on Facebook some photos of recent refurbishing work.

* Speaking of photo sets, Sound Unlimited has posted on Facebook a photo set from last week's Saturday matinee at Frederick's Steakhouse

* Last week's presentation of "New Dance Horizons IV” at the Touhill, featuring choreography set to the music of Miles Davis, Lester Bowie and more, was reviewed by the St. Louis American's Kenya Vaughn.

* Drummer Kimberly Thompson (pictured) is set to deliver a new CD, Treasures Abound, with a release event scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at The Cell Theatre in NYC.

* Meanwhile, saxophonist Greg Osby announced this week that he'll be decamping NYC in August for a week of New York Jazz Masters International workshops in Trzebnica, Poland. Osby also was just named as the new artistic director of the Sopot Jazz Festival, which happens October 13-15 in Sopot, Poland.

* In yet another ranking of "best jazz clubs," the website has enshrined Jazz at the Bistro on its list of "The 50 Best Jazz Clubs in America". While the Bistro was the only St. Louis venue to make the list, Kansas City's Blue Room also made the cut as a second representative of the state of Missouri.

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