* Pianist Simon Rowe, a native of Australia who lived in St. Louis for a number of years and performed with saxophonist Willie Akins and others, was the subject of a feature story on the website OpenSkyJazz.com. Rowe now resides in California, where he serves as executive director of the Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
* Bassist Chano Cruz is this year's recipient of the Richard McDonnell memorial scholarship from Jazz St. Louis. The scholarship is named for the late founder of MAXJAZZ Records, and was presented to Cruz last Sunday during the annual concert at Jazz at the Bistro raising money for the scholarship fund. Cruz (pictured, with his bass teacher Bob DeBoo) is from Saint Peters and will study jazz performance at Northern Illinois University.