Friday, April 13, 2018

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Pianist Ramsey Lewis, who's in town to perform tonight at the Sheldon's benefit gala, was interviewed about the show by the Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson.

* Meanwhile, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim's retrospective concert paying tribute to his early band The Jazz Epistles, which will be presented this Saturday night at the Sheldon, was the subject of a feature article on the website of Brooklyn Academy of Music (where Ibrahim will perform later this month).

* Singer Denise Thimes, who recently moved from St. Louis to Chicago, is featured on The Celebrity Front Page, an entertainment website based in her new home city.

* North County's newest musical instrument store Low Key Music officially opened for business this week, and was featured Monday on the morning newscast at KTVI/Fox 2. The store also has posted to YouTube a brief video tour of their premises.

* The reality TV show Autopsy on the REELZ network last week ran an episode about the death of trumpeter Miles Davis (pictured), and has a video excerpt.

* On a happier note, if you're willing to give them an email address, has a free transcription from Davis' album Relaxin' intended for musicians who want to study or play along with a classic from the trumpeter's hard bop period. It's a sample from a series of transcriptions of Davis' mid-1950s sessions for Prestige published by the company; to get a copy, go here.

* has a short article spotlighting how singer, dancer and St. Louis native Josephine Baker dealt with a particularly egregious episode of racial discrimination on a visit back to the United States in the 1950s after a couple of decades as an expatriate in Paris.

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