Friday, May 04, 2018

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Bassist Jimmy Blanton, who began his professional career in St. Louis before being hired Dike Ellington, is one of three inductees this year to Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. Nina Simone and Nat King Cole are the other 2018 inductees, chosen via an online vote of jazz fans.

* Drummer Dave Weckl (pictured) last week was interviewed (in English) by the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo's video channel.

* Pianist Peter Martin talked about his gigs this weekend at Jazz at the Bistro with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* Speaking of the Post-Dispatch, the paper has published its annual "Go List" issue, which identifies reader and staff favorites in local attractions and festivals, music and the arts, bars and restaurants, and more.

In the "Readers' picks - Music & clubs" category, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival took second place in "Best concert series" (which seems odd, considering that there's also a "Best music festival" category, in which the GSLJF did not place); the Sheldon Concert Hall was fourth in "Best concert venue"; and Jazz at the Bistro (Ferring Jazz Bistro) won first place in "Best place to hear jazz," followed by the Sheldon, Thurman's in Shaw, and The Stage at KDHX.

In addition, Erin Bode won first place in "Best singer" and second place in "Best original band," with Joe Mancuso scoring second place in "Best singer."

As for the critic's picks in music and clubs, the winners included New Music Circle, for "Favorite music series that presents jazz but doesn’t have ‘jazz’ in its title"; the Arcadia Dance Orchestra, for "Favorite band playing 1920s music"; and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, for "Favorite potential jazz venue." You can see the entire "Go List" for this year here

* Meanwhile, as part of the run-up to this year's ShowcaseSTL festival, the Riverfront Times this week began publishing a series of brief articles about the "STL 77," their "list of 77 acts who did big things in the last twelve months" which so far has included profiles of multi-instrumentalist Lamar "DJ Nune" Harris and keyboardist Mo Egeston.

* Photographer Madison Thorn has posted to Facebook an album of pictures from the recent performances by Kevin Bowers and NOVA at the Bistro

* Saxophonist David Sanborn will be one of the headliners and pianist Lawrence Fields one of the featured performers on the 2019 "Blue Note at Sea" cruise, which will take place from January 26 through February 2 and is presented by St. Louis-based Entertainment Cruise Productions.

* Bassist and U City native Neal Caine recently was interviewed by Bass Player magazine and also gets name-checked in a New Orleans Times-Picayune story about NOLA-based musicians performing in this  year's Jazz and Heritage Festival, aka JazzFest.

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