Friday, June 01, 2018

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Veteran drummer Gary Sykes (pictured), who plays with pianist Ptah Williams' trio, the STL Free Jazz Collective and others, is ailing with heart- and blood-related issues, and has missed some recent gigs and spent time in the hospital as a result.

While he's on the mend, pianist Jim Hegarty, his bandmate in the Collective, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Sykes'  living expenses during his recovery. Find out more and, if you can, donate at

* Miles Davis' ex-wife Frances Davis talks about her life before, during and after her marriage to the famed trumpeter in a new 50-minute video documentary.

* Meanwhile, They Say I'm Different, a new documentary film about another of Miles' exes, singer Betty Davis, was covered recently in stories from both The New Yorker and the New York Times.

* A celebration of the legacy of Scott Joplin, held in Queens, NY near where the pianist and composer is buried, was described in a feature story last week in the New York Times.

* Videographer James Ross, known for his YouTube channel featuring up-close recordings of jazz and R&B performances in St. Louis, was the subject of a profile by KSDK's Art Holliday.

* The Kranzberg Arts Foundation has acquired an option to purchase 24 properties in the south St. Louis neighborhood Gravois Park as part of a plan to develop affordable housing and studio space for artists.

* And in a bit of coincidence involving participants in the previous two items, Art Holliday this week also did a story about the Kranzberg Arts Foundation's new artists-in-residence program

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