Friday, June 29, 2018

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Following last week's launch of "Dianne Reeves: Define Your Voice," a new online video course from singer Dianne Reeves, pianist Peter Martin's Open Studio Network has announced another new course coming soon, "Fundamentals of Jazz Saxophone," as taught by alto saxophonist Steve Wilson.

(Thanks to OSN manager Dan Martin, StLJN readers can get a 10% discount on these two courses or any of OSN's other offerings by using the promo code STLJAZZ.)

The company this week also announced that Peter Martin will present a free online masterclass/webinar for beginning jazz pianists at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 12. For more information or to sign up, go here.

* Keyboardist David Garfield, who grew up on the east side and currently serves as touring keyboardist and music director for George Benson, will release his latest album Jammin’ Outside the Box on Friday, July 20 on his own Creatchy Records label.

The album (pictured) features Garfield's arrangements of songs by Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Adele, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Toto, Isley Brothers, Rufus, Minnie Riperton, Bobby Caldwell and Joe Sample, performed by an all-star cast that includes Benson, David Sanborn, Smokey Robinson, Michael McDonald, Ray Parker Jr., Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr., Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Greg Phillinganes, Steve Jordan, and more, plus members of the Zac Brown Band, Steely Dan, Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Chicago, Toto and Tower of Power.

* The results of DownBeat magazine's annual Critics Poll are out, and among the winners this year is Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 in the "Historical Album" category. You can see all the poll results here.

* On a related note, the 83rd edition of DownBeat's Readers Poll is open now for online voting, and you can cast your ballot here.

* Singer and bassist/guitarist Tonina Saputo was profiled by KDHX's Allison Woodworth.

* A story from St. Louis Public Radio highlights four branches of St. Louis County Library that now are offering musical instruments for checkout by library patrons. Currently, there are more than 20 instruments available, including ukuleles, acoustic guitars, banjos and bongos, with plans to add more.

* Also from St. Louis Public Radio, teenage keyboardist Owen Ragland is the guest on the latest episode of the station's "Cut & Paste" podcast.

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