Friday, January 04, 2019

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Guitarist Dave Black (pictured) and his "itti bitti Swing Orchestra" are the latest local musicians to record a video for the St. Louis Open Media Integration Center's "Songday Afternoon" series, with a clip of Black's original composition "See Ya at 5" posted to YouTube last week.

* The second half of New Music Circle's 60th season was previewed in an article in the West End Word.

* A celebration of the life of the late Michael Castro, St. Louis' first poet laureate and a member of the STL Free Jazz Collective, will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20 at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman in the Central West End.

* Shirley Harrold, mother of trumpeter Keyon Harrold and drummer Emanuel Harrold, passed away on Christmas Eve. The wake and funeral services were held this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Ms. Harrold and her experiences raising 16 children were featured last year in an article by the St. Louis American's Kenya Vaughn. StLJN's condolences go out to the Harrold family.

* Beale on Broadway, the bar and music venue that has made up one third of the South Broadway "blues triangle" since the turn of the century, closed this week with final performances from singers Roland Johnson and Kim Massie. In a story in the Post-Dispatch, proprietor Bud Jostes said that he was forced to close when the Beale's landlords sold the building to new owners, adding that after some time off, he may eventually look for a new venue to run.

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