Friday, February 08, 2019

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Jazz St. Louis has been named one of 16 arts organizations nationwide to receive a 2019 Leadership Grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation "in recognition of their existing bodies of work and for their potential continued impact on their respective fields."

The grants range in size from $100,000 to $500,000, with JSL getting get $350,000 for demonstrating "outstanding artistic programs and visionary leadership."

* Singer and St. Louis native Alicia Olatuja was the subject of a feature story in the February issue of DownBeat, which now can be read online. Olatuja will self-release her latest album Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women on Friday, February 22 via "iTunes, Amazon, Google Music and all other online music vendors."

* Also putting out new music this month is drummer/keyboardist and U City native Ronnie Burrage. Recording under the group name Holographic Principle, Burrage, keyboardist Michal Wierba, and bassist Nimrod Speaks will release Dance of the Great Spirit on Friday, February 15 via Truth Revolution Records. They'll promote the album (pictured) with a performance on Saturday, February 16 at the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

* And speaking of new albums, vintage swing and Gypsy jazz ensemble Dizzy Atmosphere has a new, eponymous recording out this month, as described by bandleader Christopher Voelker to St. Louis magazine's Thomas Crone.

* Cabaret Project of St. Louis' monthly open mic night is the subject of a feature story on HEC-TV.

* With the premiere of the new documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool last week at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie's director Stanley Nelson, Davis' son Erin, and the trumpeter's nephew Vince Wilburn were interviewed by Essence magazine. Nelson also was interviewed by, and the premiere was reviewed by Film Threat magazine and

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