Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Session: April 11, 2021

Esperenza Spalding
Here's this week's roundup of various music-related items of interest:

* The life and tragic death of Lee Morgan: “He was a young man, already older than his years, thrilled with his talent and the wonders of the world around him” (Jazzwise)
* Islands in the Stream (American Prospect)
* 10 tracks by Herbie Hancock I can’t do without… by Jon Opstad (London Jazz News)
* Brian Bromberg Continues his Journey into the Eclectic (Jazz Times)
* Quincy Jones On Bebop, Jazz And His Streaming Venture, Qwest TV (Forbes)
* 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021 (
* Marion Brown's Musical Portrait of Georgia (The Bitter Southerner)
* 'Our music was born in hard times': How Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra keeps playing (Asbury Park Press)
* On "Let Me Tell You 'Bout It," JD Allen Discusses His New Creative Zeal, and a Solo Sax Album on the Horizon (WBGO)
* Morris 'B.B.' Dickerson, Founding Member of War, Dies at 71 (Billboard)
* From History to Biographies, Here Are the Best Books About Jazz (Billboard)
* Listening for baselines beyond anthropophony: An interview with Bernie Krause by D. Ferrett (
* Healing, grace and enlightenment: How Pharoah Sanders and Floating Points made a spiritual album for the dark ages (The Independent)
* Exit/In: Inside the Last-Ditch Effort to Save Nashville’s Legendary Music Club (Rolling Stone)
* How Tangerine Dream conquered the UK charts in the 70s (
* Warren Wolf: A Before & After Listening Session (Jazz Times)
* World-Class Trombonist Andre Hayward's Spiritual Journey (Austin Chronicle)
* Play It Forward: Angel Bat Dawid Knows How To Deliver Emotion Through Song (NPR)
* 2021 NEA JAZZ MASTERS: A Q&A with music director Miguel ZenÓn (
* Pino Palladino, pop's greatest bassist: 'I felt like a performing monkey!' (The Guardian)
* Meet the Man Recreating Ancient Musical Instruments Lost to Time (
* Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting (Variety)
* Flipping Alone: An Oral History of Record Stores During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Consequence of Sound)
* Esperanza Spalding’s New Songwrights Apothecary Lab Is the Music Therapy We Need Now (Vogue)
* The Treatment - Terence Blanchard: ‘Da 5 Bloods’
* ‘It has never been more pertinent’ – Margaret Atwood on the chilling genius of Laurie Anderson’s Big Science (The Guardian)
* Merry Clayton Bares Her 'Beautiful Scars' (NPR)
* The Film That Jazz Deserves (The New Yorker)
* 36 of America’s Best Independent Music Venues on Surviving and What’s Next (
* Trevor Dunn: “It’s in my personality to sit back and groove with the drummer – I took to bass immediately“ (Guitar World)
* Live Music Should Be More Accessible For Disabled Fans (

Saturday, April 10, 2021

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Galactic comes back (one year later)

When live shows shut down last March due to the pandemic, a performance by the New Orleans band Galactic scheduled at Delmar Hall was one of the first concerts to get canceled here in St. Louis. So perhaps it's fitting that they're one of the first bands to return here for a gig as restrictions are loosened and some venues are able to reopen.

In anticipation of that show on Sunday, May 16 at The Big Top, here's a grab-bag of (relatively) recent videos featuring Galactic and their current lead singer, Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph, starting up above with a full set of music recorded on New Year's Eve 2019 at the band's home venue, Tipitina's, which they've owned since the fall of 2018.

After the jump, you can see a version of "Walking On The Moon" recorded last fall at Tipitina's to benefit Georgia Comes Alive, a virtual festival to get out the vote in the Georgia Senate runoff elections.

That's followed by the music video for another single recorded during the pandemic, titled "Something’s Wrong With This Picture" and featuring Joseph and Ivan Neville.

The fourth video shows the band and Joseph performing "Heart of Steel" and "Hey Na Na" in September 2019 at Tipitina's.

The final two videos, both from May 2019, documents a Jazz Fest set at Tipitina's and an in-store performance at the Louisiana Music Factory.

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

Friday, April 09, 2021

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The Rev. Cliff Aerie, saxophonist with the Oikos Ensemble, was profiled in an article in the Webster-Kirkwood Times.

* The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony, the new 7-CD box set of previously unheard tracks from saxophonist Julius Hemphill, was reviewed by Mark Corroto for

* Pianist Peter Martin's company Open Studio this week launched another podcast, titled "Upright Citizens" and hosted by bassists Reuben Rogers and Bob DeBoo. You can check out the first episode here.

* The new Dave Weckl Band album Live In St. Louis at the Chesterfield Jazz Festival was reviewed by Jim Worsley of and by Jim Hynes of online magazine Glide. The album (pictured) is out today on the Autumn Hill label and can be streamed via the major digital music services.

* An article at offers "A Detailed Look At Miles Davis' Lamborghini Miura."

* In more Miles Davis news, a new album, Champions, featuring tracks culled from the expanded box set The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions in 2003, is set for release on Saturday, July 17 as part of this year's Record Store Day "RSD Drops."

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Galactic to bring New Orleans funk
to The Big Top on Sunday, May 16

In a welcome sign of touring bands resuming activity post-COVID, the New Orleans funk/jazz group Galactic has booked a show here in St. Louis at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at The Big Top.

(If the name of the venue doesn't ring a bell, The Big Top is the tent used by Circus Flora, now installed semi-permanently as a multi-purpose venue at 3401 Washington Ave. in the Grand Center neighborhood.)

Regular visitors to St. Louis before the live music shutdown, Galactic (pictured) had been scheduled to play here most recently in March 2020 at Delmar Hall, but that show was among the first to be scuttled when the pandemic-related shutdowns began.

The group also has been in the news at various times over the past year for their ownership of Tipitina's, the famed New Orleans club that, like all live music venues, has been challenged to stay financially viable while being unable to present live performances.

Tickets for Galactic at the Big Top will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 9 via Metrotix, though prices still are TBA as of this writing.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Sunday Session: April 4, 2021

Sons of Kemet
Here's this week's roundup of various music-related items of interest:

* TONTO synth creator and Steve Wonder collaborator Malcolm Cecil has died, aged 84 (
* Audio cassettes: despite being "a bit rubbish," sales have doubled during the pandemic — here’s why (
* Hardware Store With a Jazzy Past Prepares to End its 95-Year Run (WTTW)
* Sons of Kemet announces new album – Black to the Future (
* The lavish Moog Sound Studio kits could bring modular synthesis to the masses: “just add headphones” (
* The 100 Greatest Motown Songs (Rolling Stone)
* Stage on the water marks Montreux Jazz Festival's comeback (
* Archie Shepp :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview (
* Highway Hi-Fi, the Revolutionary Vinyl-In-Your-Car Tech That Failed (
* Paul Simon Sells Song Catalog to Sony Music Publishing (Variety)
* How To Walk On Water - A Conversation With William Parker (
* Music From Saturn (
* Chops: Teaching Adults to Play Jazz (Jazz Times)
* Live Music Is About to Get Its Grand Reopening (
* The story of Mahavishnu Orchestra: Devotional, dizzying, and downright revolutionary (
* Virtuosos, Voyagers & Visionaries: Five Artists Pushing Jazz Into The Future (
* What a Wonderful World — the hit that was almost murdered at birth (Financial Times)
* A Beginner’s Guide to Can’s avant-garde rock (
* Ambrose Akinmusire: The man with the horn (Bay State Banner)
* Symphony of a Thousand Millennia (
* Inside the Barry Harris Method (Jazz Times)

Saturday, April 03, 2021

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Livestreams from near and far...

This week, we're rounding up some more recent livestream performances from St. Louis presenters and musicians, including a couple of expats now living and working in NYC.

First up is a set from singer Erika Johnson, recorded last Friday, March 26 at the "Open Air" tent at the Grandel Theatre.

After the jump, you can see the latest online concert from New Music Circle, streamed this past Monday. It features a solo set from electronic musician Parisian (aka Ian Jones) and a collaborative effort between electronic musician Oxherding (Fitz Hartwig) and video artist Aaron Owens.

Next, it's percussionist Matt Henry's Agbara Quintet, recorded by Jazz St. Louis on Friday, March 19 and posted on Thursday of this week. Along with Henry, the band includes Adam Hucke (trumpet, flugelhorn), Adaron “Pops” Jackson (keyboards), Zeb Briskovich (bass) and Montez Coleman (drums).

That's followed by a solo set from pianist Ethan Leinwand, who works around town with Miss Jubilee, The Bottlesnakes, and several other groups. His performance of "barrelhouse, boogie-woogie, low down blues & more" was streamed back in mid-January.

The last two videos feature St. Louis musicians now living and working in New York. First, there's a performance from saxophonist Eric Person's Triokinesis, streamed on Friday, March 26 as part of Person's online "Night Flight Music Live" series of webcasts.

FInally, there's a set from bassist and U. City native Neil Caine and his quartet, streamed back in January from the NYC club Smalls. In addition to Caine, the band includes saxophonist Jerry Weldon, pianist Anthony Wonsey, and drummer Kyle Poole

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

Friday, April 02, 2021

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The Fox Theatre will reopen on a limited basis beginning later this month to host a concert series featuring local acts, including the Funky Butt Brass Band (pictured) on Friday, April 23.

* After canceling their 2020 event due to the COVID pandemic, the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival this week announced plans for a return this fall on Saturday, September 18. The event will run from noon until 11:00 p.m. with a total of 12 bands (still TBA) on two stages.

* Last Saturday's webcast ceremony for this year's group of inductees to the Dan and Heide Wolff Institute's St. Louis Jazz Hall of Fame at Harris Stowe State University has been archived and now can be seen on YouTube.

* A streaming performance by singer/pianist Tony DeSare and singer Capathia Jenkins to benefit Cabaret Project of St. Louis was reviewed by KDHX's Judi Mann.

* The newly issued Julius Hemphill seven-CD box set The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony was reviewed by UK jazz writer Richard Williams at his blog The Blue Moment.

* Commemorating the 51st anniversary of the landmark album's release on March 30, 1970, the UK website Far Out goes "Revisiting the revolutionary brilliance of 'Bitches Brew' by Miles Davis."

* Bassist Darin Gray was interviewed about his new release The Reduction (music for dance) and more by the website Recital.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Recently on Heliocentric Worlds

It's the start of another new month, which means it's time once again to look in on StLJN's sibling site Heliocentric Worlds, where each day there's posted a new music video drawing on genres including jazz, blues, soul, funk, prog rock, classic rock, experimental, and more.

The five most-watched videos added to the site last month were:

King Crimson - Live in Japan
McCoy Tyner - Live at the Umbria Jazz Festival
Vijay Iyer Sextet - "Far From Over"
Roy Haynes Quartet - Live at Jazzbaltica
Count Basie Orchestra - Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival

Other recent posts have featured performances on video from Derek and the Dominos with Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, Jim Hall & Attila Zoller, Louis Armstrong, Tom Tom Club, Keith Jarrett, Duke Ellington, The Leaders, Little Milton, Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, Tyshawn Sorey, Louis Jordan, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tower of Power, Delbert McClinton, John Prine, Pat Metheny Group, Chick Corea Akoustic Band, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Frank Zappa, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Jason Moran, Ry Cooder and the Moula Band Rhythm Aces, Joel Ross, and The Who.

If you've missed out on all this until now, no worries - you still can see all these videos, plus thousands more from the archives, by going to