Friday, July 23, 2010

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of links and short local news items of interest that you may have missed:

* The St. Louis-based independent label MAXJAZZ recently was the subject of a feature on cable channel HEC-TV's program State of The Arts. You can see the video of the segment on MAXJAZZ's Facebook page.

* St. Louis flute player and composer Fred Tompkins (pictured) and local presenting organization New Music Circle are both mentioned in an article about Third Stream music in the most recent issue of CA-Modern magazine, a slick, glossy publication that covers California lifestyles and architecture from the mid-20th century to today. You can read the article, written by Jeff Kaliss, online here. (Note: The link goes to the first page of a Flash version of the magazine. Use the controls at the top of the page to move forward and backward through the contents.)

* Musical instrument retailer Fazio's Frets & Friends is sponsoring a free informational lecture, "Playing for Longevity: A Chiropractic Workshop for Musicians (Part II)" from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p. m. next Wednesday, July 28 in the performance room at Fazio's, 15440 Manchester Rd. in Ellisville. The discussion will include "prevention strategies and treatment options for patients regarding repetitive motion injuries and other conditions related to inflammation. An acupuncture demonstration will follow the lecture and a question & answer session will round out the evening."

*In a post on the paper's Culture Club blog, the Post-Dispatch's Diane Toroian Keaggy lists all the local organizations that will be participating in this fall's American Arts Festival, which will include performances by pianist Dave Brubeck at the Sheldon Concert Hall and saxophonist Joshua Redman at Jazz at the Bistro.

* The Riverfront Times has part two of Chrissy Wilmes' interview with Art Holliday about his documentary on the late pianist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson, in which the KSDK newsman talks about some of the famous folks he's interviewed for the doc, and why it's taking so long to finish the film.

* Author, artist and St. Louis blues historian Kevin Belford will be signing (and presumably, selling) copies of his tome Devil at the Confluence and showing artwork from the book beginning at 11:00 am and continuing into the afternoon this Sunday, July 25 at the Urban Eats Cafe, 3301 Meramec.

* The Big Muddy Blues Festival, which will be held over Labor Day weekend on Laclede's Landing, announced part of its 2010 lineup this week. Bud Jostes, proprietor of Beale On Broadway, is booking this year's event, a task previously handled since the Bid Muddy's inception by John May of BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups and the St. Louis Blues Society. Given the change in management, it's no surprise that the musical menu this year includes touring acts Nick Curran and the Lowlifes, Magic Slim and the Teardrops and Eric "Guitar" Davis, all of whom have played the Beale in recent years, as well as local singer Kim Massie, a longtime regular performer at the Beale who's now also managed by Jostes. The rest of the lineup is TBA for now.

* Finally, we note with sadness the passing of St. Louis harmonica player and singer Keith Doder, who was part of the blues scene here for more than 30 years. Doder played with guitarists Tommy Bankhead and Jimmy Rogers and with his own group, the Blue City Band, but yr. humble editor knew him long before that as a fellow student at Webster Groves High School. Keith was a fine person as well as a musician with an authentic blues feel, and he'll be missed not only by his family and friends but by his fellow musicians and blues fans everywhere.

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