Monday, August 30, 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:

* Jazz St. Louis has produced a new short video for this fall promoting their education programs, and you can see it online here.

JSL also is looking for volunteers to help staff an information booth at the 2010 Saint Louis Art Fair in Clayton. Volunteers are needed to cover shifts of two to three hours on Friday, September 10; Saturday, September 11; and Sunday, September 12. If you'd like to volunteer, please email Devin Rodino at or call 314-289-4144.

* Here's one more link for you from saxophonist David Sanborn's recent trip back home to perform at Jazz at the Bistro: an interview Sanborn did with KSDK's Art Holliday.

* Trumpeter Jim Manley (pictured) and the Wild Cool & Swingin' Orchestra are the latest subjects in the St. Louis Beacon's summer series of profiles of local musicians.

* Lastly, although StLJN usually confines our coverage to the immediate St. Louis metropolitan area, we did want to point out that tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 31 for the 2010-11 We Always Swing jazz series in Columbia, MO. The series, now in its 16th season, each year usually presents a few musicians just before or after their St. Louis engagements, as they're doing this season with Tierney Sutton, Dave Brubeck, Stanley Clarke & Hiromi and Ray Vega.

However, they're also presenting a number of acts who (so far) are not scheduled to appear here, including the very talented clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen's quartet, plus a proverbial passel of prime pianists - specifically, groups fronted by Alfredo Rodriguez, Joey Calderazzo, Ellis Marsalis and Danilo Perez; plus a duo piano performance by spouses Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes; plus pianist Lynne Arriale's group, featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker, with the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band. If you're thinking one or more of these concerts might be worth the two-hour trip down I-70, call the We Always Swing series at 573-449-3001, email them at, or visit their website.

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