Friday, October 08, 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 Symphony Orchestra last Saturday night premiered "Aurora," a new orchestral composition by Wayne Shorter, as part of their annual fundraising gala, and the Post-Dispatch's Sarah Bryan Miller was there to review the performance. You can read her article online here.

* Saxophonist Joshua Redman (pictured), in town this week to play at Jazz at the Bistro, was featured yesterday on the afternoon newscast at local CW affiliate KPLR (Channel 11). You can see the segment online here.

* In other Jazz St. Louis-related news, the Post's fashion editor Debra Bass wrote this week about the food and beverages at the Bistro, while her colleague Deb Peterson had an item about plans for the organization's annual benefit in March.

Also, JSL executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford was a guest on the most recent edition of radio station KDHX's program "Nancy's Arts Interview"; and administrative assistant Kate Eastwood is the latest JSL staff member to blog about her all-time favorite jazz albums.

* The St. Louis branch of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 2-197, is at odds with the Family Arena and the rock band Kansas over the use of a student orchestra from Truman State University for an upcoming concert at the St. Charles venue. The Riverfront Times' Aimee Levitt has the story here.

* The P-D's Kevin Johnson reports that a tribute to the late St. Louis percussionist and singer Blake Travis will be held on Sunday, October 17 at the Broadway Oyster Bar.

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