Friday, December 10, 2010

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person (pictured) and his band Meta-Four are wrapping up a ten-day tour of Belgium today, and you can see a webcast of his final performance there at 2:00 p.m. St. Louis time this afternoon, Friday, December 10. (That's 3:00 p.m. EST here in the USA, or 9:00 p.m. in Belgium.) The webcast will be available via UStream here.

* Speaking of webcasts, if you missed the performance last week at the Sheldon Concert Hall by Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Erin Bode and Chris Thomas, or just want to revisit favorite moments from the show, there's archived video of it online now, courtesy of St. Louisan Rod Milam's website The Global Loop. You can see a clip of the song "Agua De Beber" here, and the entire webcast of the concert here. Also, while you're watching and listening, you can follow along with the setlist, which Martin has posted on his website here.

* And speaking of reliving shows from last week, electronic musician Eric Hall has posted online the audio from his performance at last Saturday's New Music Circle Showcase at Steinberg Auditorium on the Wash U. campus.

* The Riverfront Times music blog A to Z has photos of Wednesday's Zappa Plays Zappa concert at The Pageant, shot by photographer Todd Owyoung and available for viewing here.

* Freelance music journalist Terry Perkins has an article in the St. Louis Beacon this week about Play It Forward, a new local not-for-profit organization that finds unused musical instruments and gets them into the hands of kids who need them. Get the whole story here.

* Want a job working in the business of jazz? Jazz St. Louis is seeking an Accounting and Administrative Manager and an Arts Management Intern. There's more information about the positions and how to apply here.

* The Sheldon Art Galleries have won a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition "Ralston Crawford and Jazz." The exhibit and accompanying catalogue will feature images of New Orleans and its musicians made by Crawford, a painter and photographer who first visited NO in 1949 and returned many times until his death in 1978. It will be shown from September 30, 2011 to January 7, 2012 in the Sheldon ’s Gallery of Jazz History and Gallery of Photography.

* The Friends of The Sheldon will present their 3rd Annual Trivia Night on Friday, February 4. The event is a fundraiser for The Sheldon's educational programs. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 per table, and include refreshments, prizes, and so on. For reservations or information, contact Lauren Wilhite at 314-533-9900, ext. 17 or email her at

* Radio station KWMU (90.7 FM) announced Thursday that it has received an anonymous $50,000 donation to establish a St. Louis Public Radio Classical Music Endowment Fund in support of the station’s classical music broadcasts. The St. Louis Business Journal has the story here.

* The We Always Swing jazz series down the road in Columbia, MO is producing a fund-raising telethon from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m this Saturday, December 11, featuring eight different mid-Missouri jazz groups. Performers will include The Beeson Bunch with trumpeter Allen Beeson, Lee World Drumming Ensemble, Lisa Rose Trio, MU Concert Jazz Quintet with Arthur White, Tom Andes-John Turner Duo, Norm Reubling Band, La Movida, and the John D’Agostino/Tony Lotven Group. The event can be seen in mid-Missouri on Mediacom Ch. 85, Charter Ch. 24 and CenturyLink Ch. 603, and simulcast on Mediacom Connections Ch. 22; and also will be streamed online at and

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