Friday, April 15, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Bassist Ron Carter, in town to play the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival tomorrow night at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, was interviewed by the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* Tomorrow also is Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the nation, and here in St. Louis, several participating local music retailers will feature live music, in-store DJs, special limited-edition releases and more. The P-D's Kevin Johnson has an extensive rundown on the day's activities here.

Also note that as part of the festivities, yr. humble StLJN editor will be the guest DJ from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Vintage Vinyl in University City, spinning jazz, blues and who knows what else. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and check it out...

* Dennis Owsley's latest blog post for St. Louis magazine is up, and it's a love letter to Jazz at the Bistro.

* Reader M Wallgren writes with the news that's there's now a Facebook page devoted to St. Louis drummer Elijah "Lige" Shaw. Shaw was a mainstay in the popular local traditional jazz band of tuba player Singleton Palmer; helped desegregate the local musicians union; and backed many touring jazz musicians during their visits to St. Louis.

* Lastly, condolences to the family and friends of Dorothy Gleason, who died last Friday at age 80. With her late husband Roy, Gleason owned and ran Webster Records for more than 40 years. Visitation will be at Gerber Funeral Home in Webster Groves from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, with a memorial service to follow at 4:00 p.m.

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