Friday, June 17, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The Jazz Crusaders concert presented by Jazz St. Louis last Saturday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center was reviewed by Calvin Wilson for the Post-Dispatch.

* And speaking of Jazz St. Louis, they're looking for a Membership and Special Events Manager. If you're interested in applying for the job, click the link or email director of development Melissa Jones at melissa @

* Terry Perkins is doing another series for the St. Louis Beacon of weekly profiles of bands playing various local outdoor concert series this summer; this week's article is about the Funky Butt Brass Band.

* Music for Lifelong Achievement (MFLA) has wrapped up an instrument drive for Horns to Havana, during which they collected seventeen instruments, including a trumpet, saxophone, keyboard, three guitars, three trombones, four flutes and four clarinets. MFLA was the first organization in the US to partner on this project with Horns to Havana, a non-profit organization based at The Center For Cuban Studies in New York City. The current goal is provide a full set of jazz band instruments to each of four Cuban schools.

* Filmmakers Alan Hicks and Adam Hart are using Kickstarter to raise money for Keep On Keepin' On, a proposed documentary that "follows the lives of 3 up-and-coming musicians, linked by their close association with one of the last living Jazz Legends, the great Clark Terry."

The film is already well along, with lots of footage shot of all four subjects, and now the makers are trying to come up with $35,000 by Monday, August 8. As of this writing on Friday, June 17, they have 94 "Backers" and $18,636 pledged toward their $35,000 goal, with 51 days to go. (If you're unfamiliar with the Kickstarter concept, see this.)

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