Friday, October 28, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Radio host and jazz historian Dennis Owsley's latest blog post for St. Louis magazine looks at the career of little-known local jazz pioneer Jesse Johnson.

* Guitarist John Scofield (pictured), who's playing with his quartet next week at Jazz at the Bistro, was just interviewed by the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* Trumpeter Clark Terry continues to recover in an Arkansas hospital; the good news in this week's blog entry from his wife Gwen is that Terry is being moved to the rehab unit, which is the next necessary step before he'd be able to go home.

* Speaking of St. Louis trumpet greats, the website The Revivalist celebrates its first anniversary with an interview with Erin Davis and Vincent Wilburn, the son and nephew, respectively, of Miles Davis, talking about the newly issued CD/DVD set Miles Davis Second Great Quintet Live in Europe 1967.

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Eric Person has just one month to go in his effort to fund his next recording project via Kickstarter. The proposed project, Thoughts On God, is a jazz chamber suite for an 11-piece ensemble. You can find out more about it and pledge your support here. As of today, Person has 68 backers who have pledged $2,656 toward the goal of $20,580.

* The Riverfront Times' Joseph Hess reports on electronic musician Eric Hall's upcoming November 12 performance at Laumeier Sculpture Park, and the announcement that Hall will do a year-long residency at the park in 2012.

* St. Louis' own Funky Butt Brass Band is mentioned, and FBBB guitarist Tim Halpin quoted, in an article by Zachary Young in New Orleans' Offbeat magazine about non-NOLA brass bands.

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