Friday, November 25, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport, who's back home from New Orleans to play tonight and tomorrow night at Jazz at the Bistro, was interviewed by the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* St. Louis-based Mel Bay Publications has just released a book of sheet music by pianist Vijay Iyer (pictured). The publisher's website also is offering a "Black Friday" special, today only, of 50% off all items (excluding accessories and instruments). To get the discount, use promo code MBBF50.

* Following up on recent stories on KSDK and in the Riverfront Times about deteriorating conditions at Miles Davis's childhood home in East St. Louis, the Post's Marlon A. Walker has more on the sorry state of the Davis home and similar problems with vandalism and theft at the former home of legendary dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham.

* Jazz St. Louis has posted on their Facebook page an album of photos of Kurt Elling's master class last week at Kirkwood High School.

* "Party pic" photos from last Saturday's benefit at the Sheldon have been posted by both Ladue News and St. Louis magazine. Unfortunately, none of the shots are from the concert featuring the Peter Martin-led New Orleans Modern Jazz Masters, but the Funky Butt Brass Band, who entertained at the reception, do make several appearances.

* The November 2011 episode of HEC-TV's I Love Jazz now is available online. Perhaps appropriately for a day when many are enjoying some leftovers from their Thanksgiving dinner, the episode features performances from Freddy Cole, the Bosman Twins and Tony Desare & Bucky Pizzarelli that previously were un-aired due to time constraints, as well as part one of an interview with bassist Stanley Clarke and a holiday song from Jane Monheit.

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