Friday, December 09, 2011

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* There's some difficult news in the latest blog post from Gwen Terry, wife of Clark Terry. Doctors this week had to amputate the right leg of the 90-year-old legendary trumpeter, who has been hospitalized in Arkansas for the past couple of months. At last word, Terry (pictured) was recovering from the surgery in the intensive care unit, and fans in his hometown of St. Louis and across the globe are being encouraged to send their thoughts, prayers and well-wishes to him via the blog's comment section.

* In a happier story, Terry Perkins reports for the St. Louis American on the return to St. Louis of saxophonist Freddie Washington, who will play a concert for the Nu-Art Series this Saturday afternoon at the Metropolitan Gallery.

* The St. Louis Beacon's Bob Duffy reviewed the show of jazz-related art and photos by Ralston Crawford currently on exhibit through January 7 at the Sheldon Art Galleries.

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native Greg Osby, who will be back home to play next Wednesday through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro, was interviewed by the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* Writing on his personal blog, St. Louis American editor Chris King shares some impressions of last night's "Buddhism and the Beats" event at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

* HEC-TV has posted online a full-length video of Jazz St. Louis' family concert in October at the Touhill. The concert, presented in conjunction with the music education organization JazzReach, featured Metta Quintet in a tribute to Miles Davis.

* St. Louis-based music and music instruction publisher Mel Bay is offering free freight on all online orders through the end of the year. To take advantage of the offer, enter promo code MBFF12 at checkout.

* Former St. Louisan Benjamin Cawthra's new book Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz was reviewed by Down Beat's Hilary Brown for the magazine's 2012 holiday gift guide.

* Radio station WSIE (88.7 FM) last weekend conducted its first on-air pledge drive in more than 30 years, and the management of "The Jazz Station" is calling the effort a success. Dick Ulett, the St. Louis radio veteran and owner of Clayton Studios who serves as consultant to WSIE on operations and programming, told StLJN on Thursday that staff and volunteers are still tabulating the contributions and contacting listeners who will receive CDs and other premiums for their pledges. He called the drive "good for the station," noting that "the phones are ringing, and there's a little bit of a buzz that's been generated."

While there's no final dollar figure yet for the amount raised during the weekend, Ulett said that WSIE will need additional money to meet their current goal of $50,000 towards the purchase of new equipment (specifically, a backup generator at the station's transmission tower). He said plans are underway for another on-air fund drive in the spring, and that they'd learned a number of things during this drive that would be useful in future fundraising efforts.

Ulett added that listeners who missed the fund drive but would like to support WSIE don't have to wait until spring, as the station also happily accepts contributions via its website. (Donations made by check should be marked "WSIE Radio Fund" to make sure they are directed to the proper account.)

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