Friday, April 20, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Trumpeter Clark Terry continues to convalesce at home after recent surgery, and remains in good spirits, according to the most recent blog post from his wife Gwen. In related news, a benefit concert featuring more than 50 jazz performers will be held this coming Monday, April 23 in NYC to raise money for Terry's medical expenses. You can read more about it (and find out where to send a contribution, if you're so inclined) here.

* Tomorrow is Record Store Day 2012, and the Riverfront Times' Josh Levi has the rundown on the various performances, activities and specials offered by local music retailers here. Yr. humble StLJN editor will be joining in the festivities by serving as guest DJ at Vintage Vinyl from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say "Hi".

* Trombonist Brett Stamps, who just retired from teaching after 33 years heading the jazz program at SIUE, is the subject of a profile from the Suburban Journals' Ramona C. Sanders.

* The Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson has two interviews online about this weekend's Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival - one with GSLJF head Jim Widner, the other with bassist Christian McBride, whose big band is headlining tomorrow night's closing concert.

* Also from the Post, pop music critic Kevin Johnson reports that the Sheldon Concert Hall will close temporarily during August for some refurbishments including new paint and carpeting.

* Trumpeter, singer and St. Louis native Jeremy Davenport got a bit more face time in a national magazine this week, as he and his home base at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans are featured in an article in Forbes magazine about jazz clubs at luxury hotels.

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