Friday, July 13, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Bassist and St. Louis native Tom Kennedy (pictured) is the subject of a profile in the latest issue of Down Beat

* Meanwhile, saxophonist Oliver Lake's Trio 3, with bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille, got a plug from the New Yorker for their gig next week at NYC's Birdland.

* Last Thursday's show by Victor Wooten at the Old Rock House was reviewed by KDHX's Wil Wander.

* The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries are looking for volunteers for their 2012-2013 season. Volunteers are needed for a range of jobs, from ushering at concerts and welcoming guests to the art galleries, to assisting with mailings and other office duties. If you'd like to get involved, call The Sheldon's volunteer coordinator at 314-553-9900, ext 30, or visit the Sheldon's website.

* Jazz St. Louis has announced the list of area music students who will participate in the organization's JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Stars programs during the 2012-13 academic year. In all, fifty high school and middle school students, comprising seven different ensembles, will take part. You can see the complete list of the student musicians and their schools here.

* And while we're on the Jazz St. Louis beat, there's news this week that they're one of five presenters in the USA who will receive funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (via the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus) to implement findings from a recent study by the Jazz Audiences Initiative.

According to this story posted at, the program is funded to the tune of $120,000 and begins in the fall of this year. It will focus on "presenting in new/smaller venues, booking new artists in particular markets, and testing new marketing messages and images."

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