Friday, October 05, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The Riverfront Times has posted an album of photos from last month's U City Jazz Festival.

* Jazz St. Louis' education program (and trumpeter Terence Blanchard's band) were featured in a story that aired this week on the newscast of local NBC affiliate KSDK.

* And speaking of Jazz St. Louis, the organization this week also is touting a new fall menu at Jazz at the Bistro.

* Tomorrow night's Mephista Trio show at 560 Music Center, presented by New Music Circle, is previewed by the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

* Euclid Records has planned a sidewalk sale for next Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, featuring reduced prices on their entire inventory plus lots of CDs and LPs marked down for clearance, live music (no jazz, though) and free beer ("if you're old enough to drink it").

* Broadcaster and jazz advocate Don Wolff (pictured) was profiled this week by Terry Perkins for the St. Louis Beacon. In related news, the Internet radio version of Wolff's "I Love Jazz" program has relocated online to a new streaming provider, LoudCity; and there's a new October episode of the TV version of "I Love Jazz" (shown on cable and online by HEC-TV) featuring the band Bach to the Future and a look at local jazz jam sessions.

* And while we're on the subject of jam sessions, the latest word is that the weekly Thursday night jam hosted by guitarist Tom Byrne at Highway 61 Roadhouse has ended, and, in another example of the visionary thinking we see so often here among the proprietors of local venues, will be replaced with....nothing. Perhaps if the management had ever done anything to actually promote the event, it might have drawn bigger crowds, but now we'll never know. Meanwhile, you still can catch Byrne playing around town with his trio, singer Feyza Eren, the Pat Metheny inspired Have You Heard?, and various other bands.

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