Friday, November 30, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Drummer Dave Weckl and keyboardist Jay Oliver talk more about their new crowd-funded recording project in a new interview published on

* In the latest news from Clark Terry's blog, the trumpeter's autobiography published last year has won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Award, and the and Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

* John Pizzarelli, in town to play at Jazz at the Bistro through Saturday night, had a few words about the gig and his current with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson.

While he's here, the singer-guitarist also has been doing some school performances and educational events for Jazz St. Louis. He'll be playing with his quartet this afternoon for students at Fort Zumwalt High School, and did a workshop yesterday with Rick Haydon's guitar students at SIU-Edwardsville (pictured). Publicist Madeline Dames, who kindly provided the above photo of Pizzarelli's visit to SIUE, reports that he's doing record-breaking business at the Bistro, with "standing room only three deep upstairs" for Thursday night's first set.

* Trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport, who was back home last week to play at the Bistro, also dropped by local NPR affiliate KWMU for an interview, which has been archived online here.

* Vintage Vinyl co-owner Lew Prince was one of a dozen small business owners from across the nation who this week met with President Barack Obama to discuss economic and tax policy. Local coverage of the event included pieces from NBC affiliate KSDK and the U. City edition of Prince later went on MSNBC's The Ed Show to talk about his views and his visit with the President. Meanwhile, Prince and VV's other co-owner Tom Ray also recently were the subjects of a profile in the Journal at Webster University, where both are alumni.

* The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis will be presenting a Grant Writing Workshop at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 11 at RAC's HQ, 6128 Delmar Blvd. The workshop is free, but advance reservations are required; you can RSVP with an email to carol @

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