Friday, January 11, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The electronic music duo Caboladies, who will perform next Friday at the White Flag Projects gallery in a concert presented by New Music Circle, were interviewed by St. Louis magazine's Stefene Russell.

* Reid Anderson, bassist for The Bad Plus, talked briefly about the group's new album Made Possible with the Post's Calvin Wilson. TBP will be back in St. Louis next Wednesday through Saturday to play at Jazz at the Bistro. 

* Saxquest has posted to their Facebook page a set of photos from the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference, held earlier this month in Atlanta.

* The Tavern of Fine Arts is the subject of a short feature story from the Post-Dispatch's Sarah Bryan Miller.

* One of singer Gregory Porter's Sunday night sets at Jazz at the Bistro was reviewed by KDHX's Wil Wander. Also in the audience that same evening was publicist/producer Madeline Dames, who was kind enough to share the photo above of Porter and his drummer, St. Louis native Emanuel Harrold, as well as this remembrance:
"On Sunday evening I snuck down to Jazz at the Bistro for the last set of Gregory Porter's show. As excited as I was to hear Gregory perform, I was just as enthusiastic to see Emanuel Harrold on drums."

"Emanuel and his brother Keyon were second set regulars during my tenure at the Bistro. "Back in the day" students could come in for second sets for just $10 and the smart ones took advantage of this. Fast forward to 2013, both Emanuel and Keyon are a part of the Grammy-nominated "Be Good". And I can't help but think how much Barbara Rose would have LOVED this part of the story! Something tells me she's enjoying the show from her listening room in the sky."
* Saxophonist and former St. Louisan David Sanborn and keyboardist Bob James (who grew up in the northwest Missouri town of Marshall) are among first musicians to sign to the reborn OKeh label, newly revived under Sony Masterworks.

* Singer and actor Ken Page, the St. Louis native who was part of the original Broadway casts of Ain't Misbehavin' and Cats, is back in town directing Upstream Theater’s production of his musical play Café Chanson, which runs this weekend at the Kranzberg Arts Center. Read a short interview with Page by the St. Louis Beacon's Nancy Fowler here.

* Electronic musician Joe Raglani was interviewed on the website

* Lindy Hop St. Louis has posted online a Facebook photo album from January's West End Stomp swing dance and a video of some of the entrants in the evening's dance contest.

* The Gramophone is looking to hire an audio engineer. They're looking for someone with three years of experience in live sound and (preferably) some sort of degree in audio engineering. Pay is $13 an hour; you can see details of the job here. Reply with resume, letter of interest and written references via email to, or by mail to The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Ave, St. Louis MO, 63110.

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