Friday, March 01, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Clark Terry's blog has a new entry this week with news of the great trumpeter's health - holding steady for the past few months - and recent activities.

* Drummer Ronnie Burrage is the subject of a feature story this week by Terry Perkins in the St. Louis Beacon. Burrage and his quartet also performed Wednesday on the 9:00 a.m. newscast on Fox 2 (KTVI); you can see that segment online here. Their performances tonight and tomorrow night have been moved at the last minute to a new venue, the clubhouse of the Probstein Golf Club in Forest Park

* Saxquest has posted to their Facebook page an album of photos from last Friday's performance and master class by Jeff Coffin.

* The Willie Akins/Montez Coleman Group's CD release event last Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro was reviewed by KDHX's Mike Herr.

* Saxophonist Oliver Lake was interviewed by a campus publication in advance of a performance tonight at Duke University.

* Don Wolff has posted on his website a new interview with singer Norm Drubner.

* There's more coverage of  trumpeter Terence Blanchard's visit to St. Louis last week from the St. Louis Beacon, as well as three separate stories about his residency from the Post-Dispatch's Sarah Bryan Miller. Champion, the new opera composed by Blanchard (pictured), will get its world premiere in June at Opera Theatre St. Louis.

* Also from the P-D's Miller comes word that the Radio Arts Foundation has won FCC approval to begin operating a new classical music radio station in St. Louis later this year. In addition to orchestral, chamber and choral music, previously announced plans for the station's proposed program schedule also include a "new music" show featuring contemporary composers, and a jazz program hosted by Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch.

* The 2013 SXSW music convention, held later this month in Austin, TX will include a panel about Miles Davis' 1969 quintet.

* Jazz St. Louis is looking for a new Development Associate to join their staff. For information on the job and how to apply, visit the JSL website.

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