Friday, June 14, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Congratulations to Richard McDonnell and Clayton McDonnell, as their St. Louis based independent jazz label MAXJAZZ last weekend celebrated the 14th anniversary of its very first release. You can see the catalog of all the music they've put out over the years at

* Saxophonist and St. Louis native David Sanborn has put his NYC home up for sale with an asking price of a cool $12 million. Once the pad sells, Sanborn plans to split time between a house in the country and a smaller, yet-to-be-purchased city home. He currently is touring with keyboardist Bob James in support of Quartette Humaine, their new album on the OKeh label.

* The recent induction of trumpeter Clark Terry, Art Blakey and Lionel Hampton to Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame is the subject of a feature story at the website

* Modern Luxury magazine speculates that, before a certain beer company appropriated the title for their commercial spokesman, the "most interesting man in the world" was none other than trumpeter Miles Davis.

* Trumpeter Terence Blanchard's Champion, opening tonight at Opera Theatre St. Louis, is the the subject of an Associated Press story by Charles Gans.

* Speaking of Blanchard, next Saturday's edition of Calvin Wilson's "Somethin' Else" program on Radio Arts Foundation will focus on the trumpeter's jazz recordings and includes an interview with him. First, though, this Saturday Wilson will present the second half of his feature on Sonny Rollins (who was scheduled to play in St Louis next weekend but had to cancel for health reasons). To listen, tune in at 8:00 p.m. at 107.3 FM, on HD radio at 96.3 HD2 or listen online at

* Meanwhile, Dennis Owsley's "Jazz Unlimited" broadcast at 9:00 p.m. this Sunday on KWMU (90.7 FM) will feature tributes to the late Mulgrew Miller and the late Ed Shaughnessy, plus new music from Dave Douglas, Gerald Clayton, Lionel Loueke, Freddy Cole, Ian Dogole, the Bad Plus, Jack DeJohnette, Grant Green, John and Ravi Coltrane and Charles Lloyd, plus St. Louisans Keith Moyer, James “Jabbo” Ware and the Jim Widner Big Band. You can listen over the air or online at

*The Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival has announced the lineup for this year's event, which will take place from noon to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, September 21. Two stages in the Old Webster Business District (on Lockwood between Gore and Allen) will feature music from Scott Air Force Band, Marquise Knox, Miss Jubilee, Webster University Jazz Ensemble, David Dee & The Hot Tracks Band, the Willie Akins/Montez Coleman Group, Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes (pictured), the Webster Groves High School Jazz Band, and the Javier Mendoza Latin Jazz Experience.

Once again this year, the opener on the Allen Ave. stage will be a musical act selected as the winner of the “Webster’s Got Talent” contest. To enter, download the application form as either a Word .doc or .pdf, and submit it with .mp3 audio files (limit of two) to

* Friends and fans of Jazz St. Louis are invited to a party previewing the organization's 2013-14 season at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Jazz at the Bistro. The event will be hosted by executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford and artistic director Bob Bennett, who will offer "an entertaining, behind-the-scenes look...complete with a multi-media presentation and Q&A with the audience." Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and beverages will be served, and a cash bar also will be available. If you'd like to attend, RSVP no later than June 21 by calling 314-289-4034 or sending an email to

Edited after posting to correct the info on the next two weeks' "Somethin' Else" programs.

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