Friday, September 06, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Pianist Peter Martin was interviewed by KSDK and Ladue News about this Sunday's 9/11 memorial concert at The Sheldon.

* And speaking of The Sheldon, the entry period in their "STL250 Songwriting Contest" closes on Tuesday, October 1. As part of the celebration next year of the City of St. Louis' 250th anniversary, they're looking for an original song that represents St. Louis history and culture, with special consideration given to works written in styles that reflect the city's music heritage. Prizes include cash awards from $100 to $500, plus free recording studio time. For more information or to enter, visit The Sheldon's website.

* Singer Ron Wilkinson recently led a group of vocalists in a rendition of the national anthem before a Cardinals game, as chronicled by the St. Louis American's Peter Baugh

* The recent renewed interest in recorded music on vinyl has been well documented in the media, but now it seems another another form of audio nostalgia may be afoot: monaural sound. Specifically, nine of Miles Davis’ earliest albums on Columbia Records will be issued together on CD for the first time as Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings. The set will include music that Davis recorded for the label in mono from 1956 to 1961 (originally released from 1957 to 1964).

* Drummer Ronnie Burrage (pictured) has launched a Kickstarter campaign raising money to finish production and manufacturing of the next album by his group Band Burrage. The goal is to raise $2,500 by Monday, September 23. Burrage and band will be in St. Louis to perform September 26 - 28, as he returns home to be inducted into the University City High School Hall of Fame.

* Speaking of St. Louis expats, saxophonist Oliver Lake's recent performance at NYC's Jazz Standard with the band Tarbaby (pianist Orrin Evans, drummer Nasheet Watts and bassist Eric Revis) was reviewed by the New York Times' Nate Chinen.

* Bassist Tom Kennedy's new album Just Play was reviewed for by Dan Bilawsky

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday's edition of Calvin Wilson's "Somethin' Else" on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis will feature jazz inspired by Broadway musicals, as recorded by Nellie McKay, Brad Mehldau, Paul Motian with Rebecca Martin, and others.

After that, Jason Church's "The Jazz Collective" will present music from Spyro Gyra, Scott Allman, George Benson, Andy Snitzer, Thelonious Monk, Ramsey Lewis, Maynard Ferguson, Wes Montgomery, Robert Silverman, Dawn Weber, Elliott Ranney, and Jesse James Gannon.

Wilson's program can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays, followed by Church's at 9:00 p.m., via 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2 and online at

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