Friday, September 27, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Ethan Iverson, pianist with The Bad Plus, will be interviewed at noon today (Friday) on the "Cityscape" program on KWMU (90.7 FM).

Iverson will discuss TBP's visit next week to St. Louis, which includes a series of free public discussions and a concert featuring their interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. (If you miss the broadcast, "Cityscape" programs are archived online here.)

On the same subject, TBP bassist Reid Anderson talked with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson for a brief preview story about the various events.

Lastly, one more free public program featuring The Bad Plus has been added to the schedule announced earlier this week. "Bridging the Divide: Where Jazz Meets Classical" will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 1 at the 560 Music Center, and will focus on the group's "approach to integrating two musical art forms often seen as being on the opposite of the spectrum."

* Multi-instrumentalist and St. Louis expat Marty Ehrlich, who's returning his old hometown to play with his Rites Quartet n a concert presented by New Music Circle next Friday at the Kranzberg Arts Center, was interviewed about the concert by the St. Louis American's Chris King.

* Here's an interview with saxophonist and former St. Louisan Oliver Lake previewing his show next week at NYC's Roulette featuring a string quartet and pianist Vijay Iyer. (who recently was named one of the 2013 winners of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." )

* St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts has announced their fall slate of educational programs for artists, starting with a workshop called "Get Down to Business: Ask the Music Lawyer" at 7:00 p.m. next Thursday, October 3 at Mangia Italiano, 3145 South Grand. The free event is co-sponsored by KDHX.

SLVAA's "Business Edge" programs this fall will include "Career Planning for Artists" (Monday, October 7), "Getting Your Project Together" (October 14), "Marketing Basics and Professional Presentation" (October 28) "Your Art, Your Brand: An Artist's Guide to Being Noticeable and Getting Noticed" (November 11).

All the "Business Edge" workshops start at 7:00 p.m. and are held at Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar. The cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, but there are a limited number of scholarships available for those who can't afford to pay. For more information, call SLVAA at 314-863-6930, or you can download a registration form here (.pdf file).

* The Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis award for 2013 were announced this week, with the Bosman Twins (pictured) taking the trophy for "Best Jazz Artist" and Jazz at the Bistro winning "Best Jazz Club." Other winners of interest to local jazz fans include Josh Weinstein's "All Soul No Borders" on KDHX as "Best Radio Show (Music)" and Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center as "Best All-Ages Venue."  You can see the complete list of this year's winners here.

* Jazz radio update: In the latest from Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis, this Saturday's edition of Calvin Wilson's "Somethin' Else" will feature tracks from notable jazz duos including Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Benny Green and Russell Malone, and Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden.

Then on Jason Church's "The Jazz Collective," the first hour is all about guitars, with music from Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Count Basic, Eric Clapton, Joyce Cooling and B.D. Lenz. Hour two will present tunes from St. Louis musicians including Tim Cunningham, Jesse Gannon, Jim Manley and the Bosman Twins, plus Ella Fitzgerald, Donald Byrd, the Brand New Heavies, and more.

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

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