Friday, October 04, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Marty Ehrlich's concert with his Rites Quartet tonight at the Kranzberg Arts Center is previewed in articles by Terry Perkins for the St. Louis Beacon, Calvin Wilson for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Joseph Hess for the Riverfront Times.

Ehrlich (pictured) also was interviewed by Dennis Owsley on last Sunday's "Jazz Unlimited" program on KWMU (90.7 FM), which can be heard online here.

* Diana Krall's concert last Friday at the Fox Theatre also was reviewed by Wilson for the Post-Dispatch.

* Here's a video excerpt of experimental duo Ahluechatistas' performance last Saturday at the Schlafly Tap Room.

* Trombonist Dave Dickey has put on Facebook a photo album from last Sunday's Missouri Association of Jazz Educators (MOAJE) jam session at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company

* The August 2012 episode of HEC-TV’s of I Love Jazz has taken first place in the Arts and Entertainment category of this year's National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) awards. The award-winning episode of the program, hosted by Don Wolff, featured interviews with and music from former St. Louisans Reggie and Mardra Thomas.

* The annual musical instrument donation drive sponsored by Music for Lifelong Achievement is underway from now through Sunday, October 27. New or used musical instruments can be dropped off at any area Starbucks location, and will be distributed to music students in St. Louis who otherwise might not be able to afford an instrument of their own.

* The St. Louis Symphony and guest soloist Timothy McAllister will perform a new saxophone concerto by composer John Adams on Saturday and Sunday at Powell Hall, and Saxquest is offering a special two-for-one deal on tickets to the concerts. The performances will be recorded for Nonesuch Records. McAllister also will do a free workshop and clinic from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today at the Saxquest shop.

* A couple of new videos promoting "Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour" went online this week - one showing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chorale le Chateau in rehearsal, the other featuring composer Wynton Marsalis and choral director Damien Sneed talking about the production, which plays here in St. Louis on Friday, October 18 at the Touhill.

* The Affordable Care Act took effect in the USA on October 1, and St. Louis Volunteer Accountants and Attorneys for the Arts has put online information about how the ACA can help artists obtain reasonably priced health insurance coverage. VLAA also will sponsor a free presentation on "Navigating Health Care Reform" at 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 21 at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar.

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