Friday, December 13, 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 been updated with a new entry recounting his recent activities and acknowledging fund-raising efforts on his behalf.

The famed trumpeter and St. Louis native, who now resides in Pine Bluff, AR, will turn 93 tomorrow (Saturday, December 14). Fans and friends have been soliciting donations to help pay for the cost of Terry's nursing care so that he can continue to enjoy living in his own home. For more about that, please see this post.

* The Regional Arts Commission this week announced the winners of its first ten Artist Fellowships, which are worth $20,000 to each of the ten recipients. Pianist Peter Martin (pictured) was the only musician to win one of the fellowships; the other disciplines represented include dance, visual art, theater arts, literature, and media arts.

* Musica Slesa percussionist Matt Henry chatted with the Post-Dispatch's Calvin Wilson for a preview story about the band's gig this weekend at Jazz at the Bistro.

* Guitarist John Pizzarelli, who will be in St. Louis next week with his dad Bucky Pizzarelli to play at the Bistro, is the subject of an interview on St. Louis magazine's Look/Listen blog. For more Pizzarelli coverage, see this post from last week.

* When violinist Regina Carter was in St. Louis last month to play the Bistro, she also made a stop to perform for and visit with the patients at Children's Hospital, as recounted in this story written by Terry Perkins for the St. Louis Beacon. The Wash U medical center news site also has a report on Carter's visit, complete with video, here.

* Speaking of videos, saxophonist Oliver Lake has recorded four instructional clips for Jazz at Lincoln Center, which can be accessed from the JALC website here.

* The latest Miles Davis reissue, compiling the trumpeter's nine mono albums originally recorded for the Columbia label, was reviewed by The Daily Beast.

* An update published by the Miles Davis Memorial Project on the Alton area news website says they'll hold another another community meeting in late January, with details TBA. The group also is planning a fundraising dinner for March 22 on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey.

* Guitarist Todd Mosby recently has begun blogging about various musical topics, and you can read his thoughts on subjects ranging from 1960s soul house bands to the differences between "program music" and "absolute music" here. Mosby's latest musical project is Circle, which he describes as "a new music ensemble which performs contemporary compositional mix of rags and choice kirtan...(featuring) vocals, acoustic guitars, indian guitar, native flutes, harmonium and tabla." The group plays next at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, December 14 at Yoga 6, 5724 Oakland Ave.

* Jazz radio update: WSIE (88.7 FM) will be conducting an on-air fund-raising drive this weekend, starting at 4:00 p.m. today and continuing through Sunday evening. Premiums for the station's supporters will include WSIE-branded items such as beverage tumblers and desk clocks, CDs from the St. Louis-based MAXJAZZ label, and Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock releases from the Legacy label.

Various guests from the local music scene also will be dropping in throughout the weekend to lend their support, including yr. humble StLJN editor. I'll be on the air for a few minutes around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, chatting about jazz in St. Louis and making what I hope will be a persuasive case for donations. 

Elsewhere on the radio dial, over at Radio Arts Foundation -St. Louis this Saturday's episode of Calvin Wilson's program “Somethin’ Else”  will feature "mostly solo piano, performed by artists including Chick Corea, Joe Sample and Thelonious Monk."

Right after that, Jason Church's "The Jazz Collective" will play holiday music from Wynton Marsalis, Mindi Abair, Joshua Redman, The Yellowjackets, Vince Guaraldi, Kirk Whalum and more, plus tracks from St. Louis musicians including Al Hammerman, Lynne Fiddmont, Dawn Weber and Erin Bode.

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

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