Friday, March 28, 2014

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 Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch for a preview story about this Sunday's "Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60" concert at the Sheldon.

* In related news, the Sheldon and Metrotix now are offering tickets for the Newport tribute concert for just $25, a significant discount from the advertised prices of $45 and $40. The offer is good at all points of purchase; to get the discount price, use the promo code NEWPORT60.

* The Post-Dispatch's Nick Pistor has an informative look at how the City of St. Louis' proposed deal with music festival producers Summer Rocks compares to similar arrangements in Chicago, Milwaukee and elsewhere. Spoiler: Not that well.

* Meanwhile, the Musicians Association of St. Louis Local 2-197 has a statement on the music festival deal advocating for the employment of local producers, talent and vendors.

* The new Miles Davis CD box set Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3, touted in several items here last week, finally has gone on sale. The set (pictured) includes full unedited shows from the Fillmore East in NYC as well as 35 minutes of previously unheard bonus tracks from 1970 and 1971 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

* Another recent Davis reissue, the "bonus track version" of 1981's We Want Miles, was reviewed for by Karl Ackermann.

* Saxophonist and Webster U alum Chris Cheek's new recording with fellow reedman Seamus Blake was reviewed by London Jazz News.

* St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts' next Business Edge workshop will be "Anatomy of A Contract" at 7:00 p.m. this coming Monday, March 31 at the offices of the Regional Arts Commission. Tuition is $10 in advance; to reserve a seat, send an email to vlaa at stlrac dot org.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis' "Somethin' Else," host Calvin Wilson offers some straight-ahead tracks from artists known for crossover success, including saxophonist David Sanborn and pianist Bob James, pianist Joe Sample and saxophonist Michael Brecker.

After that on The Jazz Collective, Jason Church will spin sounds from Chris Standring, David Pack, Citrus Sun, Down To The Bone, Freddie Hubbard, Euge Groove, Aloe Blacc, Stanley Turrentine, Jeff Kashiwa, Pete Belasco, and Joe Mancuso.

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

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