Friday, May 30, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* It's been a busy week for Miles Davis news, as on what would have been his 88th birthday Monday, New York City unveiled "Miles Davis Way" as the new name for the stretch of West 77th St. (pictured) where the trumpeter resided in NYC.

The ceremony got extensive media coverage, with stories in outlets ranging from USA Today and Billboard to NY1 and Broadway World. Meanwhile, Davis’ son Erin and nephew Vince Wilburn were interviewed about the occasion by, oddly enough, Parade magazine.

* It also was announced this week that Davis' album Bitches Brew will be the subject of a new volume in the "33 1/3" series of books.

* And last but not least on the Davis front, NPR's Kevin Whitehead reviewed Davis' new Live at the Fillmore box set, while actor/director Don Cheadle was talking more about the pending start of filming of his movie about Davis.

* In a short essay published on, pianist Peter Martin asks the musical question, "Did Oscar Peterson swing?" and answers in the affirmative.

* Saxquest proprietor Mark Overton was interviewed by KDHX's Kevin Korinek.

* Tonight's Jazz Edge Big Band concert with trumpeters Keyon Harrold and Russell Gunn at the Touhill was previewed in stories by Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch and Kenya Vaughn of the St. Louis American.

* St. Louis' Euclid Records is one of a select group of stores across the nation selling special limited edition titles on vinyl from Blue Note records as part of the label's 75th anniversary celebration.

* Jazz radio update: Coming up Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis, Calvin Wilson's “Somethin’ Else,” will feature jazz versions of music from the John Lennon-Paul McCartney songbook, including interpretations from singer Paula West, clarinetist Don Byron, and pianist Fred Hersch.

After that, "The Jazz Collective" host Jason Church will be doubling down on local music with a two-hour, all-St. Louis program featuring tracks from Erin Bode, Farshid Etniko, Joe Mancuso, Groove Thang, Common Time, Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes, Jim Manley, Dawn Weber, Vincent Varvel, Jim Stevens, Jesse Gannon, Anthony Hines, Funky Butt Brass Band, Elliott Ranney, Tim Cunningham, Tommy Halloran, Brian Vaccaro, Carolbeth True, Dreaming In Colour, Michael and Robert Silverman, Dizzy Atmosphere, "Peanuts" Whalum, and Soul Cafe.

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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