Friday, July 18, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Next Monday's episode of KETC's Living St. Louis will include an update from reporter Ruth Ezell and Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford on the renovation and expansion of Jazz at the Bistro.

The program is broadcast at 7:00 p.m. Mondays on Channel 9; for cable or satellite channels, check your TV provider's program guide.

* There's a brief new interview with saxophonist David Sanborn posted on Sanborn is using the crowd-funding service to raise money for his next album, which reunites him with bassist Marcus Miller in the studio for the first time in 15 years.

* Voting is now underway in Down Beat magazine's 79th annual reader's poll. You can cast your vote for your favorite musicians, bands, and recordings here.

* Prestige Records' crop of jazz vinyl reissues hitting the shelves this week includes Miles Davis' The Musings Of Miles, originally released as Davis' very first 12" LP in 1955. The Davis LP (pictured) is one of 16 "classic" Prestige albums that will be reissued in conjunction with the label's 65th anniversary.

* Speaking of vinyl reissues, yet another new deluxe edition of Davis' Kind of Blue was reviewed by London Jazz News.

* And speaking of Davis, drummer and producer Anu Sun teased a tantalizing tidbit on Twitter this week about trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold and the soundtrack of Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's film about Davis that's shooting now in Cincinnati: "Got @robertglasper & @keyonharrold in the studio working on the score for the Miles Davis movie. #FunTimes"

* Singer and pianist Ann Hampton Callaway's performance at the upcoming St. Louis Cabaret Festival is previewed by Hannah Botney of the Vital Voice.

* On a related note, actress and singer Faith Prince, who also will be performing during the Cabaret Festival, was a guest on the latest episode of KDHX's "Break A Leg".

* The blog Music Taster's Choice has a short review and some photos of a recent performance by Miss Jubilee at the Blues City Deli.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday night on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson will present "Ladies with Verve," spinning tracks recorded by singers Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn and Betty Carter late in their careers for the Verve label.

"Somethin' Else" can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Then on Sunday, KWMU's "Jazz Unlimited" will be re-broadcasting part three of host Dennis Owsley's ten-part documentary on the history of St. Louis jazz. The episode, covering World War II and the aftermath, features recordings from the period plus interviews with Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Eddie Randle, Ernie Wilkins, and Charlie Menees, the first jazz DJ in St. Louis.

"Jazz Unlimited" is broadcast from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Sundays on KWMU (90.7 FM), and also can be heard online at

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