Friday, August 15, 2014

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Last weekend's fundraising event for the Miles Davis Memorial Project was a success, according to an article published this week in the Alton Telegraph.

The group seeking to place a statue of Davis in Alton, where he was born, also has posted to their Facebook page an album of photos from the fundraiser. The project's IndieGoGo campaign continues until September 4, and a "trivia night" fundraiser is scheduled for September 12 at the Commons on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.

* On a related note, Prestige Records announced this week that their 65th anniversary reissue series also will include a box set compiling Davis' work for the label.

* Meanwhile, Miles Ahead, actor/director Don Cheadle's feature film about Davis, shot some scenes last week at the former city jail in Dayton, OH, and was scheduled to complete principal photography today in Cincinnati.

* Drummer Dave Weckl and his new acoustic band, which also includes St. Louis native Tom Kennedy on bass, started their tour this week with three dates in California. After that, they'll go to Phoenix, back to Los Angeles and then on Washington DC and NYC.

* Trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry has been named chair of the honorary committee for the 2015 Billy Strayhorn Centennial.

* Drummer Andre Boyd (pictured) was interviewed by drummer/journalist Mike Dolbear.

* The Missouri Association for Jazz Education announced this week that trombonist Steve Wiest will direct the 2015 Missouri All-State Jazz Ensemble. The group will perform at the MMEA Conference in January at the Lake of the Ozarks.

* New Music Box has published the second of my four guest blog posts scheduled this month. It's about opportunities for Missouri students grades K - 12 to get involved in new music via the University of Missouri's Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) and a collaborative program offered by Alarm Will Sound and the Community Music School of Webster University. 

* Jazz radio update:  This Saturday on Radio Art Foundation- St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,” host Calvin Wilson will be spinning sounds from underappreciated jazz pianists including Sonny Clark, Andrew Hill and Herbie Nichols.The program con be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Then Sunday on KWMU, "Jazz Unlimited" host Dennis Owsley continues his 10-art documentary series on the history of St. Louis jazz with episode number six, covering the the 1970s and '80s. "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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