Friday, January 09, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Keep On Keepin' On, the documentary about trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry, has won the Cinema Eye Honors' 2015 Audience Choice Award. The awards were presented this past Wednesday at a ceremony in Queens, NYC.

* Speaking of awards, singer Denise Thimes will be honored with an "Excellence in the Arts" award at the annual St. Louis Arts Awards dinner and ceremony, to be held Monday, January 19 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

* St. Louis magazine's dining section has named the winners of their "Thumbnail Awards" for 2014, and the newly renovated Jazz at the Bistro was cited as the "Best Place to Brag About (on several levels)."

* Drummer and St. Charles native Dave Weckl (pictured) has posted on Facebook a video about "Circle of Rhythm," a piece of artwork from his new "rhythm-on-canvas" collection.

* What keeps you from going out to hear live music? St. Louis Public Radio's Public Insight Network is surveying local listeners, and you can respond here.

* StLJN offers our condolences to multi-instrumentalist and former St. Louisan Don Cunningham on the loss of his wife, singer and pianist Alicia Cunningham, who died December 23 in Las Vegas after a battle with cancer.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation - St. Louis' “Somethin’ Else,”  host , Calvin Wilson will feature the music of songwriter Hoagy Carmichael as interpreted by musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Jason Moran, Branford Marsalis, and more. The program can be heard at 8:00 p.m. Saturdays on 107.3 FM, 96.3 HD-2, and online at

Then Sunday on KWMU's "Jazz Unlimited,"  host Dennis Owsley will present the second part of a four-part special on the music of George Gershwin, this week featuring "show, film and some classical music.” Listen in from 9:00 pm to midnight on 90.7 FM or online at

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