Friday, March 13, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Jazz St. Louis has scheduled auditions for their 2015-16 JazzU program for June 1 through June 4 at the JSL HQ on Washington Ave.

High school musicians who are interested in trying out will find an application form and audition information on the the JSL website.

* Fact magazine published a feature story highlighting "20 essential records from the 1970s underground," and the list includes three albums with a St. Louis connection: Julius Hemphill's Dogon A.D., Luther Thomas Human Arts Ensemble's Funky Donkey Vol. 1, and the Black Artists Group's In Paris, Aries 1973.

* Saxophonist David Sanborn has set Tuesday, April 7 as the release date for his new album Time and the River. If you didn't buy a copy of the recording (pictured) through Sanborn's crowdfunding campaign, you can pre-order it now via Amazon and iTunes.

* Saxophonist Greg Osby answered 10 questions from the music website Textura.

* The recently opened vinyl shop Rich's Record Emporium in Collinsville was the subject of a feature story in the Belleville News-Democrat.

* And speaking of record stores, the list of special and limited edition releases for Record Store Day 2015, which falls on Saturday, April 18, was announced this week. (Though most of the special releases are various flavors of rock and pop music, there are some items of interest to jazz listeners, too.)

* Neal Richardson's show last week for the Gaslight Cabaret Festival was reviewed by Chuck Lavazzi of KDHX.

* Jazz radio update: This Saturday on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis, Calvin Wilson's “Somethin’ Else” program will delve into music recorded for the Columbia label during the 1980s by trumpeter Woody Shaw and saxophonist Arthur Blythe.

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

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