Friday, November 06, 2015

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* The STL Free Jazz Collective's show this coming Tuesday at the Sheldon is previewed in an article by Calvin Wilson of the Post-Dispatch.

* A bit later than originally anticipated, the National Blues Museum downtown (pictured) finally has an official opening day: April 2, 2016. The complete schedule of events for the opening will be revealed closer to that date.

* Jeffery M. Wright's performance last week at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival was reviewed by the website Critical Blast.

* St. Louis' newest record store, Planet Score, is now open for business in Maplewood.

* Saxophonist David Sanborn's latest album, Time and the River, has made it into the first round of Grammy nominations in the categories for Improvised Jazz Solo and Jazz Instrumental Album.

* Singer/guitarist Tommy Halloran has posted online a free sample song, "State Streets," from his forthcoming album. The recording will get a digital release in conjunction with Halloran's gig next weekend at Jazz at the Bistro, with a vinyl version to follow.

* The Sheldon's North County Big Band, directed by saxophonist Harvey Lockhart, has posted a brief promotional video to YouTube, in which some of the participating students talk about the impact of being  part of the ensemble.

* While you're on YouTube, you also can check out the promo clip for trumpeter Jim Manley's upcoming CD Groove Therapy. The album, Manley's 14th release as leader, will be available on Tuesday, November 17 via his website, iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.

* The Friends of Scott Joplin have posted to YouTube a half-dozen videos from their fall "East Coast Meets West Coast" concert featuring pianists John Reed-Torres and Frank Livolsi. You can see all the footage on the Friends' YouTube Channel.

* Ten St. Louis pianists representing a variety of musical genres will perform in "100 Fingers," a fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization Pianos For People, on Sunday, November 22 at the Stage at KDHX.

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