Thursday, December 31, 2015

StLJN 2015 year in review

As 2015 comes to a close, it's time to take a look back some of the jazz-related stories that made news in St. Louis during the last year.

While there was no big event on the scale of Jazz St. Louis' opening of a new headquarters in 2014, generally speaking there were three types of content that drew the most readers over the last 12 months: "Music Education Monday" posts; Saturday Video Showcases, especially those featuring musicians who haven't played St. Louis much before; and, sadly but inevitably, obituaries.

The unveiling of the Miles Davis statue in Alton and news about Don Cheadle's film Miles Ahead also attracted considerable reader interest, but it was spread across so many "Miles On Monday" posts that only one of those managed to make it into the top 30 most-read posts. Note also that because the recurring "Jazz this week," "Sunday Session" and "So What: Local News, Notes & Links" news roundup posts typically deal with multiple subjects, they've been excluded from the list below. 

So, without further preamble, here are the 30 most-read posts on St. Louis Jazz Notes during 2015:

1) Music Education Monday: Jazz piano lessons from Mike Wolff and Barry Harris
2) Don Wolff 1935 - 2015
3) Music Education Monday: Six-month index
4) Ray Kennedy 1957 - 2015
5) R.I.P. Gene Lynn, singer and nightclub owner
6) Music Education Monday: Six-month index, May 2015 - November 2015
7) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six from Kneebody
8) Music Education Monday: A jazz guitar master class with Jim Hall
9) Music Education Monday: Saxophone master classes with Greg Osby
10) Clark Terry enters hospice care

11) Willie Akins 1939 - 2015
12) Music Education Monday: Songwriting with Jason Robert Brown, and more
13) Ray Kennedy tribute concert set for Friday, July 17 at The Sheldon
14) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: 2015 St. Louis Cabaret Festival
15) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Fall 2015 jazz preview, part 4
16) Music Education Monday: Standard tunes every jazz musician should know
17) Jazz St. Louis announces 2015-16 season schedule
18) Jazz St. Louis announces more shows for spring 2015
19) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Regina Carter's Southern Comfort
20) Clark Terry 1920 - 2015

21) Music Education Monday: New Orleans piano with Jon Cleary and Tom McDermott
22) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Gerald Cleaver & Black Host
23) Music Education Monday: Fusion fundamentals with Lorber, Haslip & Marienthal
24) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Remembering "The Kid from Red Bank"
25) Miles on Monday: Schedule set for Saturday's unveiling of memorial statue, and more
26) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Cécile McLorin Salvant
27) StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Remembering Ray Kennedy
28) Music Education Monday: Electronic music production tips, plus a keyboard workshop with Richard Tee
29) When Matt met Amy
30) Music Education Monday: Video workshops with Urbie Green & Delfeayo Marsalis

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