Friday, February 26, 2016

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Pianist Peter Martin has posted to Facebook a photo album from his trio's recent gig at Cotton Club Tokyo.

* "The Roots of Jazz," an interactive program that will be presented by the National Parks Service and the Gateway Arch at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 28 at the Old Courthouse downtown, was featured this week on a KTVI (Fox 2) newscast

* Drummer and St. Louis native Kimberly Thompson has posted a couple of new live performance videos to her YouTube channel.

* Grand Center has started promoting a weekly "Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl" beginning next Wednesday, March 2. The effort ties together existing weekly gigs in the district featuring bassist Bob DeBoo at the Kranzberg Arts Center and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor at The Dark Room; the free admission policy of Jazz at the Bistro's first floor lounge, with live video streaming from the music room next door; and a new Wednesday jazz "happy hour" at KDHX's Magnolia Cafe (pictured), with performers still TBA as of this writing.

*  On a related note, though the Bistro often makes the lists of "best jazz clubs in the USA" appearing in various media, the venue was snubbed in an admittedly idiosyncratic list of "America's Best Jazz Clubs" published this week by the website Gear Patrol.

Other notable clubs missing from the list include the Blue Note in NYC, Snug Harbor in New Orleans, and the Blue Room in Kansas City, while the only Missouri venue to make the list was KC's Green Lady Lounge. Anyone feeling particularly aggrieved by this should note that the site's editors have invited readers to tell them if they "missed something" by sending an email to

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