Friday, August 05, 2016

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Trumpeter Jim Manley has a new album, 62 Summers, out this month.

Available now in digital formats and as a limited-edition CD, the recording (pictured) includes 12 tracks of groove-oriented original material and also features guest solos from guitarist and former St. Louisan Jeff Snider.

* The Bosman Twins' gig this weekend at the Blue Room in Kansas City was previewed on the KC jazz blog Plastic Sax.

* Drummer Kimberly Thompson was profiled last month in a promotional feature by microphone manufacturer Audix.

* Drummer Dave Weckl recently took part in a big band tribute to Buddy Rich at London’s Royal College of Music.

* Bassist Dan Loomis has posted to YouTube a video of his jazz oratorio "Job's Trials - Our Trials," which premiered in a performance in June at Ibeam in Brooklyn, NYC.

* Trumpeter Bruce Purse is the co-author of "The Band Room," a new semi-autobiographical play set in 1986 in St. Louis that "pays tribute to the power of music education." The play debuts next week at Lehman College in NYC.

* Flow, the latest recording by saxophonist Oliver Lake with the Generations Quartet, was reviewed by Karl Ackermann of

* Saxophonist Chris Cheek's new album Saturday Songs was reviewed by AAJ's Jakob Baekgaard.

* Jazz St. Louis' efforts to bring jazz performances to area public schools were featured in a story on St. Louis Public Radio.

* St. Louis musicians are being invited to submit music videos to GOTV, a new local cable channel featuring original documentaries and films and "the largest independent made-for-television music format in the world." GOTV's programming airs on Charter’s channel 995 from 7-11 am and 6-10 pm daily, with "plans to expand to Atlanta and LA in September and Dallas in January of 2017." For more information, visit

* Trumpeter Russell Gunn was the featured attraction for the final performances last weekend at the Atlanta jazz club Churchill Grounds, which closed after a 16-year run.

* The voice of the late Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs, who grew up in St. Louis, is accompanied by music from guitarist Bill Frisell, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, and others on a new album, Let Me Hang You, out now from Ernest Jenning Record Co/Khannibalism. Recorded by producer Hal Wilner shortly before Burroughs' death in 1997 but unreleased until now, the album features Burroughs reading excerpts from his infamous novel Naked Lunch.

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