Friday, May 05, 2017

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Singer and educator Jan Shapiro has taken retirement from the faculty of Berklee College of Music and is moving from Boston back home to St. Louis.

Once she's resettled, Shapiro (pictured), who chaired the vocal department at Berklee from 1997 to 2010, will be accepting students for private voice lessons. For details on that, see her website.

* Jazz St. Louis is one of nine local arts organizations to receive a grant this year from the PNC Foundation. The "PNC Arts Alive" program will provide a total of $250,000 to the nine recipients, with JSL using their portion to produce a web video series, “Jazz from the 314 Presented by PNC Arts Alive,” with pianist Peter Martin as host.

* Singer, actor and impressionist Dean Christopher was profiled in a story on the St. Louis County Arts blog.

* Singer (and physician) Ken Haller's most recent performance of "The TV Show" last month at The Stage at KDHX was reviewed for by Chuck Lavazzi.

* The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's annual "GO! List" issue (in which readers and staff rate various St. Louis people, places and things) was released last week, and in what might be described as an upset victory, BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups was voted by readers as "Best place to hear jazz," while the staff pick in the same category was Joe's Cafe & Gallery.

* St. Louis based independent label Freedonia Music recently has made it onto Facebook, where they are posting "an endless stream of new and old CD releases from our catalog of Creative music, Free Jazz, Free Improv, Avant-garde Electronics and Spontaneous Combustion St. Louis Style." You can check out what they're sharing here.

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