On the May 19 Jazz Unlimited show, we will find out that the jazz scene in St. Louis went through a dark time and the beginnings of a rebirth in the 1970’s and 1980’s. College and high school jazz programs began and Charlie Menees brought a traditional jazz and swing program to KWMU. The 1986 University City High School sent their jazz band to the Montreux Jazz Festival and all the member of the 1987 Todd Williams Quintet went on to solid professional careers. A small group of experimentalists was still in St.
Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the Missouri House. It had already passed the Missouri Senate during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.
The legacy of African Americans who have made contributions in Missouri is highlighted in a new book written by retired local educators John and Sylvia Wright.
The name of the book is Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, & Other Notables Who’ve Made History.
Many of the people highlighted in the book such as Dred Scott, Langston Hughes and Scott Joplin are well-known. Others such as concert pianist Blind Boone and teacher and entomologist Charles Henry Turner are not as well known.