The Jazz History Of St. Louis-Part 7: The 1970’s And 1980’s: Dark Times And Rebirth

Aug 15, 2014

On the August 17 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. Louis by the late 1980's.  Music of the Exiles and David Parker will be presented along with the voices and music of Asa Harris, Jasmine, Willie Akins and Kelvyn Bell.

Check out the people making the history in the slide show.

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Here is a video of Peter Martin recorded live at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, LA on 1/31/10.  Peter Martin - Piano; David Pulphus - Bass; Geoff Clapp - Drums