Jazz Unlimited

Sundays evenings, from 9-12.

Jazz Unlimited is a unique weekly radio show covering the continuum of jazz from Louis Armstrong to Lester Bowie. Each show is scripted and is based on a theme to provide the broadest coverage of the music.

Host Dennis Owsley has been a jazz album collector, aficionado, and historian since 1958 and has seen most of the major artists in jazz in live performance. April 2013 marks his 30th anniversary presenting jazz on St. Louis Public Radio. Nearly all the music heard on Jazz Unlimited is from Owsley's personal collection. He is gaining an international reputation as a photographer of jazz musicians as well. >> See his photographs.

Owsley wrote an award-winning book, City of Gabriels—The Jazz History of St. Louis 1895-1973.

Jazz Unlimited won the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis Award in the "Best Jazz Show" category six out of the past eight years. He produced a radio documentary in 1986 that led to that book.  That documentary will be produced again and expanded during all of April and part of May 2013.

Owsley wrote an article for St. Louis Magazine about John Coltrane: Dennis Owsley on Watching Coltrane Play...

Please email jazz@stlpublicradio.org with your suggestions, requests, or comments.

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Jazz Unlimited
3:01 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Women In Current Jazz

Akiko Tsuruga-2013
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, April 13 will be “Women in Current Jazz.”  While there have been many female jazz vocalists, instrumentalists are harder to find.  As times change, women have become heard in jazz playing all sorts of instruments, not just pianos and guitars.  This show will feature female jazz artists who have been active since 2000, with three vocal recordings and 26 instrumental recordings.  The female jazz artists featured on tonight’s show are organist Akiko Tsuraga; pianists Bertha Hope, Geri Allen, Hiromi Renee Rosnes, Shamie Royston and Kris Davis; composer, arranger and b

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Jazz Unlimited
3:11 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

The Career Of Paul Chambers

Tommy Flanagan-1987
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

The April 6 edition of Jazz Unlimited will be “The Career of Paul Chambers.”  In his career from 1954-1969, bassist Paul Chambers participated in over 360 recording sessions.  His big sound and great time made him an invaluable player.  He was unusual because he would use the bow in some of his solos.  He is best known for his long tenure with Miles Davis, the Red Garland Trio and the Wynton Kelly Trio.  In this show, Chambers will also be heard with J.J.

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Jazz Unlimited
11:54 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Jazz Giants For March and April

Pee Wee Russell-1941
William C. Gottlieb Copyright William C. Gottlieb from the Library of Congess Collection

The Sunday, March 30 Jazz Unlimited show is “Jazz Giants for March and April.”  These musicians are the ones who have changed the way we listen to jazz.  They have set the styles.  These musicians include Bix Beiderbecke, Harry Carney, Lionel Hampton, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Carmen McRae, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Larry Coryell, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Griffin, Red Norvo, Sarah Vaughan, Randy Weston, Billie Holiday, Jim Hall, George Adams, Paul Chambers, George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd, Lennie Tristano, Charles Tolliver, Joe Hen

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Jazz Unlimited
12:32 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Tribute To Trebor Tichenot + New Music

Scott Joplin
Unknown Courtesy of the Scott Joplin House, St. Louis, MO

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, March 23 will be “A Tribute to Trebor Tichenor + New Music.”  Trebor Tichenor, St. Louis’s own ragtime music scholar and teacher, lived, as he said, a ragtime life until his recent death.  We will celebrate his life with music and interviews on the quieter side of jazz.  We will hear music from piano rolls by Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb and James Scott.  Other recording artists on the show are ragtime pianists Milton Kaye, Charlie Thompson, and Trebor Tichenor along with the St. Louis Ragtimers.  New music will feature three new CD’s from St.

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Jazz Unlimited
2:09 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

The Career Of Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron-2010
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, March 16 will present “The Career of Kenny Barron.”  Born in Philadelphia in 1943, this jazz piano master began his recording career in 1960 at the age of 17 with recordings with Yusef Lateef and his brother tenor saxophonist Bill Barron.  To date, Kenny Barron has 564 recording sessions to his credit with 54 as a leader.  He had a five-year stints with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz and recorded with just about everyone who is anyone in jazz.  In addition to work on his own projects, tonight’s show presents Kenny Barron with Regina Carter, Kevin Mahogany, Clark Te

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Jazz Unlimited
3:03 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Live Jazz From Other New York Venues-Part 2

Rene Marie-2004
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

The Sunday, March 9 Jazz Unlimited show will be  “Live Jazz from Other New York Venues, Part 2.”  Jazz played live is a different animal from jazz recorded in the emotionally sterile confines of a studio.  The energy and emotion reflected back from an audience to the performers brings about better performances.  We conclude our survey of New York venues with smaller clubs and Lincoln Center as well as presenting music from clubs that we did not have time for on earlier shows.  The musicians feature include trumpeter Bobby Hackett with trombonist Vic Dickenson, the Art Tatum Trio, Sarah Vaug

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Jazz Unlimited
10:32 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Live Jazz From Other New York Venues-Part 1

Kenny Davern-1989
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for March 2, 2014 will be “Live Jazz from Other New York Venues, Part 1.”  Jazz played live is a different animal from jazz recorded in the emotionally sterile confines of a studio.  The energy and emotion reflected back from an audience to the performers brings about better performances.  We continue our survey of New York venues with smaller clubs and Lincoln Center as well as presenting music from clubs that we did not have time for on earlier shows.  We will feature duets between Dick Wellstood and Kenny Davern, Dick Hyman and Roger Kellaway and Joe Lovano and Hank Jones

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Jazz Unlimited
9:57 am
Sat February 22, 2014

The Guitar Of Jim Hall. A Tribute To Rich McDonnell And New Music

Paul DeMarinis-2003
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for February 23 will be “The Guitar of Jim Hall, A Tribute to Rich McDonnell and New Music.” Jim Hall will be featured on the first hour, the “Keys and Strings Hour,” bringing you the quieter side of jazz.  Rich McDonnell, founder of the Max Jazz label died recently and we will honor him with some of recordings from the Max Jazz catalog.  The third hour will be new music for February.  Artists heard on the show will be: the Jim Hall trio, the Red Mitchell quintet, duos between Jim Hall and Pat Metheny, Bill Evans and Ron Carter and the Hampton Hawes quartet.  Music in the sec

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Jazz Unlimited
2:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Live From the Village Vanguard-Part 2

Ben Riley-2006
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited on February 16 is “Live from the Village Vanguard-Part 2.”  We continue our survey of New York jazz clubs with the first of two parts on the Village Vanguard.  Max Gordon started the club in 1935 and ran it until his death in 1989.  Since then, his widow Lorraine continues to run it.  It remains the way it was when Max died.  The featured artists for this show, the Junior Mance Trio, the Joe Lovano Quartet, Chucho Valdes and his band, the John Coltrane Quartet, the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, the Bill Evans Trio, Art Pepper, the Tha

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Jazz Unlimited
10:51 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Live From The Village Vanguard-Part 1

Slide Hampton-1988
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for February 9 is “Live from the Village Vanguard-Part 1.”  We continue our survey of New York jazz clubs with the first of two parts on the Village Vanguard.  Max Gordon started the club in 1935 and ran it until his death in 1989.  Since then, his widow Lorraine continues to run it.  It remains the way it was when Max died.  The featured artists for this show, guitarist Jim Hall, the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines, the Steve Kuhn Trio, the J.J.

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