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
9:30 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

The Pacific Jazz Record Label

The Sunday, May 18  Jazz Unlimited show will feature music from  “The Pacific Jazz Record Label.”  Founded by Richard Bock and drummer Roy Harte in the early 1950’s in Los Angeles, the Pacific Jazz and World Pacific record labels documented the West Coast Jazz Scene from the cool jazz to the soul jazz eras until it was sold in 1967.  This show features the music of Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Joe Pass, the Chico Hamilton Quintet, the Bud Shank/Laurindo Almeida group that preceded the bossa nova craze of the early 1960’s, Jimmy Rowles, John Lewis, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca, the Gerald Wilso

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Jazz Unlimited
8:56 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

The Music of Miles Davis

The May 11 Jazz Unlimited will be “The Music of Miles Davis.” Born in Alton, Il., and raised in East St.

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Jazz Unlimited
11:42 am
Sat May 3, 2014

The Career of Kenny Burrell

Percy Heath-2002
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Please join me Sunday night on Jazz Unlimited from nine to midnight for  “The Career of Kenny Burrell.”  Detroit born guitarist and teacher Kenny Burrell has had a 64 year as a performer and teacher.  An active studio musician, he performed in over 600 record sessions.  Burrell has 70 albums as a leader.  In 1996, he became a professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  He teaches an annual course on Duke Ellington called “Ellingtonia.”  Kenny Burrell will be heard with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Hank Jones, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Milt Jackson,

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Jazz Unlimited
10:02 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Keys & Strings Hour Plus New Music For April

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

The April 27  Jazz Unlimited will be  “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music for April.”   April marks the 115th birthday of one of our greatest composers, Duke Ellington.  We will hear his music played without horns by Kenny Burrell, Abdullah Ibrahim, Tommy Flanagan, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Smith, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Randy Weston and the Modern Jazz Quartet.  New music will feature a new, never heard CD of Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson, a trio led by the Unusual pianist Billy Tipton, jazz pioneer Carline Ray, guitarist Terence Brewer, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Leo Parker, a ma

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Jazz Unlimited
1:14 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

The Compositions Of Duke Ellington

Scott Hamilton, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate, Bob Cooper-1986
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

The Sunday, April 20  Jazz Unlimited will be “Compositions of Duke Ellington.”   April marks the 115th birthday of one of our greatest composers, Duke Ellington.  We will hear music that includes a 1932 medley in stereo, a suite for a film on the horse racing paintings of Degas, a vocal of one of his pieces from “Such Sweet Thunder,” a tribute to Shakespeare.  Other artists on the show include Al Cohn, Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Johnny O’Neal, Ella Fitzgerald, Clarinet Summit, Buell Neidlinger, McCoy Tyner, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Jam

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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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