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
12:37 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Funky Piano Players And New Music

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

Jazz Unlimited for December 29 will be  “Funky Piano Players and New Music.”  Experiencing a driving, funky sounding piano trio is one of the most exciting and joyous things in listening to jazz.  We will feature music from Les McCann, Junior Mance, Red Garland, Bobby Timmons, Gene Harris, Ramsey Lewis and Monty Alexander will be featured.  New music to be played will be from four new Mosaic sets: Earl Hines, Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb, Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions and John Carter/Bobby Bradford west coast avant-garde music.  Recordings by Marc Copland and Gary Peacock, Cooper-M

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Jazz Unlimited
9:56 am
Sun December 15, 2013

The Career Of Charlie Parker

Jay McShann-1988
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for December will be "The Career of Charlie Parker.”  Saxophonist Charlie Parker is one of the most important musicians of the 20th century in any genre.  His phrasing and use of advanced harmony changed music in ways that are being still explored today.  Parker’s music was not a revolution from the swing styles of music and when playing with such players, fit elegantly into what they were doing.  His favorite “licks” or short phrases are heard everywhere, for example, in film music and bluegrass violin music.  In addition to Parker, Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, De

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Jazz Unlimited
10:44 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Live Jazz From The Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard and In Time Cafe

Herb Ellis-1990
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for December 8 will be “Live Jazz from The Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard and In Time Cafe.”  We continue playing live music from the jazz capital of the world with recordings made in jazz clubs, where the interaction between the audience and the players takes both to new heights.  Tonight’s show features music from Oscar Peterson, Carmen McRae, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Monty Alexander, Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side of…” ensembles, Kenny Barron & Charlie Haden, Von Freeman, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, Jacky Terrasson, Elvin

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Jazz Unlimited
2:55 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Live Jazz From Town Hall, New York City

Bob Haggart-1986
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 1st will be “Live Jazz from Town Hall, New York City.”  We continue playing live music from the jazz capital of the world with concerts from Town Hall that span the years 1944 to 1990.  The artists featured are Eddie Condon and His All-Stars, Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars, the Dizzy Gillespie-Charlie Parker Quintet, four pieces from a Baron Timmie Rosenkranz concert in 1945, which includes the classic “I Got Rhythm” duet of Don Byas and Slam Stewart, Mary Lou Williams’ “Zodiac Suite,” Benny Carter, Red Norvo and Teddy Wilson, Thelonious Monk, the Chic

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Jazz Unlimited
3:17 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Piano Duets And New Music

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

Jazz Unlimited Sunday, November 19 will feature" Piano Duets and New Music.” Piano duets are somewhat rare in jazz because the of fact that each piano has 88 keys and is simultaneously a solo, a rhythm and a harmony instrument.  Each player must listen carefully to the other to avoid a “train wreck” in any one of these three areas.  Only the best can do this effectively.  The first hour will feature nine duets between Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock, Tommy Flanagan & Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson & Benny Green and others.  The second and third hours will feature new music from Elliott

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Jazz Unlimited
5:12 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Tribute To Frank Wess/Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 2

Gene Harris-1989
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, November 17 will be “A Tribute to Frank Wess and Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 2.”  Frank Wess, who brought the flute into the big band lexicon in 1954 with Count Basie, died October 30 at the age of 91.  We will celebrate his career and also listen to live music from Carnegie Hall that spans the years 1943 to 2005.  In addition to Wess, some of the artists featured during this show include Joe Newman, Count Basie, the Wess-Edison Orchestra, Kenny Burrell, Hank Jones, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, John Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Woody

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Jazz Unlimited
7:54 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 1

Flip Phillips-1988
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited Sunday, November 10  will be “Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 1.”  While Carnegie Hall opened in 1881, jazz was not heard there until 1938, when Benny Goodman had the first jazz concert.  Since then many jazz concerts have been held there and some were recorded.  In the years since 1938, Carnegie Hall has hosted three of John Hammond’s “Spiritual to Swing” concerts with Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Big Joe Turner and Lester Young; Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Flip Phillips and Oscar P

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Jazz Unlimited
1:21 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Career Of Bob Brookmeyer

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

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, November 3 will present some of the nearly sixty year career of valve trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger and teacher Bob Brookmeyer.  He has played with, arranged and composed for such people as Terry Gibbs, Clark Terry, the Birdland Dream Band, the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Sextet, Stan Getz, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Jimmy Giuffre Three, his own New Art Orchestra as well as his own small groups.  The show will include work by such artists as pianists Roger Kellaway and Hank Jones, saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca, Bill Per

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Arch City Radio Hour: Dennis Owsley And St. Louis Jazz History

Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Dennis Owsley and St. Louis Jazz History

Jazz Unlimited
12:53 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Compositions Of Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins + New Music

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

Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, October 27 will feature some compositions of saxophonists Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins on the "Keys and Strings Hour."  These two jazz giants have written a number of compositions that are played by horn players, but rarely by piano players.  The quieter side of jazz will present the compositions that piano players play.  The artists playing these compositions will be Tommy Flanagan, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Grant Green with Sonny Clark, Milt Jackson with Wes Montgomery, Keith Jarrett, Phineas Newborn, Jr.

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