David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus as well as a roster of vocal soloists in a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes” in Carnegie Hall on November 22, the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. St. Louis Symphony goers had the opportunity to preview that performance the previous Saturday in Powell Hall. Both performances received accolades from audience members and critics.
When Jeremy Segel-Moss, guitarist with the Bottoms Up Blues Gang, conceived the idea of the Baby Blues Showcase, he probably didn’t think about the fact that his group would one day age out of the annual event. But that’s exactly what happened. The original intent was to give blues musicians under the age of 30 a chance to shine for one night at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups.
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
A new book, TheSmithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects tells the history of the country in a unique and fascinating way. The book is filled with enlightening back stories and photographs.
Author and cultural anthropologist Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, said the project was a culmination of a broad effort. “Not easily,” Kurin said about picking 101 objects out of the Smithsonian Institution’s 137 million objects.