Kids Rock Cancer is an outgrowth of Maryville University’s Music Therapy Program. Inspired by the program Purple Song Can Fly in Houston, Texas, the Maryville program goes into hospitals and works individually with children with cancer and other blood disorders. The musical therapist helps the child express a set of thoughts and ideas, turn them into lyrics of a song and compose a tune for the lyrics. Then the child gets to sing the song into a microphone with instrumental accompaniment. The result is a CD recording for t
On the May 19 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.