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.
On Sunday, May 5, Jazz Unlimited will present Part Five of the Jazz History of St. Louis: The Gaslight Square Era Sunday night from nine to midnight. Gaslight Square is one of the cultural events never to be forgotten by St. Louisans. Jazz music of all styles was heard there. We will hear Sammy Gardner, Singleton Palmer, Muggsy Sprecher, the St. Louis Ragtimers, Ceil Clayton, Clea Bradford, Jeanne Trevor and the Quartet Tres Bien, among many others, along with the voices of people like Jeter Thompson, Norman Menne, Jean Kittrell and Joe Buerger, who made the history.