Willie Akins

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Jazz Unlimited for October 25, 2015 will be “A Tribute to Willie Akins and New Music.”   St. Louis saxophonist Willie Akins died September 23, 2015 from congestive heart failure.  Akins worked in New York during the 1960, but returned to St.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: “The St. Louis Connection” showcases the depth of musical talent in this area. Led by tenor saxophonist Willie Akins, the new CD features bassist Bob DeBoo, drummer Montez Coleman, guitarist Eric Slaughter, vibraphonist Peter Schlamb and pianist Tony Suggs.

The CD captures the musicians live in the studio, recording each track without any subsequent edits.

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On the March 24 Jazz Unlimited, we will feature the quieter side of jazz (jazz without horns) and new music.  Some of the artists featured are Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Lennie Tristano, Willie Akins, Montez Coleman, Gregory Porter, Patricia Barber, the group Old Time Musketry, Patricia Barber, Charles Mingus, the Wayne Shorter "without a safety net" quartet and the Vijay Iyer Trio

Check out the slide show to find images of some of the musicians heard on this show.