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. Louis in the early 1970’s to take care of his ailing father. He has inspired at least two generations of young jazz musicians and taught at Webster University. We will play music from some of his own recordings, with Jeanne Trevor and Richard “Groove” Holmes. New music for October will include the Albert Mangelsdorff Big Band, the Christian McBride Trio, Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975, St. Louisan Marty Ehrlich, Arturo Sandoval, a Quest Reunion, Anthony Braxton Erik Friedlander’s tribute to Oscar Pettiford and other musicians.
The Slide Show contains my photographs heard on this show.
The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of November 2, 2015.
Here is a video of Willie Akins (ts) Simon Rowe (p) Willem Von Holmbracht (b) and Montez Coleman (d) playing Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now" at the Artist's Quarter in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2011.