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Jazz from Newport and Monterey-Part 1

Jazz Unlimited Sunday evening, July 14 will have “Music from the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals-Part One”   The Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals are the longest running jazz festivals in history.  Newport was founded in 1954 and Monterey in 1957.  Newport was wracked by riots in 1960, 1970 and 1974, was canceled for a time and moved to New York City for a time in the 1970’s.  The riots were caused by drunken young people who were attracted to the festivals when they added popular rock groups to boost attendance.  Monterey has run uninterrupted for 55 years with its make-up of mainly straight ahead jazz and some blues.  Part one will feature music from Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson, Gerry Mulligan, Otis Spann, Woody Herman, Miles Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dizzy Gillespie, the Jazz Crusaders, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Pee Wee Russell, Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp.

The Slide Show contains photos of six of the artists heard on the show.

The Archive for the July 14, 2013 Jazz Unlimited show will be available until the morning of July 22.

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Here is the Thelonious Monk Trio of Monk (p) Henry Grimes (b) and Roy Haynes (d) at the Newpoet Jazz Festival from the 1958 film "Jazz On A Summer's Day."

Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

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