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The Music of "Fats" Waller and New Music

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday evening, July 28, the quieter side of jazz will present the rollicking music of Thomas “Fats” Waller.  It will be interpreted by Fats himself and pianists James P. Johnson, Earl Hines, Dick Hyman and St. Louis’s own Ralph Sutton and his sister Barbara Sutton Curtis.  The new music segment in the last two hours will present music by trumpeters Ralph Alessi and Melton Mustafa, the Joel Harrison 19, saxophonist Mark Gross, Oliver Jones and the “Saskatchewan Suite,” pianists Fred Hersch, Laszlo Gardony, Kenny Barron, Jacky Terrasson, Kenny Barron and Edward Simon, drummer Scott Newman, guitarist Ben Monder and an exciting new young group called RJ and the Association.

The slide show contains images of some of the artists heard on the July 28 show.

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The Archive for the 7/28/13 show will be available until the morning of 8/4/13.

Here is a video of Fats Waller and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson singing "I'm Living In A Great Big Way in 1935.  The female tap dancer is Jeni Le Gon.

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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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