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The Career Of Shelly Manne

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, January 19 will be “The Career of Shelly Manne.”  Drummer, bandleader, composer and club owner Shelly Manne was born in New York in 1920 and began working professionally in swing groups as early as 1939.  He soon was noticed by people like Coleman Hawkins and other giants of the period and began recording and working with them.  During World War II, Manne often jammed on 52nd Street in New York while wearing his navy uniform.  He began playing with modernists Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker by 1945 and was in the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras.  Manne moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950’s and became part of the West Coast Jazz scene, working at the Lighthouse and as a studio musician.  He played on Ornette Coleman’s second recording date in 1959.  He opened one of the great jazz clubs in jazz history, the Manne Hole in 1961.  Manne led many groups and worked up until his death in 1984.  We will play music from Manne’s entire career, including the hit album “My Fair Lady.”

The Slide Show contains images of some of the musicians heard on this show.

This Archive will be available until the morning of January 27, 2014.

Here is a 1962 video of Shelly Manne and His Men playing "Speak Low."  Conte Candoli (tp), Richie Kamuca (ts), Russ Freeman (p), Shelly Manne (d)

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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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