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Keys & Strings Hour Plus New Music For April

The April 27  Jazz Unlimited will be  “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music for April.”   April marks the 115th birthday of one of our greatest composers, Duke Ellington.  We will hear his music played without horns by Kenny Burrell, Abdullah Ibrahim, Tommy Flanagan, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Smith, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Randy Weston and the Modern Jazz Quartet.  New music will feature a new, never heard CD of Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson, a trio led by the Unusual pianist Billy Tipton, jazz pioneer Carline Ray, guitarist Terence Brewer, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Leo Parker, a major discovery of music by Wes Montgomery, Sir Roland Hanna, the 2013 Vail Jazz Festival All-Stars, the Armen Donelian Trio, Kate McGarry and the Kris Davis Trio.

The Slide Show has my photographs of a few of the artists heard on this show.

The Archive for this show will be available until the morning of May 5, 2014.

Here is a video of Duke Ellington and Joan Miro at Fondation Maeght, St.Paul de Vence (France) on July 27, 1966.  Ellington plays an improvisation that eventually became known as The Shepherd (Who Watches over the Night Flock).  Duke Ellington (p) John Lamb (b) Sam Woodyard (d).

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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