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The Pacific Jazz Record Label

The Sunday, May 18  Jazz Unlimited show will feature music from  “The Pacific Jazz Record Label.”  Founded by Richard Bock and drummer Roy Harte in the early 1950’s in Los Angeles, the Pacific Jazz and World Pacific record labels documented the West Coast Jazz Scene from the cool jazz to the soul jazz eras until it was sold in 1967.  This show features the music of Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Joe Pass, the Chico Hamilton Quintet, the Bud Shank/Laurindo Almeida group that preceded the bossa nova craze of the early 1960’s, Jimmy Rowles, John Lewis, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Richard Twardzik, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Red Mitchell, the Jazz Crusaders, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Red Mitchell, the Gil Evans orchestra, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Gene Ammons, Jack Montrose, Curtis Amy, Les McCann, Art Blakey, Teddy Edwards and the Don Ellis Orchestra.

There are no photographs for this show.

This Archive will be available until the morning of May 26, 2014.

Here is a rare video of the Gerald Wilson Orchestra with with soloists Buddy Collette (as) Conte Candoli (?tp) Lou Blackburn (tb) Teddy Edwards (ts) Jack Wilson (p) on the Frank Evans "Frankly Jazz" TV show in the early 1960's.  The tune is "Milestones" and the opening and closing theme is "Blues for Yna Yna."

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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