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Winter Holiday Show: Meditations On Peace

Jazz Unlimited's show for Sunday, December 21 will be the annual winter holiday show, this time called “Meditations on Peace.”  2014 has been a rough year for our world, our country and our city.  At this time of year many people espouse peace, but do they really mean it?  In 24 different songs containing the word “Peace” in the title and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Sir William Gladstone, Petra Kelly, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Dwight Eisenhower, Petrarch, Ronald Reagan and Mahatma Gandhi, we will search for answers to that question.  Musicians featured will be our own Willie Akins, Peter Schlamb, Bob DeBoo Eric Slaughter, William Von Holmbracht, Oliver Nelson, Debby Lennon and Montez Coleman along with Geri Allen, Ben Allison, Ray Anderson, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Gerald Clayton, the Jazz Crusaders, Jason Moran, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Matt Wilson.

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

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of December 29, woq4.

Here is a video of Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts - "The Scenic Route" live at the 2007 Elmhurst Jazz Festival. Matt Wilson, drums; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Gary Versace, hammond b3; Dennis Irwin, bass.

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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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