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West Coast Jazz-Part 2

The Jazz Unlimited show for June 14, 2105 is “West Coast Jazz-Part 2.”  The jazz of the Left Coast in the 1950’s followed the Eastern trends in it’s own way and was widely condemned by the Right Coast jazz critics.  It was popular because it was heard in films and TV shows of the time and also because of good distribution by West Coast record labels.  We will hear music presented chronologically from 1956-1960 by the Bill Perkins Octet, the Vince Guaraldi Trio, he Jimmy Giuffre Three, the Curtis Counce Quintet, The Hampton Hawes Quartet with Jim Hall. The Bud Shank Quartet, the Carl Perkins Trio, the Bob Cooper-Bud Shank flute and oboe group, the Benny Carter Septet, the Poll Winners, the Warne Marsh Quartet with Joe Albany, Art Pepper with various groups, Cal Tjader, the Chico Hamilton Quintet, the Paul Bley Quintet with Ornette Coleman, two Harold Land Quintets, Shelly Manne and His Men, the Les McCann Trio, the Terry Gibbs Dream Band, the Mastersounds, the Ornette Coleman Quartet, the Marv Jenkins Trio, the Teddy Edwards Quartet and the Paul Horn Quintet.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the atists heard on this show.

The Archive for this show will be available until the morning of June 22, 2015.

Here is the Chico Hamilton Quintet of Eric Dolphy (fl) Nate Gershman (cello) John Pisano (el-g) Hal Gaylor (b) Chico Hamilton (d) playing "Blue Sands" at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

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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