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Keys And Strings Hour + New Music

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, September 27 will be “Keys and Strings Hour + New Music.”  In the “Keys and Strings Hour,” we will hear the compositions of Bud Powell, who, in his heyday, was considered the technical equal to Art Tatum.  Powell was the progenitor of the more open bebop style of piano playing with “shells” of the chords in his left hand.  Jacky Terrasson, Medeski, Martin & Wood, George Shearing, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chick Corea, Danilo Pérez, Geri Allen, Keith Jarrett and Bud Powell himself will interpret his works.  In the new music segment of the show, we will hear a Mozart Piano Concerto for big band, a Galician bagpipe player and Snarky Puppy with the Metropole Orchestra, along with music by Joe Wilder, Luciana Souza, Romero Lubambo, Peter Kogan, John Scofield, Fred Hersch, a Laurie Antonioli-Richie Beirach duo, Terrell Stafford and a Marilyn Crispell-Gerry Hemingway duo.

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

The Archive for this show will be available until the morning of October 4, 2015.

This is a video of the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio of Jarrett (p) Gary Peacock (b) and Jack DeJohnette (d) playing Bud Powell's "John's Abbey" in Tokyo in 1996.

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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