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Jazz Families: Blood Relatives-Part 3

Jazz Unlimited for February 21, 2016 will present the third part of a five-part series on “Jazz Families: Blood Relatives.”  There are an amazing number of jazz musicians who have blood relatives (mothers, fathers, siblings) who are also jazz musicians.  This show will have music from our own Singleton Palmer Dixie Six with Ben Thigpen, Ben’s son Ed Thigpen, our own Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with the Reinhardt brothers, the Marsala brothers, the Montgomery brothers, Red and Whitey Mitchell, Bud and Richie Powell, Stu and Claude Williamson, Charlie and Joe Byrd, Phineas Newborn, Jr. and his brother Calvin, the Turrentine brothers, Lee and Lester Young, Thelonious Monk and his son T.S., Jackie and Rene McLean, Wayne and Allen Shorter, Randy and Azedin Weston, the Roney brothers, Charles and Charnett Moffett and Dewey Redman and his son Joshua.

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

The Audio Archive of this show will be available until the morning of February 29, 2016.

This is a video of Bud Powell (p) Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (b) Jorn Elniff (d) playing "Anthropology" at the Club Monmarte in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1962.

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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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