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Jazz Families: Blood Relatives-Part 4

Jazz Unlimited for February 28, 2016 will be the fourth 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.  The musicians heard on this show include St. Louis’s own Kennedy brothers, Bosman Twins and their father Lloyd Smith along with the Moten brothers, the Teagarden family, the Dorsey brothers, the Rollini brothers, the McShann brothers, the Jacquet brothers, the John Hendricks family, Gerald Wiggins and his son Hassan Shakur, Stan Getz and his daughter, the Pizzarelli Family, the LaBarbera brothers, Terry Gibbs and his son Gerry, Freddie Waits and his son Nasheet, Gerald Wilson and his son Anthony, the Royal brothers and the Gonzalez brothers.

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

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of March 7, 2016

This video is by the Terry Gibbs big band with solos by Gibbs (vib) and Benny Powell (tb), arranged by Marty Paich on WGBH TV for PBS in 1982

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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