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Keys And Strings Hour + New Music

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, May 22, 2016 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour + New Music.”  The Quieter Side of Jazz will present John Lewis, a pianist and composer whose style resided at the nexus of jazz and classical music.  We will hear him in settings ranging from the blues (“Pyramid” [“Blues for Junior”]) to Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.”  New music will feature a recording of our own Clark Terry and Ernie Wilkins that has a vocal from Dexter Gordon, the Brazilian Trio Da Paz, Florida pianist Lynne Arriale, Philadelphian Duane Eubanks and DE3, Sonny Rollins’ latest “Roadshows” album, some recently released 1965 Parisian performances of organist Larry Young, the Italian group the Slightly Out 5tet, Brazilian vocalist Carolina Saboya, New York percussionist Frank Cassara, Fort Worth pianist Mike Bogle, New York soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and Los Angeles tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts.

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

The Archive for this show will be available until the morning of May 30, 2016.

Here is a version of "In A Sentimental Mood" performed at the 2007 New Mexico Jazz Festival by Sonny Rollins (ts) Bob Cranshaw (el-b) Steve Jordan (d) and only heard Clifton Anderson (tb) and Bobby Broom (g).

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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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