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Jazz Giants For May and June

Jazz Unlimited for May 29, 2016 is “Jazz Giants for May and June.”  Throughout its history, certain key players have heavily influenced the course of jazz.  These key players are the ones that lesser players imitate and copy.  Jazz Unlimited always plays the Jazz Giants instead of the imitators.  Jazz Giants heard on this show include the King Oliver Creole Jazz with Louis Armstrong, The New Orleans Feetwarmers with Sidney Bechet and Tommy Ladnier, Frank Trumbauer with Biz Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Paul Barbarin, Benny Goodman with Georgie Auld, the Lennie Niehaus Octet, the Freddie Redd Trio, Jackie McLean, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Bud Shank, Erroll Garner, Woody Herman and his Herd, Betty Carter, Lucky Thompson, Grant Green recorded at the Holy Barbarian in St. Louis, Shelly Manne and his Men, Red Garland, Bill Watrous and his band, Sonny Fortune, the Bill Holman band and the Sun Ra Arkestra.

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

The Archive for this show will be available until the morning of June 6, 2016.

Here is a 1939 Soundie of Fats Waller and his Rhythm Playing and Singing "Your Feet's Too Big" with St. Louis' own Gene Sedric on clarinet.

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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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