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Jazz Giants Born In January And February

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, January 29, 2016 will be “Jazz Giants Born in January and February.”  Jazz Giants are those musicians whose individuality makes them both instantly recognizable by their sound and revered for their inspiring playing. Among these giants are Henry "Red" Allen, Mildred Bailey, Frank Butler, Big Sid Catlett, Kenny Clarke, Curtis Counce, Tadd Dameron, Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Forrest, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, J. J. Johnson, James P. Johnson, Gene Krupa, Harold Land, Jay McShann, Myra Melford, James Moody, David Murray, "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Herbie Nichols, Flip Phillips, Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, Buddy Tate, Henry Threadgill, Juan Tizol, and Chick Webb.

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

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of February 6, 2017.

In this video, the SFJazz Collective plays Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" at the 2007 Java Jazz Festival.  Dave Douglas (tp) Joshua Redman (ts) Miguel Zenon (as) Ande Heyward (tb) Rene Rosnes (p) Matt Penman (b) and Eric Harland (d)

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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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