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Six Decades Of Keys and Strings At The Vanguard + New Music

Jazz Unlimited tonight for May 28, 2017 will be “Six Decades of Keys and Strings at the Vanguard + New Music.”  The venerable Village Vanguard has been the site of many outstanding recordings.  The May Keys and Strings Hour will present music recorded in every decade from the 1960’s to the 2010’s in that venue, including music by the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet, a Jim Hall Quartet and the trios of Junior Mance, Christian McBride, Bill Charlap and Fred Hersch, along with the Great Jazz Trio.  New music for May will feature George Coleman, a duo between Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith, an Ella Fitzgerald tribute by Regina Carter, Romero Lubambo, a French-Canadian trio called Évidence, Billy Harper, the Paul Tynan/Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective, Vincent Herring, the vocalist Somi, the Vijay Iyer Trio and drummer Bobby Previte.

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

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of June 5, 2017.

Here is the George Coleman quartet: George Coleman (ts), Joe Farnsworth (drums), David Hazeltine (piano), John Webber (bass) with special guests Eric Alexander (ts) and Peter Bernstein (g) playing "Blue Train" at Linda's Jazz Nights in the Bronx in 2013.

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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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