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The Keys And Strings Hour (Thelonious Monk Compositions) Plus New Music

Jazz Unlimited for October 22, 2017 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The quieter side of jazz will present an hour of compositions of Thelonious Monk played by pianists including Monk himself, the Monk’s Music Trio, Jay McShann & John Hicks, Jessica Williams, guitarist Joshua Breakstone and sung by Judy Niemack. New music from Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonists Grace Kelly & Idit Schner, Dial and Oats, the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Ernesto Cervini and Turboprop, Corey Christiansen, the Rick Davies Thugtet, the Guilhem Fluzat Trio, the Bob Ferrell Big Band and Rudresh Mahanthappa will be presented in the noisier final two hours of Jazz Unlimited.

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 October 30, 2017.

This video is a version of "I Mean You" live from Salle Player i Paris by Thelonious Monk (p) Charlie Rouse (ts) Nate Hylegund (b) and Paris Wright (d) in 1969.

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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