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Keys And Strings Hour (Ornette Coleman Compositions) + New Music

Jazz Unlimited for December 17, 2017 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour (Ornette Coleman Compositions) + New Music.” Saxophonist, composer Ornette Coleman was one of the great writers of short melodies in all of jazz history.  Jazz Unlimited’s “Keys and Strings Hour” will present seven of these gems played by pianists Frank Kimbrough, Hampton Hawes, Bobo Stenson and Paul Bley.  Guitarists Pat Metheny and Jeanfrancois Prins and the Modern Jazz Quartet will also be heard.  The second and third hours of the show will have new music presented by our own Kent Miller, Paul Gaillorenzo, a Joshua Redman-Brad Mehldau Duo, the Dave Liebman/Mile Murley Quartet, The Airmen of Note, the French vocal-piano duo Madeleine & Salomon, the Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet, the John Stowell/Ulf Bandgren Quartet, Justin Gray & Synthesis, Matt Wilson, David Friesen and Phil Parasot.

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

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of December 25, 2017.

This is a video of Ornette Coleman playing "Lonely Woman" with his son Denardo Coleman (d) and probably Gregory Cohen, Tony Falanga (b) at Jazz a Vienne in 2008.

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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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