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The Career Of Cecil McBee

Jazz Unlimited for February 11, 2017 will be “The Career of Cecil McBee.”  Bassist extraordinaire Cecil McBee has been a force in jazz for 58 years.  He has contributed heavily to the music of Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, Jackie McLean, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Woody Shaw Alice Coltrane, Vanessa Rubin, McCoy Tyner, Yusef Lateef, George Adams, Saxophone Summit, The Leaders, Charles Tolliver, Grachan Moncur III, Chico Freeman and The Leaders Trio.  He is currently a member of The Cookers and teaches at the New England Conservatory.

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 February 19, 2018.

Here is Saxophone Summit playing John Coltrane's "Expression" with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane (ts) Randy Brecker (tp) Phol Markowitz (p) Cecil McBee (b) and Billy Hart (d).  The date was not given.

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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.