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New Music Plus A Tribute To Cecil Taylor

Jazz Unlimited for April 22, 2018 will be “New Music Plus A Tribute to Cecil Taylor.”  It will mark my 35th Anniversary of presenting jazz on St. Louis Public Rafio.  New music will take up the “Keys and Strings Hour” and the second of this edition of Jazz Unlimited.  The first hour, as always, will have no horns, but will have the group Spirit Fingers playing in odd meters, the bass-vocal duo of Francois Moutin and Kativa Shah, and the Roger Kellaway and DuDuka Da Fonseca.  The second hour will have a delightful group, the Maguire Twins, a new four CD set of live European live recordings of Miles Davis and john Coltrane, the local group called Koplant No, the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, vocalist Heather Bennett and the SF Jazz Collective.  The third hour will be a tribute to the free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor who passed away on April 5 and will feature his classic recordings “Unit Structures” and “Three Phasis,” among other works.

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

This Archive of the show will be available until the morning of April 30, 2018.

This is a video of Cecil Taylor (p) playing "Pontos Cantados" in 1985 at the One Night With Blue Note Concert.

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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