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The Music of Horace Silver

Jazz Unlimited for June 17, 2018 will be “The Music of Horace Silver.”   Pianist-composer and bandleader Horace Silver wrote over 160 compositions.  Over 20 of these compositions have become jazz standards.  We will hear some of these tunes played by Horace himself, George Shearing, Hank Mobley, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Jefferson, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Keith Jarrett, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tuck & Patti, Phil Woods, the Slightly Out 5tet from Italy, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross with the Les McCann Trio, Joe Henderson, Oscar Peterson, the Sir Roland Hanna Trio, the Either/Orchestra and Jimmy Smith.  In addition to his compositions, Horace wrote an autobiography, “Let’s Get to the Nitty Gritty.”

The Slide Show contains my photogaphs of some of the muaicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of June 25. 2018.

The video is a version of Señor Blues by the Horace Silver Quintet in 1959 with Horace Silver (p) Blue Mitchell (tp) Junior Cook (ts) Gene Taylor (b) and Louis Hayes (d) in Europe.

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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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