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Songs With Heart

Jazz Unlimited for will be “Songs With Heart.”  The idea of heart can mean many things.  It’s that machine in our chest that circulates our blood, but it also has symbology in many of our interactions: romantic, physical activities, giving and others.  It can also be broken in a relationship.  Hearts can also be cold or full of darkness.  Jazz Unlimited will explore these themes with Louis Armstrong, our own Jean Kittrell, Billie Holiday, the Capp-Pierce Orchestra, Snooky Young & Marshall Royal, Stan Getz, Gene Ammons, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, the Savoy Sultans, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Pat Metheny, Ella Fitzgerald, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Arthur Blythe, David Liebman & Gil Goldstein, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus, our own Paul DeMarinis, Keith Jarrett, our own Kim Portnoy, Joe Pass, the Bad Plus and Don Grolnick.

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 July 16, 2018.

Songs With Heart
Jazz Unlimited 7/8/18 Hour 2 Archive
Songs With Heart
Jazz Unlimited 7/8/18 Hour 3 Archive

Here is Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) with Tyree Glenn (tb) Eddie Shu (cl) Billy Kyle (p) Arvell Shaw (b,vcl) Danny Barcelona (d) playing and singing "Black and Blue" in Berlin in 1965.

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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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