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Gospel Piano, Tributes to Jean Kittrell and Aretha Franklin Plus New Music

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, August 19, 2018 will be “Gospel Piano, Tributes to Jean Kittrell and Aretha Franklin Plus New Music.”  This week’s Jazz Unlimited show will be in three parts.  The Keys and Strings Hour will feature gospel piano with Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann, Hank Jones, Bobby Timmons, Mildred Falls with Mahalia Jackson, Gene Harris, and Johnny O’Neal in the first hour.  We will play tributes to the Jean Kittrell, who died at age 90 on October 14 and Aretha Franklin, who died at age 76 on August 16 in the second hour.  The third hour presents New Music by the Mikkel Plough/Mark Turner duo, Luciana Souza, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Judy Niemack with the Danish Radio Big Band, the vocal duo of Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne, the Denny Zeitlin Trio and Miho Hazama & the Metropole Orkest Big Band playing Thelonious Monk compositions.

As I was working on the Aretha Franklin part of the show I came across a video of her singing “Nessun Dorma,” substituting for Pavarotti at the 1996 Grammies and learning the music in the 20 minutes before she went on stage.  The story and video is found here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/when-aretha-franklin-sang-nessun-dorma-at-the-grammys-the-story-behind-the-greatest-award-show-performance-ever

The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of September 3, 2018.

This is a video clip with Jean Kittrell singing and laying piano on "Downhearted Blues" on a 2006 Caribbean Jazz Cruise.

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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