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Classic Bebop Tunes

Jazz Unlimited  for November 11, 2018 will be “Classic Bebop Tunes.”  The bebop era in jazz brought about a change in how we think about improvisation.  Tunes from that era continue in jazz, many of them played by musicians playing in later styles.  We will hear this music played by Gary Burton, Supersax, Karrin Allyson, Sphere, Grant Green with Sonny Clark, Ahmad Jamal, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski & Spike Robinson, J.J. Johnson, Mulgrew Miller, Keith Jarrett, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Tony Monaco, Milt Jackson, a Tommy Flanagan/Hank Jones duet, Joe Lovano, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Hamiet Bluiett, Paul Motian, the Jimmy Heath Orchestra, Horace Tapscott and Art Pepper.

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

Due to copyright restrictions, the audio from this show is no longer available. Audio links are available for one week after a show airs, starting on the Monday after the show.

The video is of Ahmad Jamal (p) James Cammack (b) Herlin Riley (d) and Monolo Badrena (perc) playing "Poinciana" at the Olympia in Paris in 2009.

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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