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Coltrane Tunes without Coltrane

Jazz Unlimited for December 9, 2018 will be “Coltrane Tunes Without Coltrane.”  The great saxophonist John Coltrane left us a number of compositions that are sometimes tricky and difficult to play, sometimes beautiful and sometimes very spiritual, among other attributes.  We will play some of these inspiring compositions without Coltrane in big band, piano and small group settings. They will be played by the Buddy Rich Band, our own John Hicks, our own Pee Wee Russell, the Woody Herman band, Sonny Fortune, Karrin Allyson, John McLaughlin, Janice Borla, the Conrad Herwig Latin Side of… group, Kenny Garrett, Vijay Iyer, Kurt Elling, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Kenny Werner, Doug Raney, the Jim McNeely Tentette, Suzanne Pittson, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Garrett, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Herbie Hancock/Michael Brecker/Roy Hargrove Directions in Music group, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition and John’s wife Alice and their son Ravi Coltrane.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the artists 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 a harp solo by Alice Coltrane-year and place are unknown.

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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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