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Women In Current Jazz

Jazz Unlimited for March 10, 2019 will present “Current Women in Jazz.”   Google the phrase, “Female Jazz Artist” and you will find references to mostly vocalists.  Since the early 1990’s, female jazz artists are increasingly heard as instrumentalists, and we will play the music of over 40 of these musicians.  Included on this show are Jane Bunnett, Maria Schneider,  Renee Rosnes, Regina Carter, Grace Kelly, Jami Dauber, Janelle Reichman, Tomoko Ohno, Noriko Ueda, Sherrie Miracle, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lynne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Shamir Royston, Mimi Jones, Shirazette Tinnin, Gretchen Parlato, Akiko Tsuruga, Erica Lindsay, Jane Ira Bloom, Marlene Rosenberg, Jessica Williams, Makaya McCraven, Cindy Blackman, Claire Daly, Mary Ann McSweeny, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Mimi Fox, Anat Cohen, Sharel Cassity, Miki Hayama, Riza Printup, Lindo Oh, Luciana Padmore, Ingrid Laubrock, Mary Halvorson, Susan Alcorn, and Susie Ibarra.  I believe that group only scratches the surface.

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 the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra playing "Choro Dancado" in Vienna in 2008.  The soloists are Rich Perry (ts) and Frank Kimbrough (p).  Also seen are Ingrid Jansen (tp) Scott Robinson (b-cl) Donny McCaaslin (ts) Gary Versace (accordion) and Clarence Penn (d).

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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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