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Truth

Jazz Unlimited for May 12, 2019, will present “Truth.”  Truth is a hard word to define because it can mean many things.  A statement is only true if it is backed up by verifiable facts and no fact can be left out.  Otherwise, the word truth is just another way of expressing wishful thinking.  We will present tunes with the word ‘truth” or “true” in them played by Count Basie, John Pizzarelli with Ray Kennedy, Paul Horn, Dave Grusin, Gerald Wilson, Benny Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Brooks, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Buddy Rich, Lucky Thompson, Les McCann, Marcus Roberts, Duke Ellington, Charles Toliver, the Astral Project, “Rahsaan’ Roland Kirk, Avery Sharpe, Jimmy Giuffre, Elvin Jones, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett, our own Oliver Nelson, Dave Douglas and Albert Ayler.

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.

Here is the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine in 1991 in Nice with our own Steve Kirby on bass.  I do not recognize the pianist-he is not named.

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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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