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Real Traditional Jazz Plus New Music

Jazz Unlimited for June 23, 2019, will present “Real Traditional Jazz Plus New Music.”  Traditional jazz combos did not use tubas for their bass instrument.  They used a string bass or banjo or no bass at all.  This will be very clear on recordings of small combos made from 1922 to 1928.  We will play15 recordings of traditional jazz by the Kid Ory Quintet, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, The Clarence Williams Blue Five with Sidney Bechet, the Red Onion Jazz Babies with Bechet and Louis Armstrong, the Louis Armstrong Hot Five, the Freddie Keppard Jazz Cardinals, Lovie Austin’s Serenaders, Johnny Dodds’ New Orleans Bootblacks, the Clarence Williams Novelty Four  and the Jelly Roll Morton Red Hot Peppers.  New music will include three recordings with strings, a French-Canadian group, a German group, a Chilean Vocalist and Japanese pianist.  The musicians are Catherine Russell, Jim Gailloreto, Yoko Miwa, Judi Silvano, the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, Fred Hersch with the WDR Big Band, Jacques Kuba Seguin, Tobias Meinhart, Logan Strosahl, Charlie Apicella & Iron City, Richard Schulman, Laurence Hobgood, Walt Weiskopf, Peter Eldridge & Kenny Werner, Camilla Meza and Bill Laswell & Lodge.

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

This is Louis Armstrong filmes at the Lyric Park in Copenhagen on October 21, 1933 with a band of American and European musicians playing "I Cover The Waterfront", "Dinah" and "Tiger Rag."

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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