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Jazzoo-Part 1

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, July 14, 2019 will present “Jazzoo-Part 1.”  A friend challenged me to put together a show featuring with tunes featuring animals in the titles.  There are many more than you think.  This week’s show will feature cats from large predators o the little cats we have as pets.  The word ‘cats” will also be used with some musicians.  The musicians who play the music in part one include Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, John Graas, Julia Lee, Oliver Nelson & Jimmy Smith, Vic Dickenson, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Cy Touff, our own Muggsy Sprecher, Leo Parker, Tony Monaco, Bob Florence, Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster, our own Bosman Twins, Joshua Redman, Horace Silver, Art Pepper, Muddy Waters, Eric Dolphy, Ravi Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Tom Harrell and Charles Mingus.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the artists heard on this show.

This video is "When Lions Roar" from the Bosman Twins at Jazz At the Bistro in 2014.  Longineu Parsons, Jr. (tp) Robert Griffin (tb) Dwayne Bosman, Dwight Bosman (saxes) Ptah Williams (p) Eric Slaughter (g) Jeff Anderson (b) Montez Coleman (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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