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Jazzoo-Part 2

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, July 21, 2019, will present “Jazzoo-Part 2.”  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 tunes with dogs, reptiles, very large mammals and birds in the titles.  The music will be played and sung by Fats Waller, our own St. Louis Stompers, Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Big Joe Turner, the Jazz Crusaders, Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Kenny Dorham, Gene Harris, Maynard Ferguson, Snooky Young & Marshall Royal, Art Blakey, Ray Anderson, George Russell, Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett, Marilyn Crispell, Pierre Dørge. Jessica Williams, Red Garland, the Mingus Big Band, Tim Warfield, Albert Mangelsdorff and Pheeroan Aklaff.

The Slide show contains my photos of some of the artists heard on this show.

This is a 1960 video of the Jazz Crusaders on Frank Evans "Frankly Jazz" TV show in Los Angeles.  The tune is "The Young Rabbits" with Wilton Felder (ts) Wayne Henderson (tb) Joe Sample (p) Jimmy Bond (b) and "Stix" Hooper (d).  Weekly jazz shows on TV-what a thought!

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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