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The Keys And Strings Hour Plus New Music

Jazz Unlimited for September 15, 2019 will present “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The quieter side of jazz will present quartets without horns.  We will hear music from the Ralph Sutton & Jay McShann “Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players Group,” Gary Burton & Stephane Grappelli, Laurindo Almeida & Charlie Byrd, Geri Allen’s Timeline, Bill Charlap & Ted Rosenthal, Jim Hall, Bach to the Future, Monty Alexander, Patricia Barber and Billy Bang with Sun Ra.  New music for September Duke Ellington singing a composition commissioned by NASA for the first moon landing, vibes player Dan McCarthy, the Stranahan/Zalesky/Rosato Trio. The Vosbein McGhee Big Band, trombonist Jon Yan & Triceratops, Jane Bunnett & Macqueque, Daduka Fonseca & Helio Alves, saxophonists Carolyn Davis and Miguel Zenon, the Joel Miller small band and vocalists Mark Winkler, Heather Bambrick and Deb Bowman.

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

Here is a vibes solo on "O Grande Amour" by Gary Burton in 2010 on KNKX radio.

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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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