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Truth

May 12, 2019
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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 Elling

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Jazz Unlimited for February 28, 2016 will be the fourth of a five-part series on “Jazz Families: Blood Relatives.”  There are an amazing number of jazz musicians who have blood relatives (mothers, fathers, siblings) who are also jazz musicians.  The musicians heard on this show include St.

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On Friday, “Cityscape” host Steve Potter led a discussion about the life and career of jazz pianist Ray Kennedy who died on May 28 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Born to a musical family in Maplewood, Kennedy began his career in St. Louis before moving to New York. He is perhaps best known as the pianist/arranger for the John Pizzarelli Trio.

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Jazz Unlimited for June 28, 2016 will present “Remembering Ray Kennedy and Ornette Coleman + New Music.”  St.

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“It’s only had strings on it for less than 70 hours,” John Pizzarelli said of his new guitar that was made in Springfield, Missouri at Moll Custom Instruments.

Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer. This is the latest of several guitars that Bob Moll has made for Pizzarelli over the years.

After playing live in our studio, Pizzarelli told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter, “It felt really good while I was playing it.”

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John Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer.

He has recorded dozens of albums and is now the author of a new memoir called, World on a String: A Musical Memoir.

Pizzarelli’s latest album is Double Exposure.  It is a collection of tunes by songwriters of traditional songs framed within traditional jazz arrangements.

Host Steve Potter talked with John Pizzarelli about his career and upcoming appearance in St. Louis.  Pizzarelli also performed live during the interview.