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Jazz Unlimited for October 27, 2019, will present “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.” The Keys and Strings Hour will present selections from a new compilation of the Fred Hersch Trio, Art Tatum, E.S.T., and two duos: Gary Burton & Steve Swallow and Marc Copland & Gary Peacock.  New music will feature a previously unknown recording by John Coltrane, Lazslo Gardony, vocalist Sonia Johnson, Andy Ballantyne, Vaughan Nark, Jeff Denson, our own Lester Bowie’ Brass Fantasy, Mark Sherman, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Trevor Giancola, the German group “Mikropuls” and the Britis

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Jazz Unlimited for September 29 is “Jazz Giants for September and October.”   Jazz giants are those musicians who have made exceptional contributions to jazz.  Our Jazz Giants show for September and October will present such musicians as Jimmy Blanton, Lester Bowie, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Oscar Pettiford, Dave Holland, Ray Brown, Oliver Lake, Jelly Roll Morton, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper and Gerald Wilson.

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Jazz Unlimited for November 4, 2018 will be “Remembering Hamiet Bluiett.”  Born in St. Louis but raised in Brooklyn, Illinois, Hamiet Bluiett, one of the greatest baritone saxophone players in jazz history, passed away on October 4.  We will honor his legacy as a founder of BAG in St. Louis, and a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, which worked until 2016.  We will also hear his own groups, including the Clarinet Family along with music by Leo’s Five, Randy Weston, Lester Bowie, James Carter, Arthur Blythe and Julius Hemphill.

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Jazz Unlimited for September 23, 2018 will be  “Jazz Giants For September and October.”  Jazz Giants are musicians who influence the course of jazz or who are major influences on their instrument.  We will be hearing jazz played by Art Pepper, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Oscar Pettiford, Clifford Brown, Ray Brown, Horace Silver, Gerald Wilson, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Holland, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Arthur Blythe and our own Lester Bowie and Oliver Lake.

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Jazz Unlimited for October 29, 2017 will be “Jazz Giants for September and October.”  Jazz giants are those musicians who have made exceptional contributions to jazz.  Our Jazz Giants show for September and October will present such musicians as Jimmy Blanton, Lester Bowie, Clifford Brown, Hamiet Bluiett, Ray Brown, John Coltrane, Dave Holland, Milt Jackson, Elvin Jones, Oliver Lake, Jelly Roll Morton, Art Pepper, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Art Tatum and Gerald Wilson.

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

Photo by John Emerich

The Sunday, August 10 edition of Jazz Unlimited will present Part Six of the Jazz History of St. Louis: The Black Artists' Group and Human Arts Association (1968-1974).   The BAG period in St. Louis is the second time that St. Louis music had an influence nationally.  The first time was the Ragtime Era around 1900.  When the St. Louis musicians got to New York, they helped change the way jazz and other allied music was played for the next twenty years.  We will hear almost all of the recordings made in St. Louis by these experimentalists.

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Jazz Unlimited  for October 6 will be “Classical Themes in Jazz.” There are a lot of connections to jazz from classical music.  Most of today’s musicians are as well versed in classical music as in jazz.  Since the beginning, classical themes have crept into the jazz lexicon.  The show will feature themes by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Borodin and Stravinsky, among other composers.  The musicians include the John Kirby Sextet, the Nat “King” Cole Trio, Charlie Ventura, Don Byron, Duke Ellington, the Modern Jazz Quartet,

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