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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

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Jazz Unlimited for June 30, 2019 will be “Jazz Giants for May and June.”  Throughout its history, certain key players have heavily influenced the course of jazz.  These Jazz Giants are the ones that lesser players imitate and copy.  Jazz Unlimited always plays the Jazz Giants instead of the imitators.  Sunday night’s music will feature Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer, Joe “King” Oliver, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Shelly Manne, Freddie Redd, Betty Carter, Woody Herman, Eric Dolphy, Chick Corea, Bud Shank, Bill Holman and Sun Ra.

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Jazz Unlimited for June 24, 2018 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The Keys and Strings Hour or the quieter side of jazz will feature pianists Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Keith Jarrett, Erroll Garner, Chick Corea, Red Garland, Mary Lou Williams, John Lewis and Sun Ra.  New music for June will feature Tucker Antell, Grant Green, the Uptown Jazz Tentette, Bruce Barth & Tomoko Ohno, the Kobe Watkins Grouptet, Aaron Schragge & Ben Monder, Phil Haynes groups “Not Fast Food” and “Free Country,” the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble, Matt Penman and Joshua Breakstone.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, June 22 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour and New Music.”   The Keys and Strings Hour presents the quieter side of jazz, without horns.  Fireworks will not be lacking, however, as we present the music of two virtuoso pianists: Art Tatum and Hiromi.  The New Music segment for June will feature a rare 1959 album by Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins’ “Roadshows, Vol.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: New Music Circle concludes its 2012-13 season with a concert Friday, May 10, that celebrates the 99th birthday of Sun Ra. The legendary jazz musician and composer was famed for his cosmic philosophy and avant-garde compositions such as “Space is the Place.”

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On the Sunday, February 10 Jazz Unlimited, we continue our series on urban centers that have brought great musicians to jazz by having teachers and institutions that bring them into the music at an early age.  The Jazz Cities series will feature the second part on musicians born in or nurtured early in their careers in Chicago.  Some of the musicians and groups featured will be blues pianist Jimmy Yancey, pianist Joe Sullivan, cornetist Muggsy Spanier, the Benny Goodman quartet with Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa, vocalists Kurt Elling, Johnny Hartman, Abbey Lincoln and Patricia Barber, The