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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Dave Weckl Sampler

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Dave Weckl Sampler

This week, StLJN salutes drummer and St. Charles native Dave Weckl, who celebrated his 61st birthday earlier this month on Friday, January 8. First gaining wide recognition in the mid-1980s as a sideman with Chick Corea, Weckl over the course of his career has become a very popular and oft-imitated drummer and bandleader, with fans all ...

News: Video / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six musicians to watch in 2021

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six musicians to watch in 2021

As the new year begins, no one is sure exactly when live music will resume on a widespread, regular basis or when touring artists will be able to start traveling again. We can, however, still keep an eye and ear on some of the jazz artists who seem likely to be influential over the next 12 ...

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News: Music Industry

Keyon Harrold and teenage son accosted, falsely accused in incident at NYC hotel

Keyon Harrold and teenage son accosted, falsely accused in incident at NYC hotel

Keyon Harrold is used to making the news for his music, but the St. Louis native and Grammy winning trumpeter this week was in the headlines for something else entirely, as he and his teenage son Keyon Jr. were accosted, falsely accused, and assaulted during an incident at the Arlo Soho hotel in New York City. ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The "lost" ensembles of Miles Davis

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The "lost" ensembles of Miles Davis

This week, let's take a look at some history related to the most important jazz musician to come from the St. Louis area, Miles Davis. As a bandleader, Davis had many celebrated groups over the years, such as the “Birth of the Cool" nonet; the six-piece ensemble that recorded Kind of Blue; the first “great quartet" ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: "Rising Stars" in concert

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: "Rising Stars" in concert

With the touring portion of the music business remaining at a standstill, this week let's continue our look at some of the musicians recognized in the 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll, specifically some of the winners in the poll's “Rising Star" category. Also formerly known for a time as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition," the “Rising Star" section ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: We Insist! - Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: We Insist! - Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite

This week, let's take a look back at an extended jazz composition of historical importance that, unfortunately, remains topical 60 years after its premiere. We Insist: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite is the title of a 1960 album by drummer Max Roach, featuring a five-part work composed by Roach with singer and lyricist Oscar Brown Jr. ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven more views of "St. Louis Blues"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven more views of "St. Louis Blues"

This week, it's part two of our look at “St. Louis Blues," featuring some contemporary versions of W.C. Handy's most famous composition. The first video actually combines aspects of both vintage and contemporary, since it features New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing a traditional arrangement of “St. Louis Blues," but was recorded in July 1996 ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven views of "St. Louis Blues"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Seven views of "St. Louis Blues"

With the return of live jazz in St. Louis still uncertain, today's post continues this feature's recent emphasis on archival and historical material by taking a look at some different interpretations of “St. Louis Blues," undoubtedly the most famous song ever to feature the name of our city in the title, and one of the most ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The BAG legacy, part 3

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The BAG legacy, part 3

This week, StLJN's look at music from former members of the Black Artists Group (BAG) continues with some videos featuring the sounds of trumpeter Baikida Carroll and multi-instrumentalist J.D. Parran. You can see part one, featuring videos of BAG-related ensembles the World Saxophone Quartet, Clarinet Family and more, plus some links to background info, here. Part ...

News: TV / Film

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A jazz film mini-festival (shutdown edition)

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A jazz film mini-festival (shutdown edition)

With live music still shut down for the foreseeable future, this week we revisit an idea used in this space occasionally during the slow weeks of summer, and offer up a mini-festival of six feature-length films about jazz. The first film, embedded up above, is 1959, The Year That Changed Jazz, a 2009 documentary originally aired ...


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