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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: 2014 Fall Jazz Preview, Part 1

This week, StLJN presents the first part of our video preview of the fall 2014 season of jazz and creative music in St. Louis. Today's installment covers the touring bands and musicians visiting during the month of September. First up is a clip featuring Roomful of Teeth, the Grammy winning new music vocal ensemble, performing Pulitzer ...

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Jim Henson's "Drums West" Animation

Watch How Jim Henson Animated Jazz With Tiny, Dancing Strips of Paper Before he achieved fame with the Muppets, Jim Henson, a skilled animator as well as a puppeteer, was making all sorts of innovative work out of his home studio, in Bethesda, Md. Around 1961, he made the papercut animation above, which visualized jazz drummer ...

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Seven Women Who Could

After my post on Wanda Stafford yesterday, I wandered onto YouTube in search of more women in jazz. Here are six instrumentalists who could more than hold their own: Here's Beryl Booker on piano...   Here's Hazel Scott with Charles Mingus on bass and Rudy Nichols on drums, circa 1955.   Here's Mary Lou Williams in ...

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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: New Orleans Piano with Tom McDermott

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring pianist Tom McDermott, a St. Louis native now living in New Orleans who's coming back home to play this coming Thursday, August 14 at the Tavern of Fine Arts. (The events page on hHis website also shows a gig on Wednesday, August 13 at Joe's Cafe, ...

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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Summer 2014 Jazz Film Festival

It's summertime, when the livin' is allegedly easy, and yr. humble editor needs a brief respite from the usual blogging routine. So today, in keeping with a venerable tradition that we just made up a couple of years ago, we're bringing back StLJN's online summer festival of jazz-related films, featuring a whole day's worth of documentaries ...

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New York Worlds Fairs

Back when Americans looked forward to a future loaded with technology designed to liberate us from the tedium of work, New York hosted two World's Fairs, one in 1939-40 and another in 1964-65. Both business to showcase what it had imagined about tomorrow and what we could expect in short order. Everyone was excited and impatient. ...

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Tony Bennett's Almost Birthday

Tony Bennett's birthday is on August 3 (he'll be a majestic 88), but I couldn't wait until then to celebrate. While roaming YouTube the other night, I dipped into Tony's 1960s TV appearances. If you like what you see below, I'll tell you at the end of this post where you can see much more if ...

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Dave Lambert: Voice of Reason

If you want to truly understand the kind side of jazz—the side that reveres other artists, wants everyone to love the music and views improvisation as way to bring people together—you need to dig the music of Dave Lambert. Before World War II, Louis Armstrong was the chief bridge between jazz and everyday life, largely because ...

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Videos: Peggy Lee

Last night, while doing some research on YouTube, I got hung up on Peggy Lee. First I started studying how the left corner of her mouth drops slightly when she sings. Then I watched her eyes, which always seem to be soaring back and forth on a swing. At any rate, let me share with you ...

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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Alan Evans' Playonbrother

Today, let's spend a little video time with drummer Alan Evans and his band Playonbrother, who will be in St. Louis next week to perform on Thursday, July 24 at the Gramophone. Made up of Evans, a co-founder of the funk-jazz trio Soulive, plus Danny Mayer on guitar and Beau Sasser on keyboards, Playonbrother was formed ...


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