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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

With appearances here this week by both Mike Stern and Ralph Towner, it's already been a good month in St. Louis for fans of jazz guitar, and it's not over yet. Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, who will perform next Wednesday, February 22 at Off Broadway, may operate in a very different stylistic realm than ...

Cherry Wainer: Funky Organ

Cherry Wainer: Funky Organ

Virtually unknown in the States, Cherry Wainer was a British organist who appeared most often on German television in the 1960s as a duo with her husband, drummer Don Storer. What she lacked in time and swing she more than made up for with energy and charisma. Wainer died in 2014. Here are a few clips: ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Ikue Mori & Nate Wooley

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Ikue Mori & Nate Wooley

This week's grab-bag of videos features electronic musician Ikue Mori and trumpeter Nate Wooley, who will be performing in a concert presented by New Music Circle next Saturday, February 18 at The Luminary. Mori, 63, is a Japanese native who first gained recognition in the late 1970s as the drummer for the NYC-based “No Wave" band ...

The Gals of Gunn

The Gals of Gunn

Earlier this week, I featured a clip of Lola Albright singing How High the Moon on TV's Peter Gunn in the late 1950s. The other young actress-singer who appear on the detective series was Linda Lawson, whom I've posted about in the past about her sole superb album, Introducing Linda Lawson. She was cast on Peter ...

Richard Niles' Bandzilla To Release Two New Videos In Support Of Critically Acclaimed New Album

Richard Niles' Bandzilla To Release Two New Videos In Support Of Critically Acclaimed New Album

Composer Richard Niles has released the highly acclaimed album BANDZILLA RISES!!! Jazz Weekly says “BANDZILLA is hip to the bone!” while Music Street Journal says BANDZILLA “is killer jazz fusion that just plain rocks!… incredibly strange but also very cool.” Cherry Pop calls it “one of the most adventurous albums I have ever heard,” while Midwest ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Ralph Towner

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Ralph Towner

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring guitarist Ralph Towner, who's coming to St. Louis to perform in a concert presented by Washington University's Jazz at Holmes series on Saturday, February 18 at the 560 Music Center. Towner this week released a new album of solo guitar, My Foolish Heart. It's his 29th ...

Alaska Dreamers Release New Video: "About You"

Alaska Dreamers Release New Video: "About You"

It's not everyday you hear about musicians from Latvia. Alaska Dreamers have crafted a sound that is accessible and powerful at the same time. What started as the experimental music duo of Reinis Ozolins and Rudolfs Dankfelds would grow into something much larger, to become the ambitious mob of a band that they are today. Fronted ...

Birth of the Cool: 2009

Birth of the Cool: 2009

To fully appreciate how seductive and spectacular Miles Davis's so-called Birth of the Cool recordings were in 1949 and '50, you actually have to see the music being played. Listening doesn't quite provide all the thrills and chills. Today, you're going to get a chance to do just that. Something happens when you watch a nonet ...

They Didn't Believe Me

They Didn't Believe Me

Just before the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Herbert Reynolds and Jerome Kern wrote the words and music, respectively, to a most enduring song—They Didn't Believe Me. Composed for the Broadway musical, The Girl From Utah, the song was one of five that were added to the show when it came over from Britain. ...


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