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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Laurence Hobgood

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Laurence Hobgood

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring pianist Laurence Hobgood, who's coming to St. Louis to perform with his trio on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 at Jazz at the Bistro. Known widely for his more than 20 years as musical director for singer Kurt Elling, Hobgood split from Elling at ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Kneebody offers fusion "For The Fallen"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Kneebody offers fusion "For The Fallen"

Today, StLJN's video spotlight shines on the group Kneebody, who will be returning to St. Louis to perform Wednesday, March 29 through Saturday, April 1 at Jazz at the Bistro. Formed in 2001 in Los Angeles by four former students at the Eastman School of Music- keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, bassist Kaveh Rastegar, and ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Erik Friedlander's Black Phebe Trio

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Erik Friedlander's Black Phebe Trio

Today, it's time to check out some videos featuring cellist Erik Friedlander, who will be in St. Louis to perform with his Black Phebe Trio in a concert presented by New Music Circle next Thursday, March 16 at The Stage at KDHX. Over the past 20 years or so, the NYC-based Friedlander has released more than ...

Lou Levy In Italy With Getz, Brown And Thigpen

Lou Levy In Italy With Getz, Brown And Thigpen

Today is Lou Levy’s birthday. Until his death at 72, the great second-generation bop pianist (1928-2001) played with Boyd Raeburn, Woody Herman’s Second Herd, Tommy Dorsey, Dizzy Gillespie, Flip Phillips, Dizzy Gillespie and Shorty Rogers, among dozens of other major jazz artists. He was a treasured accompanist to singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Creole Soul of Etienne Charles

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:  The Creole Soul of Etienne Charles

This week, let's get acquainted via video with trumpeter Etienne Charles, who will make his St. Louis debut as a bandleader with a performance next Saturday, March 11 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Born in Trinidad, the 33-year-old Juilliard graduate has made a name for himself by blending jazz with Caribbean popular music styles including calypso, ...

Rosemary, Pete and Jeri

Rosemary, Pete and Jeri

The Rosemary Clooney Show, which aired in 1956 and 1957, is an endless source of surprising appearances. Here's trumpeter Conte Candoli with Clooney and Jeri Southern on piano. You have to click on the blue “Here's" in the previous sentence because the person who posted the show disabled the function that allows me to embed YouTube ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Clayton Brothers Quintet

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Clayton Brothers Quintet

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring members of the Clayton Brothers Quintet, who will be performing in St. Louis starting next Monday, March 1 through Saturday, March 4 at Jazz at the Bistro. With a crisp, hard-bop sound evoking memories of saxophonist Cannonball Adderley's classic quintet and any number of vintage Blue ...

Larry Coryell in Cologne: 1994

Larry Coryell in Cologne: 1994

In 1994, Larry Coryell was in Cologne, Germany, and gave a superlative performance, with French guitarist Bireli Lagrene and the mighty Hungarian bassist Aladár Pege. Fortunately the concert was captured by German television. The results not only are blissful to hear but you really get to see what jazz is all about—the warm intimate improvisational conversation ...

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: ...


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