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Live Jazz From Town Hall, New York City

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 1st will be “Live Jazz from Town Hall, New York City.”  We continue playing live music from the jazz capital of the world with concerts from Town Hall that span the years 1944 to 1990.  The artists featured are Eddie Condon and His All-Stars, Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars, the Dizzy Gillespie-Charlie Parker Quintet, four pieces from a Baron Timmie Rosenkranz concert in 1945, which includes the classic “I Got Rhythm” duet of Don Byas and Slam Stewart, Mary Lou Williams’ “Zodiac Suite,” Benny Carter, Red Norvo and Teddy Wilson, Thelonious Monk, the Chico Hamilton Quintet, Gene Harris and the Phillip Morris Superband, Jaki Byard, Ornette Coleman, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, McCoy Tyner, the Keith Jarrrett Standards Trio and Bobby Hutcherson with James Newton and Herbie Hancock, among others.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the artists on tonight's show.

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This Archive of the 12/1/13 show will be available until the morning of December 9, 2013.

Here is a clip from 1952 with Charlie Parker (as) and Dizzy Gillespie (tp) receiving the 1951 Downbeat Awards on the show "Center Stage" with Earl Wilson.  Leonard Feather is also there and the rest of the band is Dick Hyman (p), Jack Lesberg (b) and Charlie Smith (d).  Note Parker's expression as Gillsepie's award is announced.


Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.
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