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Remembering Ray Kennedy and Ornette Coleman + New Music

Jazz Unlimited for June 28, 2016 will present “Remembering Ray Kennedy and Ornette Coleman + New Music.”  St. Louis pianist Ray Kennedy died in late May from complications of MS.  We will feature him in the first hour with his brother Tom, John Pizzarelli, Nat Adderley, Asa Harris, Christine Hitt and Joe Cohn.  Saxophonist Ornette Coleman turned the jazz world on its head when he came out of Los Angeles with his quartet in 1959.  He died in June at age 85 after a long and successful career as a performer and composer, not only of jazz but also for two films and a symphony “Skies of America.”  He was the recipient of a 1995 MacArthur Genius grant and a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for music.  He will be heard with Paul Bley, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Geri Allen and his son Denardo, among others.  The New Music segment will debut the Maria Schneider Orchestra’s new recording “The Thompson Fields.”

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of July 6, 2015.

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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