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The Compositions Of Wayne Shorter

Jazz Unlimited for October 18, 2015 will be “The compositions of Wayne Shorter.”  During his long career, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote quite a few fascinating compositions that are played today by many other musicians.  Shorter’s saxophone will not be heard on this show, but we will hear his compositions played by St. Louis’s own Willie Akins and Montez Coleman, Larry Johnson, Carolbeth True and her Two Times True group, Kurt Elling, the Harold Danko, Kirk Lightsey piano duo, the Bob Florence and David Liebman Big Bands, Conrad Herwig and his “Latin Side of Wayne Shorter” band, the Dave Douglas Sextet, the Billy Childs trio, Stan Getz and Jimmy Rowles with Jon Hendricks and Company, J.J. Johnson and more.  This Sunday is part of the St. Louis Public Radio Fall Membership campaign, please listen and contribute to the health of public radio and Jazz Unlimited.

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

The Archive for this show will be available until the morning of October 26, 2015.

Here is a video of the Roy Hargrove Quintet playing "Strasbourg St. Denis" in the club of the same with Roy Hargrove (tp) Justin Robinson (as) Gerald Clayton (p) Danton Boller (b) and Montez Coleman (d) in 2007

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.