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Tribute To Willie Akins And New Music

Jazz Unlimited for October 25, 2015 will be “A Tribute to Willie Akins and New Music.”   St. Louis saxophonist Willie Akins died September 23, 2015 from congestive heart failure.  Akins worked in New York during the 1960, but returned to St. Louis in the early 1970’s to take care of his ailing father.  He has inspired at least two generations of young jazz musicians and taught at Webster University.  We will play music from some of his own recordings, with Jeanne Trevor and Richard “Groove” Holmes.  New music for October will include the Albert Mangelsdorff Big Band, the Christian McBride Trio, Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975, St. Louisan Marty Ehrlich, Arturo Sandoval, a Quest Reunion, Anthony Braxton Erik Friedlander’s tribute to Oscar Pettiford and other musicians.

The Slide Show contains my photographs heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of November 2, 2015.

Here is a video of Willie Akins (ts) Simon Rowe (p) Willem Von Holmbracht (b) and Montez Coleman (d) playing Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now" at the Artist's Quarter in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2011.

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.