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Broadway: 1950 And Beyond-Part 2

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, August 20, 2017 will be “Broadway 1950 and Beyond-Part 2.”  Before the original cast record albums, most of the music from Broadway musicals came into jazz via films based on those shows.  Since then, music directly from Broadway shows has crept into jazz.  We will hear music from “The King and I,” “The Music Man,”  “Guys and Dolls,” “42nd Street,” “Funny Girl,” “Company,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Wiz,” “The Girls of Summer,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Sound of Music,” “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” and “Phantom of the Opera.”   Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Giuffre, Cassandra Wilson, Ahmad Jamal, the Gateway City Big Band, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Ben Webster, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Albert Dailey, Don Byron, Gary Burton, Carolbeth True, Debby Lennon, Gene Harris, Bill Evans, Paul Desmond & the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Kurt Elling will play and sing tunes from these shows.

The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the msicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of August 28, 2017.

Here is a video of Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy at the Northsea Jazz Festival in 1991 playing "Siesta for Fiesta" and one other tune.

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.