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Keys And Strings Hour + New Music

Jazz Unlimited for January 28, 2018 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour + New Music.”  The “Keys and Strings Hour” will visit the Maybeck Recital Hall for piano solos by Jaki Byard, Gene Harris, Monty Alexander, our own John Hicks and James Williams.  In addition, there will be duets between Ralph Sutton & Dick Hyman, Roger Kellaway & Red Mitchell  and Dave McKenna & Grey Sargent.  We will also hear new music from our own St. Louis Stompers, a recently discovered Ella Fitzgerald live performance and a set of Oscar Peterson compositions played on Oscar’s piano by a wide variety of pianists.  Other new music will include new releases by trombonist Steve Davis, the Michael Waldorp big band, Guillermo Nojechowicz, the Heads of State, Dawn Clement, Steve Wilson, Kate McGarry, Steve Hobbs, Bobby Watson and Wayne Escoffery.

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

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of February 4, 2018.

This video is of the Wayne Escoffery (ts) quartet with David Kikoski (p) Darryl Hall (b) and Ralph Peterson, Jr. (d)in Nils, Serbia playing "Concentric Drift."

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.