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Grammy Winners In My Collection-Part 1

Jazz Unlimited for April 1, 2018 will be “Grammy Winners in My Collection-Part 1.”  In it’s early days, the jazz Grammy Awards were not awarded for great music, but by the popularity of the musicians and the Hollywood-Centric voters.  Great music began to creep in by the late 1960’s.  We will play selections from the 80 Grammy winning jazz recordings in my collection from 1959 to the present.  In all of the Jazz Grammys, there is no Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue,” John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out,” not one Blue Note label or Prestige label 1960’s jazz classic, not one Keith Jarrett recording, not one Sarah Vaughan recording and the list goes on and on.  Tonight’s show will have Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Supersax, an Art Tatum historical album, Dianne Reeves, Count Basie & Zoot Sims, Cannonball Adderley, the Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Henderson, Kurt Elling, Stan Kenton, the Herbie Hancock/Michael Brecker/Roy Hargrove “Directions in Music” group, Stan Getz, Cecile McLorin Salvant, McCoy Tyner, Maria Schneider and Michael Brecker.

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

The Archivefor this show will be available until the morning of April 9, 2017.

This a video of Cecile McLorin Salvant (vcl) accompanied by Aaron Diehl (p) at KNXX studio in 2o10.

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.