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The Music Of Buck Clayton

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, February 10, 2019 will be “The Music of Buck Clayton.”  Born in Parsons, Kansas, trumpeter Buck Clayton spent the first two years of his career in Shanghai.  In 1936, he joined Count Basie.  After Basie, Clayton was a major force in mainstream jazz as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader, performing with Billie Holiday, the Kansas City Six, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Tate, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Sarah Vaughan and Vic Dickenson.  His compositions and arrangements will be played by Jimmy Jones, Shorty Rogers, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, the Capp-Pierce band and his own big band, recorded in 1988.

The Slide Show had my photographs of some of the artists heard on this show.

Due to copyright restrictions, the audio from this show is no longer available. Audio links are available for one week after a show airs, starting on the Monday after the show.

Here is Buck Clayton playing "Perdido" in 1965 with a group of musicians I don't recognize.  Sorry about the resolution.

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.