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The Keys And Strings Hour Plus New Music

Jazz Unlimited for February 24, 2019, will present “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The “Keys and Strings Hour” or jazz without horns will present a tribute to the late composer Michel LeGrand with Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Toots Thielemans, Jacky Terrasson & Cassandra Wilson, Carmen McRae and Joe Albany.  New music for February will be played by Ernie Watts, Nick Hempton, the Michael Davidson/Dan Fortin duo, Nick Grinder, Mike Steinel, the Greg Yaznitsky YAZZ band, the Gill Evans Orchestra, Quinsin Nachoff, Antonio Sanchez, Nick Sanders, Peter Clark and the 22 Man Music Machine, Jon Lundbloom, Johnathan Bauer, Kenny Carr with vocals by Deborah Schulman and poetry by Philip Levine with Benjamin Boone.  An unusual part of this program is a set of three tunes about lunar eclipses.

The Slide Show has 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.

The video is of the Nick Hempton Band at Small's Paradise in 2017 playing "The Cat."  Nick Hempton (ts) Roy Hargrove (tp) Kyle Koehler (org) Beter Bernstein (b) Rudy Pettschauer (d) playing Lalo Schiffrin's "The Cat."

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.