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Soul Jazz

Jazz Unlimited for March 24, 2019 will be “Soul Jazz.”   The ‘Soul Jazz” style of jazz grew out of hard bop as an alternative to the hard turn to the avant-garde that jazz was undergoing in the late 1950’s.  We will hear music by Gene Harris, Akiko Tsuruga, Les McCann, Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff, Junior Mance, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Johnny O’Neal, Johnny Griffin and the Big Soul Band, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Oliver Nelson with Jimmy Smith, Horace Silver, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Ramsey Lewis, Jack McDuff and Cannonball Adderley.  Please make your contribution to St. Louis Public Radio during out Spring Member Campaign.  Keep jazz alive in St. Louis.

The Slide Show contains 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 a video of Dr. Lonnie Smith (organ & MIDI cane) Johnathan Kreisberg (g) and Johnathan Blake (d) at the 2015 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.

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.