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The Keys And Strings Hour Plus New Music

Jazz Unlimited for July 28, 2019, will present “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The quieter side of jazz will present duos, trios and quartets featuring Count Basie, Jimmy Smith & Kenny Burrell, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden, Hank Jones and Milt Jackson.  The new music portion of the show will have unknown Tadd Dameron compositions by Paul Combs, vocalists Rosanna Eckert and Judy Wexler, Eric Alexander, Luke Gillespie, a Bach prelude played by Keith Jarrett, Matt Olson, Eric Skov, Rich Halley, Xavier LeCouturier, Marlene Rosenberg and the duo of Mark Wingfield and Gary Husband.

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

Here is the Eric Alexander Trio with Phil Palombi (b) and McLenty Hunter (d) playing "Four" at Linda's Jazz Nights in 2007.

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.