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Reflections on Peace and Quiet Revisited

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday. December 22, 2019 will be “Reflections on Peace and Quiet Revisited.”  These days, things are coming at us so fast we hardly have time to breathe.  The Winter Holidays are usually thought as a time of peace, but not for the last few years.  Both our traditional and social media get our attention by spreading fear and rage.  Political discourse now seems to be character assassination rather than debate of issues.  Incivility has been increasing for years.  In order to counter some of this, Jazz Unlimited will present “Reflections on Peace and Quiet Revisited” as our annual Winter Holiday show.  The music will be supplied by the Jazz Crusaders, the Modern Jazz Quartet, McCoy Tyner, Geri Allen, the Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau duo, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Saxophone Summit, Abdullad Ibrahim, Art Pepper, the Charlie Haden/Hank Jones Duo, Stanley Cowell, The Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet, the Sackville All-Stars, Thomas Marriott, James P. Johnson, Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, Keith Jarrett, the Jim McNeely Octet, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and the Charlie Haden/Carla Bley Duo.

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

Here is a video of the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Orchestra playing "Long Yellow Road"

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.