Thursday, December 17, 2009
Esperanza Spalding * * * Cuerro Y Alma (Body and Soul) * * * Esperanza * * * Heads Up
Evelyn Rubio Y Calvin Owens Orchestra Azul * * * El Gato * * * La Mujer Que Canta Blues * * * n/a
Ambrose Field & John Potter * * * Being Dufay * * * Being Dufay * * * ECM New Series
Leroy Fine [Joel Spiegelman & the Moscow Radio Orchestra] * * * Blue Towers * * * Blue Towers: Symphonic Music of Leroy Fine * * * Delos
Anthony Braxton * * * Cut Three, Side Two * * * New York, Fall 1974 * * * Arista
Bragatissimo * * * Tango III * * * Tango Nuevo * * * North Pacific Music
Max Roach * * * Ezz-thetic * * * + 4 * * * Trip
Oliver Lake Quintet * * * Hat and Beard * * * Dedicated to Dolphy * * * Black Saint
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Louis Armstrong * * * Mack the Knife * * * Jazz Best: 20 Immortal Jazz Standards * * * Music Power
Dinah Washington * * * Me and My Gin * * * Fly Me To the Moon * * * Restoration Hardware
Ella Fitzgerald * * * I've Got You Under My Skin * * * I Get A Kick Out of You * * * Verve
Frank Sinatra * * * I Get A Kick Out of You * * * The Frank Sinatra Collection * * * Deja Vu
Dardanelle * * * It Could Happen To You * * * The 1992 Stash Sampler * * * Stash
Jimmy Scott * * * Darn That Dream * * * But Beautiful * * * Milestone
Allen Toussaint * * * Long, Long Journey * * * The Bright Mississippi * * * Nonesuch
Nat King Cole * * * I Don't Get Around Much Any More * * * Unforgetable * * * Longines Symphonette Recording Society
Louis Armstrong * * * Save It, Pretty Mama * * * Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 3 * * * JSP
Hoagy Charmichael * * * Stardust * * * Gennett Records Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 * * * Gennett
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Count Basie with Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross * * * Swingin' the Blues * * * Sing Along with Basie * * * Routlette
Hank Jones * * * Honeysuckle Rose * * * Ain't Misbehavin' * * * Galaxy
Tony Scott * * * The Lady is a Tramp * * * The Modern Art of Jazz * * * Seeco
Earl Hines * * * Trav'lin Light * * * Fatha * * * Columbia
Charles Mingus * * * Jelly Roll * * * Mingus Ah-Um * * * Columbia
Steve Allen * * * St. Louis Blues * * * Plays the Piano Greats * * * Hamilton
Johnny Maddox * * * It's A Long, Long Way to Tipperary / I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be a Soldier * * * Ragtime Piano 1917 -1918 * * * Dot
Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing * * * How Long Blues * * * Blues by Basie * * * Columbia
Fred Astaire * * * Nice Work If You Can Get It * * * Let's Face the Music and Dance * * * Living Era
Andre Kostelanetz * * * Medley from Girl Talk * * * Kostelanetz Plays Gershwin * * * Columbia
Charlie Howze * * * Drop Me Off in Harlem * * * On the Piano * * * Horchow
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Old Tanner and the Skillet Lickers * * * Soldier's Joy * * * Roots N' Blues Retrospective * * * Legacy
Borah Bergman and Stefano Pastor * * * Crescent * * * Live at Tortona * * * Mutable Music
Pony Poindexter Nonet * * * Lanyop * * * Almost Forgotten: Instrumentalists * * * Columbia
Louis Armstrong * * * Royal Garden Blues * * * Ambassador Satch * * * Columbia
Paul Barbarin's New Orleans Stompers * * * Gettsyburg March * * * The Names of Dixieland * * * Baronet
New England Ragtime Ensemble * * * Smokehouse Blues * * * The Road From Rags to Jazz * * * Golden Crest
Duke Ellington * * * Beale Street Blues * * * The Unbooted Character * * * Swing Treasury
JB Floyd, Thomas Buckner, George Marsh * * * He's the Echo Inside the Echo (Improvisation) * * * In Crossing the Busy Street * * * Mutable Music
John Graas * * * Mulliganesque * * * Jazz of the Fifties * * * DECCA
Art Hodes * * * Panama Rag * * * Delmark 55 Years of Jazz * * * Delmark
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Roscoe Holcomb * * * Omie Wise * * * The High Lonesome Sound * * * Smithsonian Folkways
Blind Blake * * * C.C. Pills * * * The Essential Recordings of Blind Blake * * * Indigo
Sidney Bechet * * * Kansas City Man Blues * * * Up A Lazy River * * * Good Time Jazz
Bing Crosby and Jack Teagarden * * * The Birth of the Blues * * * And Some Jazz Friends * * * Decca Jazz
Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra * * * Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop * * * Big Band Jazz: The Jubilee Sessions * * * Hindsight
The Hokum Boys * * * Gin Mill Blues * * * Roots N' Blues Retrospective * * * Legacy
Louis Armstrong * * * There's A Cabin In The Pines * * * The Complete RCA Victor Recordings * * * RCA Victor
Bix Beiderbecke * * * 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So * * * The Bix Beiderbecke Story: Louisiana * * * Proper
Benny Goodman * * * King Porter Stomp * * * King of Swing * * * Bluebird
Kid Ory * * * Savoy Blues * * * (1927-1947) * * * Document
Hoagy Charmichael and His Pals * * * Friday Night * * * Gennet Records Greatest Hits, Vol. III * * * Gennett
George Lewis * * * Doctor Jazz * * * Delmark: 55 Years of Jazz * * * Delmark
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks * * * Heaven's Radio * * * Roots N' Blues Retrospective * * * Legacy
Wilbur Sweatman * * * Down Home Rag * * * Ragtime to Jazz 1 1912-1919 * * * Timeless
Louis Armstrong * * * Don't Play Me Cheap * * * Complete RCA Victor Recordings * * * RCA Victor
Lawrence Welk's Novelty Orchestra * * * Spiked Beer * * * Gennett Records Greatest Hits Vol III * * * Gennett
Duke Ellington * * * Harlem Speaks * * * Creole Rhapsody * * * Living Era
* * * Paul Whiteman and his Concert Orchestra * * * Caprice Futuristic * * * Music for Moderns * * * Naxos
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Fletcher Henderson * * * Phantom Fantasie * * * Hocus Pocus * * * Bluebird
Original Dixieland Jass Band * * * Tiger Rag * * * Ragtime to Jazz 1 * * *
Benny Goodman * * * Tiger Rag * * * Jazz Tribune No. 13 * * * RCA
Lewis Black * * * Spanish Blues * * * A Richer Tradition: Country Blues and String Band Music 1927-1932 * * * JSP
Peatie Wheatstraw * * * Police Station Blues * * * Roots N' Blues Retrospective * * * Legacy
Breaux Frerres * * * La Valse Des Yeux Blue (Blue Eyes Waltz) * * * Roots N' Blues Retrospective * * * Legacy
Black Cats and The Kitten * * * Step It Up and Go * * * Roots N' Blues Retrospective * * * Legacy
Slim Gaillard * * * Oxydol Highball * * * Black California, Vol. 2 * * * Savoy
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band * * * Why Cry Blues * * * Gennett Records Greatest Hits * * * Gennett
Eubie Blake * * * Fare Thee Honey Blues * * * Greatest Ragtime of the Century * * * Biograph
Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell * * * Mean Old Train Blues * * * Naptown Blues * * * Orbis
Jelly Roll Morton Trio * * * Smilin' the Blues Away * * * Jelly Roll Morton Vol. 2 * * * JSP
Benny Goodman * * * Stompin' at the Savoy * * * Rare Recordings 1935-1936 * * * LaserLight
Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin * * * Rhapsody in Blue * * * Music for Moderns * * * Naxos
Bix Beiderbecke * * * Futuristic Rhythm * * * Bix Beiderbecke Story: Louisiana * * * Proper
Louis Armstrong * * * Rockin' Chair * * * Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 4 * * * JSP
Fletcher Henderson * * * Harlem Madness * * * Hocus Pocus * * * Bluebird
Duke Ellington * * * Blue Harlem * * * Creole Rhapsody * * * Living Era
Kid Ory's Sunshine Orchestra * * * Ory's Creole Trombone * * * Kid Ory (1922-1947) * * * Document
Gitfiddle Jim * * * Paddlin' Madeline Blues * * * A Richer Tradition: Country Blues and String Band Music 1927-1932 * * * JSP
Bing Crosby with the Rhythm Boys * * * Mississippi Mud/I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain * * * Bing: His Legendary Years 1931-1957 * * * MCA
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Randy Newman * * * Sail Away * * * Sail Away * * * Reprise
Julius Hemphill * * * The Hard Blues * * * Coon Bidness * * * Arista Freedom
Lester Bowie * * * Sardegna Amore (New Is Full of Lonely People) * * * The 5th Power * * * Black Saint
Charles Mingus * * * Pedal Point Blues * * * Mingus Ah-Um * * * Columbia-Legacy
Jeff Gauthier Goatette * * * Biko's Blues * * * House of Return * * * Cryptogramophone
Todd Sickafoose * * * Paper Trombones * * * Tiny Resistors * * * Cryptogramophone
Dave Brubeck * * * Koto Song * * * Time Out * * * Columbia-Legacy
Thursday, August 20, 2009
BAG II Project featuring Cooper-Moore and Zimbabwe Nkenya * * * PATHS * * * Vol. 2, 2008 * * * n/a
BAG II featuring Cooper-Moore and Zimbabwe Nkenya * * * Shumba (Traditional) * * * Vol. 2, 2008 * * * n/a
BAG II Project * * * Eneke The Bird Parts 1 and 2 * * * Vol. 2, 2008 * * * n/a
BAG II Project featuring Clayton Chandler VonDras, Jack Callahan, Zimbabwe Nkenya * * * Long Black Song * * * Vol. 2, 2008
Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio * * * Autumn Leaves * * * OOH Live! * * * Katalyst Entertainment
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Lester Bowie * * * F-Troop Rides Again * * * Hello Dolly * * * Muse
Human Arts Ensemble * * * A Lover's Desire * * * Under the Sun * * * Arista Freedom
Oliver Lake * * * Rocket * * * Heavy Spirit * * * Arista Freedom
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Velvet Underground* * * Melody Laughing* * * Peel Slowly And See* * * Polydor
Velvet Underground* * * Booker T.* * * Peel Slowly And See* * * Polygram
Velvet Underground* * * Some Kinda Love* * * Peel Slowly And See* * * Polygram
Velvet Underground* * * Foggy Notion* * * Peel Slowly And See* * * Polydor
Velvet Underground* * * All Tomorrow's Parties* * * Peel Slowly And See* * * Polydor
Akron/Family* * * Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship Version)* * * Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free Dead* * * Oceans
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Charles Mingus * * * Slop * * * Mingus Ah Um * * * Sony-Legacy
Dave Brubeck * * * St. Louis Blues * * * Time Out * * * Sony-Legacy
Shea Breaux Wells * * * Blue Skies * * * A Blind Date * * * Ultimate
Saltman Knowles * * * It's Been A Mad Spring * * * Return of the Composer * * * Pacific Coast Jazz
Hot Club of Detroit * * * Blues Up and Down * * * Night Town * * * Mack Avenue
Phil Ranelin * * * Blue Bossa * * * Living a New Day * * * Wide Hive
Garaj Mahal * * * Uptown Tippitinas * * * Woot * * * Owl Studios
Spencer Katzman Threeo * * * Bella Django * * * 5 is the New Three * * * 6V6
Claudia Acuna * * * Vuelvo Al Sur * * * En Este Momento * * * Marsalis Music
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Louis Armstrong * * * Mack the Knife * * * Greatest Hits Recorded Live * * * Brunswick
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven * * * Weary Blues * * * Hot Fives and Sevens, Vol. 2 * * * JSP
Louis Armstrong * * * Steak Face * * * Satchmo at Symphony Hall * * * Decca Jazz
Louis Armstrong * * * Blue Yodel (Standing on the Corner) * * * Young Louis Armstrong * * * RCA
Carroll Dickerson's Savoygers * * * Savoyagers' Stomp * * * Hot Fives and Sevens, Vol. 3 * * * JSP
Louis Armstrong * * * Please Stop Playing Those Blues, Boy * * * Pops * * * Bluebird
ouis Armstrong * * * What Did I Do To Be So Black and Blue * * * Hot Fives and Sevens, Vol. 4 * * * JSP
Louis Armstrong * * * Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans * * * Pops * * * Bluebird
Louis Armstrong * * * Gut Bucket Blues * * * Hot Fives and Sevens, Vol. 1 * * * JSP
Louis Armstrong * * * Royal Garden Blues * * * Satchmo at Symphony Hall * * * Decca
Louis Armstrong * * * A Kiss To Build A Dream On * * * Greatest Hits Recorded Live * * * Brunswick
Louis Armstrong Hello Dolly * * * Greatest Hits Recorded Live * * * Brunswick
Jeremy Davenport * * * That Old Black Magic * * * We'll Dance 'Til Dawn * * * Basin Street
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Matthew Shipp Quartet * * * Visions * * * Pastoral Composure * * * Thirsty Ear
David S. Ware * * * 3rd Movement * * * Freedom Suite * * * Aum Fidelity
Sonny Rollins * * * 4th Movement * * * Freedom Suite * * * Riverside
Matt Wilson * * * Old Gospel * * * Arts & Crafts * * * Leroy
Southside Johnny & LaBamba's Big Band * * * Tango Till They're Sore * * * Grapefruit Moon: The Songs of Tom Waits * * * Leroy
Allen Toussaint * * * Singin' the Blues * * * The Bright Mississippi * * * Nonesuch
Miles Davis * * * Concierto de Aranjuez (alternate take part 1) * * * Sketches of Spain * * * Sony-Legacy
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Henry Cow * * * Bad Alchemy / Little Red Riding Hood Hits the Road * * * Concerts * * * East Side Digital
Branford Marsalis * * * The Wrath (Structured Burnout) * * * Renaissance * * * Columbia
Anthony Braxton * * * For Composer * * * John Cage * * * For Alto * * * Delmark
Miles Davis * * * Saeta * * * Sketches of Spain * * * Sony-Legacy
illiam Parker In Order to Survive * * * Holiday for Hypocrites * * * Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy * * * Homestead
Frank Zappa * * * RDNZL * * * Studio Tan * * * Ryko
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Lester Bowie * * * Sardegna Amore (New is Full of Lonely People * * * The 5th Power * * * Black Saint
Sonny Rollins * * * Kilauea * * * Sunny Days Starry Nights * * * Milestone
John Hicks * * * Naima's Love Song * * * Some Other Time * * * Theresa
David Murray * * * David - Mingus * * * Children * * * Black Saint
Sun Ra * * * Sunology * * * Super-Sonic Sounds * * * Impulse
Medeski Martin & Wood * * * Sweet Pie Dreams * * * Radiolarians I * * * Indirecto
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Fats Waller * * * Harlem Fuss * * * Handful of Keys: Numb Fumblin' * * * Proper
Louis Armstrong * * * Keyhole Blues * * * Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. Two * * * JSP
Lewis Black * * * Spanish Blues * * * A Richer Tradition: Country Blues and String Band Music 1927 - 1932 * * * JSP
Skip James * * * Be Ready When He Comes * * * Legends of Country Blues * * * JSP
Jelly Roll Morton * * * Blue Blood Blues * * * Jelly Roll Morton, Vol. 3 * * * JSP
Bix Beiderbecke * * * Jazz Me Blues * * * Bix Beiderbecke Story * * * Proper
Wynton Marsalis * * * Oh, But on the Third Day (Happy Feet Blues) * * * The Majesty of the Blues * * * Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet f/ Sam Rivers * * * Walkin' * * * Miles in Tokyo * * * Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet f/ George Coleman * * * Milestones * * * Miles Davis in Europe * * * Columbia
Miles Davis Quintet f/ Wayne Shorter * * * So What * * * Miles in Europe * * * Columbia
Lee Konitz * * * Hibeck * * * Sax of a Kind * * * Quadromania
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Dudu Pukwana * * * Diamond Express * * * Diamond Express * * * Arista Freedom
Don Pullen * * * Poodle Pie * * * Tomorrow's Promises * * * Atlantic
Lester Young * * * Blue Lester * * * Pres/The Complete Savoy Recordings * * * Savoy
Ben Webster * * * Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me * * * Ballads * * * Verve
Benny Carter * * * Wave * * * Best of * * * Pablo
Sonny Rollins * * * Ee-Ah * * * Tour De Force * * * Prestige
Freddie Redd Quartet * * * Time to Smile * * * The Music from "The Connection" * * * Blue Note
Charlie Rouse * * * Epistrophy * * * Epistrophy: The Last Concert * * * Landmark
David Murray * * * Anti-Calypso * * * Black & Black * * * Red Baron
[Note: Today's show ran from 9:10 to 10:35 a.m.]
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Albert Ayler Trio * * * The Wizard * * * Spiritual Unity * * * ESP Disk
Derek Bailey & Henry Kaiser * * * Chrysanthemums * * * Wireforks * * * Shanachie
John Fahey * * * Special Rider Blues * * * America * * * Takoma
Peter Brotzmann Lila Eule No. 4 The Inexplicable Flyswatter Atavistic
Strata Institute * * * Bed Sty * * * Cipher Syntax * * * JMT
Saturday, June 6, 2009
T. Renner, "Improvisation for Lee Konitz," 2009, acrylic on paper, 6" x 4".
Nat King Cole Trio * * * Gone With the Draft * * * Nat King Cole Vol. 5 * * * LaserLight
Dexter Gordon * * * Broadway * * * Our Man In Paris * * * Blue Note
John Coltrane * * * Alabama * * * Complete Classic Quartet * * * Impulse
Charlie Christian / Thelonious Monk * * * Swing to Bop * * * Debut/Period Original Jazz Classics Sampler * * * Original Jazz Classics
Lee Konitz & Billy Bauer * * * Duet for Saxophone and Guitar * * * Sax of A Kind * * * Quadromania
Lee Konitz * * * Subconscious Lee * * * Sax of a Kind * * * Quadromania
Lee Konitz * * * Confucius Blues * * * Sax of a Kind * * * Quadromania
Lee Konitz * * * Crosscurrent * * * Sax of a Kind * * * Quadromania
Anthony Braxton * * * Background Music * * * Seven Standards, 1987 * * * Magenta
Sun Ra, Akh Tal Ebah, Ronnie Boykins * * * I'll Get By * * * Some Blues But Not the Kind Thats Blue * * * Atavistic Unheard Music Series
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Herbie Nichols Trio * * * Beyond Recall * * * The Bethlehem Years * * * Bethlehem
Abbey Lincoln * * * Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me * * * Abbey Lincoln's Affair * * * Blue Note
Steve Lacy Seven * * * Wickets * * * Cliches * * * Hatology
Zoot Sims, Jim Raney, Jim Hall, Steve Swallow & Osie Johnson * * * A Primera Vez * * * Otra Vez
Horace Tapscott Quintet with Arthur Blythe * * * The Dark Tree * * * West Coast Hot * * * Novus
Osie Johnson Quintet with Benny Powell, Frank Wess, Dick Katz & Eddie Jones * * * Johnson's Whacks * * * Jazz Hall of Fame Vol. 1 * * * Showcase
Don Byron * * * Next Love * * * New York Downtown Sounds * * * Knitting Factory Works
Charles Mingus * * * Mood Indigo * * * Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus * * * Impulse
Nicholas Payton * * * The Charleston Hop (The Blue Steps) * * * Into the Blue * * * Nonesuch
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Allen Toussaint * * * Day Dream * * * The Bright Mississippi * * * Nonesuch
Bill Dixon * * * The 12th December * * * New Music: Second Wave * * * Savoy
Roy Hargrove Quintet * * * Mr. Clean * * * Earfood * * * Groovin' High
Matching Mole * * * Flora Fidgit / Smoke Signals * * * Little Red Record * * * Columbia
Branford Marsalis Trio with Joe Lovano * * * Sentinel * * * The Dark Keys * * * Columbia
Andrew Hill with Lee Konitz and Ted Curson * * * Spiral * * * Spiral * * * Arista Freedom
Terence Blanchard * * * I'm In the Mood for Love * * * Let's Get Lost * * * Sony
Henry Townsend * * * All My Money's Gone * * * Classic Piano Blues * * * Smithsonian Folkways
Henry Threadgill * * * Sweet Holy Rag * * * Rags, Bush and All * * * Novus
Vassilis Tasbropoulous / Anja Lechner / U.T. Gandhi * * * Tibetan Dance * * * Melos * * * ECM New Series
Oliver Lake * * * France Dance / Whap * * * Passing Thru * * * Passin' Thru
The Dixon-Rhyne Project * * * Carousel * * * Reinvention * * * Owl Studios
Clifford Brown / Max Roach with Sonny Rollins * * * Cherokee * * * Live at the Bee Hive * * * Columbia
Paul Bley / Evan Parker / Barre Phillips * * * You Will Oscar, You Will * * * Time Will Tell * * * ECM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Eugene B. Redmond * * * Angel of Mercy * * * Blood Links and Sacred Places * * * IKEF
Archie Shepp * * * Come Sunday * * * The Cry of My People * * * Impulse
Charles Mingus and John LaPorta * * * Abstractions * * * Jazzical Moods * * * Period
Shirley LeFlore * * * Dream Eaters * * * Keep On: The Influence of the Last Poets * * * Trackstar the DJ Presents
Herbie Nichols * * * Love, Gloom, Cash, Love * * * Bethlehem Years * * * Bethlehem Records
Langston Hughes * * * The Weary Blues * * * Poetry Speaks * * * Sourcebooks MediaFusion
George Crevoshay * * * 7PTPC * * * Music from the Once Festival * * * New World Records
Matthew Herbert Big Band * * * Yessness * * * There's Me and There's You * * * K7!
Philip Jeck, Otomo Yoshihide & Martin Tetreault * * * Untitled #1 * * * An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music * * * Sub Rosa
William S. Burroughs * * * Present Time exercises * * * An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music * * * Sub Rosa [Note: Played simultaneously with the last 2+ minutes of previous track]
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
T. Renner, "Dizzy Gillespie," 2008, linoleum print on paper, 10" x 10".
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Celebrate Jazz with Live music, Art and New Orleans Food
AT THE URBAN ARTS COLLECTIVE, CELEBRATING ART IN THE CITY
St Louis, MO- The Urban Arts Collective presents a collection of work in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month by Tony Renner. Come enjoy great jazz, great art and a touch of New Orleans with us this Sunday, April 19.
The Brunch and Art event is open to the public from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 19, 2009 in the Urban Arts Collective space adjacent to the Urban Eats Café, at 3301 Meramec Street, St Louis, Missouri 63118
Renner’s work is delightfully exuberant and vibrant. Check out his tributes to some of the Jazz greats you know and love.
Lovely live jazz piano with Curt Landes, known as Gaptoof to some, will be featured on the /Urban Eats stage. Live music will run from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.
In conjunction with the Art show, Urban Eats Café will offer a specially priced menu items: we'll be tipping our hats to New Orleans with some Red Beans, Rice and Cornbread and Bread Pudding with Meringue & Chocolate Sauce, ala Emeril Lagasse.
Top it off with a Glamour Girl Cocktail (Apricot Brandy, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pomegranate-Cran Juice) and you' be floating in the Big Easy, right here in St Louis. It’s first come, first served, no reservations are required.
The Urban Arts Collective Project is an ongoing partnership with rotating artists who display their work in the Urban Arts Collective space, adjacent to the Urban Eats Café. The goal is to create awareness for both the artists, the development of the Urban Eats Café as a community reinvention project and the historic Dutchtown South City neighborhood.
More information and directions to the Urban Arts Collective can be found at http://www.urbaneatscafe.com.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Paul Serrano Quintet -- Dream of Igor -- Blues Holiday -- Riverside
Charles Ives (The Lydian String Quartet) -- Quartet No. 2 (2nd Movement: Arguments) -- The String Quartets -- Centaur
Israel Citkowitz (James Joyce, verse) -- Five Songs from "Chamber Music" -- But Yesterday Is Not Today" -- New World Records
Lionel Loueke -- Naima -- Karibu -- Blue Note
Ted Curson -- Searchin' for the Blues -- Flip Top -- Arista Freedom
Eugene B. Redmond -- Invasion of the Noise -- Blood Links & Sacred Places -- IKEF
Hampton Hawes -- Now's The Time -- A Little Copenhagen Night Music -- Arista Freedom
Shirley LeFlore -- Wasabi Dream Eaters -- The Influence of the Last Poets -- Trackstar the DJ Presents
Frank Lowe -- Mysterioso -- Fresh -- Arista Freedom
John Cage (LaSalle Quartet) -- String Quartet in Four Parts (Movement 2: Slowly Rocking -- Lutostawski - Penderecki - Cage - Mayuzumi String Quartets -- Deustch Grammophone
Arnold Schoenberg (New Viena String Quartet & Evelyn Lear, soprano) -- String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 (Movement 3: Litanei (Langsam)) -- The Complete String Quartets -- Philips
[Note: today's episode aired from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.]
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Dave Brubeck and Eugene Wright * * * Fatha * * * Time In Outer Space * * * Columbia-Legacy
Anthony Braxton Ensemble * * * Composition No. 142 * * * (Victoriaville) 1988 * * * Victo
Dave Brubeck Quartet * * * It's A Raggy Waltz (live) * * * Time Further Out * * * Columbia-Legacy
Cow Cow Davenport * * * Atlanta Blues * * * Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here * * * Yazoo
Charles Mingus * * * Alice's Wonderland * * * Wonderland * * * Solid State
Gordon Mumma * * * Meanwhile, A Twopiece * * * Music from the Once Festival 1961-1966 * * * New World
Dave Holland Quintet * * * Gridlock (Opus 8) * * * Seeds of Time * * * ECM
Dave Brubeck Quartet * * * Unisphere * * * Time Changes * * * Columbia-Legacy
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
T. Renner, "Portrait of Dave Brubeck," 2008, acrylic on paper, 10.5" x 13.5".
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and to celebrate I will be displaying a bunch of my jazz orientated pieces at Urban Eats Cafe, 3301 Meramec Avenue, in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St Louis.
On Sunday, April 19, you can join me for brunch at Urban Eats from 10:00 a.m. 'til 2:00 p.m. Not sure exactly what the special menu items will be but think New Orleans....
I will also have work on display at Urban Eats in May and June, with accompanying Sunday brunches. Stay tuned for further details.
By the way, this portrait of Dave Brubeck was my first attempt at a portrait. I used the cover of the January 2008 issue of DownBeat magazine as my model. Click on the thumbnail to see a full-size version!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Skip James * * * Hardtime Killing Floor Blues * * * Hardtime Killing Floor Blues * * * Biograph
John Coltrane * * * The Last Blues * * * The Classic Quartet -- Complete Impulse Studio Recordings * * * Impulse
Wise In Time * * * Nine * * * 20 Ways to Walk Through Walls * * * Crammed Discs
Animal Collective * * * Summertime Clothes * * * Merriweather Post Pavilion * * * Domino
Andrew Hill * * * Dedication * * * Point of Departure * * * Blue Note
Ted Gioia Trio * * * All The Things You Are * * * The End of the Open Road * * * Quartet Records
Erik Satie (Roman Schwaller, tenor sax, Woody Schabata, vibes) * * * Vexations 1801 * * * Vienna Art Orchestra: the Minimalism of Erik Satie * * * Hatology
Charley Patton * * * Prayer of Death (Part 1) * * * King of the Delta Blues * * * Yazoo
Anthony Braxton and Dave Holland * * * You Stepped Out of A Dream * * * Five Pieces 1975 * * * Arista
Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden * * * Soap Suds * * * Soap Suds, Soap Suds * * * Verve Harmolodic
Gastr del Sol * * * Eight Corners * * * Mirror Repair * * * Drag City
Nathaniel Bartlett * * * Silhouettes * * * Precipice: Modern Marimba * * * Albany
(Note: Today's show ran from 9:50 to 10:20 a.m.)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Oliver Messiaen (Carl-Axel Dominique, piano) * * * Le Traquet rieur * * * The Complete Bird Music for Solo Piano * * * BIS
Cecil Taylor * * * Indent: second layer, part one * * * Indent * * * Arista Freedom
Wolfgang Rihm (Ensemble Recherche) * * * Kolchis (for harp, piano, violin, double-bass * * * Wergo 40 Years * * * Wergo
Charles Ives (William Parker, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, pinao; Ani Kavafian, violin) * * * Sunrise * * * Nine Songs by Charles Ives * * * New World
Anthony Braxton * * * Scene One * * * Composition No. 173 * * * Black Saint
Archie Shepp * * * Epitaph of a Small Winner * * * Black Gypsy * * * Prestige
[Note: today's show ran from 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.]
Friday, March 13, 2009
Dave Brubeck Quartet * * * When You're Smiling * * * At Storyville: 1954 * * * Columbia
Charles Ives (Gregory Fulkerson, violin, and Robert Shannon, piano) * * * Sonata No. 3, 2nd Movment (Allegro) * * * Sonatas for Violin and Piano * * * Bridge * * * Classical
Will Ezell * * * Mixed Up Rag * * * Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here * * * Yazoo
Arnold Schoenberg (New Vienna String Quartet) * * * String Quartet No. 4, 1st Movement (Allegro molto. Energico) * * * String Quartets * * * Philips
Anthony Braxton, Kenny Wheeler, Leroy Jenkins, Dave Holland, Jerome Cooper * * * Side Two, Cut Three * * * New York, Fall 1974 * * * Arista
Charles Ives (The Lydian String Quartet) * * * Hallowe'en * * * The String Quartets * * * Centaur
Dave Brubeck Quartet * * * Slow and Easy (a.k.a. Lawless Mike) * * * Time Further Out * * * Columbia
Dave Brubeck * * * Fatha * * * Countdown: Time In Outer Space * * * Columbia
Big Joe Williams * * * Coffeehouse Blues * * * 55 Years of Blues * * * Delmark
Ernest Stoneman and Mike Seeger * * * I'm Alone, All Alone * * * Masters of Old-time Autoharp * * * Smithsonian Folkways
Sun Ra * * * Brainville * * * 55 Years of Jazz * * * Delmark
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble * * * Ornette * * * Mama's House Live * * * Katalyst
JPP * * * Tango de Caro * * * Artology * * * NorthSide
Anton Webern (Emerson String Quartet) * * * Rondo for String Quartet * * * Complete Webern * * * Deustsche Grammophon
Captain Beefheart * * * Ashtray Heart * * * Doc at the Radar Station * * * Virgin
Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn * * * Faxing * * * Colors * * * Harmolodic
Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn * * * * * * Colors * * * Harmolodic
Erik Satie (Alexandre Tharaud, Eric LeSage, pianos) * * * Cinema * * * Next-to-Last Thoughts * * * Harmonia Mundi
Alban Berg (Steffen Schleiermacher, Markus Zegehor, pianos) * * * Variations from "Lulu" for piano 4 hands by Hans Erich Apostel * * * The Vienese School: Teachers and Followers * * * Musikproduction
Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams * * * Walkin' * * * Live at the Plugged Nickel * * * Columbia
Thursday, March 5, 2009
J.B. Hutto * * * Evening Train * * * 55 Years of Blues * * * Delmark
Jelly Roll Morton * * * Dead Man Blues
Louis Armstrong * * * St. Louis Blues
Bix Beiderbecke * * * Futuristic Rhythm
South Street Trio * * * Whiskey and Gin Blues
Leroy Carr * * * I Keep the Blues
Curtis Fuller * * * 55 Years of Jazz * * * Delmark
Clifton Anderson * * * Deja Blu * * * Decade * * * Emarcy
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble * * * All Blues * * * Mama's House Live * * * Katalyst
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The above video is from an October 10, 2003, performance at the New York City art space Location One.
The New York Times obituary by Ben Ratliff:
Leroy Jenkins, 74, Violinist Who Pushed Limits of Jazz, Dies
The violinist and composer Leroy Jenkins, one of the pre-eminent musicians of 1970s free jazz, who worked on and around the lines between jazz and classical music, died on Fridday in Manhattan. He was 74 and lived in Brooklyn.
The cause was complications of lung cancer, said his wife, Linda Harris.
Mr. Jenkins grew up on the South Side of Chicago. He started playing violin around age 7 and performed in recitals at St. Luke Church, one of the city’s biggest Baptist churches, accompanied by a young pianist named Ruth Jones, later known as the singer Dinah Washington. Mr. Jenkins subsequently joined the orchestra and choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church, directed by Dr. O. W. Frederick, who tutored him in the music of black composers like William Grant Still and Will Marion Cook.
At DuSable High School, Mr. Jenkins played alto saxophone under the band director Walter Dyett, a legendary figure in jazz education. He then attended Florida A & M University on a bassoon scholarship, though ultimately he played saxophone and clarinet in the concert band and studied the violin again.
After college, Mr. Jenkins spent four years as a violin teacher in Mobile, Ala. On returning to Chicago in 1964, he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (A.A.C.M.) a cooperative for jazz musicians determined to follow through on the structural advances of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and others who were widening the jazz tradition. In time, he became one of the most visible members of the organization, which persists today.
With Anthony Braxton, Steve McCall and Leo Smith, he formed the Creative Construction Company; the musicians in the group shifted to Paris, where they and other members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians built their international reputations in 1969 and 1970.
In 1970, Mr. Jenkins returned to the United States, at first living in Ornette Coleman’s loft in SoHo in New York. He formed the Revolutionary Ensemble, a trio with the bassist Sirone and the drummer Jerome Cooper; the group lasted for six years and fused Mr. Jenkins’s classical technique with a flowing, free-form aesthetic.
In the mid-1970s, after years of cooperative projects, he became a bandleader, and also wrote music for classical ensembles. He led the group Sting, which played a kind of splintered jazz-funk, and made a series of his own records for the Italian label Black Saint. He began to work in more explicitly classical situations, often with old Chicago colleagues like the pianist Muhal Richard Abrams. And he wrote music performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet and other ensembles.
Mr. Jenkins’s trajectory eventually led him toward collaborations with choreographers, writers and video artists. They included “The Mother of Three Sons,” a collaboration with Bill T. Jones’s dance company, staged at New York City Opera in 1991; “The Negro Burial Ground,” a cantata; “Fresh Faust,” a jazz-hip-hop opera; and “Three Willies,” a multimedia opera. In recent years, Mr. Jenkins went back to smaller music-only projects, including the trio Equal Interest, with the pianist Myra Melford and the saxophonist Joseph Jarman; in 2004, he reunited with the Revolutionary Ensemble.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
From the Carolina Chocolate Drops' MySpace page:
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a group of young African-American stringband musicians that have come to together to play the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music in Carolinas piedmont.
Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson both hail from the green hills of the North Carolina Piedmont while Dom Flemons is native to sunny Arizona. Although we have diverse musical backgrounds, we draw our musical heritage from the foothills of the North and South Carolina.
We have been under the tutelage of Joe Thompson, said to be the last black traditional string band player, of Mebane, NC and we strive to carry on the long standing traditional music of the black and white communities. Joe's musical heritage runs as deeply and fluidly as the many rivers and streams that traverse our landscape.
We are proud to carry on the tradition of black musicians like Odell and Nate Thompson, Dink Roberts, John Snipes, Libba Cotten, Emp White, and countless others who have passed beyond memory and recognition.
From the Rum Drum Ramblers' Myspace page:
What does dirty punk rock and down-home delta blues have in common? In short, the genres both reflect "struggle music." That being said, it is no surprise that the three stalwart gentlemen that form the Rum Drum Ramblers were once mohawk sporting, studded jacket donning, snot-nosed punk rockers in much of their high school youth.
Trading drums for a "jingle-foot" and power chords for finger picking, the Ramblers have spent the past year bridging the gap between punk and blues. In good holding with the DIY attitude of the punk philosophy, the trio would just as soon perform on a street corner as they would a concert venue. Regardless of where you may find them, the first clue that you've stumbled upon a Rum Drum Ramblers performance will be the manic frenzy of the crowd.
The Rum Drum Ramblers are a hard working, self-made band and though they are young, the songs they write could easily be mistaken for a blues standard that was spinning on shellac seventy years ago. In a world where the blues has been fried, dyed, and laid to the side, the feel-good music of the Rum Drum Ramblers reminds us of why it was cool in the first place.
Monday, February 9, 2009
From National Public Radio:
Chanteuse Blossom Dearie Dies At 82
By Elizabeth Blair
With her wispy, delicate voice, Blossom Dearie was a darling of the jazz world for decades. The cabaret singer and pianist died Saturday of natural causes in her home in New York City. She was 82.
She was a small woman with a small voice, but blogger Marc Myers says it was a distinctive style that made you want to listen.
"Blossom's voice always had this pixie-like sense of wonderment," Myers says. "Her voice was sort of helium high."
Myers says that when Dearie began singing in the '40s and '50s, some of the most acclaimed female jazz vocalists were hitting their stride.
"She sort of walked among giants. You had Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald. But Blossom stood out by fusing cabaret and jazz together," Myers says. "She had this whimsy, but this very deep passion."
Dearie Makes A Hit With 'Hip'
When she was a little girl in upstate New York, Dearie studied classical piano, but quickly gravitated to jazz. She liked to have fun and was known for her wit. Over the years, she worked with two other funny jazz musicians: Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg. She recorded one of the songs they wrote for themselves, called "I'm Hip."
"We both thought it would last a season after people got the joke," Dorough says. "Blossom made a little hit out of it."
Later on, when Dorough was hired to write the music for the kids' show Schoolhouse Rock, he asked Dearie to sing a couple of songs.
Describing Dearie's voice in The New Yorker, Whitney Balliett once wrote, "It speaks of porcelain and Limoges."
A No-Nonsense Performer
But this delicate artist was also very demanding. In the 1970s, she started her own record label, Daffodil, and she had a reputation for not tolerating people talking or smoking during her shows. Dearie would stop in the middle of a song and tell people to be quiet.
Dearie was a regular act at a club in Manhattan up until just a few years ago. She told Marian McPartland, host of NPR's Piano Jazz, that in later years, as she sang her collection of popular standards, her fans were always respectful.
"They're very aware of the music," Dearie said. "They know everything. I always say, 'I'm not afraid of forgetting the lyrics, because if I forget the lyrics, somebody in the audience knows the lyrics.' They cherish these songs. My audience is very with it."
Click here to listen to an archived edition of Piano Jazz.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Lowell Fulson * * * The Blues Are Killing Me * * * Blues in History I * * * History
Dr. Ross * * * Jukebox Boogie * * * Sun Records: The Ultimate Blues Collection * * * Varese Sarabande
Muddy Waters * * * Rock Me * * * I'm Ready * * * Epic-Legacy
St. Louis Jimmy * * * So Nice and Kind * * * The Aristocrat of the Blues * * * Chess
J.B. Hutto * * * Slidewinder * * * Delmark 40th Anniversary * * * Delmark
Blind Willie Johnson * * * I'm Gonna Run to the City of Refuge * * * Preachin' the Gospel: Holy Blues * * * Columbia-Legacy
Madison's Lively Stones * * * It's Time to Make A Change * * * Classic African American Gospel * * * Smithsonian-Folkways
Elmore Nixon * * * A Hepcat's Advice * * * Best of Duke-Peacock Blues * * * Duke-Peacock
Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers * * * Pink Champagne * * * More Jump Blues * * * Rhino
Muddy Waters * * * Muddy Jumps One * * * Aristocrat of the Blues * * * Chess
Robert Johnson * * * I'm A Steady Rollin' Man * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * JSP
Blind Will Dukes * * * Steady Rollin' Man * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * JSP
Blind Blake * * * Georgia Bound * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * JSP
Robert Johnson * * * From Four Until Late * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * JSP
Carl Rafferty * * * Mr. Carl's Blues * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * JSP
T. Renner, "City of Refuge," 2008, digital photograph.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Sleepy John Estes * * * * President Kennedy (Take 13) * * * * On 80 Highway * * * * Delmark
Muddy Waters * * * * 32-20 Blues * * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * * JSP
Muddy Waters * * * * I'm Ready * * * * I'm Ready * * * * Epic-Legacy
David Honeyboy Edwards * * * * The Army Blues * * * * In History I * * * * History
Jack Dupree * * * * Dupree Shake Dance * * * * In History I * * * * History
Tampa Red * * * * Things 'Bout Comin' My Way * * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * * JSP
Two Gospel Keys * * * * You've Got to Move * * * * Classic African American Gospel * * * * Smithsonian Folkways
Leroy Carr * * * * Mean Mistreater Mama * * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * * JSP
Robert Johnson * * * * Terraplane Blues * * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * * JSP
Peetie Wheatstraw * * * * Police Station Blues * * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * * JSP
Kokomo Arnold * * * * Milk Cow Blues * * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * * JSP
Robert Johnson * * * * Kind Hearted Woman * * * * The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond * * * * JSP
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
T. Renner, "Improvisations for Derek Bailey #'s 5-8," 2008, acrylic on coated card stock, 7" x 5".
"Irk Bee Delay," a track from my musical homage to Derek Bailey [ANAGRAMS, 2008, Echolocation Recordings] has been included on a massive net-only compilation recently released on Clinical Archives. Excerpts from a review from Free Albums Galore follow:
One of the most exciting net labels to show up recently is Clinical Archives. There is a huge amount of music on this label which is described as the "independent netlabel for eclectic and illogical music". Their release Clinical Jazz may be of some help in defining the music of this label but it may not be too helpful because the anthology album itself is so huge! It has over 10 hours of music and is the equivalent of 9 CDs. Once you get past the size of this collection, you will find an exceptionally consistent quality of music that is either in the jazz genre or outside the genre of jazz but beholden to the the influence of this improvisatory music. Not everything here fits my definition of jazz but that is not the point. Clinical Archives is about expanding the definition of music and that is certainly the intent in these 94 tracks from all over the globe.
There ’s just too much to go through on each CD but the variety of music as well as the high quality of the artists is extremely impressive. [...] Much of CD 5 is also avant-garde improvisation but sounding more post classical than jazz. Check out guitarist Tony Renner’s "Irk Bee Delay" which is a nice Derek Bailey styled improv.
You can download the entire compilation or listen to selected tracks here.
Monday, January 12, 2009
T. Renner, Variations for Anthony Braxton #'s 3-5," 2008, acrylic on paper, 5" x 7".
These three pieces will be on display as part of the exhibition "Works on Paper (Chance)" on display from January 16 through March 15 at Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar in the heart of the Loop in University City, Missouri.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
2. Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell * * * Mysticism of My Soul * * * Mu * * * Actuel
3. Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Steve McCall * * * The Light on the Dalta * * * Anthony Braxton * * * Actuel
4. Archie Shepp * * * There Is A Balm In Gilead * * * Blase * * * Actuel
5. Gerry Mulligan * * * Night Lights * * * Night Lights * * * Mercury
6. Creative Music Studio (Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, Miroslav Vitous) * * * Impressions * * * Woodstock Jazz Festival 2 * * * Knit Classics
7. Fred Tompkins * * * Compound * * * Compositions of Fred Tompkins * * * Festival
8. Dewey Redman * * * Seeds & Deeds * * * Ear of the Behearer * * * Impulse
9. Art Ensemble of Chicago * * * Yobu-Sun * * * Live at the 6th Tokyo Music Joy '90 * * * DIW
10. Ned Rothenberg * * * Epistrophical Notions * * * The Crux * * * Leo
11. Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio * * * Ka's Blues * * * Ooh Live! * * * Bright Moments/Katalyst
Note: show ran from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.