Former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn filed a ballsy little lawsuit this week. First off, as a journalist, Penn surely knows how difficult it is to prove that his former employer defamed him, as it is with all defamation cases. But the crux of his complaint is even more controversial. Penn ... More >>
The Castle Ballroom - one of St. Louis' few remaining links its jazzy musical past - is in need of a buyer. And despite some challenges, boosters see potential to rehabilitate the facility to its former glory. Located at 2839 Olive St., the Castle Ballroom was one of the first dance halls that targ ... More >>
Keith Richards early in his career. February is Black History Month, the mere existence of which is a reminder that white people have spent a majority of America's existence being total dicks. When it comes to popular music, Caucasians are like a race comprising Winona Ryders who have no prob ... More >>
Diplomacy between nations doesn't always involve dignitaries or high-level negotiations. A group with a presence in St. Louis engages in "cultural diplomacy," which involves exchanging musical expertise between Americans and countries often hit hard by conflict. Since it became incorporated as a non ... More >>
The Bad Plus Jazz at the Bistro 7:30 p.m., January 6, 2012 Last time The Bad Plus rolled through Jazz At The Bistro, the trio played with the fire of a group intent on proving itself. This time around, pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King appeared comfortable and rela ... More >>
This weekend, two world leaders passed. One, North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, is remembered as an eccentric but dangerous dictator, a man who suppressed dissent and kept his people in a perpetual state of war and famine. The other, Vaclav Havel, played a key role in freeing Czechoslovakia from Comm ... More >>
To the casual observer, the quiet, tree-lined streets of Webster Groves probably do not suggest a jazz hotbed. Yet over the years the St. Louis suburb has become home to the independent label MAXJAZZ; a respected jazz studies program at Webster University; and two music stores - Euclid Records and W ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
Movies with that certain something
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
Typo Café at the Tin Ceiling, 3159 Cherokee Street; 314-910-7321.
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
B-Sides cops to liking the Black Eyed Peas, talks to local-boy-done-good Marty Ehrlich and dreams up some new logos for American Idol contestants
Contribute to William Pope.L's Black Factory this Saturday at the Contemporary
Week of April 6, 2005
A rough guide to St. Louis
Kathryn Blume tries to change the world
Is younger than Clark Terry's flugelhorn
The Dave Holland Big Band is just one of the highlights of the 2003 U.S. Bank St. Louis Jazz Festival
It's Swing! time at the Fox
Secret Ellington (True Life Entertainment) / 1969: All-Star White House Tribute (Blue Note)
Ethnomusicology, Vol. 2 (Justin Time)
Scorpion is fun if familiar, one of Allen's typical Manhattan riffs
Tuesday, Feb. 20; Eliot Unitarian Chapel (216 E. Argonne Dr.).
Enthusiasm fueled Ken Burns' new documentary on jazz, but the pursuit of profit also looms large
Sunday, Oct. 15; Edison Theater
Jim Lovins, Wherehouse Music
Fans of the late jazzman will find an upcoming Webster University concert to their liking
Cantor Ronald Eichaker jazzes up worship at Chesterfield's United Hebrew Congregation
Renowned jazz artist David Murray teams with the Urban Bush Women dance troupe
The Neem offer up 29 songs on their self-titled debut
Despite the efforts of rehabber Patrick Schneider, the notion of a Gaslight Square revival seems to be running short on both time and money
St. Louis saxophonist Greg Osby returns from New York to showcase and celebrate the past and future legends of Blue Note Records