I had the pleasure of attending scores of shows in St. Louis this past year. Here are my top picks for the best shows of 2014.
Innovative jazz drummer Kenny Clarke was born in Pittsburgh in 1914. Raised by a musical family he learned several instruments and played in Roy Eldridge's band as a teenager. In the early '30s he moved to St. Louis to join the Jeter-Pillars Band.
Jazz is considered to be a true American art form, but when mixed with Afro-Cuban influences and Latin heritage, it has grown into a melange of worldly music shared across borders, continents and cultures.
R&B performer Tommy Dean was born in Louisiana in 1909 and grew up in Texas. He moved to St. Louis while in his 20s.
Lucia Pamela was born in St. Louis in 1904. She was taught piano by her mother, and studied at Soldan High School and Washington University. After being named Miss St. Louis in 1926 she was invited to join the Ziegfeld Follies.
This list has it all: indie rock, blues, country, folk, pop, reggae, jazz and everything in between. It's the kind of year-end roundup KDHX loves to make, because it illustrates the passion and curiosity of our DJs -- and of you, our loyal listeners.
In the spirit of jazz, Wednesday night at the Ferring Jazz Bistro proved to be a night of adaptation and perseverance.
There are many new aspects of Jazz St. Louis’ newly renovated Harold Jazz Center, but one of the finest additions turns out to be something old. Rich McDonnell, founding board member and longtime supporter of jazz, was lost this past year, and the Ferring Jazz Bistro has the honor of housing his classic, Hammond B-3 organ, one of the most renowned instruments in jazz.
Written by Dave Hamilton and Clarence Paul, and recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1964, "Purple Snowflakes" isn't known as a holiday classic, even though it really should be. St. Louis band Rough Shop updates the dreamy, jazzy, psychedelic sound with a cover that's both faithful and fully inspired.