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Monday, 26 January 2015 07:00

Kenny Clarke: The shape of drumming to come

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.

Published in St. Louis Music Notes

On a music-related note: "20,000 Days On Earth" -- a film about dark rocker Nick Cave -- screens as part of Webster University's film series through Sunday.  More info here.
 

Published in Music News

In lesser hands, a country-folk cover of Cake's "Jesus Wrote a Blank Check" would bounce all the way to Nazareth. But when channeled through St. Louis singer and songwriter Beth Bombara's lilting voice and her band's banjo and doghouse bass-driven free-for-all it rings out rich and clear.

Published in Music News

Supporting music means buying music, and there's no better way to do that than at your favorite local record store. And what was St. Louis buying this year? Find out in our top 50 seller lists from Euclid Records and Vintage Vinyl.

Published in Music News

It's been a great year for rock 'n' roll records released by your friends and neighbors. Here are the ones I really liked.

Published in Music News

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.

Published in St. Louis Music Notes

I don't have a lot of options to offer this weekend that aren't related to the Art of Live Festival.

Published in Music News
Monday, 12 January 2015 07:00

Lucia Pamela: Rocket ship to the moon

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.

Published in St. Louis Music Notes

BRRRRR!  Still, the music must go on -- even if to a lesser extent than usual.
 

Published in Music News

St. Louis native and former Gold Glove boxer Nolan Van Way gave up a career as an engineer for one as an operatic singer.

Published in St. Louis Music Notes
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