Jazz artist Russell Gunn was born in Chicago but raised in East St. Louis. His main instrument is trumpet, but he is fluent on a number of instruments.
Once upon a time in St. Louis, Three Merry Widows spun an elaborate, fairy-tale wonderland of music with their very own Alice front and center. Alice Spencer, Brian Simpson, Sean Garcia and Charles Shipman are reuniting for one night (sans original drummer Matt Albert) to tell their stories and sing their songs once again. Three Merry Widows perform at the Ready Room on Saturday, February 7.
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.
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.
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.
It's been a great year for rock 'n' roll records released by your friends and neighbors. Here are the ones I really liked.
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.