Join Jazz Unlimited host Dennis Owsley and St. Louis Public Radio Rolla correspondent Jonathan Ahl for a conversation about Dennis’ new book “St. Louis Jazz: A History.” A reception and book signing will follow. Left Bank Books will have books available for purchase.
In the early twentieth century, St. Louis was a hotbed for ragtime and blues, both roots of jazz music. In 1914, Jelly Roll Morton brought his music to the area. In 1919, Louis Armstrong came to town to play on the "floating conservatories" that plied the Mississippi. Miles Davis, the most famous of the city’s jazz natives, changed the course of the genre four different times throughout a world-renowned career. The Black Artists Group of the 1970s was one of the first to bring world music practices into jazz. Author Dennis C. Owsley chronicles the ways both local and national St. Louis musicians have contributed to the city and to the world of music.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm
Saint Louis Public Radio, Community Room 3651 Olive Street