Monday, September 17, 2012
The 12th annual jazz and blues festival proved to be a great time for the entire family.
Thousands tapped their toes, clapped their hands and shook their groove thang Saturday at the 12th annual Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival held in Old Webster Groves. This family-friendly event featured non-stop jazz and blues music on two stages, which focused on a wide range of musical styles all with their roots right here in St. Louis. Food and drink vendors from area restaurants offered a wide variety of eats and beverages. Children enjoyed lots of activities in the kid’s area with face-painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts and more, while street performers entertained with juggling and balloons. Did you attend this year's festival? If so, please upload your photos to this article!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Dorothy and Robert Edwards bring the sound of Jazz closer to Webster Groves thanks to their bar, Robbie's House of Jazz.
Shortly after Robert and Dorothy Edwards started dating after high school, they would visit the many jazz bars in St. Louis. Robert can name several "joints," as he calls them, that used to exist in the city. But somehow with time, most of the joints are now gone. "I don't know what happened," said Robert, a retired music instructor. "There used to be a time when there was jazz everywhere." FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ Dorothy and Robert, however, did not give up their love for music, and in 2009 they opened Robbie's House of Jazz, located in the heart of Old Webster, at 20 Allen Avenue. The bar, which replaced the former Cookies Jazz and More, is a reflection of the couple's love of jazz that they have shared over the years. "I named this place …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Webster University's summer Jazz Combo Camp starts Monday.
Jazz music grabs some musicians and never lets go. If jazz is your bag, Webster University is calling all cool cats to a jazz combo camp for high school, college and adult students starting Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, at its campus in Webster Groves. The intensive curriculum includes master classes for specific instruments, ensemble rehearsals and classes in music theory and jazz styles. Seminars will also delve into big band techniques, rhythm section playing, music technology, composition, music business, Latin music and jazz history. That's a lot of education and experience packed into five days with a cost of only $225. “It's a fair price,” said Paul DeMarinis, director of the camp and Webster's director of jazz studies, …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Great music is a bargain for St. Louisans looking for spring and summer grooves.
Spring is here: A time when our thoughts turn lightly to, jazz? Well, why not? The Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival earlier this month got Patchthinking about where else folks can enjoy this all-American musical genre. Big Band New talent Home-grown talent Summertime Jazz This list is by no means exhaustive. Please share your own tips for finding cheap or free jazz in our comments section! What's your favorite style of jazz? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Dorothy Gleason, longtime co-owner of Webster Records, died Friday.
Dorothy Gleason, 80, formerly of Webster Groves, died last Friday from lung disease. A staple in the local music community, she ran Webster Records with her husband, Roy Gleason, since the late 1940s, first at East Lockwood Avenue and Big Bend Boulevard, and then for 35 years at 124 W. Lockwood. The two stayed on part-time after the store changed ownership and moved across the street. For years, Webster Records was an all purpose music store that sold 45-rpm records for 99-cents with a large rock and Motown section, however the store was best known for its selection of classical and jazz. Dorothy and Roy also were known nationally for selling square dance and school physical education records. They sold the records for 25 years before …
Spring is here with fresh happenings around town. Come on out!
1. THURTENE CARNIVAL Where/When: Washington University, Skinker Blvd. and Forest Park Parkway; 4-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Why Go: Fun times! It's the largest and oldest student-run carnival in the United States. Highlights are the amusement rides, food and student performances. Pricing: Free admission 2. REPEAL OF PROHIBITION BEER FESTIVAL Where/When: Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood; noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Why Go: Celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition. A sampling of more than 30 beer styles will be featured with musical entertainment by Swing DeVille. Pricing: $25 in advance, $30 day of event 3. HEALTHY KIDS DAY Where/When: Mid-County Family YMCA, 1900 Urban Dr., Brentwood; 10 a.m…