Willie Akins and Montez Coleman, April 2013

This I Love Jazz features two artists from the St. Louis area that have enjoyed national success – generations apart. Willie Akins is a senior ambassador of the saxophone. His career, both in New York and the Gateway City, has been swinging for over half a century. Montez Coleman, from the Metro East, is a young drummer who is making waves both here and in the Big Apple. Together, with guitarist Eric Slaughter and bassist Bob Deboo, they made great straight-ahead jazz at Jazz at the Bistro – captured live for this I Love Jazz. Also featured in this program, is a look at the life and work of another native St. Louisian, Al Hirschfeld- through a special exhibition at the Sheldon Art Gallery that explores the artist’s lifelong fascination with jazz and the musical arts. Our Jazz Gem features another sax/drum combination, Flip Phillips and Butch Miles. And on our educational segment, Building Blocks of Jazz, Phil Dunlap looks at the history of the piano in jazz music.

This magazine style program based on Don Wolff’s popular jazz radio show, I Love Jazz, showcases his depth of musical knowledge and appreciation of the historical jazz tradition. As a local renowned jazz authority, Don’s insightful interviews reveal his dedication to music education and his personal love of jazz.

Willie Akins and Montez Coleman, April 2013

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Date: April 18, 2015 Time: 10:00am