Great Jazz Cities: St. Louis

By | May 4, 2012

East St. Louis favorite son Miles Davis
This hour we continue our ongoing series on America’s Great Jazz Cities with the long-lost jazz and blues traditions of St. Louis. We’ll talk with historian Kevin Belford about how St. Louis’ rich blues heritage got written out of the jazz history books, and take a look at how the turn-of-the-century Mississippi River riverboat economy shaped the early St. Louis music scene. And we’ll chat with jazz historian Ben Cawthra about St. Louis favorite son Miles Davis’ years growing up in the Gateway City, and explore how Father of the Blues W.C. Handy’s hard luck time in St. Louis inspired one of the music’s all time classics. (59:00)

Photo: Jazz icon Miles Davis is a native of East St. Louis.

To see some of the artwork in Kevin Belford’s book, Devil at the Confluence, go to the Devil at the Confluence blog.


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