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Jazz Unlimited

Listen Sunday, 9 p.m. to midnight, or to the previous week's show here on our web site.

Dennis Owsley has been hosting a weekly radio show on St. Louis Public Radio since 1983. He has been a jazz album collector, aficionado, and historian since 1958 and has seen most of the major artists in jazz in live performance.

Owsley wrote an award-winning book, City of GabrielsThe Jazz History of St. Louis 1895-1973.

Nearly all the music heard on Jazz Unlimited is from Owsley's personal collection. He is gaining an international reputation as a photographer of jazz musicians as well.

Jazz Unlimited won the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis Award in the "Best Jazz Show" category six out of the past seven years.

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For more on Owsley or to view past Jazz Unlimited playlists, visit Owsley's website.

Jazz Unlimited is a unique weekly radio show covering the continuum of jazz from Louis Armstrong to Lester Bowie. Each show is scripted and is based on a theme to provide the broadest coverage of the music.


Jazz Giants for the months of September and October 2012: Jimmy Blanton, Hamiet Bluiett, Lester Bowie, Clifford Brown, Ray Brown, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Holland, Elvin Jones, Lee Konitz, Oliver Lake, Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Art Pepper, Oscar Pettiford, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Art Tatum and Gerald Wilson.


Jazz UnlimitedOctober 14: Money: A Membership Campaign Special Program (Three Hours)
Public radio cannot survive without your contributions. This show is all music about money.

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October 21: Jazz from the Left Coast-Part 2 (Three Hours)
Jazz live from clubs on the left coast will be presented.

October 28: Keys and Strings Hour (first hour)
The quieter side of jazz will present my favorite vocalists without horns.


St. Louis Magazine stories:


>> There Are Now Fewer Than 400 Jazz DJs on the Air--and Yes, There Are Cultural Consequences

>> Looking Forward and Backward: 30 Years of Jazz Unlimited


Living St. Louis profile of jazz artist Clark Terry:


Listen to Dennis' Jazz St. Louis podcast about Blue Note Records.


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Ed ThingpenJazz Events

From the St. Louis Public Radio Events page, browse through all of the area's best jazz and blues events. You may also submit your favorite events to share with our listeners.

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HintonPhoto Gallery

Browse through a large photo collection of jazz artists. All photos were taken by Dennis Owsley.

>> Jazz photos



For more on Dennis and to view past Jazz Unlimited playlists visit Dennis Owsley's website.