In face-to-face interviews about his book, City of Gabriels: The Jazz History of St. Louis 1895-1973, Dennis Owsley found that although issues in the book such as race, the musicians’ unions and other sensitive topics were discussed, they were not found in the final printed stories. This platform address will examine some of these topics.
The host of KWMU’s Jazz Unlimited show since 1988, Dennis Owsley is a retired research scientist, part-time teacher, author and photographer. A fan and student of jazz since age 15, he has become one of St. Louis’ foremost experts on local contributions to the art form. He and his wife Rosa are members of the Ethical Society.