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Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival Salutes Johnnie Johnson

"Celebrate.  Educate.  Commemorate."


What:  Webster-Kirkwood Times Presents 7th Annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival

Where:  Webster Groves Historic District at Gore and Lockwood Avenues (St. Louis)

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2007, 12:00 noon - 11:00 p.m.

Who:  Johnnie Johnson Band with Kim Massie, Brian Owens, FOX 2's Glenn Zimmerman, Daryl Davis and Bill Stalnaker, Wild Cool & Swingin', Gumbohead, Webster University Faculty Jazz Band, Anita Rosamond, Marquise Knox Blues Band, SIUE Jazz Ensemble, Joe Bozzi Band, Webster Groves High School Jazz Band, David's Guitar Loft Jazz Fusion.

Free:  Admission, Jazz Improv Workshop + Gift Bags, and Parking

INFO:  For more information visit or call (314) 961-4656 or (314) 961-8810

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St. Louis, MO, USA - August 16 – “Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread – without it, it’s flat,” said Carmen McRae.  No wonder there is a great mixture of the two at the 2007 Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival (OWJBF).

This year’s OWJBF prepares for its 7th celebration.  The event, in a spectacular, nostalgic location with an all-star roster of musicians, has established itself as one of the most memorable events on the first-rate fall festival circuit. A “Tribute to Johnnie Johnson” featuring the Johnnie Johnson Band with Kim Massie, Brian Owens, and special guests (FOX 2’s Glenn Zimmerman, Daryl Davis and Bill Stalnaker) will headline the family-oriented festival on Saturday, September 15, 2007.

Presented by the Webster-Kirkwood Times, the historic community will showcase everything from scorchin’ Blues to Big Band and from New Orleans Zydeco to Swing.  The friendly streets of Gore and Allen are the sites of ten different shows nestled among historic buildings that house modern day specialty shops.  Music fans will find everything old is new again!

Sharing their musical magic throughout the day are Wild, Cool, and Swingin’, blues prodigy Marquise Knox, Anita Rosamond, Gumbohead, Webster University Faculty Jazz Band, Joe Bozzi Band, SIUE Jazz Ensemble, Webster Groves High School Jazz Band, and David’s Guitar Loft Jazz Fusion.

Music Grant

Last year the OWJBF presented its first “Johnnie Johnson Legacy Grant” to the Webster Groves School District Foundation.  The grant honors the late Johnnie Johnson who graced the OWJBF stage for many years.  This year the festival plans to fund another grant for an undetermined amount.  The grants help eligible students obtain instruments for performance and education.  “We work very hard each year to bring something very special to the community in the form of music and culture.  To be able to donate our proceeds to a worthy cause and help promote music education is the icing on the cake,” said Joe Rath, chairman of the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival.

Jazz Improvisation Workshop

A free educational jazz improvisation workshop is available for regional students and amateur musicians of all ages.  Co-Sponsored by Webster University and the OWJBF, the workshop is hosted by world-class faculty and performing musicians.  From 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. you can learn from Webster University faculty members such as Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar), and more.  The workshop takes place in the Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 East Lockwood Avenue in Webster Hall on the campus of Webster University.  Each participant receives a free gift bag from area retailers (MAXJAZZ, Mel Bay Records, Webster Records, Euclid Records, Switzer’s Licorice).  No prior registration is necessary.

A Taste of Old Webster

Enjoy diverse food and beverages located along Gore Avenue.  Neighborhood bars, restaurants and businesses are featured this year:  CJ Muggs, Joe Boccardi’s, Two Nice Guys, Straub’s Markets, and Lenny’s Sub Shop.  In addition to great cuisine and music, the event showcases its sponsors:  Webster-Kirkwood Times, McCaughen & Burr Fine Arts gallery, FOX 2 KTVI, MY 103.3, National City bank, Switzer’s Licorice, U.S. Cellular, Webster University, etc.

About Historic Webster Groves

An enjoyable family experience awaits spectators of the OWJBF.  Located just 10 miles southwest of St. Louis, Webster Groves has been the site of a Midwest musical adventure combining family and audible art.  Since 2000, the OWJBF has annually presented an all-star line-up of top notch musicians.  Not only is the event free of charge but it also offers free parking.  This year’s event combines daytime and evening shows in an intimate concert format complemented by a variety of recreational activities for the entire household.

The OWJBF was founded by its taxing district to help promote music and culture in the Old Webster Groves Historic District.  One of the most family-friendly jazz festivals on the planet, the OWJBF beckons families to bring their kids and  strollers as they celebrate, educate and commemorate.  For more information about the OWJBF and its sponsors, contact

Webster Records at (314) 961-4656, the Webster Groves Event Hotline at (314) 961-8810 or visit  The event and performances go on rain or shine.  No glass bottles allowed.


2007 Old Webster Jazz Festival



12 noon - 2 pm:  Joe Bozzi Band
2 pm - 4 pm:  Anita Rosamond
4 pm - 6 pm:  Gumbohead
7 pm - 10 pm:  Wild, Cool and Swingin'


2007 Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival



Jazz Improvisation


10:00 am

11:00 am

Featuring Webster University Faculty:  Paul DeMarinis (saxophone), Steve Schenkel (guitar), and more!


The clinicians will demonstrate ways of developing coherent improvised melodic lines.  Players of all instruments are encouraged to attend.



Students of ALL ages receive FREE gift bags from area retailers (MAXJAZZ, Mel Bay Records, Webster Records, Euclid Records, Switzer Candy, etc.).

Where:  Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 East Lockwood Avenue in Webster Hall on the Webster University campus.

Info:  Jean Huber, Music Department, 314.968.7032.

Cost:  FREE
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