Friday, May 22, 2015

Now's the Time: Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox have a profitable schtick.  The group specializes in performing contemporary hits in vintage styles.  The musicians do unnatural things to M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” in the embedded clip.  The ensemble performs at Crossroads KC on Tuesday, June 2.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*The American Jazz Museum has unveiled the lineup for the 2015-16 season of Jammin’ at the Gem.

*Here’s a preview of ”Alright Now!”, the latest 7” single by Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7.

*Joe Klopus’ new column highlights Marilyn Maye’s forthcoming concert at the Gem Theater.  The Pitch also recommends her appearance.

*Michael Shults created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of his first solo album.

*Here’s another analysis of the status of Kansas City’s Jazz District.

*Peter Erskine and Joey Calderazzo are among Joe Dimino’s recent interview subjects.

*Tweet o’ the Week: Katie Crawford- It makes sense if you don't think about it. (@ Mutual Musicians Foundation)

*Comment o’ the Week: Cb- Thanks for the review and thanks for coming to the performance. Dino really enjoyed Kansas City, even during his short stay (Wednesday - Sunday). We had a very nice turnout of listeners at both, Take Five (Matt Leifer on drums) and the Blue Room (Michael Warren on drums). The bar manager, Andre Tyler, told me that we had 102 paid admissions to the Blue Room. Wow! The "Jazz Beat" preview was great too!

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Concert Review: Avishai Cohen's Triveni at Take Five Coffee + Bar

Among the more than 100 people who purchased $20 advance tickets or paid $25 at the door to hear a performance by Avishai Cohen’s Triveni at Take Five Coffee + Bar last Thursday were a couple dozen faces I’d never seen. 

Most of the strangers looked as if they’d be more comfortable listening to Benny Goodman than the adventurous Israeli trumpeter.  Yet not one of them left at the conclusion of the 45-minute opening set.

Cohen, bassist Tal Mashiach and drummer Nasheet Waits seduced them with the boiling frog technique.

The trio opened with a serene reading of Don Cherry’s “Art Deco.”  They gradually turned up the heat with a version of John Coltrane’s “Wise One” and “One Man’s Idea,” Cohen’s tribute to Ornette Coleman.  The rapt audience had been fully acclimated by the time Triveni burst into free jazz.

Mashiach, a substitute for Eric Revis, held his own.  Waits, one of the world’s most enthralling drummers, made every moment matter.  Cohen’s understated playing kept the music aloft. 

The daring but never impenetrable second set included an interpretation of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and concluded with a take on the Kansas City classic “Shiny Stockings.”

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Now's the Time: Tony Tixier

The French pianist Tony Tixier is returning to Kansas City next week for a handful of gigs.  He’ll perform at the Majestic on Wednesday, at the American on Friday, at the Art Factory on Saturday and with Diverse at Sunday's Celebration at the Station.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*The Pitch reports that big changes are afoot at the Broadway Jazz Club.

*Gerald Dunn gives fascinating responses in a question-and-answer session with The Pitch.

*KC Jazz Lark provides context to recent developments on Kansas City’s jazz scene.

*Joe Klopus spoke to Avishai Cohen in advance of the trumpeter’s appearance at Take Five Coffee + Bar on Thursday.  The Pitch also recommends the show.

*Julian Vaughn was featured on KCUR’s Local Listen segment. 

*The new opera Charlie Parker’s Yardbird opens in Philadelphia on June 5.

*Tweet o’ the Week: negroleauguesmuseum- At @julianvaughn CD release party at the Gem Theater. His new project is called "Limitless & it's outstanding!

*Comment o’ the Week: Cb- HIB - Thanks for covering the jazz scene at (those of us who love the music don't say it enough) and for posting the link about the kind Jazz Beat feature by Larry Kopitnik in The Pitch! Dino has been here since Wednesday (May 6) and really loves Kansas City. We are looking forward to performing at the Blue Room on Friday May 8 and at Take Five on Saturday May 9. However, for some odd reason, I could not find any trace of Joe Klopus' column "Jazz Town" in The Star online. Best, Cb

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Concert Review: The Chris Burnett/Dino Massa Group at Take Five Coffee + Bar

Few things on Kansas City’s jazz scene make me happier than seeing Doug and Lori Chandler break out extra chairs to accommodate unexpectedly large audiences at Take Five Coffee + Bar.

A quintet led by Chris Burnett in his first appearance at the venue's new Leawood location drew several dozen listeners to an hour-long first set on Saturday.

Partly because he’s responsible for a relentless onslaught of social media postings, it’s easy to forget that Burnett is a fine saxophonist.  His band consisted of pianist Dino Massa, guitarist Charles Gatschet, bassist Andrew Stinson and drummer Matt Leifer.

Burnett explained that he and Massa met in Italy more than twenty years ago.  Massa played with the elegant precision associated with the Kansas City pianist Joe Cartwright.

The ensemble opened with a faithful rendition of Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance,” a selection that set the tone for a tasteful set that included several original compositions by Burnett and Massa.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Now's the Time: Avishai Cohen, Eric Revis and Nasheet Waits

The New York based trumpeter Avishai Cohen- not to be confused with the bassist of the same name- will perform with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits at Take Five Coffee + Bar on Thursday, May 14.  Of the three, Revis has the highest profile in the United States.  His City of Asylum was one of the most exciting free jazz albums of 2013.  Revis also appeared at the Gem Theater in 2010 as part of the Branford Marsalis Quartet.