Thursday, November 20, 2008

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*"The day jazz died can be pinpointed with great accuracy: It was the day Charlie Parker put his alto sax to his lips and started sounding like Woody Woodpecker on speed." That's the opening line of an analysis of modern art in the Weekly Standard. The piece wonders why contemporary art has thrived while jazz "died a well-deserved death." Are you going to take that lying down, Kansas City?

*Joe Klopus chats with Stefon Harris. Klopus also previews the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra's Christmas concerts.

*The Grand Rapids Press interviewed Karrin Allyson.

*Hearne Christopher, Jr., catches up with Beena Rajalekshimi.

*I spotted a classified ad in the Star that read: "If you enjoy interacting with others, jazz music, and working in an upbeat, positive environment, come join our team. The Gaslight Grill is a dinner only restaurant with the exception of brunch on Sundays. We will be featuring... a live jazz band playing every Wednesday through Sunday." The address is 5020 W. 137th St., Leawood, KS, 66224.

*An elementary school teacher blogs about a field trip to the American Jazz Museum.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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