Thursday, January 8, 2009

Celebrating Jay McShann's Birthday

Had he not died twenty-five months ago, Jay McShann would have turned 92 on Monday. An event acknowledging the date will take place at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Details are below.

The occasion serves as a great excuse to post an excerpt of Gary Giddins' American Masters documentary about Charlie Parker. Jay McShann stars in this segment.

From a slightly reconstructed press release:

Rolling With the Keys: Celebrating Jay McShann's Birthday Kansas City Style at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Monday, January 12, 2009 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Free admission.

Come get your fingers greasy and enjoy some great music.

Featuring Ahmad Alaadeen, Pearl Thuston Brown, Chris Clarke, Tyrone Clark, Everett DeVan, Gerald Dunn, Luqman Hamza, Al Pearson, Ray Reed, Greg Richter, Tommy Ruskin, Gerald Spaits, Mike Warren, Bobby Watson, Charles Williams, Bram Wijnands and Dennis Winslett.

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