Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*Vince Bilardo died Monday. He was one of the most prominent and popular Kansas City jazz musicians. In addition to being a great drummer, Bilardo worked for decades to promote Kansas City's jazz scene. He was, if I'm not mistaken, the founder of the Corporate Woods Jazz Festival.
*YouTube sensation Von Smith is a contestant on the current season of American Idol. The Kansas City-area resident has ardent fans among Kansas City's jazz community. Watch him croon.
*A complete idiot reviewed last week's Blue Note 7 concert at The Gem.
*Sue Vicory posted an interview with Karrin Allyson.
*Don't forget Thursday's Ben Allison show at the Blue Room.
*I can't find any video of Fat Tuesday jazz parade, but here's a great photo of last night's revelry. (Tip via Tony's Kansas City.)
*I suppose it's encouraging that Kansas City's most influential blogger monitors Plastic Sax, the most esoteric site in the Kansas City area. Tony recently noted that I post these updates "every damn week".
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)