Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*I'd been unable to confirm dates for Loren Pickford's appearances at the Golden Ox. I now know why. In his column last week, Joe Klopus confirmed that the longstanding gig has ended. Klopus also reported that the stately tree near Charlie Parker's grave has been cut down.
*Present offers a gallery of jazz photography by Corky Carroll. His subjects include Smooth Groove, Pearl Thurston Brown and Erin Bode.
*This item solved my dilemma of trying to figure out how to work Michael Jackson into today's post. A candlelight vigil was held for the pop star Friday at Robert Graham's sculpture of Charlie Parker.
*A blogger is unimpressed by The American Jazz Museum.
*I appeared on KCUR's Up To Date on June 25. A podcast version is available at the station's audio archives. If you'd rather not listen to my sputtering and stammering about the state of jazz in Kansas City, Andrew Zender offers a helpful synopsis of the points he found most interesting.
*Nonesuch has reissued a Pat Metheny album on vinyl.
*Robert Folsom previewed the Next Generation Jazz Summit for the Pitch.
*St. Louis Jazz Notes reports that the St. Louis Cardinals and Sheldon Hall have teamed up to teach that city's young baseball players about jazz. It seems that a similar program would be a natural fit for Kansas City.
*Unverifiable rumor: There's talk that the former location of Cafe Trio might become a jazz club.
*Jimmy Cobb's tribute to Kind of Blue comes to the Gem Theater on October 17. The eighty-year-old drummer will have a fine band in tow. (Tip via Joel Francis.)
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)