Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*KCUR's The Walt Bodine Show focused on Charlie Parker earlier this week. Dennis Winslett and Walter Coppage were the guest experts. Download the broadcast here.
*A feature at the The Smithsonian notes that August 27 would have been Lester Young's 100th birthday. The author wonders why there's no statue of Prez in Kansas City.
*This weekend's Charlie Parker-related events are run down by Mark Edelman.
*Chuck Berg raves about a Topeka Jazz Workshop event.
*Diverse is profiled by Joe Klopus. They also have a great new site. And the group's debut album received a positive review at All Music.
*Here's an extensive interview with Karrin Allyson.
*I'm told that saxophonist Matt Otto has moved to Kansas City.
*Here's a newsworthy Tweet from ARCMusic : Loren Pickford joins ARC... more to follow... (Tip via AZ.)
*I spend a lot of time monitoring Miles Bonny's seemingly constant multimedia attack, but the Pitch featured a wacky live performance video from Berlin that I somehow missed.
*I'm rather embarrassed that I didn't know that Kansas City was hosting the forthcoming Second International Conference on Minimalist Music until today. (Tip via Tony's Kansas City.)
*Big-time jazz writer Howard Mandel reached out to Plastic Sax to solicit support for a forthcoming Twitter and Facebook campaign to counter recent reports suggesting that the audience for jazz is aging and declining. I told Mandel that while I'd link to his effort, I'm afraid I don't see many people under the age of forty at jazz events. Mandel's jazz blog is Jazz Beyond Jazz. (EDIT: Mandel asks fans to Tweet #jazzlives from jazz performances.)
(Original image of last Saturday's Stories On the Vine at the American Jazz Museum by Plastic Sax.)