Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*Here's a bit of welcome news. According to an article in the Star, the Majestic is reopening under new ownership. Jazz, apparently, is still in the mix. "The Sebrees put a 1910 piano in the dining room for live jazz during happy hour. The basement jazz club will be open on Friday and Saturday nights."
*Kim Park has returned. "It is great to be back in Kansas City after spending two years in Nashville," Park writes. "There is a thriving jazz community here, and it is a pleasure to be back." He performs this Saturday afternoon at Jardine's.
*I learned of a major schedule change at the Blue Room through the KCJazzLark blog. The November 5 appearance by Pat Martino has been canceled. It's been replaced by an all-star bill of T.S. Monk, John Faddis and Bobby Watson.
*The Star's Tim Finn profiles The Hearts of Darkness.
*KCUR program KC Currents featured pianist Bram Wijnands.
*A song from Angela Hagenbach's new album is available for free download here.
*Here's the Star's review of Saturday's stunning Afinidad concert at The Folly Theater.
*Guitarist Will Matthews is recognized in Steve Penn's column.
*Mark Edelman's weekly jazz column runs here and here.
*From a CampKC guide to Kansas City nightlife: "My lover and I were urged to leave the Mutual Musicians Foundation for holding hands. Not fun. How we miss bar Natasha, where we could always pay the servers to camp it up and sing 'Defying Gravity' before closing."
*From Gary of AfterGroove: "This has been another good week for us receiving national airplay. For the 2nd week, we made to top 10 for "new adds" and "spincrease", according to Smoothjazz.com. We are also on www.citysoundsradio.com . We have a web radio interview scheduled in December with KCLIVE.com."
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)