Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*"I think one could say it's the Wynton Marsalis/Ken Burns style of jazz history that gave us the 18th & Vine 'Jazz District,' which is one of the most depressing places on earth," avers Peter Lawless. The full interview with the musician is at the Black House Improvisors' Collective site. The ensemble performs Friday at the Paragraph Art Gallery and Sunday at the Record Bar.
*Joe Klopus' invaluable weekly column returns.
*The Pat Metheny media blitz is in full swing. The BBC offers a podcast. Metheny's segment begins at the 6:05 mark and ends at 12:45. An Australian publication marvels at Metheny's new project. Further evidence that the Orchestrion mania is real is the fact that this YouTube preview was viewed over 30,000 times in six days.
*Mike Metheny pays tribute to the Folly Theater's Doug Tatum.
*The latest missive from KCJazzLark is, as usual, quite compelling.
*Matt Otto's new book, Modern Jazz Vocabulary, Vol. 1, is now available.
*Hearts of Darkness and The People's Liberation Big Band made Lucas Wetzel's thoughtful top shows of 2009 list.
*Mark Edelman suggests a "jazz crawl" on Thursday.
*Ink previewed the Mark Lowrey vs Hip Hop show. So did Tim Finn.
*Present reviews Mouth.
*The Star offers an enthusiastic review of Allen Toussaint's concert at the Folly Theater. So do The Pitch and the Daily Record.
*A reviewer detected jazz influences in a composition by Menachem Wiesenberg at a performance by the Kansas City Symphony.
*A blogger shares his photographs and thoughts about last year's big gathering on the steps of the Mutual Musicians Foundation.
*Here's another road trip alert: Dean Minderman of St. Louis Jazz Notes reports that King Sunny Ade will perform in his town on April 20. I call shotgun.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)