Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*For shame! Several people have been imploring me to investigate recent events at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. I lacked the time and the stomach to go after the story. David Martin did the dirty work. His excellent coverage of the sickening sequence of events breaks my heart. Martin's accompanying editorial provides invaluable context.
*The ongoing troubles at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum are extremely bad news for the adjacent American Jazz Museum and for Kansas City as a whole. This sad story has generated a great deal of attention. The internet chatter about the possibility of the museum moving to Cooperstown seems to be gaining momentum. Here's an example.
*Back To Rockville checked in with Matt Chalk. Did you see him perform with the Dave Matthews Band at the Grammys?
*In stark contrast to last year, Kansas City-related jazz artists won no awards at this year's Grammys.
*The (mis)perception of danger in the Jazz District is addressed by KCJazzLark.
*KCTV provided a Grammy tie-in feature.
*Metheny mania: The New York Times jumps on the Pat Metheny bandwagon. I recommend the audio version of this fine Pat Metheny feature. And Steve Paul provides a few photos of Metheny's robots.
*John Simonson reminds readers of Count Basie's politics.
*Megan Birdsall' Mbird project has a Kickstarter account. She's trying to raise $2,000.
*Last Saturday's Masquerade Ball looks like a lot of fun. The People's Liberation Big Band and Hearts of Darkness provided the music.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)