*Here's an excerpt from an email sent by the American Jazz Museum last week: This email is a call to action. Recently the Missouri Senate recommended zero funding for the Missouri Arts Council for FY2011. This is a distressing recommendation as the Missouri Arts Council provides significant funding to arts organizations throughout the state. About a quarter of the American Jazz Museum's philanthropic support comes through the Missouri Arts Council.
*Prior to Christian McBride's concert last Saturday, Doug Tatum announced that Sachal Vasandani and Dave Brubeck have been booked as part of the Folly's 2010-11 jazz series.
*Mark Southerland and Shay Estes received a quick critique.
*"I wanted to see an area thriving with people, shops and things to do," a blogger writes about a visit to the Jazz District, "(A)nd what I saw were a lot of businesses that didn’t make it, closed up storefronts, lifeless streets, and the façade of a neighborhood that just doesn’t exist anymore."
*Michael Pagan posted an enthusiastic review of Mike Metheny's 60.1 at iTunes.
*Milton Morris is evoked by KCJazzLark.
*The Kansas City Kansan recaps the recent "Jazz Cabaret" concert by Kansas City Kansas Community College students.
*Sue Vicory provides additional details about her May 6 film premiere at the Gem Theater.
*Tony Botello posted several jazz-related items during the last week. He catches up on the controversy at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. He opined on the name and venue change of KCUR's 12th Street Jump. He also checked in with Jazzbo and noted that a progressive rock band has taken up residency at Jardine's on Monday nights. Finally, the prolific blogger was on hand for Reach's live album recording with jazz/jam band Mouth at the Record Bar.
*The Star reviewed the Christian McBride concert at the Folly Theater. Here's fan footage from the upper balcony.
*Bobby Watson and Horizon will perform at the Detroit Jazz Fest this summer. The stellar lineup also includes Allen Toussaint, Branford Marsalis and the Maria Schneider Orchestra.
*"To hell with practicality; if it’s something sweet to watch, it’s worth the challenge of creating and executing." A reviewer in San Diego is astounded by Pat Metheny's Orchestrion.
*It looks as if he and Fanny have been at it since last August, but I just discovered Alaadeen's blog.
*Megan Birdsall provides a new installment of her tour vlog. I've made fun of her video blogging, but seriously, similar efforts should be part of every performing artist's weekly routine.
*In a typically excellent post, St. Louis Jazz Notes heralds the May 1 performance of the Count Basie Orchestra in his town.
*Matt Chalk and Tim Whitmer lead groups at a May 7 charitable benefit at the American Jazz Museum.
*A full press release detailing the weekend's activities at the American Jazz Museum concludes this post, but those aren't the only significant jazz events in town this week. Here are a few additional listings:
4/30 The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra perform the complete Kansas City Suite- Folly TheaterCheck the Kansas City Jazz Calendar for additional listings.
5/01 The People's Liberation Big Band perform their original score for Battleship Potemkin- Paul Mesner Puppet studio
5/02 Diverse- Watson Park in Lawrence
5/02 KC Jazz Masters benefit for KC Youth Jazz with Diverse, Stan Kessler, Jim Mair and more- Madrid Theater
5/05 Bob Kindred- Jardine's
5/06 The film premiere of Sue Vicory's Kansas City Jazz & Blues: Past, Present & Future- Gem Theater
*Via the American Jazz Museum:
Thursday, April 29, 2010, Panel Session: “(Ellington’s 111th Birthday)
10:00 AM Panel Session:
“Inspirations of the Duke”
Panelists: NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, Barrie Hall, Clark Terry and KC Legend Alaadeen.
Moderator: Steve Kraske, Kansas City Star Columnist & “Up to Date Host” on KCUR American Jazz Museum Blue Room
6:00 PM Duke Ellington Photo Exhibit and Film Exhibit Grand Opening Reception and unveiling of the Ellington bust, created by San Francisco artist, Howard Lazar.
American Jazz Museum, John Baker Collection Exhibit
7:00 Dan Morgenstern - “Celebrating Duke Ellington’s Legacy”.
American Jazz Museum, JBC Exhibit
Friday, April 30, 2010 Jammin’ at the Gem Day
10:00 AM Jazz Museum Tours for students w/ Dennis Winslett Glenn North.
American Jazz Museum – Permanent Exhibits
10:00 AM Jazz Storytelling featuring Lisa Henry & Brother John
American Jazz Museum Atrium
11:00 AM Instrumental Break-out Master Classes, featuring the following Ellington Clinicians:
Everette Freeman on Piano; Jeff Harshbarger on Bass; Brandon Draper on Drums; James Ward on Brass; Chris Burnet on Woodwinds.
1:00-2:15 PM Panel Session:
“The Genius of Duke Ellington: Goin’ to Graduate School – A Players Perspective”
Panelists: NEA Jazz Master Clark Terry, NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, Barrie Hall, KC Legend Alaadeen.
Moderator: Greg Carroll, American Jazz Museum Chief Executive Officer
6:30 PM Ellington Pre-Concert Reception & Jazz Conversation w/ Dan Morgenstern &
Clark Terry. Gem Theater Large Conference Room.
8:00 PM Ellington Tribute Concert featuring Clark Terry, Barrie Hall, the Ellington All-Star Big Band, the American Jazz Museum Institute Student All-Stars. Clark Terry and Alaadeen will be presented with the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.
(Original image of the Clayton Brothers by Plastic Sax.)