Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*A detailed examination of a financing campaign to secure funding for building restoration in the Jazz District contains lots of interesting back story.
*The Mutual Musicians Foundation purchased a new piano.
*Steve Paul penned a profile of cellist Helen Gillet.
*Constructive criticism is offered by KCJazzLark.
*Tony Botello wrote a nice Marilyn Maye review. The subsequent comments are most unfortunate. Brian McTavish also offers a well-deserved rave.
*The St. Joseph News-Press highlights the homegrown Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival.
*Steve Penn features the collaboration between the American Jazz Museum and the Mexican consulate.
*Tommy Johnson has died. (Tip via Bob McWilliams.)
*There's good news and bad news for music fans who sorely miss Saturday afternoon jazz jam sessions at Jardine's. Excellent music returns to the jazz club Saturday afternoon. The bad news is that it won't be jazz. Howard Iceberg, the celebrated folk-rock singer-songwriter, performs June 26.
*A regional blogger featured an out-of-print Pete Eye album.
*Saturday's edition of 12th Street Jump pays tribute to Dave Grusin and Lena Horne.
*A new missive is fired by the Black House Improvisors' Collective.
*Norman Brown released a new album this week.
*Dixieland acts will be featured at KCRiverFest on July 4.
*A recent piece in The Star referenced Kansas City's "proud history of a musical genre few people listen to anymore."
*Kevin Collison proposes "a world-class music and food festival" to "reassert Kansas City’s unique national association with jazz and barbecue."
*I'm honored (and slightly disturbed) that a Plastic Sax concept inspired St. Louis Jazz Notes.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)