Thursday, August 19, 2010

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Joe Klopus recommends the August 22 gig by Black House Improvisors Collective. The ensemble's Rich Wheeler is the subject of a "criminally brief" interview at the collective's site. Derek Worthington is interviewed here.

*Snuff Jazz (best jazz ensemble) and Mark Lowrey (jazz solo artist) were recipients of Pitch music awards.

*KCJazzLark offers stunning photographs of Hermon Mehari and Megan Birdsall at The Drum Room. He also applauds the 2010-11 Jammin' At the Gem schedule.

*Exceedingly rare recordings of Count Basie, Herschel Evans and Lester Young are in the process of being reclaimed by the American Jazz Museum in Harlem. Snippets are available here. (The first of many tips came from KCJazzLark.)

*Bobby Watson is praised by a journalist in Connecticut. And a commenter heaps lavish- and entirely appropriate praise- on Bobby Watson in response to A Blog Supreme post on "great unknown" jazz musicians.

*Tracy Allen of The Call previews the Rhythm & Ribs festival. Here's Joe Klopus' take.

*Dan Thomas joins the UMKC staff.

*The 2010-11 season of the Columbia, Missouri, "We Always Swing" series has been announced. Highlights include Stanley Clarke, Anat Cohen, Danilo Perez and the husband and wife duo of Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.

*The Topeka Jazz Workshop's 2010-11 season emphasizes Kansas City talent.

*Doc Severinsen and Gary Foster are among the musicians planning to visit a 99-year-old music teacher in Clay Center, Kansas. (Tip via KC Stage.)

*Karrin Allyson is interviewed by a Massachusetts publication.

*Jazz photographer Herman Leonard died August 14. He was 87.

*I'll continue to add updates related to the passing of Alaadeen to the previous Plastic Sax post.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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