Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*KCUR conducted an instructive interview with bassist Jeff Harshbarger. Download it here.
*In a Wall Street Journal essay, Will Friewald detects the influence of Benny Carter in Bobby Watson's compositions. I referenced the same thing in my review of The Gates BBQ Suite.
*The Mutual Musicians Foundation is hosting a "Welcome Home" reception for Queen Bey on October 6.
*Matt Otto is the subject of a Joe Klopus profile.
*Tim Finn notes the 25th anniversary of Chuck Haddix's KCUR program "Fish Fry." Steve Penn quotes Haddix as he praises the LaBudde Special Collection Department at UMKC.
*I saw the new cut of Sue Vicory's Kansas City Jazz & Blues: Past, Present & Future at a screening hosted by BB's Lawnside BBQ last week. The film is much improved.
*The Good News Jazz Festival will be held October 15-16 at the Liberty Performing Arts Center. The Christian-themed event features Euge Groove, Marcus Johnson and the Wild Women of Kansas City.
*In a fascinating and very personal blog post, Chris Burnett examines the role the military played in his life.
*Jeff Harshbarger, Mark Southerland and Sam Wisman are mentioned in The Star's review of The Golem.
*KC Metropolis offers a review of the September 25 concert by The Bad Plus.
*Wonderful photos from previous Rhythm & Ribs festivals are offered by KCJazzLark.
*A few citizens of Marshall, Missouri, are planning a jazz festival.
*Here's an interesting new interview with Pat Metheny.
*Steve Paul reveals Renee Fleming's flirtation with jazz.
*Marilyn Maye's extended run at Quality Hill Playhouse begins October 29.
*The Pitch named an obsessive-compulsive weirdo "Kansas City's Best Blogger" of the year.
*Organizers of the Prairie Village Jazz Festival are attempting to win a Pepsi-sponsored contest. Votes may be cast here.
*Here's a note I received on October 3: My parents owned The Orchid Room on 12th and Vine from 1957-1962. I am desperately looking for any photos of the club (interior or exterior) and have hit a dead end. If you have or know of anyone that may have some, PLEASE contact me. Thanks. firstname.lastname@example.org Here's hoping a Plastic Sax reader can help this person out.
*Tweet o' the Week: djjazziedeb: Wish I could own my own jazz club. Hate it when the Blues and R&B bring in the bucks and jazz clubs stop booking jazz.
*The Kansas City Jazz Calendar is loaded for October. As I've previously suggested to musicians and club owners, if a gig isn't listed, it's either because I don't consider it "jazz" or because you haven't let me know about it.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)